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The Raven's Song

Bren MacDibble and Zana Fraillon have teamed up to create this amazing dual narrative novel for 9-13 year olds. One character set slightly in the future, one character 100 years later, and whispers from an ancient past. 288 pages. Cover by Jo Hunt.

Shelby and her best friend Davy live quiet low-tech lives in a future closed community that is made up of exactly three hundred and fifty kind, ethical people living on seven hundred hectares.
When they climb through a hole in the perimeter fence to venture into the surrounding jungle, what they find is more astonishing than anything they could have imagined.
And when Shelby realises the terrible danger that is unfolding, it will take all of her daring and determination to ensure the past does not repeat itself.

“We’ve been told over and over we’re the generation that waits for the world to recover. We endure the heat. We endure the storms, the wrecking floods, the long droughts, the days of smoke as fire burns, coz this is what the honoured earth does when she’s trying to recover."

Intriguing, absorbing and spine-tinglingly good, The Raven's Song is a brilliant novel by two esteemed writers at the height of their powers.
From climate change to journaling to exploring time, The Raven’s Song has a lot of teachable material perfect for classroom learning and thoughtful discussion about being a good ancestor to those who follow.

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This book should be in every school and public library and like ravens themselves, will stand the test of time. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Liz Derouet
The writing is lively and exquisite, lyrical but not self-consciously so. It’s wonderful to read a children’s book that takes such care with the prose. It builds atmosphere and a sense of place without sacrificing pacing and story. The two writers working together produce some kind of alchemy. Phoenix and Shelby are delightful characters, who bravely follow their destiny and save the day, save the world even.
Rachael King, Newsroom
The construction and writing is a master class in writing for this age.
TK Roxborogh
A mesmerising and intriguing story for young people who like fiction or fantasy, with some sadness and loss, this is a brilliant book for ages 10 plus.
Lydia @ Great Escape Books