Author(s): Sonya Hartnett
Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairytale. And then, one day on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen. His name is Feather. So begins Maddy's enchanted and tragic life as she yearns to own something that can never be owned.
Sonya Hartnett is the internationally acclaimed author of several novels, including Thursday's Child, winner of the 2002 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and Forest, winner of the 2002 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers. In 2003, her adult novel, Of a Boy, won The Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. In 2004, The Silver Donkey was published to great critical acclaim. It has won the 2005 Brisbane Courier Mail award for young readers and was CBC Book of the Year (Young readers) in 2005.