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Toppling

By Sally Murphy
Illustrated by Rhian Nest James

A moving and triumphant illustrated verse novel about childhood illness and support for friends.

Toppling is a fantastic new verse novel from Sally Murphy and a fitting partner title with her first title with Walker Books, Pearl Verses the World. John is obsessed with dominoes. But not with playing the traditional game, he is obsessed with toppling. He spends hours setting up spirals, ramps, patterns and lines of dominoes all for that satisfying toppling beginning with a small push in the right direction, everything falls as it is meant to. When John s friend Dom falls sick and is diagnosed with cancer, it is John and his friends worlds that fall apart. Can they face Dom and support him through this uncomfortable illness? It s hard for all at first but John and his friends find a way to comfort Dom and laugh with him again. They even find support and understanding from an unlikely source within their class, the school bully.

  • Deals with childhood illness in an understanding and sensitive way. Uplifting and hopeful ending
  • Striking illustrations by Rhian Nest James, illustrator of the highly successful Samurai Kids series
  • Winner of the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards in the Children's Books category

About the author

Sally Murphy is a mother, wife, teacher, speaker, website manager, reviewer, and, of course, author. She was born in Perth and now lives in Corrigin, in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. In 2001 she decided to dedicate herself to her dream of becoming a children s author and has now published 28 books. As well as writing for children Sally is also a children s book reviewer who runs the review site www.aussiereviews.com. Her first illustrated verse novel with Walker Books Australia, Pearl Verses the World (illustrated by Heather Potter) won the children s book category for the Indie Book of the Year awards, 2009 ; was awarded Honour Book in the Younger Readers category, Children s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010, Best Book for Language Development, Upper Primary (8-12 years). Toppling (illustrated by Rhian Nest James) has won the Queensland Premier s Literary Awards, Children s Book - Mary Ryan s Award, 2010; and been short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Upper Primary category, 2010. 'Toppling' has been short-listed for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award - Younger Reader s Category. Toppling was short-listed for the 2011 REAL Children's Choice Book Awards.

About the illustrator

Rhian Nest James has been working as a freelance illustrator for many years after graduating from Exeter College of Art with an Honours Degree in Illustration. She has produced illustrations for a wide variety of publishers and organisations but her speciality is children s books, having illustrated over 60 children s books and contributed illustrations to many more. Rhian moved to Sydney from her native Wales in 2002 and she continues to illustrate for others and work on her own projects. She is the illustrator of the best-selling Samurai Kids series (written by Sandy Fussell) and has recently illustrated the award-winning fiction title Toppling written by Sally Murphy. 'Toppling' has been short-listed for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award - Younger Reader s Category. Toppling was short-listed for the 2011 REAL Children's Choice Book Awards.

Awards

2011: CBCA Awards

Younger Reader’s Category - Shortlist

2011: REAL Children’s Choice Book Awards

The shortlist is formulated from student nominations for the respective Children’s Choice Book Awards in ACT, NSW, the Northern Territory and Victoria. - Shortlist

2010: Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

Children’s Book Mary Ryan’s Award - Winner

2010: Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Winner

ISBN: 9781921529429
Imprint: WALKER BOOKS AUST
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand
Binding: NON S
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Dimensions: 129 x 195mm, 128pp
Stock Status: STOCK
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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