Elle Carter Neal
Draconian Rules Series
The Convoluted Key
Tween witch Pippa Dracona prefers mathematics to magic, so the chance to attend a school in Physicas, the realm of science, was supposed to be a dream come true. But the Dame Ivy Newton School for Gifted and Unusual Students has too many archaic and nonsensical rules. Pippa is about to fail her favourite subject and lose her place in the course. When she makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to let two human children into the realm of magic, she might have made her worst choice yet … or, perhaps, her best.
If Pippa is to keep an important promise, she must find a way to get the children home before the next witching hour begins. It’s time to enlist the help of some eccentric friends, solve a bizarre mystery involving unicorns and missing belongings, and gain some much-needed perspective. After all, there are two sides to every equation.
Weaving through The Convoluted Key are a number of feminist-friendly themes, such as a wide variety of female characters with different personalities and motivations, supportive female friendship, and thoughtful male characters who are respectful towards female characters.
The Convoluted Key is the first book in the Draconian Rules series by Elle Carter Neal.
Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin
In a family of magical treasure hunters, luckless Maddie Lane is the second-born and therefore doomed, like her mother before her, to a dull life of safe, boring jobs, expected to stay home and raise the next generation, while her elder sister inherits the magic and adventure of the family business. But Maddie has more history than anyone realised: someone has been waiting nearly 900 years for her to arrive. A seemingly chance gift grants Maddie access to a world even her experienced ancestors were unaware of, and suddenly it is Maddie who is set on the adventure of a lifetime as she becomes embroiled in a quest to save two planets.
Madison Lane is about to be Grounded. And it’s much more fun, adventure, and danger than she could have wished for.
Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin is the first book in the Grounded series by Elle Carter Neal.
“Pink is a flamingo colour. Blue is for bowerbirds.”
Join bowerbird and his friends in a colourful tale of mayhem as they experience a world where entitlement is taken to the extreme.
Ideal as a discussion-starter story for exploring society’s expectations, generalisations, privilege, and the value of sharing.