Publisher's synopsis

‘Now then,’ thought Abigail, ‘something very weird has happened to me. I’m in the last century. I don’t know why, and that doesn’t matter. I’ve got to get back.’

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country’s most memorable children’s books in the Penguin Australia Children’s Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.


  • Winner 1981 CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Award
  • Winner 1982 Parents’ Choice Award for Literature
  • Winner 1982 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award
  • Winner 1982 International Board on Books for Young People (Australia) Honour Diploma
  • Runner up 1982 Guardian Fiction Prize (UK)