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The Lonely Book

The Lonely Book

Current price: $10.99
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Little Island Books
Heartleaf Books
1 on hand, as of Oct 4 7:04pm
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A warm and loving story about how a non-binary person comes to understand and accept themselves by an award-winning queer author.

Every morning, when Annie's moms open up their bookshop, there's a pile of books on the counter, waiting for the right reader to come and find them.

But one day, there's a book nobody comes for. Nobody ever comes, and each day the book gets lonelier, and the bookshop becomes an unhappy place. Who can the book be for, and why don't they come?

Eventually, the book finds the reader who needs it: Annie's sister, Charlotte. Charlotte asks the family to call her Charlie now, and to use 'they/them' pronouns.

The bookshop cheers up. Customers start buying books again.

About the Author

Meg Grehan's first book, The Space Between, won the Eilís Dillon Award at the 2018 Children's Books Ireland Awards. The Deepest Breath was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, won the Judges' Special Award at the KPMG-Children's Books Ireland Awards 2020 and was selected for the Read for Empathy reading list 2020. Meg is a young writer living in Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, with a very ginger girlfriend, an even more ginger dog and an undisclosed number of cats (none of whom is ginger).