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The funny and moving story of a boy and his friends never losing heart in a sometimes heartless world. Perfect for 8+ readers.

Ludo helps other people. It’s how he was brought up.
When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place.
But he soon discovers it’s not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help - it’s the rich and powerful.


Thisstory gently pokes fun at politics, ironic policies and organisations that havelost sight of why they were established in the first place, but, coming fromthe eyes of a child, it is eye-opening rather than disrespectful. It’s sure toprompt loads of questions from curious young readers about the way governmentworks and why it sometimes gets things so horribly wrong.

Carissa Mason, CBCA Reading Time

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 3, 2018


    208 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.co.nz

  • EBook


    September 3, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    208 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle NZ
    • iBooks NZ
    • Google Play EBook NZ
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia NZ

Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    Older Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Younger Readers