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Calypso Summer

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Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health Food shop where his boss pressures him to gather native plants for natural remedies. This leads him to his Nukunu family in southern Flinders Ra ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 2014 by Magabala Books Australia (first published March 30th 2014)
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ALPHAreader
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Calypso is fresh out of high school and working at Henley Beach Health Food shop where his boss likes him to really put on the Rastafari and do a Bob Marley impersonation (good for sales, he says). One day his boss asks if any of Calypso’s people have secret Aborigine remedies they could sell in the Health Food shop, for a price.

Wanting to please his boss, Calypso goes to his mother who sends him to Nukunu auntie in the Flinders Ranges, to learn healing remedies that he can maybe bring home to
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Michelle
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian-lit
This was pretty fantastic.

I think this book does a really great job of balancing the personal and the political. It's a coming of age/finding yourself story. It's a falling-in-love story. It's also an unflinching look at the injustice and racism faced by Indigenous Australians, both in the past and today.

I smiled, I cringed, I got angry. I am left hopeful.


Bec
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This would be a great addition to any high school library. The novel is about a young Indigenous man called Calypso as he tries to work out who he is. Some discussion points for students include - stereotypes, Indigenous culture, land rights. This novel is definitely worth a read.
Lisa
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Calypso Summer is a YA title which was published under the auspices of the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project sponsored by the State Library of Queensland. As it says on the black&write website


black&write! is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. It was developed to foster a significant Indigenous writing community. Launched by author Boori Monty Pryor and actor Ernie Dingo at the 2010 Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, it is a bold, inspiring project
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K.
Also reviewed on my Youtube channel.

This is the story of Calypso, a young Nukunu man, and how he meets his extended family and visits Nukunu land for the first time. It's also the story of Calypso falling in love with a girl named Claire. And it's ALSO the story of Calypso's mum - who was part of the Stolen Generation - working through her guilt and her anger about her past, and reconnecting with her family and her Indigenous heritage. And it's ALSO ALSO about Calypso trying to save his job by f
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Abby Hansen
What a great book :)
I loved that it was an honest reflection of an Indigenous boy growing up in the city being judged for his culture but not letting it define him!

Definitely worth a read, especially with any young readers struggling to accept themselves for who they are born to be
Rosalie
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I enjoyed this story of a young man coming to terms with his identity and family relationships. It portrays a realistic unsentimental view of young aboriginal Australians.
Nella
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Wished I'd read this much sooner - great coming of age story; urban Aboriginal boy who pretends to be Jamaican and learns who he really is
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