Title: Ella at Eden: Musical Mystery
Author: Laura Sieveking
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: 1st November 2020
Synopsis: Eden College is putting on ‘Enchantment the Musical!’ Ella and her friends are very excited, and throw themselves into auditioning and rehearsing. But then things start to go wrong. Could the problems be linked to stories of an old curse on the theatre?
Ella knows she needs to investigate to save the show before it’s too late!
Join Ella in the third book of this fantabulous series!
I have been following the Ella at Eden stories ever since someone at Scholastic first reached out to me in January in those carefree, pre-pandemic days when we were still allowed to go out wherever we wanted without worrying about sanitiser, masks and checking in. Since then, I have read the first three books in the series, and they have been amongst those books that had a sense of freedom, and a sense of comfort, because you know everything is going to be okay eventually.
Ella is still in her first year at Eden College, and this term, she’s set to star in the musical Enchantment the Musical. She has to compete against her constant competitor, Saskia, who thinks she is the best at everything and doesn’t like coming off second best. But once the play has been cast, strange things begin to happen, and Ella is determined to find out who is behind it, and why.
From failing lights to cast members falling ill, Ella is determined to find out who wants to stop the play from going ahead – but is it who she thinks it is?
I love Ella at Eden, and it is a lovely continuation of Ella and Olivia, and the Ella Diaries, as we see Ella in her early teens, and starting out a new like away from her family. It is a lovely, gentle series that girls aged nine and older will love. It is quintessentially Australian, whilst playing on the beloved boarding school tropes in a new and unique way for a modern audience.
Ella’s stories are full of whimsy and discovery, of beautiful friendships and awesome throwback references to instant cameras, in a modern context, and the excitement and trepidation of school, because school always has anxieties for kids.
This is a fun and encouraging series that celebrates words, and varied interests, and a love of learning. It is one of those books that was a great comfort during COVID and restrictions. It is part of a lovely series that I am keen to follow and can’t wait to see where it is going in the next few books.