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Loner (Georgina Young, Text) 

3 June 2020
Lona has dropped out of art school. She’s working the same job she’s had since high school, letting her only significant friendship drift along and basking in feeling detached from...

Across the Risen Sea (Bren MacDibble, A&U) 

3 June 2020
Across the Risen Sea is the latest thoughtful yet action-packed adventure from Bren MacDibble, the award-winning author of How to Bee and The Dog Runner. The success of those two...

Kokomo (Victoria Hannan, Hachette) 

3 June 2020
Since Mina’s dad died, her mum Elaine has not left the house. So when Mina hears that Elaine has been spotted outdoors for the first time in 12 years, she...

The Lost Soul Atlas (Zana Fraillon, Lothian) 

28 May 2020
The Lost Soul Atlas marks Zana Fraillon’s triumphant return to middle-grade after a stint writing YA and picture books, with Fraillon once again tackling significant social issues in this exploration...

The Night Whistler (Greg Woodland, Text) 

27 May 2020
This may be Greg Woodland’s debut novel, but his career as a screenwriter shows through in the dialogue—especially in his rendering of the distinctly Australian lingo that flourished in mid-1960s...

The Hunted (Gabriel Bergmoser, HarperCollins) 

24 May 2020
On a lonely highway in outback Australia sits a solitary service station run by the equally solitary Frank, whose teenage granddaughter has been sent to stay with him for some...

Stars Like Us (Frances Chapman, Hardie Grant Egmont) 

20 May 2020
Sixteen-year-old Australian music student Liliana is missing her home, family and friends while on exchange at exclusive Henley-on-Thames Music Academy in London. When the opportunity arises to join a secret...

The Fogging (Luke Horton, Scribe) 

20 May 2020
Luke Horton’s debut novel opens with its narrator Tom having a panic attack on the plane that is taking him and his girlfriend Clara from Melbourne to Bali. With Tom...

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (Jessie Tu, A&U) 

13 May 2020
Somewhere between wetting her pants during a standing ovation and sleeping with her conductor, violinist Jena Chung finds herself lonely. Set against a backdrop of Sydney suburbs from Willoughby to...

Metal Fish, Falling Snow (Cath Moore, Text) 

13 May 2020
Fourteen-year-old Dylan blames herself for her mum’s recent tragic death. Left alone with her mum’s boyfriend Pat, Dylan has no choice but to leave her hometown and join him on...

Littlelight (Kelly Canby, Fremantle Press) 

6 May 2020
A tyrannical leader, an oppressive wall and a courageous girl come together in this timely fable for preschoolers. When bricks start disappearing from the protective wall that surrounds their town,...

I Shot The Devil (Ruth McIver, Hachette) 

29 April 2020
Richell Prize-winner Ruth McIver’s debut crime thriller is a powder-keg with a slow burning fuse that has you racing to figure out which of the shadowy, unreliable suspects ‘did it’—and...

The Dark Tide (Alicia Jasinska, Penguin) 

2 April 2020
The island city of Caldella is sinking, and the only way to hold back the tide is through an annual ritual sacrifice performed by the cold, distant Witch Queen. When...

The Rain Heron (Robbie Arnott, Text) 

26 March 2020
Ren has retreated from the world. After the country is torn apart by a coup, she hides herself away on a mountain, barely seeing another living soul beyond the animals...

Sticks and Stones (Katherine Firkin, Bantam) 

26 March 2020
Detective senior constable Emmett Corban works for Missing Persons, a department under threat of downsizing: most of the people they’re looking for don’t want to be found. When a man...