Sometimes you’ve gotta bend the rules to straighten things out! The second book in the hilarious Elizabella series is middle-grade at its finest.

It’s the beginning of term for Elizabella and her gang, but instead of being a fresh start, it’s a rotten one. The school is falling apart and misery sets in when a big corporation takes over the tuckshop, leaving poor Miss Duck out of a job. Meanwhile, there’s a lice outbreak at Bilby Creek Primary and a competition to write the School Song. How will Elizabella deal with all of this? In true Elizabella style, of course!


Zoë Norton Lodge is a writer, actress and television presenter, known for her work on ABC TV’s The Checkout and the live storytelling night and podcast Story Club, as well as her collected short stories Almost Sincerely. Elizabella Meets Her Match was her debut children’s novel.

By day, Georgia Norton Lodge leads her branding team at a Sydney-based design agency. By night, she moonlights as an illustrator with her side project Georgia Draws a House, where she delights people with deliveries of their hand-drawn homes. She’s also Zoë’s younger sister. The Elizabella series is their second book project together.


Elizabella is a lot of fun, a bit quirky and very inventive. Underlying the drama of the corporatisation of the school are themes of identity, loyalty, community and the importance of family. Filled with lots of wonderful illustrations, songs and a re-write of Little Red Riding Hood by Elizabella and you have the perfect combination to captivate your 8+ reader.

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Zoe Norton Lodge conveys a sense of fun, quirkiness and drive in her characters, and includes themes of loyalty, identity, sense of community and building family relationships. The character sketches, additions of songs and a new version of Little Red Riding Hood add to the appeal of Elizabella and the Great Tuckshop Takeover.This is an engaging story for readers from eight to eleven years, just right for a Middle Primary class novel leading to discussions about how one child can make a difference….Recommended


This is a fun, oddball story for readers aged 8 to 11…There is a great off-the-wall sense of humour and plenty of oddball characters…The Great Tuckshop Takeover is always an enjoyable read.

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