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About the book
  • Published: 27 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143784258
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

Stories for Simon




A beautiful story of acknowledging the past and working together for a brighter future.

A beautiful story of acknowledging the past and working together for a brighter future.

When Simon unwraps a beautiful boomerang wrapped in an old newspaper, he learns of the national apology to the Stolen Generations. Who were the Stolen Generations and how can saying ‘sorry’ help? Through a new friendship and a magnificent collection of stories, Simon gains a deep appreciation of the past and a positive vision for the future.
Includes a foreword by Bidjigal Elder Vic Simms and endorsement from Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year 2014

  • Pub date: 27 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143784258
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Authors

Lisa Miranda Sarzin

Lisa Miranda Sarzin is a former lawyer with a PhD in arts and social science. Together with her mother, Dr Anne Sarzin, Lisa has written a non-fiction book about collaborative initiatives between Jewish and Indigenous people in the realm of social justice. She is married with three young sons. Stories for Simon is Lisa's first children's book.

Lauren Briggs

Lauren Briggs is a graphic designer, illustrator and mother of four children. She specialises in etching and print-making, and Stories for Simon is her first book.


Praise for Stories for Simon

“With bright and simple illustrations, this is a recommended read for primary aged children as an entryway into understanding about reconciliation, and a good avenue for opening the door for more questions.”

Vicki Thornton, Magpies

“Beautifully written and illustrated, this story speaks to young people about a difficult topic better than any history lesson could. It will become a valuable resource in libraries, schools and homes. By acknowledging the horrendous treatment of past generations, we can help to foster diversity, respect, compassion and empathy in our future generations. The authors have taken a very dark and disturbing story and told it in a way that is appropriate for young readers while allowing for reflection, acknowledgement and, most importantly, hope for tomorrow.”

Lisa Allan, Newcastle Herald

“An important and welcome addition to school libraries and bookshelves everywhere. It will provoke important conversations between parents and children, in classrooms and throughout the community.”

Suzy Wilson, founder Indigenous Literacy Foundation


Awards & Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Shortlisted • 2015 • 5–8 Years


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