‘Out past the shallows, past the sandy-bottomed bays, comes the dark water – black and cold and roaring.’
“Lottie has a secret…Only Lottie knew that a shark was hiding in the swimming pool.” Each week at Swimming lesson Lottie just sits and watches, making sure the shark doesn’t eat her. It is not until one week that Lottie makes a new friend Walter, that she begins to find her bravery.
Reading 47 degrees opened my eyes to the realities of what was faced on Black Saturday ten years ago. Justin D’Ath has captured his experiences and put it into a work of fiction for ages 10 years and over.
Heidi Cooper Smith made me want to smile, cry, laugh and tap into every emotion possible when reading this story. She has beautifully captured a child’s feelings about new situations and the illustrations are just WOW!