My top 3 favourite things about Fiona Hardy’s novel ‘How to Make a Movie in 12 Days’

INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE. AFTERNOON. A blogger, CARLY, finishes reading How to Make a Movie in 12 Days. She holds up THE BOOK and looks towards the camera with a grin.

CARLY
This debut middle grade novel by Fiona Hardy is amazing! It’s funny, heartfelt, mysterious and made me want to watch every movie mentioned in it.

THE BOOK
Tell them about my synopsis!

CARLY
Great idea, awesome book!

12 Days
Beautiful cover illustration by Jess Racklyeft

Eleven-year-old film enthusiast, Hayley Whelan, has wanted to make a horror movie her whole life. When Hayley’s grandmother passes away, she’s gifted a video camera from the inheritance so she can make her film ‘Rosebud’ over the holidays with her friends. But Hayley is in for some horrors of her own when it becomes clear that someone is trying to sabotage her movie.

Firstly, I loved how prominent Hayley’s joy for filmmaking was.
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Melbourne Writers Festival 2019 – YA Day

How brilliant it was to have a whole day of the MWF dedicated to YA. The two events I went to were held in the Isabella Fraser Room at the State Library Victoria on September 1st. Not only was it a spectacular venue, but it also had the added bonus of a Readings bookshop on site… where I may or may not have added to my already bursting TBR pile.

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The first talk I attended was called ‘Why YA?’ and featured authors Randa Abdel-Fattah (When Michael Met Mina, Does My Head Look Big in This?) and Melina Marchetta (The Place On Dalhousie, Looking For Alibrandi), moderated by Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl).

The second talk I went to was ‘It’s Complicated’, featuring authors Nina Kenwood (It Sounded Better in My Head) and Jodi McAlister (Valentine, Ironheart), moderated by Michelle Smith. This panel was about romance, relationships and friendships in YA.

Everyone was wonderful to listen to and had so many gems of wisdom and advice. Here are dot points from each author on topics ranging from the publishing industry, POV, the importance of strong friendships in novels and even how romance is portrayed in The Bachelor!

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