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Uncle Xbox


A coming-of-age story for young readers, that offers gentle insights into growing up, family and finding your place in a digital world. Or not. 

Dusty spends a lot of time playing games online, and usually with his stepdad, Marcus. One Saturday morning, Marcus loads his things into his car and leaves. He takes his Xbox. Dusty is determined to buy an Xbox of his own and tries odd jobs that don’t quite work out. That is until cool Uncle Rick turns up. Uncle Rick introduces Dusty to surfing and teaches him about culture and Country. Dusty swiftly discovers that there is more to life than gaming. 


Praise for Uncle Xbox

“The author has created a convincing and endearing character in Dusty...a good book for primary school readers...” 
Lyn Linning, Magpies Magazine

“...enjoyable and refreshing read...With a strong, smart, and likeable character in Dusty and an entertaining storyline.”
Kathryn Beilby, ReadPlus

“...each chapter was even better than the last. A sequel would be great!”
Oscar, Youkie Magazine

“Dusty is a likeable, real and smart character, and Jared Thomas has done something special with this novel...I hope it has many readers.”
Kevin Brophy, CBCA Reading Time

“…Jared Thomas has sensitively captured Dusty's world and childhood challenges, with integrity, humour and heart.” 
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Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Research Fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum and the University of South Australia.

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First Nations writer Jared Thomas introduces his new book 'Uncle Xbox'.


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