Own Voices books for teens

 Read reviewMeet Me at the Intersection

Meet Me at the Intersection

Rebecca Lim, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as...

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Emily Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.  

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Mirage: the captivating Sunday Times bestseller

Mirage: the captivating Sunday Times bestseller

Somaiya Daud

A stunning and lushly imagined young adult debut about a girl who is kidnapped and forced to become the body double for the princess of a ruthless empire. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and Cinder.

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Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds, Chris Priestley

Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us. After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in,...

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her - and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what's...

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More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

Adam Silvera

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Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

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If I Tell You

If I Tell You

Alicia Tuckerman

Life and love don't wait until you're ready, but what if finding yourself means losing everything you've ever known?

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Brontide

Brontide

Sue McPherson

Rob; (and his brother Pen) white Aussies. Rob is completing Year 12, going to schoolies, working as an apprentice in his dad's company and loves his dog, Nig. Rob believes real men take risks. Pen; fifteen-years-old,...

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 Read reviewChildren of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Magic can burn, turn tides, light the darkness and bring back the dead. But magic is gone. And only one girl can bring it back.

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Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult

Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult

Skylar Kergil

A transgender advocate's candid memoir about reinvention and growth.

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Six of Crows (Book 1)

Six of Crows (Book 1)

Leigh Bardugo

Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand new fantasy epic from the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha trilogy. Gripping, sweeping and memorable, Six of Crows is perfect for fans of George R. R....

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Stone Girl

Stone Girl

Eleni Hale

A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA.An unspeakable event changes everything for twelve-year-old Sophie. No more Mum, school or...

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The Night Diary

The Night Diary

Veera Hiranandani

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country.

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 Read reviewThe Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating

The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating

Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris - a common woodland snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, she watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her...

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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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Run, Riot

Run, Riot

Nikesh Shukla

A powerful novel about young people standing up for themselves and their community, from the editor/author of The Good Immigrant.

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From Twinkle, With Love

From Twinkle, With Love

Sandhya Menon

The next heartwarming YA romcom from Sandhya Menon, author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

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Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

Alex Bertie

A brave and ground-breaking first-hand account of the life, struggles and victories of a young transgender man, as told by YouTuber Alex Bertie.

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The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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Jade City

Jade City

Fonda Lee

'Live with honour. Die for jade.' Fonda Lee's adult debut reads like The Godfather with magic and kung fu - don't miss this stunning epic of family, honour and blood. Now shortlisted for the Nebula Award.

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, Book 2)

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, Book 2)

Leigh Bardugo

The hotly-anticipated sequel to Six of Crows, this is Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in a fantasy epic from the number 1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. 

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I Am Thunder

I Am Thunder

Muhammad Khan

Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing and dreams of becoming a novelist.

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Angelo Surmelis

From HGTV and Today Show personality Surmelis--a raw, powerful, but ultimately uplifting debut novel based on his own childhood, about an immigrant Greek boy coming to terms with his sexuality in an abusive household.

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Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

S. K. Ali

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz

This Printz Honor Book is a tender, honest exploration of identity (Publishers Weekly) that distils lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Ellie Terry

A girl with Tourette syndrome starts a new school and tries to hide her quirks in this debut middle-grade novel in verse.

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Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Jane Harrison

Set within the explosive cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1980s, Becoming Kirrali Lewis chronicles the journey of a young Aboriginal teenager as she leaves her home town in rural Victoria to take on a law degree in...

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Run

Run

Kody Keplinger

From the author of New York Times bestseller and major motion picture The DUFF, comes Thelma and Louise for a YA audience.

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A Girl Like That

A Girl Like That

Tanaz Bhathena

In this young adult debut set in Saudi Arabia, where the law forbids romantic relationships outside of marriage, two teens fall in love with tragic consequences.

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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Sandhya Menon

Will opposites attract when Dimple meets Rishi? A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives.

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 Read reviewLaurinda

Laurinda

Alice Pung

Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates -- and some of their teachers. Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy...

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They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Adam Silvera

From the bestselling author of History is All You Left Me comes another unforgettable story of life, loss and making each day count

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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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Calypso Summer

Calypso Summer

Jared Thomas

Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health...

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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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 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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The Flywheel

The Flywheel

Erin Gough

Seventeen-year-old Delilah's crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she's been struggling to run the family's cafe - The Flywheel - without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged...

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

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 Read reviewFinding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Nevo Zisin (Author)

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer.

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Dumplin'

Dumplin'

Julie Murphy

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other...

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Jenny Han

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?   

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Love, Hate & Other Filters

Love, Hate & Other Filters

Samira Ahmed

A romantic and relevant debut about Islamophobia and how it affects the normal life of a teenage girl. I don't want something . . . But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable . . . Then a suicide bomber who shares her last...

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The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author)

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation and humanity has had to rise from the ashes. But there are now people with abilities -- Flyers, Firestarters, Rumblers … and society is scared of them. The government calls them Illegals.

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Grace Beside Me

Grace Beside Me

Sue McPherson

Written from teenager girl Fuzzy Mac's perspective, Grace Beside Me is a quirky, warmly rendered story of home and family life in a small town. The black&write! judges remarked on the authentic feel of the Indigenous home life of...

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Little Paradise

Little Paradise

Gabrielle Wang

Mirabel, a 17-year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne during WW II. When their affair is discovered JJ is posted back to China. Mirabel decides to follow him to Shanghai....

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Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear...

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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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Persepolis I and II

Persepolis I and II

Marjane Satrapi

Tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. This...

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An Ember in the Ashes (Book 1)

An Ember in the Ashes (Book 1)

Sabaa Tahir

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.

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The Sun is also a Star

The Sun is also a Star

Nicola Yoon

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything.  

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Under a Painted Sky

Under a Painted Sky

Stacey Lee

Includes an excerpt from the author's book Outrun the Moon.

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