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‘This colourful, deeply moving saga of Poppy’s family is an utterly enthralling tale.’ Magpies

‘Let me tell you a story. A story about friendship and sisters, about grief and love and danger, and about growing up . . .’

When Chloe visits her grandmother, she learns how close war came to destroying her family. Could Poppy’s experiences help Chloe face her own problems?

In 1941, Poppy lives in Darwin, a peaceful paradise. But when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor and then Australia, everything Poppy holds dear is threatened. Terrified, she flees to Sydney – only to find that the danger follows her there. Poppy must face her war with courage and determination. Will her world ever be the same?

Reviews

This colourful, deeply moving saga of Poppy’s family is an utterly enthralling tale with warm, well-rounded characters forging their difficult lives in this entertainingly executed tale. Forgive the cliché, but this is a “terrific yarn” for middle school readers.

Russ Merrin, Magpies

The best kind of books are the ones where closing the covers for the final time is like saying good-bye to a friend. The Forgotten Pearl left me with these feelings, the same emotions experienced by protagonist, Poppy Trehearn, as she is forced to bid farewell to family and friends when the terror of World War II strikes her beloved home town of Darwin.

Kate Mani, Viewpoint

A beautiful, insightful novel, reminding us of a bleak time in Australia’s history, but ultimately showing how Australians stuck together to protect themselves, and others.

lipmag.com

Murrell's careful research and family anecdotes provide the backbone of a tale that is not only informative and enlightening, but enthralling. In Poppy, Murrell has created a character that will hopefully inspire young readers with her courage, kindness, resourcefulness, resilience, loving care and respect. If I were the mother of a maturing daughter, this is exactly the kind of book I would encourage her to read. I can't give it much higher praise than that.

Dani Colvin, Sunday Tasmanian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857986962

    February 2, 2015

    Random House Australia Children's

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9781742753690

    June 1, 2012

    Random House Australia Children's

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742753706

    June 1, 2012

    RHA eBooks Child

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The Lost Sapphire
Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun
Lulu Bell and the Magical Garden
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Lulu Bell and the Arabian Nights
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Lulu Bell and the Tiger Cub
Lulu Bell and the Pyjama Party
The Sequin Star
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Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle
Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort
Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon
The River Charm
Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn
Lulu Bell and the Fairy Penguin
Sun Sword 2: Voyage of the Owl
Sun Sword 3: The Snowy Tower

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