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Rockhopping : Winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards : Younger Readers Book of the Year 2017 - Trace Balla


Winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards : Younger Readers Book of the Year 2017

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 2016
ISBN: 9781760112349
Number Of Pages: 80
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

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The story of an eventful hike in Gariwerd (the Grampians), from the creator of the multi-award-winning Rivertime.

Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go.

About the Author

Trace Balla is often found sketching in nature, riding her bike, dancing, and growing vegies in her garden in central Victoria. Her background is in illustration, community arts, art therapy, animation, and writing songs and stories, and she enjoys visiting schools and festivals to talk about her work.

Her previous books, Rivertime and Shine, were both highly acclaimed, and Rivertime won the Readings Children's Book Prize and Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Awards in two categories, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.

Industry Reviews

'The drawings and text teem with vitality and wonder. Verdict: enchanting.' Herald Sun 'A reminder for mid-primary school kids that communing with nature has its own rewards.' Junior Books + Publishing 'A gentle picture book about the beauty of nature.' The Age 'A class act.' The Australian

Beautiful book for many ages


Beautiful illustrations and great story



My 10 year old and I loved this book.


What a find at our local library! We were drawn to this book because of its detailed illustrations but the peaceful and inspiring story kept us reading. If you enjoy the natural world and long for adventure, you'll be intrigued by this book and will want to make the same journey yourself. I only wish the adventure had been around our region (Brisbane).



Gentle graphic novel adventure story for youngsters!


This is a follow-up to River Time (though would easily stand alone) and follows the adventures of Clancy and his Uncle Egg as they hike in the Grampians to find the source of the Glenelg River. The adventures were slightly more exciting than in the previous book, but the style of the fantastically detailed pictures of the beautiful natural environment continues to give a gentle vibe. The front cover suggests a picture book, but there are many words to read - it is a good read-out-loud to perhaps five years olds and up, and read alone for a confident 6-7year old and up - particularly those who love to pour over pictures as well as enjoy words to get the whole story.




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ISBN: 9781760112349
ISBN-10: 1760112348
Series: The Adventures of Clancy and Uncle Egg
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 23rd March 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 26.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45