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August 2019 New Releases Showcase

Look for these new Oz YA releases in August!

As Happy as Here 

by Jane Godwin
Lothian Children’s Books

Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward. When they witness a crime in the park below their window, they bond over trying to solve the crime and each one undergoes a profound change.

A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

9780734419231 – ARRP $16.99 – B Format PB – 288pp – Ages 12+
Available: 23 July 2019

Take the Shot 

by Susan White
Affirm Press

Bug has a secret. Actually, he has a lot of secrets …

NUMBER ONE: he’s formed a basketball team at his new school based on a giant lie.

NUMBER TWO: his parents don’t know he’s playing basketball again.

NUMBER THREE: his new team-mates have no idea he isn’t allowed to play, and they definitely don’t know why.

Bug will do ANYTHING to keep his secrets, keep his new team and keep his life from falling apart. Because no one can know THE BIGGEST SECRET OF ALL … Bug risks his life every time he steps out onto the basketball court.

9781925712957 – ARRP $16.99 – PB – 320pp – Ages 11–14
Available: 23 July 2019

War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #3) 

by Helen Scheuerer
Talem Press

War is here. Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.

Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all. But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.

Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough? As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.

Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.

‘An absolute must for fans of epic fantasy. Emphasis on the epic.’ – Mikayla’s Bookshelf

978-0-9941655-8-9 – ARRP $30.00 – PB 
978-0-9941655-8-9 – ARRP $7.99 – eBook – Ages 14+
Available: 25 July 2019

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling 

by Wai Chim
Allen & Unwin

A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a mental illness, from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer.

Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other. A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family.

‘A book with a huge heartbeat and so much love infused in every page. The stoic resilience of the Chiu family is inspiring.’ Alice Pung, author of Laurinda

9781760631581 – ARRP $19.99 – B-Format PB – 400pp – Ages 12 – 16
Available: 1 August 2019

My Father’s Shadow 

by Jannali Jones (debut)
Magabala Books

Kaya is completing her Higher School Certificate when she is woken in the middle of the night by her mother. They are to pack immediately and go to their holiday home in the Blue Mountains. Her father is ‘not coming back’. He has been involved in a court case to give evidence against some dangerous criminals.

Months later, they are still in hiding and the mysteries are multiplying. Kaya is not sure who to trust: her mother’s new friend, the policeman or her new friend, Eric, from the local store.

Kaya is also recovering from memory loss caused by PTSD after a chilling encounter with the criminals. She is seeing a psychologist in an attempt to recall the evidence she might have to give in a forthcoming trial.

Her best friend, Jenna, has gone overseas and Kaya is trying to make sense of what is really happening.

‘My Father’s Shadow is a riveting, unputdownable YA thriller. I rarely say this, but I simply couldn’t stop reading it. High praise, particularly since this is Jannali’s debut novel.’ – Joy Lawn, Paperbark Words

978-1-925936-70-4 Ages 14+
Available: 1 August 2019

Everywhere Everything Everyone 

by Katy Warner (debut)
Hardie Grant Egmont

A vivid, captivating contemporary YA novel about the power of resistance, from a stunning Australian debut author. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Z for Zachariah.

Even though she lives on the wrong side of town, 16-year-old Santee believes her world is like ours: that running late for curfew will only get you grounded, and that the government tries to keep its good citizens safe and secure.

Until one night, everything changes.

On her way home from school, Santee takes a detour to the outskirts of town with a boy that she likes – and then finds herself stranded overnight when his car breaks down. When she’s finally able to get a lift towards home the next morning, Santee discovers that everything has changed. A ‘safety border’ – a wall – has gone up around her part of town, imprisoning her family and trapping her on the outside…

With its subtle familiarity and a tender, defiant teen romance at its core, Katy Warner’s powerful debut novel is about the importance of hope and standing up for what you believe in. From small cracks, big cracks grow.

9781760504618 – ARRP $19.99 – PB – 320pp – Ages 12+
Available: 1 August 2019

I Am Change 

by Suzy Zail
Black Dog Books

They told her that her body belonged to men and her mind didn’t matter.

They were wrong.

“What if I don’t want to marry?” Lillian held her breath. She had never said the words out loud.

“Not want to marry?” Her aunt frowned. “What else would you do?”

Set in a Ugandan village, Lilian has learned to shrink herself to fit other people’s ideas of what a girl is. In her village a girl is not meant to be smarter than her brother. A girl is not meant to go to school or enjoy her body or decide who to marry. Especially if she is poor.

Inspired by and written in consultation with young Ugandan women, I Am Change is the tragic but empowering story of how a young girl finds her voice and the strength to fight for change.

9781925126839 – ARRP $19.99 – PB – 352pp – Ages 14+
Available: 1 August 2019

It Sounded Better in My Head 

by Nina Kenwood (debut)
Text Publishing

When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. And now that Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, have fallen in love, she’s feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward.

Where does she fit in now? And what has happened to the version of her life that played out like a TV show—with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks?

Nothing is going according to plan.

But then an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender, funny and joyful novel about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters.

‘An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.’ Emily Gale

9781925773910 – ARRP $19.99 – C-format PB – 304pp – Ages 14+
Available: 6 August 2019

Shamar (Sentinels of Eden #4) 

by Carolyn Denman
Odyssey Books

When the Cherubim were stationed at the portal to the Garden of Eden, becoming the first of the Shamar, they were gifted with abilities that would help them in their task to keep Eden hidden from the rest of the world.

Now Annie has been gifted with memories she would rather not face. Memories that may help to find the truth behind the theft of the sacred sword of Eden. Memories that could help keep Lainie and Noah safe from the ancient evil that is compelled to hunt them down. For without the Shamar, who will be left to protect the sacred Garden?

978-1925652758 – PB 
978-1925652765 – eBook – Ages 14+
Available: 11 August 2019

A Brugel Fairytale Treasury 

by Ebony McKenna
Independent Author

From the fantastic world of Brugel comes this fairytale collection of folklore. Every tale is both refreshing and yet comfortingly familiar.

The First Champion Snowgoat will delight and ultimately confuse – setting the scene for the bizarre and particularly Brugelish folklore to follow.

Jacqueline and the Magic Beans – bringing the wonders of coffee to Eastern Europe.

Wilona at the Christmas Ball – who almost met Cinderella but became distracted with a younger and more interesting princeling.

Elmaree – who etymologists credit with the local idioms, ‘burn your bridges’ and ‘flee like Elmaree’.

Plus many more stories to delight, discombobulate and entertain. This book is a welcome companion to the internationally acclaimed four-part Ondine series, by the same author.

Lovers of The Princess Bride will adore these tales.

‘Beloved YA romance novelist’ – Readings Books

978-0-6482842-1-5 – ARRP $19.95 – PB  – 220pp – Ages 12+
Available: 22 August 2019


by Will Kostakis
Lothian Children’s Books

All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn . . . and Connor’s life will never be the same again.

Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments – gods who have been buried for generations – who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they’re exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn’t sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.

Monuments is the first book in an exciting new duology from YA star, Will Kostakis. 

9780734419224 – ARRP $19.99 – Trade Paperback  – 288pp – Ages 12+
Available: 22 August 2019


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