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An unlikely hero. An extraordinary story.

An unlikely hero. An extraordinary story.

The raven doesn’t want you to read his story. What if you find out the location of his treasure? Or worse, what if you learn his secret – that ravens can talk?

But you should read it, even though the raven wants to be left alone. A pesky pigeon, a beady-eyed weatherhen, a ghost boy and a lovestruck scarecrow will make sure this story isn’t just about one grumpy raven. With their help, the raven will uncover a thief, sing his own song, and discover there’s more to life than being magnificent.

Just promise that you won’t steal his treasure.


A fabulous old-fashioned adventure story, full of laughter and tears, and one to be enjoyed as much by adults as children . . . Destined to be a classic!


This quirky first novel narrated by a grumpy, self-obsessed raven is beautifully written and has a great deal to offer readers who like something a bit different . . . [The raven's] transformation is a delight to read about and lingers in the mind.

Angela Crocombe, http://www.readings.com.au/

How I wish I could write like Ms Bound. She has created something magical, delightful, funny, sweet and enthralling. This book is a whimsical, delicious concoction of quirky characters and brilliant imagery, and its plot draws you in and refuses to let go.

Wendy Noble, Good Reading

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 1, 2013

    Woolshed Press

    288 pages

    RRP $16.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    February 1, 2013

    RHA eBooks Child

    288 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • 2014
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • 2014
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

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