By Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison
Beautiful Night (Hachette 2021) will be illustrated by Dub Leffler. The picture book follows a child and parent as they adventure around Australia finding all the beautiful night scenes.
Shortlisted for the inaugural Daisy Utemorrah prize in 2019
Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2021) was shortlisted for the inaugural Daisy Utemorrah prize in 2019. Tracks of the Missing is a suspenseful crime thriller that draws the reader in from the first pages and never lets go. The tension steadily escalates as events unfold and the text becomes richer with layers of meaning that build to a surprising climax that weaves together past, present and future.
by Hakea Hustler & Carl Merrison
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 powerless to change the things she sees around her, until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength. A wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.
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