The fantastic story of a young girl who must run for her life because she has brought bad luck to her village.Classic adventure-fantasy by an author with a fabulous and original storytelling voice.
SHORT-LISTED: CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2014
'A gripping tale.Both magical and superbly true, this new world draws us into universal struggles of survival, loyalty and freedom, as secrets build and break around us like weather.' ANNA FIENBERG
Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes, where she's caught by an old healer-woman who makes Peat her apprentice and teaches her the skill of storytelling.
But a story can be a dangerous thing. It can take you out of one world and leave you stranded in another - and Peat finds herself trapped in an eerie place beyond the Silver River where time stands still. Her only friends are a 900-year-old boy and his ghost hound, plus a small and slippery sleek - a cunning creature that might sink his teeth into your leg one minute, and save your life the next.
Julie Hunt lives on a farm in southern Tasmania and is fascinated by landscapes and the stories they inspire. This interest has taken her from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the ice caves of Romania. She loves poetry, storytelling and traditional folktales, and her own stories combine other-worldly elements with down-to-earth humour. Her picture books include The Coat (ill. Ron Brooks) and Precious Little (ill. Gaye Chapman). She's written a three-book series called Little Else about a plucky young cowgirl (ill. Beth Norling), and a graphic novel called KidGlovz (ill. by Dale Newman, who did the Scarlet Runner cover).
In Song for a Scarlet Runner, Julie explores an idea that occurs in many traditional stories throughout the world - the 'external soul'. A person's spirit is taken from their body and hidden away so they can never be killed, but eventually time and the laws of nature catch up with them.
Long-listed Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes, Margaret Scott Prize 2015 AU; Short-listed Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Prize for Children's Fiction 2014 AU; Recommended White Raven List 2014 DE; Short-listed CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2014 2014 AU; Winner Readings Children's Book Prize (inaugural) 2014 AU; Short-listed Aurealis Awards, Best Children's Book 2013 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
9 - 12