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Words in Deep Blue - Cath Crowley

Paperback Published: 30th August 2016
ISBN: 9781742612386
Number Of Pages: 360
For Ages: 14+ years old

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Second-hand bookshops are full of mysteries

This is a love story.

It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words.

It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.

Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She's looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind.

Sometimes you need the poets

The new novel from the award-winning author of Graffiti Moon.

About the Author

Cath Crowley is a young adult author published in Australia and internationally. She is the author of The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie Duskin, and Graffiti Moon. In 2011, Graffiti Moon won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Ethel Turner Award for Young People's Literature, and was named an Honour Book in the Children's Book Council, Book of the Year. Cath lives in Ballarat, Victoria.

Review by Emily Meredith

This is definitely one of my top five books of 2016. Words in Deep Blue is set mostly in a second-hand bookshop which has (which I think is officially the coolest thing ever!) a Letter Library, where people can leave notes to strangers or friends in a specific shelf in the store.

Henry and his sister George live in the shop with their dad. They have a cat called Ray Bradbury. George was probably my favourite character – she wasn’t very trusting, having been bullied at school but she still had such heart.

Rachel used to be Henry’s best friend, before she moved away. She was in love with him, but he had his heart set on the selfish Amy. Rachel’s brother has died, and she’s come back to get away from her new life. Working at the bookshop, cataloguing the contents of the Letter Library, she slowly learns to live with her grief.

It was a truly wonderful story, told through both Henry and Rachel, as well as the occasional letter! Totally divine!

Enjoyable read


I struggled a little to warm to the characters initially but then they suddenly grew on me as the story developed. I ended up really enjoying this book. A nice easy read perfect for the summer holidays!



Beautiful tribute to the love of second-hand books


I loved the concept of this book being an ode to second hand books and the lives of those who love them. Despite being YA marketed, this 30-something still found joy and became teary at times throughout this book. Brought me back to becoming a young adult, and nostalgic for first loves, and the moment when you realise you are no longer children. Written from multiple characters points of view so will appeal to both boys and girls. Highly recommended. Belongs in the company of John Green, Gayle Forman, and such.



Words in Deep Blue

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ISBN: 9781742612386
ISBN-10: 1742612385
Audience: Children
For Ages: 14+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 30th August 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.26