Carl and Hakea have both worked for many years in mainstream, special education and outback remote classrooms. We know the pressure that teachers are under, the time spent preparing resources and planning lessons. We want to reduce your load, increase student engagement and make our novel study enjoyable for everyone. Thank you for finding this page and for your interest in studying our books.

My Deadly Boots (Lothian 2022)

My Deadly Boots (Lothian 2022) is perfect for study in junior primary classes around Australia. This text makes references to topics that could be delved deeply into for upper primary classrooms as well. Set in the remote outback- this picture book shows diverse characters, landscapes and experiences.

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Backyard Footy (Lothian 2023)

‘Backyard Footy’ is the first picture book in Carl Merrison’s Blak&Write Fellowship winning ‘Backyard Sports’ series. It follows Jy as he plays sports across his remote outback community. With real life AFL and AFLW stars, this picture book is sure to engage footy fans and picture book readers alike. 

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Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2022)

Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2022) which was shortlisted for the Daisy Utemorrah Award in 2019 will be PERFECT for study with Year 7-10 students around Australia. Set in remote outback Australia, this text introduces readers to diverse characters, culture and landscapes. The text does contain references to suicide, drug use and other challenging topics- so may not be suitable for the junior high school years depending on class or school. 

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Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018)

lack Cockatoo (Magabala 2018) won the 2019 CBCA Honour Book Award and was shortlisted for many other national awards. This text is perfect for grades 3-6 but has been studied in low literacy high school classrooms as well. Check out the free resources to see if this book meets the needs of your students and curriculum- then invest in our paid print-and-go teacher resources. Being a small novella it can be studies in conjunction with other texts- or stand alone with depth added through issues studies. 

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Dirrarn (Magabala 2023)

‘Dirrarn’ is the Daisy Utemorrah award-winning sequel to the CBCA Honour Book ‘Black Cockatoo’. Follow Mia as she leaves all she knows to go to boarding school in Perth. Join in her opportunities, challenges and adventures. What will life be like in the big city? 

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