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 …

Special by Georgia Blain

Georgia Blain’s second young adult novel is set in the future, but one that is recognisable. Fern is the ‘special’ child, chosen to be educated amongst the wealthy, despite her humble background. Joining three other ‘Lotto girls’ she is raised at elite Halston, away from her family and all she knew. But then she ends Read More …

How to be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Teenage Confusion by David Burton

David Burton writes frankly about his youth growing up with parents with mental health issues, younger twin brothers with Asperger’s Syndrome, and his own struggles with depression, anxiety and identity. Not fitting in at high school his saving grace is drama which he becomes heavily involved in. Particular teachers help him find himself and what he Read More …