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The Secret Library of Hummingbird House​

Hattie Maxwell is trying to make sense of her life since the Big Split. It used to be the four of them – Mum, Dad, Ivy and Hattie – against the universe. But lately it feels like she’s a lone star in a big galaxy. Her one escape is Hummingbird House, an old mansion with a giant mulberry tree just perfect for climbing to hide from the world.

So when Hattie learns that the house is going to be demolished, she is determined to save it. A midnight visit becomes a step back in time, and Hummingbird House reveals its secrets: a hidden library, a mysterious new friend, and a lost treasure that could help stop the development.

Can the past help Hattie to fix her present?

A brilliant time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House celebrates standing up, speaking out and letting go of the past.


Books + Publishing

"The Secret Library of Hummingbird House takes readers on a journey that involves a hidden library, lost treasure and an unexpected ally. It celebrates standing up for what you believe in and the power of new friendship, with a dramatic climax that will take many by surprise."

Karys McEwen is the library manager at Prahran and Richmond High School and the president of the CBCA VIC Branch

Better Reading

Author Julianne Negri has crafted a compelling story with multiple storylines linking present day with both the 1970’s and the gold rush era. There is a theme woven into this story about immigration, assimilation and the sense of never quite belonging in one place or the other.

Lamont Books

"This is a wonderful timeslip novel that is beautifully told and full of contemporary issues."


Set in the streets of Brunswick, there is also a mysterious yarn bomber leaving knitted signs around town and an eccentric younger sister. Reminiscent of Playing Beatie Bow, this is a charming novel that will be enjoyed by readers aged 10+.

Yarn bombed tree by Ute Lennartz-Lembeck in the German town of Velbert.

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