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Born: Established: Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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1 y separately published work icon A Whole Lot of Lemonade Jones Davina Bell , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 23160616 2021 selected work children's fiction children's

'Lemonade Jones likes questions and does NOT like rules. Three funny stories suitable for newly independent readers who loved the Billie B Brown series.

'There are a lot of rules that do NOT interest Lemonade Jones:
1) No running in the classroom, not even in an emergency.
2) Dangerous animals should be in cages.
3) No biting. (Not even your worst enemy.)

'It's hard to stick to the rules when you're making life loud and exciting! And Lemonade Jones likes it when loud and exciting things happen.

'Three delightful stories about Lemonade Jones - a feisty girl with a lot of fizz.'

Source : publisher's blurb

1 y separately published work icon Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Brunswick : Scribble , 2021 22130342 2021 single work picture book children's

'I know your world is feeling grey but it won’t always be this way. And everyone alive can say they’ve felt the way you do today.

'We all have bad days, and bad days do pass.

'From creative superstars Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys comes a message of hope that we can depend upon and live by: bad days pass, and no matter what happens, we are deserving of love. An uplifting and healing book that every family needs in an era of overwhelming change.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon How to Be a Real Ballerina Davina Bell , Jenny Løvlie (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2020 19681163 2020 single work picture book children's 'There is a lot to learn about being a ballerina. It is hard work and can seem silly at times. But when you walk out on the stage, it’s like magic and fireworks and Christmas-tree lights in your tummy.   From Davina Bell comes another utterly loveable character who gives a hilarious step-by-step account of what it’s like to be a ballerina (you definitely don’t have to be perfect).' (Publication summary) 
1 3 y separately published work icon The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love Davina Bell , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17949370 2020 single work novel young adult

'IDENTICAL twin sisters Summer and Winter live alone on a remote island, sheltered from a destroyed world. They survive on rations stockpiled by their father and spend their days deep in their mother’s collection of classic literature—until a mysterious stranger upends their carefully constructed reality.

'At first, Edward is a welcome distraction. But who is he really, and why has he come? As love blooms and the world stops spinning, the secrets of the girls’ past begin to unravel and escape is the only option.

'A sumptuously written novel of love and grief; of sisterly affection and the ultimate sacrifice; of technological progress and climate catastrophe; of an enigmatic bear and a talking whale—The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is unlike anything you’ve read before.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 How to Be a YouTube Unboxing Sensation in Two Easy Steps Davina Bell , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: Funny Bones 2019;
2 1 y separately published work icon All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors Davina Bell , Jenny Løvlie (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2019 16851214 2019 single work picture book children's

'When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else – cars, planes, cranes, trains – anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors – but will he be able to bring his mum around?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Lemonade Jones and the Great School Fete Davina Bell , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16619603 2019 children's fiction children's

'Lemonade Jones - a feisty girl with a lot of fizz! A warm, funny story for the beginning reader about the girl who likes to ask lots of questions and does NOT like rules.

A haunted house. A giant rainbow slide. And delicious donuts from Clark Dark's dad's donut van. Lemonade Jones's school fete is going to be as sparkly and fun as a shook-up bottle of fizzy drink. 

Most exciting of all is the Year One Mum Band. Lemonade Jones has talked her mum into being the lead singer, and everyone knows that the lead singer is the star. 

This is going to be the greatest school fete ever!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Secret Life of Lola Davina Bell , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2019 16563930 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'When lifelong friends Lola, Belle, Maisie and Sophia reunite at their beloved Corner Park Clubhouse for the winter school holidays, Lola has a great idea: they'll enter the local drama competition! It's the perfect way to spend as much time together as possible, and there are prizes for best actor, director and sets. As an artist, Lola’s determined her sets will win – but there’s just one problem. She can’t figure
out what to paint, or even how to get started. And that’s because of something that happened at her super sophisticated art school last term – something Lola can’t discuss with anyone.

'Not her bestie, Belle, who’s brought her new friend Matilda home for the holidays.

'Not Maisie, who’s always busy with gym.

'Not Sophia, who’s focused on her secret crush.

'And not even her cool older sister, Tally, who’s at a conference in New York.

