Engaging and authentic historical fiction set in the Torres Strait


Sario lives with his family on a remote Torres Strait island, which he never wants to leave - but the winds of change are stirring. The year is 1898, and young boys are being coerced, even kidnapped to work in the pearl-shell trade. Thirteen-year-old Sario fears the white man, but he's excited by the idea of pump-diving and walking the deep ocean floor ... until dangers far worse, come to haunt him.


 *****  Winner  Book of the Year 2016   - Speech Pathology Australia Award

best book for Language and Literacy Development  - Indigenous Books for Children 

    ***       Notable  Book of the Year  2017  - Younger Readers  - Children's Book Council of Australia 

    **         Shortlisted  Crystal Kite Award  2017 - Society of Children's  Book Writers and Illustrators

 Published by Allen & Unwin Books


Tap into Torres Strait


Pearl-shell (mother-of-pearl) & sketch of old pearling lugger  -  Torres Strait

Books for children parents &  teachers

INTRODUCED SPECIES IN AUSTRALIA   This informative book received a Whitley Commendation Award from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. 

Whitley Awards are presented to oustanding publications relating to fauna of the Australian region.



It is an honour to have drawn attention to the issue of introduced species in this spectacular region of the world.



Patch Parker - son of a convict  is a recommended teaching resource for middle primary students by the History Teachers' Association of Australia.

Reprints now available. Click link to purchase.



           A British convict woman and her son are transported to New South Wales

           where they face hunger, disease and difficult times. 


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My books, magazine articles and comprehension texts, are read widely in Australian schools and libraries, with some titles available in braille, audio, and digital formats. Books are also held in libraries as far afield as Sweden.

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