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Welcome to the site of author and storyteller, LP Hansen

LP Hansen is a New Zealand based author of young adult and youth fiction. Her most recent book is The Fire Keeper’s Girls (2018).

The Fire Keeper’s Girls (2018) proved to be the most challenging of Linda’s books so far. It took her months to locate and research the 25 women from 25 countries whose brief biographies appear at the end of the book. Their stories are woven into the Game that her two teenage protagonists encounter when they are sent to a lonely beach to stay with an eccentric woman they barely know. This book, which was accepted onto the Women’s 125 Suffrage Site, expresses Linda’s appreciation for inspiring women everywhere. It’s her third activist novel for teenagers in recent years.

Bad Oil and the Animals (2016) introduces a multicultural group of teenage activists aiming a spotlight at animal welfare in New Zealand and elsewhere. Having spent her early years on a traditional dairy farm, Linda was disturbed to hear of dairy factory farms with their use of palm kernel extract and the link to rain forest destruction.  In her book, Linda’s five students from the Cook Islands, China, Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand, bring wildly diverse talents to their campaign against these issues.

An Unexpected Hero (2014) features twelve-year-old Matt, described by David Hill as ‘a very likeable, very credible and genuinely unlikely hero who startles everyone, including himself, by what he’s able to do.’ Matt’s trials through his stutter and fear of public speaking up to his eventual triumph, parallel his growing understanding of the bravery and boldness of World War 1 Pacifist Archie Baxter, father of poet James K. Baxter. Linda’s hope that more children would learn about Archie Baxter has been amply fulfilled since teachers chose the book in 2017 and again in 2019 for NZ ReadAloud, the national reading programme.

Socks, a story on homelessness, won her the 2012 Jack Lasenby Senior Award for children’s writing.