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  • The Rollercoaster Boy

  • By: Lisa Thompson
  • Narrated by: Ian Bonar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

A sensitive portrayal of having a parent with bipolar disorder in this packed-with-twists mystery story, from best-selling author Lisa Thompson.

Todd and Laurie's dad is either on top of the world, taking them on fun adventures or down in the depths and sleeping all the time.

In the middle of the night, he bundles them into the car and drives them to the Paradise Hotel. He paints a picture of a luxurious mansion surrounded by acres of land - a fairground, a swanky swimming pool, a grand ballroom, firework displays. The reality is a run-down dump - and the disappointment means Dad takes to his bed.

Todd and Laurie have the run of the place and meet Scout, the daughter of the owner, who tells them about the night many years ago when a famous novelist vanished from her room on the top floor, which was locked from the inside...with clues to crack, a mystery to solve and Dad to worry about, this holiday is full of twists and turns.

©2022 Lisa Thompson (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"One of our most inventive writers for children." (The Times)

"Thompson’s writing is full of heart, warmth and humour." (The Bookseller)

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