Young Adult posts

Fangirling about Rainbow Rowell

Three of our staff – Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates – come together to chat about young adult author Rainbow Rowell’s novels Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

NK: Let’s start with Fangirl, because we all read that first. I loved it. Between this and the utterly brilliant, devastating Eleanor and Park, I am an official Rainbow Rowell fangirl. How did you both feel about Fangirl? Wha…

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The story of my book: Kate by Kevin Burgemeestre

by Kevin Burgemeestre

Author and illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre tells us the story behind Kate, a graphic novel that tells the story of two young people and a battered, heroic hound through words and illustrations.

Writing this novel parachuted me back into my teenage years. I was not a good teenager - I was not cool, not great at sport and, to top it off, I was a bit of a nerd. Like me, my main character in my gra…

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New release highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

There are now a few good sibling-issues picture books that tell it like it is, or can be when a new baby is brought home (The Swap, Bye-Bye Baby Brother, Stupid Baby) but none of them quite capture the true potential of outraged violence v. unconditional love that Aaron Blabey’s The Brothers Quibble does. Brilliantly confronting, the rhyme is perfect, it’s funny and Blabey’s trademark illustratio…

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February highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

For those of you who live and breathe books and consider many of them to be close personal friends, my first pick for February is going to make your hearts sing: A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt (and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins). Written from a child’s perspective - essentially, everything you could say about books in the simplest and most charming way - this title is very much something for …

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Why would a published author turn to self-publishing?

by Jack Heath

A friend publishes her crime novels with one publisher and young adult fantasy with another. I asked her why, since each company distributes titles in both genres, and either one would kill to have her exclusively. ‘The publisher has to suit the book,’ she said.

With so many wonderful publishers out there, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that for Ink, Inc., my new young adult sci-fi novel, the…

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best young adult fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. (Displayed in no particular order).

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a misfit with a dysfunctional family. Park doesn’t quite fit in but has a warm, loving home life. One day the odd girl sits next to the comic book fan on the bus and slowly and sweetly they fall in …

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A conversation about Hilary T Smith’s novel Wild Awake

Three of our staff - Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates - come together and talk about Hilary T Smith’s debut novel Wild Awake - why they loved it and whether or not it should be classified as ‘young adult fiction’.

NK: I loved Wild Awake, but I finished it thinking that perhaps it’s the kind of YA novel that adults might enjoy more than teenagers.

EG: It’s definitely one that the adu…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Reading YA as an Adult

The young adult genre is exploding with wonderful, exciting writing at the moment. Here’s a guide for any book-lover who’s considering browsing a new section of the bookshop but doesn’t know where to start.

If you loved The Hunger Games
Bronte recommends Veronica Roth’s Divergent

With a highly-anticipated film due for release in early 2014 starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Spec

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Recommendations by Young Adult Authors

by Emily Gale

Which young adult books do your favourite Australian YA authors love?

‘This year I read Nick Lake’s In Darkness, which won the Michael L. Printz Award (for Excellence in Young Adult Literature). It’s an intense, in-your-face book about Haiti, told through the mind of a boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital levelled by the recent earthquake and visited by the spirit of a rebel leader. Nick La…

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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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