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Shortlisted in 2021 BOOKLINKS awards
for Historical Children's Literature
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"This picture book is the epitome of a
top-quality informational resource with superb illustrations. It should be essential reading for students of history and law, both young and old. It is an excellent cross-curricular resource and has extensive teaching notes online. Recommended"
Read the full review here on BOOKLinks Awards

Shortlisted in 2021 CBCA
for Eve Pownall Award

CBCA
Judge's Critique
"This book is beautifully designed and eloquently written. It keeps readers transfixed by provoking them to re-evaluate the historical Chamberlain case, as well as question expectations of justice, truth and scientific evidence. The main character, Lindy Chamberlain, is developed through multiple perspectives; as a police suspect, a character in the media and, eventually, as a human. Carefully selected words and phrases create impact in making sure mistakes of the past are recognised but not repeated and that a heavy topic is made accessible. The sophistication of the illustrations and design are striking and match the tone of the text with the colour palette reflecting the Uluru setting." ____________________________

"I have not read anything as meaningful as Azaria: A True History. It told so much, so clearly. It touched many nerves, it made me cry. It is a truly wonderous piece of work. I will be telling the law students that Azaria: A True History should be on the very top of their reading list."
--Professor Ray Watterson, La Trobe University, member of the Chamberlain's legal team, 4th Inquest 2012 ____________________________

True Australian history
offers a rich base for class study.
Further Teachers' Notes available online at CleverKids.
(AUS MARCH 2020 USA TBC)
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ABC 774 DRIVE
INTERVIEW with RAFAEL EPSTEIN, FEB 5, 2020,
Raf Epstein: "I'm loving the concept of it as a modern Australian myth, and I'm completely converted to your inclusion of the the complexity of life in a very simple and a very beautiful package. I've come along way today because of your eloquence... Deceptively simple, beautifully illustrated. Wow. Azaria, A True History. That is a great book."
-- Rafael Epstein, ABC 774 DRIVE, Feb 5, 2020

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"...dramatic and stunningly beautiful...
Highly recommended this book!! "


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@alibrarianwhowonders
Michelle.YPS Librarian.Perth HERE

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"This book needs to WIN ALL THE AWARDS. I cannot stop thinking about it. Brava ."
READ the review by Shannon at @OHCREATIVEDAY on instagram HERE

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FRIDAY DRIVE on JOY FM - Maree Coote in Interview with
David Hunt and Sue Wilkinson
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CBCA MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER _REVIEWS AZARIA
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AZARIA
A True History

Written and Illustrated by Maree Coote
Includes: -Teachers notes
RRP $29.95
ISBN 9780-6485684-07
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FOR TEACHER LIBRARIANS
Further Teachers Notes available HERE




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Click to listen to a BOOKREADING of Azaria
by the author Maree Coote
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR


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From the Author: "I truly believe Azaria's story is a founding and iconic tale in Australia's history. A cautionary tale of mob thinking, and the rush to judgement. Of distrust of the "other", and ignorance of our natural history and of the knowledge of First Nations peoples. These are big things to house in a children's story, and it's not a simple task. But sometimes I think the simplicity of a children's viewpoint is the best way to wrestle down some of these big ideas, and see them more clearly.
Yes, it's a story of a single sad event. But it becomes the story of what happened next. It becomes our story - it's our history, and I believe as a nation, we need to confront it, we need to own it and learn from it -- in the interest of a fairer, safer, wiser Australia.
What happens when the truth gets lost, and how did it all go so wrong?
I think that today's kids can surely only benefit from understanding these themes. Sweet nonsense will always have its place in childrens' book life. But I think that children can understand these bigger ideas. Kids understand when things are not fair. In fact, "that's not fair!" is one of the first protestations we all make. It's deeply ingrained in us, from the earliest age.
This book is a quite matter-of-fact retelling of a series of events. Children can see clearly how and where things went wrong. And I hope they will understand the importance of championing another's cause. After all, it could have been any one of us.
I hope that the book will invite discussion in classrooms, and at the very least I hope that it will impart the idea that an open mind is an essential accessory in this world."
--MAREE COOTE


AZARIA
FEB 2020: At the RMIT-supported legal launch event, at the Capitol Theatre. Launched by His Hon. Judge Lex Lasry, L-R: members and colleagues from Legal team, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, Andrew Kirkham QC, Maree Coote, Rick Creighton, and trial witnesses West and Goodwin.
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FEB 2020: The Hon. Lex Lasry QC and author Maree Coote at the launch.


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OCTOBER, 2021: Azaria: A True History,
Shortlisted in 2021 STORYLINKS AWARDS
for Historical Fiction
Finalist Author Interview: "Historical fiction can also be the telling of a true story--based on real events--that is lifted it out of its time to reset the story as a universal tale. Born in history, immortalised in story."


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