Life has never been easy for Antonio, but since the war began there are German soldiers on every corner, fearsome gangsters and the fascist police everywhere, and no one ever has enough to eat. But when Antonio decides to trust a man who has literally fallen from the sky, he leaps i... read more
He keeps us here because we're Special. Esther is one of the Special Ones - four people who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existe... read more
Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie's dad. But then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlike... read more
|Awards:||Winner, Children's Peace Literature Awards - Older Readers, 2013Winner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Writing for Young Adults, 2014Short-listed, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013Short-listed, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children's Literature, 2014Short-listed, CBCA Award for Younger Readers, 2014Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2014Short-listed, REAL (Reading and Enjoying Literature) Award, Fiction for Years 7 - 9, 2014Short-listed, Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction, 2014Winner, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013Short-listed, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Prize for Children's Fiction, 2014Winner, Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction, 2014Short-listed, WA Premier's Book Awards, Writing for Young Adults, 2014|
"This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From Another Dimension.
These are people (with the exception of Earth-Pig Fis... read more
Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairytale. And then, one day on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen. His name is Feather. So begins Maddy's enchanted and tragic life as she yearns to own something that can never be owned.
A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. How is that possible? And where is this place? It looks l... read more
The forest is dense and dark. And the trail full of unexpected perils. The dog can't move. The boy can't talk. And you won't know why. Or where you are going. You will put this story down not wanting the journey to end. But it's from Paul Jennings so watch out for the ambush. One of the best. From one of the best.
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback.
This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. Thi... read more
Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her.
Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer's secret source of happiness is a link to the past: one very special guitar. ... read more
|Series:||Australian Children's Classics|
'Don't worry about us, Mam'selle dear,' smiled Miranda. 'We shall only be gone a very little while.' But they weren't. By turns eerie, haunting and thrilling, Joan Lindsay's story of vanishing schoolgirls is one of Australia's greatest mysterie... read more
Young Adult Fiction
|Awards:||2012 CBCA Book of the Year Awards - Older Readers|
You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands.
As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, 'Steady. We're here to help.' Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Ke... read more
|Series:||Chasing the Valley|
Set in a land where magic can be terrifying, Chasing the Valley combines the friendship and camaraderie of Ranger's Apprentice with the hardship and survival of The Hunger Games with spectacular... read more