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About the book

Book cover The Minnow by Diana Sweeney

The Minnow is a beautiful, sad and unusual tale of grief and loss and learning to find a new place in the world.

A girl called Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed.

But it's time to move out—Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby. Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of good advice and useful sayings.

And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, and a turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.