Australian young adult fiction 2016

Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02

Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The saga that began with breakout bestseller Illuminae continues aboard Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech's assault.

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact

Alison Goodman

The second novel in the thrilling LADY HELEN series sees Helen following orders that could bring about betrayl and annhilation.

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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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 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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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 reviewGoldenhand

Goldenhand

Garth Nix

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian - she's now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When she discovers Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious, she uses her...

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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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Saving Jazz

Saving Jazz

Kate McCaffrey

Jasmine Lovely has it all - the looks, the grades, the friends. But when a house party spins out of control, Jazz discovers what can happen when your mistakes go viral...

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 Read reviewEverything Is Changed

Everything Is Changed

Nova Weetman

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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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Beyond Carousel

Beyond Carousel

Brendan Ritchie

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 Read reviewMy First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda

My First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda

Alice Pung

'The stories in this anthology are special because they capture the school experience with rare authenticity. These are not adults writing about teenagers, but real young adult writers. -Alice Pung. Award-winning author...

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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 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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Breathing Under Water

Breathing Under Water

Sophie Hardcastle

An evocative and emotionally powerful debut novel of life, death and learning to breathe in between. Sophie is an emerging Australian writer who is already receiving critical acclaim.

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Songs that sound like Blood

Songs that sound like Blood

Jared Thomas

Roxy May Redding's got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She lives in a hot dusty town and is dreaming big. She survives run-ins with the mean girls at...

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 Read reviewOne Step

One Step

Andrew Daddo

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The Hounded

The Hounded

Simon Butters

On his 15th birthday, Monty is at rock bottom. Ignored by his parents, bullied at school, he's all by himself. Until he meets the black dog for the first time. It's just like any other dog, except that only Monty can see it. And...

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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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 Read reviewThe Road to Winter

The Road to Winter

Mark Smith

Mark Smith's The Road to Winter tells a thrilling, primal, twenty-first century story of courage and survival in the Australian wilderness.

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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...

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Another Night in Mullet Town

Another Night in Mullet Town

Steven Herrick

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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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Waer

Waer

Meg Caddy

When Lowell Sencha finds the strange girl lying as if dead on the riverbank, he is startled to find that she is like them: waer. Human, but able to assume the form of a wolf. The Sencha family's small community has kept itself...

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 Read reviewGame Theory

Game Theory

Barry Jonsberg

Jamie's sister has been kidnapped. And Jamie is convinced he can save her using the principles of game theory. But is strategy the best option when his little sister's life is at stake? A hugely compelling YA thriller.

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 Read reviewOne Would Think the Deep

One Would Think the Deep

Claire Zorn

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The Things I Didn't Say

The Things I Didn’t Say

Kylie Fornasier

After losing her best friend that night, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West: school captain, star soccer  player, the boy everyone talks...

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 Read reviewThe Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me

The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me

Michael Gerard Bauer

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 Read reviewFrankie

Frankie

Shivaun Plozza

Originally published in Australia by Penguin Australia Pty Ltd. --Copyright page.

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 Read reviewSpecial

Special

Georgia Blain

I am a Lotto Girl. I should not be here. Why haven't they come for me? Fern Marlow is alone, datawiped and in hiding. Her mobie says she's Delia Greene, a ReCorp refuse sorter. Every day she queues to...

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One Thousand Hills

One Thousand Hills

James Roy, Noel Zihabamwe

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 Read reviewDreaming the Enemy

Dreaming the Enemy

David Metzenthen

Johnny Shoebridge has just returned from fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. He no longer carries a weapon - only photos of the dead and a dread of the living. Pursued by a Viet Cong ghost-fighter called Khan, Johnny makes...

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Where the Shoreline Used to Be: Stories from Australia and Beyond

Where the Shoreline Used to Be: Stories from Australia and Beyond

Susan La Marca, Pam Macintyre

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 Read reviewThe Way We Roll

The Way We Roll

Scot Gardner

Will went to private school, and Julian went to juvie. Will is running from a family secret, and Julian is running from the goat next door. The boys meet pushing trolleys, and they find a common enemy in the Westie hoons who...

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 Read reviewThe Yearbook Committee

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Ayoub

From the much - loved author of HATE IS SUCH A STRONG WORD 'smart, funny and relevant' - Melina Marchetta, bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, SAVING FRANCESCA and ON THE JELLICOE ROAD Five...

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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 reviewThe Sidekicks

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis

The relationship between three very different teen boys changes as they mourn the death of their mutual best friend, in this heart-wrenching story from an award-winning Australian author about grief, self-discovery and the...

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Bro

Bro

Helen Chebatte

What happens when you mix teenage boys, a fight club and ethnic rivalries? You get war. Romeo Makhlouf knows the rules. Stick with your own kind. Don't dob on your mates or even on your enemies. Respect the family. But even...

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Yellow

Yellow

Megan Jacobson

If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle...

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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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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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The Reluctant Jillaroo

The Reluctant Jillaroo

Kaz Delaney

Heidi Gage is all about sun, skating and waves until her twin sister, Harper, dislocates her knee. If Harper doesn't go to jillaroo camp at Winmaroo - and seriously impress the teachers - she can kiss her dream school goodbye. And...

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 Read reviewThe Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Glenda Millard

A magnificent new novel from multi-award-winning author Glenda Millard. A story about the strength of the human spirit. Through her lyrical writing, Glenda reveals that people are always more than they seem.

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, Book 1)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, Book 1)

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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Their Fractured Light (The Starbound trilogy, Book 3)

Their Fractured Light (The Starbound trilogy, Book 3)

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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Clancy Of The Undertow

Clancy Of The Undertow

Christopher Currie

"Awkward, titless, something approaching hopeless." That's how Clancy describes herself. Harsh. But in a town like Barwen you only have to be a little different to feel like a freak. And Clancy, with a moderately...

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