Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng

Published by Random House 2010


Violet Mackerel thinks she would QUITE LIKE to own the blue china bird at the Saturday markets. This is not just a SILLY WISH. It is instead the start of a VERY IMPORTANT idea. But what she needs is a PLOT. A BRILLIANT plot. Introducing readers to a new warm and loveable character, Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot is a story not to be missed.

The Violet Mackerel series is something really special. Anna Branford has an almost magical way of capt



  • Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2011
  • Notable Book, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2012
  • Shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2012


Violet Mackerel is a special kind of girl, that one in a million who can capture your imagination and make every little girl want to be like her.
— Kids Book Review
Davis’ black and white sketches are gorgeous, and complement the text beautifully. They are soft but detailed, I’m guessing pencil sketches with watercolour. Davis really captures so much personality with just a few lines that we gain insight into what is going on in Violet’s head. Davis also gives us Violet’s own sketches and captions, adding to our enjoyment of Violet’s character.
— The BookChook

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