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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...

Forgetting Foster (Dianne Touchell, A&U) 

Forgetting Foster cover 5 May 2016
Brutally honest and unflinching in its examination of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on an entire family, Forgetting Foster is a beautiful, heart-wrenching book that will stay with you. Seven-year-old...

Dreaming the Enemy (David Metzenthen, A&U) 

Dreaming the Enemy cover 3 March 2016
Governments randomly selecting young people, training them to fight and then sending them off to kill is an age-old YA trope. So when the protagonist in David Metzenthen’s novel, Johnny...