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Tracks of the Missing

Deklan ‘Dek’ Archer and his mates arrive at school to a tense atmosphere. ‘Old Mate’, Mr Henry, who has lived in town for a long time, has been found murdered. He had been selling grog on the black market for years. To add to these worries, the Year 12s, who were on camp, are now missing. The police think there is a link between the missing students and the murder.

Dek and his friends are torn. Dek and Willum, his best mate, have an important football match that evening – professional recruiters are in town. Neither wants to let their coach down but they feel they must search for their friends.

Deklan’s grandfather, a renowned tracker with certain otherworld gifts turns up, and expects him to go bush. This choice will change Dek’s life and family forever.  
A journey that moves deep in to an ancient landscape uncovers secrets, and the past, which is never far away, continues to call them. 

Both are tracking the truth but something is watching and hunting them.


Praise for Tracks of the Missing

“...a gripping First Nations thriller...Ultimately this cracking read veers off into unexpected places while exploring all the shades of grey that exist between right and wrong, black and white, justice and forgiveness. The dual authors expertly build tension while layering powerful messages about intergenerational trauma, racism, Indigenous culture and spirituality.”
Frances Atkinson, The Age

"...a terrific adventure set on a remote Indigenous community that explores the culture and the impacts of colonisation."
Andrew Pople, 2SER

"Tracks Of The Missing is everything I could have wanted and more…I hope everyone picks up this book. I hope it is read by young mob who deserve to see themselves and their communities represented in every kind of story they read - including in murder mysteries and horrors."
Little Black Duck Books 

"Tracks of the Missing highlights First Nations culture and social issues through a Goosebumps-style read."
Emma Ruben, NIT 

"A compelling young adult mystrey novel that places regional First Nations teen issues front and centre."
The Northern Rivers Times

Carl Merrison

Carl Merrison is a Jaru and Kija man from Halls Creek. Carl works with young Indigenous boys through the Clontarf Academy focusing in improving engagement with education and providing a positive role model. Carl was nominated for Australian of the...

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Hakea Hustler
Hakea Hustler is an experienced English teacher who has taught around Australia including in remote Aboriginal communities. Hakea is committed to Indigenous education with a particular focus on story as learning and empowerment. Together, Carl and Hakea’s debut novella Black...

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