Pobby and Dingan, Paperback
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Pobby and Dingan live in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, the opal capital of Australia.

They are friends with Kellyanne Williamson, the daughter of a miner: indeed only she can see them.

Pobby and Dingan are imaginary. Ashmol Williamson, Kellyanne's brother thinks his sister should grow up and stop being such a fruit loop - until the day when Pobby and Dingan disappear.

As Kellyanne, grief-stricken, begins to fade away, Ashmol recruits the whole town in the search for Pobby and Dingan.

In the end, however, he discovers that only he can find them, and he can only find them if he too begins to believe they are real.




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'Everybody has an imaginary friend of some kind, even if you don't think they have', 7 May 2014Verified Purchase(What is this?)This review is from: Pobby and Dingan / Specks in the Sky (Paperback)Two pleasant enough short stories of around 90 and 50 pages respectively.Pobby & Dingan is set among the opal mines of Australia, where young Kellyanne Williamson escapes her - hinted at - unhappy life at school, to focus on her two eponymous imaginary friends. But when they fail to come home in the ute with Dad, Kellyanne takes sick. Narrated by her - at first scornful- older brother, Ashmol, we see the townsfolk rallying round to find them, and restore Kellyanne to health...Specks in the Sky seemed to start off as a vastly more compelling tale, but all seemed to fall apart at the end (whereas the strongest part of Pobby & Dingan was the final page.) Here a lone mother and her two daughters, out on a run-down camel ranch in USA, look up one day to see fourteen parachutists, led by the Commander, landing in their backyard. But are these charming and helpful young men all they seem?...Aimed at the teenage reader; perhaps they would have been better left as magazine stories (which is where they first appeared: in Granta and the New Yorker). But quite readable.

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