Australian First Nations young adult books

My Place (Younger Readers)

My Place (Younger Readers)

Sally Morgan

Sally's rich, zesty and moving work is perhaps the best loved biography of Aboriginal Australia ever written. My Place for Younger Readers is an abridged edition that retains all the charm and power of the original.

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Ghost Bird

Ghost Bird

Lisa Fuller

An intriguing and gripping young adult novel by the winner of the David Unaipon award.   

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Welcome to Country (Youth Edition)

Welcome to Country (Youth Edition)

Marcia Langton

An extended, education-focused edition of this bestselling book, which received the 2019 Indie Book Award for Best Illustrated Non-fiction and was shortlisted for General Non-fiction Book of the Year at the 2019 ABIA.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

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.

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Winner of the Prize for Young Adult Writing at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence,...

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Girls Can Fly

Girls Can Fly

Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Girls Can Fly is an inspirational, young teen book from award-winning Aboriginal writer and artist Sally Morgan and her equally talented daughter Ambelin.

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 Read reviewShauna's Great Expectations

Shauna’s Great Expectations

Kathleen Loughnan

A fresh and compelling novel about an Aboriginal scholarship student and her surprising final year of school. 

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Grace Beside Me

Grace Beside Me

Sue McPherson

Written from teenager girl Fuzzy Mac's perspective, Grace Beside Me is a quirky, warmly rendered story of home and family life in a small town. The black&write! judges remarked on the authentic feel of the Indigenous home life of...

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The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author)

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation and humanity has had to rise from the ashes. But there are now people with abilities -- Flyers, Firestarters, Rumblers … and society is scared of them. The government calls them Illegals.

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Maybe Tomorrow

Maybe Tomorrow

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

Boori Monty Pryor's career path has taken him from the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the runway, the catwalk, the basketball court, the DJ console, and now to performance and story-telling around the country. Boori leads...

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 Read reviewUbby's Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon

Ubby’s Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon

Brenton E. McKenna, Banjo Woorunmurra

It is the late 1940s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is recovering from WWII. Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a small rag-tag gang known as the 'Underdogs'. She meets...

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 Read reviewMeet Me at the Intersection

Meet Me at the Intersection

Rebecca Lim, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as seen...

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Njunjul the Sun

Njunjul the Sun

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

A 16-year-old Aboriginal boy leaves his family and home for the big city, and as he struggles to make sense of his experience he realises that he must have the knowledge of his own people and culture in order to know who he is,...

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 Read reviewUbby's Underdogs: Heroes Beginning

Ubby’s Underdogs: Heroes Beginning

Brenton E. McKenna

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Songs that sound like Blood

Songs that sound like Blood

Jared Thomas

Roxy May Redding's got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She lives in a hot dusty town and is dreaming big. She survives run-ins with the mean girls at...

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Brontide

Brontide

Sue McPherson

Brontide is a coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding,...

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Remembered By Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing

Remembered By Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing

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.

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Wraith

Wraith

Shane Smithers, Alex Smithers

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Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance: A True Story

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance: A True Story

Banjo Woorunmurra, Howard Pedersen

The true story of the Aboriginal resistance fighter, Jandamarra, whose legend is etched into the Australian landscape.

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The Tribe Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

The Tribe Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author)

A storm was stretching out across futures to swallow everything in nothing, and it was growing larger, which meant it was getting nearer...

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Two Ways Strong: Jaz's Story

Two Ways Strong: Jaz’s Story

Claire Scobie, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Kristine Ellis

Going to boarding school can be a difficult transition for many students, but for Indigenous students from remote communities, it can be quite a culture shock. In Two Ways Strong, Indigenous students from Concordia Lutheran...

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Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Jane Harrison

Set within the explosive cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1980s, Becoming Kirrali Lewis chronicles the journey of a young Aboriginal teenager as she leaves her home town in rural Victoria to take on a law degree in...

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Calypso Summer

Calypso Summer

Jared Thomas

Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health...

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