Young Adult reviews

The F Team by Rawah Arja

Tariq Nader is lucky enough to have a close group of friends in his life – dubbed ‘The Wolf Pack’ – but his under-resourced high school is struggling. Constant negative media attention has whipped up…

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The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

In the first of a new fantasy duology, readers are swept into an exciting world that embraces science and magic, an ancient prophecy, a goddess, and a prince who literally falls from the clouds. Nimh…

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The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Flora has been living on the pirate ship Dove as the boy Florian, along with her brother Alfie, her only living family. Life on the Dove is brutal – for the well-heeled passengers, who are informed m…

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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

Some say there are no new stories under the sun, and the longstanding tradition of YA reimaginings of classic stories suggests there’s some truth to this old adage. Ellie Marney’s None Shall Sleep fo…

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Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The latest novel by the author of The War that Saved My Life is a powerful, first-person story from the perspective of ten-year-old Della, who has been the victim of a sexual assault. She and her sis…

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The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

A girl wakes up with no knowledge of who she is or what has happened in her past. All she knows is that she is on a driverless bus speeding along a coastline with six other people on board, none of w…

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Tribal Lores by Archimede Fusillo

Local author Archimede Fusillo is known for his culturally reflective stories that draw on his Italian–Australian heritage and the exploration of manhood through his young male protagonists. His earl…

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You Were Made for Me by Jenna Guillaume

You Were Made For Me is the second novel by Australian YA rom-com master Jenna Guillaume, and it does not disappoint. Our protagonist, Katie Camilleri, is sixteen years old and has never been kissed.…

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The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

A British family of six and their friends spend each summer at the beach, returning to an old home, and all their summer pursuits. It’s different this year as they are joined by two American brothers…

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The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

The Lost Soul Atlas takes the classic story of the journey through the underworld and flips it. What if, instead of a hero’s journey through the underworld to save a lost soul, the lost soul is the o…

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