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About the book
  • Published: 27 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143309307
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $17.99

Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky




Heartfelt, evocative and compelling – another masterpiece from the award-winning Robert Newton.

Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie’s dad.

But then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of places – in a troubled old man called the Creeper.

A chance, life-saving encounter on the commission’s roof seeds a friendship between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie’s friend Davey, the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives and the lives of those around them.

  • Pub date: 27 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143309307
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Robert Newton

Robert Newton works as a firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written seven other novels for young people, including Runner, The Black Dog Gang (shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards) and When We Were Two (winner of a Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction). He lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and three daughters.

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Praise for Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

“Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky is a delightful and compelling tale with a strong sense of contemporary multicultural Australia and a vivid cast of characters, Robert Newton tackles big themes—overcoming loss, being comfortable in your own skin and not judging others based on their appearance—with humour and a light touch that’s sure to resonate with middle-grade readers.”

Carody Culver, Books and Publishing

“Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky is a delightful and compelling tale with a strong sense of contemporary multicultural Australia and a vivid cast of characters.”

Sarah Robinson-Hatch, Written Word Worlds


Awards & Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2018 • Older Readers


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