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The best kids' books, news & events for June

This month we have a landmark book by Bruce Pascoe, a how-to by legendary Jeannie Baker, a sweet graphic novel/prose hybrid, and excellent contemporary fiction for middle grade readers. Find our June picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe

This is the much-needed children’s version of Bruce Pascoe’s seminal and award-winning Dark

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Tayari Jones wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019

Tayari Jones has won the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her heartbreaking novel An American Marriage.

An American Marriage is a stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. The lives of newlyweds Celestial and Roy are torn apart when Roy is arrested and sent to prison for 12 years for a crime he did not…

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The best new crime reads in June

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald

Eleven-year-old Tippy Chan lives in the poky New Zealand town of Riverstone with her mother, her best friends, a suitably acerbic teen neighbour, and too many memories of her father. This is all very normal and fine, but this little town is about to get quite a shake-up. Tippy’s spectacularly colourful hairdresser uncle, Pike, and his …

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A beginner’s guide to Jay Kristoff

by Zach Edge

I can thank almost all of my involvement in the book community to Australian author Jay Kristoff. The first novel of his I read was Nevernight, and I had never encountered a reading experience quite like it. It immediately became my favourite book, and still is to this day. Since then, I have aimed to read all of his works, having worked my way through everything except his original Lotus War tri…

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Four home and style books to inspire you in June

by Chris Gordon

Gloriously Gluten Free: Sweet Treats, Cakes, Tarts and Desserts by Frederique Jules

Before you turn up your nose at this title, consider this: the authors are French and all of the truly scrumptious recipes come from their incredible Paris-based bakery, Noglu. Consequently, here are 80 easy, delicious, gluten-free recipes for sweet treats and celebration cakes. Get this book because you want t…

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A spotlight on Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

Highway Bodies is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

A zombie spills out, musta bin leanin on the door. She screams, jumps forward, an the zombie’s reachin for us, fingernails cracked an bloody. It opens its mouth but no noise comes out. It used to be an old person, it’s wearin a dressin-gown; green, lacy pattern on the sleeves an collar.

– Aliso…

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Readings stores win Puffin grants!

Penguin Random House Australia has announced that 55 bookshops across Australia will be getting a share of $100,000 to nurture young readers in their communities.

We are over the moon to be among the bookstores that received grants to nurture the young readers in our community!

Thank you to Penguin for such a generous initiative and thank you to all of you readers who continue to come to us a…

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Mark’s Say: June 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Not that I take much notice of them, but company mergers have always seemed fraught; the merger of two of the greatest English language publishers, Random House and Penguin, in 2013 was one I did take a keen interest in. The process took many years and the Australian divisions of the two companies didn’t seem to be immune from some strife. When they merged they ended up with two publishing depart…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

In our second last meeting with this group of teens we discussed the shortlist for the Readings YA Prize. The teens talked about their favourite books from the shortlist and which title they think will win. We can’t reveal this information yet, but their opinions were very interesting.

We also had a visit from Tina Gumnior, a publicist for nearly twenty years at Penguin Books. Tina works specif…

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