David Hill (author)

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David Hill
Born

Billy

Hill
1942 (age 71–72)
Napier, NZ
Pen name David Hill
Occupation fiction writer
children's writer
playwright
reviewer
journalist
Genres general fiction, young fiction

David Hill (born 1942) is a New Zealand author, especially well known for his young adult fiction. His young fiction books See Ya, Simon (1992) and Right Where It Hurts (2001) have been shortlisted for numerous awards. He is also a prolific journalist, writing many articles for The New Zealand Herald.[1]

He cites Maurice Gee as his favourite author, and Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy as his favourite children's authors. David Hill attended Victoria University in Wellington, graduating MA Hons in 1964. In 2010, he participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Hill currently lives in New Plymouth, Taranaki Region.

Awards[edit]

In 2005 Hill became the 15th recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award.[2][3] In 2013 My Brother's War won the Junior Fiction Award at the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and also the children's choice award in that category.[4][5]

Books[edit]

  • [1970] The Seventies Connection
  • [1981] Introducing Maurice Gee
  • [1984] On Poetry: Twelve Studies of Work by New Zealand Poets
  • [1986] Ours But to Do
  • [1987] Taranaki
  • [1988] The Boy
  • [1990] A Time to Laugh
  • [1990] The Games of Nanny Miro
  • [1992] See Ya, Simon (winner of 1994 Times Educational Supplement Award for Special Needs and Children's Literature Foundation Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book. NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of Social Studies.[6] Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year.[6] Reprinted in the United States.[6])
  • [1994] A Day at a Time
  • [1995] Curtain Up
  • [1995] Kick Back
  • [1995] Take It Easy (also reprinted in the United States)[6]
  • [1995] The Winning Touch
  • [1996] Second Best
  • [1997] Fat, Four-eyed and Useless
  • [1999] Just Looking, Thanks
  • [2001] Right Where It Hurts (winner of 2003 LIANZA Esther Glen Medal, New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2003 shortlister)
  • [2001] The High Wind Blows
  • [2001] The Sleeper Wakes
  • [2001] The Name of the Game
  • [2002] Where All Things End
  • [2003] My Story: Journey to Tangiwai, The Diary of Peter Cotterill, Napier 1953 (New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2004 junior section finalist)
  • [2003] No Big Deal
  • [2003] No Safe Harbour (New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2004 adult section finalist)
  • [2004] Coming Back (New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2005 young adult section finalist)
  • [2005] Bodies and Soul
  • [2005] Running Hot (New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2006 young adult section finalist)
  • [2006] Aim High
  • [2006] Hill Sides
  • [2006] How i met myself
  • [2007] Black Day
  • [2007] The Forgotten Children
  • [2007] Duet (Youth Book)
  • [2012] My Brother's War

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/author/index.cfm?a_id=156
  2. ^ "Margaret Mahy Medal Award". Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch City Libraries. 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Margaret Mahy Award". Storylines.org.nz. Auckland, New Zealand: Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand. 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Winners announced for New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards". New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Wellington, New Zealand: Booksellers New Zealand. 24 June 2013. OCLC 182896192. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Children's Choice Award". New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Wellington, New Zealand: Booksellers New Zealand. 27 June 2013. OCLC 182896192. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hill, David (1995). 'About the Author' from 'Take it Easy'. Dutton Children's Books. ISBN 0525457631. 

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