Tag Archive: ya fiction

Jan 13

Review: Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer

There is so much to love about this fun YA fiction novel. For a start, there are lots of laugh out loud moments, largely courtesy of the rather klutzy, accident-prone Josie Browning, our not-sure-what-I-should-be-doing-but-it’s-probably-not-this heroine. There is also the appeal of getting to glimpse behind-the-scenes of a glossy magazine – the freebies, the competition between …

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Jul 27

NPR Books Top 100 Young Adult Novels

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m more than a little addicted to both books and lists, so a book list is something that I have no hope at all of resisting. Add to that the genre of YA fiction and it was really a bit of a no-brainer that I would be all over the NPR …

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Mar 29

Review: One Long Thread by Belinda Jeffrey

One Long Thread by Belinda Jeffrey

I thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful, character-driven YA novel. I enjoyed reading Ruby’s perspective on her life, from her childish perceptions of her parents’ relationship and break-up to her reflections on her relationship with her twin sister and her grandmother. One Long Thread is a story that explores how families are connected in a way that …

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Mar 23

Marketing Books to the Twilight Generation

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

What have the Twilight years taught us about marketing books? I’m not talking about what we’ve learned from reading with senior citizens but rather what PR lessons the publishing industry has taken away from the success of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. I’m not a Twilight fan. I have read 116 pages of the first book …

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Sep 09

Book Review: The Blue-Eyed Aborigine by Rosemary Hayes

Summary (Walker Books Australia) Intriguing, hard-hitting story – first half is based on historical events, second half is fictional It is 1629, and there is mutiny in the air aboard the Dutch ship Batavia as she plies her way towards Java with her precious cargo. Jan, a cabin boy, and Wouter, a young soldier, find …

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Mar 16

Book Review: To A Distant Land by Julianne Jones

To a Distant Land by Julianne Jones

Title: To A Distant Land Author: Julianne Jones Publisher: Ark House Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-92158-914-0 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Summary (from author website) Wrongly accused and sentenced to seven years transportation, Katie Donovan is not the only one leaving behind everything familiar to travel to a distant land … On the journey Katie finds friends …

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Nov 04

Review: Mama’s Song by Ben Beaton

I picked this book up because it was late (1am) and I wanted something easy to read before I turned out the light. At 2.30am I was finishing the final pages and marvelling that a man in his late 30s could write such a moving account of teenage pregnancy and motherhood. As a mother, I …

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Aug 28

Review: Dust by Christine Bongers

The themes raised by this very appealing novel are quite serious and I was surprised at the impact the story had on me. At the most surface level, I enjoyed the interaction between Cecilia and her brother Punk and the descriptions of their Australian country town home. As a child of the 70s, I found …

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Aug 27

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary (Scholastic website) Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone fighting against you? Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are …

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Jul 19

Book Review – Loathing Lola by William Kostakis

Loathing Lola by William Kostakis

Title: Loathing Lola Author: William Kostakis Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008 (346 pages) ISBN: 978-0-33042-416-5 Suitable Age: 13+ Summary: Fifteen-year-old Courtney Marlow didn’t exactly think it through. She thought the offer to have her life broadcast on national television was the perfect solution to her family’s financial troubles. She was wrong. Mackenzie Dahl, the show’s …

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