Ted Dawe has worked over the years as an insurance clerk, store man, builder's labourer, and fitter's mate, and flown hot air balloons over Hyde Park. He's been a university student, world
traveler, high school teacher, and English language teacher. His first novel, Thunder Road, won both the Young Adult Fiction section and the Best First Book award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adult. Into the River won the Margaret Mahy award, and in February 2015, Dawe was named an Honorary Literary Fellow by the New Zealand Society of Authors in February. Visit him online at www.TedDawe.com.