Freedom Ride

Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But it’s nothing to do with him. That’s just the way the Aborigines have always been treated.

In the summer of 1965 racial tensions in the town are at boiling point, and something headed Walgaree’s way will blow things apart.

It’s time for Robbie to take a stand. Nothing will ever be the same.

Published by Black Dog Books, 2015

“Australian writer Sue Lawson handles the subject with pathos, honesty and humour … Freedom Ride is an important and entertaining slice of Australian history. 4 ½ stars.”


member of the 1965 Freedom Ride

“A brilliant evocation of the racism in Australia of the 1960s and the Freedom Ride that challenged it.” 

Ann Curthoys

member of the 1965 Freedom Ride

“A pivotal moment in Australia’s history is captured in this story.”

Darce Cassidy

member of the 1965 Freedom Ride

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Older Readers, Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards, 2016

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

NSW Premier’s History Awards, Young Adults, Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, 2016