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That Thing

Written by debut writer Avital Balwit, illustrated by Alexis Deacon

When young biologists Jayla and Gerald are trapped in a tank with Frazier, an intelligent octopus, something astonishing happens, in Avital Balwit’s tale about curiosity and kindness to animals. 

One of four winners of Pop Up’s 10th birthday writing competition, debut writer Avital Balwit’s That Thing suggests that our indifference to other animals also reflects how we treat each other. Award-winning illustrator Alexis Deacon’s watercolour washes bring this brilliant short story to life. 

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10 Stories to Make a Difference is a collection of original illustrated stories published by Pop Up Projects. Featuring a collaboration between 20 writers and illustrators from diverse backgrounds, its crowdsourced funding has ensured top quality editions.

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