Sheryl Gwyther is an author and artist. SECRETS OF EROMANGA was her first novel. Her other books for children include CHARLIE AND THE RED HOT CHILLI PEPPER, PRINCESS CLOWN and SCAREDY CROW.
There's never a good time to be orphaned - or abandoned ... especially when you are twelve years old, and it's the Great Depression.
In 1928, Shakespearean actors, the McAllisters, are forced to leave their daughter Adversity at the Emu Swamp Children's Home.
They fully intend to return, but things don't go according to plan.
Then, to make matters worse, Scrimshaw, a villainous theatrical agent, hears the talented Addie sing. He plots to use her in his next money-making venture, but when he turns up at Emu Swamp to collect his prize, Scrimshaw finds she's run away.
Together with Macbeth, her Shakespeare-quoting cockatiel, Addie is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
'Feisty, brave and fearless, Addie McAllister is on a courageous quest to right wrongs. She is a hero who is unstoppable. A must-read.' -- Susanne Gervay, author of the I am Jack series