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1 y separately published work icon Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia's First Children's Author Belinda Murrell , Kate Forsyth , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2020 20791476 2020 single work biography

'For almost 140 years, the author of Australia’s first book for children was a mystery. Known only by the description ‘a Lady Long Resident in New South Wales’, she was the subject of much speculation. It was not until 1980, after a decade of sleuthing, that legendary bibliographer Marcie Muir gave her a name: Charlotte Waring Atkinson. And not only a name, but an extensive creative family history, connecting her to two of the nation’s celebrated contemporary children’s writers, Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell.

'To Forsyth and Murrell, Atkinson (also known as Barton) is great-great-great-great grandmother and the subject of the stories they grew up on—part of a thread of creative women that runs through the history of their family. Hers is one of the great lost stories of Australian history: a tale of love, grief, violence and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.

'After spending half her life educating the children of the well-to-do in England, in 1826, at 30 years of age, Charlotte Waring accepted a job on the other side of the world. She was to teach the children of Maria Macarthur, daughter of former New South Wales governor Philip Gidley King. But on the voyage, love diverted her to a different future: marriage to the eligible James Atkinson meant she spent just seven short months with her charges. What followed were years of hardship in the New South Wales bush, including the death of Atkinson and her subsequent marriage to an abusive drunk, a brutal attack by bushrangers, penury and the threat of having her children taken away.

'In Searching for Charlotte, Forsyth and Murrell tell Charlotte’s story along with that of their own journey to discover her. In an intriguing account, the sisters join the reader in reacting to Charlotte’s actions: wondering what could have motivated certain choices; admiring the strength of spirit that pushed Charlotte through turmoil in the Australian colonies; and reviling attitudes that were common to the mid-1800s but are abhorrent in the twentieth century.

'The extraordinary, long-buried life story of Australia’s earliest published children’s author, Searching for Charlotte combines elements of biography, recreation of history and rediscovery of family history. It is a sometimes confronting but ultimately heartwarming journey into the story of a family with writing in its blood.' (Publisher's abstract)

1 y separately published work icon Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo Belinda Murrell , Melbourne : Belinda Murrell , 2020 18572417 2020 single work children's fiction children's 'Hi! I'm Zoe and this is Zac.
We're so lucky we live at the zoo!
As a birthday treat, we're helping out with the animals.
We can't wait!' (Publication summary)
 
1 Too Much Trouble Belinda Murrell , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: Total Quack Up Again! 2019;
1 Animal Mad Belinda Murrell , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: Funny Bones 2019;
1 y separately published work icon Puppy Pandemonium Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 15377070 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Life can be hard when you’re crammed into a tiny caravan with your noisy family. Pippa’s looking forward to moving into their new home above the Beach Shack Cafe, but it’s taking forever! Money is tight, too, and Pippa has her eye on a gorgeous new swimming costume. 

'Luckily, Pippa has her Sassy Sisters to help. Together they come up with a plan to make some cash: Pippa’s Perfect Pooch Pampering! Before long, Pippa has her hands full with adorable but pesky pups. 

'What could possibly go wrong?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Camp Castaway Belinda Murrell , 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)

1 y separately published work icon Kira Dreaming Belinda Murrell , Sydney : Random House Australia , 2018 13833828 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Kira Cove Public School is hosting a talent quest. Cici, Meg and Charlie couldn’t be more excited to perform, but Pippa gets butterflies at the thought of singing on stage. After a disastrous audition the girls get a second chance, but can Pippa find a way to smash her stage fright before the VIP concert?

'Meanwhile, at the Beach Shack Cafe a mysterious visitor is causing havoc when backs are turned. When Pippa finds a clue, she is determined to track down the mischievous cafe thief.

'Will Pippa sing with the Sassy Sisters?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Cub Reporters Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2017 11551147 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Pippa is settling in to her island home – she’s even learning to surf. School is abuzz when Mrs Neill announces the launch of a new student newspaper. But how will Pippa, Meg, Charlie and Cici decide what to write about when the four friends have such different interests? A fashion photo shoot could be fun – if it weren’t for bad weather, a naughty puppy and other disasters. 

'Just when things couldn’t get any worse, the cub reporters get a news scoop that could bring the whole town together at the Beach Shack Cafe. Cupcakes for everyone! 

'Whose story will make the front page?' (Publication summary) 

1 y separately published work icon The Beach Shack Cafe Belinda Murrell , 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)

1 y separately published work icon Pippa's Island Belinda Murrell , 2017 Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 11453666 2017 series - author children's fiction children's
1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell's Best Friends Ever Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2016 9671115 2016 selected work children's fiction

'Adventures are more fun with friends! Celebrate with Lulu and her friends as they rescue a fairy penguin, prepare for the Moon Festival, have fun at Harmony Day, and save the school's garden after a storm!' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon The Lost Sapphire Belinda Murrell , 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)

1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell's Amazing Animal Adventures Belinda Murrell , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2016 9025204 2016 selected work children's fiction
1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell's Fantastic Holiday Fun Belinda Murrell , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2016 9025091 2016 selected work children's fiction
1 Pickles Belinda Murrell , 2016 single work children's fiction
— Appears in: Cat Stories 2016;
1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8542835 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Lulu Bell is back on the farm for a rainy-day adventure and a party to remember.

'The farm is one of Lulu's favourite places. It's perfect for a pirate party to celebrate Gus's birthday. If only it would stop raining!

'Where can the kids build the pirate ship they've promised Gus? Put your gumboots on, everyone, because Lulu has the answer. But where is that naughty dog, Jessie?' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and the Magical Garden Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8542728 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'A summer storm has arrived, and the Bell family are eating their dinner and playing games by candlelight. What fun!

'But the next morning a disaster is revealed. The school garden is ruined! Can Lulu and her best friend Molly save the day?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and the Arabian Nights Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8080605 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Lulu Bell is about to make a new friend!

'It's Harmony Day at Shelly Beach School, and Lulu's class is going to star in the school play. What will be the special theme this year?

'Lulu is sure that the new girl in her class will have good ideas. How can she make Amira feel welcome? The answer is a happy surprise for everyone!' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and the Koala Joey Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House , 2015 8073230 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Lulu can't wait for her holiday at Tarni Beach to begin. She has a new pink surfboard and Dad is going to teach her to surf.

'Lulu and her friend Zac like to spot wildlife in the bush nearby. But Bulldozers have arrived and the trees might soon be gone. What will happen to the mummy koala and her joey if all the trees are taken away? Lulu needs to work out how to save the koalas' home!' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and the Christmas Elf Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2014 8155536 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'The Bell family are preparing for the best Christmas ever. There are presents to wrap, yummy food to cook and costumes to sew.

But Lulu's friends Olivia and Jo are too sad to sing in the school concert because their little cat Bonnie is missing. Can Lulu cheer them up and help find Bonnie before Christmas Eve? Maybe a special letter to Santa will help.'

(Random House Australia)

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