Winner: Kraft Foods Prize for Young Adult Fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2002SHORTLISTED: Children's Book of the year Awards (The Children's Book Council of Australia). In the category: 2003 Book of the Year - Older Readers.
Meme McDonald was a writer and photographer who created books for young people and adults. Boori Pryor is from North Queensland. His mother's people are Kunggandji and his father is from the Birra-gubba Nation. Boori is a performer, storyteller and writer. Meme and Boori co-wrote Maybe Tomorrow (Penguin, March 1998) with Margaret Dunkle as consulting editor. The Binna Binna Man (Allen + Unwin 1999) won Book of the Year at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2000. Meme and Boori also co-wrote two prize-winning books which have been adapted for theatre. My Girragundji (Allen + Unwin 1998) had two seasons touring nationally with The Bell Shakespeare Company, and Njunjul The Sun (Allen + Unwin 2002) - which received the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction - was adapted by Kooemba Djarra Theatre Company and produced with QPAC in Brisbane. Boori Monty Pryor was Australia's Children's Laureate in 2012 and 2013.
'The language is more idiomatic in this book... This gives their text a raw truthfulness that is both convincing and moving. When the boy accepts his name, Njunjul the Sun, it is an epiphany, a fitting ending for this marvellous trilogy.'Jo Goodman, MagpiesMay 2002'The language of this book is compact and evocative...Narrative such as this gives us the window through which we can begin to understand what has gone on, and perhaps what needs to be done.'Susan La Marca, ViewpointWinter 2002