Young Adult posts

Recommended YA books & news for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have gothic horror, gripping fantasy, wild behaviour in remote places and contemporary stories of romance, politics and self-exploration. Find our April picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Ever since the three Hollow sisters – Grey, Vivi and Iris – disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a m…

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Which YA book should I read on the holidays?

The holidays are a wonderful time to sink deep into reading for pleasure. Here are our suggestions of books to please every sort of YA reader out there.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys. But most of all, Viv is f…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2021

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2021. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwi…

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Recommended YA books for March

by Leanne Hall

This month we have unique time-travelling mash-ups, a sparkling enemies-to-lovers story, contemporary stories of grief, loss and mental health, the graphic novel adaptation of an award-winning novel, a guide to youth activism and more. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Gaps by Leanne Hall

When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverber…

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Perfect reads for the tween years

by Leanne Hall

Too old for middle grade, but too young for YA? If you know a reader aged 10 - 13 years who wants to engage with more mature issues, here are some books that cater perfectly to the tween years.

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Thirteen-year-old Wen is the first-generation daughter of Chinese immigrants, and lives in a house governed by rage and fear. Wen and her friend, Henry - whose mum and …

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Recommended YA books, events & news for February

This month we have a wonderful selection of YA books to fall in love with: stories about young women pushing back against restrictions, young men pondering strength and masculinity, and stark truths about immigrant experiences in Australia. Find our February picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

It’s a hot summer, and life’s going al…

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Applications are open for our Teen Advisory Board

Applications are now open for the 2021 Readings Teen Advisory Board!

We’re currently looking for a new intake of teenagers (aged 14–19) to join our advisory board, starting in March 2021 and running until Feb 2022.

The board is a volunteer group of teenagers who meet monthly to discuss young adult books, learn about the book industry, talk with authors, publishers and book industry experts, w…

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So you want to start a YA bookclub?

by Leanne Hall

New year, new bookclub? YA fiction could be your best friend in 2021 - it’s plot-driven, explores big themes, covers many genres and is at the forefront of inclusion and representation. Here are our suggestions for recent YA reads that are sure to kickstart conversations with teens (or adult YA fans). Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter’s dad is in prison, his …

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