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My Brother's Name is Jessica by John Boyne. What I Like About Me - Pan Macmillan AU. "Funny and heartfelt.

What I Like About Me - Pan Macmillan AU

I loved it. " Melina MarchettaYou know those movies where teenagers have the summer of their lives? This summer is probably not going to be that. Here lies Maisie Martin, dead from embarrassment, aged sixteen. The last thing Maisie Martin thought she'd be doing this summer is entering a beauty pageant. Not when she's spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone.

Not when her Dad is AWOL for Christmas and her best friend starts going out with the boy she's always loved. But Maisie's got something to prove. PRAISE FOR WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME"Teens are gonna LOVE this book. "I wish I could have read this when I was fifteen - it would have changed everything. " Author Information Jenna Guillaume was editor-at-large for BuzzFeed Australia, where she wrote about very important things like pop culture, identity, feminism, social media, and Chris Hemsworth's biceps. Rebellion at Eureka by Tucker, Alan. Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes. Tilly Maguire and the Royal Wedding Mess :HarperCollins Australia. Fish Out Of Water (The Lost Girls, #1) by Jane Tara. The Honeyman and the Hunter - Neil Grant - 9781760631871. Rudra is an Indian-Australian boy at a crossroads, poised to step into the world of adulthood and to discover his cultural heritage and how that might truly define him.

The Honeyman and the Hunter - Neil Grant - 9781760631871

A wonderful exploration of dual heritage, cultural identity, family and the power of storytelling. The sea is inside his blood. Cursed, or blessed, on both sides. When sixteen-year-old Rudra Solace dredges up a long-hidden secret in his father's trawl net, his life in the sleepy fishing village of Patonga shifts dramatically.

It is not long before Rudra is leaving Australia behind, bound for India on a journey of discovery and danger. BOOK REVIEW: Can't Beat the Chemistry by Kat Colmer - Can’t Beat the Chemistry, Kat Colmer, Rhiza Edge, 2019 Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Can't Beat the Chemistry by Kat Colmer -

From the publisher: Ionic and covalent bonds are a piece of cake for MJ. But human bonds are a little harder … The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews. Love Lie Repeat by Catherine Greer. “Greer has put together an intense and gripping narrative with many twists and turns and the ending is not to be missed.”

Love Lie Repeat by Catherine Greer

Sue Warren, “Both a mystery and a psychological thriller, Love Lie Repeat is a remarkable debut novel, written with assurance and full of believable, fractured characters . . . Although targeted at a YA audience, the story will keep readers of all ages holding their breath, utterly gripped, fearful of what Annie will do next. It’s completely unputdownable and sure to be on the shortlist for many awards this year.” Pauline Hosking, Magpies “Intoxicating and addictive, Annie, Ash, and Ruby's friendship is half dream half nightmare. Wombat Books: Australian children's books - How Not To Be Popular. By Cecily Anne Paterson Release: 15 March 2019 Price: $16.99 Paperback Written by: Cecily Anne Paterson Maddie tries to be nice to everyone.

Wombat Books: Australian children's books - How Not To Be Popular

Even weird, chicken-obsessed Tahlia. BUT she’d way prefer to hang out with the cool K-girls at school. War and Resistance. Description In 1939, 12-year-old Sasha, inspired by the words of her father, the celebrated journalist Louis Jullian, feels she must find a way to stand up to Nazi terror, in the shadow of a world at war.

War and Resistance

Hitler’s blitzkrieg results in the surrender of France and Sasha and her family flee Paris learning first hand the brutality of war and how acts of resistance, no matter how small, can make a difference. In their occupied country, fraternising with the enemy is frowned upon, but necessary. It only gets more complicated when she meets Dieter, a member of the Hitler Youth movement and the son of her father’s best friend. How can Sasha know who to trust when the enemy becomes a friend? Review Starting with the Nazi uprising and spanning all of WWII, War and Resistance traces the journey and impact of war on two families and in particular two teenagers, Dieter and Sasha.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Praise for We Are Okay “A meditation on surviving grief, We Are Okay is short, poetic and gorgeously written….

