Indigenous themes in fiction for teenagers

Two Way Strong: Living in Two Worlds

Two Way Strong: Living in Two Worlds

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

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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The Little Red Yellow Black book: An Introduction to Indigenous Australia

The Little Red Yellow Black book: An Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Bruce Pascoe

An introduction to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; their history and their cultures. Conveniently pocket-sized, its attractive design, lucid writing and beautiful illustrations provide a wide-ranging but...

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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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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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No Stars to Wish on

No Stars to Wish on

Zana Fraillon

A little boy's spirit shines amid some dark truths in this tender and memorable novel about being taken from home and put in an orphanage.

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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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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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Nona & Me

Clare Atkins

Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn't matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life. Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the...

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Freedom Ride

Sue Lawson

Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But it's nothing to do with him. That's just the way the Aborigines have always been treated. In the summer of 1965 racial tensions in the town are at boiling point, and something headed...

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The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina

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

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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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

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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 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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Ubby's Underdogs: Heroes Beginning

Ubby’s Underdogs: Heroes Beginning

Brenton E. McKenna

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

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Crow Country

Crow Country

Kate Constable

When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?

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Deadly, Unna?

Deadly, Unna?

Phillip Gwynne

Gutsy and highly intelligent story about Blacky, a fourteen-year-old boy living in a small coastal town in South Australia, and his rites of passage. Winner of the 1999 CBC Award for Older Readers.

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Our Australian Girl: Meet Poppy (Book 1)

Our Australian Girl: Meet Poppy (Book 1)

Gabrielle Wang, Masciullo Lucia

Meet Poppy is the first story in a set of four about the amazing journey of a young Chinese Aboriginal girl, who lives on a Christian mission in 1864. It is a story of bravery and love, as Poppy sets out to chase her brother after...

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Two Hands Together

Two Hands Together

Diana Kidd

When the Rileys move in next door, Lily and Ella become the best of friends. But Lily can't understand why her Dad doesn't like the Rileys. Why doesn't he want them to go over there? Why is he being so horrible and mean? Does...

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 Special priceNanberry: Black Brother White

Nanberry: Black Brother White

Jackie French

The year is 1788, and in the newly created colony at Sydney Cove is struggling for survival. Seen through the eyes of the colony's only surgeon and Nanberry, the Aboriginal boy adopted by Surgeon White who finds himself...

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My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Boori Monty Pryor, Meme McDonald

The Hairyman is a bad spirit who makes it hard for a boy to sleep at night. But then a green tree frog, Girragundji, arrives and helps him face his fears.

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Dougy

Dougy

James Moloney

When Dougy's sister Gracey is picked for the Sale athletics championships, not everybody in their small bush town is pleased. Aborigines get special treatment, some of the angry white people say. The championships change...

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 Read reviewRiding the Black Cockatoo

Riding the Black Cockatoo

John Danalis, Boori Monty Pryor

The inspiring true story of one man's reconciliation journey. All through his growing-up years, John Danalis's family had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece; yet only as an adult did he ask where it came from and whether it...

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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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Tangara

Tangara

Nan Chauncy

Great-great aunt Rita's old shell necklace carries a power that Lexie can't possibly know. Then, when it leads to a new friend, she and Merrina enter the secret gully where Merrina's people live. But the gully holds a terrible...

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