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Withering-by-Sea 3

Stella Montgomery, Book 1

by Judith Rossell
Age range: + years old Publication Date: 20/10/2014
4/5 Rating 3 Reviews

Winner of ABIA Book of the Year for Young Readers

High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts.

But one night, Stella sees something she shouldn't have...Something that will set in motion an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for...

Discover the series that's loved by tens of thousands of readers!

"Fans of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events will eat up Withering-by-Sea" - Shelf Awareness

"The perfect package - appearance and feel and smell and story." - Glenda Millard

"Wildly imaginative, darkly funny. I was hooked from the first page." - Jen Storer

"A delightful, thoroughly enjoyable book" - Books+Publishing

More Awards

Withering-by-Sea (Book 1)

  • Winner - 2015 Indie Awards, Book of the Year: Children's & YA
  • Winner - 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year: Older Children
  • Winner - 2015 Davitt Awards
  • Honour Book - 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
  • Shortlisted - 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted - 2014 Aurealis Awards
  • Shortlisted - 2017 Australian Book Design Awards

Wormwood Mire (Book 2)

  • Winner - 2017 Davitt Awards
  • Shortlisted - 2017 Indie Awards, Book of the Year: Children's & YA
  • Shortlisted - 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year: Older Children
  • Shortlisted - 2017 ABA Booksellers' Choice Award
  • Shortlisted - 2017 Australian Book Design Awards
  • Notable Book - 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Age range:
+ years old
Publication Date:
HarperCollins Publishers
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Judith Rossell

Judith Rossell is the multi-award-winning author-illustrator of the bestselling Stella Montgomery series (Withering-by-Sea, Wormwood Mire, A Garden of Lilies and the upcoming Wakestone Hall).

Before beginning her career in children's books, Judith worked as a government scientist (not a mad scientist, a normal kind of scientist) and also for a cotton-spinning company (that made threads for T-shirts and denim jeans and mops and teabag strings).

Judith has written thirteen books and illustrated more than eighty, and her work has been published in the US, UK and has been translated into more than twenty languages. Judith lives in Melbourne, Australia with a cat the size of a walrus.

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  • great

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    love it great wouderful

  • Withering by Sea

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    It was very intriguing and so action filled.

  • Gorgeous hardback novel

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    There's something unique about this tale of Stella, a brave heroine who lives in Hotel Majestic with her three dreadful aunts. Stella is a dreamer but is pushed to step up after witnessing a crime that she gets drawn into. This is a delightful and evocative fantasy-adventure, perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket.