Kirli Saunders (Illust: Dub Leffler)
Publisher: Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925936667
Awards Year: 2021
Category: Book of the Year: Younger Readers
The publisher says...

Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell. A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen! Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country. 

The CBCA judges say...

This most delightful verse novel tells the evocative story of an everyday family confronted by raging and dangerous bushfires. Bindi is an Indigenous girl with a strong and proud heritage whose perspectives are shaped by this background. The portrayal of indigenous culture influenced by immigration is sensitive and kind. The verse is cleverly positioned on the page to reflect the subject and the tone of warmth and comfort is maintained throughout. The text and format changes in line with the content. It is cleverly designed to add layers of meaning through text, content, language and illustration. Beautiful soft charcoal illustrations by Leffler reflect the nature of the writing and extend the story beyond the bushfire. The presentation of this book is excellent.

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