Western Sydney Young Adult - Booktober 2022

Western Sydney Young Adult

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James Roy One Thousand Hills

“One Thousand Hills is beautifully and insightfully co-authored by Roy and Zihabamwe, the latter having lived through the events of 1994 in Rwanda.”




Felicity Castagna The Incredible Here and Now

“…Castagna allows much bigger things – like grief, love and growing up – to shine in a way that is all too rare in many young adult novels.” —Victoria Nugent, Rochford Street Review

Winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction

Shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia and NSW Premier's Literary Award

Deb Abela Grimsdon Trilogy; Book One: Grimsdon, Book Two: New City, Book Three: Final Storm

“Wow. The world that Deb Abela has created here is amazing - a flooded city where kids are left to fend for themselves against unscrupulous adults and the threat of sea monsters. I loved every minute of this book - the lovely, strong, cheeky characters, the settings, the mysteries waiting to be unraveled. ” - Holly Harper, Goodreads






Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman 

“a satisfying diversion from formula-based fantasy." - Adelaide Advertiser

Winner Best Fantasy Novel, Aurealis Awards

Scot Gardner by Sparrow

“Scot Gardner’s descriptions of both the life of a homeless child, so close to a life behind bars, and the wilderness of the Kimberley meant I read most of this book with my heart alternating between sinking and then leaping into my throat with terror with each new chapter.” — Dani Solomon, Readings

Named a Children's Book Council of Australia

Notable for 2018 in the Older Readers category

Shortlisted for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards for the Griffiths University Young Adult Award

AJ Betts by Zac & Mia

“This is an incredible story of love, hope and growing up and offers a remarkable insight into such tough circumstances and the different ways that people cope...this novel is an instant Australian young adult classic.” Lamont Books

Winner, 2014 Ethel Turner Prize, NSW Premier's Literary Award

Winner, 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Australia/NZ)

Winner, Text Prize, 2012

Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Award, 2014

Shortlisted, WAYBRA awards, 2014

Shortlisted, Dioraphte Prize, Netherlands, 2015

Shortlisted, Buxtehuder Bulle Award, Germany, 2014

Longlisted, Gold Inky Award, 2014

Tony Davis — The Big Dry

“…this is a dystopian world where climate change has wreaked havoc on lives and landscapes.” — Angela Crocombe, Readings

2013 Shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction—Young Adult Division—Best Novel

2014 Shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Book

Isobelle Carmody — Kingdom of the Lost Book 3: The Ice Maze

“The Ice Maze is the much anticipated third part in Isobelle Carmody’s The Kingdom of the Lost, and continues the story of brothers Bily and Zluty as they make their way across unknown lands, encountering strange sights and new creatures as they seek help for their friend the Monster, and a new place to call home.” —Christian Price, CBCA Reading Time

Steven Herrick — By the river

“Image by image, glimpse by glimpse, by the river collects its narrative fragments and vivid impressionistic slivers as ‘the big river’ that ‘rolls past our town’ collects and influences the stories of the people it circles and observes.” —Felicity Plunkett, Australian Book Review

Malla Nunn — When the Ground is Hard

“The suspense is irresistible, and the mystery sustains itself well. This is a wonderfully effective addition to Nunn’s already masterful series of novels. A highly recommended novel.” —Historical Novel Society

Winner of the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for young-adult literature

Melina Marchetta — Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

‘A novel of great scope, of past and present, and above all, the Marchetta trademark of a fierce and loving heart.’ – MARKUS ZUSAK

Catherine Jinks — Shepherd

'Highly readable, richly characterised, beautifully written...The tension ratchets up and never dissipates.' * Australian Book Review *

Winner, Novel category, Australian Shadow Awards, 2019

Longlisted, Booktopia Favourite Australian Book, 2020

Longlisted, Davitt Crime Awards, 2020

Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Award, 2020

Randa Abdel-Fattah — When Michael Met Mina

"When Michael Met Mina is cutting and hilarious; powerful but warm; diverse but not didactic; fierce and encouraging. It is young adult fiction at its finest: unique and challenging, written well, and without condescension. Australian teens should read this book, then pass it on to their parents." Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of The Hate Race, Foreign Soil and Carrying The World

Long-listed for Gold Inky Award 2017

Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award 2017

Long-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2017

Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2017