Ache by Eliza Henry Jones

Bushfires have devastated Annie’s family. Her grandmother is dead, her mother is exhibiting odd behavior, her daughter is traumatised and her husband can’t seem to help Annie. A community has been decimated. They are all feeling the effects and displaying their grief in different ways. This tender book looks at how they each come to terms Read More …

The Starlings by Vivienne Kelly

When Nicky’s grandmother dies on his eighth birthday he doesn’t know how this is going to affect his whole family. His love of Shakespeare and vocabulary are a disappointment to his football loving father and he turns to his grandfather and his grandmother’s carer, Rose for support. Complex family dynamics and their fallout are poignantly Read More …

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

The residents of Hope Street are portrayed in this novel for young adults. A family facing domestic violence, another establishing themselves as refugees, live alongside older residents of different cultures and attitudes. This thought provoking novel reflects the multi-cultural society we live in today, how we respond to that, and the hope for change. Publisher: Read More …

A Different Dog by Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings has written a dark and deep look at life for a young boy living in poverty. When he witnesses a car accident he is faced with death, and meets a dog which introduces him to new possibilities. This is a wonderful novella for teenagers and adults, but it does contains themes that may require some Read More …

The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

Mezz, Ellie, Kat and Jewels all join an online weight loss forum. After finding common ground they meet up and a friendship grounded in their common desire to lose weight is formed. This soon grows and real connections are formed, which are tested when they go in different directions, and when tragedy strikes. Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia Read More …

After by Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell writes with great candour about her mother’s sudden death. She chose to take her own life leaving no note, and a family devastated. This should add to the debate around euthanasia and the need for some legislation, but ultimately it is a personal reflection on the complicated emotions that occur between mothers and Read More …