Young Adult posts

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 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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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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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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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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