Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

To The Lighthouse

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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)

Isaac has finally talked his mum into a proper holiday—a trip to Rottnest Island, where he’s hoping for a proper adventure instead of a holiday care program. But he’ll still have some work to do, as his mum is the most overprotective person in the world, who would probably be happier if he never went outside again.

On the island, Isaac meets Emmy, whose whole life seems to be an adventure, from popping wheelies to outrageous dares. To Isaac’s amazement, Emmy’s dad is cool with her staying out all hours, and acting in a decidedly non-sensible way.

As Isaac and Emmy hang out, she encourages him to embrace adventure and worry less, but where will their adventures lead?

To the Lighthouse is a departure from Cristy Burne’s ‘Takeshita Demons’ novels featuring
Japanese Yokai. The closest thing to ‘monsters’ in this book are the quokkas.

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.


From a parent…

“I bought my eldest daughter a copy of your book late on Wednesday.

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.

She’s asked me to tell you that you should write another one. So, there is your mission….

Now my five year old daughter is reading your book! (With some help). She made us read 29 pages together last night.
Whatever you’re doing, my kids are loving it. :-)”
“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.”