Young Adult reviews

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Defy the Night is the first in a new series by Brigid Kemmerer, author of the highly acclaimed Cursebreakers novels. The story takes place in the Kingdom of Kandala, a far-off land plagued by a conta…

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It’s Not You, It’s Me by Gabrielle Williams

Who would have thought a 1970s Brother typewriter would be the inspiration for this fabulous time-slip young adult story?

Forty-year-old Holly is returning from her birthday lunch in Melbourne 2020 …

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The Monster of Her Age by Danielle Binks

Ellie comes from an acting dynasty: her family home – a huge old Gothic mansion in Hobart – contains at least one of every film industry award (including a couple of Oscars); Errol Flynn was consider…

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Half My Luck by Samera Kamaleddine

Layla considers herself sort of Lebanese, sort of Australian, and is struggling to find where she belongs. When she was a baby, she was cursed by the evil eye. At least, that’s what her grandmother t…

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Sabriel: 25th Anniversary Edition by Garth Nix

As a bookseller you know you’re getting old when your childhood favourites reach major milestones. 2021 marks 25 years since the release of Garth Nix’s Sabriel, the first in his Old Kingdom series. T…

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Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn

Set in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, and featuring a biracial protagonist, Malla Nunn’s second novel explores identity and belonging with a loving eye.

Fifteen-year-old Amandla has been…

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Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti

American YA author Deb Caletti writes powerful stories about young women in challenging circumstances and Girl, Unframed is no exception. Sydney Reilly must leave her friends in Seattle to live with …

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Henry Hamlet’s Heart by Rhiannon Wilde

A drunken game of truth or dare. Secret wishes tossed into a campfire. The last days of Year 12. A kiss.

Rhiannon Wilde’s YA debut, Henry Hamlet’s Heart, is a gorgeous queer love story set amidst t…

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Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter follows Daunis, an unenrolled Ojibwe tribe member, who has always struggled to identify a place for herself within her community. Though she is on the cusp of adulthood, her dre…

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The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

In Mariko Turk’s debut novel, The Other Side of Perfect, we follow the story of Alina Keeler, a Japanese–American ballet dancer. Alina lives and breathes ballet; dancing is part of who she is, not ju…

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