The River and the Book

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Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited, 2015 - Fantasy fiction - 144 pages
Simbala's village has two treasures: the River, their road and their god; and the Book, their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does not come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic foreigner who comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.

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About the author (2015)

Alison Croggon is an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around Australia. Alison is also an editor and critic. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Daniel Keene, the playwright, and their three children.

Katie Harnett grew up in Sheffield, and graduated from an Illustration BA at the University of the West of England followed by an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2015. She received the Bologna Children's Book Fair ARS IN FABULA Grant Award in 2015, and her work was selected to be exhibited twice at The Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair. Her illustrations are influenced by patterns in the natural world, as well as by vintage photographs, books and films sales.

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