Publisher's synopsis

The epic and tragic story of Jandamarra, Indigenous hero of the Kimberley told through text and illustrations. A story for all Australians, providing a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a powerful slice of history.

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.


  • Shortlisted, CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownell Award for Information Books, 2014
  • Shortlisted, Speech Pathology Book of the Year, Indigenous Children, 2013
  • Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, 2014
  • Shortlisted, 2014 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards, Picture Books, 2014