Timber Creek Station

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Danny Dawson lives on a cattle station in the Australian outback. Usually the annual cattle muster excites Danny, but everything is different now. Because Danny’s beloved older brother died in an accident last year, and nobody will talk about it. Because his teenage sister is pregnant and won’t tell anyone who the father is. Because his mother can’t cope with any of it and has hired a wide-eyed English house girl to deal with the family.

Timber Creek Station is the story of a grieving family, entrenched racism, and the surprising ways one boy—who thought he’d be stuck in one terrible place forever—can take a leap forward.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 240
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.4
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF046040, YAF058180, YAF058190
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.375 x 8.25
Lexile 830
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 181028
Accelerated Reader® Points 11.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Glossary, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Ali Lewis

Ali Lewis was born in rural North Yorkshire, England. Ali found the inspiration for Timber Creek Station while working on an outback cattle station in Australia. She currently lives in North Yorkshire.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2017



“[A]stoundingly well written and intensely absorbing. Vivid details and Australian slang bring the unique setting of the outback to life. . . . [A] poignant and raw story about prejudice, family, grief, loss, change, and healing.”—VOYA


“British author Lewis’ debut is based on her time as the family helper on just such an outback [cattle station]. . . . It is the learning curve of Liz that will engage the reader who is open to understanding a variation of abject intolerance in a remote culture that is perhaps, sadly, not fundamentally different from our own.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Originally published in the UK, this 2012 Carnegie Medal shortlist title is a peek into the Australian rancher’s lifestyle. . . . For a public or school YA collection looking to add diversity by way of Australia. . . . Hand to readers who enjoy quiet plotlines with plenty of conflict.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“It offers an exceptionally vivid picture of a fascinating world foreign to most American readers alongside issues mostly avoided in U.S. children’s fiction. . . . Immensely likable and utterly convincing, Danny will have readers hoping for the future just as hard as he is. . . . [H]ighly recommended for boys and adventurous readers of all ages.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews