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Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead and Nicholas Gannon

Livy can’t remember her first visit to her grandmother’s house in Australia, but she does seem to recall a ‘wrong chicken’ and bumping down the stairs.

She definitely doesn’t remember the strange little creature she finds in the wardrobe. His name is Bob and he doesn’t know what he’s doing there, but he’s been waiting for Livy to come back for more than five years. That’s a very long time to sit in the dark.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from and what Livy has forgotten in this magical story about friendship and loyalty and the power of imagination.


Publishers Weekly KidsCast: Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead interview

About the Authors

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for young readers including THE CANDYMAKERS. Wendy lives in New Jersey.

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Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead is the author of the children’s novels First Light and the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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Nicholas Gannon is an children’s author and illustrator. he lives in New York.

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1 May 2018
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Praise for Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead and Nicholas Gannon

‘Irresistible tale of magic, mystery, and friendship that poses timeless questions about identity and belonging.’

‘Rebecca Stead owns my heart, I swear. Her books just make me happy down to my toes.’

A wonderful story, beautifully and realistically imagined but with a deft touch full of empathy and humour.’

‘It is the true gift of the storyteller to take such age-old themes and issues and shine a light on them in such a way that it appears brand new.’

‘Realistic and compassionate…This is a layered, textured read, and adds to Rebecca Stead’s growing list of consistently high quality novels. Highly recommended.’

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