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The Barrumbi Kids

 

Honour book in the Children’s Book Council Younger Readers catagory and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award.

Dale and Tomias are best mates. They live at Long Hole community. The kids struggle with school, the trials of growing up, and parental expectations. Life itself is full of danger - from wild bushfires, crocodile-infested rivers and the thick bubbling ooze of the blood pit. As a back drop to the children’s stories there is the land itself - a magnificent landscape of fire and floodplain, unbearable heat and towering storms.

The Barrumbi Kids is a funny unforgettable novel that brilliantly captures the paradoxes of life in the rural Australia  with honesty and humour.

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The Spirit of Barrumbi 

 

Shortlisted for the South Australian Premier's prize and a Notable book in Children's book Council awards.

At the end of the long Dry season most of the Long Hole community has traveled to Barrumbi, the place of water, to give the country a message—to let it know that the people are waiting for rain.  Fifteen-year-old Sean Murphy climbs up to Death Adder Ridge, a prohibited place, a spirit place.  The Wet becomes a flood that overtakes their lives as the spirit of Barrumbi seeks appeasement.

With warmth and humour Spirit of Barrumbi summons up a powerful spirituality and sensitively explores relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.

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Leaving Barrumbi

 

Shortlisted for the South Australian Premier's prize and a Notable book in Children's book Council awards.

At the end of the long Dry season most of the Long Hole community has traveled to Barrumbi, the place of water, to give the country a message—to let it know that the people are waiting for rain.  Fifteen-year-old Sean Murphy climbs up to Death Adder Ridge, a prohibited place, a spirit place.  The Wet becomes a flood that overtakes their lives as the spirit of Barrumbi seeks appeasement.

With warmth and humour Spirit of Barrumbi summons up a powerful spirituality and sensitively explores relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.

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