The Burnt Stick
Aust'n. Short Stories. John Jagamarra grew up at the Pearl Bay Mission for Aboriginal Children by the coast in the far north-west. It was a very beautiful place. The palm trees and the scented vines grew down to the slow green tropical sea, where they used to fish and dive for trochus shells. But it was not home.' Here is the story of John Jagamarra. It is a tale for everyone who has ever wondered about the pain of separation, and the strength of the human spirit.
Anthony Hill is a multi-award-winning, bestselling author. His most recent books for adults, The Story of Billy Young, was published in 2012. His novel Soldier Boy, about Australia's youngest known Anzac, was winner of the 2002 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Books for Young Adults. His most recent children's book, Captain Cook's Apprentice, won the 2009 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize. It follows Soldier Boy, Young Digger and Animal Heroes as further testimony to his remarkable ability to extensively research historical material and, from wide-ranging sources, piece together a moving and exciting story. He is also the author of two novellas, the beautiful Shadow Dog, and the award-winning The Burnt Stick, illustrated by Mark Sofilas, as well as the picture book, Lucy's Cat and the Rainbow Birds, illustrated by Jane Tanner. Anthony lives in Canberra with his wife, Gillian. Their daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter, Emily, live in Melbourne.