Karen Foxlee Karen Foxlee i(A96770 works by)
Born: Established: 1971 Mount Isa, Far North Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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The granddaughter of Finnish immigrants, Foxlee grew up in Mount Isa but came to Brisbane when she was seventeen. She has worked most of her life as a Registered Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in creative writing.

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A Most Magical Girl 2016 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time - and two most magical girls on an unforgettable adventure.

'Annabel Grey has been brought up to be a very proper Victorian young lady. But being 'proper' isn't always easy - especially when you can sometimes see marvellous (as well as terrifying) things in puddles. But parlour tricks such as these are nothing compared to the world that Annabel is about to enter...

'After the rather sudden departure of her mother, Annabel is sent to live with her aunts. They claim to be Shoreditch witches, and from a very old family line of them too. They're keen to introduce Annabel to their world of transformation, potions and flying broomsticks (which seem to have strong personalities of their own) but are horrified when Annabel announces not only does she not know any magic, young ladies shouldn't believe in such things. But before Annabel has time to decide whether she does or not, she is swept into an urgent quest.

'The trees of Highgate have been whispering to Kitty - an extraordinary urchin of a girl, who Annabel's aunts seem very fond of - and so have the fairies. They talk of a terrible, dark magic that wants to devour all of London. And of a most magical girl who might be able to stop it...

'This sparkling and enchanting story is sure to bewitch you, so curl up in front of the fire, and prepare to be swept away...' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2017 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy 2014 single work children's fiction children's fable

'A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

'As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

'A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2014 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best Children's Fiction
The Midnight Dress 2013 single work novel mystery crime 'When a teenage girl disappears, a small town is awash with rumours: everyone is talking about the dress she wore, a midnight-blue dress made from the remnants of other dresses, a dress of stories ...

For her whole life, Rose Lovell has moved from town to town with her alcoholic father. When they wash up in a coastal sugarcane town, Rose wonders if this time it will be different.

At the local high school, Rose meets Pearl Kelly, who is popular, pretty and intent on tracking down her Russian father. When she convinces Rose to be part of the annual Harvest Parade, Rose must find a special dress for the occasion. She seeks the help of the eccentric Edie Baker, who knows all the town's secrets and whose own family is a rich tapestry of stories. When Rose agrees to let Edie teach her to sew, she doesn't realise that nothing will ever be the same again.

The Midnight Dress weaves an intriguing story of loss and longing to the very last page.' (Publisher's blurb)
2014 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut Crime Novel
2014 winner Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
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