By Stephen Hart
Cover and internal illustrations by Kathy Creamer
Published June 2018
ISBN 9780994528056, RRP $17.99
After 12-year-old Megan Evans almost dies, she is packed off to the tiny, remote coastal village of Pelican Rock to recover. Sure she is going to be bored in a place which doesn’t even have the internet, she discovers there is much more to Pelican Rock that she expected. Are the pelicans really magic? What is the secret of the ruined lighthouse? Has she found the place where she belongs? And, perhaps, not just a place…
This first novel by talented new writer Stephen Hart is a magical, moving, memorable story that will grip readers from the start.
A joy to read: the kind of story that made me want to be a writer. (Cassandra Golds)
Read a review of the book here.
Stephen Hart was born in Singapore to English parents, and emigrated from England with his family when he was seven.
At one stage, Stephen was an archaeologist and travelled the world to investigate its past – a strange place that we can never really know but can visit in our imaginations. He no longer works in archaeology but his fascination with the unknowable remains.
He loves lighthouses and other magical places and thinks reality is something that happens to other people. He likes all wombats, most dogs, some cats, and thinks pelicans are very special.
Stephen lives with his family in a magical part of Sydney but won’t tell anyone where that is. They have to find it for themselves!
Kathy Creamer is a children’s illustrator and writer who has been published by Oxford University Press, Reed International, Christmas Press and Second Look. Kathy has been illustrating children’s books for a number of years. She has a Master of Arts degree in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University in England, where she attended lectures given by many prominent illustrators, such as Quentin Blake, James Mayhew, John Lawrence and Martin Salisbury. Kathy works mainly with watercolour, colour pencil, ink and wash. She has a varied style, and enjoys creating humour and movement in her images. Kathy has a list of favourite illustrators, but if asked to choose, then Shirley Hughes would be at the top, along with Graeme Base, Jackie Morris, Julie Vivas, Chris Riddell, Anne Spudvilas, Raymond Briggs, and Maurice Sendak. Her website is at www.kathycreamer.com Her work can also be seen at www.scbwi.org