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Leonie Robin Norrington (28 works by fr. 1999) Leonie Norrington, the third of nine children, grew up at Barunga Aboriginal community, south of Katherine. She worked at a variety of jobs before studying journalism as a mature-age student. Norrington works as an author, journalist and feature writer and is a presenter on the Northern Territory's Gardening Australia program on ABC television. Some of her other books include Women's Talk (1999) Tropical Food Gardens (2001).
1 Leonie Norrington Lee Finkelstein , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 51 no. 3 2007; (p. 18)
1 Leonie Norrington : An Interview Angie Schiavone (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , August/September no. 180 2008; (p. 8)
1 Losing Reuben by Leonie Norrington Jenny Heslop , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , February 2014;

— Review of Losing Rueben Leonie Robin Norrington 2013 single work children's fiction
1 Bush Holiday by Leonie Norrington Jenny Heslop , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , July 2013;

— Review of Bush Holiday Leonie Robin Norrington 2013 single work children's fiction
1 Meet a New Author : Leonie Norrington Lyn Linning , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 17 no. 4 2002; (p. 18-19)
1 Whitefella Respect for Blackfella Culture : An Interview with Leonie Norrington Suzanne Eggins , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 2004; (p. 8-9)
Leonie Norrington and Suzanne Eggins explore how some key themes from Norrington's childhood are expressed in The Barrumbi Kids series.
1 12 y The Barrumbi Kids Leonie Robin Norrington , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2002 Z981453 2002 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 7 y The Spirit of Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2003 Z1082025 2003 single work children's fiction children's adventure From Kinetica: While camped at Barrumbi, the place of water, 15 year-old Sean Murphy secretly leaves to climb Death Adder Ridge, which he knows is prohibited as it is a spirit place. After a fall, he seeks shelter in a cave, where he is kept captive by old men, who seek to teach Sean to respect Aboriginal spirituality.
1 7 y The Last Muster Leonie Robin Norrington , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2004 Z1167512 2004 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 7 y The Devil You Know Leonie Robin Norrington , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1628363 2009 single work novel young adult

'"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.)

1 9 y Leaving Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2007 Z1394711 2007 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 7 y You and Me : Our Place Leonie Robin Norrington , Dee Huxley (illustrator), Kingswood : Working Title Press , 2007 Z1412604 2007 single work picture book children's

'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)

1 6 y Look See, Look at Me Leonie Robin Norrington , Dee Huxley (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1668980 2010 single work picture book children's

'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.)

1 y Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , 2003 Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2003- 11555609 2003 series - author children's fiction
1 y Women's Talk : Territory Women's Stories Leonie Robin Norrington , Noonamah : Greenants and Gravel , 1999 Z1318941 1999 selected work short story
1 y What Kind Debil? Leonie Robin Norrington , Timber Creek Primary School , Z1696114 single work short story Indigenous story thriller children's
1 Old Women's Business Leonie Robin Norrington , 2013 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Griffith Review , no. 42 2013; (p. 87-97)
1 1 y Crocodile Jack Leonie Robin Norrington , Melbourne : Pearson Longman , 2004 Z1807159 2004 single work children's fiction children's 'Jack's big brother Tom has asked him to go fishing. But Jack knows you should never go fishing when there are crocs about...' (Publisher's blurb)
1 1 y Brigid Lucy Wants a Pet Leonie Robin Norrington , Neutral Bay : Little Hare Books , 2011 Z1799187 2011 single work children's fiction children's Brigid Lucy tries to be good, but it doesn't always work. This could be due to the invisible imp hiding in her hair. When Biddy's pet slug dies in tragic circumstances, Dad promises to buy Biddy a new pet. But Dad is allergic to almost every pet in the pet shop and the consequence is a menagerie of mayhem! Things are made even worse when the invisible imp in Biddy's hair decides to get involved. She can't help but encourage Biddy into trouble... (Libraries Australia).
1 Brigid Lucy Series Leonie Robin Norrington , 2011 series - author children's fiction
1 Annie and Her Dad Leonie Robin Norrington , 2007 single work children's fiction children's
— Appears in: Whatever...! : More Treasures From the Northern Territory 2007; (p. 1-5)
Annie lives with her father while her mother works and lives in town but the teacher at Annie's school believes 'little girls need their mothers'. Annie tries to display everything her father has taught her including reading, astromony and even how to catch crabs but it takes someone else to intervene and convince Miss Crisp that it is a successful arrangement.
1 y Brigid Lucy and the Princess Tower Leonie Robin Norrington , Neutral Bay : Little Hare Books , 2011 Z1799220 2011 single work children's fiction children's Biddy is excited when she spots a real-life Princess Tower from the window of the train. So is the invisible imp that lives in her hair. It is going to lead to all sorts of trouble! Mum says the tower is a cathedral, but what do grown-ups know? When Biddy and the imp investigate further, they discover that Rapunzel is trapped inside the tower! (Libraries Australia).
1 y Muya Maningrida CEC's Class , Leonie Robin Norrington , Michael Camilleri (illustrator), Maningrida : Maningrida Literature Production Centre , 2009 Z1627398 2009 single work children's fiction children's
1 y Smells in the Forest Leonie Robin Norrington , Maningrida CEC's Class , Michael Camilleri (illustrator), Maningrida : NT Government, Department of Education and Training Maningrida Literature Production Centre , 2009 Z1626841 2009 single work short story Indigenous story
1 2 y Losing Rueben Leonie Robin Norrington , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2013 7178327 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 y Brigid Lucy Wants/Needs a Friend Leonie Robin Norrington , Surry Hills : Little Hare Books , 2013 9379069 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 1 y Under the Mango Tree : Oral Histories with Indigenous People from the Top End Peg Havnen , Leonie Robin Norrington (editor), Winnellie : Northern Territory Writers' Centre , 2001 Z1659035 2001 anthology oral history 'Under the Mango Tree provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of Darwin and the Top End from an Indigenous perspective. The contributors speak frankly about their lives, from pre World War II years to the present day. From joy of 'mixed-race' dances at the Sunshine Club, midnight mango raids, and the smell of satay outside Darwin's Star Theatre, to the anguish of 'half-caste' children separated from their families, this collection evokes a contrasting picture of racial harmony and prejudice. Ultimately it is a record of the strength and diversity and a tribute to the Indigenous families who contributed greatly to the life of the Northern Territory and continue to do so...' (Back cover)
1 2 y Bush Holiday Leonie Robin Norrington , Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2013 6190556 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 2 y Croc Bait Leonie Robin Norrington , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2003 Z1038258 2003 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

