Novels- Aboriginal culture

These books are in the Greater Kengal school libraries

The Barrumbi kids

Dale and Tomias, live in the outback. They have a deep love for the wild, ancient land that is their home and move easily between their Aboriginal and white cultures, until someone turns up to spoil their last year at the community school.

Leonie Norrington

YCPS- 2 copies

BCPS- 1 copy

The Burnt Stick

The Burnt Stick is the story of a young Australian aboriginal boy, John Jagamarra, who was taken from his mother by the Welfare Department, and sent to the Fathers at the Pearl Bay Mission.

Nobody asked the mothers ... The Welfare believed they would soon get over their loss. And nobody asked the children - they would soon forget.

Yet John Jagamarra did not forget. He was nearly five when the Big Man from Welfare came looking for him - and you can remember many things when you are almost five years old.

Anthony Hill

YCPS- 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

Bush holiday

Leonie Norringto

YCPS 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

Croc Bait

Croc Bait is a Solo title about a little Aboriginal boy called Sean, who goes on a fishing camp with his extended family and has an unexpected encounter with a crocodile! Solo titles are easy-to-read stories for beginning readers.

Leonie Norrington

BCPS- 1 copy

Crow Country

adie has moved to the country with her mum, although she would have preferred to stay in Melbourne with her friends. Life takes an unexpected turn when Sadie has an unusual encounter with a crow on a dried-up lake, and then meets Lachie Mortlock. Living in the country takes on new meaning, especially when Crow gives Sadie a secret to keep and a mystery to solve.

Kate Constable

YCSP- 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

Daniel's secret

Daniel has found an Aboriginal carving on the cliff face. He wants to share his secret but, as the youngest member of a busy family, he can't persuade anyone to accompany him.

Christobel Mattingley ; illustrated by Mark Wilson

YCPS- 1 copy

Darkness under the hills

illustrated by A.M. Hicks

The drought maker

retold by Ron Baker

2 copies

Enora and the Black Crane

A traditional story based on Arone Meeks’ knowledge of the bush, the spirits who lived there and their laws as taught to him by his grandfather of the Kokoimudgji tribe in Queensland. The natural world is being created and Enora’s people are surrounded by bush foods and animals. When Enora discovers a shimmering rainbow flying through the rainforest, he sets out to discover its meaning.

Arone Raymond Meeks

BCPS- 1 copy

Ernie Dingo : king of the kids : an Australian's story

Sally Dingo

The fat and juicy place

At the back of Jack's school is a special place. He can't tell anyone except his mate, Lizard, about all the things that can happen there. When Jack meets the mysterious Birdman, he learns secrets about the past that he just can't tell anyone.

Diana Kidd ; illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft

YCPS- 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

The Fire in the Stone

When his precious cache of opals is stolen, 14-year-old Ernie, who lives with his alcoholic father in the harsh and lawless opal fields of inland Australia, sets out with a friend determined to find the thief.

Colin Thiele

YCPS- 1 copy


He emerged from the cave of bats with the name given to him by his people. He was Jandamarra, a man of power who could appear and disappear like a ghost. Set in the Kimberley region in north-west Australia, this is the story of a young warrior born to lead. To the settlers, he was an outlaw to be hunted. To the Bunuba, he was a courageous defender of his country. Mark Greenwood's text and Terry Denton's watercolour illustrations bring to life this story of conflict and divided loyalties, giving a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a tragic but important part of Australia's frontier history.

Mark Greenwood ; Terry Denton

YCPS- 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

Jirrbal : rainforest Dreamtime stories

Aboriginal dreaming stories of the Jirrbal people. Contains factual narratives about the author's life and the rainforests of North Queensland. Traditional language words of the Jirrbal people are included.

Maisie (Yarrcali) Barlow ; illustrated by Michael (Boiyool) Anning

YCPS- 1 copy

Leaving Barrumbi

n a sensitive and delightful melding of cultures, this book explores the notion of finding one's identity in a multicultural society. Although white, Dale Murphy has grown up in an Aboriginal community. When Dale leaves to attend boarding school, his anxieties about leaving home and his difficulty in adjusting to the school cause a great many problems. There are many non-Aboriginal students but, culturally, Dale identifies with the Aboriginal students and this causes a good deal of misunderstanding and grief for Dale. The new school manager is alienated by the culture and climate in the Top End school and takes her frustrations out on Dale who will not toe the line. Interweaving the language, magic and spirituality of different cultures, this narrative is a wonderful portrayal of culture shock from a very different perspective. Norrington acknowledges assistance from individuals in Aboriginal communities.

