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Brian Falkner

Illustrated by Donovan Bixley



ISBN 978-1406341935
Format Paperback
Publisher Walker books
Published 3 January 2013


The dark forest of Northwood has never seen the likes of Cecilia Undergarment before.

This is an illustrated modern fairy-tale from award-winning author Brian Falkner. Cecilia Undergarment likes a challenge. So when she discovers a sad and neglected dog, she is determined to rescue him. But her daring dog rescue lands her lost and alone in the dark forest of Northwood. A forest where ferocious black lions roam. A forest where those who enter never return. But then Northwood has never seen the likes of Cecilia Undergarment before...

Cecilia Undergarment came in at number two in the Guardian Online's Top Five Favourite Female Fictional Characters. It is a new project from Brian Falkner, the bestselling and award-winning author. 

Full of adventure and humour, this story is ideal for 8-12 year olds.

It is illustrated in black and white by Donovan Bixley.


About the author

Brian Falkner was born and raised in Auckland. He is the award-winning, best-selling author of several novels for children and young adults, including, The Flea Thing, The Real Thing, and The Super Freak. His action adventure sci-fi novels, The Tomorrow Code and Brainjack were both short-listed for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults and the Esther Glen Award at the LIANZA Awards, with Brainjack winning the New Zealand Post Book Awards, Children's Choice Award (Young Adult Fiction category). Brainjack also won the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Young Adult Novel. Both these novels have also been published in the USA and Germany.

About the illustrator

Donovan Bixley has written and illustrated a number of books, most notably Faithfully Mozart, which was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.  He was nominated in the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards for the Best Professional Artwork for the cover for Northwood.  Born in Australia, Donovan moved to New Zealand with his family as a young boy. He studied at AUT school of Art and Design in Auckland and has become a highly successful illustrator. He lives in Taupo with his wife and three daughters.


Fiction activities


Download a Northwood Vocabulary Crossword

Northwood-Crossword-Puzzle.pdf (Adobe PDF - 1.3212890625Mb)

Download the 'Northwood' chapter sample

Northwood-Chapter-Sampler.pdf (Adobe PDF - 834Kb)

Download the Northwood classroom ideas

Northwood-teachers-notes.pdf (Adobe PDF - 1.421875Mb)




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