"Koori Princess" By Anita Heiss (Paperback)

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Age range 7 to 12

An insightful and humorous story of a young girl's determination to be who she wants to be.

Karan rolls her eyes. 'What's this year's theme? Oh no, let me guess,' she looks into the distance, pretending to ponder the possibilities. Sarcastically she asks, 'Is it ... could it possibly be ... a princess party?'

Teish is a sassy, soon-to-be 7-year-old and the apple of her dad's eye. She believes more than anything, that she is a Disney princess. Her older siblings, Karan and Kim, like to remind her that she isn't. Teish is determined to believe that she can be whoever she wants to be.

With the help of boisterous, irreverent cousins and friends, a princesses-of-colour party with all the trimmings and an adventure to the beach, Teish teaches her family that she can be a princess and remain true to herself.

But will her siblings accept her being a feisty Koori Princess?

About the Author

Anita Heiss is a proud member of the Wiradyuri nation of central New South Wales and one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors. Anita’s children’s literature includes Who Am I? the diary of Mary Talence, Our Race for Reconciliation, Harry’s Secret, Matty’s Comeback, and Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic, co-written with Adam Goodes and Micheal O’Loughlin. She also wrote two kid’s novels with students from La Perouse Public School - Yirra and Her Deadly Dog Demon and Demon Guards the School Yard.

Anita’s non-fiction works include Am I Black Enough for You?, Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) – Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and as editor, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia and The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature which she co-edited with Peter Minter.

Her adult fiction includes Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming, Paris Dreaming and Tiddas. Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms was shortlisted for the QLD Literary Awards, longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize and was the University of Canberra 2020 Book of the Year. Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray was shortlisted for the 2021 HNSA ARA Historical Novel (Adult Category).

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"So true to this kid!" - Lee Lawrence

"Love this book and so does my daughter" - Manda Fleming

ISBN: 9781922613158
ISBN-10: 1922613150
For Ages: 7 - 12 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st November 2022
Publisher: Magabala Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.5 x 1
Weight (kg): 0.09