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The Readings Teen Advistory Boards talks queer representation in YA books

This month, the Readings Teen Advisory Board met with author Alison Evans, who shared their writing process, and discussed queer representation in YA books more generally. Below are some of their thoughts on this topic, as well as a round-up of recommendations for Euphoria Kids, the new book from Evans.

What are your thoughts on queer representation in YA literature?

‘I think it’s important t…

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Meet the bookseller with Alexa Dretzke

by Alexa Dretzke

In our latest Meet the Bookseller column, we chat with Alexa Dretzke, the Assistant Manager & Children’s Book Buyer for our Hawthon shop. Alexa fell into the book industry by accident and first came on board at Readings more than 17 years ago! Here, she talks about the reward of selecting the right book for a customer, and shares what’s on her TBR pile. Why did you decide to work in books?


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The Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2020

by Kim Gruschow

We’re very excited to reveal this year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize. This prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature for readers aged 5 to 12.

The six shortlisted books are:

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy
Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Medicine by Karen Hitchcock Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Fire Country by Victor Steffensen The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare Stop Listening to the Customer by Adam Ferrier No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

We have a real mixe…

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First Nations writers to read in 2020

As we continue to look ahead to the year in books, we’re excited for all the First Nations voices being published in 2020. Here is a round-up previewing just a few of the fantastic releases that have already piqued our interest. Please note, this list is incomplete, but we do hope it reflects the wide array of titles on offer. FICTION & NON-FICTION FOR ADULTS Fire Country by Victor Steffe…

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What we’re reading: Andrews, Reid & Dolan

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving. Bronte Coates is reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (available April)

I recently got my hands on an early copy of this exciting fiction debut from Irish writer Naoise Dolan. Newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, Ava meets Julian. They fo…

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YA books to gift your crush

by Leanne Hall

Let’s celebrate love and friendship in all its forms! We recommend our favourite warm, fuzzy and loved-up books that are suitable to give your crush, or a cherished friend, or even yourself.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Love blossoms during a political campaign in this sweet cross-cultural romance, which also happens to be our YA Book of the Month.

Jamie Goldberg is c…

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Books to help explain Australia’s history to kids

by Leanne Hall

The immense popularity of Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu: A Truer History has demonstrated a thirst for true and balanced accounts of Australian history. Here are some of our favourite books to help explain Australian history to kids.

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe

This young reader’s version of Bruce Pascoe’s seminal and award-winning work Dark Emu explains that Australian…

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3-for-2 special offer on non-fiction favourites

Throughout February, we are pleased to have a special 3-for-2 offer on a select range of award-winning and popular non-fiction titles. This offer is available in-store only.

Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free. The range includes books from Chloe Hooper, Greta Thunberg, Michael Pollan, Deborah Levy, Don Watson, Caroline Criado Perez, and many m…

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