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by Sally Morgan
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.
Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship. Read more »
by Geoff Havel
Sticks and Ranga live on the same street, go to the same school and love the same things – skateboarding and PlayStation.
When new kid James arrives in his wheelchair, Sticks isn’t sure they can be friends. But Sticks quickly discovers they have a lot in common. Cerebral palsy stops James from doing some things but it hasn’t dulled his sense…Read more »
by Jen Banyard
When junior reporter Pollo implicates the Mayor’s nephew in a spate of local robberies, she sets in train a series of mishaps that only she, her friend Will and her faithful sheep sidekick Shorn Connery can set to rightsRead more »
by Sally Morgan
‘You can’t change the past, but you can live a different future.’ Bronwyn Bancroft
‘These stories are powerful: sharing pain, humour, grief, hope and pride. Pride in family, community and survival. Pride in being Aboriginal.’ Sally Morgan
From life in the desert to growing up on a mission, enduring devastating policies in the 1930s to bravely…Read more »
by Catherine Carvell with illustrations by Michael Scott Parkinson
Darcy Moon is an ordinary girl with ordinary problems. She’s low on cash and low on the necessary street cred to fit in with the cool crowd. But Darcy’s life is about to take a great leap forward. When a freaked-out frog asks for help, it’s up to her to fix the food chain, save the swamp and prove that money can’t buy everythingRead more »
by Geoff Havel
Aaron doesn’t usually get to see much of his dad but now he’s going to spend a whole month with him in the Indonesian islands. Paradise!
But what starts as a fun holiday soon turns into something quite different, and Aaron is caught up in a whirlwind adventure he’ll be lucky to survive. Read more »
Kora is a powerful genie sent away against her will. Her homeland is threatened and she’s been banished to earth for her own safety. David’s life is in chaos and Kora might be just what he needs. But commanding a genie is notoriously tricky—especially when she’s also an angry teenage girl.
Unable to move more than 100 metres apart, and with…Read more »
by Tim Winton with illustrations by Shaun Tan
‘It’s a great pleasure to see young people exercising their storytelling instincts. During the twenty years in which the award has been given in my name I’ve had the privilege of witnessing this stubborn, lovely impulse as it lives on in a new generation. Whether they’re writing feverish fantasy or gritty realism these young writers are coming…Read more »
Spencer Gray is twelve – finally old enough to join Dad in his glider. His mates are going to be so jealous! Going up is awesome – but when disaster strikes, Spencer will need to be nothing short of amazing.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘The clever writing allows the reader to simultaneously admire the bravery and determination of Spencer…while…Read more »
by Dianne Wolfer with illustrations by Brian Simmonds
In 1914 Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever be the same again.
Featuring stunning charcoal sketches by Brian Simmonds alongside primary source documents and historical…Read more »