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Fleur Beale

Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults — she has published more than 40 books in New Zealand, as well as in the United States and England. A former high school teacher, Fleur was inspired to write her acclaimed novel I Am Not Esther when one of her students was beaten and expelled from his family for going against their religious beliefs. Fleur is a leading advocate for New Zealand authors, and home-grown literature for children and young adults.


'I think it’s the best young adult novel I’ve ever read.'

John McIntyreNine to Noon (NZ) review of Being Magdalene

'One of the most consistently accomplished and versatile writers for teenagers in the country.'

New Zealand Listener

'Fleur Beale is one of my favourite Kiwi YA authors. So any time she puts out a new book, I know it will be a worthwhile read, with a relatable teenage protagonist.'

Sarah ForsterBooksellers NZ

Awards & Recognition


Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award


Being Magdalene

By Fleur Beale

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