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A middle-grade mystery with heart, humour, a brilliant LGBT protagonist - and a hint of magic.

Since his mother's disappearance four months ago, Riley has become increasingly frustrated by the incompetence of the police and apathy of his family and friends. In desperation, Riley turns to the Whispers, creatures of legend that he believes can grant him his heart's desire. But Riley has secrets of his own - and finding the truth could cost him more than he is willing to give.
Time-Travelling with a Hamster meets Goldfish Boy in this stunning middle-grade story of belief and magic, a tender exploration of prejudice, grief and self-acceptance.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 22, 2019


    256 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • The Whispers
    Greg Howard



    January 22, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    256 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle NZ
    • Google Play EBook NZ
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
Real Readers Review: The Whispers

We asked young Kiwi readers all over NZ to read and review Greg Howard’s magical and mysterious middle grade novel – here’s what they had to say!