Leon Davidson i(3 works by)
Born: Established: 1973 ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Born and raised in Christchurch, Leon Davidson grew up on a diet of Second World War comics and movies, and tried to enlist in the New Zealand Armed Forces when he was eight. His first two books of non-fiction scooped the prize pool for young adult books in both Australia and New Zealand. He spent ten years overseas, including six years in Australia, mainly in Melbourne.Davidson returned to Wellington, New Zealand, where he has worked as a primary school teacher and writer.

Awards for Works

Red Haze : Australians and New Zealanders in Vietnam , 2006 single work biography young adult 'The Vietnam War was like no other the Australians and New Zealanders had fought. There was no front-line, no safe zone, no glory. In the jungles the Vietcong seemed to be everywhere, and nowhere — and winning. To find the Vietcong, a country was torn apart. In questioning why they were there, Australia and New Zealand almost tore themselves apart.' (Source: Black Dog Books)
2007 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Scarecrow Army : The Anzacs at Gallipoli , 2005 single work biography young adult "On 25 April 1915, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders landed at an unnamed cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. They had come to fight the Turks. They thought the battle would be over in three days, but months later they were still in the trenches they'd dug at the landing. Gallipoli fast became a graveyard where bodies lay above the ground and the living slept under it. The Anzacs went looking for the adventure of a lifetime" -- Book Jacket.
2006 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award Eve Pownall Award for Information Books