Author(s): Davina Bell
It's 1918 . . .
and Alice has never felt lonelier. Her father is missing at sea, her brother Teddy is away at war, and she's not allowed to speak to her best friend anymore. Alice tries to forget her worries by having a stall at the Apple Blossom Fair. But when strange events start happening in the town, everything goes wrong . . . Will the war ever be over, and will life for Alice ever be the same again?
Follow Alice on her adventure in the second of four stories about a gifted girl in a time of war.
Children's and Young Adult book editor at Penguin, Davina Bell is the series editor of Our Australian Girl and author of the Alice series of Our Australian Girl books, set in WA and focusing on WWI and its impact on a family. Born in Perth, Davina completed a law degree before arriving in Melbourne five years ago to take up the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University. Davina planned to write a mystery novel but when that went awry she took up Short Story Writing. To her astonishment, her first attempt was selected by Robert Drewe for inclusion in Best Australian Stories 2007. Halfway through 2007 Davina was hired as an editorial assistant at Pearson Education, proofreading and checking page proofs. 'I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.' Davina then applied for a position as a children's book editor at Penguin. 'It seemed like such an incredible job I was sure I would never get it.' Three and a half years later Davina is still there and loving the job.