Escape to the Moon Islands (Quest of the Sunfish #1)

Author(s): Mardi McConnochie

Middle Fiction 8-12-year-olds

Twins Annalie and Will are sailing halfway across the world to find their missing father, while trying to evade the all-powerful Admiralty that governs their world in this highly original nautical adventure story with a speculative fiction twist.


Kathleen's review - I can thoroughly recommend this book. It has a great beginning - straight into tension and action, and continues throughout. Twins Will and Annalie are joined by Essie, a rich girl and Annalie's only friend at the school her father convinced her to go to, and later by Pod, a runaway indentured worker (slave by any other name).

When I was a teenager I knew a family who'd grown up around boats, so the twins' abilities at sailing are completely believable. The scenario is also believable - a future where our planet has suffered disastrous flooding and where military power (the Admiralty) has taken control. 

The pace is great, the kids are excellent characters, and there are more in the series!


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Short-listed for Readings Children's Book Prize 2017 (Australia).

Mardi McConnochie is the author of four adult novels: Coldwater, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize First Novel Award (Pacific region), The Snow Queen, Fivestar and The Voyagers. She has also written two novels for younger readers, Melissa, Queen of Evil, winner of an Aurealis Award, and Dangerous Games. Her TV scriptwriting credits include 'Home and Away', 'McLeod's Daughters', 'Always Greener' and 'Pacific Drive'. She lives in Sydney with her partner, James Bradley, and their two daughters...

General Fields

  • : 9781760290917
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • : April 2016
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : August 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mardi McConnochie
  • : 352
  • : 823.92
  • : English
  • : 916
  • : Paperback