'Dale and Tomias are best mates.
'Tomias's ancestors have lived at Long Hole since the Dreaming. Dales's grandfather was the first white man to settle here. This is their country.
'An exciting, funny first novel about children moving between Aboriginal and white cultures.' (Publication summary)
'Leaving Barrumbi is an inspirational tale of two boys’ friendship as they continue their journeys into adulthood.
'The nine-hour trip to his new school is just the beginning of the worst time in Dale Murphy’s life. He has to deal with assemblies and detentions, strange food, new enemies, and more white kids than he's ever seen in his life. He feels caught between two cultures and he struggles to make the school staff understand that he belongs with the Aboriginal kids.
'Then his best mate, Tomias Andjurika, a high achiever, good at everything, starts to be interested in girls! Dale’s left behind. He doesn’t know who he is any more.
'An insightful, humourous and moving tale of adolescence, friendship and finding out how to belong. ' (Publication summary)