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How to Make a Movie in 12 Days Fiona Hardy

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27 August 2019
RRP: $16.99
ISBN: 9781925870657
Paperback, 336 pages
198 x 128 mm
Middle Grade Fiction
Ages 9 – 12

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How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

by Fiona Hardy

Twelve days.
Five kids.
Many special effects.
One giant mystery.

Hayley Whelan has spent her whole life dreaming of making a horror movie – and not just the type of movie that kids make on their dodgy second-hand iPhones. When her grandma passes away, she inherits the money for a proper, grown-up camera. But before Hayley even calls ‘Action!’, strange things start happening… Someone is sabotaging Hayley’s movie – but who? Why? And can Hayley finish her movie in time for the premiere?

From Australia’s brightest new middle-grade talent comes this love song to movies, friendship and the summer holidays.


‘Fiona Hardy has written a cracker of a story. Budding filmmakers, scriptwriters or any readers with annoying siblings and a sense of humour will enjoy this book.’ Books + Publishing magazine 4-star review

About the Author

Fiona Hardy How to Make a Movie in 12 Days Fiona Hardy is a kids-book writer, crime-book reviewer, and all-books bookseller. From the wide-eyed work experience days at her local bookshop, she has stayed in the industry for nearly twenty years, and now works as one of the managers at Readings. Since a much-praised four-sentence retelling of Alice in Wonderland in grade one lit her writing flame, she has written for publications such as The Big Issue, Books+Publishing, Verity La, and Gargouille. She joined the Australian Crime Writers Association, the team behind the Ned Kelly Awards, in 2013, and in 2016 she was shortlisted for the Text Prize. Fiona lives in Melbourne with her partner and daughter.