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  • Published: 1 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857985675
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $16.99

The Icicle Illuminarium




Our four fearless Aussie bush kids are back – and in trouble again – in the sequel to bestseller The Kensington Reptilarium.

The mysterious Lady Adora has a plan for the Caddy kids, but it doesn't involve chocolate and games . . .

Kick, Bert, Scruff and Pin are rejoicing – Dad’s been found! But he’s ill from his wartime experiences, and he’s sent away to recover. Then a hint from the butler sets their hearts racing. Could their mother still be alive too?

The four siblings begin a wild goose chase to search for clues. But it all goes terribly, horribly wrong when they’re kidnapped. They’re imprisoned in the Icicle Illuminarium – the coldest, loneliest and most falling-down mansion in England.

Luckily, there might be a secret friend or two to be found in this odd place. Can Bucket, their loyal dingo dog, help Uncle Basti to find them – before Lady Adora can set her plans in motion?

Another feel-good tale about four fearless Aussie bush kids who won’t take no for an answer – and certainly can’t be cooped up for long, even if their captors think they can!

  • Pub date: 1 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857985675
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

N.J. Gemmell

N.J. Gemmell is the bestselling author of seven novels and four works of non-fiction for adults under her full name, Nikki Gemmell. Her work has received international critical acclaim and been translated into many languages. Nikki is currently a columnist for the Weekend Australian's Saturday magazine, and a Friday regular on the Today programme in Australia. Born in Wollongong, Australia, Nikki lived in London for many years but has now returned to Australia with her family. Her first books for children, The Kensington Reptilarium and The Icicle Illuminarium, are about the adventures of four Aussie bush kids in London. Nikki has written and illustrated her latest series for children, Coco Banjo.

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Praise for The Icicle Illuminarium

“In this amazing sequel to The Kensington Reptilarium, Kick, Scruff, Bert and Pin set off on their second heart-racing adventure to find their (apparently) long lost mum . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this book since it kept my heart racing the whole time. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 9-plus.”

Olivia, Sunday Mail Adelaide

“A fast-moving adventure story with some definitely kooky characters and some strong family and personal values, this is one for the readers looking for something out of the ordinary!”

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com

“This feel-good, mind-blowing tale about the adventures of the four fearless siblings is brimming with larger than life characters – a story you will find hard to put down.”

Northern Rivers Echo

“The Icicle Illuminarium is entertaining and original. It had me holding my breath before I was halfway through! It was so good I couldn't stop reading: a real page turner!! I loved it . . . I highly recommend this book for ages 9 - 13.”

Amelie Meinel (Student, Year 6), readplus.com.au


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