Author(s): Yalata Communities
From the earliest beginnings of the Anangu people to the destructive aftermath of secret nuclear testing, this story takes young readers on a journey through the Maralinga Tjarutja lands of South Australia. An extraordinary illustrated history told from the Indigenous perspective, this book invites children to discover what happened in the Maralinga before the bombs and after.
Commended for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2010. Shortlisted for Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing: Primary Single Title Category 2010 and NSW Premier's History Award: Young People's History Prize 2010.
Yalata and Oak Valley Communities: Mima Smart writes: 'Alice Cox, Margaret May, Pansy Woods, Mabel Queama, Marjorie Sandimar, Yvonne Edwards, Mima Smart, Janet May worked as storytellers or translators with Christobel Mattingley to tell the story of what happened at Maralinga. Our story is a very important story that needs to be heard by children and adults across our country. Christobel has added a lot of other stories and information to make a very strong story. We have continued working on the book this year and have just finished another workshop to draw pictures that help tell our story. Dora Queama, Hilda Moodoo, Audra Bridley and Noelene Bridley have helped some of the older ladies to do the paintings.' Christobel Mattingley is the award-winning author of over 40 books, including for Allen and Unwin, Battle Order 204 and Chelonia Green, Champion of Turtles.