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Off the Track

Book cover for Off the Track by Cristy Burne

Off the Track

Author: Cristy Burne

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Published: July 2018

During a bushwalk on the Bibbulmun Track, Harry and Deepika find themselves separated from their parents, in fading daylight – armed only with what’s in their backpacks and what Deepika already knows about the bush. As they walk the track early in book, Deepika points out local flora and fauna, highlights safety considerations, and wins over a reluctant Harry to the thrill of being independent in the wild. The inclusion of occasional black and white illustrations by Amanda Burnett adds humour and interest, and will appeal to young readers. 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.

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