• Chenee Marrapodi

Julia Lawrinson: Mel & Shell

Children's & YA author Julia Lawrinson chats about her latest book, Mel & Shell, plus telling a story through letters, trusting your gut and her obsession with ABBA.

Multi-award winning author Julia Lawrinson has written more than a dozen books for children and young adults. Her debut novel Obsession won the WA Premier's Prize for Young Adult Writing.


Julia’s books are about friendship, family and finding out who you want to become. The latest, is the middle grade novel, Mel and Shell, which takes kids back into the classrooms of the 1970s.


Shell and Mel are best friends, united by their love of ABBA. But when

Scary Sharon decides she wants to be friends with Shell, and Mel begins

acting strangely, things start changing fast. Confiding in her pen pal

from 1829, Shell discovers she has a lot to learn about loyalty, honesty

and roller skating.