van der Laarse, Liz

van der Laarse, Liz

Information

residence
Northland
Primary publisher
Penguin Group (NZ)
Rights enquiries
Contact Liz on laarse@ihug.co.nz
Publicity enquiries
Penguin Group (NZ), Private Bag 102902, North Shore City 0745

In Brief

Liz van der Laarse is a pre and early teen fiction writer. She has taught in Far North schools as a primary, intermediate, and secondary school teacher for over 27 years. Her first book, Trouble Patch (Reed), was released in 2000, and Not Even (Reed, 2002) was placed in the Storylines Notable Book List 2003 in the Junior Fiction category. Liz van der Laarse has written articles for Wilderness Magazine and for local newspapers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

van der Laarse, Liz ( 1952 - ) was born in Palmerston North. She has taught in Far North schools as a primary, intermediate and secondary school teacher for over 27 years, and she continues to teach part-time in addition to writing junior fiction. She has written articles in Wilderness magazine and for local newspapers.

Trouble Patch (Reed, 2000) is aimed at 11-15 year-olds. The story follows Isaac who hunts possums for extra money and is familiar with the local bush. Jill Holt writes in the NZ Listener, ‘Trouble Patch begins with two boys hunting possums and enjoying a rural life, but evidence of the negative effects of long-term marijuana use creeps into the action and the story concludes with the two friends ruminating on the trouble adults get themselves into.’

Not Even (Reed, 2002) made the Storylines Notable Book List 2003 in the Junior Fiction category. Bill Nagelkerke in Magpies writes, ‘This short, very readable book effectively contrasts the values of city life with those of a small Maori rural community. Colloquial language and realistic family situations offer street credibility while the book’s cover should attract even reluctant readers… Recommended.’

WRITERS IN SCHOOLS INFORMATION

Van der Laarse is able to speak to students aged 7-18 years as part of the Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme. She is happy to talk about being a pre- and early teen fiction writer, and she can read aloud from her work, speak about her life and work, take workshops including a gifted and talented workshop and talk, answer questions, and give a session for challenged readers. She would prefer to speak to 20 students or less per session with a maximum of 30.

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Updated January 2017.