Young Adult posts

Fostering empathy in kids and teens

by Leanne Hall

We need empathy more than ever in our current world, and we think books are one of the best tools for understanding another person’s perspective. We highly recommend you read our original deep dive into children’s books that teach empathy for detailed recommendations based on age groups, but we’ve also taken a fresh look at some recent and favourite books that encourage empathy in babies, kids a…

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YA books, events & news for March

by Leanne Hall

There’s a fantastic array of YA fiction available this month, from contemporary Aussie rom-coms to murderous fantasy adventures to free verse and jazz. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume

Written as a diary, this witty debut novel from former Buzzfeed journalist and editor Jenna Guillaume takes place over one transformat…

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The Inky Awards longlists 2019

The Centre for Youth Literature has just announced the two longlists for the Inky Awards.

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book. The shortlist is selected by young adults, and the winners are voted for online by the teen readers of the Inside a Dog websit…

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The YA Book Prize shortlist 2019

The 2019 shortlist for the YA Book Prize has been revealed.

Launched in 2014, the YA Book Prize celebrates great YA books written by authors living in the UK or Ireland, and aims to get more teenagers and young adults reading.

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard Clean by Juno Dawson Big Bones by Laura Dockrill I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill I Was Born for This b…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

It was great to get back into the swing of things with the Teen Advisory Board this month.

First up, the teens chatted about their impressions of the debut YA fantasy novel Four Dead Queens. Most of our members enjoyed the mystery and fantasy aspects of the story – they praised the captivating writing and the intriguing way the narrative would shift between different points of view – but felt a…

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Books about activism for teens

by Leanne Hall

In a world where teens walk out of schools to protest climate change and lead the call for gun reform, it’s not surprising that there’s a thread of activism running through many recent fiction and non-fiction titles for teens. Here are some of our favourite books for politically engaged teens. Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

Best friends Jasmine and Chelsea attend a progressive …

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Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2019

Here is a round-up previewing some of the most exciting local releases for the first half of 2019! FICTION A Season on Earth by Gerald Murnane (February) Small Blessings by Emily Brewin (February) The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (February) The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll (February) Zebra: And Other Stories by Debra Adelaide (February)

After the Party by Cassie Hamer (February)


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YA books, events & news for February

by Leanne Hall

February is shaping up to be a fantastic month for YA, with much-anticipated second books from Angie Thomas, Karen McManus and Alison Evans all hitting our shelves, as well as some intriguing new fantasy titles. Find our February picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Brianna is 16 and an aspiring rapper, hoping to follow in the footsteps of her fam…

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What our Teen Advisory Board have been reading over summer

With the summer holidays behind us and the new year raring to go, our Teen Advisory Board have been very busy reflecting on the past year and looking forward to some new and forthcoming novels. Find out what they’ve been reading below.

Grace Best book read in 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I was in awe of the authors’ creativit…

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

All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Brawl of the Wild (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 6) by Dav Pilkey Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus Real Pigeons Eat Danger by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 1) by Jessica Townsend The Ice Monster by David Walliams Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood The Tales of

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