THE BRAVEST WORD REVIEWS
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Aussie Kids Books
Buzz Words Magazine
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"This is possibly the best book I have read for kids this age covering depression, toxic masculinity, anxiety attacks and fear of failure in an accessible, totally authentic voice.
This would be an awesome class study for year 5/6, so much to discuss… but it is also a great read for parents too...
I look forward to seeing this book in the hands of many, many kids, spreading awareness, empathy and acknowledgment that they always have a voice and we need to listen to them.
Thank you ... this book is really something special."
- Glee Books Kids
"Although directed at younger readers, it should be compulsory reading for all parents."
- Good Reading Magazine
"This beautiful, poignant, heartfelt book is a must-read for kids and adults alike. A stunning, empowering insight into childhood mental illness ― with one very cute dog, too!"
- Kate Gordon
"An important book for our times, The Bravest Word is told with heartbreaking honesty, insight and compassion.
You will be uplifted and inspired by Matty’s journey and his deep and instant connection with rescue dog, Cliff who helps him be brave enough to face the truth, and find a way forward."
- Dee White
"Touching, sometimes funny, and with the cutest dog in recent literature, The Bravest Word is an honest exploration of a boy’s struggle with acknowledging he needs help. It will resonate with anyone who has ever hesitated to reach out. It may also have the greatest Dad ever, a fantastic role model for kindness and gentleness and strength."
- Pamela Freeman
Do you hear that? You’re Cliff now, and your life is going to get better, I promise.
When eleven-year-old Matt finds Cliff, a hurt, neglected dog abandoned in the bush, he knows the brave little pup needs saving. He wants to help. But can he?
Lately, Matt has had way more bad days than good days. The pieces of his life just don’t seem to fit together any more and he doesn’t understand why. He's finding it impossible to concentrate at school and has lost interest in the activities he used to love. Plus, he’s tired all the time.
Matt's too afraid to share what's really going on in his own head with anyone. His friends and family will never understand . . . maybe it's not only Cliff who needs saving.