by Balla, Trace

A tender tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip down an Australian river.

With beautiful artwork that will appeal to graphic novel fans, a distinctive voice, delightful characterisation and a universal message, this is a story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures to rejuvenate our spirit.

Trace Balla is an exciting new talent in the illustrated book world. She has self-published a number of books and has trained and worked in animation, illustration, art therapy and community arts. Trace’s passion for the environment as well as her creative eye and ear for easy dialogue gives her work an authentic charm. Trace can often be found sketching in nature, riding her bike with her son, dancing, and growing vegies in her garden in central Victoria.

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Language Territory Type Vendor Status
German World All

Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Annelie Geissler

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Rivertime is a quirky, charming immersion into the life of a waterway and into the life- lessons a river can teach.

Quote: Maya Ward

Korean: Sanha

Quote: Allen

Rivertime won many awards in Australia: Winner, Readings Children's Book Prize, 2015 Winner, The Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, Picture Fiction category, 2015 Short-listed, Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award, 2014 Short-listed, CBCA Picture Book of the Year, 2015, 2015 Short-listed, CBCA Book of the Year, Crichton Award for New Illustrators, 2015, 2015 Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature, 2015 Short-listed, Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - Children's Books, 2016

Quote: Alen & Unwin

All children need an Uncle Egg to open up the magical world of nature. We all need to get outside, away from television, computers and mobile phones, and what better way than a canoeing-camping trip? This is a delightful story about the joy of the outdoors.

Quote: David Suzuki

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