These are books for primary school kids, but better written than a lot of adult crap.
2 hands together is about a nice close suburban aussie family & their interactions with the new indigenous kids next door. the kids are great, the adults are complex & there's one especially tense scene. v. good.
i've decided to do my literacy block assignment on onion tears. it's about a vietnamese girl who's parents sent her off to australia to avoid the war. again, very nice, understandable characters. if anyone has any memories of studying this in school, i'd be interested to here.