A spotlight on Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller
Ghost Bird is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.
Stacey and Laney are twins, yet they could not be more different from one another. Stacey works hard at school; Laney skips school and sneaks out to meet her boyfriend. But when Laney disappears one night, Stacey refuses to believe, as most of the townsfolk do, that Laney has just run away with her boyfriend. There are darker forces at work and when Stacey starts to dream of terrifying monsters, she knows that she must find out what has happened to her sister – before it’s too late.
Here’s what the judges said…
‘This is a page-turning thriller set in an Australian country town and featuring Indigenous Australian spirits with an unexpected role in Stacey’s quest to save Laney. This story will keep you up late at night! Suitable for readers aged 13+.’
– Angela Crocombe, Chair of the judging panel
Meet the author…
Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, and is also descended from Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples. She won the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and was a joint winner of the 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers. She has previously published poetry, blogs and short fiction. Lisa is an editor and publishing consultant, and is passionate about culturally appropriate writing and publishing. Ghost Bird is her debut novel.