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An achingly beautiful story about family, belonging and living a life in tune with the environment, from one of Australia's best-loved authors, Tim Winton.

Abel Jackson has lived by the sea at Longboat Bay ever since he could remember. He helps his mother each day and loves to dive. One day he meets Blueback, the biggest and most beautiful fish he's ever seen.

When Abel's mother is approached by developers she decides she must do something to protect their fragile piece of coastline, But can Abel and his mother save Blueback and Longboat Bay in time?

An achingly beautiful story about family, belonging and living a life in tune with the environment, from one of Australia's best-loved authors.


Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143304333

    December 22, 2008

    Puffin

    176 pages

    RRP $17.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
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    • Booktopia
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    • Readings
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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Paperback

    9780143202837

    August 31, 2009

    Penguin

    160 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742537399

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    156 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Awards and Recognition

  • APA Book Design Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Best Designed Children's Fiction

Also by Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut
Breath
Cloudstreet
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Dirt Music
Eyrie
The Turning
Island Home
Shrine: A Play in One Act
Signs of Life: A Play In One Act
Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster
Lockie Leonard: Legend
The Riders
Cloudstreet the Screenplay
Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir
Shallows
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
The Bugalugs Bum Thief: Aussie Bites
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
In the Winter Dark
An Open Swimmer
Minimum of Two
Jesse

Recommendations

Undercover Princess
The Handmaid's Tale
Love, Simon
To Kill A Mockingbird
Everything, Everything
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The Martian
Tiger Men
Once And Then
Ready Player One