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Novels with Alternative Text Types

Date Published: 21/06/2017

Our Senior Book Club readers will be exploring YA novels that have alternative text types.  We thought other readers might be interested in these innovative and challenging novels so put these on your reading list for the holidays.

ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristof

This fast past, adrenalin pumping story is told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more.

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An exciting new way to read!

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REPLICA by Lauren Oliver

One book with two completely different stories – read it all the way through or read by alternating chapters.

Read it any way you want to!

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S by JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst

Three books within one!

An historical novel (the book) + fictitious editor annotating the book (the writer) + two students passing the book back and forth scribbling their notes in the margins (the readers)

The book is housed in a slip cover and contains a collection of ephemera eg obituaries, notes, letters, postcards, pictures, and a map drawn on a napkin.

Read three books in one!

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ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell

Lincoln reads flagged emails where two girls send each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. 

Read this contemporary romance told via emails.

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BEING ME IS EXACTLY AS INSANE AS YOU BEING YOU

Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful

2. unavoidable

3. ridiculously complicated

4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

Read the novel by reading the lists!

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SHOOTING STARS by Brian Falkner

The author narrates this story in diary form through the main character of Egan.

Read the novel by reading the diary

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CRY BLUE MURDER by Kim Kane

This psychological thriller is mainly told in emails between two girls. Scattered amongst the emails are interviews with the police and suspects, official witness statements and newspaper articles. These help the reader understand the investigation in a broader context, and allow the reader to play the detective and piece everything together.

Read the emails, interviews, witness statements & newspaper articles

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