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 "There is no now and no then, only in between and always. 
Open the box. Come and see." 

Aberdeen Knopwood wants to make a difference - to help save the planet and express the passion for the environment that burns underneath her skin. But how can a girl who is too scared to stand out actually do something meaningful? 

Aberdeen's family has been woven into the fabric of Hobart for generations. When her journalist father gifts her an antique chronometer, it leads her to another girl who also knows and loves Hobart. But the Hobart this girl knows is very different to the one Aberdeen grew up in - a newer Hobart, where the stone buildings aren't yet mellowed to soft golds, sea shanties echo from tall sailing ships, and men armed with harpoons hunt whales in the harbour. 

This girl knows something that Aberdeen is yet to discover: one person really can make a difference. 

CBCA Award-winning author Kate Gordon invites you to walk the cobbled streets of Hobart in the early 19th century, exploring our desire to change our world for the better, and the enduring legacy--both good and bad--of those who came before...


Aster's Good, Right Things

In Xavier in the Meantime, the focus shifts to Aster’s new best friend Xavier and his struggles with the “black dog.” Xavier has a plan that he hopes will help the kids in his support group: he wants to turn the family hogget farm into a therapy retreat. But he’s up against decades of tradition, and the spectre of the black dog drawing closer all the time…


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I can’t let go of them – the good, right things—because if I do I’ll turn into a cloud and I’ll float away,
and a storm will come and blow me to nothing."

Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn’t think she’s special at all. If she was, her mother wouldn’t have left. Each day Aster must do a good, right thing—a challenge she sets herself, to make someone else’s life better. Nobody can know about her ‘things’, because then they won’t count. And if she doesn’t do them, she's sure everything will go wrong. Then she meets Xavier. He has his own kind of special missions to make life better. When they do these missions together, Aster feels free, but if she stops doing her good, right things will everything fall apart?


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