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KYD YA Championship: and the winner is…

After a month of glorious YA discussion, brilliant championing posts, fun radio spots and nostalgic revisiting of favourites, we have tallied the votes and now have your KYD YA Championship winners! We’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing response to KYDYAC and in the end it was an … Read more »

KYDYAC – Mandragora by David McRobbie

In our very last post (sadface) for the KYD YA Championship, YA advocate Adele Walsh shows you why David McRobbie’s Mandragora should win the crown. Don’t forget to vote, everyone! Details at the end of the post. I was eleven when I read David McRobbie’s Mandragora – … Read more »

KYDYAC – Fortress by Gabrielle Lord

In the second last (!) KYD YA Championship post, YA writer Alyssa Brugman champions the challenging and compelling Fortress by Gabrielle Lord. I’m backing Fortress by Gabrielle Lord as one of the most perfect books for YA readers. It’s on my list alongside Flowers in the Attic, … Read more »

KYDYAC – Loving Athena by Joanne Horniman

Today’s KYD YA Championship post sees YA specialist Judith Ridge explaining why the beautiful Loving Athena should win the glory. I’ve long been a fan and even something of a champion of Joanne Horniman. I think she’s one of the great under-recognised Australian YA writers. Yes, her … Read more »

KYDYAC – Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

Kicking off our final week of the KYD YA Championship with a bang, Kate O’Donnell pulls out the YA big guns with her discussion of John Marsden’s beloved Tomorrow, When the War Began. As kids, we took the game Spotlight very seriously. Spread out through the bush … Read more »

KYD YA Championship People’s Choice

As the penultimate week of the KYD YA Championship draws to a close, the team here at Kill Your Darlings thought we’d encourage you to nominate your favourite non KYDYAC-shortlisted book for the KYD YA People’s Choice category, by sharing our picks from the last 30 years. … Read more »

KYDYAC – Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

As the KYD YA Championship continues, YA expert Agnes Nieuwenhuizen argues her case for the influential teen text with heart, Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi. One highlight of the upcoming 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival will be author Melina Marchetta introducing the movie of her novel Looking for … Read more »

KYDYAC – Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne

For today’s KYD YA Championship installment, Ruth Starke tells you why Phillip Gwynne’s Deadly, Unna? is her favourite Australian YA book. Here’s why Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne gets my vote (and deserves to get yours) for the KYD YA Championship. Favourite: CBCA Book of the Year, … Read more »

KYDYAC – The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett

Kicking off the second week of the KYD YA Championship, Jordi Kerr discusses the YA book that has lovingly haunted her, Sonya Hartnett’s The Ghost’s Child. People can be broken in so many ways. By illness or injury. By the loss of love. By a good book. … Read more »

KYDYAC – Sabriel by Garth Nix

Wrapping up the first week of the KYD YA Championship, Holly Harper discusses the power of her YA favourite, Garth Nix’s Sabriel. When I first heard of Sabriel by Garth Nix, it wasn’t because of a book recommendation or by browsing the shelf – it was because … Read more »