A multi-award-winning book about finding good in the bad that will break your heart while raising your spirits in the way that only a classic novel can.
WINNER: 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
WINNER: 2019 QLD Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
HONOUR BOOK: 2019 CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers
SHORT-LISTED: 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award, Young Adult Fiction
NOMINATED: 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their mother, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure. But as Davey's health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can't be named.
A big-hearted novel about loving and letting go by a bestselling and multi-award-winning author.
'A gorgeous, heartbreaking and heartwarming book.' RJ Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder
'Such a big heart and not a beat out of place.' Melina Marchetta, author of Looking For Alibrandi
'This bittersweet tale about heartbreak and healing has a sense of whimsy that never feels forced. Foxlee's writing is brimming with perfectly constructed moments that merge into a truly sensational, heart-wrenching read. This is the kind of book that makes a reader feel grateful it exists. 5/5 stars.' Books+Publishing
Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and grown-ups. Her first novel The Anatomy of Wings won numerous awards including the Dobbie Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, Karen's first novel for children, was published internationally to much acclaim while her second novel for younger readers, A Most Magical Girl, won the Readings Children's Fiction Prize in 2017 and was CBCA shortlisted the same year. Karen lives in South East Queensland with her daughter and several animals, including two wicked parrots, who frequently eat parts of her laptop when she isn't looking. Her passions are her daughter, writing, day-dreaming, baking, running and swimming in the sea.
Winner Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2020 AU; Nominated Carnegie Medal 2020 UK; Longlisted 11-14+ category, UKLA (UK Literary Association) Book Awards 2020 UK; Shortlisted Best Designed Young Adult Cover, ABDA Awards 2019 AU; Winner Griffith University Young Adult Book Award - Queensland Literary Awards 2019 AU; Shortlisted Young Adult Book of the Year - Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2019 AU; Shortlisted Book of the Year for Younger Children, ABIA Awards 2019 AU; Honour Book Best Book for Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2019 AU; Winner Best Children's Book, Indie Book Awards 2019 AU
A & U Children
10 - 14