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  • Published: 2 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857986979
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $17.99

The River Charm

‘A beautifully described story of courage’ readplus.com.au

‘Could I be anything I want to be? What do I want to be? Maybe just . . . brave?’
Could the ghost girl Millie has painted be her own ancestor? The river pebble charm has an astonishing story to tell . . .

In 1839, Charlotte Atkinson lives on a grand estate with her mamma and her sisters and brother. But after her father dies, things go terribly wrong – murderous convicts, marauding bushrangers and a cruel new stepfather. The family flees on horseback to a hut in the wilderness. They must fight to save their property, their independence and even their right to stay together. Will they ever return to their beautiful home?

Based on the incredible true-life battles of Belinda Murrell’s own ancestors, the Atkinsons of Oldbury.

  • Pub date: 2 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857986979
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $17.99

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 The River Charm

“Charming and engaging. As a lover of historical fiction and particularly Australian colonial history, this novel ticked all the right boxes . . . The focus on strong female protagonists make this a natural choice to offer to young girls looking for inspirational characters.”

Sue Warren, readplus.com.au

“A wonderfully engaging historical fiction novel . . . The River Charm captures the simplicity, beauty and incredible hardship of life in Australia in the mid 1800s . . . Young readers will be drawn in to the adventure and excitement of Charlotte’s story, and along the way will learn about the joys and challenges of Australian life over 150 years ago . . . I love the way Belinda makes history come alive by weaving factual settings and events into such engaging and lively stories.”

Susan Whelan, kids-bookreview.com

Awards & Recognition

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Awarded • 2018 • Hall of Fame

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