Young Adult posts

Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman Guts by Raina Telgemeier Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe Welcome to Country (Youth Edition) by Marcia Langton The Bad Guys Episode 10: The Baddest Day Ever by Aaron Blabey How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy For Whom the Ball Rolls (Dog Man, Book 7) by Dav Pilkey The Treehouse Joke Book by Andy …

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Frances Hardinge’s books ranked by scariness

by Dani Solomon

Readings Kids bookseller Dani Solomon is a Frances Hardinge super fan. We asked her to rank the award-winning British author’s books by their scariness and here is the result. The following books are all ranked from least scary to most scary, and there’s a special list of titles at the end for readers who don’t like to be spooked, but still love good, thrilling reads.

5. Verdigris Deep

On…

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Resilience in fiction for teens

by Leanne Hall

The ‘darkness’ of contemporary young adult fiction is often commented upon, without acknowledging that many teens actually do have difficult lives. It’s also worth noting that realistic optimism is a hallmark of YA fiction, exploring the strength and resilience of young people (without necessarily delivering Hollywood endings.)

Here are some of our favourite gritty reads for teens, all of which…

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Terrific events for teens in October & November

We have some huge events on for teens in the next few months - check out the great YA authors we have in our program this October and November. Garth Nix in conversation with Amie Kaufman

We are beside ourselves to have fantasy master Garth Nix coming in to talk about his new book, Angel Mage. Set in an alternative seventeenth century, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, …

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Recommended October YA books & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we have blockbuster fantasy, a sophisticated look at modern gaming, an homage to 1950s horror movies, a gritty Australian contemporary read and satisfying horror. Find our October picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Liliath, a powerful angel mage that has been dead for 140 years is back to revive her destructive plans – and she will need fo…

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The Readings Teen Advisory Board reviews the new Garth Nix

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from book agent, YA advocate and forthcoming author, Danielle Binks, who was a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm.

Danielle regaled us all with stories about the benefits of having an agent if you are an author, and what an agent does. It was absolutely fascinating, particularly when Danielle gave us specific stories about the journey to publication for some of her book…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Welcome to Country (Youth Edition) by Marcia Langton Guts by Raina Telgemeier Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy The Treehouse Joke Book by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton The Bad Guys Episode 10: The Baddest Day Ever by Aaron Blabey For Whom the Ball Rolls (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 7) by Dav Pilkey The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and T…

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Why you should be reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust series

In October, Philip Pullman continues the journey of Lyra Silvertongue in the second volume of The Book of Dust. Set ten years after His Dark Materials, The Secret Commonwealth follows the now adult Lyra and her dæmon Pan as they navigate new challenges and emotional territory. In the lead-up to The Secret Commonwealth’s release next week, our booksellers share what they love best about Philip Pu…

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