This is the story of three lost souls at the edge of Savage River—now just a dam, a mine and a ghost town in Tasmania’s north-west.

From a ramshackle hut by the water, Kingsley forages a living with his young son, Tiger. One night, Kingsley brings home a stranger, the beguiling Jude. Seemingly in trouble, disorientated and with a moral compass way out of whack, she unwittingly changes three lives overnight.

Jude soon settles into a routine that is far from her own and let history slip by. History does, though, have a habit of catching up with you.

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  • 3 total
  • 1 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • adult, young adult
  • Currency Press


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Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: I used to muck about with her and her brothers up Launceston. Kicked the footy with 'em, smoke barkies. When the brothers weren't lookin', steal a kiss with her... Neighbours warned me mum down the milk bar - over the fence - I shouldn't be playin' with 'em, they were trouble, lazy, they'd steal off us, 'their kind'... Same time at school they was teachin' us there were no blackfellas in Tassie, they'd been wiped out - extinct!... How come everyone was warnin' us not to associate with 'em, 'their kind' if they was extinct?

Adult themes, Adult language


Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 49

EXTRACT: As dawn comes the bird doesn't go back to his burrow. He watches the sun come up, feels a wind against him, stretches out his wings - and realises he can fly... With no parents to guide him, maybe he uses the stars, the moon, he begins his story... [he is now standing] ... a path across the ocean that will one day bring him home... Tens of millions of years old, he's Yolla - a moon bird. A living thing.

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