Young Adult posts

A spotlight on our kids & YA books of the month, July 2021

by Leanne Hall

Our kids & YA books of the month in July include a funny verse novel from a masterful storyteller, a gorgeous love story set in Brisbane and a joyful and whimsical classic. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

Bridget ‘Bee’ Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of high school in the beach suburb Crescent Bay. Still reeling from the departure of her mother fo…

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A spotlight on The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. It’s a magical, dystopian fairytale with twin sisters, an unreliable narrator, a bear and a whale. Our judges described it as ‘a hauntingly beautiful work.’ We asked author Davina Bell about writing inspiration, advice and process. What was the initial inspiration for …

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A spotlight on Future Girl by Asphyxia

Future Girl is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Future Girl is a remarkable illustrated story about Piper, a Deaf girl, who lives in a near-future inner-city Melbourne where food security is under threat. Our judges described it as ‘thought-provoking and hopeful.’ We asked author Asphyxia about her inspiration, writing advice and balancing text a…

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June recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

Our Teen Advisory Board have been busy reading and letting us know what they’re loving; below, you can read June recommendations from five of our fantastic 2021 board members. You can also browse the favourite books by favourite authors collection – compiled by the entire board – here. Claire Heazlewood is reading House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland: t…

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A beginner’s guide to Cassandra Clare

by Claire Heazlewood

If you’ve ever browsed the young adult section at the bookshop, you may have seen a Cassandra Clare book. In fact, you may have seen many.

Cassandra Clare is the author of The Shadowhunter Chronicles books, a massive franchise which spans four series and multiple collections of short stories. For this reason, getting into her universe can be a bit daunting if you don’t really know what you are …

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A spotlight on The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

The Boy from the Mish is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. The Boy from the Mish follows seventeen-year-old Jackson as he falls in love for the first time and searches for self-acceptance. Our judges described it as ‘a masterclass in coming-of-age storytelling.’ We asked author Gary Lonesborough about getting published, his love of coming-of-age st…

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Queer YA books I’m adding to my TBR pile

by Lucie Dess

It’s June which means it’s Pride Month! And there are some seriously awesome LGBTQIA+ books hitting the YA shelves this year. Here are the books I’m adding to my to- be-read (TBR) pile this Pride Month!

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Here’s a book I’d buy just for the cover, but the blurb has also absolutely captured my attention; this one is heading to the top of my TBR!

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Find your next graphic novel for tweens

by Lucie Dess

If you loved Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans…

…then you need to read Nightlights, a beautifully illustrated story of finding yourself.

Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in Sandy’s bedroom. Sandy catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room. One day, a …

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