Emily Rodda has written many books for children, including Finders Keepers
, which School Library Journal dubbed "a lively adventure," and several novels about the likable hero Rowan. The first of these novels, Rowan of Rin
, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award when it was first published. In fact, Emily Rodda has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. A former editor, Ms. Rodda is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under the name Jennifer Rowe. She lives in Australia.