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Apr 27 2020

Elizabella and the Haunting of Lizard Lake Zoe Norton Lodge & Georgia Norton Lodge

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Walker, 2020. ISBN: 9781760651855.
(Ages: 7-9) Recommended. Sisters TV presenter and comedian Zoe Norton Lodge and graphic designer and illustrator, Georgia Norton Lodge continue with the hijinks and humour of their Elizabella series. What pranks can Elizabella and her friend Minnie pull off at the annual Year 4 camp - food dye in the showerheads or in the teacher's coffee machine? With Mr Gobblefrump Acting Principal of Bilby Creek Primary School in charge, will there be any opportunities for fun at all?
When Elizabella's frill neck lizard Lizzie overhears their campsite is at Lizard Lake, he decides to stowaway in her bag. With high hopes of meeting lizard friends, he can communicate and philosophise with like-minded creatures. 'Don't worry, be happpy' is the camp motto, and Agapantha/Christine, Star, Minnie and Mo are the happiest counsellors ready to help the kids have the best time. Even Mr G-Frump's swept up in happiness, his strict ways are set aside. The Opportunity Course proves challenging, but the campers and even Mr G-Frump prove themselves able to conquer their fears.
With ghostly hauntings, midnight lake escapades in a canyes not a canoe and curious dreams, Elizabella and Minnie find themselves solving mysteries and making a new friend. Lizzie's explorations add to the fun; who knew camp lizards spoke Lizish and not English? With plenty of delicious food cooked by Miss Goose, loads of fun activities and time to uncover camp secrets, Elizabella's time at camp is brimful of happiness.
Georgia Norton Lodge's fun illustrations capture the highlights, from the happy mantras to Dougal the missing counsellor's reappearance and Lizzie and Barney's foodie forays. Zoe Norton Lodge's descriptive style, her love of unusual names and word twists to promote happiness add to the appeal. Elizabella and the Haunting of Lizard Lake is just right for readers who enjoy quirky characters, humour in school and family stories. Themes: Camping, Mysteries, Humour.
Rhyllis Bignell

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