Nancy wants so much to be the centre of attention at school that she makes up a story - a wish, really. But with the help of stories from both sides of her family - white Australian and Aborginal - she learns something about what is true for her, and what she herself has to offer. Nancy is worried. She's said she has a Venus Flytrap, but she hasn't really got one, and now the teacher wants her to bring it in to show the class. It wasn't really a lie, it was more like...a wish.
Library Books, Genre: Narrative
'The other day this little one asked me, "When did you start being an Aborigine, and how old were you when you started that?" Like it was a career path or something. I just cracked up laughing.' Boori Monty Pryor's career path has taken him from the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the catwalk, the basketball court, the DJ console, and now to performance and story-telling around the country.'The other day this little one asked me, "When did you start being an Aborigine, and how old were you when you started that?" Like it was a career path or something.
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Njunjul the Sun
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, and to find his direction. 'I'm heading out on m'own, down the highway to the big city. Going south. I lost my taste for knowing the old ways. I'm wanting what's new. What's exciting, what's out there on the other side of town. That's what got me on this bus. I gotta get out, see. This is my chance. My chance to do something…”
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The Binna Binna Man
The powerful story of an Aboriginal teenage boy who is caught between the attractions of city life and the ways of his people. After a terrifying encounter with the Binna Binna man he knows what he must do in order to be true to himself. 'The Binna Binna man is a big fulla and he stinks like a goat. He can be good and heal you, but if you poke fun at him then you can get into big trouble, like die.'
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The story of an Aboriginal boy whose house is invaded by a Hairyman - a spirit the old people call a Quinkin. When a little green tree frog lands on his windowsill, he knows she has been sent by the ancestors to help him face his fears. Description 'I wake with a start. The doorknob turns. It's him. The Hairyman...' There's a bad spirit in our house. He's as ugly as ugly gets and he stinks. You touch this kind of Hairyman and you lose your voice, or choke to death. It's hard to sleep when a hairy wrinkly old hand might grab you in the night. And in the day you've got to watch yourself.
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'Deadly, unna?' He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red & Blacky don't have a lot in common. Dumby's the star of the footy team, he's got a killer smile & the knack with girls, & he's a Nunga. Blacky's a gutless wonder, needs braces, never knows what to say, & he's white. But they're friends... & it could be deadly, unna? This gutsy novel, set in a small coastal town in South Australia is a rites-of-passage story about two boys confronting the depth of racism that exists all around them.
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Shake A Leg
From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance & cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour & meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian & make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise! All you fellas watching, come up, join in, warrima. Clap your hands, little ones. Stamp your feet, nannas. Get down & dance, you smart young things, mummas & daddas. Let's get the whole town dancing!
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Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Friends and Family
Meet Adam – a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS – he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.
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