Emma – Emma Twigg’s incredible journey to Olympic gold

Those who get back up, time and time again, will be rewarded.

When Emma Twigg started rowing it was difficult and not always fun. But as she stuck at it, she grew to be a world-class rower.

So, winning an Olympic medal would be easy, right? Wrong.

This is the remarkable true story of a young New Zealand rower who over twenty years proved she was more than worthy of claiming victory.

And how resilience, hard graft, team work and self-belief will ultimately bring home gold.

Written and illustrated by Jessica Lawry

$19.99 incl. GST

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Magpies magazine ~ “The story is told with humility and the real sense that Olympic gold does not come easy. Emma’s pain and disappointment is clearly shown in the beautiful illustrations and the text.”

The Sapling ~ “In a world where media tends to focus on men in sports, Jessica has captured an important story and I’m delighted to see a woman in sport celebrated in a book for children.” Read the full review.

Kids Books NZ ~ “An remarkable story of perseverance, determination and resilience. An inspiring true story of a New Zealand rower, who over 20 years proved through hard graft, teamwork and self belief that she was worthy of making her dream come true.
“The astonishing thing about this book is that Jessica wrote and illustrated this book and it’s her first picture book. She’s an exciting new illustrator on the scene. The artwork is very realistic, digitally drawn with computer software. I liked how she marked time moving on with illustrated snapshots with dates stamped on them. The pictures are from all angles, in different sizing, making them interesting to look at.” Read the full review.

Meet the Kiwi creator

Jessica LawryJessica Lawry is a Waikato-based author and illustrator. Emma is her first book.

Additional information

Dimensions25 × 24 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

Upstart Press

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