October 2020 Children's & Young Adult Lead Titles

Bindi Kirli Saunders, illustrated by Dub Leffler

Kirli Saunders, illustrated by Dub Leffler

Hardback | Nov 2020 | Magabala Books | 144pp | 198x145mm | GEN

*Winner of the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards: Children’s Book Award*

*Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2021: 8 to 10 Years**

*Shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Notable Book: Younger Readers*

*Shortlisted for the Readings Children's Book Prize 2021*

*Longlisted for the 2021 ABIAs: Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year*

*Winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award* 

*Longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award 2021*

*Shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards 2021: Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book*

*Shortlisted for IBBY Australia's Ena Noël Award 2022*

*Shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2022: Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature*

Age range 8 to 12

new year
new class
new teachers
     Mr Milburn
     Mrs Szonyi (Zur-Knee)
new shoes
and shirts
same old bottles green and gold...

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, bush fires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.

'Multi–award winning author and poet Kirli Saunders turns her talent to junior fiction with this wonderfully engaging verse novel, which won the inaugural WA Premier's Daisy Utemorrah Award...Saunders notes that Bindi is 'in many ways autobiographical' and this is evident in the way she so keenly evokes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in the country. Indeed, Saunders' intensely evocative prose conjured memories of the long summer evenings, dry grass and petrichor of this reviewer's own country childhood. The seamless interweaving of English and Gundungurra words is wonderful and, although there is a glossary at the back, Saunders' skill at melding the two languages ensures that understanding can be gained from context. With gorgeous black and white illustrations by the esteemed Dub Leffler, Bindi is a must-read for ages seven and up.' — Hannah Gardiner, Books+Publishing