My Brother Ben

Peter Carnavas

Luke and his big brother Ben spend the summer on the banks of Cabbage Tree Creek. Quiet Luke sketches birds, while Ben leaps off the Jumping Tree. The boys couldn’t be more different but they share the same dream: winning a boat so they can explore the creek properly.

Then Ben starts high school and the boys drift apart. When Luke catches Ben sneaking out at night, he knows his brother’s up to something, but what?

A timeless story of birds and boats, and of brotherly love that is bigger than a wedge-tailed eagle, bigger than the sky.

For everyone whose brother is a hero, even if they don’t know it yet.

- Morris Gleitzman

There should be more books like this: gentle books that draw us slowly in and make us want to linger, books fashioned with kindness and family at their heart. My Brother Ben made me remember, and long for, times that were simpler. Well done, Peter Carnavas, and thank you.

- Glenda Millard

Peter Carnavas is a wizard with words and a master of character, and his affection for Luke and Ben and the simple, complicated stuff of brotherhood shines through on every page … What a glorious exploration of boyhood and brotherliness, of trust and truth and strength and steadfastness.

- Meg McKinlay

Middle Grade, 8+

Peter Carnavas

Peter Carnavas became a primary school teacher and it was during this time that he began to immerse himself in picture books. In 2018, his first children’s novel was released. Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters and a scruffy dog that occasionally escapes.

University of Queensland Press (UQP)

For 70 years UQP has been at the forefront of innovative publishing. It has launched the careers of many great novelists, published contemporary poets, been a pioneering force in children’s and young adult publishing and has set the benchmark for award-winning scholarly and Black Australian writing.

<em>My Brother Ben</em>
World; Audio; Film/TV
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