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The Wonder of Little Things

Young Readers Edition

Vince Copley Lea McInerney

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A First Nations Elder shares his extraordinary story of finding kindness in the midst of prejudice, and joy in living life to the full.

Welcome to my story.

I didn't learn a lot in school, not in the classroom, anyway. But I learned a lot from life.

'Always remember you're as good as anybody else,' Vince's mother, Kate, often told him. And he was, becoming a champion footballer and premiership-winning coach. But change was in the air, and Vince wanted to help make life better for his people too.

At every step, Vince found light in the darkness, the friendly face in the crowd, the small moments that make the world go round.

Welcome to the wonder of little things.

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Imprint:   ABC
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   232g
ISBN:   9780733342462
ISBN 10:   0733342469
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 10 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

About Vince Copley Vince Copley AM, a proud Ngadjuri man, was born on an Aboriginal mission in South Australia. As a young boy he attended the now famous St Francis House in Adelaide, a home for First Nations boys that produced many future leaders, including civil rights activist Charles Perkins. A star footballer and cricketer, Vince later devoted his life to advancing the rights and improving the lives of First Nations people. He worked closely with Charlie, and with everyone from community leaders to premiers and prime ministers. Along with other Ngadjuri people, he was also active in recovering and protecting Ngadjuri cultural heritage. Vince died in 2022. Lea McInerney grew up in the Clare Valley on Ngadjuri Country. Her ancestry is Irish-Australian. Lea's writing has been published in Griffith Review and other literary magazines. Lea met Vince in 2016. As well as this book, she worked with Vince on several Ngadjuri projects he led.

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