CBCA Older Readers Notables 2019

The Happiness Quest

The Happiness Quest

Richard Yaxley

Tillie Bassett is sad, and she doesn't understand why. Her parents and friends suggest very different, allegedly helpful, remedies. But it is the suggestion of her counsellor, Gilbert the Goldfish, that the answer may lie in...

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 Read reviewAfter the Lights Go Out

After the Lights Go Out

Lili Wilkinson

What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice?

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 Read reviewTales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

The visionary Shaun Tan returns to show us the soul-opening work he's been doing for the past five years.

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Liberty

Liberty

Nikki McWatters

In 1472, Jeanne's father has arranged her marriage to the French Lieutenant Lagoy against her wishes, but armed forces are swelling outside the stone walls and so Jeanne risks her life to rally the city's women to protect the...

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 Read reviewWhite Night

White Night

Ellie Marney

In Bo Mitchell's country town, a 'White Night' light-show event has the potential to raise vital funds to save the skate park. And out of town, a girl from a secretive off-the-grid community called Garden of Eden has the potential...

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Inside the Tiger

Inside the Tiger

Hayley Lawrence

It's not because Bel's mother was murdered. It's not because her father is a politician. Bel writes to a Death Row prisoner as an easy way out of an assignment. But now he's written back.

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Winner of the Prize for Young Adult Writing at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary AwardsNothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one...

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 Read reviewThe Art of Taxidermy

The Art of Taxidermy

Sharon Kernot

A lyrical verse novel exploring love and grief and the strange and wonderful art of taxidermy.

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 Read reviewA Song Only I Can Hear

A Song Only I Can Hear

Barry Jonsberg

Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an...

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The Bogan Mondrian

The Bogan Mondrian

Steven Herrick

A powerful and heart-stopping young adult novel from a master storyteller. This is Steven Herrick at his best.

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P is for Pearl

P is for Pearl

Eliza Henry Jones

From the talented author of the celebrated novels In the Quiet and Ache comes a poignant and moving book that explores the stories we tell ourselves about our families, and what it means to belong.

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The Finder

The Finder

Kate Hendrick

Two misfits embark on a road trip of a lifetime in this gentle and funny contemporary YA novel

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018From Ampersand Prize-winning author Erin Gough comes this ferociously funny romp through an elite private school, and a brilliant feminist hoax that...

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Girl Running, Boy Falling

Girl Running, Boy Falling

Kate Gordon

Do you ever look at the sky and think that's where we belong? Like maybe the world is the wrong way around and we're meant to be up there, floating? Girl Running, Boy Falling is a raw read about a girl and boy-who are beautifully...

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 Read reviewThe Things That Will Not Stand

The Things That Will Not Stand

Michael Gerard Bauer

Sebastian is at a university open day with his best friend Tolly when he meets a girl. Her name is Frida, and she's edgy, caustic and funny. She's also a storyteller, but the stories she tells about herself don't ring true, and as...

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 Read reviewChanging Gear

Changing Gear

Scot Gardner

The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart.

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 Read reviewLenny's Book of Everything

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

Winner of the 2019 Indie Book Award for children's booksLenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who...

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 Read reviewSmall Spaces

Small Spaces

Sarah Epstein

Small Spaces is a gripping YA thriller from debut Australian author Sarah Epstein, perfect for fans of Fleur Ferris.

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 Read reviewHive

Hive

A. J. Betts

A compelling and immersive alternate-world story from the award-winning and bestselling author of Zac & Mia.

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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Ana's in a detention centre and Jono's life is spiralling out of control. Can their growing romance overcome the borders between them?

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