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Amelia Mellor Amelia Mellor i(10479288 works by)
Gender: Female
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'An English teacher in regional Victoria, Amelia was a finalist in the 2016 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Contest. She received a 2018 ASA Award Mentorship and won the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust’s Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship in 2018 for The Grandest Bookshop in the World.' (

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship
2017 winner Australian Society of Authors Mentorship ASA Mentorship Emerging Writers
2016 shortlisted Ampersand Prize For 'Anomalies' (YA steampunk).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Grandest Bookshop in the World Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2020 19678977 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father.

'When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade - and himself - in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won't just lose Pa - they'll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted HNSA Historical Novel Prize Children and Young Adult
2021 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2021 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut
2021 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2021 winner Booksellers Choice Award Children's Book of the Year
2021 longlisted Book Links Award for Historical Fiction
2021 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2021 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2021 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2021 winner Indie Awards Children's
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