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Off The Track


wayrba-winner-2022-off-the-track-cristy-burneOFF THE TRACK

Winner, 2022 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards Book of the Year for Younger Readers

Shortlist, 2019 Wilderness Society Environmental Award for Children’s Literature

Written by Cristy Burne
Illustrated by Amanda Burnett
Published by Fremantle Press, July 2018

ISBN: 9781925591743 (paperback)


About the book

A new adventure for young readers about falling in love with the bush and being in the wild. It’s about disconnecting from technology. And discovering yourself.

Harry’s perfect life was straying way off-track. He looked pleadingly at Mum. Surely she could see? Spending an entire weekend tramping around stinking-hot, snake-filled scrub was a horrible mistake. But doing it without a phone? That was just brutal. As it turns out, it was only the beginning …

Off The Track celebrates the Australian bush and family hiking adventures.

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4 out of 5 stars. Burne’s writing has an energy that is infectious, and the short chapters, sentence structure and pace will make the story manageable for early readers. – Junior Books+Publishing

‘A great read for the junior reader, filled with adventure, humour and that little bit of intrigue. Mums At The Table magazine

You’re hiking… What would you do if your parents never caught up? This is a chapter book that is great to read aloud, or for kids who are newly independent readers. Kids up to 12 also read this and love it. It’s all about resilience, friendship, courage and bushcraft.


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Fremantle Press
Booktopia (Australia/NZ)
Angus & Robertson
Boffins Books (Australia only)
Book Depository (UK)
Amazon (US)

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Order a copy from Crow Books  or Paper Bird and ask their friendly staff about arranging for me to personally sign and dedicate your copy to that special person.

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‘A beautifully written story, ideal for class discussions around the use of technology and the importance of reconnecting with nature. Highly Recommended.’ CBCA Reading Time