Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer


to-the-lighthouse-cover-smallTo The Lighthouse

Isaac arrives on Rottnest Island hoping for an awesome holiday adventure, but his mum would rather he stayed inside, where it’s safe.

Then Isaac meets Emmy. She’s allowed to do whatever she wants – and she wants to have fun!

With Emmy daring him on, Isaac’s life gets more and more exciting.

But when things go horribly wrong on their secret midnight adventure, they both wonder whether this time they’ve gone too far …

Pre-order your copy from the amazing Fremantle Press.

Read a sample chapter.


The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob


Dedication, daring and discovery…

Ever wanted to find the answer to BIG questions?
Or dreamed of inventing the Next Big Thing?

The Universe is an amazing place, and we’re only beginning to understand it. There’s still so much to be discovered…

The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob is part-fiction, part-fact, and all fun.

Created as a collaboration with the amazing illustrator Aska (watch this space…she’s going to have an incredible career!) and the star-gazing team of communicators and creators at CAASTRO, this book is SO exciting to look at and loads of fun to read.

  • Join Alice and Bob on their ambitious journey to the hockey finals
  • Uncover true stories of scientific failure, fluke and fame
  • Find the everyday inventions that began with space research
  • Meet the world’s next-generation telescopes, jump on board with Citizen Science, and tackle the big questions with CAASTRO: Australia’s keen team of all-sky astronomers.


Takeshita Demons cover

Takeshita Demons

Takeshita Demons

“A gripping, superbly written debut novel” – Writeaway

“Two young girls being brave and clever without a hint of pink or glitter on the cover? Hooray!” – The Age

“This rollicking ride is totally deserving of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award” – The West Australian

A thrilling contemporary adventure wittily shot through with the powerful fantasy stories of the old demons from the Japanese past.” – Julia Eccleshare of LoveReading4Kids

– Part of the 2010 Booktrust Booked Up program.
– Winner of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award for diversity in children’s writing.
– Featured on the BBC’s Blue Peter.

About Cristy and Takeshita Demons
Download a Takeshita Demons sneak peek or an info sheet about Cristy and Takeshita Demons.

Curriculum links
Teaching notes for reading Takeshita Demons in the classroom.

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Takeshita Demons - The Filth Licker cover

The Filth Licker

Takeshita Demons 2 – The Filth Licker

“perfect for those that like their monsters gross rather than gory” Inis Magazine, Ireland

“highly original and wonderfully entertaining”  Spine Chills, Australia

“a fast-paced and hugely entertaining contemporary adventure.” LoveReading4Kids, UK

“a compulsive read.”Parents in Touch UK

“one of my favourite series for younger, confident readers.” My Favourite Book Blog

“A trio of whirling weasel assassin spirits with Freddy Krueger–style claws ambush a Japanese-British child on an abandoned farm. Whoo-hoo!” Kirkus Reviews

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Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri cover

Monster Matsuri

Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri

Book 3 in the Takeshita Demons series.

I really liked the first 2 instalments, but I LOVE this one!..Like Spirited Away combined with a Famous Five camaraderie” GoodReads

“This is one to give to the adventure loving nine or ten year old kid who likes being a little scared–some of the demons are more than somewhat frightening (although there’s no goryness).” – Charlotte’s Library

“As with the author’s two earlier Takeshita Demons titles this is a fast-paced, compulsive read that appeals to a wide audience; children as young as 8 or 9 through to adults. Each of the titles is a standalone read but the characters in the three are consistent. This time Miku and her friends must solve the trail of clues to finally banish evil from their world. Manga style illustrations throughout complement the story brilliantly.” – Julia Eccleshare (children’s editor of the Guardian).

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Takeshita Demons: Mer-Monster


Takeshita Demons: MerMonster

Ever wish your favourite characters could get together one last time, for one more great adventure? Well, you’re reading the right series!

In Takeshita Demons 4, Miku, Cait, Alex and the Filth Licker head under the oceans, to the Kingdom of the Dragon King, where they must rescue the last ningyo (Japanese mermaid), a creature who cries pearl tears and holds the key to immortality.

Fast and funnier than ever before!

A BONUS book in the Takeshita Demons series, available for just 99 cents.

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13 thoughts on “Books

  1. I am so intrigue about your books. The covers look fantastic! I will be hunting these babies!

    PS: Yes, I am afraid of ghosts and evil spirits…but I chose to read on I am now one of your followers 🙂


  2. Will there be a takeshita demons 5


    • Hi Seth,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch!
      I’m sorry to say, there probably won’t be a Takeshita 5…I’ve had heaps of fun writing Takeshita Demons and I’m working on a new series right now… Watch this space… 🙂

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  3. i think when i visited you in the libary it was funny and interesting :] 😀


  4. this story sounds interesting :]


  5. Hi Cristy i forgot to tell you that i am one of the libary people from applecross primary i read one of your books an it was great i read the filth licker takeshita demons very very very good


    • Hey Ella! That’s terrific! Great to hear from you, and I’m so glad you liked my book! I had a great time talking to Applecross…I hope you’re writing some spooky monster stories? 🙂 Cristy


  6. I love your books Cristy keep up the good writing it is great!!!!


  7. lol :(:(:(:):):):):P:):P:P:P:>P:P


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