The Quest for the Sun Gem
After their village is attacked, a young brother and sister set off on a dangerous quest to save their captured family and friends - and free their land from the Sedah invaders. Where have the Sun Sword and its magical gems been hidden? more +
The Voyage of the Owl
Ethan, Lily, Saxon and Roana have cracked the code, only to find that the Moon Pearl is being sent by ship to the land of the invaders. The four children must give chase to save the precious stone! more +
The Snowy Tower
Even with the Sun Gem and the Moon Pearl safe, the quest is far from over. Lord Lazlac is planning to marry Queen Ashana, and the queen cannot rebel when Prince Caspar is being held captive in the snow-covered mountains to the north. more +
The Locket of Dreams
Sophie discovers a golden locket, in an old treasure box which belonged to her grandmother's grandmother, Charlotte Mackenzie. When Sophie falls asleep wearing the locket, she magically travels back in time to 1858 in Scotland to learn the truth about the mysterious Charlotte Mackenzie. more +
The Ivory Rose
Jemma has just landed her first job, babysitting Sammy. It's in Rosethorne, one of the famous witches' houses near where she lives. Sammy says the house is haunted by a sad little girl, but Jemma doesn't know what to believe. One day when the two girls are playing hide and seek, Jemma discovers a rose charm made of ivory. As she touches the charm she sees a terrifying flashback. Is it the moment the ghost was murdered? Jemma runs for her life, falling down the stairs and tumbling into unconsciousness. She wakes up in 1895, unable to get home. Jemma becomes an apprentice maidservant at Rosethorne - but all is not well in the grand house. Young heiress Georgiana is constantly sick. Jemma begins to suspect Georgiana is being poisoned, but who would poison her, and why? Jemma must find the proof in order to rescue her friend - before time runs out.
The Forgotten Pearl by Belinda Murrell
When Chloe visits her grandmother, it unleashes a flood of memories, not discussed for seventy years. Chloe could never have imagined how close the second world war came to destroying her own family so many years ago. Could the experiences of another time help Chloe to face her own problems?
In 1941, Darwin is a remote outpost in the far north of Australia - a peaceful paradise far from the war. Poppy is a mischievous, fun-loving girl, with a menagerie of unusual pets. Her life seems perfect but when Japan attacks Pearl Harbour, then Australia, Poppy's world is torn apart. Everything she holds dear is threatened - her family, her neighbours and her friends Jack and Maude. Her brother Edward is taken prisoner-of-war. Her home town becomes a war zone, as the Japanese raid over and over again, on their relentless march south. Australia is under the looming threat of invasion.
Terrified for their lives, Poppy and her mother flee to safety in Sydney, only to find the danger follows them there. Poppy must face her war with courage and determination.
Will Poppy and her family survive the war? Where is the forgotten pearl? Will her world ever be the same again?
The forgotten pearl is the key to entering another thrilling adventure from Belinda Murrell, author of The Ivory Rose, The Ruby Talisman and The Locket of Dreams.
A river pebble on a charm bracelet has an astonishing true story to tell, of one family's bravery and survival in harsh colonial Australia . . .
When artistic Millie visits a long-lost aunt, she learns the true story of her family's tragic past. Could the mysterious ghost girl Millie has painted be her own ancestor?
In 1839, Charlotte Atkinson lives at Oldbury, a gracious estate in the Australian bush, with her Mamma and her sisters and brother. But after the death of Charlotte's father, things start to go terribly wrong. There are murderous convicts and marauding bushrangers. Worst of all, Charlotte's new stepfather is cruel and unpredictable.
Frightened for their lives, the family flees on horseback to a stockman's hut in the wilderness. Charlotte's mother and the children must fight to save their property, their independence and their very right to be a family. Will they ever return together to their beautiful home?
Based on the incredible true-life battles of Belinda Murrell's own ancestors, one of Australia's early artistic and literary families, the Atkinsons of Oldbury.
The Forgotten Pearl - ‘This colourful, deeply moving saga of Poppy's family is an utterly enthralling tale with warm, well-rounded characters forging their difficult lives in this entertainingly executed tale. Forgive the cliché, but this is a "terrific yarn" for middle school readers.'
Russ Merrin, Magpies, May 2012
The characters in the story almost felt like my best friends the way you described them and expressed their feelings just blew me away! - Elysia, 12
The River Charm was reviewed on Victorian ABC Radio by Sarah Mayor-Cox, lecturer in Children's Literature at La Trobe University.... "really love this story. The characters are just delightful. The kids are so well-drawn. It's very like Seven Little Australians.....
"The River Charm is ..."a story of hope, strength and courage and the determination to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds..this convincing book is honest and realistic in depicting life in colonial Australia with all its beauty and difficulty.." Magpies May 2013
THE RUBY TALISMAN possesses all the hallmarks of a classic adventure novel. The action is fast-paced, the characters gutsy, the
settings enticing and the danger ever present. Through the many twists and turns, Murrell never loses sight of her aims to entertain and enthrall. Highly recommended for ages nine and above.' Aleesah Darlison, THE SUN HERALD
'Belinda Murrell has certainly done her homework. The story is jam-packed with facts about the French Revolution and life of the times ... This book should be enjoyed by girls in their early teens.' Carole Poustie, MAGPIES
In this finely researched, timeslip historical adventure Murrell brings the period of the French Revolution, its colour and brutality, vividly to life. And there's nothing like living through harder times to gain some insight into what and who in your life you value most. Highly recommended 12+ Reading Time Vol 54 no 3
'A gripping thrill ride ... Mix together a collection of French vocab, a cast of loveable characters, a dash of history, several dangerous encounters and some time travelling adventure, and you have Belinda Murrell's THE RUBY TALISMAN. This novel was a joy to read, as it takes you on a journey to the past.' SASSISAM BLOG
'This book is a real page turner. THE RUBY TALISMAN is another excellent time-slip story from Belinda Murrell.'
Locket of Dreams '..it is the best book I ever read...' - Caitlin
'I love your book The Locket of Dreams..I love it so much...' Anna
'Locket of Dreams is the best book ever..' Elly
'I love Locket of Dreams - I have read it about five times.' - Gabi