for children aged 8 to 12
A hilarious adventure novel that inspires connection to nature

Read with your kids for an uplifting and giggly bonding experience they'll cherish for life!

Written and illustrated by British Academy Award-winning sound designer, dad and health educator Gareth Vanderhope. The book explores his childhood experiences in the wilds of Australia and how the environment and community shape children’s behaviour and wellbeing.

The Hills Kids is a hilarious novel filled with mystery, kooky characters, and nature’s wonderments. Set in the Australian wilderness and inspired by actual events, three kids and a dog explore their foresty neighbourhood to solve a diabolical problem. The story spans four seasons, where the rhythms and personalities of nature intersect with the children’s lives and escapades. 

a sensory story that stimulates kids’ creative imagination 

Fostering connection with nature


and a love of reading