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Bella and the Voyaging House

Written by Meg McKinlay


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Bella’s house likes to travel, setting sail across the ocean while everyone sleeps. Bella’s parents don’t mind as long as the house is home by daylight. One night, Bella has a wonderful idea for her grandfather’s birthday. She wants to find a figurine he made of her grandmother, which was lost overboard in an accident. Bella and the house go in search of it, but things don’t quite go according to plan …


'… a tender, whimsical story of a girl’s fierce love for her grandfather and the wild possibilities of imagination.' Writing WA

'This is an excellent addition to the ‘Bella’ series, and a great introduction to longer storytelling for readers just starting out on reading bigger books.' Reading Time 

'A wonderful story with the warmth of home at its heart, Bella and the Voyaging House will win legions of readers, loving the idea of a house that can walk about and have adventures with the young girl who steers it.' Magpies

'I recommend seven year olds and up to read this book because it is funny and emotional.' Elizabeth, age 8, Alphabet Soup

ISBN 9781760990695 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's Books 2021
New Releases
Stories for Change
Fiction for Younger Readers
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 112
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    Meg McKinlay

    Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet whose work ranges from picture books through to young adult fiction. Her publications include the Prime Minister's Literary Award-winning A Single Stone, and CBCA-shortlisted No Bears and Duck for a Day, among many others. Meg grew up in central Victoria, and spent her childhood roaming through the bush, striking it rich at least once a week on a vein of fool’s gold. Raised in a TV-free household, she was a bookish kid, in love with words, excited by dictionaries and spelling bees. These days she lives near the ocean in Fremantle and spends her days writing, reading and rambling. She is always busy cooking up more books. Read more