Joy Cowley has been awarded an OBE for her services to New Zealand writing. Her books 'Tickets to the Sky Dance' and 'Starbright and the Dreameater' are both winners of the NZ Post Junior Fiction Award and 'Bow Down Shadrach' won the Children's Book of the Year award.
Joy Cowley is a much-loved, multi-award-winning New Zealand author of more than 600 titles. She is famous in the United States as the author of the Mrs Wishy-Washy series, which has sold over 40 million copies. Three of her novels, The Silent One, Bow Down Shadrach, and Hunter, have won Children's Book of the Year awards in New Zealand; Ticket to the Sky Dance and Starbright and the Dream Eater won junior fiction awards two years running. Joy has been awarded the OBE for her services to children's writing. When not travelling the world, Joy spends her time between Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds.