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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
    • Amazon
    • 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

    Random House Australia

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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Also by Belinda Murrell

Pippa's Island 4: Camp Castaway
Pippa's Island 3: Kira Dreaming
Pippa's Island 5: Puppy Pandemonium
Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe
Pippa's Island 2: Cub Reporters
Lulu Bell's Best Friends Ever
The Lost Sapphire
Lulu Bell's Amazing Animal Adventures
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

Recommendations

Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Two Wolves
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Everything, Everything
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
Boy Overboard
Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (BK1)
Kensy and Max 1: Breaking News
Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins Of Gorlan
Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective
Blast Off!
The Martian
The Hazel Wood
A Wrinkle In Time
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories
Danny The Champion Of The World
Our Australian Girl: The Grace Stories
George's Marvellous Medicine