- Jennifer Rowe
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name = Jennifer Rowe
birth_date = Birth date and age|1948|4|2
birth_place = flagicon|Australia
Sydney, New South Wales
residence = Blue Mountains
other_names = Emily Rodda
occupation = Author
children = Kate Rowe (illustrator, singer, song writer)
website = http://www.emilyrodda.com/
Jennifer June Rowe (born
April 2, 1948) is an award-winning Australian author. Her crime fictionfor adults is published under her own name, while her children's fictionis published under the pseudonymEmily Rodda. She is well known for the children's fantasy series " Deltora Quest", " Rowan of Rin", " Fairy Realm" and " Teen Power Inc."
Rowe, born in
Sydney, Australia, was raised with two younger brothers on Sydney's North Shore. She attended the Abbotsleigh School for Girls, on the upper North Shore of Sydney. She attained her Master of Arts in English Literatureat the University of Sydneyin 1973. Her first job was assistant editor at Paul Hamlynpublishing. She later worked at Angus and RobertsonPublishers where she remained for fourteen years as Editor, Senior Editor, Managing Director, Deputy Publisher and finally Publisher. During this time she began writing children's books under the pseudonym Emily Rodda (her grandmother's name). Her first book, "Something Special", was published in 1984 and won the Australian Children's Book Council Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award. She has now won that award a record five times. [http://www.emilyrodda.com/biography.html Biography] at EmilyRodda.com]
From 1984 to 1992, Rowe continued her career in publishing, then as Editor of the "
Australian Women's Weekly", while writing novels in her 'spare time'. In 1994 Rowe became a full-time writer. She now divides her working day between consultancies for book publishers and her own writing. She lives in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australiawith her husband.
Rowe's acclaimed Verity Birdwood murder mysteries for adults, written under her own name are: "Grim Pickings" (1988) (made into an Australian TV mini-series), "Murder by the Book", "Death in Store", "The Makeover Murders" and "Strangehold". Later she also wrote about
Homicide DetectiveTessa Vance in "Suspect" ( also published as " Deadline " ) and "Something Wicked", and both books were incorporated as episode story lines in the Australian TV-show " Murder Call". Rowe also edited a collection of crime stories "Love Lies Bleeding" and has contributed to the 1997 "Crimes for Summer" collection "Moonlight Becomes You".
The most notable of her children's works, authored under the pseudonym Emily Rodda, are the series "
Deltora Quest", " Teen Power Inc." and " Rowan of Rin".
Total worldwide sales across all the "Deltora Quest" series have now exceeded 10 million. [http://www.scholastic.com.au/common/about/news_item.asp?NewsID=156 Scholastic Australian News] at Scholastic.com.au] It has been published in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the UK. A "Deltora Quest" anime series was broadcast on Japanese television in early 2007.
Among her other successful novels is the 1990
science fictionnovel "Finders Keepers" which was made into a television series called " The Finder", and the " Teen Power Inc." series (re-published as The Raven Hill Mysteries), a mystery series involving six teenagers, both of which are written for young adults.
Her successful children's fantasy series "
Fairy Realm" is published by ABC book.
* 1985 - Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA): Junior Book of the Year - "Something Special"
* 1987 - CBCA: Junior Book of the Year - "Pigs Might Fly"
* 1989 - CBCA: Book of the Year for Younger Readers - "The Best-kept Secret"
* 1991 - CBCA: Book of the Year for Younger Readers - "Finders Keepers"
* 1994 - CBCA: Book of the Year for Younger Readers - "
Rowan of Rin"
* 1995 - The
Dromkeen Medalcite web |title= Dromkeen Medal |publisher= Scholastic |url= http://www.scholastic.com.au/common/dromkeen/medal.asp |accessdate= 2007-07-15]
* 1997 - CBCA: Honour Book for Younger Readers - "
Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal"
* 1999 - Dymock's Children's Choice Awards: Favourite Australian Younger Reader Book - "
Rowan of Rin" Series
* 2000 - COOL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers Award for "Bob The Builder And The Elves"
* 2003 - YABBA award (VIC children's choice) - "
Deltora Quest 2"
* 2002 - KOALA award (NSW children's choice) - "Deltora Quest" Series
* 2002 -
Aurealis Awards: Peter McNamara Convenors' Award - " Deltora Quest" Series
* 2002 - WA Young Reader's Book Awards: Most Popular Book - "Deltora Quest - The Forests of Silence"
* 2003 - COOL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers Award for the "Deltora Quest 2 series"
* 2004 - COOL Awards Fiction for Younger Readers Award for the "Deltora Quest 3 series"
Novels as Jennifer Rowe
Verity Birdwood" series:*" Tessa Vance" series
Novels as Emily Rodda
:*"Something Special" (1984):*"Pigs might Fly" (1986):*"The Best-kept Secret" (1988):*"
Dog Tales":*" Fairy Realm" series (1986-ongoing):*"Finders Keepers" (1990):*"The Timekeeper" (1992):*" Teen Power Inc." series (1994-1999) (re-published as The Raven Hill Mysteries 2006):*" Rowan of Rin" series (1994-2003):*" Deltora Quest" series (2000-2005):*" Squeak Street" series:*"Raven Hill Mysteries":*" The Key to Rondo" 2007
Picture Storybooks as Emily Rodda
:*"Power and Glory"
:* "Love Lies Bleeding" (Allen & Unwin, 1994)cite web |title= Mystery Short Fiction: 1990-2006 |publisher= William G. Contento |url= http://www.philsp.com/homeville/MSF/s180.htm#BOT |accessdate= 2008-03-24]
Film and television
:* "Murder Call", television drama (36 episodes, 1997 - 2000) writer and creative consultant :* "Blue Heelers", television police drama (1994):* "Grim Pickings", television mini series (1989), based on a novel and scripted by
Peter Gawlerand Graeme Koetsveldcite web |title= Jennifer Rowe Filmography |publisher= IMDb |url= http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0746538/ |accessdate= 2007-07-15] :*"Deltora Quest" anime series for Japanese television (2007)
* [http://www.emilyrodda.com Emily Rodda Official Site]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/28/1046407753892.html 2003 SMH interview]
* [http://www.austlit.edu.au/run?ex=ShowAgent&agentId=A%23)9 Austlit - Rowe, Jennifer]
*cite web |title= Mystery Short Fiction: 1990-2006 |publisher= William G. Contento |url= http://www.philsp.com/homeville/MSF/s180.htm#BOT |accessdate= 2008-03-24
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