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Fleur Beale
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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.

Awards & recognition

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award

Awarded  •  2015  •  Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award for I Am Rebecca


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

John McIntyre, Nine 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 Forster, Booksellers NZ

More features

2023 Storylines Notable Books List

The highest quality books in five genres published between August 2022 and November 2023.

Top Penguin kids books that tie into the new history curriculum

Read on for book recommendations that tie into the new NZ school history curriculum

Real readers review: Faraway Girl

What do NZ YA fans really think of Fleur Beale's latest book?

Writing I Am Rebecca

Prolific YA author Fleur Beale takes us through her creative process.