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The Van Apfel Girls are Gone

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


Squidge Dibley Destroys the School

Squidge Dibley is the new kid at Craglands South Primary School … and the school might not survive him.

Things are going downhill fast for class 6PU at Craglands South. They’ve changed teachers more times than most kids change their socks, and their latest one is so strict they aren’t even allowed to sneeze. But just when it seems like the school term has been turned into a prison term, a new kid arrives.

A kid unlike any other kid at Craglands South.

A kid named Squidge Dibley.

He’s small, quiet and strangely … squidgy.

And he’s about to change everything!

Read the first two chapters online now here.

Squidge Dibley Destroys the School
Mick Elliott, Lothian, July 2019


Anh Do’s ‘Wolf Girl’

I crawled onto the bank and collapsed, exhausted.
From the dirt, I looked up in amazement at four dogs staring down at me.
Was I dreaming? Had I gone mad? It all seemed very real.
‘You guys saved me!’ I said, as I sat up in my dripping clothes. ‘I owe you.’

When disaster separates Gwen from her family, she must fend for herself, all alone in the wilderness. 

Luckily, she’s not alone for long … When a wolf puppy, a labrador, a chihuahua, and a greyhound want to make friends, Gwen discovers talents she didn’t know she possessed. 

It will take all her new skills and strength just to survive. Does Gwen have what it takes to be leader of the pack?

Into the Wild: Wolf Girl 1
Anh Do, Allen & Unwin, July 2019


It Sounded Better in my Head

It Sounded Better in my Head won the 2018 Text Prize and rights have been sold in six international territories.

When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. And now that Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, have fallen in love, she’s feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. Where does she fit in now? And what has happened to the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks? Nothing is quite going according to plan. But then an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender, funny and joyful novel about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters—from an exciting new voice in Australian YA writing.

It Sounded Better in my Head
Nina Kenwood, Text, August 2019



Misfit witch Willow Moss holds the fate of the magical world of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands … A spellbinding new fantasy series for readers aged 8-12, perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell. 

Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things—like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Her magic might be useful, but it’s not exactly exciting … Until, that is, the most powerful witch in the whole of Starfell turns up at her door needing Willow’s help.

A whole day—last Tuesday to be precise—has gone missing. And the repercussions could be devastating. Can Willow find the day to save the day?

Willow Moss and the Lost Day: Starfell Book 1
Dominique Valente, illus by Sarah Warburton, HarperCollins, May 2019




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