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Lasenby, Jack

Overview
Works: 90 works in 165 publications in 2 languages and 2,191 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Humorous fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Tall tales  Science fiction  Humor  Young adult works  Fantasy fiction  Short stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PZ7.L315, NZ823.2
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jack Lasenby
The mangrove summer by Jack Lasenby( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1941 a group of cousins, staying on the east coast of the Coromandel to escape a possible Japanese invasion, decide that to survive they need to fend for themselves in the mangroves without the adults, with tragic results
The lake by Jack Lasenby( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thirteen year-old girl runs away from her stepfather and mother to a lake
Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the small Waikato town of Waharoa in the 1930's. Jack Jackman is a young boy who wants to be a stock drover and has a special relationship with an old family friend, Andy the Drover. Andy shares yarns and adventures with Jack each week when he drives a mob of sheep or cattle through the main street with the help of his dog, Old Drumble and his horse, Nosy. Suggested level: primary, intermediate
The haystack by Jack Lasenby( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Maggie, who grows up without her mother, during the Great Depression in the little Waikato dairying township of Waharoa. Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Calling the gods by Jack Lasenby( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banishment is the cruellest punishment, and Selene is being driven out unjustly by her own people. A story of violence, love and courage, of leadership and betrayal, a tale of a young woman's heroic persistence against impossible odds. First person recount. Suggested level: secondary
Grandad's wheelies by Jack Lasenby( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Jack visits his grandparents, there's no television to entertain him. No internet, no mobile phone, no tablets. In fact, there's no technology or modern distractions at all. But he still likes to visit, because Grandad and Granny tell him stories, each trying to outdo the other with a tale taller and wilder than the last. Did you ever hear about the dragon of Waitemata harbour? Or the bridge between the North and South islands? Or why the Beehive is round in shape, and who really made the Marlborough Sounds? And then there's the pumpkin larger than a garden shed, and a wheelbarrow that converts into a boat for a seasick kangaroo. There are lost false teeth, eels and the ingenious invention of the world's first rotary clothesline helicopter, and a flying train that touches down at the station in Nelson. "--Publisher's information
Because we were the travellers by Jack Lasenby( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a land called the Whykatto, the sun rises angry in the sky, eats the winter grass and flames toward the western horison. As the sky turns fiery, two figures appear, a boy and an old woman. Cast out from their tribe, they head towards the southern lands on a long journey of survival, in a time when much is feared and few can be trusted
Aunt Effie and the island that sank by Jack Lasenby( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aunt Effie is restless. She and her 26 nieces and nephews are off again in the scow Margery Daw on a treasure hunt across the pirate-infested waterways of the Hauraki Gulf and The Waikato. Meanwhile back in Auckland One Tree Hill has sprung a leak and Rangitoto Island is sinking while the Prime Minister gambles away the nation's taxes in the Casino Tower. Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Tiare te kea whakatara by Jack Lasenby( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 1998 in English and Maori and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie the cheeky kea gets more than he bargained for when he is sent to Wellington Zoo; but captivity is not for Charlie, and after an adventurous time he finds his way home to the mountains
When Mum went funny by Jack Lasenby( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is war-time New Zealand and with Dad away, Mum has to run the farm and feed four children. Sometimes the stress of it all gives her funny ideas. Ideas like trying to sell off the children, making nail soup, and sleeping out in a haystack to catch whoever's 'bandicooting' the potatoes! Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Mr Bluenose by Jack Lasenby( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl befriends Mr Bluenose and he in turn tells her some fairly fantastic stories - how he got his name, how he ate a fisherman and various other imaginative tales. Set in Waharoa during the Depression era. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
Billy and Old Smoko by Jack Lasenby( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy wakes to find his father all lackadaisical, and a strange woman burning the porridge. She reckons his real mother ran away, and he must call her Mum now. But Billy isn't stupid. With Old Smoko, a stately, talking horse whom he teaches to read, Billy looks for his real mum under the Kaimais, out the back of Waharoa. He learns the secret of Mount Te Aroha, hears the ancient Maori story of Snow White, and sees how Auckland got its electricity. He also goes pig hunting, plays footy, discovers roast pork and apple sauce sandwiches - and falls in love with the blue eyes of Harrietta
Aunt Effie's ark by Jack Lasenby( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this story Aunt Effie dressed in her green canvas invalid's pyjamas, hibernates all winter, leaving her 26 resourceful nieces and nephews to deal with snowstorm and flood, ravening monsters, a barnful of hungry animals and a wild ark-ride over the vast untrodden Ureweras. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
Taur by Jack Lasenby( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pursued by the hateful Salt Men, Ish flees south with his friend Taur, the mute Bull Man. But nowhere is there refuge from the brutal squint-face, who wants his greenstone god back, and wants Ish's life. Across the ice loom the mountains of the South Land. Is there a future there, in the land of the mountain that ate the sun? Is there escape from relentless pursuit?
Aunt Effie and Mrs Grizzle by Jack Lasenby( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aunt Effie has six gigantic pig dogs, twenty six nieces and nephews and a never-ending supply of stories. In this adventure she encounters Mrs Grizzle, a red haired, double jointed magician. Nothing is as it seems as they encounter edible gunpowder, monsterpukekos, pookackodiles and krockapooks. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary
Aunt Effie by Jack Lasenby( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aunt Effie has six gigantic pig dogs, twenty six nieces and nephews and a never-ending supply of stories. She also has the ability to transport her nieces and nephews into her stories, which include logging kauri in the Coromandel, building a scow to transport the logs, and fighting off pirates in the Hauraki Gulf. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
The tears of Harry Wakatipu by Jack Lasenby( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More adventures of Harry Wakatipu, the laziest horse that ever lived. Harry Wakatipu returns to the Hopuruahine Hut, and out of the mythical mists of the bush .303 from the hip, learns his dogs to walk on water, slays the first of Grim Inscrutable Wolves, and lives all winter on a single moa's egg. Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Kalik by Jack Lasenby( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ish is introduced to Lutha's Headland, a cruel and primitive society driven by fear and superstition. He quickly distrusts a quality in Lutha and her beautiful, elegant friend and lieutenant Kalik. Ish wishes to escape but he realises he cannot go alone, as this would mean leaving behind a group of terrorised children"--Back cover. Suggested level: secondary
The conjuror by Jack Lasenby( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A teenage couple plan and execute their escape from Moory, a future settlement ruled by the evil conjuror using cruelty, superstition and a class system based on eye colour. Suggested level:secondary
The lies of Harry Wakatipu by Jack Lasenby( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories featuring Harry Wakatipu, a lazy, bad-tempered pack-horse and the biggest liar in the history of the vast untrodden Ureweras. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
 
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The haystack
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The haystackBecause we were the travellersAunt Effie and the island that sankWhen Mum went funnyMr BluenoseBilly and Old SmokoAunt Effie's arkTaur
Alternative Names
Lasenby, John Millen

Languages
English (83)

Maori (1)