My Deadly Boots
Written by Carl Merrison and Hekea Hustler
Illustrated by Samantha Campbell
My Deadly Boots is a thoughtful and empowering story about finding confidence within yourself. The book comes from the award-winning authors of Black Cockatoo, Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler. In the book the main character, an Aboriginal boy, saves up all his money so that he can purchase a pair of colourful footy boots. The boy immediately falls in love with the boots that have spikes on the bottom and are his favourite colour – yellow!
The boy affectionately refers to his boots as making him too deadly. In these boots the boy feels like he can reach his goals and dream big. The boots allow him to jump higher, run faster and keep up with his healthy lifestyle of playing sports. Even a friend of his wants to swap boots!
However, the boy starts to face issues when wearing his boots. First, his teacher tells him he should wear school shoes instead of boots. The boy is then stopped by a policeman who questions where he got his boots. He stands his ground and wonders why his boots make others ask questions.