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Rosie Staples is determined that this year she will win the lead in this year's school play, but she needs some very serious magic if she is to defeat Maddison Diamond. Maddison is the teachers' pet and she always gets the lead, while Rosie has to put up with short, funny roles. So Rosie, who loves tricks and magic, saves her money and buys The Sooner it Happens the Better Magical Wishing Stone from the magic shop. But she is much too impatient to listen to the instructions (which have a personality of their own), and when she makes her wish to act like Maddison Diamond, she does everything wrong. Her wish is taken literally, and when she wakes up next morning she feels strangely unlike herself … And when she gets to school everything becomes even weirder!
About the Author
Cath Crowley grew up in rural Australia. She studied professional writing and editing at RMIT and works in Melbourne as a freelance writer and part time teacher. Her books include The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain, Gracie Faltrain Takes Control, and Chasing Charlie Duskin. Her latest book is Gracie Faltrain Gets it Right (Finally).
About the Illustrator
Judy Watson is a Melbourne based illustrator, working part time from her home studio. Over nearly 15 years she has illustrated 15 children's books, many of them chapter books for young readers, including some Aussie Nibbles and Aussie Bites for Penguin Books. (Aussie Nibbles – Tim & Tig by Victor Kelleher, Aussie Nibbles – The Only Pony by David Metzenthen, Aussie Bites – Moon Station by Rachel Flynn, and later this year Aussie Bites – Rosie Staple's Minor Magical Misunderstanding by Cath Crowley). She is currently working on her first picture book, Goodnight Mice! This teams Judy up again with Frances Watts, author of the Extraordinary Ernie & Marvellous Maud series for ABC Books. Jittery Judy and Fearless Frances found they made a great team and Book One has since been named a Notable Book in the Younger Readers category of the 2009 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.
Series: Aussie Bites
For Ages: 8 - 10 years old
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 27th August 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 10.9 x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1