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Video: Martine Murray on Her New Book, Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars


Molly and Pim is wild, whimsical and wonderful. It makes you fall in love with the world and everyone in it.’

Sally Rippin

Martine Murray, author of The Slightly True Story of Cedar B Hartley and How to Make a Bird, has written a delightful and magical story for young readers.

Molly has a strange life. Her mama collects herbs at dawn and makes potions, her father and brothers have gone away, and her house feels like a gyspy caravan.

Molly doesn’t want to know anything about herbs and potions. She wishes she could be more like her best friend, Ellen, who has a normal family and a normal house. But she is also secretly interested in Pim, who is inquisitive and odd and a little bit frightening.

When Molly’s mama makes a potion that has a wild and shocking effect, Molly and Pim look for a way to make things right, and Molly discovers the magic and value of her own unusual life.

Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is a funny and wise story about friendship and acceptance and learning to see the wonder in the world.

Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars

Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars

Martine Murray

‘Open-hearted and magical—an utter delight.’ Rebecca Stead

‘A beautiful magical story, full of surprises and brimming with wisdom.’ Karen Foxlee

‘Martine Murray’s writing is majestical and sophisticated...this book has a sense of wonder about it.’ Books+Publishing

‘Here is a middle-grade novel that sees beauty and magic in the environment around us, and celebrates seeds of friendship which grow deep roots. I loved this charming and whimsical novel, and young readers will too!’ Alpha Reader

Read a preview or download Australian curriculum teaching notes, recommended for years 5–8.

Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is available online and in bookshops now.


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