Leonie Norrington

YCPS- 1 copy

Maybe, Tomorrow

From the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the catwalk, basketball court, DJ console and more—this is a new anniversary edition of Boori Monty Pryor's life, his pain, his joy, and his hopes, and is as powerful now as it was when it was first published in 1998.

Boori Monty Pyror

BCPS- 1 copy

Me and Mary Kangaroo

Aboriginal poet and activist Kevin Gilbert's last book for children, celebrates his own childhood and the friendship shared with his pet kangaroo. A book for children of 5-12 years and adult collectors.

Kevin Gilbert

BCPS- 1 copy

Nanberry : black brother white

In 1789, the new colony in Sydney is established. Nanberry is an Aboriginal boy who is raised by Surgeon John White and witnesses the struggles of the colonists to survive in the wilderness. Follow Nanberry and his white brother as they make their way in the world, as well as the young convict woman who becomes a lady in her own right.

Jackie French

YCPS- 1 copy

Night without darkness

Elizabeth Stanley

2 copies

Pigs and Honey

An account of an Aboriginal family on a weekend outing.

Jeanie Adams

YCPS- 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

Red Sand, Blue Sky

This funny and surprising mystery/adventure is set in the brilliant desert landscape of the Australian outback. Twelve-year-old Amy arrives from Melbourne, unsettled by the starkly different landscape and people. There she meets an Aboriginal girl, Lana, who seems as different as anyone could be—in Amy’s eyes. As they learn more about each other’s cultures, they also find that they share the loss of their mothers, and their friendship deepens. Soon they are working together to uncover a sinister plot—which may put unto jeopardy everything and everyone they hold dear.

Cathy Applegate

BCPS- 1 copy

Remembering Lionsville

Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft tells her inspiring story of growing up in country New South Wales. Come with me to my family's old house in Lionsville. It's full of memories. It's a special place. Uncle Pat calls it a secret place. We played in that old tin cubby, swam in the creek with the catfish, and fell asleep to the ribbip of frogs at night. And around the red cedar table we listened to the old people's stories. We learned a lot that way.

Bronwyn Bancroft

YCPS-1 copy

BCPS- 2 copies

Sally's Story

ally Morgan’s My Place is an Australian classic. Since first publication in 1987, My Place has sold more than half a million copies in Australia, been translated and read all over the world, and been reprinted dozens of times. Sally’s rich, zesty and moving work is perhaps the best-loved biography of Aboriginal Australia ever written.

My Place for younger readers is an abridged edition, especially adapted to younger readers, that retains all the charm and power of the original. It is published as three separate books and Sally’s Story focuses on Sally’s childhood, and her growing realisation of the truth her family has been hiding.

Sally Morgan

BCPS- 1 copy


Yukuwu is an Aboriginal boy living on the coast with his tribe in the early-18th century. Life seems idyllic until the Macassans come from afar and Yakuwu and Dawu, his uncle, journey to Indonesia to see how these strange and powerful people live.

Allan Baillie

BCPS- 1 copy

Tiddalik the Frog

Barbara Ker Wilson


Two Hands Together

Cultural and racist issues are explored in this story about a girl who befriends an Aboriginal family, who live next door.

Diana Kidd

YCPS- 1 copy

BCPS- 1 copy

Walking the Boundaries

All Martin has to do is walk around the boundaries and he'll own the farm and be rich. But as he walks he discovers that boundaries aren't just lines on a map. He meets Meg from last century, Wullamudulla from 40,000 years ago following the path of his born snake ancestor, Dracula - a diprotonditid from 1,000,000 years ago - a bit like a prehistoric wombat but the size of a mini bus - and they all have very difernt ideas of what owning land means.

Jackie French

YCPS- 1 copy

Who am I? : the diary of Mary Talence, Sydney, 1937

The story of an Aboriginal child who was taken from her natural parents and raised by a non-Aboriginal foster family.

by Anita Heiss


The Yellow-eye fish are becoming scarce. Neither the Impatjara Aboriginal community nor the Newmob white community can find the answer alone. Through communication, both cultures approach the problem together.

David Spillman

YCPS- 1 copy