Judith Rossell author and illustrator met her US literary agent Jill Corcoron, at the SCBWI Biannual Conference in Sydney who represented her for her award winning new novel, Withering-by-Sea. It was published by ABC Books.
In Victorian England, Stella Montgomery lives with her three dreadful Aunts at the Hotel Majestic. One day, she sees something she shouldn’t have, and is plunged into an adventure. Can she overcome the sinister magician and his gang of thugs, a hand-of-glory, a clockwork beetle, a military pudding, mutton-in-aspic and an enormous, ghostly sea monster, to find her way home?
‘Wildly imaginative, darkly funny. I was hooked from the first page.’ Jen Storer, author of Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children.
‘Withering-by-Sea is a delightful, thoroughly enjoyable book…Lots of detail and a sharp ear for cockney-style dialect brings sparkling life to both the setting and characters.’ Australian Books & Publishing.
Winner Children’s and YA Indie Award, 2015
ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, 2015
Shortlist CBCA Younger Reader 2015
Shortlist Aurealis Awards Children’s Book 2014