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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 »

A child’s song of war and home: Majok Tulba’s Beneath the Darkening Sky

  What is it that is so precious about childhood? In Victorian England, the prevailing view was that children were little more than half-formed, incompetent adults. In more modern times, we often hear that children are the future – but even this attitude locates children’s importance in … 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 – 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 »

KYDYAC: Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

Lover of all things YA Lili Wilkinson throws her hat in the KYD YA Championship ring for her beloved YA sci-fi classic, Obernewytn. ‘Obernewtyn,’ whispered the Guardian, looking out the other window. Her voice was as low as if that sombre building quelled her as much as … Read more »

KYDYAC: Came Back To Show You I Could Fly by Robin Klein

In today’s KYD YA Championship post, Bec Kavanagh shows you why she believes Robin Klein’s teen tale Came Back to Show You I Could Fly should be the YA classic to take the KYDYAC crown. Angie, Angela, Angel. The name that was an inspiration to Jagger in … Read more »

KYDYAC: Space Demons by Gillian Rubinstein

To kick off the KYD YA Championship, Andrew McDonald looks back at the future with the seminal Australian YA science fiction book Space Demons and tells us why it should win. Every generation has its Space Demons. I speak not of actual demons from space (although some … Read more »