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SHORTLISTED, 2022 AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS, SMALL PUBLISHER'S CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR
NOTABLES, 2022 CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, EVE POWNALL AWARD
Kunyi June Anne McInerney was just four years old when she and three of her siblings were taken from their family to the Oodnadatta Children’s Home in South Australia in the 1950s.
Through an extraordinary collection of over 60 paintings, accompanied by stories, Kunyi presents a rare chronicle of what life was like for her and the other Children’s Home kids who became her family.
Her paintings are a healing trove of memories that reveal the loneliness, fear and courage of the Stolen Generation children who were torn from family and loved ones. From bible lessons to sucking bone marrow and collecting bush fruits, the escapades, adventures and sorrows of the children are painted with warmth, humour and unflinching honesty.
Kunyi’s story is one of healing and reconciliation. She is telling it so that the lives of the children at Oodnadatta Children’s Home will not be forgotten. This is a collection of tender and honest stories that will educate children on our nation’s history and remind adult readers of the real impact of the Stolen Generations.
"…a significant picture book that is a historical record, unique memoir and moving tribute to those children of the Stolen Generations…middle primary through to adult readers..."
– Nola Allen, Magpies Magazine
"I loved this art, and this story..."
– Kevin Brophy, CBCA Reading Time
"Kunyi is an enjoyable, honest, compelling and open-hearted read."
– Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Books+Publishing
"Kunyi is an honest and engrossing glimpse of young lives lived between two cultures and is essential reading." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
– Jo Vabolis, GLAM Adelaide
"A wonderful addition to home, school and public libraries…"
– Kathryn Beilby, ReadPlus