Joy Cowley had already gained a reputation in and beyond New Zealand as a writer of short stories and as a novelist when she went on to specialize in writing for children, becoming internationally famous for the four hundred or more graded readers and dozens of trade books she has written for primary (i.e., elementary) school children. She has also written “chapter books” for older children, and novels for children in and approaching the “young adult” (YA) category. Films have been made of her 1967 novel Nest in a Falling Tree (which was re-scripted as the 1971 horror movie The Night Digger by Roald Dahl), of her 1981 children’s story The Silent One (released as a movie in 1985), and of “The Silk” (1965), her most famous short story for adults (released as a short film in…

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Citation: Walls, Kathryn. "Joy Cowley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 August 2017 [, accessed 10 December 2023.]

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