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  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790280
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

Japarrika


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A powerful story about finding the courage to believe in yourself, written by senior students of Tiwi College in collaboration with David Lawrence and Shelley Ware.



Penguin Random House will donate all profits from the sale of this book to Tiwi College and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Kay-Bell loves to play footy. All she wants to do on the field is make her family and the Tiwi people proud. But when Aunty B gets in the way of her dream of kicking goals for the Tiwi Warriors, Kay-Bell must enlist the help of her friends and brother on a wild journey ...

Will she survive the water buffaloes, dugongs, crocodiles and stormy weather to make it to the big game?

  • Pub date: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790280
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Authors

Shelley Ware

Shelley Ware is a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who currently lives in Melbourne and well known as part of the ground breaking NITV football program Marngrook and The Point.

For the past decade or so, Shelley has worked in the media as a radio and television presenter on both local and national AFL football news shows. She has become one of the most respected and recognised female presenters of AFL football in the country.
Shelley also works part-time as a teacher at Kew Primary School in Melbourne where she coordinates a Literacy Intervention program.

David Lawrence

David Lawrence is a comedy writer/performer who accidentally became a children’s author in 2008. He has written for numerous TV shows including Hamish & Andy, Comedy Inc., and Talkin’ About Your Generation, and is cast member of the ABC3 children’s sketch comedy show, You’re Skitting Me. His books, Anna Flowers and the three part Fox Swift series, have sporting themes and use humour to tackle issues such as bullying and racism in schools. David still hopes to play AFL football and win a Brownlow Medal ... but at age 51, it’s going to be tough.

Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga

Tiwi College is located on Melville Island, which is part of a group of islands called Tiwi Islands, 70 km north of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Each year several girls from the senior classes are chosen to participate in the Create Initiative with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and an Australian publisher where they write, illustrate and publish a book in week.


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