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  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760895020
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $15.99

What Zola Did on Friday




From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

A wonderful children’s series celebrating community, friendship and kindness from the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi. Fun, heartwarming stories full of mischief and humour, sure to charm and engage newly independent young readers.

Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. But Zola has a problem. No matter how much she tries, she can't keep out of trouble. Like on Friday, when she and Alessandro decide to paint Nonno Nino’s little yellow boat . . .
Collect all seven stories in the series. One for every day of the week!

'A charming series that will enchant all who read it.’ The Book Muse
‘Highly recommended . . . Full of humour and brimming with the close ties of family, [and] . . . community, children will love reading of Zola and her life.’ Fran Knight

‘Bursting with warmth, family love, troublesome dogs, and growing things . . . perfect for beginning readers . . . Zola is such a delightful, thoughtful, and slightly mischievous character.’
Aussie Kids Books

‘There is a rich diversity in families with single parents, same-sex parents, multi-generational families and different cultures . . . Perfect for newly independent readers or for class or home read-alouds, I highly recommend this for little humans from around 6 years upwards.'
Sue Warren

A beautiful big family, cousins living in the house behind you, a hole in the fence for you to climb through and play. A beautiful street, a community of people you love . . . a neglected garden that everyone has forgotten . . . a beautiful junior novel about family and community. . . It truly does warm your heart as you read it . . . It’s absolutely stunning!’
Kids Book Review
‘Early readers aged 5–7 are very fortunate to now have a Melina Marchetta story just for them.’ Angela Crocombe, Books + Publishing

  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760895020
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $15.99

About the authors

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. Her seventeen books range from beloved young adult fiction and fantasy through to contemporary and crime fiction, and works for younger readers. Her much-loved Australian classic Looking for Alibrandi swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. In 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association. Her most recent novel is The Place on Dalhousie. She lives in Sydney.

Deb Hudson

Deb Hudson is passionate about drawing bright, happy and colourful images that evoke emotion and thought in the viewer – the dreamy, joy- and wonder-filled moments of the everyday. She has been drawing and creating since she was a little girl and lives in the fabulous city of Melbourne with her husband, three kids, energetic border collie and a bright yellow canary.

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