The Ballad of Melodie Rose

The Ballad of Melodie Rose

Kate Gordon


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A heartfelt story of one girl's determination to save her beloved home and the lyrical companion tale to The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn. When Melodie Rose is abandoned on the doorstep of Direleafe Hall, she realises she must be a ghost. Strangely, she is not sad. With the three other ghostly girls who haunt the school and a gloomy crow on her shoulder, Melodie has never felt more at peace. Finally, she has a place to call home. So when the Lady in White arrives with plans to flatten the beloved school, Melodie Rose must act fast to save all she holds dear. But what can one powerless ghost do? The Ballad of Melodie Rose is a life-affirming tale of belonging, being brave and being seen.


Kate Gordon:
Kate Gordon grew up in a small town by the sea in Tasmania. She is the author of six novels for teenagers, as well as the picture book Bird on a Wire, and the junior fiction series Juno Jones. She now writes middle-grade fiction. Kate was longlisted in the 2019 and 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and received the 2016 IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award. In 2018, she was shortlisted in the Dorothy Hewett Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was commended in the 2018 Vogel's Literary Awards. Her books have been published internationally.