ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Celeste has been left in charge of her very annoying little sister Esme whilst her parents are off gallivanting around. It's hard being the responsible one in the family, so when their eccentric cousin Ferd literally crashes a magic bus in front of Gran's house, Celeste is ready to jump on board and journey to Ferd's home on Wherewithal Way. It is a portal for the six Realms, and Ferd is the gatekeeper - and a rather rebellious one at that! Denizens of these other worlds have been given refuge there, so there's a Giant in the library, a Mermaid in the fountain, and a number of Faery folk in the house. When something threatening tries to break in from the Realm of the Forests, Ferd, the girls and apprentice Logan set out to discover what is causing the upset… Firmly grounded in Russian and Eastern European folklore, this big exciting adventure is full of imaginative touches and a solidly constructed world, and promises to be the first in a series. Ages 9-13 Lindy
Samantha-Ellen Bound is a writer, editor and children's author. From humble beginnings as an eight-year old writing Goosebumps rip-offs, she now has many years experience working with books - as a bookseller at Top Titles, reviewer, editor, production and marketing coordinator, in education, you name it! A huge supporter of #LoveOzMG, Samantha-Ellen has been shortlisted for numerous short story awards, including most recently the Peter Carey and Write Around the Murray short story awards. She was also shortlisted for the Vogel Prize in 2018 and been a recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship. Samantha-Ellen was born in Tasmania but now lives in Mordialloc, Melbourne.