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Pearl
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A poignant story, told in verse, about a young girl overcoming grief and loss - and finding her own voice. Pearl's world is changing. Her beloved grandmother has got Alzheimer's and doesn't always recognize her, the kids at school have turned mean, her mother is distracted by looking after her grandmother and her teacher keeps trying to make her write poems that rhyme. When her grandmother dies, Pearl doesn't know how she will cope with her grief and that of her mother, but she finds a wonderful way to express herself in a poem - non-rhyming - at her grandmother's funeral, and earns the respect and affection of her teacher and classmates. By the end of the book, (written in non-rhyming verse), Pearl realizes that not all change is bad and that good can come from the worst situations. A heartwarming and often very funny look at love and loss aided by charming illustrations by Heather Potter. In Australia, Pearl was the Children's Book Category Winner of the Indie Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the QLD Premier's Literary Award.
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About the Author

Sally Murphy is a mother, wife, teacher, speaker, website manager and reviewer as well as an 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. Sally lives with her husband and five of her six children in a small town in rural Western Australia. Heather Potter has illustrated several books for children, often with her husband Mark Jackson. Their first book for Walker Books was the picture book Not Like Georgie by Scott Hatcher. Heather lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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This is a diminutive, yet plentiful novel... * The Bookseller *

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