Review - Kindred

I’m very excited to discuss Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, an incredible new anthology edited by Michael Earp! Kindred is the first of its kind in Australia – a collection of short stories featuring purely queer Australian YA authors.

The characters and their worlds are dazzling: from young Jem’s exposure to ableist queer spaces; to Roxy and Ziggy’s gender-neutral dystopia; to Jack and Paul’s family confrontations and wedding plans… Read on!

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Review - Prisoncorp

This month, I’m delighted to bring you a review of the newly-released Prisoncorp by Marlee Jane Ward (published by Seizure/Brio Books, April 2019), which follows on from Ward’s dystopian YA novellas, Welcome to Orphancorp and Psynode.

Mirii has found herself imprisoned – for real this time – and must survive the hell that is ‘Corrections Co’, a women’s facility in the searing desert… Read on!

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Review - Untidy Towns

Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell is wickedly funny and touching tale of finding yourself in unexpected places – literally so, as seventeen-year-old Adelaide (Addie) flees her boarding school in Melbourne to return to her hometown of Emyvale, in rural Victoria.

Slow-paced and observant, Untidy Towns reflects on life’s simple pleasures and in-between moments, like curling up with a new book... Read on!

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Review - A Charm of Powerful Trouble

This month, I’m going to explore a bewitching story by one of my all-time favourite Australian YA authors. Her name is Joanne Horniman, she hails from northern New South Wales, near where I grew up - and she’s amazing. Did I mention she’s amazing?!

A Charm of Powerful Trouble is one of Horniman’s lesser-known novels, which draws you into a darkly beautiful world of sisterly love, secret desires and the unravelling of family ties… Read on!

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Review - Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

To commemorate Sorry Day (26th May) and celebrate Reconciliation Week (27th May - 3rd June), my book review for May focuses on Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, a fantastic new anthology published in 2018 by Black Inc. The anthology was edited by Anita Heiss, a well-known Aboriginal writer, comedian, and ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Read on!

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