A powerful and moving illustrated novel about loss, grief and finding your place in the world.
Pearl feels as though she is an island of one. At home, Pearl's world of safety is crumbling. Her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. As Pearl comes to terms with losing her granny, she also begins to find her place in the world and discovers that perhaps she never really was a group of one after all.
Sally Murphy was born in Perth, Western Australia. She now lives with her husband and six children in a tiny town in the Wheatbelt, halfway between Perth and Kalgoorlie, where there are only sixty people in residence. Sally also writes reviews for Reading Time, the magazine of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and runs a website which reviews Australian books.
Heather Potter is an illustrator based in Melbourne. With her husband, Mark Jackson, she has co-illustrated several books including the WBA picture book Not Like Georgie (2008).
Written in verse, it is an utterly charming and heart-warming children’s story. Pearl is an endearing girl and the black and white illustrations by Heather Potter only add to her and the book’s appeal.
The Library Things
Pearl Verses the World would make a great acquisition for libraries, and be an excellent choice for study in the primary school. It is a novel that offers a voice to every child who needs one.
The Book Chook
This novel is so well written, beautiful descriptions both comical and thoughtful are in plentiful supply and this is the over riding feature of this novel – the talent of the author shines through on each page.
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