Across the Creek

19.95$ inc. GST

by: Rosanne Hawke

148 pages
129mm x 198mm
ISBN: 9780648030508

SKU: 9780648030508 Category:


Winner of the Cornish Holyer an Gof Award for Children’s Literature

Children in Aidan’s town have mysteriously disappeared for years. When his friend Jenice disappears, Aidan goes in search of her. He crosses a forbidden creek, and with the help of a piskey named Raff, ventures into an abandoned mine. Here he discovers a strange world populated by mythical creatures who came to Australia with the first Cornish miners over 160 years earlier. Has he uncovered the secret of the missing children? And can he and Jenice escape the horrible spriggans and their fearsome dragaroo, or will they be trapped in the mines forever?

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  1. Reading Time (journal)

    This wonderful fantasy adventure novel tells of a young boy’s discovery of a strange land … Loosely based on an old Cornish story, the story is fast-paced, enthralling and exciting. The characters are personable and believable with lots of humorous, magical dialogue. Readers will battle with our unwilling hero as he overcomes fears and obstacles … the detailed site map gives authenticity to the tale … I thoroughly recommend this to primary school readers.

  2. N. Chaffey, School Libraries and Information Literacy

    A multicultural fantasy, this adventure incorporates characters from Cornish folklore who have arrived with miners to settle in 1840s South Australia. The narrative is underscored by a town’s grief for children who have disappeared throughout its history. An unwilling hero finds himself in the other world of a disused mine searching for a friend, discovering the secrets of the mine and strength of character. It is a well written story in which the powers of good and evil take on their traditional vestiges of light and dark, to battle for possession of the children.

  3. Olivia Stocks, age 10

    This is a fantastic story about how friendship can make you much braver. This is a good book for people who love adventure.

  4. Ann Trevenen Jenkin (School Libraries journal, Cornwall)

    [Aidan’s] journey is in the great literary tradition of the fairy story. Aidan is in a dream world, which occasionally turns into a nightmare, where the fantasy can be believed, yet it is based in reality. A child is lost, a mother grieves, the humour is down to earth, but evil is also present. All is set against the historical Australian background of the last 160 years with the coming of the Cornish to work the mines. It is a clever mix. I loved this story, well-researched, well-written and memorable.

  5. Janeen Brian, author

    … the character of the dragaroo, created by bringing together two aspects not normally connected, symbolised to me what Rosanne has done in her compelling story – and that is to take an idea from Cornish folklore – and with a little Cornish mining history – blend it straight into an identifiable modern day Australian setting … What Rosanne has done so movingly, tantalisingly and with such clear storytelling, is to provide us with some music of her own, to lure and entice us back into childhood, so we too remember the times when we crossed creeks, and wondered what would happen if … Here then is a story with the sense of the fantastic. It is a book you can’t put down and it fills that part of you that yearns to hold something within you that is more than that which can be seen, touched or felt in the everyday – it leaves you satisfied as if your soul has been nourished, like the human children felt when they ate of the sweetest fairy food.

  6. Morton Benning – author of Playing God (verified owner)

    An enjoyable and quick-paced story about a dream-like adventure, combining elements of historic Cornish folklore and the backdrop of life in a town community in country Australia. The story is rich with the mystery and fantasy of traditional fairyland. A lovely novel for younger readers.

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