Philomella and the Impossible Forest

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A were-dragon? A talking tree? Saving a world she didn’t know existed? ... Philomella’s having an unusual day. Mystery, humour and sparkling magic combine in this middle-grade fantasy-adventure novel – perfect for fans of The World Between Blinks and The Phantom Tollbooth.

When Philomella is drawn into the Impossible Forest – a place where anything can happen and usually does – she’s headed for all the adventure she never wanted. There’s a belligerent princess to rescue, trolls to battle and a treacherously bewitching river to cross … and that’s just for starters. They’re all part of a mysterious enemy’s grand plan to destroy both the Forest and Philomella – and in this world of strange and dangerous magic, she’ll have to beat her deadly opponent using only her brains.

And so, joined by some oddball companions (including a picnic basket with attitude, a boy whose ancestors were trees and a grandmother with weaponised kitchenware), Philomella sets out to do the impossible.  

Can Philomella save the Forest? 
And can she also learn how to save herself?

An utterly enchanting novel for readers aged 9 and up.

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19cm x 12cm




Hardie Grant Children's Publishing


05 April 2023


Doris Brett

Doris Brett is a writer and clinical psychologist. She lives in Melbourne and is so altruistic that she keeps her house permanently messy in order that visiting friends may immediately feel relaxed and virtuous as they compare their homes to hers.
Her books have ranged across a number of genres – poetry, fiction, psychology, memoir – and her poetry has won a number of the country’s major literary