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Malla Nunn on ‘Sugar Town Queens’ 

9 June 2021
Malla Nunn's Sugar Town Queens (A&U, August) is a young adult novel set in Sugar Town, South Africa. This coming-of-age story follows 15-year-old Amandla as she uncovers her family history and...

Sugar Town Queens (Malla Nunn, A&U) 

8 June 2021
Sugar Town Queens is a young adult coming-of-age novel by Malla Nunn, author of When the Ground is Hard. Her latest book follows 15-year-old Amandla, who is mixed-raced and growing...

Readings YA Book Prize 2021 shortlist announced

2 June 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Readings Young Adult Book Prize has been announced. The shortlisted YA novels are: The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo) Future Girl (Asphyxia, A&U) The End of the...

Albert Namatjira (Vincent Namatjira, Magabala) 

2 June 2021
In his picture book biography Albert Namatjira, Vincent Namatjira paints a stoic and quietly devastating portrait of his great-grandfather Albert, one of the most iconic figures in Australian painting. An...

Girls in Boys’ Cars (Felicity Castagna, Pan) 

1 June 2021
Felicity Castagna’s Girls in Boys’ Cars is not dissimilar to her Prime Minister’s Literary Award–winning young adult novel The Incredible Here and Now, which centres on a 15-year-old coming of...

The Memory Thief (Leonie Agnew, Puffin) 

25 May 2021
Following her last spellbinding tale The Impossible Boy, Leonie Agnew has created another spine-tingling adventure novel for middle-grade readers. The Memory Thief tells the magical story of an unlikely friendship...

Rainfish (Andrew Paterson, Text) 

11 May 2021
Debut middle-grade novel Rainfish is set in the 1980s during the uncomplicated glory days of Transformers and Star Wars, when ‘being offline’ meant you left your phone off the hook....

Cameron Nunn on ‘Echo in the Memory’ 

28 April 2021
The historical YA novel Echo in the Memory (Walker, June) took author Cameron Nunn 10 years and a PhD in the history of child convicts to write. The book features...

Echo in the Memory (Cameron Nunn, Walker Books) 

27 April 2021
Cameron Nunn presents an ambitious work of historical fiction in his latest novel Echo in the Memory. Seamlessly telling the stories of two adolescents existing almost 200 years apart, the...

Hachette acquires Temple middle-grade series 

21 April 2021
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to a middle-grade series by Kate Temple. The first book in the series of the same name, The Dangerous Business of Being Trilby Moffat...

Kunyi (Kunyi June Anne McInerney, Magabala) 

14 April 2021
Kunyi, an illustrated memoir of Kunyi June Anne McInerney’s childhood, collects snapshot moments and stories of her life, told in her own words and accompanied by her paintings. The lively...

A Glasshouse of Stars (Shirley Marr, Puffin) 

30 March 2021
Meixing and her family have recently arrived in the New Land with hopes of a better life. Everything is different for Meixing, including the large house that is now the...