Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens (Australia/NZ August 2022)
Forever in trouble for sketching in her notebook, Penny Pickering dreams of her famous authoress aunt turning up at her boarding school and whisking her away. So when Aunt Harriet appears at Miss Strickland’s School for Girls of an Enquiring Mind and asks Penny if she would like to join her on an adventure, Penny knows exactly what to say – yes, please! Penny soon finds herself headed for Hampshire and a strange place called Mr Toddington’s Museum of the Curious and Absurd where bewitched kittens are said to have a tea party at midnight. Riverbend Books Where the Wild Things Are Booktopia Dymocks Angus & Robertson
Miss Penny Dreadful and the Malicious Maze
From the moment Penny steps into her family’s Hyde Park Square townhouse, she can sense something dreadful has happened.
This is confirmed when she discovers her parents’ laboratory in terrible disarray. Before she can find out any more, Penny is whisked away with her authoress aunt to Harewood Hall in the countryside, where a malicious maze is rumoured to be gobbling up servants. Miss Penny Dreadful has yet another mystery to solve. And nothing, absolutely nothing, is as it seems!
The Ghost Locket (Australia/NZ, UK September 2022)
But Freya can’t see the things that Lolli sees. She doesn’t understand what’s at stake. Can Lolli convince Freya that her dreams are real and help the ghosts in time? Where the Wild Things Are Readings Riverbend Booktopia Dymocks
When This Bell Rings (Australia/NZ)
In London’s Belgravia, Tamsin lives next door to Edie St Clair, famous author of the ‘London of the Bells’ series of graphic novels.
With the series’ tenth and final novel overdue, Tamsin offers her idol help and discovers that Edie can literally draw herself into her stories. When Edie goes missing, Tamsin draws herself into the novel and lands in a world of unexpected danger. Booktopia Readings Dymocks
The Mulberry Tree (USA/Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Czech Republic, Germany)
Ten-year-old Immy and her family run away from their storm cloud of problems to a tiny village in Cambridgeshire, England. When they find an adorable thatched cottage to begin a perfect new life in, the only downside is the ancient, dark and fierce-looking mulberry tree in the back garden. And the legend that comes with it – the villagers say the tree steals away girls living in the cottage on the eve of their eleventh birthday. Of course, Immy thinks this is ridiculous. Then she starts to hear a strange song in her head… Amazon Readings Dymocks Booktopia
The Turnkey (Australia/NZ) The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery (USA/Canada, UK)
Winner Best Children’s Crime Novel 18th Annual Davitt Awards 2018 Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2017 Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for a twelve-year-old ghost, but it is World War II and each night enemy bombers hammer London. Even the dead are unsettled. When Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object, she becomes suspicious. What is he up to? Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could result in the destruction of not only her cemetery, but also her beloved country. Can Flossie stop him before it is too late? UK: Amazon Waterstones WHSmith Foyles USA/Canada: Amazon Barnes&Noble Powell’s Australia: Readings Dymocks Booktopia
The Seven Keys (Australia/NZ)
Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery. Seven years have passed since Flossie saved her country from a ghostly invasion during World War II. Since then, things have been quiet. That is, until Flossie’s nemesis, Hugo Howsham, reveals a secret the pair have been keeping – the keys of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries can be combined to make a Turnkey not only mortal, but immortal. When Hugo Howsham begins stealing keys, the other Turnkeys turn against Flossie, trusting her no longer. With family, friends and her cemetery in danger, can Flossie find the inner strength to protect everything she has ever cared about? Readings Dymocks Booktopia