The Boy From The Mish

Gary Lonesborough

Allen & Unwin

February 2021

$19.99 AU

280p pb

ISBN: 978-1760525880

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The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough is a coming-of-age novel about a young Aboriginal boy named Jackson. It would be best suited to those aged 12 to 18, but anyone who identifies as queer or is of Indigenous background would also enjoy this heart-warming tale. As the novel progresses, Jackson struggles with his identity as a queer Indigenous person and must deal with changing relationships with his friends and family. While the book does contain romance as a major theme, it focuses more on Jackson and how he changes over the course of story.

I liked how the book portrayed Jacksonís journey and the hardships that came with it - it shows that finding yourself and coming to terms with your identity isnít as clear cut as it may seem. Having the main character be of a minority makes him very relatable, and his personality plus the genuine relationships he has with other characters makes him seem real and authentic to the reader. The book is relatively easy to read, although some slang terms may cause confusion. Despite this, however, the novel is still one of the most extraordinarily beautiful stories I have ever read. I would highly recommend it.

Amelia, age 14

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