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29 September 2020
RRP: $19.99
ISBN: 9781925972955
Hardback,  304 pages
198 x 128 mm
Middle Grade

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The Grandest Bookshop in the World

by Amelia Mellor

Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father.

When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade – and himself – in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won’t just lose Pa – they’ll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.

Praise for The Grandest Bookshop in the World

‘One of the best kids books that I have ever read. Even better than the hype!’ Rob De Koning, Lamont Books

‘Day-brightening, gripping, laughter-inducing, heart-warming, exhilarating – I don’t think I’ll ever run out of words to describe the adventure Vally and Pearl will take you on. I can’t recommend this book enough.’ Lucy, 13, Dymocks Booklover

‘Amelia Mellor has crafted a fine piece of social history as well as a riveting adventure story for readers 10+ … Her writing is quite cinematic and will appeal to today’s readers.’ Better Reading

‘Such a wonderful, enjoyable and sophisticated read. Full of magic, adventure, mystery and FUN.’ Stacey Moore, Bookgrove

‘A wonder … [It] has wizardry, absurdism, and magic to boot, and the reader is ushered along a pacey narrative structured by bizarre challenges, puzzles, and ordeals.’ The Book Bird

‘A vibrant novel full of wonder, joy and heartache. A beautiful bridge between 1890s Melbourne and now, with a message of hope and beauty.’ Middle Grade Mavens

About the Author

Amelia Mellor began her writing career as her secondary school’s resident playwright in Year 11. As part of her creative writing course at the University of Melbourne, she completed a thesis on the reinvention of the Industrial Revolution in children’s fantasy literature. In 2018, she won the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust’s Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship for The Grandest Bookshop in the World. Her other writing credits include a 2018 ASA Award Mentorship and a finalist place in the 2016 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Contest. When she isn’t writing, Amelia enjoys hiking, gardening and drawing. She is an English teacher in regional Victoria.