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Ollie and Augustus (Gabriel Evans, Walker)

4 July 2019
When Ollie (‘small—like a pickling jar or a shoe box’) starts school, he worries that his beloved pet Augustus (‘large—like a fridge or a table’; a vast creature of indeterminate...

Mindcull (K H Canobi, Ford Street) 

2 May 2019
Eila, a rising social media star, is shortlisted to become the new face of Pearl, a virtual reality tech company. She is invited to spend three days in England trying...

Catch a Falling Star (Meg McKinlay, Walker Books)

7 February 2019
It’s the late 1970s in rural Western Australia, and 12-year-old Frankie’s life isn’t always easy. Her mother works all the time, so Frankie looks after her very smart but not...

47 Degrees (Justin D’Ath, Puffin)

30 October 2018
Author Justin D’Ath lost his home in Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires, and the story of that harrowing day forms the basis for his new novel, 47 Degrees. The morning of...

Midnight at the Library (Ursula Dubosarsky illus by Ron Brooks, NLA)

4 October 2018
This outstanding book by two acclaimed Australian creators is thought-provoking and informative. Ursula Dubosarsky’s text, combined with Ron Brooks’ illustrations, refers to the fascinating story of books—how they are created, preserved and connected...

Lenny’s Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee, A&U)

24 August 2018
Anticipation for Karen Foxlee’s new novel is sky-high given her recent gem A Most Magical Girl. Rest assured, Lenny’s Book of Everything will exceed all expectations. Lenny’s younger brother Davey...

The Adventures of Catvinkle (Elliot Perlman, Puffin)

2 August 2018
It’s hard to imagine that a book for children by two-time Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Elliot Perlman would be anything less than wonderful. Perlman was apparently inspired by a cat lying...

A Song Only I Can Hear (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)

31 May 2018
Rob Fitzgerald is 13 years old, painfully shy, prone to panic attacks, and desperately, disgustingly in love for the very first time. Rob begins receiving texts from an unknown phone...

Cicada (Shaun Tan, Lothian)

4 May 2018
Shaun Tan has done it again. Cicada is excellent. Although more distinctly a narrative picture book than some of his others, Cicada’s darkness breeds a rich subtext that will serve...

Lifel1k3 (Jay Kristoff, A&U)

13 April 2018
Set in a savage post-apocalyptic California (or Kalifornya as it’s remembered now), Lifel1k3 (Lifelike) follows 15-year-old Eve, who makes a living building robots out of scraps and using them to...

Between Us (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)

4 October 2017
Clare Atkins follows up her award-winning debut novel Nona & Me with this moving tale of two young people in Darwin who make a connection, though one of them lives...

Swan Lake (Anne Spudvilas, A&U) 

6 September 2017
In her introduction to this book, which is a retelling of the iconic ballet by Tchaikovsky, illustrator Anne Spudvilas says she wanted to create a version of the ballet in...

Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP)

31 May 2017
Tiny is homeless. Nola has everything she could ask for. They meet when Nola is forced into volunteer work for the writers’ group at the homeless shelter where Tiny is...

Psynode (Marlee Jane Ward, Seizure)

5 April 2017
Marlee Jane Ward impressed with her YA debut Welcome to Orphancorp in 2015, winning Seizure’s Viva La Novella Prize as well as the YA category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary...

The Things We Promise (J C Burke, A&U) 

8 February 2017
Gemma can’t wait for her brother Billy to return from New York. An up-and-coming hair and make-up artist, Billy has promised to help Gemma get ready for her school formal,...

There’s Not One (Jennifer Higgie, Scribble) 

3 August 2016
This luscious picture book offers such pleasures that small children (and their grown-up read-aloud machines) will be drawn towards it. Its simple story—that while there are billions and zillions of...

Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Pan) 

5 July 2016
Since her brother Cal drowned 10 months ago, Rachel has failed Year 12, lost all her friends and watched her mother become consumed by grief. Desperate to get away, she...