Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer


Zeroes and Ones: The geeks, heroes and hackers who changed history (Coming in August)

Zeroes and Ones

A fun, fast and furious ride through the ordinary people who created the technology revolution…

They spied and they stole.

They hatched ideas and built prototypes.

They were arrested, went broke, ate pizza and dreamed big.

And their achievements radically changed the way we live.

This book is about the creators of today’s digital technologies. It’s about the coders, the crackpots and the trailblazers. It’s about their failure and despair, their dedication and daring.

But most of all, it’s about what ordinary people can do with some creativity, determination, and a whole bunch of zeros and ones. People like you.

Off the Track cover-lowres.jpgOff the Track (Coming in June)

From Fremantle Press: Last year’s junior fiction hit was To the Lighthouse by Cristy Burne. If you’ve ever seen Cristy present to kids you’ll know why her books are so much fun – because she is!

Off the Track is her new adventure story for younger readers. It’s about a young city kid, Harry, who has been dragged along on a hiking trip with his phone-addicted mum, his mum’s bestie Ana, and Ana’s daughter Deepika.

Disaster strikes when Harry and Deepika get lost.

Or is it Mum and Ana who are lost?

Off The Track celebrates the Australian bush and the time-honoured tradition of a family hiking adventure.

Illustrated by Amanda Burnett.

to-the-lighthouse-cover-smallTo The Lighthouse

Isaac arrives on the 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 …


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.

Takeshita Demons cover

Takeshita Demons

Takeshita Demons 

“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


Takeshita Demons - The Filth Licker cover

The Filth Licker

Takeshita Demons: 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

Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri cover

Monster Matsuri

Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri

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. – Julia Eccleshare (children’s editor of the Guardian).

Takeshita Demons: Mer-Monster


Takeshita Demons: MerMonster

Ever wish your favourite characters could get together one last time, for one more great adventure? 

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, only available online.

Buy the book – UK | Buy the book – US | Buy the book – Aus/NZ


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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