Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Catching Teller Crow

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Catching Teller Crow

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Title: Catching Teller Crow

Authors: Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Catching Teller Crow is the first young-adult novel written by Ambelin I Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, siblings from the Palyku people of the Pilbra region of Western Australia. This ghost story/ crime/psychological thriller has been added to my 'un-put-downable' list.

The authors have written this story in such a way that it leaves the reader questioning and sometimes in utter confusion, trying to make sense of what is happening as Beth Teller's ghost and her father, a detective, attempt to solve a case together. Written in prose and verse, the voices of Beth and Isobel Catching interweave to tell a story side-by-side. Catching's poetic chapters, although difficult to follow at times, use imagery and figurative language to describe the landscape , and convey the raw emotion and terror she felt. The reader is left in suspense until the book's final pages when all is revealed and layer upon layer of the true crimes come to light.

Alongside the crime solving, we follow Beth's father in a shadow of grief as he tries to come to terms with the loss of his only child. …

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