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How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

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'How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days' is the story of what happens when 11-year-old Hayley Whelan tries to bring her horror-movie vision to the big-screen over the summer holidays.

Friendships will be tested, the fake blood will flow, and the snacks budget will be well and truly blown in this wonderful, heart-warming reel of contemporary Aussie MG.
Published September 2019 by Affirm Press
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I always try and step back from reviewing my author's books until the dust has settled a little bit and it's had room to breathe.

This book is very close to me, both because it's beautiful in itself and it came to me so lovingly - when my friend Adele told me I'd be sure to *love* this manuscript that had been shortlisted in the Text Prize, and was all about a young, budding filmmaker. Well - Adele knew me to a tee and I read 'How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days' (once called 'Rosebud') and had s
Trigger warnings: death of a grandparent (in the past), grief, bullying, hospitalisation of a sibling.

Well this was generally delightful. I haven't read nearly enough middle grade this year, and this one was definitely a solid addition to my middle grade reading for 2019. Hayley's obsessed with movies and desperately wants to make movies when she grows up. So when her parents use money from her grandmother's will to buy Hayley a video camera, she decides to spend the rest of her summer holidays
This book was an absolute delight from start to finish. Beautifully drawn characters and some proper belly laughs throughout.
Michael Livingston
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming and fun
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Jennifer has to be the most bizarre character I've ever read. ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WONDERFUL. JOYOUS. Soooooooooooo AUSTRALIAN! (Maybe the best middle grade I've read since I was middle grade). ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More like this please. Delightfully funny with some great life lessons thrown in. Loved it.
L.E. Truscott
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars actually

This book has the best crafted opening chapter I’ve read in a long time. From there it settles into a pleasant middle grade novel with enough touches of brilliance to make up for a few problematic areas.

Eleven-year-old Hayley is obsessed with films and wants to be a director. She and her grandmother were writing the script for a horror film about a killer rose bush, which her grandmother was also going to star in, when she unexpectedly died. Hayley is devastated. But part of Ha
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
…something had shifted in my brain. Some little voice that said, don’t give up. Not Grandma’s voice – she would’ve been off for a gin and tonic forty-two minutes ago – but Director Hayley’s voice, pushing every other voice out of the way.


11 year-old Hayley Whelan has spent her whole life dreaming of making a horror movie, with her grandmother in a starring role. After her grandmother passes away, Hayley receives an inheritance to purchase a professional video camera. Her friends are signed on a
Judy Wollin
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Hayley dreams of making films. Her Grandmother dreamed of making a film with her. Grandma’s death changed all that.
Now Hayley wants to make a film to honour her grandmother. She calls on all her friends who have been hearing about the planned movie all year.
Hayley’s long-term friend Pilar and her extended social group all take an active part in the film making. Pilar was to be the leading actor but pulls out. She has never been comfortable acting. Hayley seeks out ‘nasty’ Rissa, who can act, to
Sharlene Evans
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this book 5 stars because it had me smiling and captured from the middle to the end and I really like the grey pages at the end with the holiday movie watch list but it took me a bit to get over the fine compact font in a middle grade piece of literature (I know there are a few but makes it harder to sell!) and I Googled ‘grandadrents’ because it was in there twice and had me second guessing that there couldn’t be the same spelling mistake twice ... a couple of other missed edit ...more
Gemma Wilson
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was really lovely to read. It would appeal to creative students who enjoy movies & fancy themselves as budding movie directors. Main character Hayley makes a movie to honour her grandmother. Dramas along the way of course, which threaten the short time period they have, but Hayley is a strong character who perseveres through the challenges. A beautiful cover to the book too! Target age is 11 -14 years.
Krystal Gagen-Spriggs
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this. I really, really loved this. I picked it up at the Sydney airport last weekend, and it has brought me so much joy. This is funny; I laughed out loud MANY times. This has all the feels; I felt everything. This has resilience; not everything goes to plan, but it's all about how you bounce back. Honestly, I loved this. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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H.M. Waugh
What a wonderful read! It's always a thought when I pick up a book that I've heard so many great things about ... Will I like it? Well, for this one? Absolutely yes!
A fab book about friends and family, mistakes and movies. Several absolute laugh out loud moment, all due to awesome character banter and voice. And such a great twist!
Pam Saunders
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-library
Inspiring for would be movie makers. A story of friendship and family. Hayley comes from a family who treasure and watch endless movies, she also wants to make a movie, one which will honour her rebellious but dead grandmother. Will her friends help her or hinder her?
Anna Davidson
DNF. This is no reflection on the story at all, just the wrong time for me. In fact, some of the students I work with are cross I didn’t finish it.
Kerri Jones
A story about making a movie (in 12 days) but definitely also about friendship and lessons learnt along the way. And a little mystery that keeps you guessing.
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible book. Witty, relatable and well written
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love ❤️ love this book
Samantha-Ellen Bound
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super cute, funny, and charming: thumbs up to this contemporary very Aussie #LoveOzMG.
Kelly Hancock
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful book, great characters and a really good laugh!
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: siwa
Very inspirational story about following your dreams and recognising true friendship.
Ella Farrelly
Dec 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
I have not read this book yet but I will 💯 percent! Some of my best friends have read it and they say that it's amazing! And that I neeeeeed to read it😀😃😄😁😆 ...more
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Fiona Hardy is a bookseller at Readings Books (and was in fact shortlisted for ABA Young Bookseller of the Year in 2017). She is a reviewer published in Books+Publishing, The Big Issue, and Readings Monthly, and a committee member of the Australian Crime Writers Association, which organises the Ned Kelly Awards. She has also appeared in The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2017, with her short story “Ame ...more

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