Cristy Burne

To The Lighthouse

Shortlisted: 2019 West Australian Young Readers Book Award3D-ToTheLighthouse

From a parent…
“I bought my eldest daughter a copy of your book…

She has absolutely devoured it! I’ve never seen her gobble up a book so swiftly – she finished it in just over a day, even whilst going to school.

Whatever you’re doing, my kids are loving it. :-)”


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Isaac arrives on Rottnest 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 …


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Books + Publishing review (Four stars)
Burne channels the restless energy of a pre-teen chafing at parental restrictions, and the thrill of pushing against the rules, even in small ways. She captures the essence of holidays, with hot chips at the beach and long bike rides.

Featuring characterful illustrations from Amanda Burnett, this is a recommended read for eight- to 10-year-olds.

“I enjoyed this story so much that when Year Four left the library and we had only finished half the book, I read it right through my spare lesson and finished it. I’ve not done that in years and years as there is no time to sit and read when you’re in a school.

“I loved, loved, loved the relationship between the son, Isaac, and his terribly well meaning but overprotective mum. It was just so darned nice to see a positive mother/son relationship.”

Featured on Cover to Cover Episode 32
Cover to Cover You Tube To The Lighthouse.jpgHost Meri Fatin talks with Jan Nicholls, President of the Children’s Book Council (WA), and Jennifer Jackson, Director of Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts, about some of their favourite books of the year. 
Watch the video below…


The creators of this book recognise the cultural significance and sad history that Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) holds for Aboriginal people and acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as Wadjemup’s traditional custodians.