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Amy and the Wilpena Flood

By Claudia Bouma | Reviews | 16 August 2013

Children's book - Amy and the Wilpena Flood

Amy and the Wilpena Flood is the much-anticipated second book in the great Australian Girl doll and book series.

Amy is a true-blue Australian girl who lives in Adelaide. When her four best friends come for a visit they discover what looks like a Treasure Map of South Australia. With the help of the mystical rainbow necklace, the girls are transported back in time to Wilpena Pound in the 1900s! There, the girls meet local girl Jessie Hill, and what follows is an exciting adventure that sees them banding together to try and save Jessie and her family from a dangerous flood - can they convince Jessie's parents to believe their story, and emerge from the inundating flood waters before disaster strikes?!

This refreshingly Aussie children's book is a fun read for the 8-10 year old age range, and one that Australian children will be able to easily relate to thanks to the distinctly Aussie characters and situations. Featuring brilliant illustrations by the renowned Ginger Meggs cartoonist Jason Chatfield, Amy and the Wilpena Flood will have your little reader enthusiastically page-turning from start to finish.

You can visit the Australian Girl website to check out the book series and matching Australian Doll range. There are even Australian Girl online games and a club for the kids to join to keep up with all the latest doll and book news!

Amy and the Wilpena Flood retails for $12.95, and is available from Australian Girl online at and all good book stores, and the Australian Girl dolls are also available online at and selected toy and gift stores.

Quick book info

Australian Girl: Amy and the Wilpena Flood
Author: Claudia Bouma
Illustrations: Jason Chatfied
Release date: 1 August 2013
Reader target age range: Primary School
Publisher: Wombat Books
RRP: $12.95
Available from: Australian Girl
Australian Girl Amy Doll

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Win an Australian Girl Doll

or 1 of 2 copies of
Amy and the Wilpena Flood, together with Australian Girl are excited to offer a beautiful Amy Australian Girl Doll, worth over $119.95 from the Australian Girl book series!

There's an Australian Girl doll to suit every little Aussie girl or boy! With their gorgeous attention to detail and super-cute outfits, they're sure to delight any child - and we have one Amy doll, the star of the new-release book Amy and the Wilpena Flood to give away!

We also have two copies of the new-release Australian girl book series, Amy and the Wilpena Flood, to give away to two more lucky winners!

To be in the running to win the Amy Australian Girl doll or one of two Amy and the Wilpena Flood books, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you'd like to win one - it's that easy!

The best entry will WIN 1 x Australian Girl Amy doll and the second and third best entries will win an Amy and the Wilpena Flood book!

Competition open to adults 18 years and over. Limit of one prize per household. Competition ends at 10pm (AEST), 15 September 2013. Please read the full Competition Terms & Conditions here prior to entry

This competition is now closed

And the lucky winners are...

Doll winner

H. Locke, NSW

Book winners

H. Hibbard, QLD
C. Adams, ACT

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