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The Wintrish Girl:
Talismans of Fate, Book One


A wildly fun debut about not quite belonging, forging your own path and finding your true home.

(Trade paperback)
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On Talisman Day in the Empire of Arylia, every child receives an object that gives them special powers and reveals their destiny. Every child except for the Wintrish girl, Penn, that is. All she has ever wanted is the impossible: to own a Talisman and return to her home in Midwinter to find her true family. But Penn’s trapped – doomed to a miserable, lonely life as a royal servant.

But a long-forgotten evil is stirring and destinies are about to change …

When mysterious and sinister events start to occur, the blame falls upon the Wintrish girl. Suddenly Penn finds herself running for her life. Straight into deadly peril. Facing dangerous enemies with formidable powers, what can an ordinary Wintrish girl do? Because without a Talisman, there’s no changing your fate … is there?

A wildly fun adventure featuring at least five impossibly daring escapes, important life lessons about friendship and cucumbers, a dragon with a fear of unicorns and some stylish execution wear. And one vicious berry.

Melanie La’Brooy

Melanie La’Brooy

Melanie La’Brooy is an Australian author who has previously written five novels for adults, which were published in Australia and internationally. Over the past twelve years she has lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Some of her favourite moments ever include boating down the Zambezi River past giraffes and hippos, seeing the Northern Lights from high up in the Arctic Circle, horse-riding through a snowy forest in Bulgaria, and eating chocolate while sitting on the couch and watching movies with her family at home. The Wintrish Girl is her first novel for children. Also, her surname is pronounced La-Broy, like boy but with an r. It’s confusing, she knows.