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Jennifer Rowe has also written under the nom de plume of 'Emily Rodda'. After graduating from University of Sydney, Rowe worked for many years in the publishing industry and was previously the editor of the Women's Weekly magazine. She has written adult mysteries (under her real name) as well as children's books (as Emily Rodda). Writing for children came naturally to her when her own four children were growing up. She learned from them the things that made them laugh and cry, and what held their interest. She usually writes fantasies of the kind that are always firmly attached to real life. They grow out of real-life situations and states of mind. Her books are strongly plotted, with a little mystery, a touch of humour and a satisfying and well-rounded ending. Rodda's children's books have been widely acclaimed and she has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers four times: for Something Special, Pigs Might Fly, The Best Kept Secret and Finders Keepers. Bob the Builder and the Elves won the Honor Book in the same category and recently it won the 'Coolest Book of the Decade - Primary' in the COOL awards for 2000. In 1995 Rowe was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her contribution to Australian children's literature.
'She stared into the speckled mirror, wondering how she had come to this. How could she, Holly Love, apple of her parents' eye, competent manipulator of invoices in Gorgon Office Supplies, have ended up alone and starving in a dead man's flat?
'How indeed? Most reluctant heroines would throw in the towel at this point. But Holly Love is made of sterner stuff. She's sworn to track down the cheating swine who ripped her life apart, and make him pay. But as she tries to keep her head in the face of a bizarre mystery, a gloomy old house, a hearse-driving Elvis impersonator and a gang of vengeful thugs - not to mention a garrulous and possibly possessed parrot - Holly is forced to come to terms with a great truth. However bad things seem, they can always get worse.'
A character-based television drama series about the lives of police officers in the fictitious Australian country town of Mt Thomas, this series began with the arrival of Constable Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune) to the Mt Thomas station in the episode 'A Woman's Place'. Doyle and avuncular station boss Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon (John Wood) were the core characters of the series until the departure of Lisa McCune.
Immensely popular for a decade, Blue Heelers was cancelled in 2006 after thirteen seasons. The announcement was front-page news in Australia's major newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney's Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Age in Melbourne, and Brisbane's Courier Mail.
On June 8, 2006 Ross Warneke wrote in The Age:
'It's over and, to be perfectly blunt, there's no use lamenting the demise of Blue Heelers any more. When the final movie-length episode aired on Channel Seven on Sunday night, 1.5 million Australians tuned in, a figure that was big enough to give the show a win in its timeslot but nowhere near big enough to pay the sort of tribute that this writer believes Heelers deserved after more than 500 episodes.It is unlikely there will be anything like it again. At almost $500,000 an hour, shows such as Blue Heelers are quickly becoming the dinosaurs of Australian TV.'