CBCA Older Readers Notables 2018

 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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 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 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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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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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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 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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 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 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 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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The Tides Between

The Tides Between

Elizabeth Jane Corbett

In 1841, fifteen-year-old Bridie Stewart and her family leave their grim existence in Covent Garden and travel to a prosperous new life in Port Phillip. Bridie's mother and stepfather expect Bridie to grow up during the long...

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Mallee Boys

Mallee Boys

Charlie Archbold

Sandy Douglas knows that life at fifteen is hard, but it's even harder when your mother died a year ago and nothing's gone right since. His brother Red, on the other hand, is eighteen now and working the farm. He's amped up on...

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 Read reviewThe Fall

The Fall

Tristan Bancks

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what's happening - only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony.

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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 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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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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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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Third Witch

Third Witch

Jackie French

A searing story of passion, betrayal, battles and love, this is Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' stripped of superstition, and its power and beauty refined into fewer words where good balances the evil and there is a happy ending - for...

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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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 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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 Read reviewFrogkisser!

Frogkisser!

Garth Nix

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

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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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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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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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Ballad For A Mad Girl

Ballad For A Mad Girl

Vikki Wakefield

A ghost thriller with a literary angle, and a story about survival and the different ways we deal with grief.

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