Young Adult posts

The Best Young Adult Books of 2014

Here are our top ten young adult fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

When an accident puts the most popular girl at school in hospital, it’s as if everyone has turned up to find out if she will live or die. But was it an accident? Why would the girl who appeared to have it all throw it all away? This is a …

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Alice Pung on writing fiction for young adults

by Alice Pung

We’re loving Alice Pung’s new young adult novel, Laurinda! Here she tells us what she sees as the challenges and freedoms of writing fiction for young adults as opposed to adults.

No other books have moved me or shaped me as much as the books I read as a teenager, when I had time to think about the world and my place in it. Young adulthood is a time when, for the very first time, you have the …

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Winners of the 2014 Inky Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Inky Awards!

The First Third by Will Kostakis is the winner of the Gold Inky Award.

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry is the winner of the Silver Inky Award. (Read our review of the book here.)

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for …

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Read an extract from Laurinda by Alice Pung

by Alice Pung

In Laurinda, Alice Pung tells an involving, original story that captures the drama and pain of school life today, as well as revealing much about the choices of young women. In anticipation of the release of this new young adult novel later this month, you can read an extract below.

When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on eith…

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Clare Atkins on writing Aboriginal characters

by Clare Atkins

After several staff members read, and loved, Clare Atkins' debut novel Nona and Me, we were excited to make it our Young Adult Book of the Month. Here, Clare talks on the challenges of setting a book in an Aboriginal community.

I suspect that many non-Aboriginal writers are scared of writing Aboriginal characters. I know I was. It is so easy to misrepresent. Or reinforce negative stereotypes. …

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Children & young adult books highlights for September

A note before I begin… This month a sudden influx of brilliant, varied picture books meant that I felt compelled to write a separate blog post about them. If you’re a picture book lover, whatever age, you can find my write-up here.

Moving along now into books for independent readers… I’ve seen how incredibly loyal children are once a book captures their imagination, which explains the phenomenal…

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The 2014 Inky Awards Shortlist

The Inkys are international awards for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of the State Library of Victoria Inside a Dog website. Together, the six teen judges on this year’s panel have selected five Australian titles (for the Gold Inky) and five international titles (for the Silver Inky).

The Gold Inky 2014 Shortlist:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner The Firs

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Children & young adult books highlights for August

by Emily Gale

I’m passionate about picture books and this month there are several stand-outs. From Bob Graham, a story with plenty to say in a few carefully chosen words and his trademark style: Vanilla Ice Cream. The worlds of a tiny sparrow from India and a little girl in Australia collide in slow motion to show us the beauty of a big wide world and the joy of tiny connective moments within it.

Melbourne ar…

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014 (for young people)

Best Young Adult memoir:
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Some teenage diaries are best kept under lock and key, but happily this one is charming, well-written, and a great insight into 8th Grade politics.

Best translated Young Adult novel:
Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen

Eccentric and unique, with quirky humour and dark turns, this is something a little differ…

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A snapshot of what teenagers are reading

Over the past few months we’ve been participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne including Anna Louey, Olivia Walls, Matilda Morley, Joel Calabria, Estelle Sutherland, Kealy Siryj and Tess Devine-Hercus. While these students were with us, we asked them what kind of books they like to read. Here are our findings…

Everyone had different favourite re

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