Into That Forest by Louis Nowra

Into That Forest

Written by Louis Nowra

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January 2013 Debut of the Month

A touching and inspiring story is told with striking originality. Hannah and Becky are enjoying a happy outing on a boat with Hannah’s dad when disaster strikes. Swept overboard, the girls survive and wake up to find themselves washed ashore in Tasmania. How they survive in the bush relying only on a tiger to help them is a story full of magic, hope and surprise. An exceptional story by an award-winning Australian author.

"Into That Forest" will have the same impact as "Life of Pi", "How I Live Now" and "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". Haunting, captivating and totally extraordinary. It reads like a true story - it's in turn wonderful, truly moving and shocking. You'll never forget it.


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Into That Forest by Louis Nowra

This is the story of two girls lost in the Tasmanian bush, saved and raised by two Tasmanian tigers. Our story starts with an old woman, acutely aware of her own imminent death, looking back on a lifetime ago when death stared her in the face once before. As we hear the story of these two young girls, we marvel as to how they could have survived in the wild for four years. And then we must confront the painful question: how do you return to civilization when something like this has happened?

If you enjoyed this story of survival against the odds, you might also like The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron - click here to download the opening extract.


Lauren Gater-Morey, Great Torrington School Year 8 Into that forest was a really powerful book. ... I truly loved it and I fell in love with Hannah & Becky, the girls who fought for survival. Click here to read the rest of this review.

James Newbery (age 10) This book is one of the most gripping books I’ve ever read, you just don’t want to put it down. Click here to read the rest of this review.

Charlotte Daw (age 9) I really enjoyed the story of Into That Forest. I loved the way the characters behaved, to each other and to the tigers......I would definitely recommend the book but probably to people a little bit older than me. Click here to read the rest of this review.

Hannah Blundell aged 10 I could read this book over and over again and not get bored. Click here to read the rest of this review.

Joseph Cattrell aged 10 I was gripped from the first page to the very last page Click here to read the rest of this review.

Amy Clare aged 11 Utterly breathtaking! Click here to read the rest of this review.

Natalie Black aged 10 This is definitely a 5 star book! Click here to read the rest of this review.

Cara Addleman Aged 10 St. Bonaventure's Primary School, Bristol I would recommend this book to ages 11+. I think adults would enjoy it too Click here to read the rest of this review.

Ciara Marsh, aged 10 Amazingly Addictive. I would give Into that forest 5 stars for its amazing plot and character choice. Click here to read the rest of this review.

Maria Murray age 12 I thought the book was very hard to put down as it was very intriguing to see what happened next. Click here to read the rest of this review.

Annie McCullagh I just loved Into That Forest. This is a MUST READ!!!!! Click here to read the rest of this review.

Emma Thurston - Age 15 Such a fantastic, interesting read - I felt this extraordinary subject was written in a deeply personal way. Click here to read the rest of this review.

About the Author

Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. He is the author of such plays as Inner Voices, Visions, Inside the Island, Cosi, Radiance and The Boyce Trilogy. He has written five non-fiction works, The Cheated, Warne's World, Walkabout, Chihuahuas,Women and Me, and Bad Dreaming, the novels The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights, Abaza and Ice, the memoirs The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon, as well as radio plays, telemovies and film scripts. Ice was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009, and won an Honourable Mention in the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards 2009.
Louis Nowra lives in Kings Cross with his wife, Mandy Sayer, a writer, and Coco, their chihuahua who has appeared in magazines, newspapers and on television.

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Book Info


240 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Egmont Books Ltd

Publication date

7th January 2013




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