Winner of the 2020 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Age range 10+
*Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2020: Children’s*
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.
Bruce Pascoe has published widely in both adult and young adult literature. He has won numerous awards, and in 2018 Bruce was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker, and editor. Bruce is a Yuin, Bunurong, and Tasmanian man, and currently lives on his farm in Gippsland, Victoria.