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A charming tale of the perils of immortality, from one of Australia's best storytellers.

Peter lives with his mother and grandfather in the museum. He knows where to find the most weird and wonderful exhibits and how to open a hundred secret doors.

When his grandfather gets sick, Peter decides to search for his father, who disappeared before Peter was born. Instead he finds a strange old woman, who gives him a book called How to Live Forever but makes him promise never to read it.


Trapped in a world where books are houses and wise men aren't wise at all, Peter meets a girl called Festival. She doesn't know where Peter's father has gone, but she might know someone who does. Together they look for the Ancient Child, who has the answers to everything...

Reviews

Winner of the 2004 Aurealis Award for Children's Novels - Short Fiction

Not since Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose have libraries been so celebrated. Book-lovers and library-haunters will be enchanted. We who know the mysterious powers of the library will not be at all surprised by the goings on in Peter's museum, behind its hidden doors.

Virginia Lowe

Peter is a young boy who reminds us all what a wonderful thing it is to be curious and to find courage we don't realise is within us... Thompson's writing is smooth and his storytelling agile. He introduces us to a world rich with characters and landscapes both grotesque and charming, and he fills this book with friendship and love.

Aurealis Awards Judges' Report 2004

I found this book very original and clever. When Peter is trapped in the other world and has to try and interact with strange characters, you really get a strong feel for his confusion and fright. Good for children aged 12 and up.

Lyndon Riggall, age 14, Launceston Examiner

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742756714

    July 2, 2012

    Random House Australia Children's

    240 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099461814

    February 27, 1998

    Red Fox

    32 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    • 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

    9781742745527

    July 1, 2011

    RHA eBooks Child

    242 pages

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    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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Also by Colin Thompson

Watch This Space 2: In the Pink
Watch This Space 1: Out to Launch
Floods 13: The Royal Family
Floods 12: Bewitched
The Amazing Illustrated Floodsopedia
The Second Forever
Barry
Floods 11: Disasterchef
The Dragons 3: Mordred
Pictures of Home
Ruby
Floods 10: Lost
The Dragons 2: Excalibur
Wild Stories
Free To A Good Home
The Last Alchemist
Floods 9: Who Wants To Be A Billionaire
The Floods Family Files
The Dragons 1: Camelot
The Big Little Book Of Happy Sadness
Floods 8: Better Homes And Gardens
Floods 7: Top Gear
Floods 6: The Great Outdoors
Floods 5: Prime Suspect

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