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Brian Falkner Brian Falkner i(A143460 works by)
Born: Established: Auckland, Auckland (Region), North Island,
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Male
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'Auckland-born and raised Brian Falkner has won a number of awards for his children's and young adult fiction. His novel Brainjack won the New Zealand Post Book Awards, Children's Choice Award, Young Adult Fiction category and the Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Young Adult Novel. Even at school he knew that he wanted to be a writer. It took him thirty years to realise that dream with his first junior novel published in 2003. He studied computers at university but dropped out to pursue his love of writing. He trained as a journalist, and then worked as a reporter and an advertising copywriter, a radio announcer and an Internet developer before finally becoming an author. Falkner has lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.'

Sources include: Brian Falkner's website,

Sighted: 07/11/2011

Most Referenced Works


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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Wolf's Lair Auckland : Scholastic New Zealand , 2022 24910040 2022 single work novel young adult

'On the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler is preparing to move from Bavaria to the ‘Wolf’s Lair’, his top secret headquarters in East Prussia. Little does he know that among his entourage is a British spy, teenager Joseph ‘Katipo’ St George, playing the part of a keen Hitler Youth who has been chosen as Hitler’s successor.

'Already under suspicion by German counterintelligence, Joe has been given a risky new task by his handlers at MI5: the assassination of Hitler before he can lead Germany to victory over Russia.

'The attack is to take place on the Führersonderzug, Hitler’s Special Train, en route to the Wolf’s Lair. But a perilous night-time crawl on the outside and roof of the train, in an attempt to poison Hitler’s water supply, ends in failure, as does an air raid the following day.

'With Hitler safely ensconced at his new headquarters, the invasion begins, and Joe sits horrified in the daily briefings as German troops blitz their way into Russia. Aided by Sofie, a German girl disillusioned with the Nazi regime, he embarks on an even more audacious assassination plot, a plan that is complicated when he discovers that his father – arrested three years earlier on Kristallnacht – is among the prisoners working as forced labourers at the complex.

'With German counterintelligence closing in, Joe and Sofie must now try to help Joe’s father escape, while continuing their plans for a powerful bomb right in the heart of the Wolf’s Lair.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2022 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
y separately published work icon Cassie Clark : Outlaw Auckland : OneTree House , 2019 16791376 2019 single work novel young adult crime

'Cassie has survived a hit and run but now she hears her father has disappeared - supposedly run off with a news reporter. As a senior congressman and Speaker of the House, her father is an important player in the tense world of American politics. Cassie knows he would not walk away from his career or his family and she is determined to find out what really happened. But there are bigger players who are equally determined to stop her, and she no longer has a security detail ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 longlisted Ngaio Marsh Award
y separately published work icon Rampage at Waterloo New York (City) : Farrar Straus and Giroux , 2015 9474259 2015 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'This alternative history re-imagines the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as a victory for the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte, when he unleashes a terrible secret weapon - giant carnivorous survivors from pre-history - on his unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. In this world, smaller "saurs" are an everyday danger in the forests of Europe, and the Americas are a forbidden zone roamed by the largest and most deadly animals ever to walk the earth. But in his quest for power, Napoléon has found a way to turn these giant dinosaurs into nineteenth century weapons of mass destruction. Only Willem Verheyen, an outsider living in hiding in the tiny village of Gaillemarde, has the power to ruin the tyrant's plans. And Napoléon will stop at nothing to find him.

'War is coming, and young Willem is no longer safe, for Gaillemarde is just a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo – fields which will soon run red with blood.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
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