Author(s): Gary Crew; Naomi Turvey (Illustrator)
Martin is the runt of his family. Without a mother to protect him, his overbearing father and brothers reject him. Aided by the self-sacrifice of loving friends, Martin finds the courage to fight for personal fulfilment. Praise for In The Beech Forest by Gary Crew and Den Scheer: 'An ideal read for children and adults alike, particularly young boys' - Candida Baker in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Dr Gary Crew is one of Australia's most awarded authors for youth, winning the Australian Children's Book of the Year four times; twice for his novels, twice for his illustrated books. Gary has previously published Finding Home and In the Beech Forest with Ford Street. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland. Growing up in country Victoria, Naomi Turvey has always been inspired by the natural environment surrounding her, often combining these elements with whimsical fairytale-like creatures in her illustrations. Naomi completed her Diploma of illustration at Chisholm Institute in 2012.