Author(s): James Norcliffe
Winner of the Junior Fiction Category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2010. The strange and diverting story of the Loblolly Boy, a fantasy novel by James Norcliffe involving enchantment, mystery, one garden gnome and a wombat's bottom. To the boy called Red, it seems the most marvellous escape he could wish for: a gift that grants him more freedom than he ever believed possible - the chance to fly, to soar with the gulls, high over the tall brick walls that have imprisoned him for so long. But this gift comes with a terrible price - and puts him in grave danger. Is there anyone Red can trust to help him? The curious Captain Bass who has strange powers of his own? The wildly unpredictable twin sisters he is strongly drawn to? In this magical, mysterious story, Red's adventure is like a chamber of mirrors at a carnival - a dazzling and breathtaking tale. Storylines Notable Junior Fiction 2010.