Black Cockatoo Novella Reviews

October 27, 2018

Read some of these deadly reviews on Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018)! 

Some of the criticisms were:

  • Animal abuse- Hakea is a vegan, Carl hunts traditionally and with a gun when out on Country. Treatment of animals living remote was really confronting for Hakea when she first arrived- and still is. But… it was a reality that needed to be shown so people can reflect on outback experience.
  • Mia felt younger than 13yo- The story doesn’t
  • Short- The novella was written FOR remote Aboriginal teens so they can see their experience in a book that they can access. The unfortunate reality is that Aboriginal literacy rates fall well below the Australian benchmarks. We hoped to increase literacy with engagement in a short chapter book- their language/culture/experience being respected and recorded, sense of achievement when they complete the book etc.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and review!

 

 


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