Our mother had a dark heart feeling. Lenny's younger brother has a rare form of gigantism and while Lenny's fiercely protective, it isn't always easy being the sister of 'the giant'. A 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.
HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2019. Winner of the QLD Literary Award, Older Readers. Nominated for the 2020 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 an award-winning author.'A gorgeous, heartbreaking, and heartwarming book.' - R. J. PALACIO'Such a big heart and not a beat out of place.' - MELINA MARCHETTA'Tough, tender and beautiful.' - GLENDA MILLARD'Unforgettable.' - ANNA FIENBERG'Karen Foxlee, you're a genius.' - WENDY ORR'exceptional … precisely observed, engrossing and tender' - Children's Book of the Week, Sunday Times'Themes of family and forgiveness are front and center, but the heart of this story--and the magic of it--is the devotion of these two siblings who together navigate the harsh realities of life and loss' - Publishers' Weekly
'With exquisite detail and heartrending, evocative prose, Foxlee crafts a story that reads like a classic.' Booklist
#23 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Older Readers