She stole a look at the man in the driver’s seat. Sometimes, Jay seemed as familiar as her own self. Other times he was as different as another language.
When her friend Margie suggests they seek adventure in Alice Springs, Cathy agrees. It’s been ten months since her fiancé was killed and there is no future for her on the station where she grew up. But it’s a long way from cattle country to Alice Springs, and Cathy isn’t used to change. Is this place where everything is so different really the place for her?
Margie, too, finds it hard. She’s a city girl looking for fun and adventure, but perhaps what she really wants is love and acceptance.
Jay, too, has come to Alice Springs looking for change. He’s working as a dj for the local radio station, but he’s a saltwater man and here in the desert it’s even harder than usual for him to belong. When he and Sarah meet, neither can remain unchanged.
Love Like Water is in places a story about love, but it is much more than a love story. Cathy and Jay face the challenges of white girl meets black boy but each must also deal with much deeper issues unique to themselves – Cathy’s search for a purpose in life and Jay’s search for self. Margie must cope with facing life as she’s never seen it, and with a friend who seems increasingly hard to understand. What is common to all three is a search for identity.
A thought provoking, far-reaching tale.
Love Like Water, by Meme McDonald
Allen & Unwin, 2007
At the same moment that Eva is born, a Curlew chick hatches. Despite being on opposite sides of the world, Sister Chick and Eva share a special bond that connects their lives.
Behind her back fence, Eva sees a marshy rubbish dump – once a resting point for curlews on their migration travels. When she finds the body of a curlew there, Eva dreams the journey of the migrating birds as they travel from their breeding grounds in Siberia to the warmth of the south. This dream makes her start an ambitious project – cleaning up the dump area so the birds can come back.
When Sister Chick finds her way to the resting place, she returns Eva’s favour in a special way.
Sister Chick is a special story of friendship, loyalty and conservation. It is an easy to read but inspirational book for 8 to 12 year olds.
Meme McDonald is a writer and photgrapher. Previous books include Put Your Whole Self In and The Way the Birds Fly. She has also written a series of books in partnership with Boori Monty Pryor, including My Girragundjia and Flytrap.
Sister Chick, by Meme McDonald
Allen & Unwin, 2002
Nancy is worried. Her Mum doesn’t seem interested, but Nancy has a real problem. She’s told her teacher she has a Venus fly trap at home, and her teacher wants her to bring it in to school to show the class – tomorrow. The problem is, Nancy doesn’t really have a venus fly trap. She just wanted to have one, wanted to be the special one in the class.
Now, Nancy is working out what she is going to tell Miss Susan. Maybe she can tell her it ate too many flies and got sick. Maybe she can tell her that the cat next door knocked it out of the window. Or maybe she could tell her the truth.
As Nancy worries about what she is going to do, she pesters her mother and her step-father One-Two-Three Gee. As she listens to their stories she begins to form an idea. Maybe she can tell the truth and feel special.
Flytrap, by Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor is a playful and inspiring book about telling all sorts of stories – made-up stories, animal stories, family stories and Aboriginal stories. The different stories are interwoven to create a brand new story for little Nancy.
This is the fifth book McDonald and Pryor have written together. Previous books include Maybe Tomorrow and My Girragunndji, winner of the 1999 Children’s Book Council Award for Younger Readers.
Flytrap uses a wonderful combination of black and white photographs – taken by McDonald and posed by students at Clifton Hill Primary school – along with drawings by Harry Todd and paintings by Lillian Fourmile.
Flytrap is an outstanding read for children aged 6 and up, and is suitable both for home reading and classroom sharing.
Flytrap, by Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor
Allen & Unwin, 2002