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Pearl Verses the World

"At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart."

Author:  Sally Murphy

Illustrator:  Heather Potter

Country of origin:  Australia

  • Shortlisted for the Indie Book of the Year Award
  • Shortlisted for the Children’s Book – Mary Ryan’s Award - Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards
Sally Murphy's website

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