The Beast of Hushing Wood

Gabrielle Wang

The Beast of Hushing Wood
Penguin Books Australia
3 April 2017

The Beast of Hushing Wood

Gabrielle Wang

Ziggy Truegood lives in a tiny town deep in Hushing Wood, where strange  things are happening. The townspeople are fighting, Ziggy feels like  something is hunting her, and her beloved woods have become dark and  hostile.

When exotic Raffi and his grandfather arrive in town, Ziggy  finds herself strangely drawn to them. But are they there to save Ziggy,  or are they the hunters?

Thought-provoking and engaging, The Beast of Hushing Wood is a really lovely blend of action, fable and magic realism.


Ziggy Truegood is a true child of nature; where most people in the small town of Dell Hollow avoid the surrounding forest of Hushing Wood, she is drawn to its strange beauty and life force. But her approaching 12th birthday is threatened by a frightening premonition and when strangers arrive in town, Ziggy wonders whether they are friends or foes.

The Beast of Hushing Wood is an imaginative adventure fable teeming with rich detailed scenes and unforgettable characters – both human and animal. It’s lovingly crafted, taking its time to paint wonderful emotional and geographic vistas. Dedicated readers who enjoy a descriptive atmospheric tale with a touch of magic will relish Ziggy’s challenges.

An award-winning and much loved author of many wonderful children’s books, Gabrielle Wang has created a mystic story with a strong, plucky female protagonist who is courageous in the face of adversity. Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Athina Clarke

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