Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool
When the Bell family is in danger of losing their honourable name, Darius steps up to the challenge to uphold it in this wise and wonderful new novel by CBCA Honour Book Award-winner Odo Hirsch.
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||Poverty, Children's stories, Gifts, Manners and customs
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Description of this Book
The Bell family's ancestors were showered with honours, gifts and grants of land. In exchange, they have bestowed a Gift, once every 25 years, on the town. The Gifts have ranged from a statue to a bell tower with stained-glass windows, but now it's Darius's father's turn - and there is no money for an impressive gift. It looks as though a wheelbarrow full of vegetables is the best they can do. Darius is determined to preserve family honour, and when an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, with the most beautiful minerals lining the walls, he thinks he's found the answer...A wonderfully satisfying novel for children that is fun to read, thought-provoking and wise.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 2010.
Commended for United States National Book Awards: Young People's Literature 2011.
||A warm and offbeat book that offers readers something a bit different. Carousel A warm and gentle story [which] appeals to both girls and boys. School Librarian
Odo Hirsch was born in Australia where he studied medicine and worked as a doctor. He is now based in London. His books for children are favourites with young and old and have been translated into several languages.