Emily Rodda

A book is like a door. You walk through the cover and you don’t know what you’re going to find. - Emily Rodda

Emily Rodda is an Australian children's book author best-known for the Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin and Rondo series.

Her first book, Something Special, was published in 1984. It began as a bedtime story she told to her young daughter, the eldest of her four children. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Emily Rodda has since written more than 100 books for children, ranging from picture books to novels.

Emily Rodda is passionate about children's reading, believing that books stimulate the imagination and teach logic and empathy in a way that games and movies cannot. Her books often take young readers to magical lands, where heroes must solve puzzles and mysteries to save the day.

Fun facts

  • Emily Rodda’s real name is Jennifer Rowe.
  • She loves anagrams and riddles and mysteries and word games of all kinds.
  • She worked for 14 years with Angus and Robertson publisher as an editor, senior editor, managing director, deputy published and publisher.
  • Emily Rodda has been a full-time write since 1994.
  • She has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award a record six times.
  • In 1995 she won the prestigious Dromkeen Medal.
  • In 2019 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her services to Australian literature.
  • Emily’s book The Shop at Hooper’s Bend won the 2018 Goodest Prize - a fun new award given for the best book featuring a dog.
  • Emily lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
  • She has a loving but very naughty Labrador called Sadie.

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