The Nargun and the Stars

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2008 - Aboriginal Australians - 187 pages
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Winner of the 1974 CBCA Book of the YearWhen Simon Brent's parents are killed in a car accident he is taken to live with his mother's second cousins, Edie and Charlie, on Wongadilla, their 5000 acre sheep run in the Hunter Valley. Simon, with his city attitudes feels like an outsider, unable even to bring himself to call his cousins by name. But Simon is not the only thing that doesn't belong in Wongadilla. The arrival of heavy machinery intent on clearing the land brings to life the Nargun, a great rock, older than time itself, that has slowly dragged itself into the valley - and with it, a simmering rage that drives it to kill. Before long, Simon is captivated by the land and by the Potkoorak, the Turongs and the Nyols, mischievous and ancient creatures steeped in the traditions of the land and its inhabitants. As the terror begins, Simon, his cousins and the creatures must use their wit and ingenuity to drive the monster away. Rich in mythology, The Nargun and the Starsevokes an image of this land and its people, and carries an environmental message that is as important and relevant today as it was thirty years ago.
 

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

The Nargun isn’t happy and that’s is not good. Men are tearing up the lovely forest and the Nargun will not put up with this. A lovely ecology-minded tale from Australia. Read full review

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This book won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award in 1974. It is Magical Realism at its best, incorporating the story of Simon, whose parents have been killed in a car wreck, coming to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
i
Section 3
25
Section 4
40
Section 5
52
Section 6
62
Section 7
76
Section 8
87
Section 9
101
Section 10
115
Section 11
128
Section 12
139
Section 13
153
Section 14
167
Section 15
182
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About the author (2008)

Patricia Wrightsonwas one of Australia's most distinguished writers for children. Her books have won many prestigious awards all over the world. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in 1977, the Dromkeen Medal in 1984 and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1986, all for her services to children's literature. She was also a four-time winner of the Australian Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award- in 1956 for The Crooked Snake, in 1974 for The Nargun and the Stars, in 1978 for The Ice Is Comingand in 1984 for A Little Fear. Patricia passed away in 2010.

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