Young Adult posts

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals Winners 2019

The winners of the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

The winners will each receive £500 worth …

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A spotlight on Stone Girl by Eleni Hale

Stone Girl by Eleni Hale is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

The homes have taught me some important life lessons: need no one, rely on no one, trust no one. Cry inside. Feel but don’t show. If you think you need someone to talk to about deep stuff? Don’t. Sort it out alone. Mask up and survive.

– Eleni Hale, Stone Girl

Here’s what the judge…

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Alison Evans’ top five LGBTQIA+ young adult novels

by Alison Evans

Alison Evans is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for their queer zombie apocalypse novel, Highway Bodies. In this guest post, they share their top five favourite queer young adult novels. The Orphancorp trilogy by Marlee Jane Ward

Mirii Mahoney grew up in an industrial orphanage – an orphancorp. The first book in the series, Welcome to Orphancorp, …

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A spotlight on What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillame

What I Like About Me is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

‘You’re probably wondering if Anna’s plan to talk me up and draw me into conversation with Sebastian Lee was more successful than her plan to get me into a hot new bikini. Well, I hope you don’t mind spoilers (personally, I’m torn on them: sometimes they can enhance my enjoyment, and other

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The best YA books, news & events for June

by Leanne Hall

There is an exciting array of YA books coming out this month: a smart psychological thriller, a chilling look at VR technology, dystopian fiction with an ecological bent, heartfelt contemporary stories and a young adult edition of the bestselling The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Find our June picks for kids' books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods by Emily Barr

A…

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A spotlight on Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

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

A zombie spills out, musta bin leanin on the door. She screams, jumps forward, an the zombie’s reachin for us, fingernails cracked an bloody. It opens its mouth but no noise comes out. It used to be an old person, it’s wearin a dressin-gown; green, lacy pattern on the sleeves an collar.

– Aliso…

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Healthy and complicated friendships in YA fiction

by Leanne Hall

Friends are everything when you’re a teen. Finding and maintaining loyal and supportive friendships can be a lifesaver, and dealing with untrustworthy or manipulative friends can cause heartbreak. Here are some recommended YA books that take a look at the complicated world of teenage friendships. IT’S COMPLICATED

Love Lie Repeat by Catherine Greer

Annie, Ash and Ruby are a trio of best…

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The Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist 2019

We are delighted to announce the 2019 shortlist for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Now in its third year, the prize was created to recognise and celebrate new voices in Australian Young Adult literature, and considers the first and second books of YA authors across Australia.

The six shortlisted books for this year are:

Highway Bodies by Alison Evans What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillau…

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Ten YA award-winners to add to your reading pile

by Leanne Hall

When you’re in the mood for an inspiring and thought-provoking YA book, sometimes there’s no better bet than looking at a few awards lists to decide what to read next. Here are some highly recommended award-winners to sink your teeth into.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram’s first novel took out the William C. Morris Award – awarded by the Young Adult Library Servi…

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Recommended YA books for May

by Leanne Hall

This month we’re pumped about Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s newest heart-pumping sci-fi, a thoughtful look at an Indigenous student facing a challenging situation, heartfelt Aussie contemporary YA, a swashbuckling historical tale and a new graphic novel from Readings favourite Mariko Tamaki. Find our May picks for kids' books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle 1

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