Indigenous Australian young adult books

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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 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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 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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 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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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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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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Two Ways Strong: Jaz'S Story

Two Ways Strong: Jaz’S Story

Claire Scobie, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Kristine Ellis

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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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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 Tribe Book 2: The Disappearance of Ember Crow

The Tribe Book 2: The Disappearance of Ember Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author)

The Tribe is settling back into life in the Firstwood. But Ashala Wolf is struggling to control her Sleepwalking ability -- it has become unpredictable and dangerous. Then Ember Crow goes missing and Ashala discovers her friend...

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Wraith

Wraith

Shane Smithers, Alex Smithers

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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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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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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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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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Sweet Guy

Sweet Guy

Jared Thomas

Michael Sweet thought his early teens were difficult, he's in for shock now, he's eighteen and ready to start. Life is about to dish up some surprises that help Michael meet his new challenges head on.

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Ruby Moonlight

Ruby Moonlight

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ruby Moonlight, a novel of the impact of colonisation in mid north South Australia around 1880. The main character, Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how...

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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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Fog a Dox

Fog a Dox

Bruce Pascoe

Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. Hes called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives...

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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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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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Too Flash

Too Flash

Melissa Lucashenko

If you are black, overweight and incredibly self-conscious, life sucks, and it sucks even more when your single, white mum moves you to the city, where learning to fit in is even harder than before. This book is aimed at children...

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