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  • Published: 27 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781760142971
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky




Heartfelt, evocative and compelling – another masterpiece from the award-winning Robert Newton.

Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie’s dad.
But then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of places – in a troubled old man called the Creeper.
A chance, life-saving encounter on the commission’s roof seeds a friendship between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie’s friend Davey, the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives and the lives of those around them.

  • Published: 27 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781760142971
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the author

Robert Newton

Robert Newton works as a firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written seven other novels for young people, including Runner, The Black Dog Gang (shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards) and When We Were Two (winner of a Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction). He lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and three daughters.

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Praise for Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

Thirteen-year-old Lexie lives in a grey housing commission flat in Melbourne and dreams of starting a new life on the Sunshine Coast. She’s struggling to deal with her junkie mum, missing her dad and wishing people would stop mistaking her for a boy. But then a cruel and unexpected act causes Lexie to become friends with ‘the Creeper’, the strange old man who lives in number 22C and whose real name is Mr Romanov; Lexie and her know-it-all mate Davey spend their school holidays cleaning up Mr Romanov’s cluttered apartment and helping him create a thriving garden on the rooftop of their building. It’s then that Lexie decides to take the future into her own hands—she persuades Davey and Mr Romanov to come along for the ride, and the three embark on an adventure that leads them to some unexpected places. Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky is a delightful and compelling tale with a strong sense of contemporary multicultural Australia and a vivid cast of characters—Lexie, in particular, is an engaging and relatable narrator. Author Robert Newton tackles big themes—overcoming loss, being comfortable in your own skin and not judging others based on their appearance—with humour and a light touch that’s sure to resonate with middle-grade readers. Carody Culver is a freelance writer and editor and a bookseller at Avid Reader

Carody Culver, Books and Publishing

Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Notable Book  •  2018  •  Older Readers

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