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  • Published: 2 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857986955
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $23.00

The Locket of Dreams

‘An intriguing, time travelling yarn’ Books Buzz

‘She didn’t know why she felt the urge to wear the old necklace. It just seemed to have a magnetic pull on her.’
When Sophie wears the heart-shaped locket, she magically travels back to 1858 to learn the truth about her ancestor.

Charlotte Mackenzie and her sister, Nell, live a wonderful life on a misty Scottish island. Then disaster strikes and it seems the girls will lose everything they love. As the girls outwit greedy relatives, escape murderous bushrangers, and fight storm and fire, Sophie shares in their adventures. But how will her travels in time affect Sophie’s own life?

  • Pub date: 2 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857986955
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $23.00

About the Author

Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tales The Ivory Rose and The Sequin Star, and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm and The Lost Sapphire. Belinda's Lulu Bell series for younger readers, about friends, family, animals, and growing up in a vet hospital has sold over 200,000 copies. Pippa's Island is Belinda's latest series. Belinda is also an author ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.

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Praise for The Locket of Dreams

“It is beautifully written and a treat to play along with fiery arguments, stubborn daughters, and merciless families.”


“Readers 9+ will find this book hard to put down.”

West Australian

“This is a deftly written time-travelling adventure novel, with much intrigue and mystery cleverly interwoven into the true histories of Scotland and Australia.”


“This is a well-told story that evokes the rugged beauty of both Scotland and outback Australia in the 1850’s. With each visit to the past, Sophie and the reader are drawn further into the unfolding mystery of Charlotte’s life.”

Essential Child

“A wonderful modern day fantasy that young girls, and boys, will enjoy reading. And maybe they will look a little into their own family history, searching for mystery, adventure and treasure.”

The Reading Stack

“Murrell’s heritage shines throughout The Locket Of Dreams. It’s an intriguing, time travelling yarn. Recommended for ages 9 and up.”

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Awards & Recognition

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards

    Awarded • 2018 • Hall of Fame

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