Angel Creek

Sally Rippin

Angel Creek
Text Publishing Co
28 February 2011

Angel Creek

Sally Rippin

In her new falling-down home, in her new street, in her new suburb, Jelly waits for high school to begin. She can only feel happy up in the branches of the old apricot tree and by the creek at the back of the house. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek’s dark waters. At first they think it’s a bird, but it isn’t … it’s a baby angel with a broken wing. And they decide to keep it.

But soon things start to go wrong, and Jelly discovers that you can’t just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won’t be missed.

Sally Rippin’s Angel Creek is a book about growing up: being brave and selfish and tough and scared. It’s a book about an angel. But not the sweet variety. It’s a book about the things that change and the things that always stay the same.


There are some books that burst into life from the first few pages – and this is one. It’s set in Melbourne, in the Merri Creek vicinity (always an added bonus if you read a book featuring your hometown!). Jelly’s family have moved to accommodate her high school years and she isn’t happy about it. As her extended family gather to celebrate Christmas, Merri Creek beckons. The playing children see something bird-like struggling in the fast-moving water and on rescuing it, discover they have found an angel, seemingly young and with a broken wing. The adventures begin. Jelly is a sensitive and delightful creation and her maturing over the summer is a blossoming that readers will enjoy. This is a heart-warming story of family and friendship. Hopefully there will be a sequel, but in the meantime read Skellig by David Almond, another wonderful angel story with memorable characters. For ages nine and up.

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