contemporary · fantasy · own voices · young adult

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

‘Kahu, a member of the Māori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary “whale rider.” In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the… Continue reading The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

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

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

contemporary · own voices · young adult

Author Interview: Samira Ahmed – Author of Love, Hate and Other Filters

As co-hosts of the #AsianLitBingo initiative, we’re excited to share interviews with authors towards the end of May. I’m grateful to Samira Ahmed for taking the time to answer questions here on the blog. Lookout for her debut YA contemporary book in January 2018 via Soho Teen (US) and May 2018 via Allen and Unwin (Aus).… Continue reading Author Interview: Samira Ahmed – Author of Love, Hate and Other Filters

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · young adult

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become… Continue reading Peter Darling by Austin Chant

contemporary · lgbtqia · own voices · young adult

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

A cappella just got a makeover. Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight… Continue reading Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

australian author · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields…When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new arrivals. They’re… Continue reading Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

australian author · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

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… Continue reading Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah