Living on Hope Street, by Turkish-Australian author Demet Divaroren, is a portrait of contemporary Australian urban life. Everyone living on Hope Street in a multicultural Australia has a story, and their diversity is portrayed as a strength, not a threat.
Missing by Sue Whiting is a contemporary middle-grade mystery novel for readers 12+yrs. It has a challenging and inherently sad topic about ‘missing persons’ which has been sensitively written about so as to make it accessible for younger readers. They
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan is a breathtakingly moving novel that bravely tackles the subject of capital punishment. Written in free verse, it is short but powerful and leaves the reader with big questions to ponder about such a debatable topic.
Step boldy and read this ‘wundrous’ new novel for the Middle Years. The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend is a an imaginative, quirky, charming, magical fantasy novel for Harry Potter fans. It’s an absolute treat to read and is
Our YA Book of the Week is All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. It is the chilling story of a nightmarish dystopian future where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked once a person turns 15 years
The Harper Effect, by Sunshine Coast based author Taryn Bashford, is a coming-of-age novel and tennis romance. The author is passionate about teenage girls seeing themselves in a wide range of representations in fiction, and she uses sport as her example. In the novel, Harper
Warcross by Marie Liu is a fast-paced, sci-fi, cyberpunk virtual reality thriller where readers are immersed in a video game with the characters. Dealing with computer hacking and the ethical limits of technology, it has both romance and suspense and
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus is an addictive read for YA lovers of the thriller genre. Set in an American school, five students attend detention where one of the students dies a perplexing death and the other
Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell will particularly resonate with readers in their last year of high school who are experiencing confusion and the pressure of expectations as they begin moving to a new phase in life. Addie shows them in
Our YA Book of the Week, My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams, is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of life for teens living in the digital age where trolling and public shaming on social media platforms illustrate