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

The power in this little book is in seeing Marin come out on the other side of loss, able to appreciate a beautiful yellow-glazed pottery bowl and other people’s kindnesses, and to understand that she might one day have a girlfriend and a future. The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.” —The New York Times Book Review “A beautiful, devastating piece of art. . . .The title hints at a happy ending, but the journey toward it passes through some of the darkest corners of the heart. 47 Degrees – Justin D’Ath. Catch a Falling Star – Meg McKinlay. Tilly Maguire and the Royal Wedding Mess : HarperCollins Australia.

Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes. I am Out with Lanterns – Emily Gale. Girl Running, Boy Falling by Kate Gordon. Book by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman. Dry DAY ONE SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH 1) Alyssa The kitchen faucet makes the most bizarre sounds.

Book by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman

It coughs and wheezes like it’s gone asthmatic. It gurgles like someone drowning. It spits once, and then goes silent. Mom just stands there holding Kingston’s water bowl beneath the faucet, puzzling. Ever since single-handedly remodeling our kitchen, Dad has had delusions of plumbing grandeur. Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham. Review: A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg. A Song Only I Can Hear opens with thirteen-year-old, would-be writer Rob Fitzgerald researching how people fall in love.

Review: A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

Rob’s trying to solve a dilemma: he believes he’s in love with Destry Camberwick, but panic attacks prevent him from making the first move. Soon after, Rob receives well-timed, anonymous texts; they are essentially dares designed to boost his self-confidence. The initial text functions as a stimulus – ‘Do not fear fear. It’s only purpose is to let you know that something is worth doing’ – while the ensuing challenges launch Rob on a madcap adventure of self-discovery. As Rob’s dormant talents emerge – soccer star, Shakespearian actor, animal-rights activist – he suddenly finds himself on Destry’s radar. For all its hilarious set pieces, A Song Only I Can Hear is cumulative and surprisingly poignant.

Review: Everything I’ve Never Said by Samantha Wheeler. The Bogan Mondrian by Steven Herrick. Harper Collins Australia : Harper Collins Australia. About the Book 'A POIGNANT READ BURSTING WITH HEARTACHE, GRIEF AND SMALL-TOWN FAMILY SECRETS THAT WILL DRAW YOU IN UNTIL THE FINAL PAGE'- Gabrielle Tozer, award-winning author of The Intern, Faking It and Remind Me How This Ends.

Harper Collins Australia : Harper Collins Australia

Stone Girl by Eleni Hale. Just Breathe by Andrew Daddo. Beloved by Toni Morrison. “A masterwork. . . . Wonderful. . . . I can’t imagine American literature without it.” —John Leonard, Los Angeles Times “A triumph.” —Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review “Toni Morrison’s finest work. . . . “Dazzling. . . . Harper Collins Australia : Harper Collins Australia.

Exchange of Heart by Darren Groth. Since the death of his sister, Evie, Munro Maddux has been stuck. Flashbacks. Anger. Chest pains. A constant ache in his right hand. Out of the Cages. Penny Jaye, Out of the Cages, Rhiza Press, 1 July 2018, 272pp., $19.99 (pbk), ISBN: 9781925563412 Out of the Cages is set in Mumbai, where 15-year-old Meena has been working in a brothel for three years. When the book opens, she is terribly ill. But her Madam does not care, even as her roommate is trying her best to take care of her. 1918 (Australia's Great War #5) Libby Gleeson, 1918 (Australia’s Great War #5), Scholastic Australia, 1 Feb 2018, 288pp., $16.99 (pbk), ISBN: 9781743622513 1918 is the fifth book in the series Australia’s Great War and covers the final year of World War I through the eyes of Ned, a young Australian stationed in France. The story begins in the middle of the battle of Villers-Bretonneux, a decisive conflict in early 1918 that succeeded in stopping the German advance across France and turned the tide of the war.

