‘Backyard Footy’ (Lothian 2023) is the Blak&Write Fellowship winning collaboration between Carl Merrison and Samantha Campbell (nee Fry). Follow Jy and his mates as they kick their way around their community from backyard to backyard.

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ISBN: 9780734421517
ISBN-10: 0734421516
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 31st May 2023
Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books

An empowering, uplifting picture book about what it is that makes you who you are, from the award-winning authors of Black Cockatoo.

When a young Aboriginal boy finally receives the footy boots he has been saving for, they give him the confidence he needs to face the struggles in his life. He wears them everywhere, showing them off to his friends and family as he goes. But when his boots go missing, his grandfather helps him to realise that there is much more to him than what he wears on his feet — he can draw strength from the support of his family and his connection to culture and Country.

Praise for ‘My Deadly Boots’:

  • “This is a great book about many varied issues surrounding sport, prejudice, resilience and so much more” The Children’s Bookshop on Instagram
  • “Having a variety of First Nations texts for students to read is so important… I highly recommend this fabulous book- a must have for the classroom” Lauren’s Lil Learners on Instagram.
  • “You heard it here first. My 7 year old says this is the best book of the year!! And I would have to agree that it is pretty awesome” Can You Tell Me A Story- on Instagram.

Available: 31st August 2022
ISBN: 9780734421456
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 5 – 7 years old


Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2022) was shortlisted for the inaugural Daisy Utemorrah prize in 2019.

Tracks of the Missing is a suspenseful crime thriller that draws the reader in from the first pages and never lets go. The tension steadily escalates as events unfold and the text becomes richer with layers of meaning that build to a surprising climax that weaves together past, present and future.

Released 1st April 2022- Tracks of the Missing can be purchased from all good book stores.

Praise for ‘Tracks of the Missing’:

  • “…a terrific adventure set on a remote Indigenous community that explores the culture and the impacts of colonisation” Andrew Pople 2SER
  • “Tracks of the Missing is everything I could have wanted and more…. I hope everyone picks up this book. I hope it is read by young mob who deserve to see themselves and their communities represented in every kind of story they read- including in murder mysteries and horrors.” Little Black Duck Books.
  • “Tracks of the Missing highlights First Nations culture and social issues through a Goosebumps-style read” Emma Ruben, NIT.
  • “A compelling young adult mystery novel that places regional First Nations teen issues front and center.” The Northern Rivers Times.


Book Details

ISBN: 9781922613264
For Ages: 12+ years old
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 2022
Publisher: Magabala Books


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. A wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.

Black Cockatoo Success:

  • CBCA Honour Book 2019
  • Shortlisted for the ABiA Awards
  • Runner up Readings Childrens Book of the Year
  • Shortlisted book in the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award
  • Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards
  • Featured text in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge
  • NSW Premier Reading Challenge grades 5-6 booklist.

Book Details

  • Magabala Books
  • AUGUST 2018
  • 40 pages
  • ISBN: 9781925360707