young adult


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…

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.

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?

Finding Nevo

Nevo Zisin

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body and just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is.

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.


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.

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?


Alison Evans

How do people choose the path that’s right for them? Ida, who can shift between parallel universes, struggles to work this out. What if her continual shifting makes her lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is?

One True Thing

Nicole Hayes

When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public. Frankie is used to being a politician’s daughter, but with her mum now running for Premier, life’s a whole lot crazier than usual.

How to be Happy

David Burton

CW: suicide, self-harm

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happy is David Burton’s story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of placed and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of ‘Crazy Dave’ and builds a life where everything is fine. But everything is not fine. And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David.

Take Three Girls

Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell

Ady, Kate and Clem are as different as could be. But they’re all targeted by PSST, a toxic website that deals in gossip and lies. St Hilda’s antidote to the cyber-bullying? The Year 10 Wellness program. Nice try – but sometimes all it takes is three girls.

What’s a Girl Gotta Do?

Holly Bourne

How to start a feminist revolution: 1. Call out anything that’s unfair on one gender, 2. Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe), 3. Always try to keep it funny, 4. Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break… Lottie’s determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas…


Alice Pung

At exclusive girls’ school Laurinda, a trio of girls called the Cabinet seem to have power over everyone. Lucy Lam is a scholarship girl who battles to keep her identity and integrity as she finds her way in this new world of privilege and opportunity.