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Celebrating Indigenous Writers

National Reconciliation Week is a celebration that takes place each year across Australia from May 27th to June 3rd. It's a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

Join in and help celebrate this national event by reading some of the Indigenous titles available in the library!

Picture Books

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My Country by Sally Morgan

Best-selling author and internationally renowned painter Sally Morgan teams up with Ezekiel Kwaymullina for a picture book celebrating country. A gorgeous new picture book in simple, lyrical prose and vibrant colour.

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Junior Fiction

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Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle by Belinda Murrell

Lulu Bell and her family are setting off on an adventure a long way from home. Mum has been invited to visit an Aboriginal community to choose paintings for an art exhibition. Lulu, Rosie and Gus are having lots of fun swimming and fishing with their new friends. But there is one thing Lulu would really like to see. Maybe wishing upon a star will help her dream come true.

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The Magic Fair by Sally Morgan

The magic fair has a lot more than just fairy floss and fun rides. It has cakes that jump and pies that fly. Kayla and her cousin Peter find out that not all the surprises are nice ones. When Peter is mean to Kayla the Fair takes matters into its own hands in a very unusual way.

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Junior Non Fiction

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Remembered by Heart by Sally Morgan

This moving collection of youthful memories touches on a broad sweep of history and includes people from many different Aboriginal countries. 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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Adult Fiction

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Sorry by Gail Jones

This is a story that can only be told in a whisper...In the remote outback of North-west Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita. Her childhood is far from ordinary; a shack in the wilderness, with a distant father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose knowledge of Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl's limited education. Emotionally adrift, Perdita develops a friendship with an Aboriginal girl, Mary, with whom she will share a very special bond. She appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until Nicholas Keane is discovered murdered.

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Adult Non Fiction

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The Stolen Children : Their Stories by Carmel Bird

Following the unprecedented demand for the Report on the stolen children which was published by The Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (HEROC) and retailed at $60.00, here are extracts from the Report which are mostly comprised of the actual stories told by the stolen generations of their experiences. These stories are deeply moving and compelling.

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Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss

Winner of the Vic Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing.The story of an urban-based high achieving Aboriginal woman working to break down stereotypes and build bridges between black and white Australia. I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be. What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school.

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The Story of Australia's People : The rise and fall of ancient Australia by Geoffrey Blainey

The first installment of a two-part work, this title covers Australia's early history, from the arrival of Aborigines, to the arrival of Europeans, up to the early part of the 1800's.

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