By: Lorraine Marwood
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 2 Jul 2018
ISBN: 9780702260117


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Leave taking noun the act of saying goodbye.

What if you had just one week left to say goodbye to everything you've ever known?

Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby's younger sister, Leah. Together, they sort through all their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. It's a big task, and Toby doesn't want to leave the only place he's called home.

As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan - a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah, from the machinery shed to Pa's old truck to the chook house. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.



This is a very powerful and emotional book!

How do you say goodbye? Toby and his family have been through so much, and for them to move forward after the death of Leah, Toby’s younger sister, his parents decide that the family farm must be sold.

It has been in their family for generations, and it is more than just a farm to Toby. It is where he and Leah grew up and created their memories. How can he let go of them, especially after he had to let go of her? But Toby knows deep down that they must move on, and so his ‘goodbye’ plan is put into action.

This book is best suited for readers in middle primary and up.

Reviewed by Sam

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