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Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch by Rhonda Collard-Spratt & Jacki Ferro

Aunty Rhonda Collard- Spratt and Jacki Ferro’s Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch is the first in a series called The Spirit of Dreaming. It’s about the Great Spirit who comes to Eart…

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Story Doctors by Boori Monty Pryor & Rita Sinclair

The legendary Boori Monty Pryor has written an evocative poem about healing humanity through restoring our relationship with the earth. Drawing on thousands of years of First Nations knowledge, this …

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Red Panda Rescue by Jess Butterworth & Kirsti Beautyman

Tilly has just moved to a new town and has created an Adventure Book to help her have fun over the school holidays. Mostly her adventure goals are things like ‘make new friends’, but soon she gets a …

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The Story of Australia by Don Watson

In The Story of Australia: For the Young (and the Curious), Don Watson has created a toolbox of critical thinking for young readers. Not just a catalogue of the highlights of the Australian story, it…

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Beeswing: Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967–75 by Richard Thompson

In Beeswing, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson gives his account of the amazing period of cultural change in 1960s London and beyond. This period in music has been written about extensively, …

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The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a force. His appearance on the ABC’s Q&A in 2018 is burnt into my brain. Never before had I witnessed such a scorching critique of racism in Australia on TV. While host Tony…

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Echolalia by Briohny Doyle

While Briohny Doyle’s second novel Echolalia is less overtly end-of-days than her first (The Island Will Sink), it still carries a sense of desolation that speaks to Doyle’s preoccupations with domes…

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

It’s no secret that publishing has a diversity problem. The conversation around how this majority-White industry can meaningfully diversify its workforce is long overdue. The issue is finally getting…

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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Having just diagnosed himself with every illness in his medical textbook, and feeling generally run down by the grind of the city, the narrator of Three Men in a Boat convinces his friends, George an…

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Fault Lines by Emily Itami

Mizuki is a square peg in a round hole. Despite her efforts to break the mould, she finds herself cast as a Japanese housewife and mother of two. She loves her kids, but needs more from life than cra…

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