Author(s): Joy Cowley (illus Chris Mousdale)
"Brodie was a really cool guy. He was always lots of fun to be with and he was an awesome artist. Planes and helicopters were his passion and we used to joke about me bungy-jumping from his chopper. Yeah right! "We always knew that Brodie was sick, but we never expected him to die." A child reminisces about the life of his class-mate and friend who has cancer. It is a life full of fun and laughter, high-jinks, risk... and the occasional stay in hospital. This is an extremely touching, but never morbid, story about how children face the loss of a friend. Cowley wrote it after many requests from teachers and has handled the delicate topic beautifully, with warmth and humour. This is a must-have. Beautifully illustrated by Chris Mousdale, who was awarded the Best First Book award. Winner of the Picture Book section, 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.