The Shop at Hoopers Bend

Emily Rodda

The Shop at Hoopers Bend
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
24 July 2017

The Shop at Hoopers Bend

Emily Rodda

Eleven-year-old Jonquil (known as Quil) Medway is a girl with more than an unusual name. Quil’s parents died in a car accident when she was a baby and she now goes to boarding school, but spends her holidays with an aunt - or at camp, which is where Quil is heading when she decides to get off early at a train stop called Hoopers Bend.

It is there that Quil meets Pirate, a chunky little white dog with black spots who immediately adopts her and Bailey, a crabby older lady who has gone to Hoopers Bend to check out the shop that has been left to her by an uncle. There is something magical about the shop at Hoopers Bend though, and once it casts its spell on Quil and Bailey they are drawn together in an unlikely friendship and their fight to save the shop from developers.

From one of Australia’s most renowned children’s authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn’t even know that was where you belonged.Ages: 9+


The Shop at Hoopers Bend is the kind of book that’s chock-full of all sorts of amazing coincidences. It starts when Jonquil, who has been staying with her aunt’s PA while waiting to be sent to a summer camp, finds a mug in a market stall with her name on it. On the train to summer camp, she passes the place the mug was made. After sneaking off the train, a fat little dog called Pirate is inexplicably drawn to her as she sits outside the abandoned shop she feels strangely at home in. Then the old woman, Bailey, who owns the shop, shows up out of the blue, and needs someone to help look after her because her knee is injured from a long drive. All these little coincidences make you lean into the book, hardly daring to breathe, because they could be coincidences, or serendipity as Bailey says … but it could also be magic. It has to be magic! A delicate, shy kind of magic that would disappear if it noticed you looking at it – but at the same time, the real kind of magic that says we’re all made of star dust. The absolute best kind of magic.

The Shop at Hoopers Bend is a welcome return to Emily Rodda’s older style of novel, more along the lines of The Best Kept Secret or Finders Keepers than the Deltora Quest series. I absolutely adored it and felt the same thrill reading The Shop at Hoopers Bend as I did when I read Pigs Might Fly under my covers at night all those years ago. For ages 8+.

Dani Solomon

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