Author(s): Gary Crew
CBC Book of the Year: Older Readers. Premiers Literary Award Winner. NSM State Literary Awards Children's Book Award Winner. On 4 June 1629 the Dutch vessel Batavia struck uncharted rocks off the Western Australian coast. By the time help arrived over 120 men, women and children had met their deaths - not in the sea but murdered by two fellow survivors, Wouter Loos and Jan Pelgrom. In 1986 teenager Steven Messenger discovers gruesome relics from that wreck. Four months later he disappears without trace. Where is Messenger? Is his disappearance linked to the relics? Someone knows ... Somewhere ...
this stunningly original work defies easy categorization as it spins dual story lines into one spellbinding yarn ... Crew tantalizes to the very end, leaving readers to speculate enthusiastically on the riddles he craftily leaves unsolved. His tale will electrify his audience. - Publishers Weekly STRANGE OBJECTS will continue to tease and perplex readers of all ages long after it has been read. - Australian Book Review A supernatural mystery of a high order - Kirkus Reviews The past is alive in us all, and will test our humanity to the full. - Marion Halligan
Gary Crew is one of Australia's best-known authors and a four-time winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award, as well as numerous other awards. He is a full-time writer and lecturer in creative writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His previous books include MEMORIAL, THE VIEWER, THE INNER CIRCLE, THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW, NO SUCH COUNTRY, ANGEL'S GATE, DARK HOUSE, THE LOST DIAMONDS OF KILLIECRANKIE, FORCE OF EVIL and THE BLUE FEATHER. Gary lives on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.