Adele Broadbent

NZ Children's Author, Reviewer, Bookseller and Librarian

About me

Hi there!  Nice to meet you!
I am the author of Just Jack, Too Many Secrets, The Last Herrick Secret and Trouble in Time. I've written several junior chapter books for the US and Australian educational market and the NZ School Journal has a couple of non-fiction articles of mine too.

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I LOVE writing for children.  Not only is it a great excuse to read tons of great kid's books (for research purposes), now that I'm visiting schools to do workshops and talk about writing, I get to meet so many awesome people along the way - big and small :)

Writing has taken me on a fantastic journey. After launching Too Many Secrets at Beattie & Forbes Booksellers in Napier in 2010, I was asked to help with a new Tween Bookclub in the shop. Since then I've launched Just Jack, The Last Herrick Secret, and Trouble in Time in the shop, become their children's bookseller and the host of the Tween's and Teen's Bookclubs.

After writing The Last Herrick Secret, and with the excellent help of my work colleague and professional editor Val Thompson, I decided to self publish and find out some answers to the questions we were often asked in the bookshop. How do you go about self publishing?

Val and I learnt so much along the self publishing journey and are always happy to help anyone else on theirs.

In late 2013 I became part of the wonderful team at the Napier Public Library and now am proud to be the weekend Children's Librarian. So that means even more time with kid's and teen books! 

So if you're ever in Napier, pop in and say hello at Beattie and Forbes Booksellers Mon-Thurs or the Napier Public Library Sat-Sun.

I would love to meet you.

Highlight - April 2012

Having 'Just Jack' announced as a Finalist for the NZ Post Book Awards 2012 is the biggest thrill so far in my writing journey. To be included with people like Leonie Agnew (Winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award), Barbara Else (without I never would've completed 'Too Many Secrets'), James Norcliffe (whose wonderful story 'Loblolly Boy' won the Junior Fiction Award in 2010), and of course Johanna Knox and Sabrina Malcolm's 'The Flytrap Snaps' ( a wonderful story I reviewed last year), is just HUGE!