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Ali’s first book was published in 2005 by UWA Press (Cygnet - Children’s imprint). Rodeo Darcy went on to be very popular and can be found in most school libraries, public libraries and at some Universities to help train new teachers learn about their Aboriginal students. Darcy is a young 12 year-old boy who, with his best friend (the old stockman) Jim Bulla, does the rodeo circuit. When Darcy receives a special gift he goes on to achieve one of his dreams - riding in the Fitzroy Crossing Rodeo.

This story was short listed for the Western Australia Premier’s Book Award (2005). It is wonderfully illustrated by Mark Wilson.
Beautifully written and illustrated, these are books to be treasured. Highly recommended.
Reading Time
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This paperback edition of Rodeo Darcy was published in 2015. It is smaller and much easier to read and we have also kept Mark Wilson’s fabulous illustrations. If you can no longer find a copy of the hardback edition (above) then this little edition is readily available.
….this book is an easy read that will be enjoyed by readers aged eight and up….
The West Australian
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If you liked Rodeo Darcy, then you’ll love Cockatoo Man. It’s a little bit scary but its still an enjoyable story. Binnu, like Darcy, is a 12 year old bush kid who doesn’t like town much and prefers to be walking through the bush with his ging (slingshot). When he shoots and kills a cockatoo he is in all sorts of trouble. Grandfather will help sort things out, so the both of them begin their trek up into the gorges to make things right.

This story first came to Ali when she lived at Beagle Bay and taught at the school there. Although it is set in Gooniyandi country, it can be read by all kids alike.
The descriptions of the Kimberley country conjure beautiful images that all will recognise. It was, however, Binnu’s spiritual journey that made this book special…Giles has written a believable and touching tale.
Emily Meldrum CBCA
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A highly entertaining story about Claude and his dive in the fish tank at an aquarium in a Macao Casino. Inspired by a trip Ali made in 2014 to Macao and Hong Kong it is a modest story about caring for others, even if they’re fish. Digitised photography, by Vlado Damjanovski, helps bring this book to life!
    This story ticks all the boxes; exotic setting, unique problem, engaging characters and a highly satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.'
    Chris Dayman CBCA
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    Here is an English - Chinese bilingual version of The Happy Fish.
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    Travels in Moscow is an adult memoir. Ali has been visiting Moscow, the capital of The Russian Federation, for four years now. This book is her memoir of her experiences and observations of, what she calls, her favourite place to travel to! Black and white images and sketches are also included.

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    Belka — ‘Little Face’ is the story of a young Russian boy and his pet dog,‘little face’ as he likes to call her. Set in the Soviet Union of the 1960’s, Ali captures a glimpse of history when the Space Race was just beginning. When ‘little face’ goes missing Sasha is devastated, yet no-one is to know of the great heights she would achieve. This story is inspired by Ali’s visit to the Museum of Cosmonautics in 2014.

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    In July 1973 the 1600 ton cargo vessel, the Cherry Venture, steamed straight into one of the fiercest storms to hit the Queensland coast. Huge twelve metre swells pushed it aground onto Teewah Beach, and there it remained until 2007.

    This novel, for middle grade readers, recounts the courage of human spirit in times of disaster. It also tells of the determination of one man to have the ship seaworthy again. It’s a race against the corrosive salty winds.