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Lighthouse Girl paperback edition

Written by Dianne Wolfer and illustrated by Brian Simmonds


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Fay lives alone with her father on bleak, windswept Breaksea Island, but her isolated life takes a dramatic turn with the outbreak of World War I.

Based on the true story of Fay Howe, this gentle tale brings to life the hardships of those left at home during the war – waiting, wondering, hoping. Drawing on fascinating archival material, and interweaving fact with fiction, award-winning author Dianne Wolfer deftly recreates this period in Australian history from the perspective of a young girl.

‘Full of evocative illustrations, sepia photographs and news clippings, Wolfer’s book transports. A great one for early and older readers alike.’ The Sunday Age

‘This lovely book is based on the real Fay Howe and her life as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter … Fay’s reflections on her life and her relationship with the far-away soldier bring the moment keenly into our time. Highly recommended for middle years.’ Reading Time

‘Dianne Wolfer, Albany-based author of Lighthouse Girl, looked carefully into Fay’s history.’ Australian Geographic

‘This is an outstanding book with a lot to offer and learn.’ Buzz

'a unique Anzac story.' North West Telegraph

'A moving Anzac story to share with the family.' The Weekend West

'The Lighthouse Girl and The Light Horse Boy by Albany author Dianne Wolfer, embodying a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.' Mandurah Coastal Times


West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (Winner 2010)
Western Australian Premier's Book Award (Shortlisted 2009)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator (Shortlisted 2008)
NSW Premier's History Awards (Shortlisted 2009)

ISBN 9781921696572 (Paperback)
Formats Large Format Illustrated (220 x 175mm) (Paperback)
Categories Anzac and War
Fiction for Younger Readers
Books for History Teachers
Children's ebooks
The West Australian's ED! Serialisations
Award Winning
Pages 120
Publication Year 2010
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Brian simmonds

    Brian Simmonds

    Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco and worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry while studying art in the evenings. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and worked for The Sunday Times, New Idea and an advertising agency before he became a professional artist in 1990. He has exhibited his work many times and won numerous prizes for drawing, oil painting and mixed media works. His work can be found in many private and public collections in Australia. Read more

  • Dianne wolfer

    Dianne Wolfer

    Dianne Wolfer is the acclaimed author of many books for teenagers and young readers spanning multiple genres. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and features in events commemorating the centenary of the departure of the first AIF from Albany. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), is used as an international peace reference and has been published in Japanese; it is also a recommended resource for the National History Curriculum. Her young adult title Choices has been translated into Polish. Read more