The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes 2: The Tumbling Tortoises

Zinnia Jakes has won the Wildside Zoo’s endangered animals competition with her cute tortoise cupcake idea! But when she does more research about tortoises, one of her classmates starts asking too many questions… Can Zinnia Jakes remain the secret pastry chef everyone loves

  • The second book in an exciting new adventure series featuring Zinnia Jakes and her amazing cat Coco
  • Explores themes of school, family, friendship and baking
  • With a child-friendly recipe at the back of the book
  • This is Brenda Gurr’s first fiction series

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Brenda grew up in Western Australia and spent her early childhood on a dairy farm. After finishing school, she headed off to university and wound up with an English degree, majoring in the obscure field of Language and Culture and minoring in Theatre Arts. She went on to study education and became a speech and drama teacher and part-time storytelling fairy. She has worked as a professional actor and has been on TV in the roles of a nurse, a marine biologist, a mother being attacked by a dingo and a train passenger watching a man chasing a chicken. Don’t ask. She has also worked as an in-house writer and editor from her home in beautiful country Victoria, where she lives with her family and two attention-seeking Burmese cats named Bringley and Bess.



Nancy is a designer and illustrator, mother of two young children and an all-round juggler! She likes making things look nice both on paper and screen. Her father was a Commercial Illustrator and she has pretty much followed in his footsteps. She has over 14 year’s experience in the Children’s publishing industry, living and breathing illustration and typography (as well as drinking lots of tea). Her career has given her considerable insight into the fast moving art market and trends, allowing a great deal of expertise at designing and illustrating all kinds of things, not just books. Never one for a quiet life, she juggles her own poster illustration business in her spare time whilst looking after her family; keeping her on her toes creatively while her children keep her on her toes in all other departments.

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