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On Orchard Road

By Elsbeth Edgar

**eBook Edition** A story about friendship, hope and the healing power of nature and art.

Jane’s world has been turned upside down. A new baby sister. A new school. A new town. Jane is sure that she will be miserable. But sometimes friendship can bloom in the most unexpected places. She meets a curious boy, a shy dark-haired girl and a mysterious old lady who lives in a house with an astonishing garden. The old lady has a secret. And when Jane uncovers it, it will change her life. On Orchard Road, by Australian author Elsbeth Edgar, is about friendship, hope and the healing power of nature and art. Short-listed for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and a Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book for Younger Readers, it explores themes of loneliness, friendship, bullying and coping with change. If you liked this coming-of-age story then check out Elsbeth’s other great junior fiction novels, The Visconti House and In the Wings. “This is a lovely, gentle story with just the right mix of description and action … This novel will allow children in upper primary or early high school to experience the joys of exploring, taking chances, uncovering mysteries and being a good friend.” Reading Time magazine “Beautifully written, full of wonderful descriptions, this story will win the readership of many young girls, particularly, in middle school … A lovely story of coming together, of finding new friends, of getting along with those outside your own experience, this story will remind many of the anxiety felt when trying to fit in.” ReadPlus “A gentle story about change, friendship and understanding.” BuzzWords

  • “This is a lovely, gentle story with just the right mix of description and action … This novel will allow children in upper primary or early high school to experience the joys of exploring, taking chances, uncovering mysteries and being a good friend.” Reading Time magazine
  • “Beautifully written, full of wonderful descriptions, this story will win the readership of many young girls, particularly, in middle school … A lovely story of coming together, of finding new friends, of getting along with those outside your own experience, this story will remind many of the anxiety felt when trying to fit in.” ReadPlus

About the author

After completing her university course (majoring in French Literature) and teaching for one year, Elsbeth Edgar travelled overland from Katmandu to London. For four years she spent the winter months working in London and the summer months travelling in Europe. When she returned to Melbourne she taught English as a second language to the first wave of Vietnamese refugees for several years, before moving to Canberra to study for her Graduate Diploma in Librarianship. Elsbeth took time off to raise her children before returning to library work when her children were all at school. She has always written but, once she had children, began writing stories for them and in turn rediscovered her love of children’s literature.

ISBN: 9781925081398
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia
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Release Date: March 1, 2014
Dimensions: 0 x 0mm, 272pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $13.99
New Zealand RRP: $15.99
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