Charming and Heartwarming: Read an Extract from All the Little Tricky Things by Karys McEwen

Charming and Heartwarming: Read an Extract from All the Little Tricky Things by Karys McEwen

‘Alberta!’

My best friend Claire knows I go by Bertie; she just likes to be contrary. She’s a pain, but a mostly lovable one. We’re the mismatched sisters that neither of us has for real.

She waves wildly from the bitumen below, and starts to walk up the steps of the grandstand towards the highest seats, where I’m sitting.

It’s our secret spot. Or one of them, anyway. Even when the local footy is on, hardly anyone comes all the way to the top.

Claire and I are unlikely friends in more ways than one. We’re not as different as the sun and the moon, but we have fewer things in common than would be expected from two girls joined at the hip. Firstly, we look nothing alike. She’s got lovely olive skin and long, dirty-blonde hair that she always wears in naturally messy waves.

She’s bigger than most of the kids our age: taller, broader, but not pudgy. Just bigger.

On a weekend not that long ago, someone mistook her for my babysitter.

My mum said Claire ‘matured early’. Claire’s mum said she could have been an even better swimmer than her brother, Cooper, who is two years younger. His wide shoulders and flipper feet have propelled him to victory in swimming races for as long as I can remember. He’s still pretty short, but he’ll probably shoot up even taller than his sister soon enough. Claire likes netball better, and is the best player in our town. She’s got the MVP every season except one, and that was only because the coach felt sorry for another girl on our team, whose parents announced their divorce just before the grand final…

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Publisher details

All the Little Tricky Things
Author
Karys McEwen
Publisher
Text Publishing
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
03 May, 2022
ISBN
9781922458377

Synopsis

It’s the start of the summer holidays and twelve-year-old Bertie is worried. Next year she’s going to a high school in the city, while all her friends stay behind in Merri, the small town she’s lived in all her life.

To help her feel better prepared for high school, her best friend, Claire, makes a list of tasks Bertie has to complete over the summer. They start working through the list together, only to find that some of the cracks in their friendship are beginning to show. Soon, Bertie’s not even sure she’ll have one friend by the end of the summer.

All the Little Tricky Things is a charming, heartfelt novel about a time when everything is changing, and a girl who’s trying to make sense of it all.

Karys McEwen
About the author

Karys McEwen

Karys McEwen is the current president of the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She is also a school librarian, and she is passionate about the role libraries and literature play in the wellbeing of young people. She has been a columnist for Books+Publishing and her work has appeared in library journals such as Synergy Incite and ConnectionsAll the Little Tricky Things is her debut middle-grade novel.

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