Claire Saxby was born in Victoria, Australia, lived in several other states and spent some time in Papua New Guinea. She has engaged in waitressing, vote counting, mail sorting, podiatry, sheet ironing and towel folding. Saxby has worked in hospitals and in community health. Saxby has also written readers for educational publishers.
'Based on the true story of a quilt made by convict women on board the Rajah, bound for Australia.
'Lizzie Flynn has nothing but her name when she boards the Rajah, which is bound for the penal colony of Australia. On board the Rajah the convict women were given a "useful bag" containing among other things fabric and needle and thread. The women were taught to sew and together they made the Rajah quilt which is currently housed in the National Library.' (Publication summary)
'In the open forest, Emu watches over his nest. Gathering the granite-green eggs under soft feathers, Emu will care for them and protect the fluffy chicks once they hatch. The survival of this unusual family depends upon him.' (Publication summary)
'Far inland, the sun floats on the waves of a bake-earth day. Big Red and his mob of kangaroos wait for night-time when they can search for food. Young male kangaroos wait too - ready to challenge Red and take his place as leader. ' (Publisher's blurb)