Young Adult posts

Strong women in YA

Teen Advisory Board member Annalise Comer talks about her favourite novels and series that champion complex and strong women.

Strong protagonists written by authors like Jane Austen, Sarah J. Maas, Nicola Yoon and Suzanne Collins are inspirational figures for young people everywhere, as they show us that you can do anything – regardless of the limitations and expectations placed on you by soci…

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Beginner’s guide to Sarah J Maas

by Aurelia Orr

It is an understatement in saying that Sarah J. Maas is an author you will never forget. My immense love for reading can always be linked back to when I discovered her in 2016. She immediately became my favourite author, and five years later she still holds that title.

Fair warning: Maas’s books will teach you the true meaning of love and friendship, whilst twisting and breaking your heart into…

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

A Weekend with Oscar by Robyn Bavati

As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey

The Story of Australia by Don Watson

Across the Sea (Wolf Girl, Book 5) by Anh Do

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time by Anna Ciddor

Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey

Story Doctors by Boori Monty Pryor & Rita Sinclair

Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Twitch by M. G. Leonard

Award-winning Australian au…

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Asphyxia wins the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2021

by Kealy Siryj & Xiao-Xiao Kingham

We are beyond delighted to announce Future Girl by Asphyxia as the winner of the 2021 Readings Young Adult (YA) Book Prize. An immersive story that is informed by Asphyxia’s experience as a Deaf person, Future Girl tells the story of Piper, a Deaf girl living in near-future Melbourne. The novel format invites the reader into Piper’s vivid art journal, where every page is adorned with full-colour…

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A spotlight on Where We Begin by Christie Nieman

Where We Begin is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. It follows seventeen-year-old Anna on a quest to uncover her dark family secrets. Our judges described it as a ‘richly descriptive and perfectly-paced novel.’ We asked author Christie Nieman about writing inspiration, advice and Gothic literature. What was the initial inspiration for this story…

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Five kids & YA reads from First Nations writers

This year, NAIDOC week is running from 4 – 11 July and focuses the theme of Heal Country. Put succinctly, Heal Country ‘calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage’; we recommend reading the full explanation behind the 2021 focus (and exploring how you can become more involved this NAIDOC week) here.


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Recommended YA books & news for July

by Leanne Hall

This month in YA books we’ve got a sunny summer romance that will make you forget your winter blues, a feminist psychological thriller, a lush fairytale retelling, plant-whispering witchy business and more. Find our July picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Henry Hamlet’s Heart by Rhiannon Wilde

Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semeste…

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