Australian young adult fiction 2017

 Read reviewThis Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

Emily Suvada

A breathtaking debut about one girl's quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future.

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Untidy Towns

Untidy Towns

Kate O'Donnell

I ran away on a Tuesday afternoon in late March. Six pm and I was headed south-west in a train that smelt stale.Seventeen-year-old Adelaide is sick of being expected to succeed on other people's terms. She's made a new...

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No Limits

No Limits

Ellie Marney

A boy from the wrong side of the tracks and a police sergeant's daughter team up to defeat a drug cartel in rural Australia.

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Unearthed

Unearthed

Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman

Lara Croft and Indiana Jones join forces - in space! This December, discover the newest series from New York Times bestselling duo, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe join forces in a tomb-raiding...

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 Read reviewTake Three Girls

Take Three Girls

Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood

Rumour is the new truth: feminism, identity and belonging are explored in a spectacular collaboration between three award-winning YA authors.

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In The Dark Spaces

In The Dark Spaces

Cally Black

The latest winner of the Ampersand Prize is a genre-smashing hostage drama about 14-year-old Tamara, who's faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her kidnappers.

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Wilder Country

Wilder Country

Mark Smith

A devastating virus has left few alive. Finn, Kas and Willow must evade capture by Ramage's dangerous gang, and try to protect the valley. Finn knows it's really the girls protecting them from danger.

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 Read reviewBeautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess

Claire Christian

Beautiful Mess is a raw, funny and truthful take on grief, loss and first love from the 2016 winner of the Text Prize for Children's and YA Writing.

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 Read reviewThe Build-Up Season

The Build-Up Season

Megan Jacobson

From the author of CBCA-shortlisted Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.

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The Fifth Room

The Fifth Room

Allison Rushby

When a brilliant high-school student is invited to join an international secret society, she leaves everything behind in pursuit of the high-stakes rewards it offers. When Miri discovers her boyfriend is also in the society, they...

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 Read reviewExchange of Heart

Exchange of Heart

Darren Groth

A tough, funny, touching story of the echoes left behind by tragedy and the bonds carried forward by healing.

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A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Krystal Sutherland

From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love-one debilitating phobia at a time.

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 Read reviewThe Undercurrent

The Undercurrent

Paula Weston

A futuristic thriller with non-stop action and brilliant world-building. Features science fiction elements, an environmental message, romance, espionage and paranormal abilities.

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Unrequited

Unrequited

Emma Grey

It's the literary equivalent of eating Tim Tams in your PJs on a Sunday afternoon. I loved this book' - Rebecca Sparrow Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes��

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 Read reviewSparrow

Sparrow

Scot Gardner

An exceptional and compelling novel from one of Australia's most acclaimed and much-loved authors.

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 Read reviewBecause of You

Because of You

Pip Harry

Meet Tiny and Nola. Two very different girls with two very different stories who are just trying to find a place to belong. A powerful and compelling novel about friendship, love and acceptance.

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Gap Year in Ghost Town

Gap Year in Ghost Town

Michael Pryor

Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. Anton wants to help the ghosts. Rani Cross wants to slice and dice them. And they both need to work together to keep the city safe. A smart,...

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Pride

Pride

Lazaros Zigomanis

Luke Miggs lives in a small country town in Victoria, Australia. Life seems mapped out for Luke until Adam Pride turns up and turns their football team around. But there is a mystery about Adam that he and his girlfriend Amanda...

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 Read reviewThe Ones That Disappeared

The Ones That Disappeared

Zana Fraillon

Around the world, millions of people - including many children - are victims of human trafficking. These modern-day slaves often go unseen even in our own cities and towns, their voices silent and their stories untold. In this...

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Wreck

Wreck

Fleur Ferris

Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which...

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Pretty Girls Don't Eat

Pretty Girls Don’t Eat

Winnie Salamon

Sixteen-year-old Winter Mae Jones knows exactly what she wants. A career in fashion design. There's only one thing standing in her way. She's fat. And fat girls don't work in the fashion industry.

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Paper Cranes Don't Fly

Paper Cranes Don’t Fly

Peter Vu

This story describes the life of a cancer patient in a way that no other young adult book does, focusing not just on living with cancer, but going through it, with the help of patience, love, and friendship.

