The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler
It struck Henry that perhaps he was waiting for the exact right moment to be daring and brave. The exact right moment where he felt no worry at all, not one tiny flicker. But what if that moment never came? Henry Hoobler is a reluctant adventurer who is worried about his summer vacation camping at the beach: bugs, spiders, snakes, stingers, blue-ringed octopi, or sharks. Worst of all, his family and friends are pushing him to ride his new silver bike--without training wheels. But when Henry meets Cassie, he discovers that courage is there to be found when you have a friend who is straight-up and true.
Lisa Shanahan is an award-winning writer of picture books and fiction for young people. She loves moon-gazing, making up words, mint slices, mock orange blossom, black cockatoos, shouts of unexpected laughter, the weight of a scruffy dog resting on her knee and hot cups of tea from a teapot. Her first novel for teenagers, My Big Birkett was published to critical acclaim both in Australia, where it was short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, and in the United States. Her picture book Bear and Chook by the Sea, illustrated by Emma Quay, won the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood in 2010. Her most recent picture book Big Pet Day, illustrated by Gus Gordon, won the Speech Pathology Book of the Year for Ages 5-8 in 2015. She lives close to the river of her childhood, with her husband and their three sons and one woolly dog...