• Sue Copsey

    Sue Copsey writes spooky adventure stories for older children. She was a senior editor at Dorling Kindersley in London before moving to New Zealand, where she now works as a freelance writer and editor. 

    As well as children's fiction, Sue has produced many non-fiction books, including the UK Times Educational Supplement award-winner and international bestseller Children Just Like Me, and Our Children Aotearoa, which was a Storylines Notable Book in 2012. The Ghosts of Tarawera, the second in Sue's Spooky Adventures series, also won a Storylines Notable Book award in 2016.

    Sue lives in Auckland with her husband, two teenage children, and Tog the family rabbit, who has his own Facebook page and is far more famous than Sue.


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    Our Children Aotearoa

    For primary school-aged children, on the theme of diversity. Featuring 17 New Zealand children from different cultural backgrounds. Storylines Notable Book 2012.

    The Ghosts of Young Nick's Head

    Book 1 in the Spooky Adventures series for children aged 8-13. A lot of fun and a little bit scary – and educational, but don't tell the children.

    The Ghosts of Tarawera

    Book 2 in the Spooky Adventures series. Storylines Notable Book Award-winner, 2016. Featuring a phantom canoe and Mt Tarawera.

    The Ghosts of Moonlight Creek

    Book 3 in the Spooky Adventures series. Our heroes are invited by Anastasia's movie-director father to visit the location of 'Dragonlord Rising', which is being filmed near Queenstown. They soon discover there's more than one reason the old gold-mining settlement of Moonlight is known as a ghost town.

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