australian author · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

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… Continue reading Ida by Alison Evans

australian author · memoir · non-fiction · own voices

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

‘Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .’ Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s life is just like all the other Aussie kids… Continue reading The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

australian author · book list · own voices

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… Continue reading January Books feat. #DiverseAThon & #DAReadathon Wrap-Up

australian author · book list · own voices

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… Continue reading Spotlight #4 Indigenous Australian Lit.

australian author · book list · fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

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

australian author · contemporary · lgbtqia · own voices · young adult

Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas

Roxy May Redding’s got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She lives in a hot dusty town and is dreaming big. She survives run-ins with the mean girls at high school, sings in her dad’s band and babysits for her wayward aunt. But Roxy wants a new start. When she gets the… Continue reading Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas

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October Books & #OwnVoicesOctober Wrap-up

I owe it to the power of library reservations that I actually read for fun during the semester. I read 4 Australian books and 3/4 of these books were #OwnVoices: Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas. It was great to read how Roxy, an Indigenous Australian gay teen tackled moving away from home for uni… Continue reading October Books & #OwnVoicesOctober Wrap-up