> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742757438
  • Imprint: Vintage Classic Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Remarkable Secret Of Aurelie Bonhoffen




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.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742757438
  • Imprint: Vintage Classic Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail … twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write twenty-six books including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War II. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvelous International Bee, were inspired by her grade four teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. Find out more about her at deborahabela.com

Also by Deborah Abela

See all

Praise for The Remarkable Secret Of Aurelie Bonhoffen

“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


Awards & Recognition

  • Aurealis Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Best Children's Fiction

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Commended • 2010 • Younger Readers

  • US Board on Books for Young People

    Honour Award • 2012 • Outstanding International Book


Related titles