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SHORTLISTED – 2020 ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)
SHORTLISTED - 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Eve Pownall Award
SHORTLISTED – 2020 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards
SHORTLISTED – 2020 Indie Book Awards: Children's
WINNER – 2020 Australian Booksellers Association Kids' Reading Guide Children's Book of the Year
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 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