Aussie YA is fantastic.
Over the past few years I’ve been working on spreading the word to some of my students about how great Aussie YA is. Some have embraced the titles suggested and have been pleasantly surprised. Others shake their heads and back away slowly.
This makes me ask, why?
These are students who love reading. They are excited to get together each week and share their latest YA love. Yet Aussie YA has them turning their noses up. On further investigation, most students haven’t read much Aussie YA, and what they have (usually only the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden, they loved. So why the fear? Why are young Australians so hesitant to pick up a home grown book?
This snubbing of Australian work is not new. When I was younger I worked in a cinema. Patrons would come and ask what a film was about and I would say, “It’s a new Australian film…” “Oh, never mind then,” would be the response before I could even say what it was about. We don’t even want to give it a go and we are seriously missing out!
We have excellent YA writers here in Australia and they deserve more attention. Their books deserve to be read just as much as their international counterparts.
This brings me to my mission. I am going to feature Australian YA books until I can convince teens of Australia to give them a go. Heck, readers don’t have to be teens – or even Australian for that matter.
Here are some of the books I will be featuring:
The Rephaim Series by Paula Western
Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Measuring Up by G J Stroud
Akarnae by Lynette Noni
Mercy by Rebecca Lim
The Guardians Series by MJ Stevens
Green Valentine by Lili Wilkenson
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
The Book of Days by K.A. Barker
Burn Bright (Night Creatures) by Marianne de Pierres
The Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman
I’m also open to suggestions. Know any Aussie YA books I need to read?