• Title: Nona & Me
  • Author: Clare Atkins
  • ISBN: 9781863956895
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nona Me Rosie and Nona are sisters Yapas They are also best friends It doesn t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal their family connections tie them together for life Born just five days apart i
    Rosie and Nona are sisters Yapas.They are also best friends It doesn t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal their family connections tie them together for life.Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseperable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine By the time she returns, they re in Year 10 and things havRosie and Nona are sisters Yapas.They are also best friends It doesn t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal their family connections tie them together for life.Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseperable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine By the time she returns, they re in Year 10 and things have changed Rosie has lost interest in the community, preferring to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena, and Selena s gorgeous older brother Nick.When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position will she be forced to choose between her first love and her oldest friend

    One Reply to “Nona & Me”

    1. I've delayed, procrastinated, and altogether avoided writing this review for a few weeks now.The reason? This is a perfect book, and it deserves the perfect review that will make everyone go out and read it (only a little over $2 in the kindle store at the moment peeps), but I çan only write an imperfect review for it. Atkins has that amazing skill of being able to write for adolescents (and grown ups) without talking down to her audience,or having stilted syntax. I love fiction aimed at a YA a [...]

    2. Well, that was seriously bittersweet. It's a gorgeous tale, though, with nice writing and a heart-tugging message about racism and some fabulous character development. If you actually want to know about Australia and the indigenous people and how STINKIN' HOT it is in the Norther Territory? Read this book. So it's about racism, basically, which is one heck of a touchy subject. In the back of my head I always think "Racism? Pfft. That was so in the 50s." BUT IT'S NOT. Racism is still an issue tod [...]

    3. Nona and Me was an incredibly deep and emotional story of two childhood friends who reconnect again as almost adults. Uniquely Australian, I loved being transported to the small community where the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child', no truer words have been spoken. Rosie's parents are separated, but keep in contact. Both are strong in their beliefs of supporting their local communities and have raised Rosie to be accepting, respectful and treat others with dignity. But once Nona, her [...]

    4. Despite, being called Nona and Me, I feel like this book was very much focused on Rosie and the journey she takes to define her own identity as a white girl split between the town where her best friend and boyfriend live and the Aboriginal community into which she's been "adopted". In fact, Nona didn't really have that large a role to play for most of the story, and featured mostly in flashbacks. I suppose I didn't mind too much that this was the case, although it would have been nice to learn a [...]

    5. A very real story of friendship and family and courage to be yourself. I loved reading about Rosie's adopted family with the stories and tradition. Her journey left me feeling sad yet happy.

    6. ‘Nona & Me’ by Clare Atkins.Publisher: Black IncPublished: September 24th 2014.Page Count: 288 pages.Genre: YA Contemporary.Synopsis:Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas.They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseparable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine. By the time she returns, they’re in Ye [...]

    7. 4.5 stars. There is a great deal to recommend in this book but I have also have one problem with it that stopped me from giving this 5 stars which I will explore in the spoiler section.I think many schools will study this novel – it is particularly relevant for year 10. It addresses many issues of relevance for teens – identity, finding your place at school, home and in the world and belonging. The push/pull phase of adolescence is dealt with quite well – Rosie wants her independence, want [...]

    8. This novel was thought provoking. It provides an insight into what life might be like for a teenage girl, Rosie, living in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Although Rosie is not an Aboriginal she has lived in the community all her life. Her parents are seperated and she lives with her mother and still has contact with her father. The novel is set in 2007 when John Howard was in power and his government launched an ‘emergency intervention’ into the Northern Territory in resp [...]

    9. If you are looking for a quality YA Contemporary read THIS WOULD BE IT!!! A FANTASTIC book!! very well written and the storyline was so insightful it explored multicultural diversity among white and indigenous Australians, socio-economic differences and prejudices, different types of families, coming of age, maturity, change words can't describe how much I love this book, this may have to be one of my favourites for 2016!!! I also loved the backstory that was intertwined with present day and the [...]

    10. Rosie and Nona have grown up as close as sisters – they are sisters despite the fact that Nona is Aboriginal and Rosie is not. Nona’s family members have been adopting Rosie’s family members for generations now and the two families are as one. As children, Rosie and Nona laugh, learn and play together. They are inseparable until they are nine when Nona moves away.When she returns at age 15, things are different. Despite the fact that Rosie still lives in the remote Aboriginal community wit [...]

    11. Nona & Me is so sad and beautiful and achingly real - there are not enough YA books involving indigenous Aussie characters, let alone set in 'country' as they call it. It reads beautifully, is engaging in that the teenage (& white) protagonist (Rosie) is just that - a typical teen who is trying to fit in with the cool girls at school. But Rosie is different to them in that she was born & raised in Yirrkala, a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Her parents have spl [...]

    12. This book is aimed at mid-teens and I read it as a potential text for teaching in 2016. By the end of the first 50 pages I was designing a whole unit around it. The story is about two girls who are sisters in the Yolngu kinship sisters told from the perspective of Rosie. There is your usual teens stuff peer pressure, popularity, boyfriends, but behind it is a story of lost identity and indigenous culture. Rosie, when she was little, was involved in Yolngu life, but after the departure of Nona fl [...]

