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 …

Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor Johnson

Jean Harley is happily married with a four-year-old son. Then she is knocked over when riding her bike, and after it is clear she won’t survive the machines are turned off. Her family and friends reflect on her life, and what theirs will be like without her, from before the accident, immediately after and beyond. A Read More …

To Know My Crime by Fiona Capp

Ned has never taken responsibility for much, but when his sister becomes a paraplegic he needs to step up. Investing all of their money with his childhood friend goes wrong when the GFC hits. Then he overhears a conversation between a politician and a property/mining magnate and he seizes the opportunity to get their money Read More …

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

The unlikely pairing of Henry and new girl at school, Grace, makes for great reading as their histories are peeled back with a tender and sensitive hand. This young adult novel about the pitfalls of first love will appeal to teenagers, and adults who can remember what it was like to fall for the first Read More …

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Over Achiever by Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano was thrust into the spotlight when she entered Australian Idol in 2004. She talks with candor, wit and colourful language about her life before and after Idol. She has packed a lot into her young years, and her book will have you laughing out loud, tearing up, and wanting to see her next Read More …