ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Hattie is struggling with her parent's separation, particularly the rule that says she can't speak with the parent she isn't staying with in their week-about arrangements. There are a lot of rules in Hattie's life, from letting her little sister come first in everything all the time, to school rules ordered by a restrictive principal. When the dilapidated mansion near her old family house is threatened with demolition, Hattie finds the strength within to fight for what she believes in - helped by meeting a sad and lonely young girl who is living in the past.
A lovely story full of emotional reality, with a nicely turned bit of time slippage adding interest. Upper primary readers should enjoy this. Lindy Jones
Hattie Maxwell is trying to make sense of her life since the Big Split.
It used to be the four of them - Mum, Dad, Ivy and Hattie - against the universe. But now it feels like she's a lone star in a big galaxy. And to make matters worse, her favourite place, Hummingbird House, is going to be demolished! Determined to stop the development, Hattie throws herself into uncovering the secrets of the house. Under a special full moon, she discovers that there is much more to the grand old mansion than first meets the eye . . . But will it be enough to save Hummingbird House? Or her family?
A classic time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, THE SECRET LIBRARY OF HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE celebrates standing up for what you believe in, dealing with change and the unstoppable power of friendship.
Julianne Negri has been a musician, eco-crafter, television host, screenwriter and film maker. Through it all, writing has been her one constant, be it writing a song or instructions for how to crochet a doily from a plastic bag. In 2018 she received the Australian Society of Author's Emerging Writer's Mentorship Award. In 2014 she was runners-up in the Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award and in 2015 was Highly Commended in the Southern Cross Short Story Award. Julianne works in libraries on programs for children and teens and presents storytimes. She has five children, is a voracious reader and lives in Melbourne.