Australian author Felicity McLean is an international publishing sensation with rights to The Van Apfel Girls are Gone already sold to the US, UK, Spain and France.
Part mystery, part coming-of-age story, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is set in a distant suburb on the encroaching bushland, over the long hot summer of 1992. It’s the summer of the school’s Showstopper concert. The summer Tikka Molloy was eleven and one-sixth years old. The summer she never forgot. The summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared.
Hannah, beautiful Cordelia and Ruth vanished during the night of the school’s Showstopper concert at the amphitheatre by the river, surrounded by encroaching bushland.
Now, years later, Tikka has returned home to try and make sense of the summer that shaped her, and the girls that she never forgot.
Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing, this is Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation.
The Van Apfel Girls are Gone
Felicity McLean, HarperCollins, March 2019