    13. Okay, this is NOT one of your same old 'friendship' books where they're best it's but then they fight and they have to deal. NO WAY. Never could anyone ever think that this book would stoop so low after this. It should have a genre on its own.And the cover! The coooooverrrrrrrrr gonna buy this book AQAP. And meet autthorrorrrrrrrr?!?!! I REALLY HOPE SOJust loved everything. Was also really shocked at some points. I never really realised how mistreated some Aborignes are, even now. I mean, down S [...]

    14. 3 1/2 stars. This is a gentle novel. The narrator is Rosie, a white teenage girl living with her single mum in the community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Primarily focusing on Rosie's struggle to acknowledge her Aboriginal family ties, I was far more interested in the relationship between Nona and Rosie as kids, which was only touched upon. The emotional manipulation, denial of true friends, and romantic problems in Rosie's life were all pretty standard, but the explanations of the com [...]

    15. It was interesting to read and learn about the Aboriginal culture through this book and to see how connected they are as a people- particularly how family transcended blood and race. It was a deeply heartfelt novel, complete with teen angst and its uncertainties, as well as growth and rediscovery of one's identity after taking a close look at their values.

    16. I loved this book, in fact it might have just become one of my new favourites. I loved reading about Aboriginal culture and I loved that these teenagers were acting like real Australian teens. I got a bit teary remembering how, like Rosie, I watched The Apology year 11 at school.Thank you Clare Atkins for writing this book and for choosing me as a winner.

    17. I was completely swept up by Nona & Me, from beginning to end. It's a gorgeous book and one of my favourites of 2017. Beautiful writing, three-dimensional characters who made me feel things and a story full of heart. I can't recommend this enough.

    18. Beautiful story about friendship and culture, very emotional (which I liked) and beautifully written. I definitely recommend this book (Clare M).

    19. LIBRARY TASK: TERM 4BY: MADELEINE ROTH 8CLIBRARY TASK 1:I chose the novel ‘Nona & Me’ by Clare Atkins because when I read its blurb it pulled me in and I felt the urge to read it. The novel sounds really unique and interesting to read because I enjoy reading novels that involve controversies in them. This is because they cause me to think more and create my own opinion on what is occurring in the novel whilst I am reading it. The novel ‘Nona & Me’ sounds like it has a good story [...]

    20. I felt Rosie was a little immature at first, but I liked seeing her grow as a person, and mature into a responsible woman. I expected a lot more of Nona in Rosie's story, so it made it sadder (though more touching) when they slowly (and carefully) reconnected. I really enjoyed being immersed into this setting, so different to 'regular' ya, and I felt like I learnt quite a bit about rural life in the NT.

    21. I really loved this book. I loved how it taught me more about aboriginal culture whilst dealing with some interesting teenage issues. I think it is an excellent book for kids to read for many reasons, but especially the issues it raises about identity and being who you are.

    22. I really enjoyed this book. It gives an ordinary person an insight into the Aboriginal culture and the connectivity between family, kinships and country. Atkins captures the journey of teenage issues beautifully.

    23. A beautifully crafted Australian story which is relatable to all. It tells the story of inner struggles and mistakes many of us have made or witnessed throughout our lives. The bond of family is held under a microscope and laid bare. Highly recommended.

    24. Review: Clare Atkins’ “Nona and Me”(from juliatulloh/2014/12/22/rev)I bought Nona & Me by Clare Atkins after reading Danielle Binks’ excellent review of it on Killings. A novel set in Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala, in North East Arnhemland? I had to get to get it immediately. I have family in Nhulunbuy and it’s so remote (the closest town is Katherine, which is over 700km away via dirt roads) and so small (Yirrkala’s population is about 1000, and Nhulunbuy’s, till recently, has been a [...]

    25. Nona & Me was absolutely perfect in terms of story, characters, and in capturing the struggle of trying to fit in and be yourself as a teen. I picked the book up with the lure of diversity and there certainly is diversity- Nona is Yolnu and Rosie has grown up on what is essentially a Yolnu reservation. I guess what made this the kind of book I wasn’t looking for was that it was told entirely from the perspective of the middle class white girl. I don’t think that detracts from the book pe [...]

    26. Thank you to and Black Inc Books for providing this book as part of the First Reads program. This did not influence my review in any way.In this deeply moving novel about family, community and friendship in Arnhem Land, comes the story of Rosie and Nona. Sisters, or yapas, they grew up side by side, white Australian and Aboriginal, until Nona and her family move away from their community following the death of her father. Now Nona is back and Rosie, who has neglected the Aboriginal way of life [...]

    27. How I Came To Read This Book: It's a neat story actually. I first heard about this book on some YA blogger's site, who was raving about it. I searched for it at my local library but they didn't have it, I presume because Australian fiction is still just finding a foothold internationally. So I requested it, and it literally took months to come in, and then I was the first person to read it. Cool.The Plot: Rosie lives in the Australian outback on what is essentially an Aboriginal reserve, where h [...]

    28. Nona and Me is the story of the social solar system of high school, the entanglements of friendship, learning what it means to love and discovering what really matters. This book is overflowing with joy, pain and loss. As well as underlying messages and a fight against racism. Atkins has told Rosie’s tale so honestly and yet so very beautifully. This novel is incredibly down to earth. Atkins tells the story of two girls, from two different cultures, discovering who they are and who they want t [...]

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