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: 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.

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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.


Wow, what a page turner! Couldn’t put it down and raced through it faster than the raging river in the story. Cristy really knows how to grab a reader’s attention and hang on.
Beneath the Trees is another winner for her legion of young fans who will love it just as much, if not even more, than To the Lighthouse and Off the Track. This time the adventure is set in a rainforest where an attempted platypus rescue goes seriously awry and three cousins are sorely tested by the elements.
Having heard the tale of the ‘funny caterpillars’ at the recent CBCA WA Branch Book Week Dinner where Cristy was the guest speaker I was prepared for some horror and grossness but not the unexpected bursts of humour and the sheer resilience and resourcefulness of main character, Cam. What a girl! Her younger sister is pretty feisty too.
English teachers will love the vivid imagery and the watery descriptions of the endless rain and the swollen river such as: “This part of the river was less like a washing machine, more like an interdimensional space vortex. Logs tumbled through the waves like toothpicks. A boat would be splintered in seconds. She wanted to worry about the platypus, but she didn’t have any spare worry space!” (They’ll also appreciate the teaching notes on the Fremantle Press website).
Although Cristy describes the action and emotions vividly I also love the way Amanda Burnett’s cartoon style drawings ease the tension and allow the reader a bit of breathing space. Great work, ladies!

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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.