Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Midnight - the story of a light horse

By Mark Greenwood - Illustrated by Frane Lessac

Walker Books - Hardback - NZ$29.99  A$27.95 - Publication 1 February

A new narrative non-fiction picture book from the award-winning duo Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac, author and illustrator of Simpson and His Donkey and Ned Kelly and the Green Sash.

A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes. On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.

About the author

Mark Greenwood is a musician and award-winning children s author. His books aim to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian myths and legends. Mark enjoys working with students of all ages, inspiring and developing their natural curiosity about books and writing. He has twice won the Western Australian Premier s Award for children s books and Simpson and His Donkey was Honour Book in 2009 at the Children s Book Council of Australia Awards. He is married to Fran Lessac and they live with their two children in Western Australia. For more information about Mark s work, please visit his website: www.markgreenwood.com.au

About the illustrator

Frane Lessac is originally from New Jersey and is an artist of international renown having exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and the Caribbean. Residing in Western Australia, Lessac now has over 30 children's books published throughout the world. Her work has won Australian and international awards and has been translated into numerous languages. In 2010 she was awarded the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's literature. For more information about her work, please visit her website: www.franelessac.com

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