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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143787143
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

Nullaboo Hullabaloo

A spark of magical fairy dust causes a hullabaloo in one Australian country town!

In faraway Nullaboo, Gemma Hart's day isn't going well. Her family might be evicted from their farm, and her science competition topic is march flies. How can she possibly win against perfect Nina, who gets to study butterflies?

But wait, that's not a feather in Gemma’s special bug catcher . . . it's a fairy!

Janomi the fairy isn’t supposed to talk to humans, but desperately needs help. Her grandfather has been captured by the silver spiders. Gemma agrees to help Janomi, and to keep the fairies' existence a secret. But her bug catcher has recorded their conversation - and Nina finds it.

With a media frenzy taking over Nullaboo, a secret government agency barges in to take control, and suddenly the fairy colony is under an even bigger threat. Gemma and her kooky family, school and resourceful neighbours must take matters into their own hands in an against-all-odds bid to save the last fairy colony on Earth.

  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143787143
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

About the authors

Fleur Ferris

Fleur Ferris spent the first seventeen years of her life growing up on a farm in Patchewollock, northwest Victoria. She then moved twenty times in twenty years.

During this time, Fleur sometimes saw the darker side to life while working for a number of years as a police officer and a paramedic.

She now lives a more settled lifestyle in Moama, southern New South Wales, with her husband and three children.

Fleur’s colourful and diverse background has given her a unique insight into today’s society and an endless pool of experiences to draw from. When she isn’t weaving this through her latest story, reading or spending time with her family, you will find her with friends, talking about art, books and travel.

Fleur’s first YA novel, Risk, won the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature, the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards for Best Young Adult Novel and Best Debut Book 2016, as well as a YABBA in 2017. She has also written Black, Wreck and Found for young adults. Nullaboo Hullabaloo and Seven Days are Fleur’s novels for young readers.

Briony Stewart

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Briony Stewart is the internationally published author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children. At seventeen, Briony received a scholarship from the Art Gallery of Western Australia towards studying a double degree in Fine Art and Creative Writing at Curtin University. After graduating she won a Queensland based writing prize. The story soon became her first published book, Kumiko and the Dragon, and went on to win an Aurealis award for Children’s short fiction in 2008.

In 2012, Briony completed a nine-month creative development fellowship in the UK after being selected by the British Council as one of five young Australian artists excelling in their creative field. Since then, Briony has published numerous successful titles. Most notably, her book Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers won the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize for Children's Fiction.

Passionate about fostering creativity in Australian children, Briony now lectures on children's literature at university and conducts talks and workshops with children across Australia. She currently lives and works in Fremantle, writing, illustrating, and creating amidst the chaos of two cheeky toddlers and a silly dog.

Praise for Nullaboo Hullabaloo

A fun, surprising and magical read that puts a great twist on the traditional fairies at the bottom of the garden.

Jacqueline Harvey, author of KENSY AND MAX

Fleur Ferris has demonstrated so superbly her ability to write gripping YA fiction and has now turned her hand to fiction for younger readers with the same ease and expertise . . . This seemingly effortless and straightforward narrative has much scope for discussion with current global topics such as environmental damage, conservation, tolerance, acceptance and embracing differences all able to correlate to the unfolding of events. And aside from that it’s a jolly fun read!

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com

This action filled story about the magical world of fairies is also a story about community, working together to preserve living creatures and the environment. Along the way it is about friendship and being able to see past differences of opinion when lives are at stake. The story focusses on families and friends and a small community working together to achieve its aims.

Fran Knight, ReadPlus

This fast-paced story is about the magic of fairies but more importantly it's a story about community, working together to do the right thing and preserve living creatures and the environment. It's also about friendship and rising above rivalries when others need help. Primary school readers will thoroughly enjoy this new book by Australian author Fleur Ferris, her first for young readers.


This is Fleur Ferris's first book for younger readers, and what a wonderful read it is! There is mystery and intrigue in this rural setting . . . This will make a great read aloud and should be in every primary and public library. It is a joy to read and with Briony Stewart's gorgeous illustrations, will be a firm favourite of many readers for years to come.


An exciting and action-packed read that kids 7+ will enjoy. Stewart’s black and white sketches definitely add an extra charm to the story. I loved the way Ferris takes us through the scenario of what would happen if someone really DID discover fairies were true. There’s strong dramatic tension, lots of details to bring the world to life, and plenty of characters we can relate to.

Susan Stephenson, thebookchook.com

The story was so engaging, the characters were adorable and the adventure was just so much fun. It’s lovely to see magical fairy stores set on farms in Australia and to see rural Australia represented here. So cleverly written. Highly recommended to young readers from 9-12 years old.


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Nullaboo Hullabaloo activity pack

Bring fairies out of the garden into your home with this magical activity pack.