Author(s): Kirsty Murray
The first of four true-to-life historical adventures, this is a compelling story about a fiery Irish girl who leaves Ireland when her parents die in the potato famine, to make a life for herself in goldrush Australia.
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Notable Book 2004. Shortlisted for NSW Premier's History Award: Young People's History Prize 2004.
a rollicking start [to the Children of the Wind series] , full of incident, adventure and rich detail' Viewpoint Vol 11 No 4 Summer 2003A sweeping, rollicking read with plenty of satisfying true-to-life detail.' Northern Star(Lismore)20/12/03I really enjoyed it. It is the first in a series and I will be reading the rest.' Tamara, aged 14, YARAat www.goldcreek.act.edu.au/yara.an excellent novel of courage and endurance.' Jennifer PoulterI've just finished Bridie's Fire. I loved it!' Georgia, 13 yrs
Kirsty Murray is the author of three popular junior novels - Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish (winner of the WA Premier's Children's Book Award, 2001), Market Blues and Walking Home with Marie Claire - and several non-fiction books for children. She has worked as a forest ranger, archivist, artist and teacher, and now is a full-time writer.