Dr Helen Edwards children's author

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards endorsment by Andrea Rowe, award-winning author of Jetty Jumping
The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards endorsment
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Sea Lions at Cape Seal Bay Kangaroo Island

Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I'm an Adelaide-based children's author who weaves diverse stories of nature, magic and history.

I'm represented by Golvan Arts Management for my literary works and by Lamont Authors for school bookings.

My debut middle-grade novel, The Rebels of Mount Buffalo, is out now with Riveted Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster.

With a neurodivergent main character and an inspiring real-life mountain guide from the 1890s, it's a captivating time-slip tale in which a girl lost to grief meets a daring rebel on a misty mountain who guides her to rediscover her courage and find her way home.

It was recently longlisted in the DANZ - The Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Children's Book Award. This award has been created to recognise, award, and celebrate diverse children’s fiction. This means a children’s book published in Australia or New Zealand which 'pushes boundaries, challenges stereotypes, and celebrates diverse and marginalised people and communities.'

You can order your copy from me here and from Riveted Press here . It's also available in many bookshops and libraries. If you can't find it in your local bookshop or library, just ask them to get it in for you!

See more about The Rebels of Mount Buffalo here.

My second novel, Legend of the Lighthouse Moon, will be published on 2nd October 2024 by Riveted Press. It’s a magical historical story for middle-grade, set in an island lighthouse, in which a girl who's lost her way seeks solace in sea lions and uncovers secrets about her family’s past that help shine a light towards her becoming comfortable in her own skin.

I absolutely love this story about 13-year-old Mona McKenna, a girl living in 1970 with type 1 diabetes in an island lighthouse, featuring the stunning backdrop of Kangaroo Island and the gorgeous and endangered sea lions, as well as drawing on the true history of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. As usual, I'm weaving nature, plenty of magic, and true history to create a very special and diverse story that's full of heart and wonder, inspired by my grandmothers who were both born on islands in the UK, the legends from these regions and my life growing up with type 1 diabetes. With thanks to Arts SA for supporting this project.

Cover reveal, pre-order details, and more info for Legend of The Lighthouse Moon are coming soon!! My third novel, an Australian historical fiction set during WWII is coming in April 2025.

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You can book me to speak at your school, library or event here. I am available for virtual and in-person events and workshops. Find me at Lamont Authors here.

A Little Bit About Me!

I have a PhD in Psychology and before becoming an Australian children's author, I worked in mental health for many years. I've done all sorts of things in my life, including founding an award-winning charity and online counselling service, supporting thousands of people with diabetes across the world. I was even a state finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards for this work!

After completing my PhD in Psychology, I decided to follow my life-long dream to become a children's author and here I am! I'm passionate about inspiring action for our beautiful, fragile planet and nature features in all of my books. I find history fascinating and uncover stories that may have been forgotten, or hidden, and bring them into the light. I also believe that fantastical things can happen and see magic in the everyday.

More about me here.

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x Helen

Latest From My Blog

Australian Sea Lions Seal Bay Kangaroo Island in Legend of the Lighthouse Moon by Helen Edwards. Photo Nikki Redman

Australian Sea Lions of Seal Bay

By Helen Edwards | May 20, 2024

** Image by Nikki Redman Photography There’s a strong environmental and conservation theme running through all of my stories. In Legend of the Lighthouse Moon, the endangered Australian Sea Lion takes centre stage. I’ve learned a lot about these incredible creatures and the history of Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island during my research. The amazing…

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Scar Town by Tristan Bancks

Scar Town by Tristan Bancks

By Helen Edwards | May 2, 2024

Author Tristan Bancks is well-known for his books for kids and teens, including Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention, the Tom Weekly series, Nit Boy and Ginger Meggs, a 100th anniversary book of short stories based on characters created by his great-great uncle, Jimmy Bancks, in 1921. Tristan’s books have won and been shortlisted for many…

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Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

Legend of The Lighthouse Moon, by Helen Edwards

By Helen Edwards | April 8, 2024

I’m very excited to announce the title for my next middle-grade novel – Legend of the Lighthouse Moon! I absolutely love this story about 13-year-old Mona McKenna, a girl living in 1970 with type 1 diabetes in an island lighthouse, featuring the stunning backdrop of Kangaroo Island and the gorgeous and endangered sea lions, as…

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Esme in the Limelight by Kate Gordon

Esme in the Limelight by Kate Gordon

By Helen Edwards | March 12, 2024

If you know me, you will know that Kate Gordon is one of my favourite authors and human beings. If you haven’t read any of the books in this beautiful companion series, you must run out now and get them all. Anyone who has read the other books will have been waiting eagerly for this…

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Queenie in Seven Moves

Queenie in Seven Moves by Zanni Louise

By Helen Edwards | January 29, 2024

Zanni Lousie is a well-known author of many wonderful picture books for children and a supporter of the children’s literary community in Australia. She runs workshops and retreats for writers, hosts a podcast and mentors other writers. Her first middle grade novel, Queenie In Seven Moves, was published by Walker Books in 2023 and Candlewick…

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The Rebels of Mount Buffalo

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo Longlisted for the DANZ Children’s Book Awards!

By Helen Edwards | January 24, 2024

This week I had a wonderful surprise when the longlist for the inaugural DANZ children’s book awards were announced and I found The Rebels of Mount Buffalo on the middle-grade longlist! The DANZ Children’s Book Award, launched for 2024, stands for The Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Children’s Book Award. It has been…

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Protecting our Oceans

By Helen Edwards | January 14, 2024

Our Nullarbor road trip from SA to WA and back again, more than a decade ago, was one of our best road trips ever. As a lifelong whale lover, the 148 whales in the Bay at the Head of the Bight was the pinnacle for me – Yes, 148! Across my life, I’ve gazed out…

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The First Summer of Callie McGee by AL Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A.L. Tait

By Helen Edwards | January 4, 2024

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A.L. Tait was an apt read for me over the Christmas-New Year week. Filled with references to summer in Australia, beachside towns, and the tensions between local and tourist kids, this gentle coming-of-age story with a mystery twist, tells the tale of 12-year-old Callie McGee across one week…

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The letterbox tree

The Letterbox Tree by Rebecca Lim & Kate Gordon

By Helen Edwards | November 10, 2023

The Letterbox Tree is by two of my favourite Australian authors, Rebecca Lim and Kate Gordon. As you’d expect from two such talented writers, this upper middle-grade/lower YA novel takes some extremely difficult and very real topics and wraps them up in a warm story of found friendship, self-belief and hope. The story is centred…

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1st Place Winner
Individual Project Grant 2023
Individual Project Grant 2023
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Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021
Recipient Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Grant 2021