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
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Welcome! My name is Dr Helen Edwards and I'm an Adelaide-based writer who loves to weave stories of nature, magic and history.

My debut middle-grade novel - THE REBELS OF MOUNT BUFFALO - will be published in October 2023, by Riveted Press!

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

You can Pre-order your copy NOW!

Head here to order your copy of The Rebels of Mount Buffalo.

Here is the blub!

It's 1998 and Clara and her parents are staying at the Mount Buffalo Chalet for the national park centenary celebrations. It couldn't be more different from their last visit - they were a family of four then.

With her twin brother Darius gone, Clara has no reference point anymore, no guide. It's like being lost in the bush without a compass. 

Without him, she doesn't really know who she is.

After a strange night, Clara wakes up in 1893. There she meets Alice, a girl who lives within the fern-filled valleys at the base of Mount Buffalo. To her surprise, Clara realises she is Guide Alice, considered a rebel of her time, an adventurous non-conformist who spent much of her life boldly leading people along the rugged trails between granite tors and misty mountain peaks.

The 1890s were a difficult era in Australia's history. The country is in the grip of a terrible Depression, and desperate people can be dangerous. When Alice's life is threatened, Clara must rediscover the courage she has always had, and become the girl she was always meant to be. 

Bringing in themes of early feminism and issues such as bullying, never being a bystander, managing grief and finding your courage, this engaging middle grade timeslip story draws on the true history of Mount Buffalo and the incredible role the Manfield family, and Guide Alice in particular, played in the preservation of the National Park and the development of tourism in the Mount Buffalo region.

Bookings are NOW OPEN for the free book launch event at The Mount Buffalo Chalet on 11th October. Book here. 
More events across North East Victoria and South Australia will be added to my Events page in coming weeks.

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 have 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

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Finding the Sweet Spot in a Creative Life

By Helen Edwards | November 28, 2013

  I used to be a runner. Then I stopped. As you do when life gets in the way and you start to do other things, like fall in love, go to university, have kids, experience changes in your body that stop you from this motion. I used to find the sweet spot in running, where you…

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By Helen Edwards | November 13, 2013

Josh’s House, building a sustainable house in the suburbs I am very excited to be sharing my chat with Josh Byrne with you today, who you may know as the popular WA presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia. Over the past 10 years in particular, we have watched him as he has shared all sorts of different practical and…

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By Helen Edwards | November 6, 2013

It was hot here on Saturday in Adelaide. I can feel the turn of the sun to that blistering heat of an Adelaide Summer and I am  not liking it. I am not a hot weather person. Added to that, I had a bad night with my type 1 diabetes the night before resulting in…

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By Helen Edwards | November 1, 2013

It is that time of year where things are getting a slight tad crazy! Kids are bringing home notes left, right and centre. Work is going to some whole new level as different priorities crash into each other in a mad rush to be done by the end of the year. And the little voice…

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Mindfulness, Taking Care of Your Health & Wellbeing

By Helen Edwards | October 23, 2013

  It is easy to become overwhelmed with life. Taking care of your health and wellbeing is the basic number one of life, but we often make this a bottom priority in the big busy world. Developing vision about where you want to go in life and making commitments to yourself about taking action in…

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Garage Sales, Vintage Cars & Making Memories

By Helen Edwards | October 9, 2013

Over the October long weekend we were very lucky to be able to spend it with family at our beach shack on Yorke Penninsula in South Australia, where I grew up. My parents bought the shack when I was only 9 years old and the past few years, have added an upper storey extension, giving…

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On Being A Bad Patient & Seeing The Light

By Helen Edwards | October 2, 2013

  Healthy people need to take care of themselves to stay that way. It is so easy to go down the slippery slide of neglecting your health in our busy world. We live in a environment which discourages health – excessive amounts of food, sedentary lifestyles, too much to do, too many pressures, disconnectedness from…

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Is a Change as Good as a Holiday?

By Helen Edwards | September 25, 2013

They say change is as good as a holiday and I certainly daydream constantly about all the things I want to change – about my life, my home, my work, my time and myself. Sometimes I think I become so caught up in thinking about all the possible other directions in life I could take,…

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Adelaide Royal Show: Bringing Country to the City

By Helen Edwards | September 20, 2013

Last week we visited the Royal Adelaide Show. Shows are such a wonderful example of the conflict between healthy planet, healthy people, healthy home, and the reality of all the things that are causing us to drown in waste. They showcase healthy produce, home cooking, looking after the environment and family, with all of the…

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