What if you had just one week left to say goodbye to everything you’ve ever known?
Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby’s younger sister, Leah. Together, they sort through all their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. It’s a big task, and Toby doesn’t want to leave the only place he’s called home.
As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan – a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah, from the machinery shed to Pa’s old truck to the chook house. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.
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This Australian verse novel for primary school aged readers is a moving story about dealing with grief and moving home. Toby and his mum and dad are leaving the family farm to start life anew on a smaller farm away from their current home. Toby’s younger sister, Leah, has recently died from cancer and we pick up the story a week before the big move. Toby uses his time to re-visit all the special places on the farm that were special to him and Leah.
This is a heart-warming story about dealing with loss, both family and home. It is well suited to the verse format and Marwood lovingly encapsulates the emotions felt by Toby and his family. The power of family and allowing space to grieve resonates in this story. It is certainly worthy of being short listed for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year – Younger Readers category.