© 2016 by Amber Lee Dodd.  Artwork by Kate Forrester

Lightning Chase Me Home

Amelia Hester McLeod is named after two of her mum's favourite explorers. Two amazing, fearless, awesome women: Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope. But Amelia herself doesn't always feel very brave or very bright.  She lives on a windblown island, in a creaky old house right beneath the North Star. Her dad is sad and silent since her mum left them, and her absent-minded grandpa suddenly seems conviced something strange is about to happen to her. When Amelia makes a birthday wish to be reunited with her missing mum, a wild magic is stirred from the sea...

"Lightning Chase Me Home has all my favourite things: storms, islands, myths, and family. Amber Lee Dodd writes with tenderness and thunder, and her storytelling is a bolt of brilliance."

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- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Adventure, mystery and a zap of magic - this is a warm-hearted, engaging story with a heroine you'll love"

 

- Robin Stevens

We Are Giants 

 

A brilliantly funny and wonderfully warm-hearted story about love, family, and what it means to be different...

 

Sydney thinks her mum Amy is the best mum in the world - even if she is a bit different. When everyone else kept growing, Amy got to 124cm and then stopped right there. The perfect height, in Sydney's opinion: big enough to reach the ice cream at the supermarket, small enough to be special. Sydney's dad died when she was only five, but her memories of him, her mum's love and the company of her brave big sister Jade means she never feels alone . . .

 

But when the family are forced to move house, things get tricky. Sydney and Jade must make new friends, deal with the bullies at their new school and generally figure out the business of growing up.

 

But Sydney doesn't want to grow up, not if it means getting bigger than her mum. And her mum is barely four feet tall . . .

 

"Amber Lee Dodd is an exciting new author who writes sensitively and truthfully about an interesting, unusual family. WE ARE GIANTS is a total page-turner, very moving and touching

Jacqueline Wilson

"An important story that will stay with you for years to come. We Are Giants is a beautiful book about growing up, moving on and accepting who we are. Sydney is a heroine who will climb into your heart and stay there."

 

Jane Elson, author of A Room Full of Chocolate and How to Fly With Broken Wings