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Sep 24 2018

Help around the house by Morris Gleitzman

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Penguin, 2018. ISBN 9780143793236
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Themes: Caring. A funny and moving story of a boy and his friends never losing heart in a sometimes heartless world. Set in Canberra, Australia.
When Ludo's Dad is elected into Federal Parliament, Ludo knows this is the perfect chance for him and his Dad to make good on the promise to his dying Mum - they would always continue to try to help people.
Unfortunately, Ludo's Dad's Boss seems to think being re-elected is more important. His Dad is sent off on a fundraising trip the night after Ludo arrives. But this doesn't stop Ludo, and when an outing to help the homeless of Canberra uncovers a conspiracy, Ludo starts to see that maybe it's the rich and powerful who need his help more.
Ludo and his friends are determined to do what's right, at whatever cost, even though the enemy is not just a person, but a system.
They help us remember that doing what's right is not always easy and beneficial to us, but we should still do it anyway. You might not be able to change the world, but you can change someone's world, and that is just as important.
Donna Isgar

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