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Carly Mills Pioneer Girl – Emergency! #2


(19 customer reviews)
Authors: Jane Smith
Adventure Series for Girls
128mm x 198mm

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This does more than acknowledge our female trailblazers. It teaches our daughters about them in a delightful and entertaining way. Gold! – Madonna King, author and journalist.

Carly Mills is back in ‘Emergency’ – another time travelling adventure featuring Dr Lilian Cooper – another trailblazing pioneer! 

When Carly Mills moves from the farm to boarding school in the city, she knows it’s going to be tough. But then her magical shawl takes her back to 1891 and into the path of Queensland’s first female doctor, Lilian Cooper.

Carly learns just what it means to be strong and brave and determined … and how everything is better with a friend by your side.

Praise for the book:

‘I highly recommend the series as enjoyable reads and as supporting texts for the Australian Curriculum.’

‘A groundbreaking new time-travelling fiction adventure series that celebrates the courage and contribution of some of world’s most inspiring pioneering women!’


In this empowering new series feisty tween and time-traveller Carly Mills discovers how the female pioneers paved the way to help change the world. Through gutsy determination, integrity and courage, trailblazing women such as Caroline Chisholm, Dr Lilian Cooper, Dame Nellie Melba, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Miles Franklin achieved remarkable things. In each adventure, Carly and her friends learn about the past and discover how to apply their examples of dignity, kindness and courage to modern life.

Book 1 – A New World – Caroline Chisholm – May 2020
A strange discovery sends Carly Mills right back in time to Sydney,
1841. She meets Caroline Chisholm who shows her how kindness
and friendship can make the world a better place.

Book 3 – Superstar – Nellie Melba – March 2021
Carly’s school choir trip to Melbourne results in a trip back in time
and a chance meeting with a mischievous little girl who will grow up
to be the world famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba.

Book 4 – The lady with the lamp – Florence Nightingale –June 2021
Thrust back into London of over a hundred years ago, when girls
were not allowed to have real careers, Carly meets one woman who is
about to change it all: Florence Nightingale.

Book 5 – Taking flight – Amelia Earhart – September 2021
Carly and her friends find themselves back in the past, fighting for
equality alongside one of history’s most charming rebels: Amelia

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Jane Smith, an accomplished author, archivist, editor and librarian, is dedicated to resurrecting captivating tales from history’s depths for readers of all ages. With a prolific portfolio spanning fiction and non-fiction since 2014, Jane has published over twenty books with a historical focus. Jane’s works have received national acclaim and earned multiple prestigious literary award […]

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19 reviews for Carly Mills Pioneer Girl – Emergency! #2

  1. I am the teacher librarian in a girls’ school, and I am always on the lookout for books about strong female role models. Carly Mills, Pioneer Girl will connect our girls to outstanding women from Australia’s past. What I love most is the way the fictional format helps us to get to know each famous woman personally, and brings to life their contributions to their communities. I highly recommend the series as enjoyable reads and as supporting texts for the Australian Curriculum.’

  2. This book is a must for school and public libraries, sharing a time from our colonial history.

  3. This series does more than acknowledge our female trailblazers. It teaches our daughters about them in a delightful and entertaining away. Gold!
    – Madonna King, author and journalist.

  4. This book is a must for school and public libraries, sharing a time from our colonial history.
    -Liz Derouet, Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship

  5. As a mother of three school-aged boys I am thrilled about Jane Smith’s new children’s series focussing on strong women from our past. Meeting Caroline Chisholm through our new time-travelling character Carly brings history to life, making Chisholm’s philanthropic achievements accessible to children and presenting themes of the importance of showing kindness and generosity to others.
    — Lisa Taylor

  6. We have all been avid fans of Jane Smith’s previous work – we enjoyed following the adventures of Tommy Bell as he met up with various bushrangers. Smith’s meticulous historical research really helps to immerse the reader in the 19th-century time period that Tommy finds himself in. And the books are lots of fun … who doesn’t love the magic of time travel?

