By Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books, Hardback, 64 pages
Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.
The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book. Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Young Dark Emu — A Truer Historyasks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived — a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent.
Age range 10+
WINNER, 2020 AUSTRALIAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION KIDS' READING GUIDE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER, 2020 CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, EVE POWNALL AWARD FOR INFORMATION BOOKS
SHORTLISTED, 2020 AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS, BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (AGES 7-12)
SHORTLISTED, 2020 NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS, PATRICIA WRIGHTSON PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
SHORTLISTED, 2020 ADELAIDE FESTIVAL AWARDS FOR LITERATURE
SHORTLISTED, 2020 INDIE BOOK AWARDS, CHILDREN'S
About the author:
Bruce Pascoe has published widely in both adult and young adult literature. He has won numerous awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award for Young Dark Emu (Magabala Books 2019), New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016 for Dark Emu (Magabala Books 2014) and the Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Young Adult fiction for Fog a Dox (Magabala Books 2012) in 2013. In 2018 Bruce was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. Bruce is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man, and currently lives on his farm in Gippsland, Victoria.