Deadly Unna?

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Penguin Group Australia, May 4, 1998 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 288 pages
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'Deadly, unna?' He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don't have a lot in common. Dumby's the star of the footy team, he's got a killer smile and the knack with girls, and he's a Nunga. Blacky's a gutless wonder, needs braces, never knows what to say, and he's white. But they're friends... and it could be deadly, unna? This gutsy novel, set in a small coastal town in South Australia is a rites-of-passage story about two boys confronting the depth of racism that exists all around them.

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I had to read this for English and I thought it would be absolutely terrible. But in the end, it was okay the story actually got pretty good towards the end. It wouldn't be a book I would necessarily ... Read full review

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I liked it but I did not love it. This book felt like a first in a series. All setup, no pay-off. Deadly Una did not address the racism issues head on. The story seems to be heading in that direction ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Phillip Gwynne's first novel Deadly Unna? the literary hit of 1998, has now sold over 180,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel, Nukkin Ya, was published to great acclaim in 2000.  He has also written The Worst Team Ever, Born to Bake, and A Chook Called Harry in the Aussie Bites series, and Jetty Rats. Phillip's latest novel, the adult detective thriller The Build Up, is being made into a 13-part TV series on SBS, and his YA novel, Swerve, will be published in 2010.

He now lives in Leura, New South Wales, with his wife and three children: aged 17, 2 and 1.