Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Allen & Unwin

September 2018

$19.99 AU

194p pb

ISBN: 978-1760631628

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Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina is an incredible book that looks at themes that many authors would be afraid to touch. The book alternates between two voices of young Aboriginal girls, one who speaks in prose and one who speaks in verse. Beth Teller, who has died in a tragic accident and is working with her father to find out what happened, and Isobel Catching, a girl found wandering near the children’s home, who could hold the secret to a series of interconnected crimes. Catching Teller Crow cleverly explores Australia’s darkest history through poetry and story.

The book is impossible to put down; it weaves together an incredible crime story with supernatural themes. While Catching Teller Crow is aimed for audienes over 14 years old, I believe that this story explores important themes that would be beneficial to younger audiences perhaps with guidance from parents, guardians, teachers and librarians. The two protagonists of the story are strong Aboriginal girls, and Aboriginal females are not recognised in many books. It is my opinion that we need diverse books because our country, workplaces, and schools increasingly consist of various cultural, racial and ethnic groups. The Aboriginal voice is one that is very much needed.

Siobhan, age 14

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