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Aussie Bites : Rosie Staples' Minor Magical Misunderstanding : Aussie Bites - Cath Crowley

Aussie Bites : Rosie Staples' Minor Magical Misunderstanding

Aussie Bites

By: Cath Crowley, Judy Watson (Illustrator)

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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.

Rosie Staples had a huge secret. She hadn't had a secret this big since she'd added burping bubbles to Mrs Blink's water before the school assembly.

Rosie had something planned for tomorrow that would be even better than watching Mrs Blink hiccup hula­hoop-sized bubbles while the whole school laughed.

'I picked up my package from Mrs Clementine at the Mad Magic Shop,' Rosie whispered into the phone to her best friend, Hilary Swizzle. 'Mrs Clementine said that from now on my life is going to be FANTASTIC.'

'I can't hear you very well,' Hilary answered. 'My mum is doing aerobics. Did you say you wanted to borrow some elastic?'

'Hilary, you never listen! Why would I want to borrow some elastic?' Rosie asked, fishing in her pocket for a jellybean.

'You might need it for one of your magic tricks.'

'My next magic trick isn't a trick,' Rosie told her. 'It's magic for real.'

'Okay,' Hilary said. 'I'm doing it.'

'Doing what?' Rosie asked.

'You told me to kneel.'

'Why would I tell you to kneel?' Rosie's ears itched like they always did when Hilary didn't pay attention.

'You make me do strange things in your magic tricks,' Hilary said. 'It's why they're fun.'

'Tomorrow is going to be the most fun I've ever had. Tomorrow Maddison

Diamond's life is going to be very UNFANTASTIC.'

'Unfantastic isn't a word,' Hilary said.

'I'm a real magician now. It can be a word if I want it to be,' Rosie answered. 'Soon I'll be a real actress, too. I'm going to wish I can act like Maddison Diamond so that I get the lead in the school play. I'll explain more at school tomorrow.'

'Maddison lent me her rose-pink pencil set last week. I thought that was a very nice thing to do,' Hilary said, but Rosie had already hung up the phone. Hilary was talking to the air.

Rosie was talking to herself and enjoying it very much. She was hearing exactly what she wanted to hear. 'I'm so unbelievably sick of Maddison Diamond,' she said. 'She always gets the lead in the school play while I'm stuck with a tiny part. Her lines are always serious and my lines are always funny. Great actors make people cry.' She flung out one arm dramatically, hitting her cat, Sebastian, on the nose. He wiped a tear from his eye with one paw and nodded.

'Maddison is the teacher's pet. She says stupid things like 'Deary me' and 'Isn't that odd' and 'Oopsy-whoopsy'. She never gets into trouble, not even when she does something wrong.'

Last week Rosie had given Maddison a packet of Mad Magic Exploding Gum. Maddison's mouth had boomed with sound and Mrs Blink had blamed Rosie. But is it my fault, Rosie thought, if Maddison put the whole packet of gum in her mouth because someone told her to do it?

When Mrs Blink had announced the date for the play auditions last month, Rosie's mind had ticked busily. She knew that to get the lead she would need more than her usual tricks. To beat Maddison she would need real magic, and that would be expensive.

For weeks Rosie had saved her pocket money. She dreamed of being the most important character on the stage. She wished that once, just once, she wouldn't have to hear Maddison Diamond say, 'Well, frost my socks, I've won the lead again!'

ISBN: 9780143304968
ISBN-10: 0143304968
Series: Aussie Bites
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 10 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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