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The first book in a portal fantasy series full of heart-in-your mouth action, unforgettable characters and folklore-inspired magic that feels both fresh and familiar. Kids who devoured Nevermoor and The Land of Stories will be completely enchanted by
Seven Wherewithal Way.

Melbourne bookseller Samantha-Ellen Bound (at Our Bookshop, formerly Corrie Perkin) is the talented author behind this exceptional series. She’ll be hitting the road to sign stock and meet as many of you as possible, as soon as it’s safe to do so.

We’ll be supporting retailers with a huge marketing campaign including:

  • Large-reach digital advertising campaign
  • Retailer and industry advertising
  • Beautiful foiled posters
  • Better Reading Kids campaign
  • Feature in Good Reading’s PK Magazine
  • Download social media animations here

The Story

Ferdinand fell out of the sky on the hottest day of the year, while Celeste and Esmerelda Barden were on the front porch eating ice-cream.

Celeste is having the worst summer ever. Her parents are off on an adventure and she’s stuck at Gran’s house with her annoying little sister, Esme, and strict instructions to be responsible. Or, as Esme says, boring. So when their eccentric cousin Ferd crash-lands a flying bus in the yard, what choice does Celeste have but to follow Ferd back home to Seven Wherewithal Way?

Wherewithal – Ferd’s house, and the gateway to the many Realms unreachable from Earth – is bursting with magic and mystery and otherworldly creatures. It’s Celeste’s favourite place in any world. But when something tries to break in through the portal in the pantry – the door to the mystical Realm of Forests – Celeste learns that both Wherewithal and her beloved cousin are under threat. If Celeste wants to save her cousin, their home, its inhabitants and possibly even all the Realms, she is going to have to find her adventurous side. Fast.

Full of heart-in-your-mouth action, unforgettable characters and folklore-inspired magic that feels both fresh and familiar,
Seven Wherewithal Way is the unputdownable first book in an epic portal fantasy series.



Meet Samantha-Ellen Bound

Samantha-Ellen Bound is a writer, editor and children’s author. From humble beginnings as an eight-year old writing Goosebumps rip-offs, she now has many years experience working with books – as a bookseller at Top Titles, reviewer, editor, production and marketing coordinator, in education, you name it!

A huge supporter of #LoveOzMG, Samantha-Ellen has been shortlisted for numerous short story awards, including most recently the Peter Carey and Write Around the Murray short story awards. She was also shortlisted for the Vogel Prize in 2018 and been a recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship.

Samantha-Ellen was born in Tasmania but now lives in Mordialloc, Melbourne.





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