The Lone Child by Anna George

This psychological thriller deals with motherhood from many perspectives. Architect Anna’s partner has left her when she is 8 months pregnant and she is dealing with a difficult baby on her own. Then she finds an abandoned child and takes her in. It keeps you wondering what will happen to them all. Publisher: Penguin Books 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 …