Young Adult posts

November Kids' and YA Books Round-Up

by Emily Gale

There are two empowering non-fiction picture books out this month. In Fighting For Freedom, Cassy Liberman’s second foray into stories about women who’ve made a powerful but little-known impact on the world, children discover the story of Australian spy Nancy Wake who risked her life numerous times during WW2. The illustrations are really striking. And there are many more impressive women to lear…

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10 Books For YA Fans To Read Before The Movie

by Emily Gale

Are you the type who always wants to read the book first? Here’s a list of movies based on books YA fans love, which are due to be released over the next few months.

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released in November. This is one of the rare times when I’ve enjoyed a movie (Hunger Games, the first installment) more than a book b…

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October Kids' & YA Books Round-Up

by Emily Gale

Get ready for thrills, spills (of milk and tears) and belly laughs in this month’s round-up of Children’s and YA books.

Last month’s movie opening of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, based on the second book in Rick Riordan’s bestselling series (disclaimer: “Not exactly the same as the book,” said my 9 year old daughter with a sigh), saw kids scrabbling to read more books in the seri…

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10 Writers of Companion Novels for YA Fans

by Emily Gale

Some readers stick loyally to a series while others prefer stand-alone novels, but companion novels can be a good fit somewhere in the middle - the fresh feel of a new story with the comfort of connecting characters. Here are 10 authors whose characters pop up in different stories.

1. J.D. Salinger

Salinger’s Glass family featured in several of his stories. Tavi Gevinson mentioned in he…

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Start with a book these school holidays

by Emily Gale

Proving that all good things start with a book, here are some ideas for the school holidays to suit all sorts of interests.

For Budding Writers (and Crafty Kids):

It can go either way with Andy Griffiths' fans: either they want to build a 39-Storey Treehouse or they want to become writers like Andy. For the latter, Once Upon A Slime is full of prompts and inspiration, to encourage readers f…

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The Story of My Book: Every Breath

by Ellie Marney

Tomorrow our Carlton store will host the launch of Castlemaine author Ellie Marney’s debut Young Adult novel, a very worthwhile take on Sherlock Holmes with a Melbourne setting. Here’s how the story came together.

I still have the yellow sheets of legal-pad paper where I scrawled down my brainstormed ideas for Every Breath. I vividly remember that brainstorming session: sitting in a camp chair…

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The Story Of My Book: Pureheart

by Cassandra Golds

Cassandra Golds won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for The Three Loves Of Persimmon in 2011. Her latest novel was pounced on by several Readings' children’s specialists, who instantly fell in love with it. Here, Cassandra tells us the story behind Pureheart.

Pureheart began with a picture: of a girl or young woman gazing out from an upstairs window in an old building at night and seein…

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The Story of My Book: Chasing the Valley

by Skye Melki-Wegner

A young Melbourne author makes her debut this month with the first book in a YA trilogy, Chasing the Valley. Here’s how it happened for recent law graduate and lifelong fantasy fan Skye Melki-Wegner.

I have always been a fantasy reader.

My father fed my love of the genre, reading Tolkien and Feist as bedtime stories. But even so, I hungered for more adventures. I raided Dad’s bookshelves…

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Reading Matters at SLV: Round-Up

by Emily Gale

From Thursday 30th May to Saturday 1st June, Melbourne’s children’s and YA book fanatics are going to be in Seventh Heaven – and by that I mean The State Library of Victoria. Find out what Readings' specialist team are most looking forward to on the Reading Matters program.

Angela Crocombe, Children’s and YA Specialist at the St Kilda store:

Alison Croggon totally blew me away with Black

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The Way We Work: Kim Kane and Marion Roberts

Writing is often said to be a lonely occupation, but what happens when you co-author a work of fiction? The authors of new YA novel Cry Blue Murder, Kim Kane and Marion Roberts, share their experience.

MR: With over seven published novels and picture books between us our usual approach has been to work on solo projects. Cry Blue Murder is our first collaboration as writers.

KK: Writing t…

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