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  • Published: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857985699
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

The Luna Laboratorium




The Caddy kids are back in Australia to find the missing piece of the family puzzle. But they uncover a secret deeper than they could have imagined . . .

After learning that their mother might still be alive, Kick, Bert, Scruff and Pin have vowed to search for her. They'll comb the whole world if they have to! But it seems Mum's last-known location was closer to home.

With a bewildered Uncle Basti in tow, and their mysterious friend Bone determined to tag along, the kids set off for Sydney. The clues lead them to a place the Caddys have dreamed of visiting: the spectacularly noisy, gloriously exciting Luna Park. But it's not just fun and games they encounter here. What big surprises are in store?

  • Pub date: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857985699
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • 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 Luna Laboratorium

“These books are for upper primary (and beyond) ... They have all the British eccentricities of a good Blyton or Dahl romp – with grotesque villains and class-based snobbery – but with a clear Australian vernacular apparent in the language, the landscapes and the cultural subtexts.”

thischarmingmum.com

“Whimsical and exciting . . . The humorous antics of the children and their love for one another despite the difficulties they face will appeal to all readers. Gemmell also creates wonderful word portraits of the outback with its harsh realities, but also its beauty and its freedom. And through this all, there is an amazing sense of fun . . . Very definitely worth recommending to young readers.”

Carolyn Hull, readplus.com.au


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