Australian fiction highlights for schools and libraries, June 2017

To Become a Whale

To Become a Whale

Ben Hobson

The story of a young boy who has recently lost his mother, trying to make sense of the world of men and then embarking on a breathtaking adventure of his own - a stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the...

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No More Boats

Felicity Castagna

The new novel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Minister's Award for Young Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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The Girl in Kellers Way,

The Girl in Kellers Way,

Megan Goldin

When a body is found buried near the desolate forest road of Kellers Way, Detective Melanie Carter must identify the victim if she is to have any chance of finding the killer. That's no easy task with fragmentary evidence from a...

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Some Tests

Wayne Macauley

It begins with the normally healthy Beth-aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Gem-feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. 'There are a few things here that aren't quite right,' says...

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Ache

Eliza Henry-Jones

The much anticipated new novel - about how a family, and a rural community, recover from a terrible bushfire - from a stunning young Australian writer, Eliza Henry Jones.A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped...

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The Gulf

Anna Spargo-Ryan

The Gulf is a tender, joyous, funny coming-of-age story from the inimitable, alchemical imagination of Anna Spargo-Ryan.

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The Barrier

The Barrier

Shankari Chandran

War and disease have ravaged the world. In the fight for survival, can we save our humanity?

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Blue Skies: Text Classics

Blue Skies: Text Classics

Helen Hodgman, Danielle Wood

In Helen Hodgman's dazzlingly written debut a young woman is trapped in a small city on an island at the end of the world - by motherhood and an absent husband, by busybody in-laws and neighbours, by a drab society yet to throw...

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Losing It

Losing It

Moira Burke

A powerful reflection of early 80s working-class Melbourne, Losing It is set in a time of tight jeans, blue eyeshadow and Countdown - and of risky underage sex and drugs

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 Read reviewGravity Well

Gravity Well

Melanie Joosten

Lotte is an astronomer who spends her nights peering into deep space rather than looking too closely at herself. When she returns to her hometown after years in South America, reeling from a devastating diagnosis, she finds that...

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Year of the Orphan

Year of the Orphan

Daniel Findlay

Dystopian tale-telling at its absolute best. A worthy successor to The Chrysalids and Riddley Walker.' David Hunt (Girt, True Girt) 'The ravaged land and the....

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