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Young Dark Emu 11

Winner of the 2020 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

by Bruce Pascoe
Publication Date: 01/06/2019
5/5 Rating 11 Reviews
RRP  $24.99 $18.75

**Winner of the 2020 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books**

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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.

History & the past: general interest (Children's / Teenage)
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Magabala Books
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Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is an Australian Indigenous writer. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher.

His books include Fog a Dox, a book for young adults that won the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2013, Convincing Ground about the Convincing Ground massacre, and Dark Emu, a book that challenges the claim that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal peoples were hunter-gatherers.

In 2018, Bruce Pascoe was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

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  • Young Dark Emu

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    After reading Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe and being very impressed by his book I decided to buy the version for the younger generation. I gave a couple of copies to a Daughter and Daughter-in -law, who are parents of some of my grandchildren but also who teach at Primary school level. The other copy I read myself and will hand it to my other Daughter for a reference book for my other grandchildren.

  • for every Australian young reader

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    When I read the adult version of Bruce Pascoe's "Dark Emu", I was angry; angry that as a child I had been told an inaccurate story of the stone age hunters and gatherers that were the Australian Aboriginal people. Now, in a book for young people, we have the story of the Aboriginal people who farmed the land, built long lasting structures, stored food and harvested inland waterways with elaborate fish traps. With this book our children can learn of those lives and the huge lack of understanding and appreciation of Europeans who came and settled in Australia. I hope there are class sets in every primary and high school in the land. Every Australian child needs this book so as to grow up with more knowledge and understanding than my generation.

  • Young Dark Emu

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    A magnificent book. Should be compulsory reading for all Australian school children.

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