When Mouse's parents are unexpectedly called overseas, Mouse has to stay with her long lost Aunt Evie on a sheep farm in South Australia. Upon arrival at the ramshackle cottage, Mouse finds strange scratches on the floor and hears loud thumps and thuds coming from her aunt's room. Soon Mouse discovers they're sharing the cottage with a large, hairy creature- a wombat called Miss Pearl! Aunt Evie is keeping Miss Pearl a secret from her landlord, who believes wombats are vermin and destroys them on sight. But when the landlord's son, Harry, uncovers their secret, can Mouse convince them that it's better to live with wombats rather than harm them?
Samantha Wheeler lives in Brisbane with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a horse. After a varied career involving dairy farmers and teaching, Samantha took up writing in 2009. Her first children's book, Smooch & Rose, was shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards and the Readings Children's Book Prize. Her second book, Spud & Charli, was imagined while riding her horse through the bush. Her third book Mister Cassowary was shortlisted for the 2016 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature, the Readings Children's Book Prize, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award and was commended in the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales Whitley Award. Wombat Warriors is Samantha's fourth book. www.samanthawheeler.com.au