It goes on to tell of Ned’s experiences as an Australian soldier over the remaining months of that year, which are not all about fighting – his regiment gets recreation leave and they all take part in a sports carnival before training for the next battle. At the same time Ned and his friends go on raids, which the historical notes in the back of the book suggest was unofficial policy at the time, capturing a number of Germans. 1918 doesn’t shy away from the realities of war. Ruben — Author Illustrator Artist. Rosanne Hawke.

Piecing Me Together: Renée Watson: Bloomsbury Children's Books. “A thoughtful testament to the value of growth and of work, of speaking up and of listening, that will resonate with many readers engaged in 'discovering what we are really capable of.'” – starred review, BCCB “Jade's narrative voice offers compelling reflections on the complexities of race and gender, class and privilege, and fear and courage, while conveying the conflicted emotions of an ambitious, loyal girl. Teeming with compassion and insight, Watson's story trumpets the power of artistic expression to re-envision and change the world.” – starred review, Publishers Weekly “Through Jade's insightful and fresh narration, Watson presents a powerful story that challenges stereotypes about girls with 'coal skin and hula-hoop hips' who must contend with the realities of racial profiling and police brutality ...

A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship.” – starred review, Kirkus Reviews. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews - Books - Hachette Australia. Changing Gear - Scot Gardner - 9781760631468. The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart. The things we can't undo. Between Us by Clare Atkins. The Centre of My Everything by Allayne L. Webster. Small Town Secrets: Start Reading If I Tell You by Alicia Tuckerman now! “And I feel the anger deep inside of me as I begin to understand the notion – the idea of being proud of who you are in a world that tells you to be ashamed; brave enough to be seen when people wish you were invisible.” Our Review: If I Tell You tells the story of Seventeen-year-old Alex Summers who lives in the small town of Two Creeks, and is carrying a secret that she fears daily will be discovered. Alex knows she is gay, has known for years – but in her small, claustrophobic, bigoted town, she cannot see a future in which she can safely and comfortably come out to friends and family.

Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza. Stone Girl by Eleni Hale. Sky - Ondine Sherman - 9781925399189. Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself. After her mother’s death, Sky leaves her city life to move in with her aunt and uncle in a small Australian town. But the city isn’t all that she leaves behind. Trying to fit in with her new friends means doing things she never dreamt she’d do. Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson review – journey of discovery.

Children’s publishing is awash with books written by celebrities. In the space of a few weeks this spring, Cara Delevingne, Dermot O’Leary, Alesha Dixon and George Galloway announced debut kids’ books. Lyla: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones - Fleur Beale, edited by Lyn White - 9781760113780. Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren. Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle. My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams. The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon. Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. My Australian Story: Our Race For Recognition by Anita Heiss. Summerlost by Ally Condie. The Things We Promise by J.C. Burke. A Shadow's Breath by Nicole Hayes. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson. Broken Heart Club by Cathy Cassidy. Hexenhaus by Nikki McWatters. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Everything is Changed by Nova Weetman. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland.

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz. Becoming Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer. The House on Hummingbird Island by Sam Angus. The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham. Another Night in Mullet Town by Steven Herrick. The Memory Book by Lara Avery. Saving Jazz by Kate McCaffrey. The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson. Promising Azra by Helen Thurloe. The Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer. The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster. Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake (The Songbird Cafe Girls 1) by Sarah Webb. The Other Side of Summer by Emily Gale. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. Forgetting Foster by Dianne Touchell. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis. The Way We Roll by Scot Gardner. One Step by Andrew Daddo. Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. Frankie by Shivaun Plozza. Young Gun by Patrick Loughlin. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. The Other Christy by Oliver Phommavanh. Turning Pointes by Emma Freedman. Storm Cat by Margi McAllister. The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman. Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf.

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King. The Pause by John Larkin. Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Speed of Light by Joy Cowley. The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard. The Intern (The Intern, #1) by Gabrielle Tozer. Bro by Helen Chebatte.