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Poet. Prankster. Problem Solver.


About the book About the book

Elizabella—10 and a quarter—is a poet, fixer of fairytales and the biggest prankster in the history of Bilby Creek Primary. And when her plans involve making a swimming pool in the playground without consulting a single teacher, the students are behind her every step of the way. But what happens when Minnie, an even bigger prankster, shows up? Can Bilby Creek handle them both? And more importantly, can they handle each other?

The first book in the Elizabella series, Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoë Norton Lodge and Georgia Norton Lodge, is out on 1 October 2018 from Walker Books.


About the author About the author

Zoë Norton Lodge is a writer, actress and television presenter, known for her work on ABC TV’s The Checkout and the live storytelling night and podcast Story Club, as well as her collected short stories Almost Sincerely.

Elizabella Meets Her Match is her debut children’s novel.


About the author About the illustrator

By day Georgia Norton Lodge leads her graphic design team at an award-winning interior design and branding agency specialising in the hospitality industry. By night she is an illustrator, married to her side project ‘Georgia Draws a House’ where she delights people by hand-drawing their homes. She’s also Zoë’s younger sister—this is their second book together.

Q&A with Zoë Norton Lodge

The tween market is crowded with male characters. Why do readers need a female heroine?

For starters, it’s so important that girls have a range of female heroines to instill within them a sense of their own power. But for the world to be a better place everyone needs more female heroines. I just had a baby boy and I want nothing more than for his universe to be full of them. I’ve started by dedicating this book about an incredibly naughty 10-year-old girl to him.

How did you come up with Elizabella?

I honestly sat down in the bath one day and thought really hard about who I wished I was when I was a kid. Ambitious, fearless, questioning authority, popular, creative. Then I thought about all the things I hated as a kid. Being embarrassed, making mistakes, feeling jealous. Then I mixed them together with a pile of dirt and knotty hair and out came Elizabella.

What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did in school?

I did actually once forge a note from my high school principal to one of my teachers saying that he needed to see her in her office immediately to discuss some ‘very serious matters’. He was extremely unimpressed with me after a very confusing meeting with her (whatever—I maintain he deserved it!). I also once successfully bribed my English teacher into upgrading my essay mark with a skim latte and Portuguese tart …


Sample chapter

Meet Elizabella in the first chapter here.


Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive one of five copies of Elizabella Meets Her Match, email with ‘Elizabella ARC Giveaway’ in the subject line and tell us the naughtiest thing you ever did in school! The five answers that make us laugh the most will receive a copy.





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