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Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

Robert Newton



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27 February 2017
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.
By:   Robert Newton
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   164g
ISBN:   9780143309307
ISBN 10:   0143309307
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   27 February 2017
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Newton works as a full-time firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written six other novels for young people, including Runner,aThe Black Dog Gang and When We Were Two,awhich won the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.

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