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  • Published: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857982063
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Sequin Star

Everyone in the circus has a secret - Claire's is just more unusual than most . . .

Everyone in the circus has a secret - Claire's is just more unusual than most . . .

After her grandmother falls ill, Claire finds a sequin star among her treasures. Why does Claire’s wealthy grandmother own such a cheap piece? The mystery deepens when the brooch hurtles Claire back in time to 1932.

Claire finds herself stranded in the camp of Sterling Brothers Circus. She is allowed to stay – if she works hard. The Great Depression has made life difficult for everyone, but Claire makes friends with circus performers Rosina and Jem, and a boy called Kit who comes night after night to watch Rosina perform.

When Kit is kidnapped, it’s up to Claire, Rosina and Jem to save him. But Claire is starting to wonder who Kit and Rosina really are. One is escaping poverty and the other is escaping wealth – can the two find happiness together?

  • Pub date: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857982063
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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 Sequin Star

“The Sequin Star is such an awesome book! ... Compelling and full of magic, this read will really stay with you long after you’ve devoured every page.”


“If you enjoy books that explore the idea of moving through time, then this is an absolutely amazing story and an absolute "must-read". The Sequin Star with its cast of dynamic characters will keep you in suspense until the very end.”

Ameila Ogilvie, Townsville Bulletin

“Once again Belinda Murrell has set her readers’ feet upon a path to the past with an ease that is breathtaking . . . As usual, Belinda has woven a story of complete authenticity and within her fiction has much for us to learn about a period of time and events in Australia that are not widely known. It is fascinating and engaging and will undoubtedly be as hugely popular as the other titles in this wonderful ‘time slip’ series . . . Highly recommended for girls in Year 5 upwards.”

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com

Awards & Recognition

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Awarded • 2018 • Hall of Fame

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