Eliza Vanda’s Button Box: CBCA Notable Book 2022

Emily Rodda

Eliza Vanda's Button Box: CBCA Notable Book 2022
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Eliza Vanda’s Button Box: CBCA Notable Book 2022

Emily Rodda

Buttons three, attend to me! Take me where I want to be!

No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising ‘Cabins for Rent’ was almost hidden by a pile of builder’s rubble, but Eliza Vanda didn’t seem at all put out by the mess.

‘This is a nice little pocket,’ she said. ‘It should suit us very well.’

Life hasn’t been much fun for Milly Dynes lately. There seem to be problems everywhere she looks. She’s always loved her home in Tidgy Bay, but at the moment she wishes she was somewhere - anywhere - else. Then Eliza Vanda turns up-and magic comes with her …

A sparkling new fantasy adventure from multi-award-winning author Emily Rodda. 


Milly is feeling like she’s in a bit of an in-between spot, stuck on the way to somewhere she’s not sure she wants to be. She’s about to finish primary school and she’s not quite ready for high school; and although she’s excited for her baby sister to come home and take her old room she’s not so sure she’s ready to give it up. So when Eliza Vanda, a soft, eccentric seamstress, comes to stay at her father’s seaside cabin, she’s just the distraction Milly needs. After all, how can you possibly be worried about a new bedroom when you suddenly find yourself on an errand in a magical world with beautiful clockwork birds, unicorns, and princes who have been turned into frogs?

Eliza Vanda’s Button Box is a gentle adventure; while it doesn’t have huge life-or-death stakes, it is the kind of story that feeds your imagination a feast and leaves you hungry for more. Fantastic for ages 7+.

Dani Solomon is the assistant manager at Readings Kids.

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