The Girl in the Mirror

Maddy is picked on by bullies at her new school and terrified by ghosts in the old house her family has moved to – but she soon becomes friends with Clarissa, who slept in that same room and used the same mirror more than 100 years earlier.

Then Maddy’s baby brother nearly dies of whooping cough, and Clarissa discovers that her poisonous Aunt Lily is even more evil than she seems. The two girls have to use all their intelligence and verve to fight against Aunt Lily’s plots, each in her own time, with help from Clarissa’s ghostly brother Bertie…but will they succeed?


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Jenny Blackford is an award-winning Australian writer and poet. Her poems and stories for adults and children have appeared in Asimov’s, Westerly, The School Magazine, and many more Australian and international journals and anthologies. She won two prizes in the Sisters in Crime Australia Scarlet Stiletto awards 2016 for a murder mystery set in classical Delphi, with water nymphs. The Girl in the Mirror won the 2020 Davitt Award for Best Children’s Crime Novel.


Fiona McDonald is an illustrator, author, and doll-maker with over 12 books published, including acclaimed picture books, a graphic novel, and non-fiction books. She is also half of the duo who write under the name of Phoebe McArthur,  whose first book, the illustrated chapter book Lucy Newton, Little Witch(published by Christmas Press)  was shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Awards.


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