Recommended YA Fiction Set In An Australian High School

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 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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 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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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 Boy's Own Manual To Be Being A Proper Jew

The Boy’s Own Manual To Be Being A Proper Jew

Eli Glasman

Set in the orthodox Jewish community in Melbourne, The Boy's Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew, follows Yossi, the most religious do-gooder in his class, who is also a closeted homosexual, as he struggles to consolidate...

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Head of the River

Head of the River

Pip Harry

It's the most elite school sporting event in the country. Nine rowers, 2000 gruelling metres and one chance for glory in the ultimate team sport. Sit forward ... ROW.

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 Read reviewI'll Tell You Mine

I’ll Tell You Mine

Pip Harry

Kate Elliot isn't trying to fit in that's the whole point of being a goth, isn't it? Everything about her from her hair to her clothes screams different and the girls at her school give her a wide berth. How can Kate be herself,...

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Hate is Such a Strong Word...

Hate is Such a Strong Word…

Sarah Ayoub

In the vein of DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS and LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, HATE IS SUCH A STRONG WORD is the story of a seventeen - year - old girl caught between two cultures, Lebanese and Anglo Australian. Seventeen - year - old...

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 Read reviewThe Whole of My World

The Whole of My World

Nicole Hayes

Desperate to escape her grieving father and harbouring her own terrible secret, Shelley disappears into the intoxicating world of AFL. Joining a motley crew of footy tragics - and, best of all, making friends with one of the star...

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Alex As Well

Alex As Well

Alyssa Brugman

What do you do when everybody says you're someone you're not? When 15-year-old Alex decides he is a girl no one knows how to react. Least of all her parents. Thankfully, Alex navigates life just beautifully her own way.

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Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca

Melina Marchetta

Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boy's school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has had a breakdown and can...

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A Small Madness

Dianne Touchell

A devastating, compelling novel that will get everyone talking, from the author of Creepy and Maud.

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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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Don't Call Me Ishmael

Don’t Call Me Ishmael

Michael Gerard Bauer

I'm fourteen years old and I have Ishmael Leseur's Syndrome. There is no cure. But that won't stop Ishmael and his intrepid band of misfits from taking on bullies, bugs, babes, the Beatles, debating, and the great white whale in...

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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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Finding Cassie Crazy

Finding Cassie Crazy

Jaclyn Moriarty

Year 10 is pretty crazy for best friends Lydia, Cassie and Emily. When their English teacher starts the Pen Pal Project so they can experience the Joy of the Envelope with boys from scary Brookfield High, life gets even crazier....

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On The Jellicoe Road

On The Jellicoe Road

Melina Marchetta

Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at...

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S.C.U.M.

S.C.U.M.

Danny Katz

Adrian Mole goes to Summer Heights High in this story of hormones, high school and social hierarchy from one of Australia's funniest writers.

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 Read reviewMy Life as an Alphabet

My Life as an Alphabet

Barry Jonsberg

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to...

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Spurt : A Balls and All Story

Spurt : A Balls and All Story

Christopher Miles

Jack Sprigley isn't just a late-bloomer. He's a no-bloomer. He's about to start the last term of year nine and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn't heard from his friends all holidays. He assumes they've finally...

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