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  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892555
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

New City




A new city offers a new life - but what kind of life will Isabella and her friends find?

Isabella and her friends are nervous about what they’ll find in the New City. It’s inland and it’s dry – far from the flooded city they’ve just left. Will their lives here be as luxurious and carefree as Xavier says? In fact, bleak, uncertain times have brought darkness and danger to New City.

The city has been divided in two: the citizens who have, and those who the ruling Major General says have come to steal from them – the refugees who have fled the rising waters, who are imprisoned in a camp on the edge of the city.

The kids of Grimsdon once faced sea monsters and evil harbour lords, but now they face new threats. From freakish weather events that whip up with little warning to the fierce misinformation that swirls around the city to the theft of their freedom, now they face the prison-like restrictions and control of the New City.

Unlike the refugees, they’re heralded as heroes. But what does the Major General really want from them?

  • Pub date: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892555
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail … twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write twenty-six books including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War II. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvelous International Bee, were inspired by her grade four teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. Find out more about her at deborahabela.com

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Praise for New City

“With lots of close shaves, terrifying weather episodes, a secret guerrilla group and riveting episodes of flying on reconnaissance missions with mechanical wings, this is an exciting story for mid-upper primary readers. ”

Chloe Mauger, Magpies


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