Joy Cowley profile
Joy Cowley is known to children all around the world. Two of her novels, The Silent One and Bow Down Shadrach have won Children's Book of the Year awards; Ticket to the Sky Dance and Starbright and the Dream Eater have won junior fiction awards two years running. Joy has recently published two adult novels, Classical Music and Holy Days, to much acclaim. Classical Music was shortlisted for the Montana Awards in 2000 and her children's book Hunter won Book of the Year in The NZ Post Children's Books Awards, 2006. She now works full-time as a writer and has been awarded the OBE for her services to children's writing. Joy lives with her husband Terry in the Marlborough Sounds along with eight cats and seventy sheep.