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That Stubborn Seed of Hope

That Stubborn Seed of Hope

Brian Falkner

A collection of gripping short stories themed around fear and hope written by internationally acclaimed children's author Brian Falkner.

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The Love Interest

The Love Interest

Cale Dietrich

Two spies, one girl. Whoever gets her to fall in love with him ... lives.

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My Lovely Frankie

My Lovely Frankie

Judith Clarke

A masterful, moving story about a teenage boy caught between faith and love, by one of Australia's finest YA writers.

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Draekora: Medoran Chronicles Book 3

Draekora: Medoran Chronicles Book 3

Lynette Noni

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives...Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex...

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The Dream Walker

The Dream Walker

Victoria Carless

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Hart has been counting the days till she can get the hell out of Digger's Landing - a small Queensland fishing hamlet home to fifteen families, a posse of mongrel dogs, and Parkers Corner Store (no apostrophe...

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Sky

Sky

Ondine Sherman

A story for teens about standing up for what you believe in.

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 Read reviewMy Life as a Hashtag

My Life as a Hashtag

Gabrielle Williams

I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the......

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Begin, End, Begin: A #Loveozya Anthology

Begin, End, Begin: A #Loveozya Anthology

Danielle Binks

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all.

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The Impossible Story of Olive in Love

The Impossible Story of Olive in Love

Tonya Alexandra

A break-out quirky novel that will appeal to readers of Rainbow Rowell. 'I get that I'm impossible. I get that I'm mad and rude - perhaps even a drama queen at......

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Remind Me How This Ends

Remind Me How This Ends

Gabrielle Tozer

A boy-meets-girl-again story from the award-winning author of The Intern and Faking It. Milo was a discoloured memory with blurred edges and a washed-out palette. Yet five minutes with...

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 Read reviewNight Swimming

Night Swimming

Steph Bowe

Night Swimming is a love story with a twist, and a whole lot of heart. Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That's life for Kirby Arrow-named after the most dissenting judge in Australia's history-and...

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 Read reviewThe Secret Science of Magic

The Secret Science of Magic

Melissa Keil

Sophia is smart, like genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. When everything she knows is falling apart, how can she crack...

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The Silent Invasion: The Change Trilogy 1

The Silent Invasion: The Change Trilogy 1

James Bradley (AUTHOR)

It's 2027 and the human race is dying. To save her little sister, 16-year-old Callie must embark on the most perilous journey of her life.

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 Read reviewMr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky

Robert Newton

Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie's dad. But then, after witnessing the aftermath  of a shocking...

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 Read reviewFrogkisser!

Frogkisser!

Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

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 Read reviewThe Things We Promise

The Things We Promise

J. C. Burke

Gemma's older brother Billy made her a promise that he would ensure she looked fabulous for her first school formal. But his circumstances change dramatically and Billy's promise becomes the least of the family's concerns.

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Wipeout (Seven Signs Book 3)

Wipeout (Seven Signs Book 3)

Adams,Michael

Exploding oil wells. Millions of cars out of control.Two DARE winners in mortal danger. After Andy and Dylan are caught in a fiery explosion, Zander, JJ, Yasmin, Mila and Isabel realise their only chance to stop the...

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Trouble Tomorrow

Trouble Tomorrow

Terry Whitebeach, Sarafino Wani Enadio

The compelling story of a Sudanese boy who escapes from civil war and learns not only how to survive on his own without friend or family, but how to construct a new and peaceful way of living.

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Before You Forget

Before You Forget

Julia Lawrinson

At times funny, at times heartbreaking, this is an ultimately uplifting story about the delicate fabric of family and friendship, and the painful realisation that not everything can remain the same forever.

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 Read reviewLisette's Paris Notebook

Lisette’s Paris Notebook

Catherine Bateson

A warm and funny tale of romance and missteps as Lisette finds her feet in Paris, the city of love.

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 Read reviewValentine

Valentine

Jodi McAlister

Valentine is the first in a page-turning young adult series featuring Pearl and Finn, from explosive new talent Jodi McAlister.

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Ida

Ida

Alison Evans

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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 Read reviewA Shadow's Breath

A Shadow’s Breath

Nicole Hayes

Then, things were looking up for Tessa. Her mum was finally getting her life back on track. Tessa had started seeing Nick. She was making new friends. She'd even begun to paint again.Now, Tessa and Nick are trapped in...

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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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