‘This is a story of an unlikely friendship, a common theme in children’s books, but one that feels refreshing due to how nice these children are. Martine Murray captures sadness without wallowing in it…Joey and Marsh’s story is both reassuring and encouraging for children aged eight and up.’
‘A cute and quirky middle-grade novel about imagination, unlikely friendships and music.’
‘Marsh and Me is a stirring coming-of-age story with a wonderful main character. Murray is a master of telling gentle stories, exploring the small worries and victories of daily life, revealing magic in the mundane.’
This is a gentle and tender story of finding yourself, finding new friends and finding your voice. It’s for anyone who has a song hidden within them.’
‘The novel’s strength is in its ability to reveal to a child reader that despite our multicultural community, children from ethnic minorities can still struggle with issues of identity…This is a book that could be a casual read or a whole unit of study.’
Marsh and Me is available at https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/marsh-and-me
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is available at https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/molly-and-pim-and-the-millions-of-stars
‘Molly and Pim is wild, whimsical and wonderful. It makes you fall in love with the world and everyone in it.’ Sally Rippin
‘Open-hearted and magical—an utter delight.’ Rebecca Stead
‘A beautiful magical story, full of surprises and brimming with wisdom.’ Karen Foxlee
Martine Murray’s writing is majestical and sophisticated…this book has a sense of wonder about it.’ Books & Publishing
The first three Henriettas were explosions of delicious words and rompish ‘explorifications’. She tantalised us with her capricious adventures and exhilarating observations; Henrietta’s world was teeming with hullaballoos!
This time around things seem a little tamer, maybe the real madness started when she became a big sister. In this prequel, Henrietta has to have patience because mum is cooking a baby and sadly it is going to take longer than a baked cake. Still, there are other things to occupy her like starting school and meeting her soon-to-be best friend, Olive Higgie.
If you haven’t met Henrietta before, start with this one and then in April you will really get to experience the most marvellous madness that is Henrietta as the first three books are being re-issued in one volume (Henrietta, the Greatest Go-Getter). They are perfect for anyone 5 and up who likes ‘exhillperating’ dilemmas and magical thinking.
Henrietta and the Perfect Night is available at
Hello everybody, it’s me, Henrietta. I have a bathtub for sailing in, and a HUGE amount of discoveries to discover. And if anyone tells you I make things up, you better believe it.’
Three hilarious Henrietta adventures together in one big book will make perfect reading for young children and anyone else with a curly imagination.
Henrietta the Greatest Go Getter, three in one, is available at
How to make a bird.
Mannie is escaping – from small town life, from family mysteries, from grief, from her fragile former self; she’s heading for the city in search of an elusive ‘something’ to make herself feel right. A YA novel of rare sensitivity, whimsical humour and revelation. Winner Queensland Literary Award.
How to make a bird is available at
The slightly true story of Cedar B Hartley
A funny, tender and wise story about nearly-13-year-old Cedar B. Hartley – ‘exasperating and potentially infamous’ – who loses her dog, finds a new friend, becomes an acrobat, and learns some bitter-sweet truths about family, community and herself. A captivating debut novel by a distinctive new writer. Shortlisted CBC award, Victorian and NSW Premier’s Award. Listed in White Ravens international list of outstanding children’s book.
Available at https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/childrens-fiction/The-Slightly-True-Story-of-Cedar-B-Hartley-Martine-Murray-9781865086231
The slightly bruised glory of Cedar B Hartley
The second touching chapter in the life of Cedar B. Hartley, who plans to be infamous. Cedar’s world turns upside down when her almost-boyfriend, Kite, moves to Albury to join a professional circus. Cedar B. Hartley – the original, irrepressible, and potentially infamous – is pulled between a glamorous high-flying dream and her own circus of friends, in this funny, wise, exhilarating story. Winner of Queensland Premier’s Award.
Available at https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/childrens-fiction/The-Slightly-Bruised-Glory-of-Cedar-B-Hartley-Martine-Murray-9781741147117
All Henrietta books available at
Children’s Picture Books available at Allen and Unwin.