#LoveOZYA Throwback Thursday (#10)

Throwback Thursdays are not a new idea, whether posting a picture of yourself from years ago, linking back to an old review on your blog, or talking about a book you loved in the past. We at AusYABloggers are putting a new spin on it. The #LoveOzYA movement has really taken off over the last year or so, but there's so much great Oz YA out there that was published before the movement started, and we want to shine a light on it.

Kelly's #LOVEOZYA Throwback Thursday

Swallow The Air
Written by Tara June Winch
Published by UQP
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In 2006, Tara June Winch’s startling debut Swallow the Air was published to acclaim. Its poetic yet visceral style announced the arrival afresh and exciting new talent. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates its important contribution to Australian literature.

When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets out to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.

Swallow the Air is an unforgettable story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together. 
May is a young indigenous girl who lost her mother at a tender age, displaced and leaves the City of Wollongong to travel to far Northern Australia in search of her ancestral family. May was a character representative of aspects of our broken country, where Aboriginal communities are left behind while white society moves forward. One of the realities May also faces is how Indigenous Australians can be treated by our police, authorities and our communities. May's life isn't a stereotype, she's a young woman that society as a whole has neglected, representing our traditional land owners that have been overlooked.

Swallow The Air by indigenous author Tara June Winch is compelling. Please support indigenous Australian authors. This is reading diversely. Reading beyond your knowledge and experience and support the Indigenous arts.

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