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Roses are Blue - Sally Murphy

Paperback Published: 1st July 2014
ISBN: 9781922244376
Number Of Pages: 112
For Ages: 8+ years old

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From the award-winning author of Pearl Verses the World and Toppling comes a story about resilience and the importance of family.

"I have not got used to my new mum, even though I love her (I absolutely love her), 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

About the Author

Sally Murphy is a mother, wife, teacher, speaker, website manager, reviewer, and, of course, author. She was born in Perth and now lives in Dalyellup, Western Australia. Her first illustrated verse novel with Walker Books Australia, Pearl Verses the World (illustrated by Heather Potter) won the children's book category for the Indie Book of the Year awards, 2009; was awarded Honour Book in the Younger Readers category, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010, Best Book for Language Development, Upper Primary (8-12 years). Toppling (illustrated by Rhian Nest James) has won the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award, 2010 and the Children's Book for the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

About the Illustrator

Gabriel Evans currently lives in Western Australia. He has created paintings using watercolour, gouache, inks, pencils, charcoal and oil. Gabriel co-created a family greeting card line under the name "Creations in a Teapot". Gabriel's studio is very messy as he believes creativity is found in clutter. Walker Stories: Annie's Snails (written by Dianne Wolfer) was his first book.

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 *

ISBN: 9781922244376
ISBN-10: 1922244376
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st July 2014
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.11

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