Young Adult Fiction

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We all love to ‘try before we buy’ – teenagers  are no exception!Here are some wonderful Young Adult fiction writers to listen to. There are an amazing range of issues covered from these authors.
A lot of these are wonderful stories no matter what your age.


Lance Balchin has created a whole new universe in Mechanica which is a beautiful illustrated novel . Here he reads a passage of the birth of the age of Mechanica on the earth.  



tristan bancks pic Tristan Bancks writes about a family in which the father has a desperate secret . Suddenly they are on the run and their lives have changed forever.


LOUISA BENNET - Monty and Me

Monty and Louisa Bennet author web

Monty , the dog detective, is based on the author's real life dog  – but we have to keep his identity a secret as he is undercover ( or is that just ‘ under the covers?!)


Claire Christian – Beautiful Mess

Ava’s best friend committed suicide- and no-one else wants to acknowledge this fact, leaving her in a world of pain and grieving. Coming back to school turns out to be not a good idea.

Recorded at Somerset Literature Festival 2018




Nothing is as intense as first friendships, unless it is first love, then first betrayal.



The Author found this story was so scary to write the she only wrote in a library during daylight! Here the heroine comes upon the classic haunted house in the woods.


EMILY GALE – The Other Side of Summer

Summer’s Dad announces he has found a way out of his family’s troubles- only it’s a long way away, Summer realises with horror he want them to move from England to Australia.


ALISON GOODMAN –‘ Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club’

An eighteenth century heroine with superpowers – the author describes it as ‘Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy!”. Part of a hugely popular series, in this read the heroine is terrified a secret inscribed on her fan will be discovered.


LIBBY HATHORN - Eventual Poppy Day

Eventual Poppy Day is a book for young adults which vividly brings to life the reality of fighting in the First world war through a series of letters by a soldier to his family.


JACK HEATH - The Cut Out

The Cut Out is a many - layered tale of a young man used against his will for his striking likeness to another , which forces him into a dangerous adventure. For ages 10 and up.

Recorded at the Sydney Writers Festival 2017


Tracy M. Joyce - RADA

Tracy is one of those authors who loves to create complete world for her readers to enter. But these are not delicate fantasy worlds -this brief scene from the first chapter of ‘Rada’ introduces a number of the dangerous elements of the heroine's world.This book is from the series Tales of Altaica.



Photo of Nadia by Louise Allan

Being bullied shouldn’t be part of your school experience- yet sadly it is the ‘truth’ for many young people. So this is a timely novel about one girl’s struggle to resist a campaign of hatred and spite , and emerge unscathed and stronger.   Nadia King was recorded by Steve Ingram  courtesy of Bunbury 103.7FM  


Will Kostakis –‘ The Sidekicks’

  Is it better to be true to yourself and your real nature, or would it be smarter to hide? Ryan thinks of swimming as he debates with himself and tries to imagine how he can tell his family and friends he is gay.

Recorded at Somerset Literature Festival 2018


EBONY McKENNA- '1916ish'

  With a heroine travelling back in forth in time to an alternate universe, this is a science fiction romance novel for young adults .




A novel set in the time of the witch hunts of the middle ages. Here the youthful heroine realises she cannot survive the torture chamber!


OMAR BIN MUSA - Here Come the Dogs

Omar Musa book portrait Bushfire is a feared event in Australia and unfortunately all too common. Here is a gripping account of the devastation wrought by fire - delivered in Omar’s urgent style which heightens the drama of the prose.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016


Kate O’Donnell – ‘Untidy Towns’

Adelaide has stuck it out doing her best at boarding school for five years and then one day she chucks it all in and catches a train back to the small sleepy town she grew up in.

 Recorded at Somerset Literature Festival 2018



It’s hard enough being a nerd, but with a Chinese mother the pressure can be relentless. Then our hero meets his dream girl, a gorgeous Korean on her first day at school.


James Roy and Noel Zihabamwe – One Thousand Hills

This award winning novel was written by James Roy in collaboration with Noel Zihabamwe who was ten years old when the Rwandan massacre occurred in his village. Noel escaped and now lives in Australia . Roy’s protagonist, Pascal, lives in the town and attends mission school and his greatest life ambition is to ring the seminary bell. We know his life is about to change.

Recorded at Somerset Literature Festival 2018


MARK SMITH – The Road to Winter

What happens if a mystery illness wipes out your family and your known world? If you are only fifteen, can you survive.? Mark Smith is also a youth worker who believes utterly in the resilience and resourcefulness of teenagers, so his hero finds a way to survive.


Lisa Walker - 'Paris Syndrome'

When you grow up in Brisbane, what could be more glamorous and romantic seeming than Paris? Imagine if you suddenly win a free trip to the city of your dreams - but will all those dreams come true?


TOMMY WALLACH - Thanks for the Trouble

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Parker Sante hangs out in hotels to see what he can find – one day he found Zelda.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016


Jessica Watson – ‘Indigo Blue’

Alex sees something or someone mysterious down by the lake, but when she looks at her photograph she’s not so sure.

Recorded at Somerset Literature Festival 2018


NOVA WEETMAN – Everything is changed

The author said even she found the complexities of this story hard to keep straight when she was writing it! Two teenage boys share a terrible secret, which we will know at the start, but we don’t know why or how it happened .


Gabrielle Williams – My Life as a Hashtag

It’s not often the Victorian railways textile fashions make it into a plot line! And it’s not a good idea to post everything online, sometimes a post can rebound on you!

Recorded at Somerset Literature Festival 2018

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