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The most anticipated kids and YA books for the second half of 2019

by Leanne Hall

As we head into the second half of this year, you might be wondering what kids and young adult books you’ll be reading soon – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some of the July to December releases we’re looking forward to.

Picture books

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke (July)

Pig the Tourist by Aaron Blabey (July)

Moving Your Body by Beci Orpin (…

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Q&A with Clare Strahan

Clare Strahan is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her coming-of-age novel, The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge. In this interview, she shares details of her writing process and the origins of her funny, warm novel about love, sex, friendship, family, and finding your voice. Congratulations on writing this amazing YA novel! Can you tell us a b…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

In our final meeting for this year’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB), we asked the members about their experiences, best books of the year, favourite guests and more. Check out their answers below. Who was your favourite visitor this year?

Eleni Hale, author of Stone Girl – Zach, Ngaire, Lil, Uly, Xiao-Xiao, Laura and Marley

Mark Rubbo, Readings managing director – Grace, Uly, Xiao-Xiao

Katya De

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A spotlight on Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu

Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

No stupid rumour is going to derail my study. I am on fire, a learning machine. And mostly I’m totally able to concentrate on the work at hand. And I hardly ever think of Teddy Taualai at all.

– Poppy Nwosu, Making Friends with Alice Dyson

Here’s what the judg…

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The National Biography Award shortlist 2019

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced this year’s shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award.

This Award is presented annually to a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

The shortlisted works are:

No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani The Wasp and the Orchid by Danielle Clode The Tra

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Meet the bookseller with Sam Kelly

Sam Kelly is a bookseller at Readings Doncaster and the spark that drives the Doncaster middle fiction book club. Here, she chats about the favourite parts of her job, books that have changed the way she thinks, and what’s on her reading pile right now. Sam also runs the website Retrieve-a-Book, where she posts young adult and middle-fiction book news, reviews and recommendations. What is you…

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Our top music selections of the year so far

We’re at the halfway point through the year (if you can believe it), so we had a chat to some of our wonderful music staff about the new releases they’ve really enjoyed and would most recommend so far this year. Alexandra Mathew, classical music specialist, Readings Carlton and Readings State Library Marina Thibeault and Marie-Ève Scarfone – Elles

To coincide with International Women’s D…

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Event: Erik Jensen in conversation with Chloe Hooper

We are delighted to have The Saturday Paper’s Erik Jensen joining us to discuss with Chloe Hooper his long-form journalism in Quarterly Essay 74: The Prosperity Gospel – How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost, a dazzling and insightful look at the federal election, built from pen portraits and reports from the campaign trail. In Quarterly Essay 74, Erik Jensen considers what went wrong f…

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