Two friends tell each other a story. Have you heard about the duck at the centre of the earth? Left there by a human expedition, the duck must make his own way to the surface. All it wants is to be reunited with its owner, but the friend it makes along the way becomes just as important. This journey through the darkness to the light is a strange and wondrous tale about friendship, loneliness, happiness and life itself.
Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia s most acclaimed writers. Her debut novel, OBERNEWTYN, which she began when she was just fourteen, established her at the forefront of Australian fantasy writing. She has published over thirty books for children and young adults, as both a writer and illustrator. Among her many awards are three Children s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and six Aurealis Awards. Marc McBride is an Aurealis Award-winning illustrator. His distinctive, instantly recognisable work has been featured on the covers of more than 150 books, including some of Australia s most successful fantasy series. In illustrating JOURNEY FROM THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, Marc drew inspiration from the set design and special effects in the 1959 movie JOURNEY FROM THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH.