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Girl of the Southern Sea

Michelle Kadarusman

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Queensland Univ. Press
02 February 2021
An inspiring novel about good-luck magic, courage and the power of storytelling.

A gifted student, Nia longs to attend high school so she can follow her dream and become a writer. She has notebooks filled with stories she's created about the mythological Dewi Kadita, Princess of the Southern Sea. But her family has barely enough money for food, let alone an education, so Nia's days are spent running their food cart and raising her younger brother.

Following a miraculous escape from a bus accident, Nia is gifted with good-luck magic. Or at least that's what everyone's saying. Soon their family business is booming and there might even be enough money to return to school. But how long can her good luck last?

When a secret promise threatens everything she's hoped for, Nia must find a way to break the mould and write her own future.
By:   Michelle Kadarusman
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   210g
ISBN:   9780702262937
ISBN 10:   0702262935
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   02 February 2021
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michelle Kadarusman is a teen and middle-grade fiction writer. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived many years throughout Indonesia and in Canada. Her novels have been nominated for various awards and honours, including the Canadian Governor General's Awards, the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Awards and an American Junior Library Guild gold star selection. Her books have been translated into Spanish and Turkish.

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