The 25th edition of the book that made Jackie French a writer for children, shortlisted for two major awards and in print 3 million books later. Rainstones shows the world around us as a magical place, if we see it with the clear eyes of children. Joshua sees dancing dinosaurs in the golden hill of canberra; Jacob uses the wind on his face, the scent of creek and gum leaves to show his friends the world he cannot see; Dusty's dragon lurks among the rocks of the valley; and a girl hunts for rhinestones to break a drought, and understand the history of her land.
Martin lives in the city with his mum. He's come to walk the boundaries of the farm that's been in his family for generations. It sounds easy, especially as he'll own the land when he gets back. Martin's great-grandfather, ted, doesn't even want him to walk around the farm's fences, just up the gorge and along the hills.
The farm - it was now all his, held in trust till he was twenty-one. But it would still be in trust. that's what it meant to own the farm - you held it in trust, you looked after it, you cherished it. You were the guardian, like all the other guardians, stretching back in time ...
A collection of short stories that tell the history of the partnership between humans and horses, and the love that goes with it. Journey through the ages and around the world - from ancient Greece, to the time of Genghis Khan to Arthurian England and then to outback Australia in the 1950s.
Tajore Arkle is the secret world I lived in from about the age of three to 14. It's a world where the only green is in the toxic Rift, where Pastseers 'remember' blue skies, and manna grows in caves on the rock.
There are hundreds and thousands of Missing Persons ... whether they have changed identity to remain hidden from those who love them, whether they have been abducted or some other reason is not always known. This is a story of such a person and the effect on those left behind. At 11.35am, Thursday May 4th, Sara's sister Reenie disappears. How can someone like Reenie just disappear And are the police really doing everything they can to find her ...
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Mike is just like any other normal kid - he lives with his mum in an ordinary house, in a small town, where nothing unusual ever happens. His next-door neighbour is Lance Loosley, a boy who's known at school as 'Loser' because he's so unpopular. But one day at school, Loser is pushed too far by the other kids. this time the humiliation and teasing is too much, and Loser seeks revenge...To find out more, click here.
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A collection of five longish short stories... as the blurb says - 'in the mind's eye anything can happen - from a blind singer who sees songs in the wind, a lonely bunyip who only wants one thing for Christmas, a boy who watches... but finds he is watched in turn...’.
The final story is based on my Grandmother's memories of the 1919 influenza epidemic, when schools and churches were closed and the adults all either ill or tending the sick. She and her brother rode around the farms on their bicycles to tend the animals, through a land deserted by people, with only the cows bawling to be milked, the lonely dogs, the hens that may not have been fed for days or weeks. The 1919 epidemic is an almost forgotten part of Australian history - so many people died, but it was overshadowed by WW1 - and when it was over people only wanted to forget.
Five sci-fi stories with a difference
The Roo That Won the Melbourne Cup
A book about a roo and the Melbourne Cup and Aunty Mugg, who'd always dared to be just a bit different.
A book about the strange and special friendship of a girl and a wallaby, a wombat and the other creatures near her farm.
CBC Notable Book
The Boy who had wings
I wrote this in the days when I still went caving and wondered what an intelligent cave living species might be like.
The Children of the Valley series
A series of five books based many years in the future. To read more about them, click here.