Evie and the Bushfire


Becky Westbrook and
Jet James

Available now to Stormbird customers and in bookstores from April 12, 2021

Evie is a spirit girl. When her island home is devastated by bushfire, she emerges from the shelter of her cave to discover her community has lost all hope. But Evie refuses to believe that hope can be destroyed alongside homes and livelihoods. ‘The fire may have taken many things, but the fire can never take everything’ she says.

Finally, Evie finds a glimmer of hope in the eyes of a young boy named Tom even though he teeters on the brink of grief and despair. Evie helps Tom find new inner strength, ‘Are you listening to the earth Tom?’ Her eyes sparkle. ‘Listen to the earth, the fire, the water, the air. They are part of you,’ and together they guide their community towards hope again.

Inspired by bushfires that have affected many Australians, Evie and the Bushfire is a moving and sensitive story of surviving a natural disaster, narrated through the eyes of children.

10 percent of the proceeds of this book will support the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network.

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Author and Illustrator

Becky Westbrook’s childhood was spent in nature; hiking, swimming, and exploring wild places. She began writing stories as a young girl and, after becoming a mother to three wild children of her own, she was inspired to write stories for them that would fill them with a love for wild places, hope for their future, and compassion for others.

Jet James is an award-winning Australian artist recognised for printmaking, painting and mixed media artworks. Jet has wo many accolades including a shortlisting in the National Youth Portrait Prize of Australia, Winner of the Charles Ware, National Young Artist Award, and in 2015 he was selected as one of the leading printmakers for an exhibition in New Zealand.


Author: Becky Westbrook
Illustrator: Jet James
Release date: April 12, 2021
RRP: AU$28.00 (hbk)
Territory: English language market
Format: Hardback
Size: 210 x 260 mm



Jet James, Illustrator

Becky Westbrook, Children’s author

Becky Westbrook and Jet James, Kangaroo Island pre-launch event (Photo: Sabrina Davis)

Becky Westbrook and Jet James, Kangaroo Island pre-launch event (Photo: Sabrina Davis)

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The production of this book was generously supported by the Government of South Australia and the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network.

Kangaroo Island was severely impacted by bushfires that started on 20 December 2019. The fires affected approximately 49 per cent of the Island. Tragically two people lost their lives. The size and scope of the fires mea

n South Australia is yet to fully realise the long-term impacts of the disaster on the Kangaroo Island environment and economy, and on the health and wellbeing of the Island community.

10 percent of the proceeds of this book will go to support the work of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network.


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2 thoughts on “Evie and the Bushfire

  1. “Evie and the Bushfire” is a compelling coming-of-age story set in the backdrop of natural disaster. Author Becky Westbrook doesn’t shy away from the desolation left behind in the wake of fire, trusting that young readers are better served when exposed to the harsh reality of life rather than sheltered from it. Main characters Evie and Tom both represent resilience – Evie for Nature as a whole and Tom for humanity in particular. The true lesson is that nature and humanity are not separate, but inextricably bound. Jet James’ evocative pictures complement Westbrook’s story, leaving the reader heartbroken and hopeful at the same time.

  2. ‘I have just finished reading Evie and the Bushfire – I am speechless – Becky, what an amazing gift you have given for children everywhere on such a difficult topic. This amazing story told of hope in the form of brave and unrelenting Evie will instill in many children the sense of courage and being brave that we need now and for the future. I loved it! So glad a I waited for the right time and peace to sit, absorb and enjoy it – a true changemaker of a story! ❤️’
    – Cathie Tydeman, February 7, 2021

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