This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it. Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-colored stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father’s paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot among the trees changes everything. When Pender rescues Brindabella from the pouch of her murdered mother, an unusual friendship blossoms between the lonely boy and the orphaned joey. But Brindabella is no ordinary kangaroo. And though Pender has saved her life, the untameable wildness of the bush—and freedom—call to her . . . Lyrical and unforgettable, Brindabella explores the brutal beauty of the Australian bush.
Andrew Joyner is an Australian children’s book author and illustrator. He has worked as a receptionist, a fruit packer, and a tutor. Some of his many picture books include The Pink Hat; Too Many Elephants in This House, written by Ursula Dubosarsky; The Baby Swap, written by Jan Ormerod; and Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex, written by Mo O’Hara. Most recently, he has illustrated the new Dr. Seuss picture book, Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum. When he isn’t drawing dinosaurs, Andrew can be found reading or dreaming about the ancient ruins of Europe. You can visit him at www.andrewjoyner.com.au.