Cristy Burne

Beneath The Trees

Beneath the Trees 3D cover FINALIn stores February 2021!


Written by Cristy Burne
Illustrated by Amanda Burnett
Published by Fremantle Press, 2021

ISBN: coming soon (paperback)

Cam and Sophie feel like they’ve been travelling forever to get to the rainforest and the river and their cousins. They just want to see a platypus in the wild. But with the rain tipping down and the river turning wild, they can’t see a thing.

Until suddenly, they can.

A platypus is just below them and it needs help! But when their rescue attempt goes horribly wrong, it’s not just the platypus that needs saving.



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About the book

Our hike trail was a little … wet.

This story was perhaps the most fun to write of all my books. It’s exciting and uplifting and I can’t wait to share it with fans of To The Lighthouse and Off The Track.

Beneath The Trees is based on the true story of a family hike that I went on in Eungella National Park, Queensland.

It’s a junior fiction novel with loads of adventure, excitement, a touch of real-life horror, and some beautiful, utterly gorgeous platypus.

Illustrated by the amazing Amanda Burnett.

Did you know? Eungella is home to gorgeous rainforest and is the best place in the world to see wild platypus.


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The creators of this book acknowledge the Widi and Yuwibara Peoples as the first custodians of the land on which this story occurs.