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  • Published: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143309109
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $16.99

The Listmaker




Just one last summer living with the aunts – a summer when Sarah makes an unlikely friend, learns a thing or two about the amazing Piriel Starr, and finally breaks the habit of a lifetime.

Things to look forward to:

1. When I move to the city I’ll be far too busy to stay with the aunts very often. Specially at weekends.

2. Piriel plans to do a lot of entertaining in that apartment. She’ll need me around to help with that.

3. I’ll be doing some entertaining of my own, because everyone at school will realise just how exciting my new lifestyle is. Things will be different then, because I’ll be different. Somehow brighter and more interesting . . .

Sarah Radcliffe could easily be a contender for the least-popular-girl-in-the-school award. But all that’s about to change when the glamorous Piriel Starr becomes her stepmother. Suddenly Sarah will have loads of friends who’ll be dying to see her fabulous city apartment.

Just one last summer living with the aunts – a summer when Sarah makes an unlikely friend, learns a thing or two about the amazing Piriel Starr, and finally breaks the habit of a lifetime.

Winner of the 1998 South Australian Festival Award for Literature
Shortlisted for The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, 1998

  • Pub date: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143309109
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Robin Klein

Born in Kempsey, New South Wales, Robin Klein has now had more than forty books published. Many have been shortlisted for the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award, including People Might Hear You (1984), Seeing Things (1984), Hating Alison Ashley (1985), Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (1986).

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly won a Human Rights Award for Literature in 1989. It also won the 1990 Australian Children's Book of the Year Award, Older Readers, and was shortlisted for the 1990 Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the 1990 NSW Premier's Literary Award. This outstanding novel was named a White Raven book at the 1990 Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Her novel for older readers, The Listmaker, won the 1990 South Australian Festival Award for Literature.

In 1991 Robin Klein was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children's literature in Australia. Robin was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters - Honoris Causa), from the University of Newcastle in 2004.

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Awards & Recognition

  • CROW Children's Choice Awards

    Longlisted • 1998 • Children's Book

  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards

    Honour Award • 1999 • Older Readers

  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

    On selection list • 1999 • Young Reader


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