Waterhole by Fiona Bell

Sixteen-year-old Sunny is coping with the death of her mother, leaving her with her step-father, and then he is connected to the disappearance of a local boy. When she sees the ghost of her mother she believes she is trying to tell her something. A moving story for young adults. Publisher: The University of Queensland Read More …

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 …