Leanne Hall

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Leanne Hall is the Grants Officer for the Readings Foundation and also works as a children’s bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

Leanne is also a writer of young adult fiction. Her novel This Is Shyness won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and her latest, The Queen of the Night, was released in 2012.

Reviews

Marsh and Me by Martine Murray

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Joey M. Green is a boy with ‘sensitivities’, who rarely has the right words at the right time. He’s a deep thinker, part of a loving family; he wonders about his place in the world. He plays his guit…

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Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Living on Hope Street is the impressive debut novel of Turkish–Australian writer and co-editor of the acclaimed Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia anthology, Demet Divaroren.

Brothers Ka…

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Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Do not lick this book doubles as a fun interactive picture book, and a fascinating science lesson about microbes. Readers are introduced to Min, a cartoon microbe, and encouraged to press the page wi…

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Somewhere in the world (or perhaps another world), a mythical and wondrous city closed its borders to outsiders, had its name stolen, and is now only known as Weep. Weep is the obsession of choice of…

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Valentine by Jodi McAlister

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Traditional fairy lore is transplanted into a small-town Australian location in Jodi McAlister’s debut novel, Valentine, and given a thoroughly contemporary spin.

A frightening black horse appears a…

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My First Lesson by Alice Pung

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Teenagers are often written at by adults, but My First Lesson is a rare opportunity for twenty-five teenagers to tell their own stories in their own inimitable ways. Keen young writers were invited t…

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The Book of Pearl by Timothee De Fombelle

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

A fourteen-year-old boy runs through the forest – bleeding, heartbroken and confused – before stumbling across a welcoming hut belonging to an elderly saviour, Joshua Pearl. So begins a mystery that …

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Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Prepare to be taken uncomfortably deep into the Third Reich. Our narrator, Konrad, begins his story in utero – immediately demonstrating an ambitious nature and unswerving devotion to the Führer. Kon…

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Momo by Michael Ende

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

German author Michael Ende might be better known for his novel The Neverending Story, but it is the sweet and magical Momo that holds first place in my heart. Momo is a surreal (and at times creepy) …

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Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

In Five Star Billionaire a large cast of migrants battle to find security and happiness in a New China that is hurtling into the future. Malaysian author Tash Aw skilfully juggles the perspectives of…

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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Alif is an Arab-Indian hacker-for-hire in an unnamed Middle Eastern emirate with a digital policing system so effective it’s referred to as the Hand of God. In an already rightfully paranoid communit…

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The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers

Reviewed by Leanne Hall, Readings Carlton

A new Oliver Jeffers picture book is always a cause for celebration, and The New Jumper is a gem. The Hueys are a large group of egg-shaped creatures who look, think and act identically. When one of …

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News

Five recent YA books I want to rave about

by Leanne Hall

After the joyful experience of reading stacks of OzYA fiction as one of the judges for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, I went on an international YA reading binge. Here are five of my favourite YA novels of recent times. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I adored this smart, romantic and thoroughly entertaining debut novel. Dimple and Rishi are both headed for Insomnia Con – an in…

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Six recommended Australian reads for teens

by Leanne Hall

We love to champion Australian authors and books at Readings, so if you’d like your teenager to read some quality homegrown young adult literature, look no further.

The Readings Young Adult Book Prize is a new prize aimed at celebrating the amazing Australian YA books being published every year.

Our judging panel of Readings specialists have selected a shortlist of six books for 2017 that is in…

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Recommended new YA books in July

by Leanne Hall

This month we follow three resilient French girls on a cycling road trip, dive into Zana Fraillon’s thought-provoking new novel, and take a fresh look at modern 80s Kiwi classic, The Changeover. (Find our best recommendations for kids' books this month here.) LOVEOZYA PICKS

Following on from the success of her first YA novel, The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon has crafted another story that e…

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Recommended new kids' books in July

by Leanne Hall

This month sees a slew of sweet, gentle and imaginative kids' books about dog-walking, nurturing new and old friendships, teeny-tiny angels and mythical sea-rocks. Plus one very excellent book about evil magician rabbits. (Find our best recommendations for teen books this month here.) NEW PICTURE BOOKS

Mini Grey’s picture books are always something to look forward to and The Bad Bunnies' M

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Books to celebrate NAIDOC Week

by Leanne Hall

Happy NAIDOC Week! The theme for NAIDOC Week 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’ – a chance to focus on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Here are 10 highly recommended reads that explore Indigenous culture and voices for young people, from toddlers through to teens. Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy

This picture boo…

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Looking ahead for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist

by Leanne Hall

How do you follow up reading a great Australian YA book? With another great #LoveOzYA read, of course… Here we take a look at what’s next for the six authors shortlisted for our Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Read more about the six shortlisted books here. And don’t forget, you can pick up the entire shortlist in a specially priced bundle ($99.99, was $116.85).

The first Boone Shepard del…

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