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  • Published: 13 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896980
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $13.99

What Zola Did on Monday




From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. But Zola has a problem. No matter how much she tries, she can't keep out of trouble!
Seven stories in the series – one for every day of the week.

  • Pub date: 13 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896980
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $13.99

About the Authors

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction, including her acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Marchetta's award-winning Saving Francesca and companion novel The Piper's Son also received much acclaim in Australia and internationally, and in 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. She lives in Sydney.

Deb Hudson

Deb Hudson is passionate about drawing bright, happy and colourful images that evoke emotion and thought in the viewer – the dreamy, joy- and wonder-filled moments of the everyday. She has been drawing and creating since she was a little girl and lives in the fabulous city of Melbourne with her husband, three kids, energetic border collie and a bright yellow canary.


Praise for What Zola Did on Monday

“Marchetta weaves a simple but engaging story that encompasses multigenerational families and a close-knit community working together. The black and white drawings by debut illustrator Deb Hudson are absolutely gorgeous and add a great deal of charm to an already delightful story. What Zola Did on Monday is a great book for a child who is in the early stages of their reading journey. Early readers aged 5–7 are very fortunate to now have a Melina Marchetta story just for them.”

Angela Crocombe, Books + Publishing

“Melina Marchetta is a novelist we normally associate with award-winning young adult fiction, and more recently her adult novels Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil and The Place on Dalhousie. Now, for the first time, she turns her prodigious talents to junior fiction. Her new series will have seven books, each titled for a different day of the week (although this first book is set over a longer time period), featuring a young girl and her neighbourhood. In What Zola Did on Monday, the first short chapter book, Marchetta introduces the delightfully cheeky Zola. There are three generations of women living in Zola’s house, while Zola’s younger cousin, Alessandro, lives in the house behind them. Everyone in the street likes to admire the amazing flowers in Zola’s garden, which is tended by her Nonna. There are two dogs, Monty and Gigi, one of whom is very naughty indeed, and school is just across the road in what used to be a community garden that has fallen into disrepair. Marchetta weaves a simple but engaging story that encompasses multigenerational families and a close-knit community working together. The black and white drawings by debut illustrator Deb Hudson are absolutely gorgeous and add a great deal of charm to an already delightful story. What Zola Did on Monday is a great book for a child who is in the early stages of their reading journey. Early readers aged 5–7 are very fortunate to now have a Melina Marchetta story just for them.”

Angela Crocombe, Books + Publishing


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