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 …

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 …

Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea by Marie Munkara

Marie Munkara has written an incredibly open and honest account of her life, having been removed from her family at three years old, adopted by strict Catholics, and then returning to her birth family. She holds nothing back reflecting on her abusive adoptive parents and the challenges she faces when she reconnects with her family and Read More …