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A quirky and mysterious tale of friends, fire-twirlers and ghosts from one of Australia's best storytellers.

A quirky and mysterious tale of friends, fire-twirlers and ghosts from one of Australia's best storytellers.

Ever since Aurelie Bonhoffen was a child, she has juggled, played the dead girl on the ghost train and the back end of the cow in the marquee of Bonhoffen's Seaside Pier. She adores her family - especially her uncles Rolo and Rindolf - but on her twelfth birthday, she stumbles on her family's remarkable secret. It's hard to accept at first, but when her new friend at school reveals a dangerous plot against the pier, the secret helps Aurelie confront the greatest threat her family has ever faced.

Reviews

A magical story better than any amusement park ride.

Alan Edwards, Orbit: The School Magazine

A modern-day, light-hearted ghost tale set in a Brighton-pier-like carnival. It brims with warmth and family hugs. . . The opening chapter, in which Aurelie plays a corpse in the ghost train, is a highlight. This story is gentle and it's not so much comedic as quirky, especially in the ghostly climax.

Sun Herald

Fans of the Max Remy series will not be disappointed. Here they will find fun, adventure and a little magic. Or is it just sleight of hand? This is a wonderful book and Abela herself is the real magician.

The Reading Stack

The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen won't be one for long. It's an amusing adventure, packed with ghosts and a whole lot of fun. This book is highly recommended for ages 8 and up.

Oliver Phommavanh, BUZZ WORDS

Deborah Abela, author of the Max Remy Superspy series, has forged a wonderful novel for primary school readers. Abela deftly juxtaposes the everyday and the supernatural, and has a feel for quirkily funny dialogue and dramatic incident. Her story moves at a brisk clip and is graced with a cast of likable eccentrics.

Rosemary Sorensen, Weekend Australian

Building on the hugely successful Max Remy series, Abela has created a rich world of intrigue and adventure. Told with the right balance of action and comedy, The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen will delight Max Remy fans with this new strong heroine.

Ben Beaton, Junior Bookseller and Publisher

Abela knows how to structure and pace a good yarn and keeps the action coming . . . As filling as a waffle from a funfair and just as much fun.

Margaret Robson Kent, Magpies

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742757438

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage Classic Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Paperback

    9781741660951

    March 2, 2009

    Random House Australia Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $15.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781864715101

    May 2, 2011

    Random House Australia

    288 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • US Board on Books for Young People
    2012
    Honour Award
    Outstanding International Book

Also by Deborah Abela

The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery
Wolfie
The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee
New City
Jasper Zammit Bindup
Ghost Club 3: A Transylvanian Tale
Max Remy Superspy 3 & 4 Bindup
Max Remy Superspy 1 & 2 Bindup
Ghost Club 2: The Haunted School
Ghost Club 1: The New Kid
Grimsdon
Max Remy Superspy 10: The Final Curtain
Max Remy Superspy 9: The French Code
Max Remy Superspy 8: Mission In Malta
Jasper Zammit Soccer Legend 3: The Finals
Jasper Zammit Soccer Legend 2: The Striker
Max Remy Superspy 7: The Venice Job
Jasper Zammit Soccer Legend 1: The Game Of Life
Max Remy Superspy 6: Blue's Revenge
Max Remy Superspy 5: The Amazon Experiment
Max Remy Superspy 4: The Hollywood Mission
Max Remy Superspy 3: The Nightmare Vortex
Max Remy Superspy 2: Spyforce Revealed
Max Remy Superspy 1: In Search Of The Time And Space Machine

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Everything, Everything
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