#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 discussion post: RUBY MOONLIGHT (Ali Cobby Eckermann)

//#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 discussion post: RUBY MOONLIGHT (Ali Cobby Eckermann)

#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 discussion post: RUBY MOONLIGHT (Ali Cobby Eckermann)

How’s it going, folks? Are you keeping up with your bookclub reading? This month’s book discussion has been dragged out into August. But never fear – I’ve had some new ideas for spicing up bookclub (which I’ll share more in the next post) and everyone will get a chance to join in!

ali cobby eckermannSo what did you think of RUBY MOONLIGHT? It was a very quick read, and I inhaled it all in one sitting. Ali Cobby Eckermann is a winner of the Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship, part of the black&write! Indigenous Writing Project sponsored by the State Library of Queensland. Her story is a Stolen Generation story – she was adopted very young, and grew up to find her birth mother in later life, and recover her Yankunytjatjara heritage – and also a story of great hope: she is now heavily involved in fostering writing by Indigenous authors, and has written a number of influential and highly awarded books of poetry, published both here in Australia and overseas. You can read more about Ali’s amazing life story here, in this interview with Jaydeep Sarangi for Mascara Literary Review.

corditeAnd in a slightly different move, I’ve included two reviews in this month’s discussion post (to help bolster your own words, when it comes to the discussion of this one!). Tina Giannoukos, says that

[Ali Cobby Eckermann] traces a story of personal loss, trauma and reconnection in poetry and memoir, as well as a public story of political disempowerment, and a shared story of loss in ruby moonlight” and also looks at two of Eckermann’s other books in this review in Cordite here.

For myself, I found the book honest and haunting. Although I’m not sure if I’d put it squarely in the YA category, it was also something I could see as working well within a school curriculum, with a spare use of language and a straightforward story that could carry a strong message to teen readers.

But what did you think? Add your comments to the discussion thread on the FB page, where you can join in the conversation, or feel free to leave your opinion in the comments below.

In the next post, I want to ask everyone how they think bookclub is going so far, and start taking on new ideas for improving our format and generating larger discussion, as well as adding to the range of titles that we have on the masterlist. What do you reckon? Stay tuned for more bookclub news and see you soon!

xxEllie

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