ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- It's been a little while since Sofie's last children's book, but this sweet adventure shows she's in good form! Matthew is obsessed with the Arctic, and knows all sorts of facts about it. His over-protective parents, combined with his diffident nature, mean that he is a bit of a loner - but that changes the night a crow knocks on his window and invites him into a hot air balloon: destination The Arctic! Lewis Carmichael the crow has a broken wing, a sharp tongue and a warm heart, and is the perfect companion for Matthew, who finds he can rely on himself despite all his hesitations... An imaginative flight-of-fancy in more ways than one! Finely illustrated by Marc McBride and printed in an attractive shade of blue, this is excellent for readers 7-10. Lindy
SOFIE LAGUNA's many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award, and twice been awarded Honour Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). She is also a highly acclaimed author for adults. Sofie lives in Melbourne with her husband, Marc McBride, and their two young sons. MARC McBRIDE is the illustrator of Emily Rodda's New York Times bestselling Deltora Quest series, which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has become an anime TV show. He has illustrated more than 200 book covers and 10 picture books, including writing and illustrating World of Monsters. Marc has exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators, been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards and Aurealis Awards, and has won the Aurealis Awards twice.
'Lyrical, mesmerising and full of heart... full of delight and problems that are surmountable through determination and creativity. A beautiful and compassionate story that will resonate with any child who has a strong sense of wonder.' Books+Publishing 'Sofie Laguna is an extremely talented writer...married to equally gifted artist Marc McBride...Together they have created The Song of Lewis Carmichael. An unusual adventure book with lots of food for thought.' Lynne Babbage, Good Reading Magazine