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Allen & Unwin
29 August 2018

Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her - and he's drowning in grief.

But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what's her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven't been seen since the fire? As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another.

Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family.


"Catching Teller Crow is an up-to-the-minute tale that goes straight to the heart of Australia's darkest history. Through poetry and story, with great sensitivity, the Kwaymullinas pick up and deal with subjects most authors in this country find too hot to touch. Terrible crimes lie at the centre here; viewed through the eyes of young women of unquenchable spirit, they can be approached, examined and ultimately solved. This novel will turn gazes in the right direction, and make the caw of every crow more resonant." - Margo Lanagan

"A ghost story, as well as a psychological thriller, Catching Teller Crow seamlessly weaves together the poetic and the everyday. A magnificent and life-giving novel." Justine Larbalestier

"A touching and original story about a dad who is learning how to grieve and a girl learning how to be dead. Together they work to solve the crimes denting holes in a small town. A richly informed new novel by a deadly duo." - Ellen Van Neerven

"Distinctly Australian... A highly anticipated novel, Catching Teller Crow can be compared to Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and E Lockhart's We Were Liars. This book will have a broad readership." - Karen Wyld, Books + Publishing, 5 STARS

By:   Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
Weight:   191g
ISBN:   9781760631628
ISBN 10:   1760631620
Publication Date:   29 August 2018
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 18 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina are a brother-sister team of Aboriginal writers who come from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They've worked together on a number of short novels and picture books. Catching Teller Crow is their first joint young adult novel. They believe in the power of storytelling to create a more just world.

Reviews for Catching Teller Crow

'This enthralling tale swirls between life and death and the real and what is beyond as it explores innocence betrayed and those who are stuck... If you are into stories about crime, the paranormal or death, grief and recovery, then Catching Teller Crow is for you.' - Kids' Book Review 'Catching Teller Crow is a beautifully rendered novel that explores some of the most difficult aspects of Australia's history through the eyes of three compelling and resilient Aboriginal women. It deftly navigates themes of grief, loss and violence, with an ultimately hopeful testament to the bonds of family and the power of storytelling.' Judges' Report, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 'Catching Teller Crow is a tour de force.' - Good Reading '[A] fascinating, gripping, innovative work told in two alternating voices, one in prose, one in free verse, melding a crime thriller with a triumphant and uplifting ghost story...The novel is also, in many ways, a celebration of story, of the power of words...' - Magpies 'A fusion of ghost story and crime thriller, it also combines poetry and fiction to striking and exciting effect...Dorothy Porter's crime verse novel The Monkey's Mask is an interesting point of comparison...' - The Saturday Paper

  • Long-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Young Adult category 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Young Adult Novel 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Writing for Young Adults category 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Young Adult category 2019 (Australia)
  • Winner of Indie Book Awards 2019 (Australia)

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