Emily Gale's books include The Other Side of Summer and its companion novel I Am Out with Lanterns, the Eliza Boom Diaries, Steal My Sunshine and Girl, Aloud, as well as her recent middle-grade collaboration with friend and fellow author Nova Weetman, Elsewhere Girls.
'Timely and vivid, this brilliant book is a warm hug, a rustle of autumn leaves and the last day of term all rolled into one. I loved every minute spent with Harper, her friends, her sometimes-prickly gran, Lolly, her persistent ghost and her dear little trench dog, Hector.' * Fiona Wood, author of How to Spell Catastrophe * 'A time capsule with a dash of mystery, The Goodbye Year encourages kids to be hopeful and brave.I loved it.' * Karys McEwen, author of All the Little Tricky Things * 'A sweet, gentle story about friendship, family...making sense of your world when everything is changing...discovering the past and noticing its connection to your present.' * Readings * 'The Goodbye Year is a beautifully written story that deftly weaves the challenges that Harper is faced with in 2020, into the historical challenges that confronted young people in the past...and shows that no matter what happens we can always rise to the difficulties that face us. A fantastic read for those in upper primary, especially those embarking on their own goodbye year .' * Lamont * 'The Goodbye Year is a great coming-of-age tale that explores themes of resilience and friendship. Gale has really nailed that feeling of being on the cusp of growing up.' * Better Reading * 'A moving story of change and the lives of children as they leave primary school.' * CBCA * 'Written so brilliantly...A book that articulates what so many young people might not be able to voice and reading this will be a beautiful healing experience for them.' * Great Escape Books *