The Messenger Bird by Rosanne Hawke, set in rural South Australia in an atmospheric old Cornish farmhouse. YA 2013. Grief, Cornish themes, winner of the 2014 Cornish Holyer an Gof award for YA literature and the inaugural Ann Trevenen Jenkin cup.
Fourteen-year-old Razaq Khan lives in the Pakistani tribal area of Kala Dhaka, Black Mountain. When an earthquake devastates his family home, Razaq’s dying father tells him to travel to his uncle Javaid. A man preying on orphans lures Razaq to the city with the promise of finding his uncle. Rosanne Hawke delivers a heart-wrenching story about the power of the human spirit to overcome the most harrowing of circumstances.