Through My Eyes: Australian Disaster Zones – Mia


Written by Dianne Wolfer
Published by Allen and Unwin, due August 2022

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A powerful story of one girl’s experience of 2019’s Cyclone Veronica in Western Australia. Part of the ‘Through My Eyes’ disaster series.

Mia is used to cyclone build-ups, but the noise and energy of the wild rain squalls keep her awake half the night. What if the cyclone hits before Mum gets back? As wild winds batter the coast, Mia knows she must keep calm. The animals need her.

Thirteen-year-old Mia lives on a bush block in the Pilbara, where she assists her mother’s work as a vet and equine therapist. Although she is used to the seasonal cyclones that threaten the West Australian coast, nothing can prepare her for the ferocity of Cyclone Veronica when she finds herself home alone and needing to protect their property and the animals she loves.

When her friend Nick arrives, pleading for help, and her favourite horse is injured, will Mia be able to withstand the greatest challenge of her life? As the storm intensifies, can she save her beloved animals?

The setting was inspired by Pilbara scenes