Young Adult posts

Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your children

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. GIFT IDEAS FOR AGES 0-2

For very little babies, you can’t go wrong with a soft, squishy cloth book. The Wee Gallery cloth books are among some of the classiest, and Friendly Faces in the Forest and Friendly Faces at the Farm are adorable.

Flashcards with high-contrast illustrations a…

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

The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2) by Jessica Townsend All the Ways to be Smart by Allison Colpoys & Davina Bell Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan Bonnie and Ben Rhyme Again by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek The Ice Monster by David Walliams & Tony Ross Wakestone Hall (Stella Montgomery Book 3) by Judith Rossell Ev

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

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2) by Jessica Townsend The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney All the Ways to be Smart by Allison Colpoys & Davina Bell The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass Book 7) by Sarah J. Maas Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan Wakestone Hall (Stella Montgomery Book 3) by Judith Rossell Lenny’s Book

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YA books, events & news for November

by Leanne Hall

We go to strange new worlds in this month’s YA offerings: into the skies, other dimensions, famous cemeteries and places between life and death. Find our November picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (translated by Hildegarde Serle)

The world has been affected by the cataclysmic Rupture, and now exists as a collection of floating Arks, e…

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

My Two Blankets (bilingual editions) by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood (translated by the ASRC) Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass Book 7) by Sarah J. Maas Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan All the Ways to be Smart by Allison Colpoys & Davina Bell Wakestone Hall (Stella Montgomery Book 3) by Judith Rossell Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks & Quinton Winter The Bad Guys Ep

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from debut author Katya De Becerra, whose supernatural thriller What the Woods Keep was released in October.

Katya gave us a fascinating rendition of her relentless determination to get her book published. She approached over 70 literary agents before she found a US agent to represent her work. The agent then had to submit to over 30 publishers before finding a US publi…

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Recommended reads to get your book club reading YA

by Leanne Hall

If you suspect your book club has fallen into a reading rut, you should consider picking a YA book one month! Contemporary YA fiction is plot- and character-driven, responsive to the current political and social climate, has an eye on inclusion and representation, and tends to cross-pollinate genres in a very satisfying way. Here are some top recent YA picks for your book club. Far From the

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I want more authentic feminism in YA literature

by Ngaire Bogemann

Teen reader Ngaire Bogemann wants to see more authentic depictions of feminism in contemporary young adult (YA) literature. (Please note that there’s a spoiler for the Divergent series in this blog post.)

The accurate representation of women in the YA department has grown exponentially in recent years. I’m proud of where we are, proud of the increasing number of female-written, female-driven …

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