Author(s): Davina Bell
It's 1918 . . .
and Alice lives with her big family by the Swan River in Perth, while on the other side of the world, the Great War rages. Alice's deepest wish is to become a ballerina, and when she auditions for a famous dance teacher from London, it seems as if her dreams might come true. But then there's a terrible accident, and Alice must ask herself whether there are more important things than dancing.
Meet Alice and join her adventure in the first of four stories about a gifted girl in a time of war.
Davina Bell is the author of the Alice books in the Our Australian Girl series, which follow the story of a young ballerina growing up in WA in World War One. Born in Perth, Davina completed a law degree before moving to Melbourneto take up the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University. She worked at Penguin for six years as an Editor and Senior Editor in the Young Readers Division, where she was lucky enough to collaborate with some of Australia's most talented creators of books for children. Davina now lives in the Margaret River region of WA's south-west, where she writes full time on the edge of a vineyard. Her first picture-book, The Underwater Fancydress Parade, will be published in October 2014.