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The Song of Lewis Carmichael

Sofie Laguna Marc McBride

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Allen & Unwin
31 August 2021

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


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Matthew stood on the snowy peak and stared out at the world spread before him. Every picture in his books had been limited by the size of the page, contained within frames. Here, there was no frame. Here, the picture didn't end. Beyond those icy plains, the sea, and beyond the sea, a land that floated on the ice, drifting northwards. Matthew put the binoculars to his eyes and saw valleys and cliffs and rivers all made of snow. Everywhere was white.

Matthew has dreamed and read and thought about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives - a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children.

But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew's window - a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins, and it will change everything...

An unforgettable adventure story from award-winning children's book author Sofie Laguna, with enchanting illustrations by Marc McBride.
By:   Sofie Laguna
Illustrated by:   Marc McBride
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
Weight:   172g
ISBN:   9781760878573
ISBN 10:   176087857X
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   31 August 2021
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Song of Lewis Carmichael

'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


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