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Emily Rodda - Biography

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Emily Rodda; Biography

 

Biography

Emily Rodda grew up with her two younger brothers on Sydney's North Shore and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. Always an avid reader, she moved naturally into a career in publishing, first as a book editor, and finally as a publisher at Angus & Robertson.

Emily Rodda’s first book, Something Special, was published in 1984. It marked the beginning of a career that has seen her become one of the most successful, prolific and versatile writers in Australia. She has written or co-authored well over fifty books for children, and as Jennifer Rowe (her real name) she writes popular mystery novels for adults. Her children’s books range from picture books to YA novels, and include the award-winning Rowan series and the outstandingly successful Deltora Quest fantasy series. Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year (Younger Readers) Award a record five times, she seems to know instinctively what children want to read.

She has been a full-time writer since 1994. "I feel very lucky to have a job I love so much," she says. Her four children, including twin boys, have given her plenty of inspiration over the years. "None of the characters in my books are exactly like anyone I know, but all of them have things in common with people I know. Everyone writes from his or her own experience. I look at people I know and listen to them and when I am trying to think of a new character, these things come back to me."

All Emily Rodda’s books are testament to her exception storytelling ability. She describes the Rowan books, which combine a classic quest storyline with a series of riddling mysteries to be solved, as being "the most pleasurable to write". Other books, like Dog Tales, which looks at the lives of a gang of neighbourhood dogs, demonstrate her wonderful talent for comedy. Her plots are always beautifully crafted. "I love things that all tie up… There’s no little clue that doesn’t have a meaning and I suppose it’s the fascination for someone who likes word games or likes doing tapestry… maybe it’s a response to the general messiness of life, but I find it very satisfying."

And important influence on her writing was the world of the media. Her father was a TV executive, and she grew up with "the ratings" and a great respect for the demands of the marketplace. She acknowledges the need for escapist books as well as those that are more literary.

In 1995 Emily Rodda won the prestigious Dromkeen Medal. The judges of the award said of her that she "maintains a prolific writing schedule, continues to provide a role model in promoting children’s literature, and still spends many hours sharing her love of books with children and educators".

 

Emily comments on Deltora Quest:

I was really excited when I thought of the idea of writing Deltora Quest. At first I wanted to write a serial-type quest, a story that would go over several books. The Rowan of Rin books, which have always done quite well and which I love writing, are complete, without a continuing storyline. I really wanted to write a classic quest in stages, culminating in a final book. I had the idea of a quest involving three heroes and had worked on the manuscript for quite a while before I took it to the publisher, Scholastic Australia. I wanted to see what they thought of it and it turned out that they thought it was a great idea.

 

Emily comments on Rowan of Rin:

“Everyone has their talent, everyone has something to contribute and you don’t have to be a great, tough, outgoing, obviously strong, person to be able to do wonderful things. You can do wonderful things whatever you look like, however strong you are. It’s what inside those counts. It’s the strength of character that counts not the strength of the body.”

 

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Deltora Quest Dread Mountain Series One Book Five Author : Emily Rodda Format : Paperback 120 pages. Condition : Used. Ex-library book - pages coming loose from binding. Dimensions : 13cm x 20cm x 1cm Book Summary Lief Barda and Jasmine are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the magic belt of Deltora. Only when all the gems have been restored to the belt can Deltora be freed from the tyranny of the evil Shadow Lord. Four gems have been found. Now though grave news reaches Lief from home and he longs to return the quest must continue. To find the fifth stone the heroes must venture almost to the border of the Shadowlands and plunge into the darkness and terror of the realm of the monstrous toad Gellick-Dread Mountain. Series Summary On his sixteenth birthday Lief the son of a blacksmith faces the greatest challenge of his life. He must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in all of Deltora to find the seven magical gems stolen from the Belt of Deltora. When reunited in the Belt these gems—an amethyst a topaz a diamond a rub more advice

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Deltora Quest City of the Rats Series One Book Three Author : Emily Rodda Format : Paperback 120 pages. Condition : Used. Ex-library book. Dimensions : 13cm x 20cm x 1cm Book Summary Lief Barda and Jasmine-companions with nothing in common but their hatred of the enemy-are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora. Only when the Belt is complete once more can the evil Shadow Lord be overthrown. They have succeeded in finding the golden topaz and the great ruby. The two gems' mysterious powers have strengthened them and given them the courage to move on in their search for the third stone. But none of them can know what horrors await them in the forbidden City of the Rats. Series Summary On his sixteenth birthday Lief the son of a blacksmith faces the greatest chall related info

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Deltora Quest Return to Del Series One Book Eight Author : Emily Rodda Format : Paperback 120 pages. Condition : Used. Ex-library book. Dimensions : 13cm x 20cm x 1cm Book Summary The seven lost gems have been restored to the Belt of Deltora. Now Lief Barda and Jasmine must find the heir to the kingdom's throne. They know that only the true heir can use the belt's magic to overthrow the evil Shadow Lord. But the heir has been in deepest hiding since birth and only the belt can reveal the hiding place. Shock follows shock as the Deltora Quest rushes to its thundering climax and the fury and the power of the Shadow Lord himself threaten to destroy its three heroes and everything they love. Series Summary On his sixteenth birthday Lief the son of a blacksmith faces the greatest challenge of his life. He must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in all of Deltora to find the seven magical gems stolen from the Belt of Deltora. When reunited in the Belt these gems—an extra

