'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)
'Shane and his friend, Red, live on a cattle station in the Kimberleys. The two are bound by their love of horses and their relationship with the land, under threat by the demands of big business. Shane discovers a herd of wild horses, and his determination to capture them is the pivot for an engrossing story about land rights and race relations.' (Publication summary)
'"88 is angry. Damien can feel it prickling the air between them. Every muscle in his body is taut, ready to run, planning his escape over the fire between those chairs and straight down to the creek. But he can't run. Not yet. Nothing has happened, yet. He'd just make a fool of himself. Out of the corner of his eye he watches as 88 slowly packs tobacco in a cigarette paper, rolls it into a cylinder, gets up and moves to sit right next to Damien, so close Damien has to clench his teeth and hang onto the chair to stop himself from bolting."
'Damien can't bear the thought of 88 coming back to live with him and Mum; memories of past violence are too strong. But there's glamour in having a father who rides a Harley Davidson and it leads Damien to run with the in-crowd at school and abandon his real friends.
'Set in a small-town community in northern Australia, The Devil You Know takes you inside the mind and under the skin of a troubled boy with a vivid imagination and one who must wrestle with his own violent impulses and minor betrayals.' (From the publisher's website.)
'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)
'At the edge of a northern Australian city, where river and mangroves reach the sea, two young boys join Uncle Tobias for a day of fishing and hunting.
'Leonie Norrington's beautiful text and Dee Huxley's lush, vibrant illustrations create a world in which the old and new cultures exist comfortably together and children move easily between them.' (Publisher's blurb)
'From the acclaimed author and illustrator team of You and Me: Our Place comes a delightful celebration of outback family life in an Aboriginal community. Leonie Norrington and Dee Huxley visited three northern communities, Wugularr, Barunga and Manyalalluk, to workshop words and drawings for this book.
'With its exuberant rhyming text and wonderful illustrations, Look See, Look at Me perfectly captures a child's everyday life and will be wonderful for sharing with your toddler over and over again.' (From the publisher's website.)
'There are so many kids in Reubens family that his mum has to count them! When they go fishing at One Mile Beach, Reuben hopes Mum will remember! ' (Publication abstract)
'It's school holidays, and all Brigid wants is a best friend of her very own.
'Mum doesn't seem to care now that she is 'expecting-again'. If only Dad would take Brigid to the Botanic Gardens, she might meet a best friend there. And she really is trying to be good and do the right thing. Maybe Granny and her Magic Friendship Spell will do the trick.' (Publication summary)
'Tillithia loves the school holidays and doing stuff with her mum. But Auntie Doreen is here in her big truck to take them both on a real bush holiday!' (Publisher's blurb)
'Croc Bait is the only Solo fiction story to be placed in a recognisably Australian setting, Black Bull Yard, a well-known fishing spot on the Daly River. Sean loves camping and fishing with his extended family, including his two uncles, Uncle Spook and Uncle Whistler. He'd love to go night fishing and croc hunting with the grown-ups, but is always told that he's too small. Early one morning he takes things into his own hands and sneaks out of the tent and down the river to check the fishing lines. A line tied to a big old fallen tree is moving round and round in the water. It's a fish! Excited, Sean walks out along the tree to pull it in. But unknown to him, he's being watched too, by a cold, sleepy crocodile. Luckily Uncle Spook comes to Sean's rescue with his spear-gun, and the two make a pact not to tell Mum and Dad. Sean finally has a nickname, just like Uncle Whistler and Uncle Spook. It's 'Croc Bait'. But only Sean and Uncle Spook know the story behind it!' (Publication summary)
Maningrida CEC's Rainbow Class is made up of children from the Maningrida area coming together and creating stories that they can relate to. With the assistance of award winning Northern Territory writer Leonie Norrington (q.v.) and illustrations by Michael Camilleri the Maningrida CEC's Rainbow Class has produced a number of stories designed to encourage creativity, reading and writing by children.