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A dash of Judy Blume, a spoonful of secrets and a whole lot of fun get mixed up in this big-hearted debut by Ampersand Prize-winning author Lisa Siberry.

Twelve-year-old Lily Green’s life is falling apart. Her best friend, Violet, is more interested in the latest shade of lip gloss than hanging out. Her enemy, Zoe, is determined to beat Lily in the school scienc
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Hardie Grant Egmont
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Zac
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green is a magical, mysterious and hilarious story about a girl finding her place in the world. Lily is an inventor. She creates her own beauty products from things she finds around the house, but these often turn out a bit rubbish. Her mum's business isn't doing so well and when Lily learns that her mum is going to sell the business and her home in a week Lily knows that it is up to her to save it. After destroying the last bottle of an expensive shampoo Lily creates ...more
Book Hunter
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story of a twelve-year-old girl who loves to invent her own beauty products, and now she is desperate to create something that will save her family’s beauty salon from going to ruin. This book has a lot of positives. It's well written with a clever plot. The story has a touch of magic and a mysterious garden. It also has a lot of good friend drama in it, and lots of interesting characters. The way Lily’s relationship develops with her sister is so sweet, and the ending is really satisf ...more
Anna Davidson
A fun, sweet story about friendship, loyalty, true beauty, creativity and a touch of magic. Strong female characters.
Pauline
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Lily Green loves to invent beauty products but she has had mixed success. Now she is desperate to create something that will save her family’s beauty salon from ruin. Strange and unlikely ingredients from the garden next door make for an original and magical concoction. Will her invention save her friendship and make her fortune?
Liz Ledden
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely *loved* this middle grade read, with its magical beauty concoctions, mysterious garden and beauty shop nemesis! Sparkly writing and well paced, with chapter hooks that kept me turning the pages.
Star
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet read.

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Debra Tidball
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fresh, fun with a dollop of fantasy, this big hearted middle grade book was a charming read.
H.M. Waugh
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This magical and heartfelt book delivered. Inventions, changing friendships, smashed stereotypes, the impacts of bad decisions that you hoped would be great ...
This is a fab read, you can feel the issues brewing, and Lily can too but she feels she can't stop now she's started. It's a wonderful way to promote discussion of choices, and listening to your heart, and of safety and testing in science. But first and most importantly, it's a great book that is totally enjoyable and had some surprising
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