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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Luke adores his big brother Ben, who can do anything and isn't afraid and is his best friend. Ben is adventurous and caring, particularly now Dad has left and Mum is tired from working all the time, and whilst the boys are almost polar opposites, what they do have in common is a dream. They want a boat so they can explore their local creek; Ben wants to go fishing in the fabled Pocket, and Luke wants to see all the birds. Luke has an affinity with a rescued magpie who stays around their house, and is a talented artist who likes to sketch what he sees. When the local council announces a competition to celebrate the area, and the prize is a boat, both boys decide to win it. But Ben has just started high school, and made a friend of the new girl on the street, and it seems he doesn't have the time for Luke anymore. Worse, it looks like he's sneaking out at night and Luke feels betrayed... This is a positively beautiful story that celebrates the bonds of brothers without being unrealistic, the way change can be upsetting but also enabling - and the joys of birdwatching! Carnavas' best book yet. Ages 9-12  Lindy


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A timeless story of brothers, boats and birds, from an award-winning storyteller.

Luke and his big brother Ben spend the summer on the banks of Cabbage Tree Creek. Quiet Luke sketches birds, while Ben leaps off the Jumping Tree. The boys couldn't be more different but they share the same dream- winning a boat so they can explore the creek properly.

Then Ben starts high school and the boys drift apart. When Luke catches Ben sneaking out at night, he knows his brother's up to something, but what?

A timeless story of birds and boats, and of brotherly love that is bigger than a wedge-tailed eagle, bigger than the sky.
By:   Peter Carnavas
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   190g
ISBN:   9780702263330
ISBN 10:   0702263338
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 October 2021
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates books for children and the grown-ups in their lives. He has made many picture books, including Jessica's Box, Last Tree in the City and The Children Who Loved Books. He won the 2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, an Australian Book Industry Award in 2017, and his novel The Elephant won a Queensland Literary Award in 2018, as well as being shortlistedin the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the CBCA Awards. He is a popular presenter in schools and his work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Dutch. Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters, a dog called Florence and a cat named Harry. www.petercarnavas.com

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