Recommended Australian young adult fiction

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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 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 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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 Read reviewThe Road to Winter

The Road to Winter

Mark Smith

Mark Smith's The Road to Winter tells a thrilling, primal, twenty-first century story of courage and survival in the Australian wilderness.

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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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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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Songs that sound like Blood

Songs that sound like Blood

Jared Thomas

Roxy May Redding's got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She lives in a hot dusty town and is dreaming big. She survives run-ins with the mean girls at...

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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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 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 reviewLiving on Hope Street

Living on Hope Street

Demet Divaroren

We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door - or even closer.

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Psynode

Psynode

Marlee Jane Ward

Fast-paced, gritty and original, Psynode follows on from Welcome to Orphancorp, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Young Adult fiction and confirms Marlee Jane Ward as one of Australia's best YA authors.

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Singing My Sister Down And Other Stories

Singing My Sister Down And Other Stories

Margo Lanagan

An outstanding collection of thirteen short stories from the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning author of Sea Hearts and Tender Morsels.

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Boone Shepard

Boone Shepard

Gabriel Bergmoser

Boone Shepard is the first novel in a young adult book series about an Australian journalist's adventures in 1960s England.

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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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 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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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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 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 reviewWords in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

Cath Crowley

This is a love story. It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. It's the story of how we leave our histories in the things we love - like books.

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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 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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 Read reviewEverything Is Changed

Everything Is Changed

Nova Weetman

Lifelong friends Jake and Alex are torn apart when they make a terrible split-second decision that ends in tragedy. As guilt closes in on Jake, he becomes increasingly determined to confess to the police. But Alex just wants to...

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Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02

Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The saga that began with breakout bestseller Illuminae continues aboard Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech's assault.

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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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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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 Special price Read reviewCreepy & Maud

Creepy & Maud

Dianne Touchell

Hilarious and heartbreaking, Creepy & Maud charts the relationship between two social misfits, played out in the space between their windows. A blackly funny and moving first novel that says; 'You're ok to be as screwed up as you...

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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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 Read reviewCloudwish

Cloudwish

Fiona Wood

At sixteen, Van Uoc Phan, a scholarship student, has always believed in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of popular Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an...

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The Piper's Son

The Piper’s Son

Melina Marchetta

Five years on from Saving Francesca, Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving. Tom wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being...

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 Read reviewA Single Stone

A Single Stone

Meg McKinlay (Author)

Beautifully crafted dystopian novel from award-winning author Meg McKinlay.

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The Boundless Sublime

The Boundless Sublime

Lili Wilkinson

Ruby Jane Galbraith is an ordinary girl seeking peace in the wake of family tragedy. Her search leads her into a community that seems guided by love. And it's only after she's drawn into its web that she learns its sinister...

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In the Skin of a Monster

In the Skin of a Monster

Kathryn Barker

One of the most original novels I've read for a long while. Great voices. Complex relationships. Just what I love to read.' - Melina Marchetta Caught in a dreamscape, mistaken for a killer . will Alice find a way home? Three years...

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 Read reviewOne Would Think the Deep

One Would Think the Deep

Claire Zorn

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winner (Older Readers) 2017Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that...

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 Read reviewGirl Defective

Girl Defective

Simmone Howell

It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who...

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 Read reviewFrankie

Frankie

Shivaun Plozza

Originally published in Australia by Penguin Australia Pty Ltd. --Copyright page.

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The Intern (The Intern, Book 1)

The Intern (The Intern, Book 1)

Gabrielle Tozer

Funny, insightful and written with warmth and understanding, THE INTERN is for everyone who has had and survived the job from hell! Josie Browning dreams of having it all. A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism...

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Inbetween Days

Inbetween Days

Vikki Wakefield

At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She's dropped out of school. She's living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and she's in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn't love her back. She's stuck in Mobius - a dying town...

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, Book 1)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, Book 1)

Alison Goodman

A tantalising new trilogy set in Regency London from the award-winning author of Eon and Eona. Against a backdrop of whispered secrets in St James's Palace, soirees with Lord Byron and morning calls from Beau Brummell, Lady...

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Zac and MIA

Zac and MIA

A J Betts

The deep emotional connection that develops between two teens who meet in the hospital is explored in this novel, told in two voices. The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in a tough and tender story that's a lot about...

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 Read reviewMy Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

Justine Larbalestier

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them...

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The Astrologer's Daughter

The Astrologer’s Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her...

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 Read reviewThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Melissa Keil

Rockabilly chick and comic-book lover Alba is facing one of the most important summers of her life. School is over - what next? Then a viral YouTube video about the end of the world announces that Eden Valley is the only safe...

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Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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The Dead I Know

The Dead I Know

Scot Gardner

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him - his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his...

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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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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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 Read reviewThis Is Shyness

This Is Shyness

Leanne Hall

In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn't rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the...

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 Read reviewFrankie And Joely

Frankie And Joely

Nova Weetman

A magnetic young adult novel about friendship, rivalry and new love. Frankie and Joely are best friends. They love each other like no one else can. It's summer and, together, the girls are escaping the city and their mums for a...

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 Read reviewNona & Me

Nona & Me

Clare Atkins

Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn't matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life. Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the...

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The Protected

The Protected

Claire Zorn

A compulsively readable novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky So Heavy. The worst thing that could happen would be for my life to go back to how it was before Katie died. Hannah's world has imploded, all thanks to her older...

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 Read reviewThe Pause

The Pause

John Larkin

One moment. One pause. One whole new life. Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he's known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for. But there's something in Declan's past...

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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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 Read reviewEvery Breath

Every Breath

Ellie Marney

What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers. 'Quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters...I was hooked from the first page.' - Cath Crowley

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer

Emily Gale

This sweet and spellbinding story about family, friends and believing in yourself will warm your heart.

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 Read reviewIlluminae: The Illuminae Files_01

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all --

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 Read reviewSix Impossible Things

Six Impossible Things

Fiona Wood

Fourteen-year-old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle,...

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Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

Cath Crowley

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose. Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it. Jazz and Leo are slowly...

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 Read reviewRazorhurst

Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the...

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Sabriel

Sabriel

Garth Nix

For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him...

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 Read reviewPink

Pink

Lili Wilkinson

A fresh and lively ride on the chaotic rollercoaster of love, friendship, musical theatre and the backstage crew.

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Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1: Popular Penguins

Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1: Popular Penguins

Isobelle Carmody

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only...

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 Read reviewA Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine Book 1

A Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine Book 1

Jaclyn Moriarty

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them

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Looking for Alibrandi: Australian Children's Classics

Looking for Alibrandi: Australian Children’s Classics

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl's story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls' school.

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Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life

Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life

Maureen McCarthy

'Sometimes your life changes and you don't know why. A kind of shift happens. I remember thinking, well, that's over: eighteen years, three months and fifteen days. From now on it will be different...'Carmel, Jude and Katerina...

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Eon

Eon

Alison Goodman

Inspired by ancient Chinese lore, this thrilling novel of deadly politics, sexual intrigue and dazzling swordplay is set in a brilliantly envisioned world where both appearances and loyalties can prove deceptive.

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