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Gender: Female
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Children's author.

Murrell began publishing in 2006 with the Sun Sword series: high fantasy adventure for children. In 2009, she began a loose series of what would become perhaps her best-known genre: time slip, in which contemporary heroines are drawn into the past through the intervention of an object, such as The Locket of Dreams or The Lost Sapphire. Murrell continues to write time-slip fiction: The Lost Sapphire, the most recent instalment, was a Children's Book Council of Australia notable book in 2017 and earlier works in this genre have won Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, and been shortlisted for the Davitt Award, the KOALA Award, and the YABBA Award. Murrell discussed her time-slip novels in a column called 'Ghosts, Timeslip and Talismans' in 2011.

Murrell's other long-running series includes the thirteen-volume Lulu Bell series: the positive depictions of caring for animals in the series saw the sixth instalment, Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle, shortlisted for the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature.

In 2017, Murrell began a new series, Pippa's Island.

Belinda Murrell is the sister of Kate Forsyth. They are direct descendants of Charlotte Barton.

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y separately published work icon Camp Castaway Sydney : Random House Australia , 2018 13834040 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'The students in class 5M are heading off to school camp. Pippa has never been away on camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! The Sassy Sisters look forward to five blissful days together exploring Shipwreck Island’s beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with Olivia and the other girls.

'Mrs Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys’ tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge.

'Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
y separately published work icon The Beach Shack Cafe Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 11453700 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Pippa has just arrived at a new school, in a new town, and even living on a gorgeous island isn’t cheering her up. Her arrival causes ripples at Kira Island Primary School – but Pippa soon starts to make friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici.

'Pippa’s mum plans to buy a rustic old boatshed and start a bookshop cafe, and Pippa worries they’ll lose all their money in this madcap venture – until her new friends come to the rescue to help get the grand opening back on track.

'Will Kira Island ever feel like home?' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Fiction
y separately published work icon The Lost Sapphire Sydney : Random House Australia , 2016 9332789 2016 single work novel historical fiction

'Marli is staying with her dad in Melbourne, and missing her friends. Then she discovers a mystery – a crumbling, abandoned mansion is to be returned to her family after ninety years. Marli sneaks into the locked garden to explore, and meets Luca, a boy who has his own connection to Riversleigh.

'A peacock hatbox, a box camera and a key on a velvet ribbon provide clues to what happened long ago . . .

'In 1922, Violet is fifteen. Her life is one of privilege, with boating parties, picnics and extravagant balls. An army of servants looks after the family – including new chauffeur Nikolai Petrovich, a young Russian émigré.

'Over one summer, Violet must decide what is important to her. Who will her sister choose to marry? What will Violet learn about Melbourne's slums as she defies her father's orders to help a friend? And what breathtaking secret is Nikolai hiding?

'Violet is determined to control her future. But what will be the price of her rebellion?' (Publication summary)

2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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