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by Mike Dumbleton and Tom Jellett
Publication Date: 03/03/2000
What do you do when your dad loses his job and life begins to change? A young girl with a grand plan is determined to make her father feel wanted again. Hidden away at the bottom of a small messy garden she sets quietly to work ... A touching story where hope and understanding finally blossom. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mike Dumbleton started writing when he decided he wasn't getting any better at basketball and his three children were old enough to allow him some uninterrupted time. His first book, Dial-a-Croc, published in 1991, was a great success and continues to be very popular. Since then Mike has written picture book titles such as Mr Knuckles, Granny O'Brien and The Diamonds of Selmore, and the recent bedtime story Let's Escape, and he has had work adapted for the stage and for television. Mike Dumbleton was born in England where he qualified as a teacher before emigrating to Australia with his wife Linda in 1972. He now lives in Adelaide with his family and works as a Literacy Curriculum Officer for the Department of Education Training and Employment. In addition to watching basketball, Mike also enjoys jogging, swimming and watching soccer in his spare time. ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATO
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Mike Dumbleton

Mike Dumbleton is a writer and a Literacy Consultant with many educational and children’s books to his credit. In 2005 he received the Federal Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Literacy, which recognized his work both as an educator and a writer over an extended period of time.

Seven of Mike’s picture books have been selected as 'Notable Books' by the Children's Book Council of Australia and Passing On, was shortlisted for the 2002 Book of the Year Awards. Also, Muddled-up Farm was selected as ‘Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2003’ and as the ‘National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2004’. Mike’s young adult fiction title Watch Out for Jamie Joel was shortlisted in the 2004 Adelaide Festival Awards for Children’s Literature and his picture book Cat was selected as a CBCA Honour Book for 2008.

After nine years in New York, Mike has now returned to Adelaide to continue his writing and consulting work. His other interests include travel, ‘trying’ to keep fit, and watching most sports especially basketball, soccer and tennis.

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