2022 ABIA Longlisted- Day Break by Amy McQuire (Hardback) – Our Review
‘Our Country sings to us. It brings us home.’
With simple eloquence, Day Break tackles the quandary many Australians’ face on the annual celebrations surrounding Australia Day.
Opening with a young indigenous girl excitedly bringing home an Australian flag she has created in class – and subsequently being confused when her dad fails to pin it up in the fridge, her father and her Nan take her on a journey back to Country and show her what Australia Day means in their eyes.
With delicate brushstrokes, it touches on their ancient history and connection to the spirit of the land, as well as the tragedy of the Stolen Generation.
If we are going to rethink what Australia Day means and move Australian consciousness forward to being one united country, books like these are fantastic for opening up conversations on our past and future for the next generation of young Australians.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books