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Landmark Aboriginal Australian history gets a young readers edition

First published in 2014, Bruce Pascoe’s landmark history of Aboriginal Australians pre-European colonisation, Dark Emu, will now reach a younger readership with the release of a young readers edition, Young Dark Emu: A Truer History (both Magabala Books). Pascoe recently told the Australian newspaper he had a feeling his book would resonate with a wider audience. ‘It just goes to show that Australia is changing its mind about its own history,’ he said. ‘There’s a conversation going on, and people are using the book to open that conversation. There’s still a few dinosaurs about, but the kids in particular are all over it.’

Among the rights sales reported in this month’s newsletter are two exciting book-to-screen deals. Film and TV rights have been sold to Garth Nix’s much-loved YA fantasy series ‘The Keys to the Kingdom’ (Allen & Unwin), which was first published over 15 years ago, while Aaron Blabey’s picture book Thelma the Unicorn (Scholastic) is set to become an animated musical film for Netflix.

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian


Category: Think Australian Junior Editorial