The Secret Library of Hummingbird House


Written by one of our very own Darebin Falcon parents, Julianne Negri, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House is a brilliant time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, and celebrates standing up, speaking out and letting go of the past.

With all of us going into Lockdown 2.0, there is nothing like escaping reality with a great book!

Julianne has kindly donated 10 signed copies of the book to the Falcons with the proceeds of the sales through our online store going back to the club.

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Hattie Maxwell is trying to make sense of her life since the Big Split. It used to be the four of them – Mum, Dad, Ivy and Hattie – against the universe. But lately it feels like she’s a lone star in a big galaxy. Her one escape is Hummingbird House, an old mansion with a giant mulberry tree just perfect for climbing to hide from the world.

So when Hattie learns that the house is going to be demolished, she is determined to save it. A midnight visit becomes a step back in time, and Hummingbird House reveals its secrets: a hidden library, a mysterious new friend, and a lost treasure that could help stop the development. Can the past help Hattie to fix her present?


Julianne Negri has been a musician, eco-crafter, television host, screenwriter and filmmaker. Through it all, writing has been her one constant, be it writing a song or instructions for how to crochet a doily from a plastic bag. In 2018 she received the Australian Society of Authors Emerging Writer’s Mentorship Award. In 2014 she was runner-up in the Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award and in 2015 was Highly Commended in the Southern Cross Short Story Award. Julianne works in libraries on programs for children and teens and presents storytimes. She has five children, is a voracious reader and lives in Melbourne. The Secret Library of Hummingbird House is her first novel.


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