Amy & Louis

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Scholastic Press, 2006 - Children's stories - 27 pages
One day Amy and her family moved a long, long way away to the other side of the world. Louis stopped building towers, digging holes and staring at clouds. He no longer called to anyone across the yard, the room or the fence. Amy and Louis live next door to each other, and their lives are closely intertwined. Theirs is a life rich in imagination - they see dragons in the clouds and make castles out of cardboard. But when Amy's family move to another country, the children are separated and the colour drains out of their lives - until Louis discovers how to rebuild their special bond. This is a loving, moving, goose-bumping tale of deep friendship. The spare, evocative text - enhanced by illustrations of rare sensitivity and insight - strike directly at the heart.

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About the author (2006)

Libby Gleeson was born in Young, Australia in 1950. After high school she studied at the University of Sydney. Gleeson taught for two years in a small town, Picton, which is just outside of Sydney, but in 1976, she took time off to travel for five years. Gleeson based herself first in Italy where she taught English and then in London where she started writing her first novel, Eleanor, Elizabeth. She also attended a creative writing group where the other students pushed her to write a better book. After returning Gleeson taught at the University of NSW, but soon quit to write full-time. In the last twenty years, she's written twenty books and also taught occasional courses in creative writing and visited schools to talk about her work. Gleeson has won the Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children's Literature, in 1997, the Children's Book Council of Australia, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Victorian Premier's Awards, the South Australian Literary Awards, the Prime Minister's Multicultural Awards, the Children's Literature Peace Prize, and the Young Australian Readers Award (YARA). In 2015 she won a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award in the Younger Reader Category with her title, The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and The Present. She also won a (CBCA) in the Early Childhood category with her title Go to Sleep, Jessie!. The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) also presented her with the 2015 Nan Chauncy Award for her work in Australian children's literature. Her title Banjo and Ruby Red made the IBBY Australian Honour Books List for Books for Young People. She is also an Astrid Lindgren award nominee.

Freya Blackwood was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1975 and grew up in Orange in New South Wales, Australia. She earned a Bachelor of Design degree (Visual Communications) at the University of Technology, Sydney and then worked for several years in the film industry in Sydney and Wellington, New Zealand. She is a full-time illustrator. Her illustrations for Two Summers won the Crichton Award in 2004. She won The Territory Read Awards 2016 for Children's literature/YA fiction with author Irena Kobald. Her 2017 book, The Great Rabbit Chase, was named an Honour Book in the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, for Picture Book.

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