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WENDY ORR: Monday 2 July

Swallows Dance SmallWendy Orr
Swallow’s Dance

10.30am – 12pm

This event is suitable for ages 10+ 

Join us to celebrate the launch of Wendy Orr’s new middle grade fiction novel, Swallow’s Dance.  Following the great success of Dragonfly Song, which won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction and was an Honour book for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2017 Book of the Year (Younger Readers), Wendy brings us a second Bronze Age adventure set on the island of Crete.

Wendy will do a reading from the new book followed by a question and answer session with the audience and book signing.

We will also be running a school holiday craft activity following the reading, where kids can make their own pendant or other keepsake from polymer clay.  This activity is free, but bookings are essential as places will be limited.

PLEASE NOTE: As of 14 June we are fully booked for the craft activity.  If you would like to add your name to a cancellations list, please visit TryBooking.com.  But all are welcome to attend the book launch!!  

Swallows Dance SmallSwallow’s Dance
Wendy Orr
(Release date: 27 June 2018)

I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this – do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet?

Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home – and her family – in pieces. And the goddess hasn’t finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety. A thrilling Bronze Age survival story from the acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song.

Dragonfly songDragonfly Song
Wendy Orr
(Available now)

WINNER: 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Children’s Fiction
WINNER: 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children’s Literature
HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2017

There are two ways of looking at Aissa’s story. She’s the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she’s the cursed child who called the Bull King’s ship to the island. The firstborn daughter of a priestess is cast out as a baby, and after raiders kill her adopted family, she is abandoned at the gates of the Great Hall, anonymous and mute. Called No-Name, the cursed child, she is raised a slave, and not until she is twelve does she learn her name is Aissa: the dragonfly. Now every year the Bull King takes a tribute from the island: two thirteen-year-old children to brave the bloody bull dances in his royal court. None have ever returned – but for Aissa it is the only escape. Aissa is resilient, resourceful, and fast – but to survive the bull ring, she will have to learn the mystery of her true nature. A riveting, mythic Bronze Age adventure from award-winning author Wendy Orr.

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