Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee


HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2019. Winner of the QLD Literary Award, Older Readers. Nominated for the 2020 Carnegie Medal.

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won’t stop growing – and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their mother, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world – beetles, birds, quasars, quartz – and dream about a life of freedom and adventure.

But as Davey’s health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can’t be named. A big-hearted novel about loving and letting go by an award-winning author.

‘A gorgeous, heartbreaking, and heartwarming book.’ – R. J. PALACIO ‘Such a big heart and not a beat out of place.’ – MELINA MARCHETTA ‘Tough, tender and beautiful.’ – GLENDA MILLARD ‘Unforgettable.’ – ANNA FIENBERG ‘Karen Foxlee, you’re a genius.’ – WENDY ORR ‘exceptional … precisely observed, engrossing and tender’ – Children’s Book of the Week, Sunday Times ‘Themes of family and forgiveness are front and center, but the heart of this story–and the magic of it–is the devotion of these two siblings who together navigate the harsh realities of life and loss’ – Publishers’ Weekly ‘With exquisite detail and heartrending, evocative prose, Foxlee crafts a story that reads like a classic.’ Booklist (starred)