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.