Tessa Duder won a silver medal in butterfly at Cardiff’s Empire Games in
1958. She trained as a journalist and has published more than forty works of
fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults.
Her best-known work Alex (1987) was adapted for a 1993 movie, and recent
books include biographies of Margaret Mahy, Sir Peter Blake, Auckland’s
‘First Lady’ Sarah Mathew and Captain James Cook. Her awards include
multiple New Zealand children’s book prizes, the Katherine Mansfield
Fellowship to Menton (France), an Artists to Antarctica award, the OBE and
an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato. She has four daughters
and two grandchildren and lives in Auckland, where she enjoys sailing,
concert and theatre-going, teaching creative writing and reading.
Alex: The Quartet
A New Zealand Classic, that has be recognised internationally and loved by many generations.
The classic New Zealand series is released in one edition that includes all four of the original Alex titles.
Alex in Winter
Alessandra: Alex in Rome
Songs for Alex
Includes a foreword from Lani Wendt Young, an introduction from the author and a prologue to complete Alex’s story.
For ages 12+
1987 NZ Children's Book of the Year - Alex
1987 NZ Library Association Esther Glen Medal - Alex
1987 American Libraries Association Notable Book (Young Adult list) - In Lane Three, Alex Archer (American title for Alex)
1989 QE 11 Arts Council Travel Grant, for American convention of International Reading Association, New Orleans research in Italy.
1989 AIM Children's Book of the Year - Alex in Winter
1989 NZ Library Association Esther Glen Medal - Alex in Winter
1992 AIM Children’s Book of the Year - Alessandra - Alex in Rome
1992 NZ Library Association Esther Glen Medal - Alessandra - Alex in Rome
1993 AIM Children's Book of the Year (Senior Fiction) - Songs for Alex
1993 LIANZA Esther Glen Medal - third - Songs for Alex
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