Written by Cristy Burne
Illustrated by Amanda Burnett
Published by Fremantle Press, 1 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781760990411 (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.
About the book
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.
I found this adventure so riveting that I had to find out what happened in the end. Cristy Burne writes so well that it all seems very real so I’m sure that it will keep our young readers wondering right to the last pages.
Good Reading magazine
“Beneath the Trees is a page-turning combination of true-to-life survival techniques, environmental themes and action, which makes for a fun and informative read for children aged 6+. The perfect adventure story for anyone who’s ever wanted to see a platypus or visit a rainforest – I know I have!”
“The author weaves an authentic, exciting tale of adventure which is both testament to the power and resilience of young people and a celebration of the natural world… Confident readers will devour it in one hit and be begging for more.” WritingWA
This is a rollicking ride for both the main characters and the reader… This is a small 100-page novel that crams in a lot of story. I was captured by the children’s tale from the beginning to the end of the book. This is the third in a series of high adventure stories, the others being The Lighthouse and Off the Track. Teacher’s notes are available. I can highly recommend this novel to students aged 6 to 10 years. This book would be a great read aloud too. Themes: Sustainability, Resilience, Wildlife conservation, Rainforests.
‘Beneath the Trees is a great contained wilderness survival story for kids aged six and up … They will love reading this adventure and imaging how they would survive if lost in a forest.’
The creators of this book acknowledge the Widi and Yuwibara Peoples as the first custodians of the land on which this story occurs.
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