Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham

  ‘I remember how you were, not how you are. We were we until we became you and I.’ Midori and Âu Cô are international university students tasting freedom from family for the first time. They discover Melbourne and each other. All is well until the tsunami that swamps their world… Midori and Âu Cô … More Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab’s life. The only problem is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, as well as the check points, the curfews, the permit system and Hayaat’s best-friend Samy, who is … More Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Ida by Alison Evans

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to … More Ida by Alison Evans

January Books feat. #DiverseAThon & #DAReadathon Wrap-Up

In January, I read some gems. Here’s a few YA novels with fantastic Muslim heroines.  Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona. A graphic novel which follows Kamala, a seriously awesome Pakistani-American superhero.  Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah. YA Historical novel which follows Hayaat, a Palestinian youth who undertakes a journey to Jerusalem to … More January Books feat. #DiverseAThon & #DAReadathon Wrap-Up

Spotlight #4 Indigenous Australian Lit.

There is so much Indigenous Australian literature present beyond this small list for today’s spotlight. For more books, I recommend these publishers who publish work from Indigenous Australian writers: Magabala Books, UQP, IAD Press, Black Ink Press and Aboriginal Studies Press. Keep reading Indigenous Australian writing today, tomorrow and all the days to come. Diversity Spotlight (hosted by Aimal) will take place … More Spotlight #4 Indigenous Australian Lit.

Year in Books 2016 – Part 1 – YA Speculative Fiction & Fantasy

I will be sharing my 2016 favourites list in three parts: Part 1 – YA Speculative fiction and fantasy, Part 2 – Adult Speculative fiction and fantasy & Part 3 – Contemporary fiction and Non-fiction. Truth be told, I learn from all the pages I pass through but friends are curious so here’s a few favourites read … More Year in Books 2016 – Part 1 – YA Speculative Fiction & Fantasy