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The House on the Mountain

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About the Story

There is a fire coming, and we need to move quickly. 
Mum and Dad start packing bags, grabbing woollen blankets, the first-aid kit, torches, and then the photo albums. 
Dad puts Ruby on her lead and ties her up near the back door. 
My chest feels hollow, like a birdcage. 


Atmospheric and intensely moving, The House on the Mountain is the story of a family experiencing a bushfire, its devastating aftermath, and the long process of healing and rebuilding.

At its core, this is a simple story that tackles a terrifying event gracefully. Ella’s prose is lyrical and David Cox’s illustrations are stunning, leaving the reader with a sense of hope and admiration at the family’s ability to rebuild their lives. 

This important story is courageously read by author Ella Holcombe herself. 


*captions available. 

Story Details



Australian Theme, Community, Emotions, Environment, Family Life, Grief/Loss, Hope

Suitable for

Lower Primary (5-8yrs), Middle Primary (8-10yrs), Upper Primary (10-12yrs)



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