Human Rights in Literature The following titles are available from the Resource Centre. Picture books, Junior & Young Adult Fiction



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Human Rights in Literature

The following titles are available from the Resource Centre.


Picture books, Junior & Young Adult Fiction

Ashley, Bernard. 1999. Little Soldier. Lane Cove, NSW: Orchard Books. A child soldier from East Africa has to survive in the urban jungle of his new London home.

Evans, Alwyn. 2003. Walk in my shoes. Ringwood, Vic.: Puffin Books. Afghani refugees in detention in Australia.

Grificoli, Ann. 2002. The village that vanished. New York: Dial. (picture book). In Africa, a young Yao girl and her mother find a way for their fellow villagers to escape approaching slave traders.

Heffernan, John and Andrew McLean. 2001. My dog. Hunters Hill, NSW: Margaret Hamilton Books. (picture book). The conflict in Kosovo.

Hiçyilmaz, Gaye. 1998. Smiling for Strangers. London: Orion. Refugee from former Yugoslavia.

Laird, Elizabeth. 1991. Kiss the Dust. London: Heinemann. Refugees in Kurdistan.

Mankell, Henning. 2000. Secrets in the Fire. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. Effect of land mines in Mozambique.

Mattingley, Christobel. 1993. No Gun for Asmir. Ringwood, Vic: Puffin Books. Refugee from Sarajevo.

Naidoo, Beverley. 2000. The Other Side of Truth. Ringwood, Vic.: Puffin Books. Freedom of speech in Nigeria.

Sisulu, Elinor Batezat. 1996. The day Gogo went to vote. New York: Little, Brown. (picture book) Thembi and her great-grandmother go together to vote in post-apartheid South Africa.

Zephaniah, Benjamin. 2001. Refugee Boy. London: Bloomsbury. Refugee from Ethiopian/Eritrean conflict.


Anthologies of short stories and Poetry


Ajidarma, Seno Gumira. 1995. Eyewitness. Potts Point, NSW: Imprint. Protest stories from Indonesia.

Breaking Free: An Anthology of Human Rights Poetry.1994. Hove: Wayland.

Dare to be Different: A Celebration of Freedom in Association with Amnesty International. 1999. London: Bloomsbury. Illustrated stories and poems for young people.

Flattley, Kerry & Wallace-Crabbe, Chris. 1992. From the Repubic of Conscience: An International Anthology of Poetry. Flemington, VIC: Aird Books.

Goode, Katherine. 1997. Jumping to Heaven:: stories about refugee children. Kent Town, SA: Wakefield Press. Short stories based on interviews with Australian refugee children.

Hyde, Michael & Parr, Helen. 1995. Same Difference. Carlton, VIC: Curriculum Corporation. Access Asia series. Stories about teenage experience in Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Australia.

Mitchell, Dee (ed). 1993. Amnesty. Port Melbourne, VIC: Minerva Australia (Reed Books). Stories by Australian writers for adults and children.

Muse, Daphne (ed). 1995. Prejudice: Stories about Hate, Ignorance, Revelation, and Transformation. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children.

Naidoo, Beverley. 2001. Out of Bounds: stories of conflict and hope. Camberwell, VIC: Puffin Books. One short story for each decade of Apartheid in South Africa.

Memoirs and Testimonies – novel length


Jackson, Livia E. Bitton. 1980. Elli: Coming of age in the Holocaust. London: HarperCollins. Memoir of a young Hungarian Auschwitz survivor.

Latifa. 2002. My Forbidden Face: Growing up under the Taliban: a young woman’s story. London: Virago Press.

Lobel, Anita. 1998.No Pretty Pictures: a child of war. New York, NY: Avon Books. A refugee from WWII.

Pilkington, Doris (Garimara, Nugi). 1996. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press. Book on which the film, ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ was based. Stolen aboriginal children escape back to their families.

Ung, Loung. 2000. First they killed my father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers. Pymble, NSW: HarperCollins. Living under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Zable, Arnold. 1991. Jewels and Ashes. Newham, VIC: Scribe Publications. Australian-Jewish refugee family history.


Memoirs and Testimonies – anthologies of shorter pieces


From Nothing to Zero: Letters from Refugees in Australia’s Detention Centres. 2003. Footscray, VIC: Lonely Planet.

Chee Soon Juan. To be free: Stories from Asia’s Struggle against Oppression. Clayton, VIC: Monash Asia Institute.


Tikvah: Children’s Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights. 1999. New York, NY: SeaStar Books (North-South Books). Well known children’s illustrators and writers present an image and accompanying explanation.

Tyler, Heather. 2003. Asylum: Voices behind the razor wire. South Melbourne, VIC: Lothian.




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