  7. Australian history contains wonderful characters and stories, but it is an uphill battle to convince students of that. Thank goodness, therefore, for author Jane Smith whose Australian historical fiction is so engaging and relatable for a young audience. Seen through the eyes of Carly Mills and her new friend Dora, Caroline Chisholm becomes a flesh and blood heroine, tackling rats and rogues with equal aplomb. Better still, without being heavy-handed about it, her story neatly lets historical example provide a path forward for contemporary problems. Highly recommended for readers in years 3-7.
    Diana Carrigan, teacher

  8. Once again Jane Smith has managed to take a piece of Australian history and weave an interesting story with engaging characters that is guaranteed to appeal to her target readers. It will fit perfectly into the primary school curriculum and will, I’m sure, become the next ‘in demand ‘series.
    Allen Heald, educational bookseller 22 years

  9. Carly Mills Pioneer Girl, begins in the exact moment it should, aiming right to the hearts and minds of our young pioneer girls of today.
    Genevieve Allpass, CEO & Founder of PEACEful Humans Inc.

  10. “As a school librarian, this book makes me excited! It is the right balance of adventure, relationships and meticulously researched history. It could sit quite comfortably as a classroom text and be very popular as a book for reading for leisure. But as a mother of a young girl, this book makes me very excited! What a wonderful way to introduce strong, smart female characters.”

  11. WOW! A launch thwarted yet a glorious EXPLOSION of excitement, action and Aussie history, as country girl, CARLY, launches into an extraordinary adventure, in ye olde Sydney-town, hurled back in time, where she learns the super-values of kindness, friendship and wonder, from our very own CAROLINE CHISHOLM! A superb blend of fiction and history for young readers; a superb blend of fiction and women’s history for all readers!! Congratulations to acclaimed Queensland author, JANE SMITH! This series, I believe, will make educational and literary history! “A New World” is the first of Jane’s series – Readers will be busting to read more….

  12. … an interesting approach to teaching history to young people. I imagine it would raise many areas for discussion. The clothing and living conditions brought to light a better understanding of life in early Australia and the lack of amenities that we take for granted would surprise them. However even without the educational aspects it was a good story.

  13. “I love the imagery and descriptions of people and places as well as the clear and easy-to-follow history that flows through the story. Jane Smith managed to find a perfect balance between fact and fiction. What an encouragement for young girls today – Carolyn Chisholm really was a woman ahead of her time, proving that ‘kindness and friendship can make the world a better place’. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.”

  14. Making the World a Better Place. If we can learn anything from current and historical events it’s how the power of leadership can change the world. It takes someone with courage, kindness, and a vision to make a difference. And in Carly Mills: A New World, it’s the likes of pioneer humanitarian, Caroline Chisholm that shows us how … an exciting and engaging trip back to the past.

  15. Aussie author,Jane Smith shines a light on the writing process of her exciting, new historical fiction, time-travelling adventure series, with a focus on the first title; Carly Mills: A New World. In each adventure, Carly and her friends learn about the past and discover how to apply their examples of dignity, kindness and courage to modern life. – Kids Book Review

  16. This is a fun little series, and one that I am thoroughly enjoying reading it. Jane Smith has made everything work seamlessly together, allowing the history and fiction to come together to educate as well as telling a rollicking good story that will capture the imaginations of readers. I love that these books celebrate the achievements of women throughout history in all areas – the arts, science, medicine, politics, and everything else we can think of, and I would love to see some of those women whose names might not be as widely known appear as well. Filled with fun but also a hefty dose of reality, these books also deliver the realities of discrimination and the changing role of women in history whilst still making history accessible for younger readers. It shows that despite changes, these prejudices still exist, and women are still fighting them but sometimes in different ways.

  17. I have personally told so many people about your books. My son saw the Carly Mills books and recognised your name. He asked to read them before I take them into school next year.

  18. ‘I was fascinated with the glimpses of Brisbane as it was a century ago, and the interactions Carly had with historical figure Dr Lilian Cooper made me want to find out more. What a great little book – fast paced and fascinating!’
    – Lorraine Petersen, school library technician

  19. Carly finds herself in the middle of a fast-paced rollick through history as she learns about an impressive woman: Dr Cooper.
    – Emma Mactaggart, award winning author, speaker and publisher, founder of The Child Writes Fund, Boogie Books and International Read to Me Day

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