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Elkie's Escape

By Maria McKinnon - Illustrated by Bridget Acreman - ISBN: 9781922751690

RRP: $24.95

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Maria started her career as a children’s nurse. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Aboriginal Studies and Communication Studies. Children’s Literature soon became a new and engaging area of interest for her during this time; one that continues today.

This is Maria’s first publication as an emerging author, and she is currently in the process of writing her next picture book for children.

She feels lucky to be the mother of her four adult children and three grandchildren who live close by on the NSW south coast.

Elkie's Escape

By Maria McKinnon - Illustrated by Bridget Acreman - ISBN: 9781922751690

RRP: $24.95

Since the beginning of time, southern right whales have seasonally migrated to the southern oceans of Australia to give birth to their young.

It is in the waters of the Great Australian Bight where towering rock cliffs look over the ocean and the life that swells within it that Elkie was born.

Early one morning when the mist is still rising above the great ocean, Elkie sees something in the distance that she hasn’t seen before.

What is it? And what does its presence mean for Elkie and her family?

It isn’t a living thing. It groans as it moves closer to Elkie and her family, threatening in its mysterious presence.


"In the simple world of ocean survival, this book puts into pictures the delicate beauty and serenity of ocean life and the hope of the creatures beneath so beautifully... A treasure of a book to be loved for many generations to come..." Daphne, Indie Book reviewer


About the Illustrator: Bridget Acreman

I’m Bridget, a children’s book illustrator and motion designer from the Central Coast in Australia.
Creating art makes me a better person. I adore making fun, bright and whimsical illustrations and artwork for kids and big kids at heart. I love it when my work can make people smile.
I studied animation and visual effects and have been a broadcast designer for the last 5 years creating exciting and engaging motion design for news and current affairs.
I also have a diploma in transpersonal art therapy and I have a strong passion for children, mental health and helping kids realise their potential through creativity.


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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