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The House on the Mountain - Ella Holcombe

The House on the Mountain

By: Ella Holcombe, David Cox (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 4th February 2019
ISBN: 9781760636968
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 7+ years old

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The powerful story of a family who lose their home in a bushfire and their journey of recovery.

Remembering Black Saturday

There is a fire coming, and we need to move quickly. Mum and Dad start packing bags, grabbing woollen blankets, the first-aid kit, torches, and then the photo albums. Dad puts Ruby on her lead and ties her up near the back door. My chest feels hollow, like a birdcage.


Atmospheric and intensely moving, this is the story of a family experiencing a bushfire, its devastating aftermath, and the long process of healing and rebuilding.

About the Author

Ella Holcombe grew up in Kinglake, in a house on a mountain, with her younger brothers and a Brittany spaniel called Brittany. Her parents were both teachers and her childhood was filled with music, books, wombats and plenty of watermelon. Now she lives in Melbourne with her partner and their band of wild things - Harry, June, Eva and Pepe - but they still escape back up the mountain whenever they can. Ella's first collection of poetry, Welcome/No Vacancy, was published by Five Islands Press as part of their New Poets Series.

About the Illustrator

David Cox was born and reared in country Queensland. He worked as a jackaroo on outback sheep and cattle stations before enrolling, at 21, at St Martins School of Art in London. Back in Australia he became a newspaper artist, winning a Walkley Award, while also illustrating and writing many award-winning children's books, including four CBCA-shortlisted titles. In 2007 he won the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award for distinguished services to Children's Literature in Queensland. David works from his home studio in Brisbane, and one of his hobbies is singing. He is coached by his wife, pianist/composer, Betty Beath. Betty and David have written music theatre pieces about St Francis of Assisi, and David regularly acts as cantor at St Phillips Church, which is attached to a Franciscan friary.

ISBN: 9781760636968
ISBN-10: 1760636967
For Ages: 7+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 4th February 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 20.0