AWC’s presenter Judith Rossell’s magical conclusion to the Stella Montgomery award-winning stories

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We are thrilled to announce that Judith’s long-awaited thrilling and magical conclusion to her multi-award-winning Stella Montgomery Intrigue series is here.

Wakestone Hall (published by ABC Books) is Book 3 in Judith’s trilogy of Victorian fantasy-adventure novels for young readers from eight years old.

In this book, Stella Montgomery is in disgrace. The Aunts have sent her to Wakestone Hall, a grim boarding school where the disobedient are tamed and the wilful are made meek. But when a friend disappears, Stella is determined to find her – no matter the danger.

Soon Stella is thrown deeper into the mysteries of Wakestone – and her own past. Will Stella save her friend in time? And will she discover – at long last – where she truly belongs?

Judith’s first book in the Stella Montgomery Intrigue series, Withering by the Sea, won a number of prestigious children’s book awards including:

  • Winner – 2015 Indie Award, Children’s and YA
  • Winner – 2015 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children
  • Winner – 2015 Davitt Award, Best Children’s Crime Novel
  • Honour Book – 2015 CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers
  • Shortlisted – 2014 Aurealis Awards, Children’s Book
  • Shortlisted – 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted – 2017 Australian Book Design Awards

Wormwood Mire – Book 2 in the series won the following awards:

  • Winner – 2017 Davitt Awards
  • Shortlisted – 2017 Indie Awards, Book of the Year: Children’s & YA
  • Shortlisted – 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year: Older Children
  • Shortlisted – 2017 ABA Booksellers’ Choice Award
  • Shortlisted – 2017 Australian Book Design Awards
  • Notable Book – 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards

Judith has been illustrating and writing children’s books for nearly 20 years and is a presenter for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Writing Picture Books, Writing Picture Books Masterclass and How to Write for Children and Young Adults courses.

Congratulations Judith – another award-winning book and just in time for Christmas!


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