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 Once a feisty prankster, she becomes withdrawn and her friends don’t know how to react to her behaviour.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 …

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 …

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 …