Jack Lasenby is one of New Zealand's most popular children's writers. He was born in Waharoa, Waikato in 1931, and he spent the 1950's deer culling and possum trapping in the Urewera Country. He now lives in Wellington.
He has published more than fifteen books, and captured the minds and imaginations of children with his rare honesty, vigorous language and soaring adventures. He is a former school teacher, editor of the School Journal, and senior lecturer in English at Wellington Teachers' College.
It was in 1987 with the publication of his first major novel, The Lake, that he took the plunge and became a full time writer. He held the Frank Sargeson Fellowship in 1991 and was the Writer in Residence at Victoria University and at Dunedin College of Education in 1993 and 1995 respectively.
Jack Lasenby's award-winning novels include: The Conjurer, winner of an honour award in the 1993 AIM Childrens' Book Awards, Dead Man's Head, a finalist in the 1995 AIM Children's Book Awards, The Waterfall, a winner in the 1996 Aim Children's Book Awards, The Battle of Pook Island, a winner in the 1997 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. The Shaman and the Droll was a finalist in the 2000 awards. He has also won the Esther Glen Medal.
Here are some books by Jack Lasenby:
* Uncle Trev's Teeth
* Harry Wakatipu
* The Shaman and the Droll
* The Lies of Harry Wakatipu
* Dead Man's Head
* The Battle of Pook Island
* The Waterfall
* Because We Were Travellers