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‘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.

Reviews

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857986979

    February 2, 2015

    Random House Australia Children's

    320 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • Paperback

    9781742757124

    June 3, 2013

    Random House Australia Children's

    320 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

    9781742757131

    June 1, 2013

    RHA eBooks Child

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
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Also by Belinda Murrell

Lulu Bell's Amazing Animal Adventures
Lulu Bell's Best Friends Ever
Pippa's Island 3: Kira Dreaming
Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe
Pippa's Island 2: Cub Reporters
The Lost Sapphire
Lulu Bell's Fantastic Holiday Fun
Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun
Lulu Bell and the Magical Garden
Lulu Bell and the Koala Joey
Lulu Bell and the Arabian Nights
Lulu Bell and the Christmas Elf
Lulu Bell and the Tiger Cub
Lulu Bell and the Pyjama Party
The Sequin Star
Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup
Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle
Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort
Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon
Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn
Lulu Bell and the Fairy Penguin
The Forgotten Pearl
Sun Sword 2: Voyage of the Owl
Sun Sword 3: The Snowy Tower

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Two Wolves
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
Ranger's Apprentice The Early Years 2: The Battle of Hackham Heath
A Fortunate Life
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The Alice Stories: Our Australian Girl
Our Australian Girl: The Nellie Stories
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Little Brother
Artemis Fowl
The Beast of Hushing Wood
The Great Pet Plan: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 1)