Publisher's synopsis

A heart-warming, tender junior novel about family, love, loss and home by the author of the wonderful When the Angels Came. Griffin Silk is an uncommon sort of boy, from an uncommon sort of family. The warm, loving home he shares with his father, grandmother and five big sisters (The Rainbow Girls) is marked by the aching absence of his mother and baby sister. Where have they gone and will they be coming home again? When Griffin starts school and meets Princess Layla the answers to his questions gently start to unfold. This unique, tender novel will captivate young readers and adults alike, with its warmth, honesty and beauty.


  • Honour Book in the 2004 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Younger Readers Award.
  • Also shortlisted for the 2004 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Patricia Wrightson Prize).


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