2021 - Winner
In The Grandest Bookshop in the World, we are introduced to Pearl Cole who is interested in a curious gentleman visitor to her family’s bookshop, Melbourne’s ‘Coles Book Arcade’. The Obscurosmith, or Magnus Maximillian, is an unwelcome visitor who entangles Pa Cole into a dubious negotiation that results in Pa and the Arcade falling ill, as both are inextricably connected.
The family journey that ensues is exciting and dangerous for all involved as they campaign against the gigantic magic of Magnus. In this marvellous book, the dynamic action provides a platform for the family to overcome the odds by being clever and determined.
The Grandest Bookshop in the World invites readers to be participants across a matrix of complicated events. The quest is exciting as readers are pushing for the children and, subsequently, the family to survive. The fear that Pa will die and the bookshop will be destroyed by negative forces gains momentum through the superb, suspenseful writing of author, Amelia Mellor. This is a stand-out book, with lavish descriptions and characters that readers can believe in. A riveting read.