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  • By: Karen Foxlee
  • Narrated by: Abbe Holmes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Lenny's Book of Everything

By: Karen Foxlee
Narrated by: Abbe Holmes
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Publisher's Summary

A moving novel about love, loss and growing up with a brother who has gigantism.

Lenny Spinx is the sister of a giant.

Her little brother, Davey, has a rare form of gigantism that puzzles his doctors and astounds his friends, neighbours and teachers. Together, Lenny and Davey escape to a more wondrous reality by obsessing over the entries in their monthly instalment of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia set. They lose themselves in passages about abominable snowmen, jellyfish, peregrine falcons and quicksand. Lenny vows to become a beetle expert, while Davey decides he will run away to Canada and build a log cabin.

As Davey’s disease progresses, though, their richly imagined world becomes harder to cling to. From A to Z, this is a deeply moving story about growing up and up and up and the unshakable bond between siblings.

©2018 Karen Foxlee (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Tough, tender and beautiful." (Glenda Millard, author of The Stars at Oktober Bend)'

"Though I defy you to read it without tears, Lenny’s Book of Everything is warm, humorous, absolutely real, and above all, uplifting." (Wendy Orr, author of Dragonfly Song)

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A mix of feelings. The story based in such old times, yet I can relate to it. It almost bring me to tears. I can see what the author was trying to achieve at the end but I was personally hopping for a little more sadness. But hey, the book was great and highly recommend for people who don’t understand the impacts on people’s lives that life with someone who has a fatal disease.

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It was sweet and refreshing! A time before Tick tock and instagram. I looked forward to the next encyclopaedia arriving and Mrs Glasbough’s dreams. Lenny’s imagination and Davey’s innocence and total trust. Good on mom for not letting some creep weasel his way into her life.
It was sad yet innocent and hopeful.

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It is so good sad , happy , so good and so happy to listen to this book the best book I have listened to i have listened to 4 time and I don’t get bored ever

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