What Zola Did on Saturday

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Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. But Zola has a problem. No matter how much she tries, she can’t keep out of trouble. Like on Saturday, when it’s tomato day at Nonna Rosa’s and Zola is helping out…

What Zola did on Saturday is the latest in the Zola series, though readers can easily enjoy this story as a stand-alone novel. Zola’s stories are a wonderful celebration of community, friendship and kindness from the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta. 

Marchetta once again draws on her own experience of multicultural Australia, infusing Zola’s family with all the warmth and richness of her own Australian-Italian family. She shows readers the intricacies of relationships and the strength of family. 

What Zola Did on Saturday is illustrated by Deb Hudson. Her illustrations are beautiful and bountiful, allowing early readers to rely on the the pictures if they loose track of the story. 

The book is full of lovely scenes – small, charming moments that will feel familiar to young readers. There’s a lot included that will resonate with contemporary Australian kids, regardless of ethnicity or location. 

What Zola Did on is a gorgeous story full of mischief and humour. Newly independent readers will find this a difficult book to put down.

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