Poppy doesn’t fit into the pretty painted village where she lives. ‘There’s a whole world waiting to be explored, and if I can cross the river, and climb the mountain, I’ll find the path that’s right for me.’
One wild wet morning, high in the hills and far away, a baby was born. Her mother wrapped her in a new red scarf and laid her in a carved wooden cradle to keep her warm and safe.
Then the valley rocked and the mountains thundered. A roaring river burst from the heart of the hills, sweeping fields and forests, carts and cottages, down to the sea. The baby’s cradle became a boat, and she laughed as it leapt down the raging waters.
Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Dragonfly Song, a novel in free verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete. Read full bio