The Pearl-shell Diver
Published: 2016 by Allen & Unwin
Level: Middle Years (6-9)
Sario, who lives with his family on a remote island in the Torres Strait, dives for pearl shell and sea cucumber to sell at the market to make money for his family. Spotted by one of the owners of a lugger, he is persuaded to join the boat to learn to dive in the helmet and walk the sea floor, so making more money, particularly now that his mother, once a diver, is ill with breathing problems.