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Nov 18 2020

Elizabella breaks a leg by Zoe Norton Lodge

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Illus. by Georgia Norton Lodge. Walker Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781760652555.
(age: 9+) Recommended. The fourth in this new series by the Norton Lodge sisters will delight fans of this zany Year Four student. Elizabella goes to the theatre with her year four class and teacher, Mr Gobblefrump. She is with her friend Huck and they have left their parents home with Toddberry, Elizabella's brother. Huck and Elizabella are a bit off about his mother and Elizabella's dad dating, but Tod tells them to get over it. The play proves a turning point for Elizabella. She adores it and cannot stop talking about the magic she has witnessed on the stage. She approaches Mr Gobblefrump the next day about staging a play of their own. He consents but tells her it is very costly and unless it is free, cannot go ahead. A challenge has been issued. Meanwhile, Elizabella's best friend, Minnie keeps wanting her attention and finally blurts out that she is off to New York where her mother has secured a job. Elizabella's world comes crashing down.
Light hearted, fun from beginning to end, Elizabella is a bright vivacious girl with lots on her mind. From working out how to grease down her dreadlock so the people behind her can see the stage, to making an undie flag to run up the school flagpole, to getting her friend join her and not be sad about leaving, the situations are all close to home, things younger readers can relate to, involving family and friends, school life and family concerns. And all told with a large dollop of humour inspiring readers to seek out the other three stories and hope for number five.
Illustrations by younger sister, Georgia add another level of humour to the tale.
Themes: School, Drama, Family, Friends, Relationships.
Fran Knight

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