Author(s): Tim Tipene
Tim tells tales from his childhood - some humorous, others horrifying. He also tells of the amazing teachers he encountered and the difference they made to his life. Includes 14 stories in all, plus author information and a page of contacts for further help or information.
Mrs Battleship is a collection for junior readers: vignettes from his primary school years - both funny and sad, such as when he realised that not all children suffered as he did - a light-bulb moment for him. There were several teachers in his journey that championed him, who saw what was happening at home - and they made a life-changing difference. This is a collection about truth and triumph. It contains helplines and free teachers notes on One Tree House's website - making it a ground-breaking book for reading aloud and class discussion.
Kathleen's review - What an inspiring story Tim tells of his primary school years and how he later overcame the 'legacy' his parents gave him. This is written for children in a clear way that tells the truth while omitting the horrifying details that an older reader can see when reading between the lines.
Tim Tipene was adopted into the Waitai-Tipene whanau as a toddler. He was raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European. Tim's immediate family were abusive and violent. His biological father was a convicted predator and violent offender who spent much of life behind bars. It was only with the extended whanau that he felt loved.
Expelled from high school Tim went through a number of jobs, homes and relationships before he managed to find help to address his past.
For 25 years, Tim has been changing lives through his acclaimed Warrior Kids programme, his award-winning books and his inspirational talks. Tim has appeared on television and radio, and in various magazines and newspapers.
He overcame his abusive and violent childhood, broke the cycle, and has spent his life transforming the lives of others.