WINNER – 2012 black&write! kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship
WINNER – 2012 Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature
WINNER – 2013 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards
A verse novel that centres around the impact of colonisation in mid-north South Australia around 1880.
Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper.
The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman.
The natural world is richly observed and Ruby’s courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.
Author Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ages 12 - 15