Author(s): Belinda Murrell
A magical locket sends a young girl spiraling from present-day Sydney into 1850s Scotland to solve the mystery behind their family's migration to Australia
Sophie discovers a golden locket in an old treasure box that belonged to her grandmother's grandmother. When she falls asleep wearing the locket, she magically travels back in time to 1858 to learn the truth about her ancestor, the mysterious Charlotte Mackenzie. Daughter of a wealthy Scottish laird, Charlotte and her sister Nell live a wonderful life with their parents and animals on a misty island with its very own ruined castle. Then disaster strikes and it seems the girls will lose everything they love. Why were Charlotte and Nell sent halfway around the world to live with strangers? Did their wicked uncle steal their inheritance? What happened to the priceless sapphire--the Star of Serendib? With the magic of the golden locket, Sophie begins to unravel these mysteries as she shares the adventures of Charlotte and Nell--outwitting their greedy relatives, escaping murderous bushrangers, and fighting storm and fire. But how will these travels in time affect Sophie's own life?
"Murrell s heritage shines throughout "The Locket Of Dreams." It s an intriguing, time travelling yarn. Recommended for ages 9 and up." "Books Buzz""
Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out and About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tale The Ivory Rose and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl and The River Charm. Belinda is also an author ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.