Young Adult reviews

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a 14-year-old girl imprisoned, together with her mother and father, in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was an experi…

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Set during the start of the English civil War, A Skinful of Shadows tells the story of Makepeace, a girl plagued by nightmares of ghosts tearing her apart, looking for the chance to possess her. Her …

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Reviewed by Kate O'Mara

You may at first think, on picking this book up, that you’ve already read a lot like this. From the post-apocalyptic wasteland blighted by plague to the preternaturally capable young hacker prodigy C…

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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Cancel all your plans: Philip Pullman’s new fantasy novel has arrived and it’s darkly thrilling, deliciously tense and dangerously addictive.

The first in a brand-new trilogy, La Belle Sauvage is th…

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Vivian is one of the ‘nice girls’ at East Rockport High. She has a small group of friends, and her main mission is to fly under the radar and not draw too much attention to herself. Her grandparents …

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Thornhill by Pam Smy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Thornhill is a beautiful book, from its striking greyscale silhouetted cover to the pages in-between. The book contains two stories set in two different times. Mary’s story is set in 1982, in a child…

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Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

It is very exciting to have a new fast-paced psychological thriller from the author of We Were Liars – and this story does not disappoint. Told in reverse chronology by Jule, who we quickly realise i…

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Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

This raw and funny novel is the much-anticipated collaboration between three beloved Australian YA authors: Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell. The story follows three girls as they struggle…

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Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Claire Christian’s Beautiful Mess won the 2016 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, an unpublished manuscript award that regularly discovers new talent. This is an engrossing read that …

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The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

Reviewed by Daniella Robertson

Julianne de Marchi has a secret. A secret that she’s being blackmailed for. A secret that people would kill her to protect. Jules has been laying low since she inadvertently started a fire at her sch…

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