Alison Lester's classic horseback adventure, set in the rugged yet romantic Australian coastal bush.
'Biddy, I'm sorry, we're going to have to leave her.'
'What?' Biddy struggled out of the quicksand. 'You can't leave her! The tide's coming in. She'll drown!'
But the pony is trapped and Biddy is forced to go on without her. Next day the only signs of Bella are hoofprints in the sand with small footprints and the paw marks of a dog. Who could be so small and be alone on this remote beach?
Biddy's search takes her into wild, secret country where she discovers the truth about a mysterious disappearance that happened many years ago.
Alison Lester's picture books are loved by families all around the world. In this timeless Australian children's classic, she proves herself as a born storyteller.
'Lester's much-loved first novel is now reissued with an unmistakably Lester cover to celebrate her one million sales with Allen & Unwin…A poignant blend of sadness and joy peopled with relatable characters, young, old, and animal, the novel is both a gripping mystery and a sensory evocation of the wild rim of Australia: a memorable experience for readers from eight to 80.' Five stars, KATHARINE ENGLAND, SA Weekend
Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.
In 2012, Alison became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book creator to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. In 2019, Alison was awarded an Australia Post Legends Award and featured on a stamp, as well as being the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Winner Highest Ranked Book, WA Young Readers Book Awards 1999 AU; Shortlisted National Children's Award, Festival Awards for Literature 1998 AU; Shortlisted Book Data/Australian Booksellers' Association Book of the Year 1998 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
8 - 12