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Lit Circles - Primary: Our race for reconciliation

About the book


Mel Gordon loves running and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It's 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that Cathy Freeman is coming to talk to her school. And her family is heading to Sydney! It becomes an unforgettably journey to Corroboree 2000, bringing together all Australians as they march and sing and celebrate Australia's indigenous heritage and also acknowledge past wrongs.

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  • Reconciliation
  • Resect
  • Bigotry
  • Pride
  • Responsibility
  • Family and relationships
  • Women in sport

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Extension material/ About the author

Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales, but was born in Gadigal Country and has spent much of her life on Dharawal land near La Perouse. She is one of Australia's most prolific and well-known authors publishing across genres including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction, and children's novels. Anita is also a marathoner!


Questions for your lit circle

1. What does reconciliation mean? How does it impact Indigenous Australians?

2. What do you know about your ancestry?

3. Why does Mel write to Cathy Freeman as her hero? Who is someone you look up to and why.