Speed of Light

by Joy Cowley  Speed of Light

With a father more interested in money than family, a brother in prison, a sister with a secret, and a mother in denial, it’s no wonder Jeff buries himself in the safe world of mathematics.

When a storm hits Wellington, a strange old woman is blown into Jeff’s life, challenging everything he thinks is true.

Sometimes families need rescuing from themselves. This is true of teenager Jeff’s family … it is drama of the highest level. – Bob’s Books Blog (NZ), July 2014

Gecko Press | children’s fiction | pb | 208 pp | Aug 2014 | 11+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex), Korean


by Joy Cowley  Dunger

William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they’re concerned, this is not a holiday.

A highly readable new pre-teen novel from the beloved New Zealand writer Joy Cowley.

  • Winner, NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014, Junior Fiction category
  • Winner, LIANZA Book Awards 2014, Esther Glen Junior Fiction category
  • Storylines Notable Book

Spirited, warm, intelligent and has sensible and mature messages to impart. – The Bookbag (UK)

Hilarious and endearing. – The NZ Listener 50 Best Children’s Books of 2013, November 2013

Dry, droll and never dull … rich and deep. This is what our ordinary lives are like. manages to give us pride in ourselves and also makes us laugh at ourselves. – Judges’ Report, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, June 2014

Gecko Press | pb | 156 pp | Oct 2013 | 10+

Rights sold: Korean