Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, 2013.
Shortlisted, The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, 2015.
Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it's time to move out. Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby.
Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings.
And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.
The Minnow is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story with a whimsical element that belies the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. Tom is a character you will never forget.
Diana Sweeney is a university lecturer and fashion model. She was born in Auckland, and moved to Sydney at the age of twelve. She now lives in northern New South Wales. The Minnow is her first novel.
Book club and teaching notes are available from the Text Publishing website.
'Quietly powerful and compelling. A tender, lyrical book about love, loss and starting over.' Meg Rosoff.
'Diana Sweeney gives Tom a believable voice: innocent, headstrong, anxious but determined…this strong debut will resonate with young people and adults alike.' Books+Publishing
'The Minnow has all the breath-holding intensity and aching beauty of swimming underwater.' Romy Ash
'This is an extraordinary, original, rich and surprising novel…Tom is an unforgettable character.' Magpies
'Sweeney’s first novel is a powerful touchstone of longing and melancholy.' STARRED Review, Publishers Weekly
256 pages; ISBN 9781925095012
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Title: The Minnow
Author: Diana Sweeney