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Finding Our Heart

Finding Our Heart

Thomas Mayor, Blak Douglas

A young reader's edition that follows Thomas Mayor's bestselling book Finding the Heart of the Nation.

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The Crossover: Graphic Novel

The Crossover: Graphic Novel

Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile

'With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . 'Cuz tonight I'm delivering,' raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood - he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it's all on the...

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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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Martin Luther King, Jr. (Little People, Big Dreams)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Little People, Big Dreams)

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Mai Ly Degnan

Learn about the incredible life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the inspiring minister and civil rights activist, in this book from the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series.

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Blended

Sharon M. Draper

Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are...

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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Evonne Goolagong (Little People, Big Dreams)

Evonne Goolagong (Little People, Big Dreams)

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Lisa Koesterke

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Evonne Goolagong tells the inspiring story of this indigenous Australian tennis star.

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The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson

From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest...

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Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

Jasmine Seymour, Leanne Mulgo Watson

'Warami mittigar. Hello friend.We welcome you to Darug Country.' Cooee Mittigar takes you on a walk through Darug Country.

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 Read reviewSLAY

SLAY

Brittney Morris

Black Panther meets Ready Player One. A fierce teen game developer battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers.

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Jackpot

Jackpot

Nic Stone

This is big ticket love. All bets are off.

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Our Home, Our Heartbeat

Our Home, Our Heartbeat

Adam Briggs, Kate Moon, Rachael Sarra

Adapted from Briggs' celebrated song 'The Children Came Back', Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous...

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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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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 Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friends fatal shooting by a police officer.    

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Respect

Respect

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Lisa Kennedy

A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves. Part of the Our Place series which welcomes children to culture. 

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This Book Is Anti-Racist

This Book Is Anti-Racist

Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand

Learn about identities, histories, and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid out chapters.

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The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business

Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business

Rebel Girls, Jestine Ware, Salini Perera

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes the fictionalized biography based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker: America's first self-made millionaire.

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Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses

Malorie Blackman

Award-winning author Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternative historical reality. Previous titles by the author include Pig-Heart Boy , Hacker , Dangerous Reality and ...

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Dread Nation

Dread Nation

Justina Ireland

The powerful, gut-wrenching New York Times bestseller tells the gripping story of a young black girl trained to fight the walking dead in an alternate America.       

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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Pili Aguado

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Harriet Tubman tells the inspiring story of this courageous abolitionist's life.

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Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

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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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Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds, Chris Priestley

Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us. After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in,...

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Lisbeth Kaiser, Marta Antelo

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Rosa Parks tells the inspiring story of the 'Mother of the Freedom Movement.'

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My Kind

My Kind

Eddie Betts

MY KIND is the first book by AFL star Eddie Betts, which celebrates the power and positivity we can create when we come together and spread kindness.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Magic can burn, turn tides, light the darkness and bring back the dead. But magic is gone. So one girl must bring it back in the first in a gripping fantasy trilogy. A gorgeous hardback edition of Children of Blood and Bone,...

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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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You Must Be Layla

You Must Be Layla

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up!

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 Read reviewWombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Helen Milroy

From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships.

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Japarrika Rises

Japarrika Rises

David Lawrence, Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Shelley Ware

Kay-Bell is desperate to play in the AFLW, but there are many obstacles ahead for the footy star.

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Pet

Pet

Akwaeke Emezi

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.

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 Read reviewWith the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo

From New York Times bestselling author of POET X comes a story of a girl with talent, pride and a little bit of magic that keeps her fire burning bright.

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 Read reviewOn the Come Up

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job...

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country (Board book)

Welcome To Country (Board book)

Lisa Kennedy, Aunty Joy Murphy

An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning board book from two Indigenous Australians.

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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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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight

Gilly Segal, Kimberly Jones

From #OwnVoices debut author duo Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones comes a page-turning and timely story about two teenage girls - one black, one white - who only have each other to get through the violent race riots enveloping their...

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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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The Belles

The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton

Nominated for the 2019 Lodestar Award for best YA book, this is the dazzling instant New York Times bestseller, THE BELLES, the next big thing in YA with a wealth of incredible reviews from Buzzfeed, Kirkus, Rick Riordan, Roxane...

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My Father's Shadow

My Father’s Shadow

Jannali Jones

Jannali Jones has crafted a thrilling story for readers 16 and up which stays on the edge right to the end.

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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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