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Amelia Mellor is the author of the award-winning Grandest Bookshop Trilogy, a fantasy series for children based on Melbourne history. The first book, The Grandest Bookshop in the World, has sold rights in territories around the world and has been optioned for film. Amelia started writing when she was eight years old, and holds postgraduate degrees in creative writing and teaching (primary and secondary). When she isn’t writing, surrounded by her collection of babushkas and tropical fish, she enjoys hiking, drawing, and spotting wildlife. Watch out for her next releases in 2024 and 2025.
Books by Amelia Mellor
Best Suited 9-12 Years
Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father. When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade – and himself – in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won’t just lose Pa – they’ll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.
Best Suited 9-12 Years
See a whole new side to Amelia Mellor’s magical Melbourne in this action-packed prequel to The Grandest Bookshop in the World. Twelve-year-old Billy Pyke has a talent for sorting things out, whether it’s his chaotic family home or the busy book stall at Paddy’s Market. In 1871, the market is the loud, smelly, marvellous heart of Melbourne, and Billy is delighted to work at the book stall there for the eccentric Mr Cole. When his new friend Kezia warns him of a sinister magician called the Obscurosmith, Billy can’t believe her stories of magical deals gone horribly wrong – until he sees them happening. And the night that the Obscurosmith crosses a terrifying and dangerous line, Billy realises something: if he wants the Obscurosmith stopped, he’ll have to do it himself. Award-winning author Amelia Mellor delivers another race-against-time adventure in this action-packed prequel to The Grandest Bookshop in the World.