Lenny's Book of Everything

Publisher details

Karen Foxlee
Allen & Unwin
Children’s Fiction, Fiction
24 October, 2018

Lenny’s Book of Everything


A multi-award-winning book about finding good in the bad that will break your heart while raising your spirits in the way that only a classic novel can.

WINNER: 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature WINNER: 2019 QLD Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award HONOUR BOOK: 2019 CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers SHORT-LISTED: 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award, Young Adult Fiction NOMINATED: 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their mother, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure. But as Davey's health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can't be named.A big-hearted novel about loving and letting go by a bestselling and multi-award-winning author.
Karen Foxlee
About the author

Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and grown-ups. Her first novel The Anatomy of Wings won numerous awards including the Dobbie Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, Karen's first novel for children, was published internationally to much acclaim while her second novel for younger readers, A Most Magical Girl, won the Readings Children's Fiction Prize in 2017 and was CBCA shortlisted the same year. Karen lives in South East Queensland with her daughter and several animals, including two wicked parrots, who frequently eat parts of her laptop when she isn't looking. Her passions are her daughter, writing, day-dreaming, baking, running and swimming in the sea.

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