'With no-one to turn to but herself, can Lola figure out how to get her creativity back – before it’s too late?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2 y separately published work icon Sophia and the Corner Park Clubhouse Davina Bell , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2019 15640583 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Sophia and her lifelong best friends, Belle, Maisie and Lola, are reunited at their old favourite hangout – the Corner Park Clubhouse – after their first term at different high schools. But it soon becomes obvious that, in spite of pinkie swears and promises, they’re drifting apart.

'The one thing keeping them together is the clubhouse, which holds special memories for each of them – and after what happened there last summer, it means more than anything to Sophia. So when they find out it's going to be bulldozed, the girls set out in a race against time to save it – and their friendship – from demolition.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Corner Park Clubhouse Davina Bell , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2019- 15640522 2019 series - author children's fiction

'The Corner Park Clubhouse.

'For Belle, it’s an empire.

'For Lola, it’s a canvas.

'For Maisie, it’s a refuge.

'For Sophia, it is home.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 The Zoo That Comes to You Davina Bell , 2018 single work children's fiction
— Appears in: Lemonade Jones 2018; A Whole Lot of Lemonade Jones 2021;
1 The First Day Back Davina Bell , 2018 single work children's fiction
— Appears in: Lemonade Jones 2018; A Whole Lot of Lemonade Jones 2021;
1 y separately published work icon Lemonade Jones Davina Bell , 2018 Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018- 14688155 2018 series - author children's fiction
4 1 y separately published work icon All the Ways To Be Smart Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Melbourne : Scribble , 2018 14571374 2018 single work picture book children's

'Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …'

‘Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming … All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.’

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

1 y separately published work icon Lemonade Jones Davina Bell , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14072161 2018 selected work children's fiction short story

'There are a lot of rules that don't interest Lemonade Jones. No running in the classroom, not even in an emergency. Dangerous animals should be in cages. No biting. (Not even your worst enemy.) But it's especially hard to stick to the rules when you're making life loud and exciting. And Lemonade Jones likes it when loud and exciting things happen. Two delightful stories about Lemonade Jones—a feisty girl with a lot of fizz!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Birthday Baby Jane Godwin , Davina Bell , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13968035 2018 single work picture book children's

'Today is baby's birthday. Here come baby's friends. Hello! Shy baby. Friendly baby. Sunny baby. Lazy baby. Who else will we meet? This delightful story from a winning team perfectly captures a baby's birthday party.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 1 y separately published work icon Hattie Helps Out Jane Godwin , Davina Bell , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9228502 2016 single work picture book children's

'Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to.

'It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party.

'Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap.

'Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired...

'A delightfully funny story about a little girl with big ideas, from a winning combination of creators.' (Publication summary)

5 1 y separately published work icon Under the Love Umbrella Davina Bell , Allison Colpoys (illustrator), Brunswick : Scribe , 2016 9189175 2016 single work picture book children's

Under the Love Umbrella is a celebration of the enduring love that surrounds our children, wherever they are in the world. Inspired by the rhythm of the New York subway's L-train, the gentle rhyming text - accompanied by beautiful, vintage inspired illustrations - draws out the small things that can loom large in a little person's life, from big dogs to lost teeth, and from forgotten hats to friends who won't share. Whatever the troubles, the comfort of our love umbrella is always there, and parents and children will delight in this visual representation of the bond they share. This is a perfect gift book for new parents and babies, as well as for children embarking on big changes and new adventures, who may benefit from this lovely reminder of the permanence of love.' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon Oh, Albert! Davina Bell , Sara Acton (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9112686 2016 single work picture book children's

'Oh Albert, how could you? was inspired by a newspaper article of the same name about a boxer with a penchant for destroying his owner's home and belongings (resulting in bills of over $40,000!).

'Following a week in the life of a busy family, the story as much a celebration of contemporary Australian domestic life as it is the story of a greedy but loveable family pet. Many children will recognise the rhythms of their own families in the busy chaos of this household's routine, where the days of the week correspond to extracurricular activities.

'At its heart, this is the story of the strong bond of love that children share with animals, and the unifying role that pets play in family life.' (Publication summary)

1 A Thousand Silver Ghosts Davina Bell , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Where the Shoreline Used to Be : An Anthology from Australia and Beyond 2016; (p. 81)
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