Cristy Burne – AUTHOR

"A rollicking ride for both the main characters and the reader… I was captured from the beginning to the end." ReadPlus

Wednesday Weeks series

In a world of magic, can science save the day?Tower of Shadows cover

Written by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne

28 April 2021

ISBN: 9780734420190

Hachette Australia is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Wednesday Weeks, a funny (truly, actually funny), pacy fantasy adventure series that combines real-life science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with classic fantasy elements by authors Denis Knight and Cristy Burne.

Launching in 2021, the first book Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows features smart, brave powerhouse protagonist Wednesday Weeks, her best friend Alfie, a wisecracking skull, a power-hungry goblin king, mostly-good fairies, hot pink slugs and a race against time.  What’s not to love?

About the books

In a world of magic, can science save the day?

Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer’s apprentice. She’d rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to embrace her magical heritage and rescue him from the dreaded Tower of Shadows.

Luckily, she’s not alone. Her best friend Alfie is a prime-number fan and robotics expert who’s all-in on Wednesday’s epic plan involving parallel universes, swords of power, and a wise-cracking talking skull.

But it’s going to take more than science, magic, and the world’s cutest robot to take down this bad guy. Because the goblin king is playing for the ultimate prize—and Wednesday and Alfie just walked into his trap…


‘Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is full of peculiar creatures and charismatic adversaries in strange realms, and yes, magic! … This is a science book for budding fantasy fans and a fantasy book for young science wizzes but ultimately the good humour, relatable characters and colourful plot makes it a fun read for everyone.’ ⁠
– Lee Constable, TV & Online Presenter⁠

‘This is another great book that celebrates friendship. It celebrates difference and allows kids to see themselves in Alfie and Wednesday – in a variety of ways that celebrates what makes us different and special and shows that it is wonderful when it is our interests, rather than physical similarities, that unite us and bring us together…a story that uses tropes and themes common in fantasy, but takes a wonderfully new and inventive stance on the fantasy novel. A wonderful start to a new series!’
– Ashleigh Meikle, Book Blogger

‘The book is a rip-roaring romp through various magical realms where Wednesday and Alfie must keep their wits about them and use science to save the day. Better still, this exciting adventure is the first of a series so there is lots to look forward to.’
– Jan Nicholls, past-CBCA WA President

Crown of Destiny cover M‘Wednesday Weeks is the perfect mash-up of science and magic and I am beyond excited to be publishing this dynamite series. Rarely has a series so perfectly matched with my sense of humour and my desire to publish smart, funny, not-always-perfect female protagonists.’
– Hachette Australia Head of Children’s and YA Jeanmarie Morosin

‘Wednesday Weeks and the Crown of Destiny is as smart and entertaining as its predecessor, playfully blending humour, fantasy and adventure with the practical application of science, maths and logic. The authors’ parodying of traditional fantasy conventions is a hoot, giving rise to such gems as ‘The Realm of Unfriendly Cats’.’
Writing WA

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Buy Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows

Paperbird Childrens Bookshop (Fremantle, WA)

Beaufort St Books (Mt Lawley, WA)

Hachette Australia

Booktopia (Australia/NZ)
Angus & Robertson
Boffins Books (Australia only)
Book Depository (UK and beyond)

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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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