Penny Matthews is the critically acclaimed and much-loved author of many books for young people. She's written junior novels, chapter books for beginning readers, and picture books for all age groups. A Year On Our Farm, illustrated by Andrew McLean, was based on her own country childhood and was the CBCA's Book of the Year (Early Childhood) in 2003. Her gripping historical novel A Girl Like Me was a CBCA Notable Book in 2010 and won the Sisters in Crime's 2011 Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction.
Penny lives in Adelaide with her Canadian husband. They share their home with Eddie, a rather unusual cat who once saved the life of a baby ringtail possum. Penny has two grown-up children and a granddaughter, Immy, to whom the Nellie books are dedicated.