Krakatoa Lighthouse by Allan Baillie

Winner 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature

A powerful story of survival and loss based on the real-life events of the Krakatoa eruption in 1883. The judges said: “Kerta is afraid of the spirit that we know as the volcano Krakatoa. He is right to be afraid. Allan Baillie’s multi-layered and ambitious novel tells the story of the last few months before the cataclysmic eruption of 1883 – an event heard five thousand kilometres away and one that turned the skies red in New York – through Kerta’s eyes. It is through Kerta we come to appreciate the world that Krakatoa destroyed in an instant. Baillie writes beautifully, economically and vividly conjuring up a lost world without the book ever becoming ‘simply’ a historical novel.” Source :

An engaging story based on true events for mature 9-12-year-olds.