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WINNER, 2020 AUSTRALIAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION KIDS' READING GUIDE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER, 2020 CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, EVE POWNALL AWARD FOR INFORMATION BOOKS
SHORTLISTED, 2020 AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS, BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (AGES 7-12)
SHORTLISTED, 2020 NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS, PATRICIA WRIGHTSON PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
SHORTLISTED, 2020 ADELAIDE FESTIVAL AWARDS FOR LITERATURE
SHORTLISTED, 2020 INDIE BOOK AWARDS, CHILDREN'S
Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
"…this book should be required reading for all - it is a gift of knowledge we should all be grateful for."
– Australian Geographic Explorers
"This elegant, accessible and beguilingly informative book should be required reading."
– Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser
"Stunningly presented in striking shades of ochre, orange, black and white, this seminal book invites young readers to contemplate a different picture of Aboriginal culture and the concept of terra nullius."
– Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, The Canberra Times
Listen to Bruce Pascoe's interview with Daniel Browning on Radio National