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A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

Here’s the plot pitch: in a first-person stream-of-consciousness narrative, a young woman describes her preparations for a night out at a party. She goes to the party; she meets some people; she come…

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The Believer by Sarah Krasnstein

How do you get up each morning and face the day when you’re serving a 35-year life sentence for murder? How does your belief system stand up to this kind of scrutiny? Sarah Krasnostein asks this ques…

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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

In Klara and the Sun Kazuo Ishiguro returns to dystopian terrain, much like his earlier, and most well-known novel, Never Let Me Go. As in Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro has once again created a world tha…

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Lead the Way by Jean Hinchliffe

Are you a young person? Are you worried about a particular social issue? Do you want to make a change, but are unsure of how to go about it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Lead the Wa

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The Gaps by Leanne Hall

The Gaps is a powerful, searing psychological novel that explores teenage fear, anger and vulnerability. When a 16-year-old girl, Yin Mitchell from the Year 10 class at Balmoral Ladies College, is ab…

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Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Everyone at school knows about locker 89. The process is simple: write a letter confessing your relationship woes, pay a small fee of $10, and wait patiently for the solution to appear in your inbox.…

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Wow in the World by Mindy Thomas & Guy Raz

The human body is an endlessly interesting subject and this book by two celebrated podcasters is endlessly entertaining. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz are the hosts of the NPR family podcast Wow in the Wo

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School of Monsters series by Sally Rippin & Chris Kennett

The four chapter books in Sally Rippin’s new School of Monsters series are a marvellous treat for children just starting their reading journey. Each is composed of short, easy sentences with bold, br…

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Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker

I can’t tell you how many times Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been retold or offered inspiration to a story. The same goes for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. But what would the outcome be if …

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Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat by David Melling

Ruffles is an adorable dog who loves doing all the familiar doggy things like playing, chewing and fetching, but there is one thing he does not care for and that is his new red coat – ugh! How will h…

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