Roses are Blue - Sally Murphy

Roses are Blue

By: Sally Murphy, Gabriel Evans

Paperback | 1 July 2014

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From the award-winning author of Pearl Verses the World and Toppling.

"I have not got used to my new mum, even though I love her (I absolutely love her), but I miss my happy, painting, dancing, gardening, smiling mum." Amber Rose and her family are dealing with tragedy and change. But sometimes hope suddenly blooms ...

Industry Reviews

This is a beautifully-crafted, sensitive and touching creation from an author who knows verse novels very, very well. The depth of her characters, the emotional responses and fears, the gentle hope, is heart-wrenching in all manner of ways...


* Kids' Book Review *
Sally Murphy's books are written with a poet's hand and heart. Not only are you gently drawn into a world where you love her characters and are desperate to know their fates, you find yourself laughing and crying, knowing you have been somewhere very special. * ABC Radio Central West NSW Deborah Abela *
A moving verse novel by Sally Murphy with line drawings by Gabriel Evans that will tug at the heart strings of primary aged readers * ABC Radio QLD *
I would recommend Roses are Blue to my friends because it's a change from the other sorts of books we read and it could be a true story. * Alphabet Soup *
This book is sure to be loved by any mother who reads it as it's really a tribute to motherhood and is sure to tug at heartstrings. * Australian Childrens Poetry *
This is one of the most moving stories for younger readers that I have ever read. * Bobs Books Blog *
I love the visual aspect of the text on the page and the brevity of words which creates more impact connecting emotionally with the reader * Booktrailers4kidsandya *
Murphy is simply master at massaging sensitive issues into refined, understated yet terrifically moving poetic verse. Her words whisper across the pages with the soft intensity of a mountain breeze. They are beautiful and arresting; a joy to read. * Boomerang Books *
Sally deals with some of the darker moments of life with care and at all times she uses her powerful writing to shine the light of hope through the darkness. * Children's Books Daily *
(Sally Murphy) tackles difficult subject matter but handles it effortlessly, creating the perfect book for parents to teach their children to confront complex situations. * Creative Kids Tales *
A gem of a book. * Dale Harcombe *
This is a heartwarming story about compassion, understanding and trust. * Deescribe Writing *
A gentle yet uncompromising tale, Roses are Blue is about loss, pain and hope. * Good Reading Magazine *
A heart-warming story dealing with grief, tragedy, and change * Karen Tyrell *
Heart-warming, sensitive and full of love and friendship, this story will be enjoyed by girls in Grade 4 and up. * Lamont Books *
Roses are Blue deftly enters Amber Rose's world - making it believable for children who read it, and a vivid remember for adults of how deeply our early school experiences were felt. * NZ Booksellers Blog *
I love this book. I think it would be a wonderful book to read in class. * NZ Poetry Box *
Sally Murphy's free verse novel is a poignant story of young Amber Rose and her new mum who has changed dramatically after an accident. * ReadPlus *
I simply adored it. * The Diva Booknerd *
This is a very positive, uplifting story that will move readers to think about what it means to be 'different'. * The Kids Bookshop *
Expertly told in verse this is a story to pull on your heartstrings... a great read. * YARR-A *
Roses are Blue is a very good verse novel. * Magpies Magazine *

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