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  • Published: 3 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143783671
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $14.99

Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe




A gorgeous new series about friendships, family and seaside adventures, from our beloved bestselling author Belinda Murrell!

Pippa has just arrived at a new school, in a new town, and even living on a gorgeous island isn’t cheering her up. Her arrival causes ripples at Kira Island Primary School – but Pippa soon starts to make friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici.

Pippa’s mum plans to buy a rustic old boatshed and start a bookshop cafe, and Pippa worries they’ll lose all their money in this madcap venture – until her new friends come to the rescue to help get the grand opening back on track.

Will Kira Island ever feel like home?

  • Pub date: 3 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143783671
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tales The Ivory Rose and The Sequin Star, and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm and The Lost Sapphire. Belinda's Lulu Bell series for younger readers, about friends, family, animals, and growing up in a vet hospital has sold over 200,000 copies. Pippa's Island is Belinda's latest series. Belinda is also an author ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.

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Praise for Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe

“The first book in a cute new series, Pippa’s Island is the perfect antidote to the winter cold.”

Total Girl

“Belinda Murrell, one of our best loved authors, has cracked it again with a splendid new series once again celebrating family, friendships, community spirit and girl power. Throw in a simply gorgeous tropical island setting and you have a winning combination.”

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com

“Belinda Murrell's enjoyable new series Pippa's Island celebrates family, friendship and food, with the idyllic setting of Kira Island providing wonderful opportunities for new experiences ... This is a fabulous introduction to the Pippa's Island series”

Rhyllis Bignell, readplus.com.au

“This is the first in a wonderful new series that middle to senior primary girls will love, by one of my favourite authors, Belinda Murrell ... A really enjoyable story of family, friendship and new beginnings, but also of community involvement and acceptance.”

Sam, lamontbooks.com.au

“The Beach Shack Café is a cool book for 8-12-year-old girls. It has a really fresh, modern feeling and is a delight to read.”

kids-bookreview.com

“Primary school readers who have ever had to change schools will no doubt relate to Pippa’s fear of starting at a new school and making new friends ... The tone and language is charmingly informal with the effect being the reader will almost feel like they’re taking a sneaky look inside Pippa’s diary.”

Mercedes Maguire, Daily Telegraph


Awards & Recognition

  • Environment Award for Children's Literature

    Shortlisted • 2018 • Fiction


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