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Leave Taking

A new novel about belonging, loss and love from the celebrated author of Star Jumps, the 2010 winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Children’s Fiction.

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Leave taking noun the act of saying goodbye.

What if you had just one week left to say goodbye to everything you’ve ever known?

Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby’s younger sister, Leah. Together, they sort through all their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. It’s a big task, and Toby doesn’t want to leave the only place he’s called home.

As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan – a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah, from the machinery shed to Pa’s old truck to the chook house. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.

Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood has published several children’s novels and collections of poetry, winning the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for children’s fiction in 2010 for her novel Star Jumps. She has enjoyed three fellowships with the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust. Her 2018 verse novel, Leave Taking, was the joint winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature and was shortlisted for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers and the Queensland Literary Awards, Children’s Book Award. Lorraine's latest book, Footprints on the Moon, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Book Links Award for Children's Historical Fiction. She lives in regional Victoria.