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WINNER, 2019 WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PREMIER’S BOOK AWARDS, DAISY UTEMORRAH AWARD
WINNER, 2021 AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS, SMALL PUBLISHERS' CHILDRENS BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED, 2021 CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, YOUNGER READERS
SHORTLISTED, 2021 AUSTRALIAN BOOK DESIGN AWARDS, Best Designed Children’s FICTION Book
SHORTLISTED, 2021 READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE
LONGLISTED, 2021 COLIN RODERICK AWARD
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.
"To read and consume the verse novel ‘Bindi’ is a gift…"
– Lauren Pratt, Underground Writers
"...beautifully written novel…a call to action for young people to understand their role in conservation and caring for Country."
– Australian Geographic Explorers
"...this story deals with feelings of anger, despair and frustration, while also rejoicing in growing up on country and surrounded by love...Beautiful and intricate illustrations from Leffler further enhance the story’s emotional complexity."
– Clare Millar, The Guardian
"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
"...an 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