Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Young adult literature
Published by: 
Text Publishing

About the book

The art of taxidermy by Sharon Kernot.

Lottie is fascinated with death. She collects birds, lizards and other small dead animals she finds, trying preserve them, to hold onto the life they once had. Her aunt tries to put a stop to this worrying obsession, but her father can see a scientist's mind at work, and he introduces her to the art of taxidermy. The beauty and tenderness Lottie finds in her preserved creatures provide a way for her to feel close to the mother she lost. An exquisitely imagined verse novel about sadness, and the way art can help us make sense of it all.