50 great reads for kids & teens by Australian women in 2016

Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12: Your Real Guide to the Pre-Teen Years

Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12: Your Real Guide to the Pre-Teen Years

Kaz Cooke

Early Girl Stuff 8-12 is the essential younger girl's guide to puberty and the pre-teen years.

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 Read reviewWords in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

Cath Crowley

This is a love story. It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. It's the story of how we leave our histories in the things we love - like books.

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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The Boundless Sublime

The Boundless Sublime

Lili Wilkinson

Ruby Jane Galbraith is an ordinary girl seeking peace in the wake of family tragedy. Her search leads her into a community that seems guided by love. And it's only after she's drawn into its web that she learns its sinister...

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Becoming Aurora

Becoming Aurora

Elizabeth Kasmer

Sixteen-year-old Rory is at a crossroads in her life. While her gang plans its next move in a racially motivated turf war, Rory is sentenced to spend her summer at an aged care facility.

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 Read reviewOne Would Think the Deep

One Would Think the Deep

Claire Zorn

Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that moment exactly, the disbelief that what was about to happen could even be possible....

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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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 Read reviewThe Yearbook Committee

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Ayoub

Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year.The school captain: Ryan has it all ...or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him...

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 Read reviewThe Special Ones

The Special Ones

Em Bailey

Esther is one of the four Special Ones. They are chosen by him to live under his protection in a remote farmhouse, and they must always be ready to broadcast their lives to eager followers in the outside. But on renewal day when...

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 Read reviewFrankie

Frankie

Shivaun Plozza

Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances...When a kid shows up...

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Black

Black

Fleur Ferris

Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days... She can't wait to leave the town where she's known only as Black'. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too.<br...

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Forgetting Foster

Forgetting Foster

Dianne Touchell

The powerful story of a young boy whose father develops Alzheimer's disease, from the highly acclaimed author of A Small Madness.

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The Book Of Whispers

The Book Of Whispers

Kimberley Starr

Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees, or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti.

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Hexenhaus

Hexenhaus

Nikki McWatters

A powerful historical novel about three young women caught in the hysteria of their own times.

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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

Wai Chim

This incredible tale about two boys' swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom from poverty and oppression is inspired by a true story.

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Summer Skin

Summer Skin

Kirsty Eagar

Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand - picked college girl gang are going to get even. The lesson: don't mess with Unity girls. The...

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club

Alison Goodman

A tantalising new trilogy set in Regency London from the award-winning author of Eon and Eona. Against a backdrop of whispered secrets in St James's Palace, soirees with Lord Byron and morning calls from Beau Brummell, Lady...

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 Read reviewMy Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

Justine Larbalestier

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them...

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 Read reviewOur Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts

Krystal Sutherland

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

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 Read reviewA Tangle of Gold: The Colours of Madeleine Book 3

A Tangle of Gold: The Colours of Madeleine Book 3

Jaclyn Moriarty

The Kingdom of Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko's deception has been revealed and the Elite have taken control, placing the Princess, Samuel and Sergio under arrest and ordering their execution. Elliot is being held captive by the...

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 Read reviewElizabeth and Zenobia

Elizabeth and Zenobia

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller presents Elizabeth and Zenobia, a wonderfully compelling middle-grade story about friendship, courage, and the power of the imagination.

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 Read reviewThe Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Nova Weetman

A beautifully written and insightful new novel sensitively uncovering the effects of trauma on the mind of an eleven - year - old girl. I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else ... Clem...

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 Read reviewIris And The Tiger

Iris And The Tiger

Leanne Hall

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune - and her sprawling estate - to Iris's scheming parents. But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de...

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 Read reviewWhen the Lyrebird Calls

When the Lyrebird Calls

Kim Kane

When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme health food, and lots of...

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer

Emily Gale

This sweet and spellbinding story about family, friends and believing in yourself will warm your heart.

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 Read reviewA Most Magical Girl

A Most Magical Girl

Karen Foxlee

Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time - and two most magical girls

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 Read reviewWormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Judith Rossell

When Stella Montgomery returned to the Hotel Majestic cold and wet but exhilarated by adventure, the Aunts were furious. Now they are sending Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two...

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Dragonfly Song

Dragonfly Song

Wendy Orr

There are two ways of looking at Aissa's story. She's the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she's the cursed child who called the Bull King's ship to the island.

