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About the book

Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda‚Äč

“Fate is strange, and our destinies can be shaped by very small decisions.”


"Seven hearts the journey make. Seven ways the hearts will break ..."
The witch Sheba's prophecy is like a riddle. A riddle Rowan must solve if he is to find out the secret of the Mountain and save his home. To the sturdy villagers of Rin, the boy Rowan is a timid weakling. The most disappointing child ever.
Yet, incredibly, it is his help they need when the stream that flows from the top of the Mountain dries up. Without its water, their precious bukshah herds will die, and Rin will be doomed.
The six strongest villagers must brave the unknown terrors of the Mountain to discover the answer to the riddle. And Rowan, the unwanted seventh member of the group, must go with them.

GENRE: Fantasy


  • Courage
  • Resilience
  • Self belief


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undefinedEmily Rodda has won the Australia's Children's Book of the Year Award five times as well as Australia's prestigious Dromkeen Medal.

Her real name is Jennifer Rowe and she is also well known for her Deltora Quest, Deltora Shadowlands, and Dragons of Deltora series.


Questions for your circle

  • Look at the secret messages that were revealed to Rowan on his journey.Why were they only revealed to Rowan? 
  • Describe what happened when Rowan met the dragon.
  • Explain the incidents that tested Rowan’s bravery along his journey.
  • Discuss Sheba’s riddle. What do you think it means?