The Youngest One is a book about a boy called Craig Martin He is very passionate about AFL but this is an interest he shares with no one in his family. Craig finds life quite hard as his sister Julie is sarcastic. He shares a room full of bugs and has a brother called Leigh who teases him.
When his Dad loses his job everything goes bad. Everyone is devastated and they go bankrupt. When the kids step in, they go around helping random people do house work for a small payment. After a while their parents find out and their Dad gets depressed.
One day his Dad asks Craig to go out on the reef with him but Craig refuses because of footy training. His Dad went out anyway but took the bank book with him. That weekend he had his first game without his Dad over on the sidelines but his grand final.
That morning Craig and Julie were up early to spot a fairy penguin, they quick woke the rest of the family to find themselves filled with joy and excitement.
- This book summary by Jack Gouge, a member of the St Mary's Catholic Primary School Kalgoorlie Book Club.
Title: The Youngest One
Author: Thurley Fowler
Illustrator: Helen Glenn
Publisher: Martin Educational
Publication Date: 1988
For ages: 8-12
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Fiction