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About Leonie

Leonie Agnew may or may not be living in South America with a poodle named Juan. Latest interviews suggest her days are spent drinking sangrias and teaching Juan to bark in Spanish, while trading Sombreros on the black market via her ipad.

Other sources have located her in Auckland, New Zealand. She is reported to be an award winning children's author, a former advertising copy writer, and currently moonlighting as a primary school teacher. Witnesses claim her defining characteristic is a tendency to make things up. This is called lying, unless you write it down. Then it is pleasantly referred to as being an author.


For the definitive truth, check out FAQs. For information on the awesome website artist, read below.


Stuff I've done, won or possibly stolen ...

2015 Master of the Inkpot with David Fickling Books, UK. (Winning manuscript: The Impossible Boy)

Winner of the Esther Glen Medal 2015 (NZ Libraries, LIANZA award) for Conrad Cooper Cooper's Last Stand

Finalist for NZ Children's Book Awards 2015 - Junior Fiction for Conrad Cooper Cooper's Last Stand

University of Otago Children's Writer in Residence 2013
(Official title thanks to all the wonderful sponsors – take a deep breath – University of Otago, College of Education, Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence. Phew.)

New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012, Junior Fiction Prize for Super Finn

New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012, Best First Book for Super Finn

New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012, Children's Choice (Junior Fiction Category Winner)

Storylines Notable Book Award 2012, for Super Finn

LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2012, Finalist Esther Glen Award, for Super Finn

Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award 2010, for Super Finn

Storylines Joy Cowley Award finalist for The Importance of Green

Best Idea in a Jar, Standard Three age 9, Star of the Sea Primary – I made a Jellybean Tree out of sticks, green coconut, string and well, jellybeans. I won a family pass to Rainbow's End. Best day, ever.


Brunelle Dias - illustrator

I am a 14 year old student originally from Bombay, India. Starting out, I really got hooked onto art when my family migrated to New Zealand in 2008, after my dad passed away. My father worked in the navy and was an amazing artist, I guess he's passed on his genes to me.

Starting from small sketches, I slowly progressed by drawing things out of my comfort zone. To label the things I love drawing is hard because I honestly have a vast interest in art. I constantly try to challenge myself with sketching faces, portraits of humans and their backgrounds, and different positions of curious looking objects. My favourite illustrators range from Shaun Tan, Arthur Rackham and other artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Boy making bubbles Books Brunelle's drawing