Carly Mills Pioneer Girl : Superstar
Big Sky, 2021
144pp., pbk., RRP $A12.50
When Carly Mills goes to Melbourne with the school choir, she gets more than she expected. Thanks to her magic shawl that transports her back in time, she takes a trip back to 1867 and a chance meeting with a mischievous little girl who might just grow up to be the world famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. If Carly is to help the little girl achieve her dream, she will have to endure Nellie’s practical jokes, an angry headmaster, and her father’s belief that opera is not a fit career for a lady. Not to mention Simone’s bad moods and Dora’s terrible singing. But at the same time, she discovers her own abilities to persevere if she wants to make her own dreams come true.
This is the third in this series, written for newly-independent readers who are interested in learning about the lives of women who have shaped history With a mix of fictional characters like Carly and real-life women it brings them alive in a more personal way through the narrative and showing how what the characters learn can be applied to the modern world. With her own website, and a host of resources for teachers and students, this is a series that will appeal to young girls in a similar way that Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy appeals to young boys.