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The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean

One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.

Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.

The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.

Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.

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 Martii Maclean

Author’s Bio

Martii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…

Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at http://www.martiimaclean.com

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My Review

5 Stars

Isabelle Necessary lives with her parents in a big house in Mermaid Cove. But they are important and are always away on adventures finding things for museums. When they are gone, Isabella stays with her Great Aunt at the Saggy Beach Retirement Village. Isabelle has some great friends and many adventures in this book.

This is a wonderful chapter book for kids. Isabella seems to be Invisible Isabella to her parents especially when they are planning on leaving for their own adventure. But she loves her Great Aunt, the retirement community, and how the only real rule she has is to be home before the street lights come on.

I love the little adventures Isabelle has and how wonderful her friends are. I find it sad how her parents seem to be so wrapped up in their lives that they are not really a part of her life. But Isabella doesn’t let this slow her down. I really like the illustrations that accompany the stories.  I can’t wait to read more of her adventures.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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