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Off the Track

Written by Cristy Burne


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From the author of To the Lighthouse comes a new adventure for young readers about falling in love with the bush, and with hiking and being in the wild. It’s about disconnecting from technology. And discovering yourself.

Harry’s perfect life was straying way off-track. He looked pleadingly at Mum. Surely she could see? Spending an entire weekend tramping around stinking-hot, snake-filled scrub was a horrible mistake. But doing it without a phone? That was just brutal.

As it turns out, it was only the beginning ...


'... an involving story which is dramatic and real.' Read Plus

'An engaging junior novel, Off the Track reminds us to look up from our phones and appreciate the world around us. In an age when outdoor activity has to compete with screen time, Burne shines a light on the joys of exploring the Australian bush.' Writing WA

'A great read for the junior reader, filled with adventure, humour and that little bit of intrigue.' Mums at the Table

'... a funny and informative story about getting away from it all.'
Kids' Reading Guide

'... just perfect for newly independent readers who need something they can sink their teeth into.' The Book Chook

'I liked this book because it has lots of twists and turns. It's about making friends and being adventurous ... 4 out of 5 stars!' Thandie, age 8, Kookie Magazine


Environment Award for Children's Literature (Shortlisted 2019)

ISBN 9781925591743 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's ebooks
The West Australian's ED! Serialisations
Fiction for Younger Readers
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2018
Pages 128
Rights World
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    Cristy Burne

    Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers. Cristy is a children’s author and science writer with degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She has also worked as a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, and atom-smashing reporter. Read more