Toppling - Sally Murphy

Toppling

By: Sally Murphy, Rhian Nest James (Illustrator)

Paperback | 1 March 2010

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A moving and triumphant illustrated verse novel about childhood illness and support for friends.

Toppling is a fantastic new verse novel from Sally Murphy and a fitting partner title with her first title with Walker Books, Pearl Verses the World. John is obsessed with dominoes. But not with playing the traditional game, he is obsessed with toppling. He spends hours setting up spirals, ramps, patterns and lines of dominoes all for that satisfying toppling beginning with a small push in the right direction, everything falls as it is meant to. When John’s friend Dom falls sick and is diagnosed with cancer, it is John and his friends’ worlds that fall apart. Can they face Dom and support him through this uncomfortable illness? It’s hard for all at first but John and his friends find a way to comfort Dom and laugh with him again. They even find support and understanding from an unlikely source within their class, the school bully.

* Deals with childhood illness in an understanding and sensitive way.
* Uplifting and hopeful ending
* Striking illustrations by Rhian Nest James, illustrator of the highly successful Samurai Kids series

Awards

2011: CBCA Awards Younger Reader’s Category - Shortlist

2010: Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

Children’s Book Mary Ryan’s Award - Shortlist

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 Corrigin, in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. In 2001 she decided to dedicate herself to her dream of becoming a children’s author and has now published 28 books.
Industry Reviews
Toppling is a beautiful book that will have you laughing and crying; possibly at the same time. It's a story of loyalty and friendship, delightfully illustrated by the very talented Rhian Nest James. * Describe Writing Blog *

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