Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. In 2019 she was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (‘Smashed’ 2008, ‘The Nature of Ash’ 2013, ‘Dear Vincent’ 2014), the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (‘The Crossing’ 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (‘Tom’s Story’), Golden Wings Excellence Award (‘Juno Lucina,’ 2002), Golden Wings Award (‘Run For The Trees’, 2003) and Six Notable Book Awards.
She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson Fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence.
In 2015 her novel ‘Singing Home the Whale’ was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It has also been named a 2016 IBBY Honour Book, an international award. Her historical novel for adults, ‘Heloise’, was long-listed for the Ockham Book Awards. Her latest novel is political thriller ‘Ash Arising’ (Storylines Notable Book and shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.)
She is a trained teacher, with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Whitireia) and an MA in Creative Writing for Victoria University. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and tutored the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing Programme for ten years. She is currently President of NZSA.
- Children's Fiction
- Feature Articles
- Freelance Writer
- Young Adult
- Freelance Writing
- Long-Term Placement (schools, universities)
- Manuscript Assessment
- Print Media Writing (magazines/newspapers)
- Public Speaking
- Readings (adults)
- Short Story Writing
- Workshops (adults)
- Workshops (children/schools)
Book One in the Blood of the Lamb trilogy (pub. Random House NZ) Winner Young Adult Fiction 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards Notable Book Award Finalist LIANZA Children's Book Awards Also published in US by Pyre Books
Into the Wilderness
Book Two Blood of the Lamb Notable Book Award Also published in US by Pyre Books
Book Three Blood of the Lamb Also published in US by Pyre Books
Winner Esther Glen Award 2008 LIANZA Children's Book Awards Notable Book Award
The Nature of Ash
Winner Best YA Fiction 2013 LIANZA Children's Book Awards Notable Book Award
Winner Best YA Fiction 2014 LIANZA Children's Book Awards Notable Book Award Trans. Slovenian 2015
Singing Home the Whale
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Winner Best YA 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Notable Book Award Finalist 2015 LIANZA Children's Book Awards
2016 IBBY Honour Award (International Board for Books on Young People)
Translated into Slovenian and Chinese (simple)
Penguin Random House NZ 2017
Historical fiction. Longlisted for Ockhamn Book Awards.
Penguin Random House 2018
Notable Book Award; finalist NZ CYA Book Awards.
Run For The Trees
Steele Roberts 1999
Reprinted Wings Press USA 2003
Golden Wings Award 2003
Wings Press USA 2002
Word Weavers Excellence Award 2002
Hindsight: Pivotal moments in NZ history
OneTree House 2019