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 …

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 …

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 …

The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson

Ruby has lost her brother and feels responsible. Her father is in prison and her mother has fallen in a heap. Left to her own devices she comes across Fox who offers her another world, and some hope. He and the ways of his ‘family’ are seductive and Ruby is pulled in, despite doubts about Read More …

When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael’s parents have founded the new political party Aussie Values. Mina has escaped Afghanistan with her mother and has made a new life for herself in Australia. When they end up at the same school opposites attract, and clash. This young adult novel questions assumptions made, how we form opinions, and shows that they do Read More …

Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle

Twins Ben and Grace have been inseparable since birth. At seventeen they still have mutual friends and interests, particularly surfing, which is supported by their parents who have a business making surfboards. Grace has always been the second child, but is happy to bask in Ben’s glory. So when tragedy strikes the family and the group of teenagers all Read More …

Forgetting Foster by Dianne Touchell

Foster’s father is not the same. The stories he used to tell are not coming out right and then they stop altogether. His mum is working all the time and has no time for him anymore. This sensitive book about early onset Alzheimer’s Disease is shown from the perspective of a seven-year-old boy. Written for Read More …