Inside this issue

Exclusive Kookie reader interviews with dance legend DARCEY BUSSELL and plant research scientist Dr Zoe-Joy Newby  •  ECHO, a comic about finding your voice by Rachael Smith  •  THREADS OF TIME, an intriguing short story by children’s playwright Sue Murray, illustrated by Angela Ho  •  HERO OF HISTORY Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, in an illustrated story by Madeleine Karutz  •  RAD GIRLS making a noise in the world of music, featuring Mi-kaisha and the Toy Choir  •  SLEEPOVER SPECIAL, how to host an awesome sleepover (with snacks!)  •  GIVE IT A GO, the lowdown on BMX biking with five-time 16-and-under world title holder Saya Sakakibara  •  MAKE IT, weave a gorgeous wall hanging with Art Bar  •  Pull-out MINI POSTER by illustrator Lesley Vamos …

Plus regulars

DEBATE, should mobile phones be allowed in school?  •  CHANGE IT, kids come up with ways to fix the problem of plastic in the oceans  •  GROAN, readers share their most embarrassing moments  •  ASK CATHY problem page  •  PET PALS  •  COLOURING PAGE  •  QUIZ  •  PUZZLES + lots more!