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Joanna Orwin

Joanna_Orwin_1.jpgJoanna Orwin has a research background in plant ecology and 30 years’ experience as a science editor, mostly for the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Landcare Research since 1992).
Joanna’s publishing record includes scientific papers, feature articles, non-fiction history texts, and historical and adventure novels for children and young adults. Since 1998 she has focused on her creative writing career and work on interpretation projects as a consultant researcher, writer, and editor.

Selected bibliography:
  • Ihaka and the Summer Wandering, illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa (Oxford University Press 1982).
  • Ihaka and the Prophecy, illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa (Oxford University Press 1984).
  • The Guardian of the Land (Oxford University Press 1985).
  • Watcher in the Forest (Oxford University Press 1987). 
  • The Tar Dragon, illustrated by Wendy Hodder (Scholastic 1997).
  • Owl (Longacre Press 2001).
  • Out of Tune (Longacre Press 2004).
  • Kauri in My Blood: The Diary of Laura Ann Findlay, the Coromandel, 1921–24 [My Story series] (Scholastic 2007).
  • Sacrifice (HarperCollins 2011).
  • University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence 2009.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2002 Young Adult Fiction List for Owl.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Young Adult Fiction List for Sacrifice.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012 Young Adult Fiction Finalist for Sacrifice.

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