Happy Publication Day to Nikki Gemmell

Random House Australia publishes Nikki Gemmell's new children's book, The Icicle Illuminarium today. The story of the four Caddy siblings, Aussie bush kids who've wound up in England, carry's on from The Kensington Reptilarium, the first in the series. 

The mysterious Lady Adora has a plan for the Caddy kids, but it doesn't involve chocolate and games...

Kick, Bert, Scuff and Pin are rejoicing - Dad's been found! But he's ill from his wartime experiences, and he's sent away to recover. Then a hing from the butler sends their hearts racing. Could their mother be alive too?

The four siblings begin a wild goose chase to search for clues. But it all goes terribly, horribly wrong when they're kidnapped. They're imprisoned in The Icicle Illuminarium - the coldest, loneliest and most falling-down mansion in England.

Luckily, there might be a secret friend or two to be found in this odd place. Can Bucket, their loyal dingo dog, help Uncle Basti to find the - before Lady Adora can set her plans in motion?

Another feel-good tale about four fearless Aussie bush kids who won't take no for an answer - and certainly can't be cooped up for long, even if their captors think they can!

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