Toppling (Hardcover)

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By Sally Murphy, Rhian Nest James (Illustrator)
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The world of John and the other fifth graders is upended when a friend contracts cancer. Evocative pen and watercolor illustrations (6-9).


— From Coming of Age


Now that John's best friend is sick, hanging out with his pals isn't the same. But what can they do? A kid-friendly story of silliness, sadness, and solidarity.

John lives for that satisfying clink of dominoes as they topple in a perfectly timed rhythm of his own design. His sister thinks he's a dork, but all he cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes -- that and hanging out with his best friends at school. But when his closest friend, Dom, gets sick and ends up in the hospital, John and the gang are left behind, wondering what to do for him. Author Sally Murphy shows what a group of friends, together with an unlikely ally, will do to keep the world of one of their own from toppling.

About the Author

Sally Murphy, the author of PEARL VERSES THE WORLD, also writes reviews for the Children's Book Council of Australia. She lives with her family in rural Australia. Rhian Nest James has illustrated more than sixty children's books, including the Samurai Kids series by Sandy Fussell. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

Praise For…

Engaging and poignant.
—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763659219
ISBN-10: 0763659215
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: August 14th, 2012
Pages: 128
Language: English

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