RECOMMENDED READING - YEAR 11
PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT IF YOUR BOOK SUITS THIS YEAR LEVEL
NAME (Surname, First), TITLE, PUBLISHER, KEY THEMES, ONE SENTENCE DESCRIBER MAX. TRY TO INSERT YOUR NAME ALPHABETICALLY TO KEEP SEARCHING EASIER.
Betts, AJ; ZAC & MIA; Text Publishing. Themes: friendship, courage, beauty, identity, illness, survival. A contemporary realistic novel about two teenagers who meet in a cancer ward, and how their relationship follows them into their altered, unexpected futures.
Chebatte, Helen: BRO; Hardie Grant Egmont. Australian identity, multiculturalism, teen Violence, racial rivalry, mateship, loss, grief, first love, family. BRO is about the consequences of a fight club in a racially divided boys high school.
Doyle, Trinity, PIECES OF SKY, Allen & Unwin, themes: identity, grief, mental health, family, A strong atmospheric novel about Lucy, a sixteen-year-old competitive swimmer in a coastal town who is grappling with a fear of water after the untimely death of her surfer brother.
Fusillo, Archimede, LAST OF THE BRAVES, Penguin Books, ART, HISTORY, ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH, FAMILY, SEXUALITY, IDENTITY, LOSS, AMBITION...When 17 year old Alex, living in contemporay Australia, 400 years after the death of the celebrated painter Caravaggio decides to mimic the reckless master's life in how he runs his own, disaster and despair can't be too far behind-unless somethig as fickle as love and loss can sway Alex to alter his ways, salvage his talent and reconcile with his dying mother.
Gardiner, Kelly, ACT OF FAITH, HarperCollins, History, Books, Ideas, Censorship, Refugees, Girls' education. Set in Cambridge, Amsterdam and Venice in the mid-seventeenth century, ACT OF FAITH (and its sequel THE SULTAN'S EYES) follow the adventures of Isabella Hawkins and her friends as they write and publish books full of dangerous ideas and face a backlash from the Spanish Inquisition.
Ham, Rosalie The Dressmaker, Duffy & Snellgrove, Australian Gothic/Revenge
Recommended by Margaret Kaos
HOLOHAN, Amanda; UNWANTED; Penguin Books. Themes: class, race, self-empowerment, betrayal, loss, gender, love and sacrifice. In a city besieged by a terrifying enemy, Bea Azaeli wants nothing more than to protect her people and earn the coveted ink of a Dread warrior; but one impulsive act is about to change everything.
Howell, Simmone, GIRL DEFECTIVE, Pan Macmillan, Themes: family life, identity, gentrification, music, may be of interest to gay/questioning teens or those looking for depictions of ASD: Skylark Martin lives in St Kilda with her misfit family above their fledgling record store in contemporary St Kilda.
Howell, Simmone, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL, Pan Macmillan. Themes: Faith, Sexuality, identity, Body Image. Incredible true romance between angry atheist girl and despondent wheelchair boy at Christian camp in Nhill, Australia.
Howell, Simmone, NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND, Pan Macmillan: Themes: friendship, feminism, film-making, image, identity, creativity. Gem Gordon wants to lose her virginity and make an underground film ...not necessarily in that order.
Lawson, Sue, FREEDOM RIDE, Black Dog Books (Walker Books). Themes: racism, identity, friendship, family.
The summer of 1965 – is a time of Oz, The Beatles, Victor Lawn Mowers, Bandstand and endless heat.
For Robbie Bower, it’s a time of discovery and change. Everything he thought to be real and true will be ripped apart when secrets, lies and a busload of university students collide in a small country town.
And there’s no going back.
Lawson, Sue YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW, Black Dog Books (Walker Books). Themes: family, identity, grief, change, acceptance. Alex wakes in hospital, unable to remember what has happened. Slowly, with help from his roommate, Mackie, Alex remembers.
Saliba, Sue, FOR THE FOREST OF A BIRD, Penguin Books, GRIEF, FAMILY, CHANGE, PERCEPTION, NATURE/ENVIRONMENT. Two years after her beloved father has left the family, 15 year-old Nella clings to the idea that their relationship has not changed but when she leaves Melbourne to stay with him she is forced to face a different reality; one which she can only come close to understanding through her love of the natural world.
Wang Gabrielle, LITTLE PARADISE, Penguin Books. Themes: war, love, identity both personal and national, friendship, family. Amidst the seething chaos of post WWII Shanghai, as the civil war escalates, a young ChineseAustralian girl from Melbourne must decide whether to flee to safety with her baby or stay andfind her lover, a Chinese intelligence officer being hunted by both sides.