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  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760147686
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Little Gem and the Mysterious Letters




An adorable and charming new story about everyone's favourite witch Little Gem. A sparkling gem of a read for anyone who loves Polly and Buster or Mummy Fairy and Me!

Little Gem is settling into her life at Ellsworth Pining with the help of Ghost Henry and her other friends. Everyone is preparing for the Midsummer Festival and Little Gem is in charge of the special effects for the Midsummer play. But when Little Gem's magic starts to go wrong and she receives several mysterious letters, Gem is worried that the festival is going to be a disaster! Will Little Gem be able to work out who is sending the letters and regain her confidence before opening night?

  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760147686
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Anna Zobel

Anna Zobel is an illustrator, writer and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. As a child, Anna wrote and illustrated her own books, and she hasn’t stopped since. Anna is inspired — and occasionally infected — by the children she works with, and hopes to represent them in her work.

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Praise for Little Gem and the Mysterious Letters

With the same core messages and lovely writing as its predecessor, I think I may have enjoyed this book even more than the last. I'd recommend Little Gem and The Mysterious Letters by Anna Zobel for kids aged 6-9 years who want a little magic in their lives, and a protagonist with struggles they can relate to.

Libby Boas, Reading Time

A perfect read-aloud chapter book for parents or teachers of children in years 1-3 . . . It is a feel-good story about friendship and finding your place in the world. Little Gem and the Mysterious Letters is a perfect second book in this delightful series.

Sue Mauger, Glam Adelaide

The reassuring nature of Little Gem feels like what we need right now. Something comforting, where the world has solutions for the challenges we face, and where we are right now. It is gentle and loving and can be read by anyone from the target age group up. It can teach us about friendship and loyalty, as well as the idea and sense of community coming together to support and stand up for each other when it feels like everything is working against us. In these uncertain times, it is books like this that have been getting us through. The sense of finality in the story reassures us that bad things will always end. And I love the Little Gem books – they are simply adorable and divine.

Ashleigh Meikle, ashleighmeikle.com.au

This is a wonderfully written continuation of Little Gem’s story. The book carries the same fun and charming feel of the first novel along with the important themes of friendship, resilience, and finding one’s own home and journey . . . With a winning story and engrossingly sweet illustrations throughout, this is a great book for young readers who need a little bit of magic in their lives.

Sarah Custance, StoryLinks

Sequel to the very popular Little Gem in which the little orphan witch, Gem was introduced, this will be equally read and enjoyed, touching as it does on the theme of bullying . . . All comes right in the end, the wonderful illustrations underlining the humour of the story, giving a face to all the characters that readers love. Little Gem is a character to be admired: resilient and determined, she shows tenacity in the face of adversity, striving to be the best she can be.

Fran Knight, ReadPlus

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