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Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!

Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.


Praise for Bindi

"The beautiful illustrations are perfectly detailed balancing the sparsity of the text, with a story of incredible power."
The West Australian

"...wonderfully engaging verse novel...Bindi is a must-read for ages seven and up." 
Hannah Gardiner, Books+Publishing

"Highly recommended...beautifully written heartwarming story…"
Helen Eddy, ReadPlus

" enlightening verse novel...a lovely blend of appeal and lyricism and incorporates language so skilfully that young readers will understand the Gundungurra words."
Joy Lawn, Paperbark Words

"Kirli’s expressive language is beautifully paired with the equally expressive illustrations of Bigambul artist Dub Leffler...It is a visceral read and bone-achingly moving."
Oh Creative Day

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international writer of poetry, plays and picture books. She is a teacher, cultural consultant and artist. In 2020, Kirli was named the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

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Dub Leffler
Descendent from the Bigambul people of South-West Queensland, Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought-after illustrators of children’s literature. As well as an illustrator, Dub is the author of two children’s books and is currently illustrating his 25th title....

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