Author(s): Fleur Beale
'On Taris, we shave our heads. No. That's wrong. On Taris, we have our heads shaved for us.' You'd think life in a peaceful tropical island community would be idyllic. But the people of Taris follow strict rules to keep their isolated society functioning. Ages 12+. (SA: Year 6 - Year 9).
Winner of LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Award 2009. Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Young Adult Fiction 2009 and New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Senior Fiction 2009.
Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults she has now had more than 40 books published in New Zealand, as well as being published in the United States and England. Beale is the only writer to have twice won the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book:with Slide the Corner in2007, and I Am Not Esther in 2009. She won the Esther Glen Award for distinguished contribution to children's literature for Juno of Taris in the 2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards. Fierce September won the YA category in the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards and the LIANZA Young Adult Award in 2011. In 2012 she won the Margaret Mahy Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's writing. In 1999, Beale was Dunedin College of Education's Writer in Residence. A former high-school teacher, Beale lives in Wellington. One of Beale's most well-known books is I Am Not Esther, the story of a girl who is sent to live with relatives who are members of a strict religious cult. It's a gripping psychological thriller that won an Honour Award in the 1990 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards and features in t