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Category Archives: young adult fiction


Review: The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

This is a coming out story but one that desperately needed to be told on two counts – one because it’s an Australian YA coming-out story, and two because it’s a coming-out story about a young man questioning his homosexuality alongside his Jewish faith. Read more »

YA is the New Black

Apparently those of us who do read and enjoy youth literature should be ‘embarrassed’. At least that’s what Ruth Graham said in her recent clickbait article for Slate, ‘Against YA’. Read more »

The young adult books of my young adulthood

In March, Penguin Books Australia rereleased Melina Marchetta’s first novel as part of its Australian Children’s Classics series. Looking for Alibrandi was first published in 1992; the first print run sold out in two months, and Marchetta’s debut went on to win the Children’s Book Council of Australia Children’s Book of the Year Award. Read more »

Written for teenagers, censored by adults: an interview with Dianne Touchell

  Last year young adult (YA) author, Dianne Touchell, released her contemporary debut Creepy & Maud. It’s a suburban love story about a girl with Trichotillomania (a compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair), and the unnamed next-door-neighbor boy with a slight case of Haphephobia (a … Read more »

Discovering YA

It seems fitting that in Australia there are two publishing initiatives searching for new voices in the Young Adult (YA) readership; after all, YA is all about discovery and firsts. Both Text Publishing Company’s Text Prize and Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Project are finding new authors and … Read more »

Amusements and distractions

Killings brings you our weekly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us. Hello again, The Great Gatsby game, welcome back to my life. This is why bookmarks were invented. (Make sure you read the ‘about’ gold!) The ABC of Architects video is educational, … 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 »