NAIDOC Week Young Adults

Updated June 6, 2023
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Unlimited Futures : speculative, visionary Blak and Black Fiction
Ismail, Rafeif; Neerven, Ellen van
Unlimited Futures is an anthology of Own Voice speculative fiction from First Nations writers and Black writers, reflecting visionary pasts, hopeful futures and the invisible ties between First Nations people and People of Colour. With Contributions By- Tuesday Atzinger, Flora...
Tracks of the missing
Merrison, Carl
Age range 12+ 'There must be payback.' 'There must, you are right,' Grandfather agrees. 'What can you offer in exchange?' Grandfather holds up his arms, open, offering himself as a sacrifice. 'I am old.' Deklan 'Dek' Archer and...
Meet me at the intersection
Lim, Rebecca
With works by Ellen van Neerven, Graham Akhurst, Kyle Lynch, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Olivia Muscat, Mimi Lee, Jessica Walton, Kelly Gardiner, Rafeif Ismail, Yvette Walker, Amra Pajalic, Omar Sakr, Wendy Chen, Jordi Kerr, Rebecca Lim, Michelle Aung Thin and Alice Pung, this anthology is designed to...
My spare heart
Thomas, Jared
Seventeen-year-old Phoebe's life is turned upside down when she moves from the city to the country to live with her dad in this powerful and uplifting story about family breakdowns, facing truths and finding balance.
Black cockatoo
Merrison, Carl
Black Cockatoo is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the family. She feels...
The boy from the Mish
Lonesborough, Gary
A funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.
Catching teller crow
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
This Victorian Premier's Literary Award winner is a totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, told half in prose and half in verse, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.
Shauna's great expectations
Loughnan, Kathleen
A fresh and compelling novel about an Aboriginal scholarship student and her surprising final year of school.
My father's shadow
Jones, Jannali
Kaya is completing her Higher School Certificate when she is woken in the middle of the night by her mother. They are to pack immediately and go to their holiday home in the Blue Mountains. Her father is 'not coming back'. He has been involved in a court case to give evidence against some dangerous...
McPherson, Sue
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, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound. The boys like to challenge...
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia
Heiss, Anita
.Childhood stories of family, country and belonging What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors...
Welcome to country : an introduction to our first peoples for young Australians
Langton, Marcia
'Australia is alive with the long history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our cultures and our stories. My generation of Aboriginal people want young Australians to be taught more about our history and culture than we were. I have met very few Australians who learned...
Riding the black cockatoo
Danalis, John.
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 should be restored to its rightful owners.
Harrison, Jane
"Stolen" tells of five Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families, brought up in a repressive children's home and trained for domestic service and other menial jobs. Segregated from their community, after their release they begin their journey 'home', not all of them successfully. The...
Cooking with the oldest foods on earth : Australian native foods recipes and sources
Newton, John
Native produce business is booming and it's about to enter a new phase--Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers' markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies--John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home....
Australia's original languages : an introduction
Dixon, Robert M. W.
An introduction to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages that explains their distinctive features accessibly for readers who have no previous experience with learning another language, and shows how language reflects traditional culture.
Sand talk : how indigenous thinking can save the world
Yunkaporta, Tyson
This remarkable book is about everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and science and spirits to Schrodinger's cat. Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective. He asks how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation. How does this...
Fire front : First Nations poetry and power today
Whittaker, Alison
This important anthology, curated by Gomeroi poet and academic Alison Whittaker, showcases Australia's most-respected First Nations poets alongside some of the rising stars. Featured poets include Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Ellen van Neerven, Tony Birch, Claire G. Coleman, Evelyn...

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