Ash Road by Ivan Southall is an Australian Young Adult (YA) novel set in country Victoria. First published in 1965, Ash Road tells the story of two separate groups of children and their various reactions to adversity. Wallace, Graham and… Read More ›
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Pfeffer
Opening Sentence:At the moment when life as he knew it changed for ever, Alex Morales was behind the counter at Joey’s Pizza, slicing a spinach pesto pie into eight roughly equal pieces. Synopsis:A tsunami taller than a scyscraper Downtown New… Read More ›
Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
Opening Sentence:Lisa is pregnant. Synopsis:No Shops. No TV. No Electricity. No Daylight. No idea if your family is alive or dead… Could you survive? An asteroid will hit the moon at 9.30 this evening. The astronomers say there’s nothing to… Read More ›
Ash Road by Ivan Southall
Synopsis:To the children living on Ash Road it was a bewildering and fearful day from the very start. First, the unnatural heat of early morning, the searing north wind that played on everyone’s nerves, and the smell of smoke across… Read More ›
Spellbinder by Stephen Bowkett
Synopsis:“Now you see it, now you don’t.” Tony can hold an audience spellbound with his glass marble trick, and secretly he hopes his skill will impress Linda, a girl whom so far he has only dared admire from a distance…. Read More ›
The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance by Margaret Mahy
This was a favourite of mine as a young girl and I’m pleased to say it lost none of it’s magic this time around.
The Cats by Joan Phipson
Good for those days when you don’t want anything too heavy.
Tithe by Holly Black
This book is an easy read, but the characters are well written, reacting in believable ways to unbelievable situations.
Dear Miffy by John Marsden
This book started out a little slow, but it turned out to be a good book.
Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein
Unbelievably, I managed to live the first thirty years of my life without ever reading this book.
The Boy on the Lake: Stories of the Supernatural by Judith Clarke
This book was written for teens but adults will enjoy it just as much.
February Dragon by Colin Thiele
Colin Thiele’s uniquely Australian writing style perfectly captures the character of the Australian bush.