The Book of Chance

Sue Whiting

The Book of Chance
Walker Books Australia
1 April 2020

The Book of Chance

Sue Whiting

Chance is in Year 7 and thinks she has it all - a loving mother, dog Tiges, best friend and almost-sister next door. But when a reality TV team makes over her house, she discovers newspaper cuttings from the past that cause her to question the world as she knows it and everyone in it. Then she finds herself caught between two realities, identities and worlds. Face-to-face with the truth, Chance has a very difficult decision to make, which almost splits her in two.

This powerful story explores what is true and what is fake in today’s world. And while Chance is all about the truth, she ponders whether “Maybe being truthful was really just a big lie.”


There is not much that twelve-year-old Chance Callahan is uncertain about. She draws a hard line between true and false, and values honesty over everything else. Chance’s mother has kept detailed diaries of their lives from the moment she was born, and she knows the notable parts like the back of her hand.

So, when a reality TV show arrives at her home and reveals the holes in these stories, Chance’s world is shaken. At the same time, Chance’s Year 7 class is at the centre of a social media bungle that helps her see there is a difference between what is true and what has been manufactured.

Sue Whiting’s protagonist is a sensitive and whip-smart pre-teen who can teach us a lot about the truth and the importance of family. With a gripping mystery at its core, readers might find it difficult to put this one down.

The Book of Chance is a story with a big heart and an even bigger twist. For readers aged 11+.

Kealy Siryj works as a bookseller at Readings Kids.

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