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Award-winning author Marianne Musgrove brings her light touch to a story of family, growing up and keeping secrets that is nailbiting and heartwarming in equal measure.

Award-winning author Marianne Musgrove brings her light touch to a story of family, growing up and keeping secrets that is nailbiting and heartwarming in equal measure.

'I, Mackenzie Elizabeth Carew, do solemnly swear never to communicate anything about what happened tonight.'

That's what I promised my sister Tahlia, and I've tried my best to keep that promise. It's hard, though. Grandpa is acting so strangely since his accident. I'm sure Mrs B. suspects something, and Mahesh must think I'm weird for avoiding him. My best friend Annie is too busy hanging out with Regan and Tegan to notice. But someone will find out if we're not super careful. It's lucky Tahlia has a plan . . .

Reviews

Marianne Musgrove tackles a sensitive topic with laugh-out-loud humour. A ripper yarn for nine to 12s.

Sunday Age

Don't Breathe a Word is a beautiful little novel, packed with mysteries.

Emma Charles, age 11, Illawarra Mercury

Notable Book for Younger Readers 2010

Children's Book Council of Australia

Musgrove has written this book with sensitivity, insight and bitter-sweet humour … Mackenzie is such a creative, brave and resourceful little girl that I found myself yearning for a happy ending.

Good Reading

Funny and sad at the same time, this book is a really amazing read by a top Aussie author!

Girl Power

Easy to digest and full of flavour describes this short novel that could be read by eight-year-olds but will suit readers of 10 or 11 years.

Australian Bookseller + Publisher

This is a wonderful story that gives a child's perspective of dementia and the responsibilities that a carer has to face. Without lecturing, it gently teaches through story - awareness, consideration and compassion.

The Reading Stack

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781741662962

    July 1, 2009

    Random House Australia Children's

    144 pages

    RRP $16.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
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    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742744001

    April 1, 2011

    Random House Australia

    144 pages

    Online retailers

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

Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Younger Readers

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