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Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures

Jason Pamment



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A&U Children
27 June 2023
'A charming story of unexpected friendships and endless wonder.' TIM PROBERT, creator of Lightfall 'Stunningly unique' Books+Publishing

Fitting in can be hard, especially when you're as small as Ember.

He's hoping his luck changes when Lua, a kindly sea turtle, escorts him across the ocean to a school for little creatures on a wondrous island. There, Ember learns that first days can also be hard - especially when they involve fantastical cave-dwellers, ferocious storms and classmates that aren't interested in making friends.

As he struggles to adapt to his school, Ember finds himself at the heart of an otherworldly mystery, facing a strange monster from the deep. And though Ember's classmates may seem of little help, any good student knows appearances can be deceiving - and friendship can come from the most unexpected of places.

Praise for Treasure in the Lake

'A beautifully drawn coming-of-age adventure story.' Kazu Kibuishi, creator of Amulet

'A charming tale of mystery and friendship, and an inspiring introduction for young comics creators.' Shaun Tan, creator of Tales from Outer Suburbia and The Arrival

'Treasure in the Lake is a visual treat, and a heartfelt, rollicking adventure.' Remy Lai, creator of Pie in the Sky and Pawcasso

'An enchanting tale full of mystery and wonder and secrets. Once I stepped into Jason Pamment's beautifully drawn world, I didn't want to leave.' Craig Phillips, creator of Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts
Imprint:   A&U Children
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   656g
ISBN:   9781761067488
ISBN 10:   1761067486
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Since he was very little, Jason Pamment has loved to dream up stories of adventures in vibrant worlds filled with strange and wonderful characters. He's a little taller now and lives in his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia with his wonderful wife, darling daughter and playful pooch. Jason's background is in animation, having designed award-winning films, children's television shows, music videos, commercials and video games. Jason's writing takes inspiration from the places and events of his childhood, mixed with elements of mystery and adventure. His debut graphic novel, Treasure in the Lake, is set in picturesque landscapes reminiscent of the rural, mountainous regions of northern Victoria, a place Jason loved to visit as a child. In Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures, he draws from cherished holidays on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. Jason's stories speak to our emotionally tricky paths to adulthood, and are interwoven with themes of friendship, resilience and empathy.

Reviews for Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures

'A charming story of unexpected friendships and endless wonder.' TIM PROBERT, creator of Lightfall 'Stunningly unique ... every panel is a richly imagined work of art ... Whimsical and poignant, Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures will delight readers young and old.' Books+Publishing 'An enchanting, absorbing adventure.' Kirkus Reviews 'A huge, wondrous world of small creatures overcoming their own challenges.' The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books (starred review) Praise for Treasure in the Lake 'Immersive ... Jason Pamment brings a fresh voice to the growing and evolving genre of graphic novels aimed at a middle-grade audience. His style will capture the attention of both avid and reluctant readers in the 8-12 age group, pulling them into Iris and Sam's world and providing a few unexpected twists along the way.' Books+Publishing 'A hometown mystery dappled in golden summer sun, this book was made to be read in a treehouse.' Ben Hatke, creator of Zita the Space Girl and Mighty Jack 'A beautifully paced, time-bending adventure that illuminates the wondrous stories waiting to be discovered in the places we think we know best.' Matt Rockefeller, co-creator of the 5 Worlds series 'This story is astonishing enough to leave people speechless.' Kirkus (starred review)

  • Long-listed for Best Junior Fiction Book 2024 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Aurealis Awards 2023 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Australian Book Design Awards 2023 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work 2024 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Junior Fiction Book 2024 (Australia)

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