ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Milly has a lot on her mind: her stepmum's in hospital with the new baby, her Dad is trying to fix up a new room for her so the baby can have Milly's old one, she's worried about school, and the family business - holiday cabins by the sea - is struggling in the off-season. When Eliza Vanda, travelling dressmaker, blows into town and takes one of the cabins, Milly has a bit more to worry about. But there's more to Eliza than is readily apparent, and Milly is about to learn that a good heart and willing mind will solve any problem - that and a dash of button magic! From the award-winning author, a charming story that will appeal to Rodda's core mid-primary readers. Lindy
Emily Rodda's first book, Something Special, was published with Angus & Robertson in 1984. It marked the beginning of a career that has seen her become one of the most successful, prolific and versatile writers in Australia. Since then, Emily has written or co-authored over ninety books for children. Her children's books range from picture books to YA novels, and include the award-winning Rowan of Rin series as well as the outstandingly successful Deltora Quest fantasy series. A full-time writer since 1994, Emily has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award a record five times and seems to instinctively know what children want to read.