1 y Balanda Ice Cream and the Cheeky Dog Maningrida CEC's Class , Leonie Robin Norrington , Michael Camilleri (illustrator), Maningrida : Maningrida Literature Production Centre , 2009 Z1627390 2009 single work children's fiction children's
1 y Monster Makes Friends Leonie Robin Norrington , Maningrida CEC's Class , Michael Camilleri (illustrator), Maningrida : Maningrida Literature Production Centre , 2009 Z1627405 2009 single work children's fiction children's
1 1 y Whatever...! : More Treasures From the Northern Territory Leonie Robin Norrington (editor), Kim Caraher (editor), Diane Lucas (editor), Kaye Aldenhoven (editor), Jane Moore (editor), Sandra Parker (editor), Susan Wills (editor), Darwin : Northern Territory Writers' Centre , 2007 Z1516298 2007 anthology children's fiction poetry children's A collection of stories and poems from writers supported by the Northern Territory Writers Centre.
1 Between Two Worlds Leonie Robin Norrington , 2002 single work short story
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 46 no. 3 2002; (p. 71-75)
Maningrida CEC's Class (Organisation) assertion (a.k.a. Maningrida Community Education Centre's Class; Maningrida CEC's Murnun Class; Maningrida CEC's A. L. Class; Maningrida CEC's Rainbow Class) (4 works by fr. 2009)

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.

Michael Camilleri (7 works by fr. 2009) Michael Camilleri is an illustrator who has worked on a number of children's stories by Maningrida CEC's Class and Leonie Norrington. Camilleri was also the illustrator for The Devil You Know by Leonie Norrington.
1 The Author 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 11 December no. 291 2002; (p. 33)
1 Top End Teller of Tales Blooms Late Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 February 2015; (p. 15)
'Award-winning children's author Leonie Norrington knows it's never too late to learn to read and write because she did as a 20-year-old mother of three children...'
1 Cultivating Tales Justine Reilly , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 7 - 13 February no. 622 2007; (p. 25)
Timber Creek Primary School (Organisation) assertion (1 works by)
1 Out Back Adventures Kevin Steinberger , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 22 no. 5 2007; (p. 8-10)

— Review of Croc on the Loose Grace MacDonald Baldwin 2004 single work children's fiction ; The Giant Scrub Python Grace MacDonald Baldwin 2003 single work children's fiction ; Cross Currents Mrs Patchett Martin 1899 single work short story ; Bushfire Rescue Justin D'Ath 2005 single work children's fiction ; Crocodile Attack! Justin D'Ath 2005 single work children's fiction ; Scorpion Sting Justin D'Ath 2006 single work children's fiction ; Spider Bite Justin D'Ath 2007 single work children's fiction ; Secrets of Eromanga Sheryl Gwyther 2006 single work novel ; Blind Trek Jim Kennedy 2007 single work children's fiction ; 68 Teeth James Moloney 2004 single work children's fiction ; Croc Bait Leonie Robin Norrington 2003 single work children's fiction ; The Barrumbi Kids Leonie Robin Norrington 2002 single work children's fiction ; The Spirit of Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington 2003 single work children's fiction ; Leaving Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington 2007 single work children's fiction ; The Last Muster Leonie Robin Norrington 2004 single work children's fiction ; Crocodile Attack Leone Peguero 2004 single work picture book ; Brumby Plains Joanne Van Os 2006 series - author children's fiction ; Castaway Joanne Van Os 2007 single work children's fiction
Arguing that 'the elemental adventure story is making a comeback' (8), Steinberger gives a brief overview of a number of Australian children's fictions which he sees as representing a 'new wave of outback adventures' (10).
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