Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch

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The Bell family's ancestors were showered with honours, gifts and grants of land. In exchange, they have bestowed a Gift, once every 25 years, on the town. The Gifts have ranged from a statue to a bell tower with stained-glass windows, but now it's Darius's father's turn - and there is no money for an impressive gift. It looks as though a wheelbarrow full of vegetables is the best they can do. Darius is determined to preserve the family honour, and when an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, with the most beautiful minerals lining the walls, he thinks he's found the answer...A wonderfully satisfying novel - fun to read, thought-provoking and wise.
 

About Odo Hirsch

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Odo Hirsch grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where he trained to be a doctor. He now lives in London, where he spends his time writing children's books.
 
Published March 1, 2009 by Allen & Unwin. 240 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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The scion of a once-prominent, wealthy family, Hector Bell engages in ingenious bartering and wishful thinking to support his wife and sons, Cyrus and Darius, on the decaying estate, while he writes stories no one wants to read.

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Flamingnet

After an earthquake, Darius finds what he names the "glitter pool" and hopes that they can use it as the Bell gift.

Feb 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool

Australian Women Online

This Gift requires no value – it can be as simple as a flower from the garden, but as the Bells are a family of proud noblemen, each of the past generations presented a Gift that was both grand and beautiful – something to impress the local townspeople and prove the Bells were still living large.

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