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The Shark Caller

The Shark Caller

Dianne Wolfer

Isabel is on a plane heading back to her island birthplace in Papua New Guinea. Izzy is looking forward to seeing her family again, but there's another tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, died in a freak diving...

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Lizzie and Margaret Rose

Lizzie and Margaret Rose

Pamela Rushby

London, 1940. Bombs are falling and 10-year-old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid, but her family home is destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, her aunt is ready to take her in, although her 11-year-old cousin Lizzie...

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The Hungry Isle

The Hungry Isle

Emily Rodda

Britta of Del wants nothing less than to be the new Apprentice Trader of the Rosalyn fleet. Family and friends and even the terrible secret of her parentage will not stop her. But how can she succeed when her true identity must...

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Escape to the Moon Islands (Quest of the Sunfish Book 1)

Escape to the Moon Islands (Quest of the Sunfish Book 1)

Mardi McConnochie

When Will and Annalie's father disappears, they set out on a perilous sea voyage to find him. 

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Danny Best: Never Wrong

Danny Best: Never Wrong

Jen Storer, Mitch Vane

For fans of BIG NATE, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, WEIRDO and TOM GATES, comes a hilarious series about a LEGEND named Danny Best. Best by name, Best by reputation..

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The Leopard Princess

The Leopard Princess

Rosanne Hawke

Master storyteller Rosanne Hawke effortlessly interweaves ancient Mughal history and settings, fables and traditional story threads to bring to life a magical fantasy.

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Grover, Benji and Nanna Jean (Grover Mcbane, Rescue Dog Book 3)

Grover, Benji and Nanna Jean (Grover Mcbane, Rescue Dog Book 3)

Claire Garth, Johannes Leak

Grover McBane, Rescue Dog is a new early-chapter-book adventure series about a cheeky but brave rescue dog called Grover McBane.

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Lulu Bell's Best Friends Ever

Lulu Bell’s Best Friends Ever

Belinda Murrell

Adventures are more fun with friends! Celebrate with Lulu and her friends as they rescue a fairy penguin, prepare for the Moon Festival, have fun at Harmony Day, and save the school's garden after a storm!

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Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee

Deborah Abela

India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next Bee, India says she's not good enough - but her family won't...

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Marge in Charge

Marge in Charge

Eglantine Ceulemans, Isla Fisher

Jemima and Jake's new babysitter doesn't look too promising. In fact she looks very sensible, very old and VERY small (she only comes up to daddy's armpit!). But the moment their parents leave the house, Marge gives a mischievous...

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Colours of Australia: Little Hare Books

Colours of Australia: Little Hare Books

Bronwyn Bancroft

Deep love of country inspires Bronwyn Bancroft's poetry and the richly layered hues of Colours of Australia. Each line speaks a different voice, each image stirs a different mood, and all combine to evoke the miracle of colour...

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 Read reviewCircle

Circle

Jeannie Baker

In an infinity of sky, tiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible migratory pathways, flying on and on for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest... This is their story.

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country

Welcome To Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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Ducks Away!

Ducks Away!

Mem Fox, Judy Horacek

Five little ducks went out one day... over the bridge, and away!

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 Read reviewIntroducing Teddy

Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it's riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do together.One...

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Small Things

Small Things

Mel Tregonning

An ordinary boy in an ordinary world...With no words, only illustrations, Small Things tells the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries, but who learns that help is always close by.

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Hello Sydney!

Hello Sydney!

Megan Mckean

Go on a look and find adventure, with the help of some friendly, but naughty local seagulls, and discover 15 iconic Sydney locations from Taronga Zoo to Bondi Beach.

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My Dog Dash

My Dog Dash

Nicki Greenberg

A highly entertaining and hilarious picture book that celebrates the ups and downs of pet-ownership - and the power of imagination.

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Little Wing

Little Wing

Katherine Battersby

On the smallest island, in the tallest tree, lives the world's smartest animal. But there are some things that even the world's smartest animal doesn't know ...Meet Little Wing.

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Meet Nellie Melba

Meet Nellie Melba

Janeen Brian

A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including opera star Dame Nellie Melba. Dame Nellie Melba was Australia's first classical music star. The beauty of her singing was...

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