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30 June 2020
RRP: $16.99
ISBN: 9781925870497
Paperback,  272 pages
198 x 128 mm
Middle Grade

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The Secret Library of Hummingbird House

by Julianne Negri

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 lately it feels like she’s a lone star in a big galaxy. Her one escape is Hummingbird House, an old mansion with a giant mulberry tree just perfect for climbing to hide from the world.

So when Hattie learns that the house is going to be demolished, she is determined to save it. A midnight visit becomes a step back in time, and Hummingbird House reveals its secrets: a hidden library, a mysterious new friend, and a lost treasure that could help stop the development. Can the past help Hattie to fix her present?

A brilliant time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House celebrates standing up, speaking out and letting go of the past.

Praise for The Secret Library of Hummingbird House

‘Sure to entice young readers with its effervescent premise and hook.’ Books + Publishing

‘Reminiscent of Playing Beatie Bow, this is a chraming novel that will be enjoyed by readers aged 10+.’ Readings

‘A clever time-slip story … [that] revolve[s] around activism: the importance of speaking up and standing out. [It’s] about fighting to save what you love, the struggle and the reward of that.’ The Book Bird

About the Author

Julianne Negri has been a musician, eco-crafter, television host, screenwriter and filmmaker. 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 Authors Emerging Writer’s Mentorship Award. In 2014 she was runner-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. The Secret Library of Hummingbird House is her first novel.