'Olive lives with her beloved grandparents in a small, isolated community. Her grandparents have scrimped and saved to send her to boarding school where she can meet kids her own age. It's not exactly what Olive expected, in fact, Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers isn't what anybody really expected!
'Faced with disappointing her grandparents, Olive, who is not a boy nor a talking animal, pretends to be an acrobat so that she can stay on. Now she has a month to learn how to leap, somersault and overcome her fear of heights.
'With exploding lamingtons, a vicious school bully, talking animals and new faces, can Olive leap over these obstacles, become an actual acrobat and find a place to fit in?' (Publication summary)
The Girl Who Brought Mischief2013single work children's fiction children's 'When the newly orphaned Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of
Bornholm, Denmark, she's not sure what to expect. Her grandmother
is stern and grim, the islanders are reserved and joyless, and at
school the children are not allowed to run wild or express themselves
the way they did in Copenhagen - especially if you're a girl. Inge tries
not to feel sorry for herself, but she misses her mama. And on top of
everything else, mischief has a way of finding her no matter how hard
she tries to be good...
But could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Inge's
grandmother and the island of Bornholm need? (Publisher's blurb)
'Blue Weston's life is spiralling out of control. Her parents are sending her to boarding school next year. Her mad twin brothers are building pig chariots in the back shed. Her best friend has been abducted by zombies and replaced with a boy-crazy tween. And then there's the drought that's showing no signs of ending soon ... It's New Year's Day, and Blue has resolved to keep a diary of the year's events. It will be another hard year of dust storms and drought on her family's farm - with the odd leech attack and bagpipe-loving pig thrown in for good measure! Red Dirt Diary is the hilarious tale of eleven-year-old tomboy Blue Weston, who lives with her family on a property outside Dubbo. Illustrated with black-and-white diary doodles throughout, it's the perfect book for fans of Robin Klein's Penny Pollard series and of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series. Ages 8+' (Publisher's blurb)