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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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  • 14-03-2020

Brilliant and beautifully moving.

I loved this book. This is a beautifully written story. It's about love, loss and resilience as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Sooner or later, we are all touched by loss of someone close. For Lenny it's sooner. Yet this is not just another tragic tearjerker. It's real and relatable. This Is the third book I've read by Karen Foxlee. Her ability to get you into the hearts and minds of the children she writes about is astounding. Especially in this book. It touched my soul. For young and old readers alike. Well done Karen, your best book by far. Also great narrator, she really gave the story depth.

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