Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children

Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children | novel | Penguin | August 2009

Dumped in the River Charon, hunted by an accursed river creature and betrayed by the wicked Matron Pluckrose, Tensy Farlow is in mortal danger. She has no parents. Worse still, she has no guardian angel.

When she is thrown into the Home for Mislaid Children – a gloomy orphanage where ravens attack, Watchers hover over your bed, and even the angels cannot be trusted – it seems that all hope is lost.

Yet could it be that a plucky, flame-haired orphan with a mysterious past is precisely what this dark world needs?



Shortlisted: Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2010

Shortlisted: CBCA – Book of the Year 2010

Shortlisted: Aurealis Awards 2009

Shortlisted: Western Australia Young Readers Book Award 2010


APA Book Design Awards:

WINNER: Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book 2010

Shortlisted: Best Designed Children’s Cover of the Year 2010

Praise for Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children


‘deliciously menacing, deliciously funny …

a glorious read’

Australian Booksellers’ Association


‘Beautifully presented…immensely satisfying’

The Australian


‘Unapologetically grand and vivid use of the English language… Girls will adore Tensy and the world she lives in’

Bookseller and Publisher

‘For anyone who thought children’s fantasy stopped with J.K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket or Neil Gaiman, take a look at this book from Australia. It’s worth a look. You could end up believing in angels.

Goodreads review