Dusty in the Outwilds CBCA Notable Book

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An enchanting new adventure. An unforgettable land. And the perfect read for young fans of Kate DiCamillo and Karen Foxlee, by beloved Australian author Rhiannon Williams.

Dusty has grown up hearing whispers about her mysterious aunt Meg, who went off to live ‘out wild’ and never returned. Yet Dusty’s father refuses to discuss what happened – and her only clue is a photograph of her aunt as a young girl with a strange, monkey-like creature on her shoulder. 

But when Dusty learns that her family’s beloved bushland property might be sold, she’s convinced that only Meg could stop it happening. So Dusty sets off to find her … and that’s when she discovers what ‘out wild’ really means.
The Outwilds are beguiling. Dangerous. And full of creatures Dusty half-remembers from old bedtime stories – beautiful, but deadly. Is Meg still out there? And even if she is, how will Dusty bring her home?

Bursting with fantastical creatures and starring a bold young girl determined to uncover the truth, this thrilling fantasy-adventure is destined to be a modern classic. Written by Rhiannon Williams, author of the beloved Narroway trilogy, this stand-alone hardback features stunning illustrations by Martina Heiduczek and is the perfect gift for readers aged 9+.

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19cm x 12cm




Hardie Grant Children's Publishing


05 October 2022


Rhiannon Williams

Originally from Taradale, Victoria, Rhiannon Williams writes magical books for kids. Her Ampersand Prize-winning debut novel, Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt, was named a CBCA Notable Book, an Aurealis Awards finalist, and shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and the Speech Pathology Australia book awards. Her latest novel, Dusty in the Outwilds, is a CBCA 2023 Notable Book. Rhiannon was