Tessa Duder writes for children and young adults and is also an author of short stories, plays and non-fiction. Her well-known Alex novels are critically acclaimed and have been published internationally. Among her numerous distinctions, Duder has been awarded the OBE and the Margaret Mahy Medal. She won the 2003 Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship and in 2007 was awarded an Artists to Antarctica Fellowship, allowing her to spend nearly three weeks at Scott Base. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Waikato in 2008.