Caroline Macdonald (1948–1997) was born and educated in Stratford, Taranaki. She was the youngest of four children and was a great reader of fiction, especially C.S. Lewis. Her weekends and holidays were spent at the family bach in Oakura, and she made this the setting for her first novel Elephant Rock (1983), which won the Esther Glen Award.
Her fifth book, The Lake at the End of the World, won two major awards in Australia in 1989 and was also runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1990.
Caroline lived in South Australia where she worked as an editor of teaching materials at Deakin University.
- Elephant Rock (Hodder & Stoughton 1983).
- Visitors illustrated by Garry Meeson (Hodder & Stoughton 1984).
- Yellow Boarding House (Oxford University Press 1985).
- The Lake at the End of the World (Hodder & Stoughton 1988).
- Joseph's Boat illustrated by Chris Gaskin (Ashton Scholastic 1989).
- Speaking to Miranda (Hodder & Stoughton 1990).
- Hostilities (Omnibus Books 1991).
- The Eye Witness (Hodder & Stoughton 1991).
- Secret Lives (Omnibus Books 1993).
- Spider Mansion (Viking 1994).
- Through the Witch’s Window illustrated by Mark Wilson (Puffin 1997).
- Choysa Bursary 1983.
- Esther Glen Award 1984 for Elephant Rock.
- New Zealand Government Publishing Awards New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award 1985 for Visitors.
- Esther Glen Award 1989 Shortlist for The Lake at the End of the World.
- Alan Marshall Prize for Children's Literature 1989 for The Lake at the End of the World.
- CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers 1989 Honour Book for The Lake at the End of the World.
- AIM Children’s Book Awards 1990 Fiction Third Prize for The Lake at the End of the World.
- AIM Children’s Book Awards 1991 Fiction Third Prize for Speaking to Miranda.
- CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers 1991 Shortlist for Speaking to Miranda.