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Black Cockatoo & Dirrarn
Written by:
Carl MerrisonHakea Hustler 
Read by:
Haylee Rivers 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
1 hours 43 minutes 
April 28 2024 
Available Date:
April 28 2024 
Age Category:
Young Adult (13+) 
Fiction; Animals; Australian Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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Award winning authors
Australian author

Honour Book Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year / Younger Readers 2019
Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Award / Small Publishers' Children's 2019
Winner Speech Pathology Australia 2019
Winner Queensland Literary Awards 2019
Notable Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year / Younger Readers 2024

Black Cockatoo and Dirrarn are sensitive stories on the power of place, personality and the honour of standing up for the truth.

Black Cockatoo Black Cockatoo is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the family. She feels powerless to change the things she sees around her … until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength. Dirrarn We first met Mia in Black Cockatoo, as she navigated her way through culture, Country and familial ties. Dirrarn follows Mia as she finds herself at boarding school and the challenges of living thousands of kilometres away from home, family and the big sky country she loves. Mia along with her best friend, Naya, negotiate new friends, new ways of thinking and new ways of being in a different world. As Mia wrestles with all that is unfamiliar, she soon must learn to stand in her truth when confronted with unending challenges.

'This is a highly original and gentle small tale set in the Kimberley about the power of standing up for yourself, your culture and ever-present family ties.' (on Black Cockatoo)
Halls Creek Herald

'Subtle and touching, Black Cockatoo reaches into the heart and will speak to anyone’s need to find their place in this world and the freedom to do so.' (on Black Cockatoo)
Writing WA