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Mel and Shell

Written by Julia Lawrinson


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It's 1979. Swedish pop group ABBA rules the airwaves, rollerskating is cool, and Mel and Shell are best friends. There's nothing they like more than making up dances to ABBA songs, and there's nothing they like less than Scary Sharon and Stinky Simon. But things are changing, fast. Confiding in her pen pal from 1829, Shell discovers she has a lot to learn about loyalty, honesty and rollerskating.


'This book is ideal for showing children a time when Australian history was told from a single perspective.' Buzz Words Magazine

'… this is quite a clever book. Julia Lawrinson understands the patter and concerns of tweenage girls.' ReadPlus

'Award-winning author Julia Lawrinson has penned a tale of serious middle-grade issues in a light-hearted approach that ensures an engaging and enjoyable reading experience for the audience.' Magpies

'Mel and Shell is a great read for tweens, and appropriate for class discussions.' Writing WA

'… Mel and Shell is an enjoyable tale about the complexities of friendship.' Reading Time

ISBN 9781760990725 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's Books 2021
New Releases
Stories for Change
Fiction for Middle Readers
Children's ebooks
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 208
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    Julia Lawrinson

    Julia Lawrinson is an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults. She hails from Perth and, despite leaving school at 15, has a PhD in writing and a Bachelor of Laws with distinction. Julia has worked in a range of organisations, from the arts to parliament to health. She has presented at schools, workshops and conferences across Australia, and in Singapore, Indonesia and the USA, and loves meeting her audience and encouraging reading, learning and curiosity. Her books are about friendship, family and the occasional Jack Russell. She loves the ocean, reading, dog parks and the word serendipity. Read more