Young Adult posts

Engaging poetry for kids & teens

by Leanne Hall

It’s easy to think that poetry will either inspire love or hate, but there are plenty of different ways to get kids and teens reading it. The recent popularity of Instapoets has brought poetry into the spotlight for a new generation, so now is a great time to keep the language flowing. POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS I See The Moon by Rosalind Beardshaw

Share traditional bedtime rhymes and lullabies…

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A spotlight on Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Small Spaces is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

A lot of people have a fear of small spaces. Elevators, photo booths, changing rooms in clothing stores. Hedge mazes, enclosed water slides, narrow staircases, walk-in wardrobes. I mean, I get it – I avoid those things too. I can’t even lie in a bathtub without thrashing like a netted salmon. But

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Everything YA in July

July is a cold wintry month, so it’s appropriate that there’s a plethora of YA thrillers, dystopias, and dark subject matter currently on our shelves. You can find some of our best kids reads of the month here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Hive by A.J. Betts

Zac and Mia author Betts follows up her bestselling work with the atmospheric and intimate dystopia, Hive.

Nature-loving innocent Hayley …

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A spotlight on Between Us by Clare Atkins

Between Us is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

I lift my right foot off the ground, and place it on the lowest step of the bus. My nerves are an electric lightning storm inside me, fraught and fiery. The officer waves for me to get on. Her voice cracks with impatience. ‘Hurry up!’

– Clare Atkins, Between Us

Here’s what the judges said…

‘Jono …

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

It was an emotional final farewell to our inaugural Teen Advisory Board this month. We celebrated with a special Brunetti’s cake (extra chocolate please) and a visit from two luminaries of the OzYA scene – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

The two authors regaled us with stories of how they began writing together, what its like to co-write with someone, and what it’s really like on the grueling…

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A spotlight on This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

My stomach lurches. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, this distant cloud just might kill me. One breath is all it takes. One lungful of swirling, airborne virus particles that will swarm through every cell in your body. You’ll get a fever; you’ll incubate; then two weeks later you’ll

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