Walker Books

July 2014

$16.95 AU

110p pb

ISBN: 978-1922244376

Roses Are Blue

Sally Murphy

illustrations by Gabriel Evans

from the book...

 "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 blooms suddenly...

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Roses are Blue tells the story of Amber Rose and her family. Following a tragic car accident which leaves her mother confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak apart from making ‘funny noises’ and needing constant care, life has changed dramatically for Amber. Moving houses, starting a new school and having to make new friends Amber is struggling with it all. On top of this her class is hosting a high tea for Mother’s Day…what can Amber do? Will her classmates accept her and her mother?

Expertly told in verse this is a story to pull on your heartstrings. Being told from Amber’s perspective, the reader can easily identify with her turmoil, grief and fondness of her mother both now and before the accident when they shared a love of painting and gardening. This would make a great read aloud to a primary class and discussion around resilience and importance of family. A great read.

Peta, Canberra

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