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Half a World Away: The heart-warming, heart-breaking Richard and Judy Book Club selection

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He got up and followed her through the house. It was a nice enough house, but not his house. He didn’t have a house. Never had—he’d only thought he had one. His mother, the only person he figured he’d ever loved, had given him up. He refused to feel love again, ever. Every day all he wanted to do was cry. He hated school, sitting there like a soldier in the army. He hated home, with Penni always trying to get through to him. He wished she would ignore him more. I write picture books, novels for young kids and also novels for slightly older readers. I've done a book about writing and also a small amount of writing for television: Bananas in Pyjamas and Magic Mountain.

Half a World Away follows the heartbreaking story of two siblings, Kerry and Noah, who are taken into care and live very different lives. These are people who matter, situations one can believe. Most readers will find themselves caring very much. A life-affirming read.' VineThe incredibly moving and uplifting novel "Half a World Away" is an acute observation of human nature and is written by Mike Gayle, bestselling author of "The Man I Think I Know". Ah, this is a lovely story with lovely illustrations. Both story and pictures are so evocative of children’s play and children’s friendships, and also of feelings of loss, connection, and creative ways of coping too. It’s a perfect read aloud book. Highly recommended, particularly to children who are about to move or have moved and miss their friends or for children who’ve had or are about to have a friend move. Two family members , living world's apart, like strangers really, with not much in common as one a cleaner and the other a barrister.

Gayle has a profound talent for acute observations. He makes us care, pulls at our heartstrings then hits us with humour. And he doesn't disappoint with his latest offering * Sunday Post * Because electricity is magic,” he’d answered. That same psychiatrist was the first of many to say that Jaden couldn’t attach properly to Steve and Penni because of being betrayed by the one caretaker he’d ever had—his mother. From age four to eight, he’d had to fend for himself in group homes.

I was born in Young, a small town in south western NSW in 1950. After a few years we moved to Glen Innes, on the northern tablelands and then when I was ten we moved out west to Dubbo. We moved because my father was a schoolteacher and each change meant a promotion for him. Blurb: Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot forget her past.

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