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Angel Creek - Sally Rippin

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Published: 16th July 2013
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
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Book Description

In her new falling-down home, in her new street, in her new suburb, Jelly waits for high school to begin. She can only feel happy up in the branches of the old apricot tree and by the creek at the back of the house. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek’s dark waters. At first they think it’s a bird, but it isn’t…it’s a baby angel with a broken wing. And they decide to keep it.

But soon things start to go wrong, and Jelly discovers that you can’t just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won’t be missed.

Sally Rippin’s Angel Creek is a book about growing up: being brave and selfish and tough and scared. It’s a book about an angel. But not the sweet variety. It’s a book about the things that change and the things that always stay the same.

Praise for Angel Creek:

It’s about magical discoveries, secrets from family and the awareness that growing up is just around the corner.…Angel Creek is an imaginative and assured move into writing for older children by Sally Rippin.
Buzz Words

Angel Creek is a really beautiful exploration of a time of change for a young person… Exquisitely written, and exploring the loss of innocence, kindness, kinship and a certain kind of faith, this book is fantastical (but not fantasy, it’s firmly rooted in reality), effortlessly metaphorical and a little bit magic.
Bean There Read That

This story flows effortlessly between the supernatural and the everyday goingson in Jelly’s life. Beyond its mystical elements, it touches on many issues relevant to children, such as relationships with grandparents, bullying and the transition to high school. It is an exciting, scary and wondrous story.
Herald Sun

‘With a compelling mixture of reality and fantasy, Angel Creek was such a fascinating story that I read it in one sitting. Rippin’s picture of family life was one that rang true…. Rippin’s story has a unique take on angels and their origins and this story of a baby creek angel is fascinating and original.’
Read Plus Review blog

About the Author

Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As an adolescent she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Returning to Australia, her time overseas inspired her first novel Chenxi and the Foreigner. Sally has also written and illustrated many books for children, including titles from the Go Girl and Aussie Bites series and the popular Fang Fang stories. She is also the illustrator for many others, including the recent Me, Oliver Bright (2009) by Megan de Kantzow and Mannie and the Long Brave Day (2009) by Martine Murray. Sally lives in Melbourne and writes and illustrates full time.

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Couldn't stop reading it

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from Melbourne ,AU

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Angel Creek:

    Great book for ages 8 -10. Would recommend boy or girl

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    4.0

    Strikes a chord

    By Pameth

    from Bunbury WA

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        An insight into early teens which provides insight into bullying and the helplessness of adolescents. Never the less a Positive and encouraging story with a bit of magic

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        'It's about magical discoveries, secrets from family and the awareness that growing up is just around the corner...Angel Creek is an imaginative and assured move into writing for older children by Sally Rippin.' Buzz Words 'Angel Creek is a really beautiful exploration of a time of change for a young person... Exquisitely written, and exploring the loss of innocence, kindness, kinship and a certain kind of faith, this book is fantastical (but not fantasy, it's firmly rooted in reality), effortlessly metaphorical and a little bit magic.' Bean There Read That 'This story flows effortlessly between the supernatural and the everyday goingson in Jelly's life. Beyond its mystical elements, it touches on many issues relevant to children, such as relationships with grandparents, bullying and the transition to high school. It is an exciting, scary and wondrous story.' Herald Sun 'Angel Creek is a delightful little read, perfect for a dreamy day down by the creek.' Of ceiling wax and cabbages 'With a compelling mixture of reality and fantasy, Angel Creek was such a fascinating story that I read it in one sitting. Rippin's picture of family life was one that rang true... Rippin's story has a unique take on angels and their origins and this story of a baby creek angel is fascinating and original.' Read Plus Review blog 'An intriguing and singular depiction of angels neatly wrapped up in a brief, captivating coming-of-age tale.' -- Kirkus Reviews

        Sally Rippin

        Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As a young adult she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, which inspired her first novel Chenxi and the Foreigner.

        Sally is the author of many books for children, including the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, and the highly acclaimed children's novel Angel Creek. Currently, she lives in Melbourne with her partner and three sons, and writes and illustrates full time.

        Sally is a regular fixture at Writing Festivals and Workshops across Australia and overseas. She also teaches Writing for Children at RMIT University, is a mentor for the Australian Society of Authors and is one of the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassadors.

        Visit Sally Rippin's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9781921758058
        ISBN-10: 1921758058
        Audience: Children
        For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
        For Grades: 3 - 7
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Published: 16th July 2013
        Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.6  x 1.8
        Weight (kg): 0.14