Joy Cowley, who has recently been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Honours List, is shortlisted for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. She is one of New Zealand’s best-loved and internationally renowned writers for children. Joy Cowley has been highly acclaimed throughout her career, winning the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction in 2010 and the University of Alabama’s Maryann Manning Award for Outstanding Literacy Scholar in 2011.