Resilience in YA books

 Read reviewThis is How We Change the Ending

This is How We Change the Ending

Vikki Wakefield

A gritty, ultimately triumphant novel from one of Australia's most loved YA writers, the author of award-winning Friday Brown

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Invisible Boys

Invisible Boys

Holden Sheppard

Invisible Boys is a raw, confronting YA novel that explores the complexities and trauma of rural gay identity with painful honesty, devastating consequences and, ultimately, hope.

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 Read reviewThe Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Wai Chim

A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from mental illness from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer

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Speak: The Graphic Novel

Speak: The Graphic Novel

Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll

Resonant and fiercely authentic. This timely, critically acclaimed and award-winning modern classic about a high school sexual assault is now a powerful graphic novel.

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 Read reviewOn the Come Up

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job...

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 Read reviewShauna's Great Expectations

Shauna’s Great Expectations

Kathleen Loughnan

A fresh and compelling novel about an Aboriginal scholarship student and her surprising final year of school. 

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Proud

Proud

Various, Juno Dawson

A moving, funny, important anthology of brand-new YA stories, poems and illustrations on the theme of pride - by much-loved and new LGBTQ+ authors and illustrators.

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

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 Read reviewWilder Girls

Wilder Girls

Rory Power

Visceral and devastating, Rory Power's debut is an extraordinary tale of survival and female friendship.

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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2019. 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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Stone Girl

Stone Girl

Eleni Hale

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2019A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA. 

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 Read reviewWith the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo

From New York Times bestselling author of POET X comes a story of a girl with talent, pride and a little bit of magic that keeps her fire burning bright.

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 Read reviewInternment

Internment

Samira Ahmed

New York Times bestselling and Carnegie Prize-nominated author Samira Ahmed (Love, Hate and Other Filters) fights against Islamophobia and complicit silence in a novel about a futuristic internment camp for fans of The Handmaid's...

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How to be Luminous

How to be Luminous

Harriet Reuter Hapgood

A teen artist loses her ability to see colour when her mother mysteriously disappears in this story of grief and healing reminiscent of Jandy Nelson.

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 Read reviewFar From the Tree

Far From the Tree

Robin Benway

Far From the Tree is a raw, compelling, and ultimately uplifting story of what it means to be family.

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How to Make Friends with the Dark

How to Make Friends with the Dark

Kathleen Glasgow

Tiger, sixteen, has been pushing away from her overprotective mother, but when her mother dies suddenly Tiger must learn to live when it feels she is surrounded by darkness.

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Promise Me Happy

Robert Newton

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A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World

Deb Caletti

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

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How it Feels to Float

How it Feels to Float

Helena Fox

A stunning, profound, deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice in YA. 

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 Read reviewHighway Bodies

Highway Bodies

Alison Evans

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

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Birthday

Birthday

Meredith Russo

Meet Morgan and Eric: born on the same day, at the same time and bonded for life.

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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 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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Beck

Beck

Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff

The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, with all the characteristic beauty and strenth of his prose.  

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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The Nowhere Girls

The Nowhere Girls

Amy Reed

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely...

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 Read reviewOne Would Think the Deep

One Would Think the Deep

Claire Zorn

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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 reviewFrankie

Frankie

Shivaun Plozza

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

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 Read reviewPiglettes

Piglettes

Clementine Beauvais

A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story - winner of France's biggest prize for teen and YA fiction.

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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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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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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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 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 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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Kids Like Us

Kids Like Us

Hilary Reyl

A heartwarming and original story about acceptance, falling in love for the first time and learning that the line between reality and imagination does not have to be fixed.

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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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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