The Traeger Kid

The Traeger Kid


by Margaret Sharpe
Alternative Publishing Cooperative, Australia, 1983
Paper back– 108 pages


A delightful novel by Margaret Sharpe telling the story of an Aboriginal girl in Central Australia and her journey to Brisbane. It is revealing in its details, full of the warmth and joy of a child who gains pride in her own language, Aranda, and loves her country. There are a number of sub-themes about Aboriginal lifestyle and culture, differences between city and country life, the impact of land clearance by White settlers.

Written in the early 1980s, it is a trip down memory lane for older readers. Dr Sharpe knows her subject well. It is a book for children and adults alike. An enjoyable read.