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The Burnt Stick
This is the story of an aboriginal boy's life and his struggle to decide where he belongs and how to cope with a society that doesn't understand and doesn't tolerate.
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John Jagamarra grew up at the Pearl Bay Mission for Aboriginal children in the far north-west. It was beautiful there, but it wasn't home. This is a tale for everyone about the pain of separation, and the strength of the human spirit.
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Anthony Hill (Author) Anthony Hill is a multi-award-winning, bestselling author. His most recent book for adults, The Story of Billy Young, was published in 2012. His novel Soldier Boy, about Australia's youngest known Anzac, was winner of the 2002 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Books for Young Adults. His most recent children's book, Captain Cook's Apprentice, won the 2009 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize. It follows Soldier Boy, Young Digger and Animal Heroes as further testimony to his remarkable ability to extensively research historical material and, from wide-ranging sources, piece together a moving and exciting story. He is also the author of two novellas, the beautiful Shadow Dog, and the award-winning The Burnt Stick, illustrated by Mark Sofilas, as well as the picture book, Lucy's Cat and the Rainbow Birds, illustrated by Jane Tanner. Anthony lives in Canberra with his wife, Gillian. Their daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter, Emily, live in Melbourne. Mark Sofilas (Illustrator) Mark Sofilas was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, in 1961. He studied at Perth Technical College, gaining a Diploma in Graphic Design in 1979. After working in design studios and running a successful illustration and design partnership for eight years in Perth, Mark relocated to Melbourne in 1989 and established his own freelance company, which specialised in advertising, publishing and fine artwork. Mark also illustrated Anthony Hill's The Burnt Stick and Spindrift. He currently lives in Sydney.