CBCA Notable Books 2014 - Older Readers

 Read reviewThe Sky So Heavy

The Sky So Heavy

Claire Zorn

An exciting and engaging dystopian novel in the vein of John Marsden set in outer Sydney from a brand new voice in Australian YA literature.

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 Read reviewWildlife

Wildlife

Fiona Wood

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.

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 Read reviewThe Vanishing Moment

The Vanishing Moment

Margaret Wild

A moment. That's all it takes. A bewildering moment when the world spins upside-down, and then life can never be the same again.Arrow was just a girl when she saw something no child should have to see. And Marika is living a...

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Run

Run

Tim Sinclair

Run is an unmissable, pacey, paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel. Dee lives for two things: the physical/mental discipline of parkour, and the dystopic scenarios he invents to escape his mundane life.

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 Read reviewFairytales for Wilde Girls

Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Allyse Near

With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can't save her from the anguish of watching her mother's illness take over their house. 

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The First Third

The First Third

Will Kostakis

Life is made up of three parts: in the first third, you're embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you've made. That's how Billy's grandmother...

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 Read reviewLife in Outer Space

Life in Outer Space

Melissa Keil

Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he's totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he will not. Then Camilla Carter arrives...

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Refuge

Refuge

Jackie French

Refuge centres around a 14-year-old Afghan boy who spent much of his life in Pakistani refugee camps before making the voyage from Indonesia to Australia. As the boat crashes against the rocks of Christmas Island he loses...

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 Read reviewPureheart

Pureheart

Cassandra Golds

Cassandra Golds, the award-winning author of The Three Loves of Persimmon, has written a literary, supernatural thriller for young adults, retelling, in part, the romantic legend of Sir Galahad.

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The Incredible Here and Now

The Incredible Here and Now

Felicity Castagna

Michael's older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the...

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