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Bella and the Wandering House

Illustrated by Nicholas Schafer and written by Meg McKinlay


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Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up?

'Children’s author Meg McKinlay is guaranteed to set young imaginations alight with a wonderful new story. With enchanting illustrations by Nicholas Schafer, this book has all the makings of a well-loved favourite.' The West Australian

'This is a feel-good story about a house that knows what it is looking for, and with help from Bella, finally finds a home.' Child Magazines


Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction (Shortlist 2015)

Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2016)

ISBN 9781925162301 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction for Younger Readers
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2015
Pages 80
Rights World
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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

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    Nicholas Schafer

    Nicholas Schafer is originally from Tacoma, Washington, but now lives with his wife and son in Perth, Western Australia. Both places inspire his art. He works in a variety of mediums, including pencil, ink, acrylic and pastel and is motivated by a desire to express unique ideas, experiences and observations of the world. Read more