Young Adult posts

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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Kids & YA books to read during Mental Health Week

by Leanne Hall

In recognition of Mental Health Week (7-13 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October), we recommend six books for kids and teens that explore aspects of mental health. We’ve also gathered together a broad range of books exploring mental health in our collections below this post. Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Bill is having a bad day, the kind where everything seems to go wrong, and somethi…

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October YA books, events & news

by Leanne Hall

This month in YA we have dark and thrilling fantasy, an eighteenth century adventure, a sensitive depiction of chronic illness and a climate change dystopia. Find our October picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier

Strong-willed Elodie is sent to work as a servant at Black Oak Cottage, and finds herself helping the witch Aleida cope with …

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Winners of the 2018 Inky Awards

The Centre for Youth Literature has announced the winners of the 2018 Inky Awards!

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

Gold Inky Award

The Gold Inky Award w…

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

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan The Bad Guys Episode 8: Superbad by Aaron Blabey What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra Flying Ninja! (Ninja Kid Book 2) by Anh Do & Jeremy Ley Lord of the Fleas (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 5) by Dav Pilkey Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks & Quinton Winter Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo To

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month the teens were fortunate to have a visit from debut YA author, Eleni Hale, who spoke about her novel Stone Girl, published in May earlier this year.

Stone Girl is the story of a young girl, Sophie, whose mother tragically dies when she is only thirteen. Sophie has no choice but to enter the foster system in Melbourne. We see her transform, due to her terrible experiences, from an inno…

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

Girltopia (Book 1) by Hilary Rogers Lord of the Fleas (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 5) by Dav Pilkey Meet Me at the Intersection edited by Rebecca Lim & Ambelin Kwaymullina Collecting Sunshine by Rachel Flynn & Tamsin Ainslie Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey Bad Apple (The Frooties Book 1) by Hil Rogers, Joshie Lefers & Pete Petrovic Crazy Kiwi (The Frooties Book 1) by Hil Rogers, Joshie Lefers & …

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YA books to make you laugh

by Leanne Hall

Sometimes what’s needed in life is a book that’s light, entertaining and full of characters and situations that make you laugh. We’ve put together some of our favourite funny YA books for your perusing pleasure. Chloe Snow’s Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain

Actress Emma Chastain’s debut book is so funny that Readings staff members messaged each other lists of th…

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