Book Review: Nona & Me by Clare Atkins (2014)

In a dusty, sun-baked town, Rosie leads a fairly carefree existence, mostly focusing on navigating the changes in friendship that come about when she starts seeing popular older boy Nick, the brother of her glamorous friend Selena.

Then her old friend Nona, a Yolngu girl, returns to the school after years away. She and Rosie once had a supremely close friendship that crossed the town’s racial divide and the narrative is spliced with vignettes from their time together as small children, when the two saw themselves as sisters. Though touched by tragedy, Rosie’s memories of childhood with Nona are often idyllic, illustrating Nona’s deep connection with her family and her joyous relationship with the natural world.

Read the full review at The Sydney Morning Herald.