By: Jesse Blackadder
Genre: YFP - Animal stories (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Harper Collins
Published: 01 Jan 2015
ISBN: 9780733331787


Twelve-year-old Ashley is going to stay with her Aunt Micky who lives near Byron Bay.

Micky has spent many years looking after rescued wildlife, but when a freak storm hits and they discover a baby koala and his mother, Ashley is drawn into the reality of what caring for wildlife, such as koalas, really involves.

From the author of Stay The Last Dog in Antarctica and Paruku The Desert Brumby comes a heart-warming and moving story about one of Australia's best-loved animals.


When Ashley finds her dream of owning a puppy can’t happen because her Dad has lost his job, she thinks it’s the end of the world.

Her best friend gets to spend the holidays with her new puppy, while Ashley is sent to spend time with her aunt Micky in the country.

Little does she know how one very small koala and his mother will change her views on everything.

This is a great book for all your students who love animals, with a bit of adventure for good measure.

It’s a book about growing up, responsibility and finding out what you can do when you really put your mind to it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it will suit both boys and girls, grade 4 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle