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Jennifer Rowe
Biographical information
Alternative name(s)

Emily Rodda
Mary-Anne Dickinson


Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Personal information

Kate Rowe (daughter)

Chronological and political information


Jennifer June Rowe is an Australian author best known for creating the world of Deltora and writing about it in her fantasy series Deltora Quest, The Three Doors, Rowan of Rin, Star of Deltora and their relating books. She writes her children books under the pseudonoms Emily Rodda and Mary-Anne Dickinson and has also written Rondo and Fairy Realm.


Jennifer Rowe was born and raised in Sydney, Australia with her two younger brothers.

She gained her Master of Arts in English Literature at the University of Sydney in 1973 when she was 25. Her first job was assistant editor at Paul Hamlyn publishing. Later on she worked at Angus and Robertson Publishers where she remained there for 14 years. Between the years 1984 and 1992, Rowe continued with her publishing career. She was also, at the time, editing for Australian Women's Weekly. While all this way going on, she wrote novels in her spare time. In 1994, Jennifer became a full-time writer and in 1995, she won the Dromkeen Medal, for advancing children's literature in Australia. Her first fantasy books for older children were the Rowan of Rin series series. She would go on to write the first series of Deltora Quest once the series was complete, which became the books she is most well known for to this day.


According to Rowe, some of her favourite authors are the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Tim Winton. Roald Dahl, Ruth Park, Margaret Mahy.

Some of Rowe's favourite books and stories include The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, Possession by AS Byatt, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, Emma by Jane Austen, Three men in a boat by Jerome K Jerome and Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Her favourite children's story is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. As a child she often read the books of Enid Blyton.

Rowe has said in several interviews that she adores anything written by Margaret Atwood for her wit and ability to find magic anywhere. Although she has said that Emma is her favourite of Jane Austen's books, she has a habit of coming back to Sense and Sensibility, describing it as elegant and with the ability to always calm her, comparing it to the effect Mozart's music have on many people.

Rowe has said that her favourite films are Bagdad Café and Fargo.


  • 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 Medal[7]
  • 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
  • 2008 – Aurealis Awards Best Children's Novel for The Wizard of Rondo
  • 2013 – CBCA KOALA award for The Golden Door


Books set in the world of Deltora

Deltora Quest

Deltora Quest 2/Deltora Shadowlands

Deltora Quest 3/Dragons of Deltora

Supplementary Deltora Quest books

The Three Doors

Star of Deltora

Rowan of Rin

Books not set in the world of Deltora


  • The Key to Rondo
  • The Wizard of Rondo
  • The Battle for Rondo

The Fairy Realm

  • The Charm Braclet
  • The Flower Fairies
  • The Third Wish
  • The Last Fairy-Apple Tree
  • The Magic Key
  • The Unicorn
  • The Star Cloak
  • The Water Sprites
  • The Peskie Spell
  • The Rainbow Wand

Raven Hill Mysteries (formerly Teen Power Inc.)

  • The Ghost of Raven Hill
  • The Socerer's Apprentice
  • The Disappearing TV Star
  • Cry of the Cat
  • Beware the Gingerbread House
  • Green for Danger
  • Breaking Point
  • The Secret of Banyan Bay
  • The Bad Dog Mystery
  • Poison Pen
  • The Missing Millionaire
  • Crime in the Picture
  • Nowhere to Run
  • Dangerous Games
  • Haunted House
  • The Case of Crazy Claude
  • Fear in Fashion
  • Danger in Rhyme
  • Cry Wolf
  • Photo Finish
  • Stage Fright
  • Saint Elmo's Fire
  • Dirty Tricks
  • Hot Pursuit
  • Hit or Miss
  • Deep Freeze
  • The Secret Enemy
  • Dead End

Squeak Street

  • Old Bun and the Burglar
  • One-Shoe's Wishes
  • Fee-Fee's Holiday
  • Pink-Paw's Painting
  • Lucky Clive
  • Quck-Sticks' Magic
  • Kevin to the Rescue
  • Tails and the Twin Spell
  • Addy and the Pirates
  • Ben and the Post-Mouse

Finders Keepers series

  • Finders Keepers (1990)
  • The Timekeeper (1992)

The Glimme series

  • The Glimme (2019)

Single books

  • Something Special
  • Pigs Might Fly
  • The Best-Kept Secret
  • Crumbs
  • The Juliae Tapes
  • Dog Tales
  • His Name Was Walter (2018)
  • The Shop at Hooper's Bend

Picture books

  • Power and Glory
  • Yay!
  • Game Plan
  • Where Do You Hide Two Elephants?
  • Squeak Street
  • The Long Way Home

Young readers

  • Green Fingers
  • Fuzz the Famous Fly
  • Bob the Builder and the Elves
  • Gobbleguts


  • City of the Rats is Jennifer Rowe's favourite book in the Deltora Quest series, because she was particularly proud of the plot that she came up with for it.​​[1]
  • Her pen name "Emily Rodda" was the name of her grandmother.​​[2] Her great-grandmother shared the same name.

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