Pearl Verses the World
illustrated by Heather Potter
Published by Walker Books Australia, 2009 and
Candlewick USA, 2011
At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl's poems don't. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher's idea of poetry – her poem doesn't rhyme; it comes from the heart.
Available in good bookstores or buy online: Australian edition or US edition.
Teacher's notes for Pearl verses the World are also available on the Walker Books website.
Winner of the Children's Book category in the Indie Awards, 2009.
Shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, 2009.
Honour Book in the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards, 2010
Winner Upper Primary category Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2010
Winner Junior Judges Children's Choice Award (Younger Readers), 2010
Winner, Hoffman Award, WAYBRA Awards 2010
Winner Victorian Family Therapist's Award for Children's Literature, 2010