Audience: 8-14 years

Genre: Speculative Fiction, Fantasy

NBWG Publishing: 9780994200600

Format: Paperback & Ebook

Dimensions: 198x129mm

Price: AUD$15.99

Fourteen year old Callum has long wondered what happened to his father…

Callum has lived with his grandparents above their pub in Australia’s outback since his father disappeared, six years ago. Then the rains came.

Along with his foster brother Jake, Callum and his dinosaur sculpture are transported to another world, where questions are answered, and lives changed.

Why is Jake scared of the scribbly gumtrees? Who is the mysterious girl? Is there any way home?

The floorboards of Cal’s bedroom vibrated with the rhythmic thud and strumming twang of country music. Some superstar wannabe was wailing his hardest downstairs in the pub, all for the glory of winning The Winton Hotel’s monthly open-mic session. It was driving Cal insane. Nan and Pop started the competition a couple of years back, to encourage the locals. Cal wished they hadn’t. The stink of smoke and stale beer was never so bad as when the comp was on, and the locals came regardless. Theirs was the only pub round these parts. There was no other place big enough for everyone to get together, not for miles…


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Scribbles in the Dark by The Northern Beaches Writers’ Group

“A story that should be widely read and enjoyed… It balances necessary loss with a satisfying and happy ending, providing an emotionally charged yet ultimately hopeful reading experience. This is a book to be treasured…” J C Burke, CBCA Book of the Year Winner, WABIAD Judge 2013

Scribbles in the Dark, is a gripping read from start to finish, with all the elements of a good story twisted together in its 78 pages. From the very first moment, we are thrown into the world of Cal, a fourteen-year-old boy whose father has disappeared and is living with his grandparents in a pub in outback Australia. Cal seeks reprieve from the pain of losing his father in carving rocks and keeps one of his rocks particularly close to his heart – a dinosaur shaped one that he found right on the spot where his father disappeared on the mysterious banks of the billabong. His other reprieve is Jake, his foster brother who seemingly appeared on their doorstep from nowhere... Scribbles in the Dark is not only a gripping, fantastical read that you’ll not want to put down but it is rippled with many strong messages pertinent to young people and adults alike – dealing with loss and grief, belonging, family bonds and connectedness. The characters are rich with back stories that are cleverly woven through the story arc and the subplots make this novella even more grippingRead it and enjoy the ride.” Francine Sculli, Buzz Words.


Zena Shapter (Author, Editor, Editor-in-Chief), Zoya Nojin (Author, Editor), Leah Boonthanom (Publication Preparations), Tracey Jackson (Assistant), Tony McFadden (Author), Fi Michell (Author), Liz Michell (Illustrator), Mijmark (Illustrator), Kristin Prescott (Author) and Kirsten Taylor (Author).

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