Young Adult reviews

The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer

You meet a girl, oh the perfect girl, and then you meet the wrong girl and life gets really interesting!

The day starts simply for Sebastian and his best mate, Tolly. They are at an open day at uni…

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Meet Me at the Intersection by Rebecca Lim & Ambelin Kwaymullina

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Masterminded by authors Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina, Meet Me at the Intersection is a highly successful and much-needed anthology of Australian Own Voices writing – stories about marginalised…

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Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Catching Teller Crow is a story told through two unique voices, both belonging to young Aboriginal women. Beth Teller has died in a tragic accident but she stays with her father, who is aware of her …

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And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness & Rovina Cai

Reviewed by Tom Davies

What if Moby Dick were told from the perspective of the whale? This is the question that inspired And The Ocean Was Our Sky, but it doesn’t nearly begin to sum it up. The story is told through the ey…

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After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Lili Wilkinson’s latest novel is a page-turning thriller set in a post-disaster world. Pru’s single father is a doomsday prepper – which means he has a hidden bunker with supplies to last for years a…

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I Am Out With Lanterns by Emily Gale

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The title of Emily Gale’s latest young adult novel is inspired by an Emily Dickinson quote: ‘I am out with lanterns, looking for myself’. This simple yet evocative metaphor sets the focus for this wo…

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The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Mhairi is 14 and on a journey toward her grandmother’s home in Scotland. It’s the not-so-distant future. The ice-caps no longer form and countries have euthanasia policies in place for population con…

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Hive by A.J. Betts

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

A.J. Betts Hive introduces an unfamiliar world that is strange and perplexing and as a reader it takes time to build a sense of orientation within this story, but it’s well worth the effort. Hive is …

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The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

The Art of Taxidermy is an evocative verse novel set in a small Australian town in the 1960s. Author Sharon Kernot explores themes of grief and identity in her story of Lottie, a girl fascinated by d…

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Mercy Point by Anna Snoekstra

Reviewed by Kushla Egan

Five teens in Mount Cobalt each carry a heavy secret alone: they suspect they are adopted, and they are certain their parents are lying to them. When they each receive an email invitation to join a p…

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