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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. Her debut children’s novel, The Wintrish Girl, won the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fiction, was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Prize and the DANZ Children’s Book Award, and was a CBCA Notable. The Lost History is the sequel to The Wintrish Girl and the second book in the Talismans of Fate series.

Melanie has lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has long been a history nerd who loves exploring cobblestoned old towns and ancient ruins. Some of the most goosebump-inducing historical sites she has visited include the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Robben Island in South Africa and Petra in Jordan. Melanie’s surname is pronounced La-Broy. History buffs will note that it rhymes with the ancient city of Troy.