Joy Cowley's first books were novels for adults, and she turned to children's literature after one of her sons had trouble learning to read. She wrote stories for him, and these were read by other children and used by schools. In addition to her educational books, Cowley has written picture books, junior fiction and young-adult novels. She received the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction in 2010 and was appointed a member of the Order of New Zealand in 2018.
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