The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe
Illustrated by Mervyn Street

LONGLISTED (NOTABLES) – Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2016 CBCA Awards 

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the remarkable account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl and her family in the desert country of north-west Australia. A collection of accessible stories that elucidate the rich cultural lives of pre-contact Aboriginal Australians, this book is a valuable resource for educators and young readers, and is accompanied by beautiful black and white illustrations.

Teacher Notes

Reading Australia Teacher Resource

See also Growing up in the Desert, a DVD about author, Mona Chuguna.

Available as eBook
  • Author: Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe
  • Illustrator: Mervyn Street
  • Published: Feb 2015
  • Size: 210 x 165 mm
  • Pages: 112
  • ISBN: 9781922142054
  • Ages: Upper primary
  • Format: Paperback

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