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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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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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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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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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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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Sunday night in front of the telly

Flick on the heater, draw the curtains and brew yourself a pot of tea. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite new film and TV releases to DVD with which to curl up on a Sunday night in front of the telly. FILM If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the book of the same name by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is a heartbreaking love story set in Harlem in the era of Ray Charles and…

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What We’re Reading: Price, Pleitez and Awad

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.

Julia Jackson is reading What Red Was by Rosie Price

Look out world! Rosie Price has landed! Her debut novel, What Red Was, is an assured piece of writing. While she appears to enter familiar territory with Kate and Max’s close friendship, echoing the friends…

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