Bindi by Kirli Saunders

11-year-old Bindi is not into math, but loves art class and hockey. Living in Rural Australia, she has her own horse, Nell, and her most favoured thing to do is roam around her country town, adventuring with her friends. After the Summer Holidays, her new school year starts just as it always does, new teachers, new class, new shoes and new bottle green and gold uniform. It seemed like this was going to be your average, run-of-the-mill year, but it didn’t go to plan at all. There was a broken wrist, a drought, a huge art assignment, the scariest bushfires her town had ever seen, and, to top it all off, a little baby black cockatoo with a broken wing. Can Bindi and her family make it through this colossal year?

As a shortlisted book in the CBCA, and winner of the Western Australian Premiers Book Awards, Bindi is Kirli Saunders third book, and her second verse novel. I would heartily recommend this 5/5 star book to readers 10+ who enjoy poetry and books with a strong meaning of hope and friendship. Credit must also be given to Dub Leffler, who’s illustrations are simply divine and really add meaning to the story.

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