Cailin doesn’t want to leave Melbourne for the
summer holidays, for she has made plans to spend this time with best friend
Josie. But her mum has accepted a nursing position for a month in the bayside
town where Cailin’s grandpa lives.
This is an ideal opportunity to boost their
Her dad died when she was very young and Cailin’s
grandpa is a stranger to her. The eleven-year-old feels resentful at the
thought of spending her free time with him while mum is at work
Arriving with an attitude at the lopsided shack
atop the headland, things get worse for Cailin. No Wi Fi, a TV from the 50s
that works when it feels like it, and a pokey little bedroom.
Her grandpa wears
worn-out clothes and owns very few material things.
But the view is stunning. The beach is directly in
front of the house. Grumpy but ready to accept the situation, Cailin agrees to
go beachcombing with the old man.
An amazing relationship begins when grandpa talks
about all the treasures the sea gives up and how he has searched and collected
Sea Glass all his life. He encourages the child to share his search. Each day
becomes a new adventure, as Cailin learns the things that are important in
life. Grandpa, spending time with his son’s child, relives memories and shares
stories about her father and glassmaking.
She discovers the books on her shelf belonged to
her dad. Never a reader, she finds things in common with the father she barely
But there are many obstacles to overcome before
things smooth out between the two. It takes a tragedy for Cailin to realise what
her father’s father now means to her.
Every word in every sentence is beautiful. Visual
descriptions place the reader directly in the characters’ lives and helps them
experience the emotions that are portrayed on the page. Thank you, Rebecca
Fraser, for this gift.
Title: Sea Glass
Author: Rebecca Fraser
Publisher: Wombat Books, $14.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2023
For ages: 7 – 12
Type: Middle Grade Fiction