Ballarat author Ruth Fox is taking young readers on a fantasy journey

FROM her Ballarat home, author Ruth Fox has created a magical fantasy world to spirit young readers to another realm.

Her third book, ​Monster-boy: Lair of the Grelgoroth, has just been released.

“The people don’t know what’s on the other side of the wall until they found out there’s monsters. The main character Zach is a 12-year-old who is unhappy when his parents decide to adopt a monster,” Ms Fox said.

“When children start to go missing, Zach and his adopted monster brother hatch a plan to find out what is happening to the children and it brings them together.”

PUBLISHED: Ballarat author Ruth Fox celebrates receiving copies of her latest book Monster Boy, a fantasy tale with real-world inspiration for pre-teen readers. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

PUBLISHED: Ballarat author Ruth Fox celebrates receiving copies of her latest book Monster Boy, a fantasy tale with real-world inspiration for pre-teen readers. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

The plot is actually grounded in real life, somewhat reflecting how Australia welcomes refugees, but she describes the book as “an adventure story with a Harry-Potter style influence of the other world” and definitely not political.

Her first book The City of Silver Light was published in 2012 and its sequel Across the Bridge of Ice was released in 2015. Monster Boy is available from Amazon and WiDo Publishing, and local bookstores.