Publisher's synopsis

My hand in his stops trembling, for a moment.

When the paths of a runaway teenage boy, an old hobo and a rich girl intersect in an abandoned train yard, each carries their own personal baggage. Over early mornings, long walks and cheap coffee they discover, no matter how big or small, it’s the simple gifts in life that really make a difference.

A life-affirming look at humanity, generosity and love.


  • Shortlisted, 2001 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards – Ethel Turner Prize for Young people’s Literature
  • Shortlisted, 2001 CBCA Book of the Year Awards – Book of the Year: Older Readers
  • Highly Commended, 2001 Children’s Peace Literature Award
  • Nominated, 2017 International Awards – Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis – Preis der Jugendjury (German Literature Award – Youth Jury Award)