Illustrated by Donovan
3 January 2013
The dark forest of
Northwood has never seen the likes of Cecilia
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.
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