Nona and Me
Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn't matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.
Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseperable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine.
By the time she returns, they're in Year 10 and things have changed. Rosie has lost interest in the community, preferring to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena, and Selena's gorgeous older brother Nick.
When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position: will she be forced to choose between her first love and her oldest friend?
Longlisted, 2015 Inky Awards
Shortlisted, 2015 Childrens Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers
‘A fascinating book, beautifully told, with rich insight into a deeply Australian but little known community.’ – Jackie French
‘Rosie’s story brims with the joy and pain and complexity of friendship and love at sixteen. I adored this smart, heartfelt book about family, kinship, country, and finding out what really matters.’ – Fiona Wood
‘Clare Atkins’ debut novel is a triumph: a coming-of-age tale that celebrates friendship and loyalty, family and community. Here is a striking new voice in Australian youth literature, and her story is one that will surely leave its mark.’ – Kill Your Darlings
Clare Atkins has worked as a scriptwriter for many successful television series including All Saints, Home and Away, Winners and Losersand Wonderland. Nona and Me is her first book, which she wrote while living in Arnhem Land.