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Book: The Blues Day Tuesday

By Coral Vass & Heidi Cooper-Smith

Amanda and her two best friends, Lucia and Mai, are the Dolphin Squad. They live by the beach, hang out in HQ and solve all sorts of problems.

Amanda Commander is nearly nine and other is nothing she loves more than hanging with out with her two best friends at HQ, making all sorts of plans and solving all kinds of problems. Amanda Commander is kind, loyal and a natural-born leader. But even school can be a battlefield sometimes, so sometimes Amanda and her Squad need a plan just to survive.

When Amanda returns to school after having a sick day, she finds fitting back into the friendship group trickier than she imagined. Amanda makes a plan, with the help of the Dolphin Squad, to go out of their way and include everyone. But when Eve is sick and has a few days off school, how will Amanda ensure Eve doesn’t have a blues-day back at school just like she did?

It is OPERATION WELCOME BACK! Amanda tries everything to make Eve feel included, even when it means being left out herself.

AMANDA COMMANDER – THE BLUES-DAY TUESDAY is the fourth book in a Junior Fiction series promoting kindness, loyalty and friendship.

The Blues Day Tuesday is available 6th March 2024, 2023. RRP $12.99. Buy it here. Ages: 6 – 10

“My 7 year old really enjoyed this book. It is an easy reader book that is well illustrated and written. It captures the essence of experiencing the blues. I love that it promotes kindness, loyalty and friendship whilst instilling values of inclusion, compassion and empathy. This book has become a wonderful addition to our library!” – Marie, a Northern Beaches Mum


Carol Vass is an award-winning Australian children’s author. She has always loved telling stories and has been writing books for over ten years. Coral is an ambassador for Reading Out of Poverty and is passionate about giving all children an equal opportunity to read.

At an early age Heidi Cooper Smith knew she wanted to write and illustrate picture books. But during a Visual Arts degree, she fell in love with Ceramics and spend the next 20 years covered in clay. Heidi rediscovered her passion for drawing in 2014 when she joined the online ’52-week illustration challenge.’