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Nellie and Secret the Letter  : Our Australian Girl Series : Book 2 - Penny Matthews

Nellie and Secret the Letter

Our Australian Girl Series : Book 2

By: Penny Matthews, Lucia Masciullo (Illustrator)

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Published: 26th April 2012
For Ages: 4 - 12 years old
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It's 1849 . . .

and Nellie is starting her new life as a kitchen maid in a grand Adelaide house with her best friend, Mary. But Nellie's desire to live out her dreams soon leads to a battle with the spiteful cook Bessie Rudge… Can Nellie keep her temper and avoid being thrown out to beg on the streets? And why is Mary acting so strangely?

Follow Nellie on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about an Irish girl with a big heart, in search of the freedom to be herself.

About the Author

Penny Matthews is a freelance writer and editor based in Adelaide. She has written three junior novels, several chapter books for beginning readers, and picture books for all age groups. Her picture books include Pudding and Chips (a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 2005), Little Red Bear (shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards in 2004) and A Year On Our Farm, which was the CBCA's 2003 Book of the Year (Early Childhood) and an Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year awards. In 2010 Something About Water was joint winner of the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature. A Girl Like Me, her first young adult novel, was also a 2010 CBCA Notable Book and won the Sisters in Crime's 2011 Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction.

As well as being an author of note, Penny is a much-valued member of the Books for Children and Young Adults team at Penguin Australia. She co-ordinates and edits the highly regarded Puffin Aussie Bites and Nibbles program.

About the Illustrator

Lucia Masciullo grew up in Livorno, Tuscany, among smells of saltiness and rosemary. She always loved painting and after graduating in Biology she decided to pursue her dream career as an artist. In 2006 she moved to Brisbane and since then has been happily working as a fine art painter and freelance illustrator. She has recently illustrated Sonya Hartnett's The Boy and Toy.

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4.0

Great books for 9- 12 girls. My students

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from Melbourne Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Informative
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    Comments about Nellie and Secret the Letter:

    Used the product as part of a unit on historical fiction for Grade 3 and 4. My more competent readers formed a book club to discuss these books and they really enjoyed them . The books were a great example of the genre and were challenging enough without being to hard for the intended students.

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    5.0

    My grandaughter absolutely loves them

    By Ann

    from Gold Coast Australia

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Inspirational
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

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      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Nellie and Secret the Letter:

      Helps children understand the history of our great country, Australia

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      ISBN: 9780143306245
      ISBN-10: 0143306243
      Series: Our Australian Girl
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 4 - 12 years old
      For Grades: 3 - 6
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 132
      Published: 26th April 2012
      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.0
      Weight (kg): 19.9
      Edition Number: 2