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Deltora Quest Dragon's Nest Series Three Book One Author : Emily Rodda Format : Paperback 166 pages. Condition : New. Holographic image on front cover. Dimensions : 13cm x 20cm x 1cm Book Summary The evil Shadow Lord has been banished but famine still stalks Deltora and only monster thrive. As the starving people weaken Lief Barda and Jasmine discover a terrible secret. The Enemy left the seeds of death behind him. Four vile creations of sorcery called the Four Sisters are hidden in the land. They are slowly killing it while the Shadow Lord gloats awaiting his triumphant return. The companions must find the deadly Sisters and destroy them. Their only clue is a fragment of an ancient map. Their only hope of help lies with seven unlikely allies-the last of Deltora's dragons. Series details

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Deltora Quest Cavern of the Fear Series Two Book One Author : Emily Rodda Format : Paperback 136 pages. Condition : Used. Ex-library book. Dimensions : 13cm x 20cm x 1cm Book Summary The Shadow Lord's evil tyranny over Deltora has ended. He and the creatures of his sorcery have been driven back across the mountains. But thousands of Deltorians are still enslaved in the Shadowlands the Enemy's own terrifying and mysterious domain. To rescue thousands of Deltorans enslaved in the Shadowlands Lief Barda and Jasmine - heroes of the quest for the Belt of Deltora - must find a weapon powerful enough to combat the Shadow Lord's magic on his own ground. According to legend the only thing the Shadow Lord fears is the fabled Pirran Pipe. But does the mysterious P more.....

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Deltora Quest The Maze of the Beast Series One Book Six Author : Emily Rodda Format : Paperback 120 pages. Condition : Used. Ex-library book. Dimensions : 13cm x 20cm x 1cm Book Summary The evil Shadow Lord has become aware that Lief Barda and Jasmine are searching for the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora. He knows that if the gems can be restored to the Belt its power will threaten his tyranny. Five gems have already been found. The next stone lies hidden in the underwater lair of the hideous and ferocious Glus. Already exhausted pursued by the servants of the Shadow Lord the three companions will need all their strength and courage to face the Maze of the Beast. Series Summary On his sixteenth birthday Lief the son of a blacksmith faces the greatest challenge of his life. He must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in all of Deltora to find the seven magical gems stolen from the Belt of Deltora. When reunited in the Belt these gems—an amethy more details.....

Emily Rodda Book list:

Rondo

The Key to Rondo
The Wizard of Rondo

 

Deltora Quest

Series One:
1. The Forests of Silence
2. The Lake f Tears
3. City of the Rats
4. The Shifting Sands
5. Dread Mountain
6. Maze of the Beast
7. The Valley of the Lost
8. Return to Del

Series Two:
1. The Cavern of the Fear
2. The Isle of Illusion
3. The Shadowlands

Series Three:
1. Dragon’s Nest
2. Shadowgate
3. Isle of the Dead
4. The Sister of the South

Others:
Tales of Deltora
The Deltora Book of Monsters
How To Draw Deltora Monsters
How To Draw Deltora Dragons
The Ultimate Deltora Quiz Book

 

Rowan of Rin

Rowan of Rin
Rowan and the Travelers
Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal
Rowan and the Zebak
Rowan and the Bukshah
Rowan of Rin – The Journey

 

The Fairy Realm

Series One:
1. The Charm Bracelet
2. The Flower Fairies
3. The Third Wish
4. The Last Fairy-Apple Tree
5. The Magic Key
6. The Unicorn

Series Two:
1. The Star Cloak
2. The Water Sprites
3. The Peskie Spell
4. The Rainbow Wand

 

Raven Hill Mysteries

1. The Ghost of Raven Hill
2. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
3. The Disappearing TV Star
4. Cry of the Cat
5. Beware the Gingerbread House
6. Green for Danger
7. Breaking Point
8. The Secret of Banyan Bay
9. The Bad Dog Mystery
10. Poison Man
11. The Missing Millionaire
12. Crime in the Picture
13. Nowhere to Run
14. Dangerous Games
15. Haunted House
16. The Case of Crazy Claude
17. Fear in Fashion
18. Danger in Rhyme
19. Cry Wolf
20. Photo Finish
21. Stage Fright
22. Saint Elmo’s Fire
23. Bad Apples
24. The War of the Work Demons
25. Dirty Tricks
26. Hot Pursuit
27. Hit of Miss
28. Deep Freeze
29. The Secret Enemy
30.Dead End

 

Squeak Street

1. Old Bun and the Burglar
2. One-Shoe’s Wishes
3. Fee-Fee’s Holiday
4. Pink-Paw’s Painting
5. Lucky Clive
6. Quick-Stick’s Magic
7. Kevin to the Rescue
8. Tails and the Twin Spell
9. Addy and the Pirates
10. Ben the Post-Mouse

 

Single Books

Something Special
Pigs Might Fly
The Best-Kept Secret
Crumbs!
The Julia Tapes
Dog Tales
Finders Keepers
The Timekeeper

 

Picture Books

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

 

Younger Readers

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

 

 

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