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A timeless story of brothers, boats and birds, from the award-winning author of The Elephant



‘What a glorious exploration of boyhood and brotherliness, of trust and truth and strength and steadfastness; please give My Brother Ben to all the boys in your life, and all the girls too.’
Meg McKinlay

‘There should be more books like this: gentle books that draw us slowly in and make us want to linger, books fashioned with kindness and family at their heart. My Brother Ben made me remember, and long for, times that were simpler.’
Glenda Millard

‘This story about birdwatching, being different and the bond between brothers is told in Peter’s lovely gentle way and it’s a real treat. Kids will love it.’
Karen Foxlee

‘This book still makes me cry (even on the eighth read) in all the right ways. I love this story. It champions the quiet kid, it celebrates the wonder of our natural world, and most importantly it shows there’s a way through anything so long as there’s kindness and humour.’
Clair Hume, UQP Commissioning Editor, Children’s & Young Adult

A modern-day classic, as poignant and timeless as Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy.’
Cathy Vallance, Senior Editor, UQP



Luke and his big brother Ben spend the summer on the banks of Cabbage Tree Creek. Quiet Luke sketches birds, while Ben leaps off the Jumping Tree. The boys couldn’t be more different but they share the same dream: winning a boat so they can explore the creek properly.

Then Ben starts high school and the boys drift apart. When Luke catches Ben sneaking out at night, he knows his brother’s up to something, but what?



Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates books for children and the grown-ups in their lives. His novel The Elephant won the Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the CBCA Awards. He is a popular presenter in schools and his work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Dutch. Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters, a dog called Florence and a cat named Harry.



  • This is an outstanding follow-up to Peter’s CBCA-shortlisted first novel The Elephant which has sold over 14k copies in ANZ and been sold into 16 territories worldwide (and counting).
  • My Brother Ben has been described as ‘glorious’ and ‘a classic in the making’ with UK rights already sold to Pushkin Press.
  • So far Morris Gleitzman, Karen Foxlee, Meg McKinlay and Glenda Millard have endorsed the book, with more to come.
  • This is a powerful story of sibling love written with Peter’s trademark lyricism and compassion.


My Brother Ben is coming on 28 September 2021

ISBN 9780702263330 / RRP $14.99 / B Format / For readers 8+

Bird sketches by Peter Carnavas

Read a sample chapter now.



UQP has 20 advance reading copies available for giveaway.
To request one please email UQP.




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