**eBook Only** A young girl with a tragic past and a rhinoceros facing life in captivity form an unlikely and magical bond after a fateful storm and a shipwreck bring them together. A moving tale about love, connection and the healing power of friendship.

On a stormy night off the coast of southern Australia, a ship transporting a cargo of exotic animals tosses and turns in enormous seas. Rhino senses they are in grave danger. . .
Not far away, ten-year-old Evie and her grandfather shelter in their crumbling, once-grand old home. They know too well how deadly storms can be. When all is calm, Evie treks over the dunes to the sea and makes a discovery that will change her life, and Rhino’s, forever.
Will the tragedies of their pasts finally be put to rest?

Awarded CBCA 2023 Honour Book - Younger Readers


Neridah lives in the city, but is a country girl at heart. She loves history and true stories. An author of seven books for children, Neridah is also an award winning short story writer and poet. Her latest picture book, published by Allen & Unwin in 2016, ‘Fabish: the horse that braved a Bushfire’ is a true story set in the Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009. It was shortlisted for the CBCA 2017 ‘Book of the Year’ in the Eve Pownall Award. Neridah loves cricket, footy, birdwatching, walking her dog and meeting other people’s dogs.


I cared deeply for these two incredibly endearing characters whose fates are inextricably linked. Rhino’s multiple escapades made me laugh out loud and the seemingly insurmountable challenge they face brought me to tears. The writing is beautiful, the sentiments profound; the restorative love possible between human and beast shines a beacon of hope throughout this unforgettable tale. This perceptive and poignant story of hope and ultimately joy will strike a chord with independent readers ages 9+.


A gorgeous, warm and beautifully written story – one that you would give to your children or grandchildren.


This heartfelt story captured my imagination, and I loved Evie and Rhino – they were lovely characters, who seemed to understand each other without words.

Ashleigh Meikle

This charming story of friendship and conservation will be enjoyed by those who like adventure, animals, and justice.

CBCA Reading Time

This is an absolutely delightful and touching story, with beautiful characters who have such warm and genuine relationships. Grandpa’s love and care for Evie is evident throughout the book, and it really is a story that will stay with you long after you have finished reading.

Lamont Books


Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, 3-5 Years
CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers
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