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Ruby Road
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11 Ruby Road

Perfect period fiction for middle-grade readers - for fans of the Our Australian Girl series

It is 1900 and Dorothy and her family have just moved to a new house at 11 Ruby Road. Ruby Road is a busy street, bustling with activity - families and children, noisy carts and animals. The house is close enough to see the city and very different from the rural life Dorothy has known. Best of all it has a secret writing room that only she knows about!

Dorothy has big plans for her new neighbourhood - she wants to put on a play and write it herself! But there are other reasons for her family's move to the city and, as Dorothy starts to learn about her new house, she discovers more about the period of time she's growing up in.

ISBN: 9781760657949

Recommended reading age: 7+

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Cover image of children's picture book, All Bodies are Good Bodies by Charlotte Barkla and Erica Salcedo.
All Bodies are Good Bodies

Bold and beautiful, loud and proud, All Bodies are Good Bodies is an uplifting book about different body features and types. Through playful rhyme, it promotes the development of body acceptance and celebrates inclusivity and individuality. 

I love hands!
Hands that are white and hands that are brown,
Freckles mean sunshine has sent kisses down.
Short fingers, long fingers, bendy or straight,
Hands to clap, or high-five your mate.

ISBN: 9781760503932

Recommended reading age: 3+

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Cover image of All Bodies are Good Bodies board book, by Charlotte Barkla and Erica Salcedo.
All Bodies are Good Bodies

Bold and beautiful, loud and proud, All Bodies are Good Bodies is an uplifting board book about different body features and types. Through playful rhyme, it promotes the development of body acceptance and celebrates inclusivity and individuality. 

I love hands!
Hands that are white and hands that are brown,
Freckles mean sunshine has sent kisses down.
Short fingers, long fingers, bendy or straight,
Hands to clap, or high-five your mate.

ISBN: 9781761212611

Recommended reading age: 1+

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Cover image of children's picture book, From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes by Charlotte Barkla and Jacqui Lee.
From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes

A light-hearted exploration of boundaries, nestled in a fun and lively story.

I might say YES to pillow fights;
a kiss when I’m tucked in at night.

I might say NO to climbing high,
a tickling game or a hug goodbye.

The book discusses consent and control for a young audience, through a story that is bold and beautiful, loud and proud.
With the feel-good factor turned up to eleven, it also celebrates individualism, inclusivity and empathy.

ISBN: 9781760508142

Recommended reading age: 3+

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Cover image of Edie's Experiments 1: How to Make Friends by Charlotte Barkla and Sandy Flett.
Edie's Experiments 1: How to Make Friends

A new school, a classroom full of potential new friends and a science kit. What could possibly go wrong?

I’m Edie and I love science. So when I started at a new school, I decided it could be one giant experiment.

Can I give you some advice? Avoid sliming your entire classroom. You could end up in trouble with your teacher, your new classmates and the principal.

Between the great slime fiasco, the apology cookie surprise and the wrinkle cream mix-up, I’ve discovered making friends isn’t an exact science!

ISBN: 9781760891770

Recommended reading age: 7+

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Cover image of Edie's Experiments 2: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla and Sandy Flett.
Edie's Experiments 2: How to Be the Best

Edie's experiments in how to win at life continue . . . but how will she cope with a new rival?

I'm Edie and I'm obsessed with science.

So I was sure that Annie B and I would win the Eco Fair competition.

 

Then Dean Starlight arrived and started sabotaging our project.

Now the competition has become an epic science battle of robotic spider attacks, exploding foam and sneaky spying.

Dean thinks he's the best scientist of Class 5Z, but we'll show him ...

ISBN: 9781760891763

Recommended reading age: 7+

Forthcoming Titles

My next books include a picture book with Hachette, a fiction series with Walker Books and a fiction series with Scholastic. More soon!

Articles

As well as writing children's books, I write articles for kids magazines including Youkie, Beanz and the CSIRO's Double Helix. I've also written feature articles for Create Digital, the Australian Education Union and more, drawing on my background in engineering and teaching.

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