Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

This powerful and confronting novel depicts two boys growing up amongst drug use and trafficking. Older boy August doesn’t speak and the story is narrated by his younger brother Eli who wants something better for their lives. Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Australia Reviews – Kate Wendy Annie Trent Dalton – Twitter  

Waterhole by Fiona Bell

Sixteen-year-old Sunny is coping with the death of her mother, leaving her with her step-father, and then he is connected to the disappearance of a local boy. When she sees the ghost of her mother she believes she is trying to tell her something. A moving story for young adults. Publisher: The University of Queensland Read More …

P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones

Eliza Henry Jones’s first novel for young adults addresses dealing with broken families in a small town. As teenagers on the brink of adulthood, Gwen and Ben both have pasts they are coming to terms with. Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Australia with Sample and Teaching Guide     Reviews – Vivian Tara Annie Kate Eliza Read More …

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

If you’re a book lover, can you find love by connecting with others who enjoy the same books? Frankie decides to try, with hilarious results, but opposites can attract, and sometimes there are benefits to reading outside your favourite genres. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia      Reviews – Michelle Kate Vivian Annie Tara Ali Read More …

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

Another devastating story from best-selling author, Lisa Genova, dealing with ALS – Motor Neuron Disease. Inflicted with this debilitating illness is concert pianist Richard, and with no-one to care for him, it falls on his ex-wife, Karina to step up. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia Reviews – Vivian Annie Kate Marie Tara     Lisa Read More …

The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen

This debut novel is set in a small town In Western Australia that awaits the first man to step on the moon, observed by and observing the local characters, including a galah that thinks like a human. Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia with extract Reviews – Marie Kate Annie Vivian The Advertiser   Tracy Sorensen – Read More …

The Centre of My Everything by Allayne L. Webster

This powerful young adult novel confronts substance abuse, sexism and racism in a small country town. Essential reading for older teenagers, and those that have them, know them or have been one. Publisher: Random House Australia with extract     Reviews: Tara Kate Annie Vivian The Advertiser Allayne L. Webster – Website with Teaching Notes Read More …