Published: 2020 by Walker Books Australia
Level: Middle Years (6-9)
Set against a backdrop of a lesser known part of Australian history, this small town lies amongst the remnants of a Japanese POW camp. The protagonist, Charlie, has synaesthesia (where she experiences things like words and people as having colours) and when Charlie meets Japanese exchange student Kenichi, her senses intensify. Together, they develop a bond in searching their pasts and find that their family mysteries might be more entwined than they think.