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Helen Edwards
Grade 4-Year 8
South Australia

Helen has a PhD in Psychology and a long background working in mental health. She writes stories that reduce stereotypes and increase understanding of diversity, including characters who live with chronic illness, mental illness, and/or who are neurodivergent. She is interested in writing stories that reflect our Australian environment, culture, and history.
Helen grew up surrounded by books. She ‘published’ her first book at age 6, for which she won the Children’s Book Week prize at her school. Ever since, she has wanted to be an author.
Helen has been blogging since 2001, after founding an award-winning online counselling service for people with diabetes, which she ran for 16 years. She has had type 1 diabetes herself since 1979. Over 90,000 people follow her across social media, where her platforms support the Australian literary community with book reviews, author features and other relevant bookish content, and inspire action for people and planet, with kindness and hope.
Helen has won a number of awards, including being a South Australian State Finalist for Australian of the Year in 2016. She is a very experienced speaker and as well as speaking with schools, has presented talks and workshops locally and internationally.
She is a member of Writers’ Vic, Writers’ SA, Women’s Society of Writers Victoria, ASA, CBCA and SCBWI. She is part of the Author Pen Pals initiative and is an Ambassador for Australia Reads.
Helen is passionate about inspiring action for our beautiful, fragile planet and nature features in all of her books. She finds history fascinating and uncovers stories that may have been forgotten, or hidden, and brings them into the light. She believes that fantastical things can happen and sees magic in the everyday.
Helen lives in Adelaide with her lovely family, two cats and a very active rescue kelpie! When not reading, writing or watching good stories, you’ll find her walking in nature, going on road trips to discover new story ideas, laughing a lot, and listening to music.
If you’re looking for a children’s author who speaks from the heart, who laughs loud and loves deep, who is passionate about people and planet, and who understands we come in a glorious rainbow of human beings, Helen is your person.

Books by Helen Edwards

COMING SOON! Legend of the Lighthouse Moon

Best Suited 9+ Years
It’s the 1970s and on Kangaroo Island, Mona McKenna and her brother Albert live with their grandparents at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse . For five long years they have mourned their mother and longed for their missing father to return. Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year earlier, Mona has been increasingly acting in ways that make her hate herself. While she loves the rugged beauty of their isolated sanctuary—and dearly loves her grandparents—she yearns for her parents and finds her diabetes frightening and confusing. Mona finds solace in the treasures she collects along the island’s shores. But when she encounters a mysterious sea lion pup, Neo, the world as she knows it is forever changed. The two siblings embark on a journey that leads them to uncover secrets hidden within their family’s past. As they bond with Neo, Mona and Albert’s quest for truth takes them deeper into the heart of Kangaroo Island. With the fate of their beloved lighthouse hanging in the balance, they must summon courage and resilience to protect their home and the endangered sea lions who call it their own. Rich with folklore and brimming with adventure, Legend of the Lighthouse Moon is a dazzling tale of family, resilience, and the enduring magic of the sea. Join Mona on a journey of self-discovery where the whispers of the past guide her towards a future filled with hope, love, and legends brought to life.

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo

Best Suited 11-14 Years
Its 1998 and Clara and her parents are staying at the Mount Buffalo Chalet for the Centenary celebrations. This visit couldn’t be more different from their last they were a family of four then. Now they’re just three separate people, orbiting around each other while trying to navigate their overwhelming grief. Without her twin brother, Clara doesn’t know who she is. Then she meets a girl who lives within the fern-filled valleys below Mount Buffalo. Clara is surprised to discover the girl is actually Guide Alice, a rebel of her time, an adventurous non-conformist who spent much of her life boldly leading people along rugged trails between granite tors and misty mountain peaks. When Clara and Alice come face-to-face with danger on the mountain, Clara must rediscover the courage she has always had and become the person she was always meant to be…

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