The Garden of Empress Cassia

The Garden of Empress Cassia

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Mimi lives with her parents above her father's herbalist shop. She hates being Chinese and being teased at school. More than anything she loves to draw, so when her art teacher gives her a box of pastels Mimi is thrilled. These are no ordinary pastels for the inscription on the box warns that they are "A treasure for some, a curse for others". Mimi is able to draw amazing scenes on the footpath outside her father's shop and the pastels breathe life into the pictures for those able to see it. When Gemma, her tormentor at school, steals the pastels, Mimi knows she must get them back - not only to keep them safe and their magic intact, but to save Gemma from the pastel's curse.
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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 137 x 199 x 8mm | 90g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • b&w line drawings, 1 b&w map
  • 0141316497
  • 9780141316499

About Gabrielle Wang

Gabrielle Wang was born in Melbourne and is a third generation Chinese Australian. Her grandfather went to Australia during the Gold Rush in the 1850s. Gabrielle went to art school, worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, then went to China to study Chinese language, philosophy and classical painting. She now lives in Melbourne where she writes, illustrates and teaches Chinese.
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