fiction

Blood

Tony Birch


CW: family and intimate partner violence

Jesse has sworn to protect his sister, Rachel, no matter what. It’s a promise that cannot be broken. A promise made in blood. But, when it comes to life or death, how can he find the courage to keep it?

Frankie

Shivaun Plozza


Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend, or her aunt who’s tired of giving her second chances…

Here Come the Dogs

Omar Musa


Revelatory and incendiary, Here Come the Dogs is a window into the youth of contemporary multicultural Australia, through the lives of three disaffected, hedonistic, aspirational and sometimes violent young men on the edge. Fresh in form and content, a hip-hop novel by a unique literary talent.

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty


CW: family and intimate partner violence

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident…or something else entirely? Big Little Lies is a funny, heartbreaking, challenging story of ex-husbands and second wives, new friendships, old betrayals and schoolyard politics.

Stay With Me

Maureen McCarthy


CW: family and intimate partner violence

Tess is trapped in a desperate situation: her violent partner is now threatening not just Tess, but their daughter as well. A chance meeting offers a way out, and a road trip back to the heart of Tess’s past.

Tender Morsels

Margo Lanagan


CW: sexual violence

 Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic and in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this harmonious world, protected from the violence and village prejudice that once made their mother’s life unendurable. But the real world cannot be denied forever.

The Build-Up Season

Megan Jacobsen


CW: family and intimate partner violence 

Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper is angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Ily takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared.

Storm and Grace

Kathryn Heyman


CW: family and intimate partner violence

World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the city to follow him to his idyllic Pacific island. As their world narrows to the two of them, Grace learns that Storm hides as many secrets as the sea. She starts to realise that she is in deeper and more dangerous water than she has ever imagined possible.

A Shadow’s Breath

Nicole Hayes


CW: family and intimate partner violence

Tessa and Nick are trapped in a car after a corner taken too fast. Injured, stranded in the wilderness, the focus is on survival. But Tessa isn’t sure if she wants to be found. Not after what she saw. Not after what she remembered.

Summer Skin

Kirsty Eagar


Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked gang of college girls are going to get even. The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls.

She is Not Invisible

Marcus Sedgwick


Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong. On impulse she steals her mother’s credit card and heads for the States. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year-old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

Living on Hope Street

Demet Divaroren


CW: family and intimate partner violence  

We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door – or even closer. On Hope Street, everyone comes from different places, but to find peace they will have to discover what unites them.

Saving Francesca

Melina Marchetta


Francesca is in Year 11 at a new school. She misses her old friends, and her mother has had a breakdown and can barely move from her bed. Does she have the power to bring her family back together?

We Come Apart

Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan


CW: family and intimate partner violence

Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?

Before You Forget

Julia Lawrinson


Year Twelve is not off to a good start for Amelia. Art is her world, but her art teacher hates everything she does; her best friend has stopped talking to her; her mother and father may as well be living in separate houses; and her father is slowly forgetting everything. Even Amelia.

Accidents of Nature

Harriet McBryde Johnson


Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair. Enter Sara, who has radical theories about how people fit into society and is full of rage and revolution against pitying insults and the lack of respect for people with disabilities. Is ten days all it takes to change a life forever?

Everything Beautiful

Simmone Howell


Riley Rose doesn’t want to be at Spirit Ranch Holiday Camp. But is everything at the Spirit Ranch as it appears? What secrets are waiting for discovery in the abandoned Fraser house? And why doesn’t anyone want to talk about the accident that landed the mysterious Dylan in a wheelchair last year?

Bitter End

Jennifer Brown


When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole – a handsome, funny sports star who adores her – she can’t believe she’s finally found her soul mate. As the months pass, though, Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose “love” she no longer recognizes.

Are You Seeing Me

Darren Groth


At only nineteen, Justine is the sole carer for her disabled brother, Perry. But with Perry having been accepted into an assisted-living residence, their reliance on each other is set to shift. Before they go their separate ways, they’re seeking to create the perfect memory. But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble.

Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner


When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland.

The Diet Starts on Monday

Tamar Chnorhokian


Zara Hagopian is size 22. She has a secret crush on the hottest boy in school, Pablo Fernandex, who has a skinny girlfriend named Holly. Zara hangs out with her best friends Carmelina and Max. They go window shopping in Parramatta and drink hot chocolate in Stockland Mall. Zara learns some of life’s hard lessons when she puts these friendships on the line and goes on a diet to win the boy of her dreams.

M is for Autism

The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin


Written by the students of Limpsfield Grange School for girls with autism, M is for Autism is a truly authentic coming-of-age novel that shows what it’s really like to grow up feeling a bit different. Why is being normal so easy for everyone else? Will finally getting a label help M to make sense of it all? What does normal even mean anyway?

Queens of Geek

Jen Wilde


Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Welcome to Orphancorp

Marlee Jane Ward


If she can just keep out of trouble, Mirii Mahoney is going to taste freedom for the first time, but she’s fighting against the system, against the other kids, and against herself.

Wildlife

Fiona Wood


During a semester in the wilderness, 16-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and love that gets complicated? That will take some navigating.

Golden Boy

Abigail Tarttelin


CW: rape

Max Walker is the golden boy, He’s the perfect son, the perfect friend and the perfect crush for the girls at his school. Max Walker has a terrible secret. If it gets out, his perfect life will be blown apart. The consequences are unimaginable. But someone knows his secret and that person must not be trusted.

Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware The Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke A Allen


Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together, and they’re not going to let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way.

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis


The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?

About a Girl

Joanne Horniman


A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings, exploring the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.

The Flywheel

Erin Gough


Seventeen-year-old Delilah drops out of high school when her romance with another girl goes horribly wrong and the whole school turns on her. When life is messy enough as is, can girl-on-girl romance ever have a happy ending?