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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
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This is Jaclyn Moriarty's first middle grade children's novel (having primarily written YA before now) and it is absolutely stellar.

Bronte has grown up without her parents; they left her in the lobby of her Aunt Isabelle's apartment building when she was a baby, so as to continue their adventures unencumbered by offspring. But at ten years old, Bronte learns that these absent parents have been killed by pirates. This would be quite enough for a ten-year-old to deal with, but it turns out they have also left a will containing a series of extremely complex instructions that Bronte must follow to the letter if she doesn't want her entire home town to be destroyed.

The instructions take Bronte on a massive journey across the Kingdoms and Empires to visit each of her ten other aunts. The stakes are high and the premise is fertile ground for an excellent adventure story, and Moriarty does not disappoint - she is so obviously enjoying herself in the telling of the tale that you cannot help but be drawn right in.

The host of vibrant characters and diverse settings are luxuriously illustrated by Kelly Canby, so it's a gorgeous book to hold as well as a brilliant story. (9+)

- Freya


I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think - I hardly knew my parents.

Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons - and no adventures, thank you very much. But Bronte's parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will. The instructions must be followed to the letter, or disaster will befall Bronte's home. She is to travel the kingdoms and empires, perfectly alone, delivering special gifts to her ten other aunts. There is a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard and a veterinarian aunt who specialises in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship together and a former rockstar aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom. Now, armed with only her parents' instructions, a chest full of strange gifts and her own strong will, Bronte must journey forth to face dragons, Chief Detectives and pirates - and the gathering suspicion that there might be something more to her extremely inconvenient quest than meets the eye...

From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a fantastic tale of high intrigue, grand adventure and an abundance of aunts.

'An absolute sparkling delight of a story! Whisperers, water sprites, spellbinders and faery-cross stitch; this book is brimming with bright new magic ... just perfect.' Karen Foxlee, author of A Most Magical Girl and Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

'Jaclyn Moriarty charms, thrills and delights in this delightfully unpredictable, unique and modern novel, while also brilliantly evoking echoes of classic children's authors like Diana Wynne Jones and Joan Aiken." Garth Nix, author of Frogkisser and The Keys to the Kingdom series

Author description

Jaclyn Moriarty is well-known as the prize-winning, bestselling author of novels for young adults (and sometimes for slightly older adults). A former media and entertainment lawyer, Jaclyn's books include the Ashbury-Brookfield series and the Colours of Madeleine trilogy. The first two books in that trilogy were both awarded the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Queensland Literary Award. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in the US, the UK and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, her most recent book, is the first she has written for younger readers.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781760297176
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • : January 2017
  • : 210mm X 135mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : Kelly Canby
  • : 400
  • : Jaclyn Moriarty