Toppling by Sally Murphy

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Now that John’s best friend is sick, hanging out with his pals isn’t the same. But what can they do? A kid-friendly story of silliness, sadness, and solidarity.

John lives for that satisfying clink of dominoes as they topple in a perfectly timed rhythm of his own design. His sister thinks he’s a dork, but all he cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes -- that and hanging out with his best friends at school. But when his closest friend, Dom, gets sick and ends up in the hospital, John and the gang are left behind, wondering what to do for him. Author Sally Murphy shows what a group of friends, together with an unlikely ally, will do to keep the world of one of their own from toppling.

About Sally Murphy

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Sally Murphy, the author of PEARL VERSES THE WORLD, also writes reviews for the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She lives with her family in rural Australia.Rhian Nest James has illustrated more than sixty children’s books, including the Samurai Kids series by Sandy Fussell. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Published August 14, 2012 by Candlewick. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He’d like nothing better than “to play dominoes / all day, every day,” causing his sister Tess to call him “nerd boy.” John’s best friend, Dominic, is “fun / and funny / and honest / and pretty cool.” Other pals include smart Joseph, jokester Christian and Tran from Vietnam.

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In this era of screens, speed, sports and multiple distractions, parents can often forget to read to their children.

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When John is in school – and can’t play dominoes – he spends time with his very best friend, Dominic, whose name sounds like domino, and his other buddies, Joseph, Christian, and Tran.

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