From Australia's favourite storyteller comes a story, within a story, that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery. 'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own ...'
The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read - right to the very end ...
From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, comes an extraordinary story within a story - a mystery, a prophecy, a long-buried secret. And five people who will remember this night as long as they live.
Emily Rodda is one of Australia's most successful, popular and versatile writers, who has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for a record five times.
A former editor of The Women's Weekly, Emily is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under her own name of Jennifer Rowe. Her children's books, for a range of ages and genres, exhibit a mastery of plot and character.
Amongst her many books, she has written Crumbs!, Finders Keepers and The Timekeeper (both serialised for television); Rowan of Rin; Rowan and the Travellers; Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal; Rowan and the Zebak and Rowan of the Bukshah, all published by Omnibus Books. Rowan of Rin was the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the year for Younger Readers in 1994. Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal was short-listed for the 1997 Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers.
For Ages: 8+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Available: 23rd July 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU