Publisher's synopsis

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.


  • Winner, 2020 Australian Booksellers Association Kids’ Reading Guide Children’s Book of The Year
  • Winner, 2020 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of The Year Awards, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of The Year for Younger Children (Ages 7–12)
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Nsw Premier’s Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • Shortlisted, 2020 Indie Book Awards, Children’s

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