Legend of the Lighthouse Moon by Dr Helen Edwards
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 next middle-grade novel - Legend of the Lighthouse Moon - is coming in November 2024 with the fabulous Riveted Press

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, blurb, pre-order details, and more details for Legend of The Lighthouse Moon are coming soon!! Sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date with details on release dates, pre-orders and events.

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.

Sign up to The Story Weaver for all the latest details about my own books, book reviews and recommendations, and more. More info about bookings for author talks and workshops available here.

x Helen

Latest From My Blog

Reading Pictures – Drawing Words: Database of Picture Books for Older Readers

By Helen Edwards | July 10, 2023

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc (NCACL) is an incredible collection of resources about Australian authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection holds books, artwork, ephemera, authors’ papers and manuscripts, and author and illustrator research files. It forms a unique and special resource that is the keeper of Australian children’s stories.…

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What We All Saw by Mike Lucas

By Helen Edwards | July 6, 2023

Witches only exist in stories. Everyone knows that. But what if the stories are real? FOUR FRIENDS. FOUR TRUTHS. ONE NIGHTMARE. If you wander into the wood …If you hear scratching sounds from the Old Quarry …If you go too close to the edge … WATCH. OUT. Shortlisted for the Young Adult Readings Prize 2022…

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Questions I am asked about the holocaust young readers edition

Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust by Hédi Fried: Young Readers Edition

By Helen Edwards | June 29, 2023

When I was asked by Scribble Kids Books if I would be interested in reviewing a copy of Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust: Young Readers Edition, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. They have been lucky to adapt this important book into a format for children and younger readers. Hédi Fried was nineteen…

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The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

By Helen Edwards | June 26, 2023

I am standing on the tops of mountains to announce the title of my debut historical fiction time-slip: DRUM ROLL PLEASE! THE REBELS OF MOUNT BUFFALO!! #RebelsofMountBuffalo I LOVE it so much! As well as featuring the setting of stunning Mount Buffalo, it plays on Guide Alice being a rebel of her time, and how…

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Sunday Skating by Andrea Rowe

Sunday Skating by Andrea Rowe & Hannah Sommerville

By Helen Edwards | June 22, 2023

Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville are a dynamic author-illustrator team, creating the much-loved and award-winning, Jetty Jumping. There has been high anticipation about their next book – Sunday Skating – and they do not disappoint! In this gloriously illustrated picture book, Andrea and Hannah take us back to the world of Jetty Jumping, with familiar…

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The Fix-it Princess by Janeen Brian & Cherie Dignam

By Helen Edwards | June 13, 2023

A twisty-turny fantasy romp, with heart, humour, do-it-yourself projects and a singing dragon. Two days ago, Mum-Queen and Dad-King happily flew off in the Wing-Thing that Princess Shona, the Fix-it Princess, had made them. Shona hasn’t sighted them since. And that’s a worry. But Shona is a princess with a Can-Do attitude. After all, she…

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The Garden at the End of the World by Cassy Polimeni & Briony Stewart

By Helen Edwards | May 12, 2023

Picture books are a staple in my book shelves and there is a continuous stream of gorgeous Australian picture books to satisfy my addiction to them! I have a few new ones to share with you, starting with this stunning story, The Garden at the End of the World, by by Cassy Polimeni and illustrated…

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Book Updates and Grant News!

By Helen Edwards | May 3, 2023

I am a writer who always begins a new project as soon as the last one is complete. I give myself a few days and then I move on to something new. It helps with the grief of leaving the world and the characters I have created, not that you really leave them. There are…

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Harriet Hound by Kate Foster & Sophie Beer

By Helen Edwards | May 2, 2023

Author Kate Foster loves dogs. She always includes them in her wonderful books. I have reviewed some of her books before, including The Bravest Word and have enjoyed everything she has written so far. In Kate’s latest junior fiction novel in collaboration with illustrator Sophie Beer, dogs don’t just feature, they are central to the…

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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