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Applications are open for our Teen Advisory Board

Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 Readings Teen Advisory Board!

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group of teenagers that meets at Readings head office once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in the book industry, and provide feedback to Readings staff members on a range of subjects.


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The ALS Gold Medal shortlist 2018

The shortlist for the 2018 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey The Agonist by Shastra Deo The Last Garden by Eva Hornung The Choke by Sofie Laguna Hinterland by Steven Lang Border Districts by Gerald Murnane

The six shortlisted titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 announced in March this year.

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What we’re reading: Richard Lloyd Parry, Robin Benway & Mary Miller

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Mark Rubbo is reading Staying by Jessie Cole

I sometimes go through periods (thankfully short) when whatever I pick up to read just doesn’t engage me. Last week, a friend gave me a copy of Jessie Cole’s memoir Staying, which will be reviewed in the May issue o…

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Nina Kenwood wins the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

Congratulations to Readings staff member Nina Kenwood for being named the winner of the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing!

Kenwood’s winning manuscript, It Sounded Better in My Head, was selected from more than 200 entries, and will be published by Text next year. As the winner, Kenwood will also receive $10,000 in Prize money, and she joins two other Readings employees to b…

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Great books for mothers & daughters to read together

Reading a book together can be a lovely bonding experience for parents and children. Here are some of our best recommendations across different ages. Recommended books to share with children ages 8-12 R.J. Palacio’s Wonder is a perennial favourite at Readings, and its central message of empathy makes it a fantastic book for kids and adults to read together.

R.M. Romero weaves together m…

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Recommended Aussie books for beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

We love to see Australian junior fiction for kids embarking on their reading journey. Here are some recommended reads for beginner and newly independent readers. (And we’re always hungry for more!) From Nerd to Ninja (Ninja Kid Book 1) by Anh Do

Nerdy Nelson gets a big shock on his tenth birthday when he learns that he’s the last ninja on earth! Suddenly in possession of inherited coordinat…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month, we were fortunate to have a visit from Scot Gardner. Now a critically acclaimed author of several novels for young readers, Scot began his career writing for Earth Garden magazine and got his big break when he took the manuscript of his first novel to a John Marsden writing camp.

Scot travelled two hours by train to be with us. He showed us photos of his ‘office’ (a deserted bushwalk…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2018

The shortlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. This Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Sarah Sands, Chair of the judging panel, says: ‘The themes of the shortlist have both contemporary and lasting resonance encompassing the birth of the internet, race, sexual violence, grief, oh and mermaids. Some of…

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