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Black Cockatoo and the Readings Children’s Book of the Year shortlist

Black Cockatoo and the Readings Children’s Book of the Year shortlist

We are so overwhelmed and excited to be shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Award 2019. Readings have been an amazing in helping share our book to the wider market. Soon after our launch in 2018 we made two of... More

Deadly Reads: Idea Jar

Deadly Reads: Idea Jar

Sorry all you mob… I’m doing a children’s book review again! The teacher in me couldn’t help it! So just click away from this page if you came here looking for some skutta Aboriginal YA book suggestions ;p Idea Jar-... More

Deadly Reads: Two Wolves

Deadly Reads: Two Wolves

I was lucky enough to attend one of author, Tristan Bancks, StoryBoard writing workshops at Bangalow NSW where some of the scenes of the book were inspired! So needless to say- I loved this book because I had a connection.... More

Deadly Reads: Between Us

Deadly Reads: Between Us

Wow! Clare Atkins’ second novel, Between Us, is a must read for every Australian… especially you. 10 Reasons to Read Between Us (Black Inc Books 2018) Hear asylum seeker voice: It’s a chance to get inside the head of a... More

Deady Reads: Mallee Boys

Deady Reads: Mallee Boys

I loved this book so much I did the ‘fan girl’ thing by contacting the author on Twitter! So I’m not a teenage boy, or a farmer and have never lived in a rural farming town. This book shouldn’t really... More

Deadly Reads: The Comet Box

Deadly Reads: The Comet Box

The Comet Box- Adrian Stirling (Penguin 2011) >> Spoiler alerts << As writers the advice you often get is to ‘read wide’ which basically means read as much as you can in as many genres as you can. I was... More

Deadly Reads: Diary of an AFL Legend

Deadly Reads: Diary of an AFL Legend

Diary of an AFL Legend by Shamini Flint I have no idea how Marcus Atkinson, the main character in this book, survived until he was nine never learning any of the rules of AFL! His complete lack of any knowledge... More

Deadly Reads: Kick with My Left Foot

Deadly Reads: Kick with My Left Foot

Between the two of us life has been pretty full at the moment! The launch of Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018), writing our second novel about featherfoot, volunteering with Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns, coaching the local woman’s footy team, working... More

Deadly Reads: Go Home Cheeky Animals

Deadly Reads: Go Home Cheeky Animals

Ok, so this book totally isn’t aimed at YA audiences… but it was so good reading it to little Ms 2, Ms 5 and Mr 9 that we thought we’d add it here. Maybe every book starts to sound good... More

Black Cockatoo Novella Reviews

Black Cockatoo Novella Reviews

October 27, 2018

Read some of these deadly reviews on Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018)!  https://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/black-cockatoo-blakwork/2018/12 http://underground-writers.org/2186-2/ https://losangzopa.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/black-cockatoo-carl-merrison-and-hakea-hustler/ https://www.readings.com.au/news/childrens-books-that-teach-resilience?fbclid=IwAR1mPXvOLB0EJ_vCdxbmR_s8aTUwI5P-nCA3DNk5De4Gm9ZHNnAJ9omZAwc https://telltalestome.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/black-cockatoo-by-carl-merrison-and-hakea-hustler/ https://www.readplus.com.au/blog_detail.php?id=9103&fbclid=IwAR2VGg2GtjlG0QKKM3-m0ctILCNmg-hP90T1bwbyGyAZ9k2aYYFRTvHnCr0 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40530925-black-cockatoo Some of the criticisms were: Animal abuse- Hakea is a vegan, Carl hunts traditionally and with a gun when out on Country. Treatment... More

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