Publisher's synopsis

Abel Jackson has lived by the sea at Longboat Bay ever since he could remember. He helps his mother each day and loves to dive. One day he meets Blueback, the biggest and most beautiful fish he’s ever seen.

When Abel’s mother is approached by developers she decides she must do something to protect their fragile piece of coastline. But can Abel and his mother save Blueback and Longboat Bay in time?

An achingly beautiful story about family, belonging and living a life in tune with the environment, from one of Australia’s best-loved authors.


  • Winner 1999 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature
  • Winner 1999 WAYRBA Hoffman Award
  • Shortlisted 2010 APA Book Design Awards for Best Design Children’s Fiction