Cover reveal for Charlie Chaplin: The Usual Suspect

We are delighted to be revealing the striking cover of our forthcoming title, Charlie Chaplin: The Usual Suspect, by Phoebe McArthur, which we are publishing in July. Isn’t it fabulous!





About the book:
 
Charlotte Chaplin is a city girl. She’s cool and stylish and her best friend is Sarah, the Prime Minister’s daughter. Her life is perfect.
 
That is until her parents get divorced and Charlie is dragged to the sleepy town of Gulgong in the middle of nowhere. 
 
There’s nothing to do — or so Charlie thinks. Things start to heat up when she makes an unlikely friend: Ruby, the daughter of a man wanted for burglary.
 
Charlie and Ruby, with a little technological aid and some friends in high places, must catch the real thief and clear Ruby’s dad’s name before he’s sent to gaol.
 
A lively, fast-paced mystery with vivid characters and an atmospheric country town setting.
 
About the author:
 
Phoebe McArthur lives in a run-down, yet cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere.
She’s not at all lonely thanks to her four cats, three chooks, two guinea pigs and her extensive library.
If she’s not tipping cats off her lap as she writes stories, she’s cooking all sorts of yummy food, such as scones with extra cream and homemade blackberry jam, or doing art at the table near the window, which has the best view of her garden. 
Her first book, Lucy Newton, Little Witch, a popular chapter-book for younger readers, was short listed for the 2019 Speech Pathology Awards.
Charlie Chaplin: The Usual Suspect is her first middle-grade novel.




Charlie Chaplin: The Usual Suspect
By Phoebe McArthur
ISBN 9780648815440
RRP: $17.99
Published by Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press, July 2021
 

Announcing new acquisitions for Eagle Books!

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of three fabulous new titles for Eagle Books, which will be published in 2021 and 2022.

Charlie Chaplin: The Usual Suspect, by Phoebe McArthur, ISBN 9780648815440, out July 2021

A lively, fast-paced mystery with vivid characters and an atmospheric country town setting, by a talented author whose first book with us, Lucy Newton: Little Witch (2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Read more about this book and the author here.

The Secret Battle, by Pamela Rushby, ISBN: 9780648815426, out October 2021

A fast-moving historical novel for middle-grade readers by multi-award-winning author and screenwriter Pamela Rushby.

Read more about this book and the author here.

Children of the Wild, by Michael Grey, ISBN 9780648815433, out March 2022:

A gripping, powerful speculative fiction novel for young adults, by a talented debut novelist.

Read more about this book and the author here.

We are thrilled to be publishing this wonderful novels, and can’t wait to get them into the hands of readers!

Shortlisting for The Girl in the Mirror!

Congratulations to our lovely author Jenny Blackford! Her fabulous novel The Girl in the Mirror has just been shortlisted for the 2020 Davitt Awards, in the children’s category.  We published The Girl in the Mirror (illustrated by Fiona McDonald) in 2019, and we couldn’t be more delighted at this wonderful news!

Watch a great little video of the 2020 Davitt Awards shortlist here, and listen to Jenny reading the first two chapters of the book here. 

Great review for Lighthouse at Pelican Rock on Reading Time

Illustration by Kathy Creamer, from The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock

There’s a great new review of  Stephen Hart’s The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock on the Reading Time website. Here’s a short extract:

The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock has plenty of adventure, mystery and excitement to keep older readers engaged. The author has captured the 12-year-old spirit well, making the protagonist a strong and capable girl. Hart himself is a former archaeologist and his love of history and storytelling is evident in this book. This could very well spark a project on lighthouses of Australia, archaeology and ancient stories. A fun and adventure-filled read.

You can read the whole review here.

A great review of Jack of Spades in Kids Book Review

There’s a great review of Jack of Spades just published on the Kids Book Review blog. Here’s a short extract:

Rosalind Duke is just the kind of plucky heroine I love at the centre of my historical fiction. She’s happy to step outside the social norms of her time and she keeps a cool head about her in thrilling circumstances. And there are plenty to be found in this fast-paced adventure.

You can read the whole review here. 

Photos of Sydney launch of Jack of Spades!

A great time was had by the great crowd who turned up–despite the extremely wet weather!–at the Sydney pre-release launch of Jack of Spades, which was held at the wonderful Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. (It was actually a double launch, with Sophie Masson’s picture book with illustrator Christopher Nielsen(Little Hare) also launched at the same event. ) The fantastic author Pamela Freeman launched Jack of Spades, and Sophie and Yvonne Low, who created the cover and internal illustrations for the book, both had a few words to say. There were book signings afterwards, and a great buzz around the book! Thanks to everyone who came, to Pamela for her inspiring words, and to bookseller extraordinaire Paul McDonald, who made this such a wonderful event!