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 …

Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson

Seventeen-year-old Amelia is in year 12 and doesn’t need more than that to deal with. Then her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and her best friend has anorexia. A raw and honest account of both of these conditions from the perspective of a teenager, making compelling reading for young adults and adults alike. Publisher: Penguin Read More …

The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster

Eleanor has moved from Australia to London and is working as a temp at her aunt’s publishing house. Then one of the senior executives is found dead and Eleanor was one of the last to see her alive. However Eleanor cannot remember anything about those crucial hours. The investigation slowly brings it all back, together with her reasons Read More …

Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky by Robert Newton

An unlikely trio from a housing commission in Victoria bond over a rooftop garden and then embark on a road trip together, each looking to fulfill a dream. This young adult novel looks at tolerance, looking beyond yourself and achieving your aspirations, even in the face of adversity. Publisher: Penguin Books Australia     Reviews Read More …