ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lexie lives in a block of commission flats in Melbourne. Unfortunately she comes a poor second to her mother's drug addiction, so she has had to fend for herself and not rely on her mother for any help. One day she witnesses a particularly upsetting incident involving the block's bullies and an old man's dog, but it is the catalyst for finding a new friend. The old man, known as Creeper, has a secret - he has built a garden on top of the block. Mr Romanov is shy, beginning to suffer dementia and his past is full of tragedy, but he's determined to go on a road trip, and Lexie and her friend Davey decide to accompany him. All three are going to find that friendship and inner resilience are road signs to finding your place in the world… For readers 11-13 Lindy Jones
Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie's dad. But then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of places - in a troubled old man called the Creeper. A chance, life-saving encounter on the commission's roof seeds a friendship between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie's friend Davey, the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives and the lives of those around them.