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Emily Rodda Emily Rodda i(A6253 works by)
Writing name for: Jennifer Rowe
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Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Jennifer Rowe explained her choice of pseudonym to Bookseller + Publisher's Jarrah Moore: 'Emily Rodda was my grandmother's maiden name, and my great-grandmother's married name'. (Bookseller + Publisher newsletter, 21 March 2011.)

Personal Awards

2001 joint winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Convenors' Award with Mark McBride for the 'Deltora Quest' series and 'The Deltora Book of Monsters'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon His Name Was Walter Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 13534394 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'While on a history excursion, an ill-assorted group of four kids and their teacher are left on a country road when their minibus breaks down. At the suggestion of a friendly tow-truck driver, the five take shelter in a nearby old, deserted mansion. There they find a little old desk with a secret drawer. Inside the drawer is a book containing a handwritten story and a series of vivid, strangely lifelike paintings. The book is called His Name Was Walter.

'The story begins: 'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own.' And so begins the tale of Walter - his lonely childhood, his flight from the haunted streets of the city, his discovery of Magda the witch, his quest to find Magda's lost daughter, and his meeting with the love of his life, the mysterious, tragic girl he calls Sparrow.

'As the night closes in around them and the story of Walter and Sparrow unfolds, the kids read it avidly.. Slowly the outer and inner stories begin to mesh. Slowly the story of Walter draws the five members of the group together. And in the end every one of the five plays a vital role in the uncovering of the truth.'

Source: Publilsher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2019 winner APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
2019 winner CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2018 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
y separately published work icon The Shop at Hoopers Bend Sydney : HarperCollins , 2017 11204802 2017 single work novel children's fantasy

'Eleven-year-old Jonquil (known as Quil) Medway is a girl with more than an unusual name. Quil's parents died in a car accident when she was a baby and she now goes to boarding school, but spends her holidays with an aunt - or at camp, which is where Quil is heading when she decides to get off early at a train stop called Hooper's Bend.

'It is there that Quil meets Pirate, a chunky little white dog with black spots who immediately adopts her and Bailey, a crabby older lady who has gone to Hooper's Bend to check out the shop that has been left to her by an uncle.

'There is something magical about the shop at Hooper's Bend though, and once it casts its spell on Quil and Bailey they are drawn together in an unlikely friendship and their fight to save the shop from developers.' (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2018 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2018 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2018 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
y separately published work icon The Hungry Isle Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2016 8850311 2016 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Britta of Del wants nothing less than to be the new Apprentice Trader of the Rosalyn fleet. Family and friends and even the terrible secret of her parentage will not stop her. But how can she succeed when her true identity must surely be guessed by Trader Mab, who knew her father, and the crew of the Star of Deltora? Relying on no more than her wits and the kind acts of friends she makes along the way, Britta is drawn closer and closer to her terrible destiny.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
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