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Category Archives: Young Adult


Books that take you there: YA literary tourism

How has literary tourism taken on new dimensions and greater capitalism, thanks to youth literature – both old and new, book and film? Read more »

The fault with a sick-lit debate

American author John Green’s young adult (YA) novel The Fault in Our Stars has been a bestselling juggernaut since its release in 2012. Green’s book was somewhat inspired by his friendship with Esther Earl, whose posthumous memoir This Star Won’t Go Out was released in January this … Read more »

Adults: Young and New

There is a new readership amongst us: they’re no longer young adult, but not quite adult – they are ‘new adult’ – a term coined by St. Martin’s Press back in 2009, for books featuring characters in their ‘college years’ and originally targeted at readers just out … Read more »

Excerpt: from ‘Fliss’ by James Roy

James Roy’s first collection, Almost Wednesday, was released in 1996 and was followed by the CBCA Notable Book Full Moon Racing and several other acclaimed titles. His new book, City (UQP), is a collection of connected short stories that reflect our lives and those of the people … 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 »

Humanising the Robot: a review of Bernard Beckett’s Genesis

In the days of the Last War, oil is running out and plagues ravage the populations. The islands of Aotearoa are the final haven for human civilisation. Their saviour, Plato, builds the Republic, which sees five great threats to order: Impurity of Breeding, Impurity of Thought, Indulgence … Read more »

Leanne Hall: “You can tell a story in so many different ways”

Melbourne bookseller Leanne Hall won last year’s Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her beguiling debut novel, This is Shyness. KYD associate editor Jo Case spoke to her on the eve of the book’s publication – about the book, the tenuous boundary between adult … Read more »