The Upwelling

Lystra Rose

A thrilling blackandwrite!-prize-winning YA debut about a young surfer, Kirra, who is mysteriously called into another place without European influence and learns she has the power to save the world.

The Upwelling is the story of Kirra, an Aboriginal high school student and avid surfer from the Gold Coast, Australia. Kirra’s older brother died during a surfing competition years ago, and Kirra suddenly starts dreaming of him. When Kirra catches a wave on the same break as her brother, she somehow time-slips into a land without European influence. Here, she meets Narn a young Aboriginal man preparing for initiation into manhood, and Tarni, daughter of the clan’s renowned warrior Minjerra. While Kirra adapts to life in this strange place, Narn and Tarni struggle to resist their forbidden love, and a shadow threatens all living things in the land. Kirra learns she, Tarni and Narn have an important role to play in this community, as do their newly discovered magic powers. Working together will be their only chance to save the world.

Acquiring Publisher
Kate Stevens
Paperback & ebook
Fiction: YA

Lystra Rose

Lystra Rose is a black&write! award-winning writer, editor and photographer who lives in a land where the rainforest meets the sea . . . the sunny Gold Coast, Australia. Lystra is the editor of Surfing Life magazine and executive producer of Surfing Life TV (globally broadcasted on Fuel TV). She is the first female – as well as Indigenous – editor of a mainstream surfing magazine in the world.

Lystra loves catching waves at her local break with her family (an interlude between home-schooling tasks). Surfing is Lystra’s daily reminder to never let fear stop you from doing the things you love or were meant to do. It’s also her creativity generator.

The Upwelling is Lystra’s debut novel.

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