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 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 …

Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood

Three girls are brought together by a wellness program delivered at their school in response to online bullying. Each very different they find they have more in common than they ever believed. Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia with extract and teaching notes     Reviews – Vivian Tara Annie The Australian The Advertiser Herald Sun Cath Read More …

Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell

Adelaide has received a scholarship to a private school in Melbourne but into year twelve she feels the need to run away and return to her home town of Emyvale. This coming of age book for young adults explores the expectations put upon teenagers, and their struggle to work out what they want to be Read More …

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian

Ava has lost her best friend Kelly. Gideon moved schools to get away from the bullying he was experiencing. When he starts working at the Magic Kebab with Ava, and they realise they are at the same school, the connections start. When no-one else seems to be able to understand what they are each experiencing, Read More …

Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Grace has lost her mother, and then she’s not sure if she’s losing her mind. She is hearing voices and starts acting on impulses that are not her own. Once a feisty prankster, she becomes withdrawn and her friends don’t know how to react to her behaviour. This is another great young adult novel by 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 …