By Gardner, Scot
My nanna's been telling me the story since I was a little kid and she's nowhere near the end. It's a horror story and a love story at the same time, layered like fossils with history, suspense and mystery. Get comfy. Hang on. Never know where we might end up. Ben's nanna is going... crazy. At least, that's what the rest of his family think. She's been sharing Ben's room since his grandad went to work overseas. The black stone in the pendant around her neck talks to her, tells her stories from its life. She retells the stories to Ben after dark. Each story has the clarity of a fable and a message about life tucked within its whispered words. Ben's nanna explains that the stone is neither good luck nor bad luck, but an amplifier of the heart-song of the owner. If they were nasty, it drew nasty things into their lives. If they were kind, it showered them with kindness. As she leaves to join her husband overseas, she gives Ben the stone and tells him to watch his thoughts ...Read more
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Scot Garder is a well-known Australian author whose novels for young adults have met with critical and audience acclaim. He has been shortlisted in the CBC Awards and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Young Adults. He has written two previous Nitty Gritty novels: One Wheel Drive (NG2) and The Lost King (NG3).
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