Black Cockatoo

Carl MerrisonHakea Hustler

Black Cockatoo is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the family. She feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength.

A wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.

This deceptively simple tale has a quiet power... It is a reminder that gentleness is a form of strength.

- Judges comments, Readings Children's Book Prize

A delicate balance is maintained between presenting Indigenous culture in a way which inspires admiration and presenting the challenges faced in communities."

- Judges comments, CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Subtle and touching, Black Cockatoo reaches into the heart and will speak to anyone’s need to find their place in this world and the freedom to do so

- Writing WA

Release
Jul-2018
ISBN
9781925360707
RRP (AUD)
$11.99
Pages
64
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
Middle Grade Fiction

Carl Merrison

Carl Merrison

Magabala Books

Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house. Aboriginal owned and led, we celebrate and nurture the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

Black Cockatoo
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World
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