April 2020 Oz YA New Releases

  • 1 April, 2020

Look for these new Aussie YA titles in April!

How to Grow a Family Tree by Eliza Henry-Jones YA Book Cover

How to Grow a Family Tree

by Eliza Henry-Jones
HarperCollins Aus.

Stella may only be seventeen, but having read every self-help book she can find means she knows a thing or two about helping people. She sure wasn’t expecting to be the one in need of help, though.

Thanks to her father’s gambling addiction, Stella and her family now find themselves living at Fairyland Caravan Park. And hiding this truth from her friends is hard enough without dealing with another secret. Stella’s birth mother has sent her a letter.

As Stella deals with the chaos of her family, she must also confront the secrets and past of her ‘other’ family. But Stella is stronger than she realises.

From the author of P is for Pearl comes a heart-warming book about family, friendship and what home can mean.

“How to Grow a Family Tree is a sincere and complex reminder that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” – Books + Publishing

9781460754955 – ARRP $22.99 – B+ format – Ages 14+
Available: 23 March 2020

Find out more about How to Grow a Family Tree and give Eliza a follow and shoutout on Facebook, Twitter: @ehenryjones and Instagram: @elizahenryjones.

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein YA book cover

Deep Water

by Sarah Epstein
Allen & Unwin

A gripping mystery about a missing boy and a group of teenagers, one of whom knows something but isn’t telling, from the award-winning author of Small Spaces.

Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.

While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.

Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe’s friends knows something and she’s determined to find out the truth.

As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason’s past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?

‘A captivating mystery about small-town secrets and the lies that protect them.’ – Ellie Marney, author of the ‘Every’ series and White Night

9781760877286 – ARRP $19.99 – Demy PB – 400pp – Ages 14+
Available: 1 April 2020

Find out more about Deep Water, read Sarah’s Author Q&A and give her a follow and shoutout on Facebook, Twitter: @SarahLEpstein and Instagram: @sarahepsteinbooks.

Snow by Gina Inverarity YA Book Cover


by Gina Inverarity
Wakefield Press

When the girl brought my bowl she was in and out through the door like she couldn’t move fast enough. And when the lock clicked after her I found something she’d left. A knife. And not one for spreading butter, but a sharp one for slitting throats.

Locked in a cell by her stepmother, Snow grows small but she still
grows. Even so, she’s hardly a match for a world gone wild, where the sun has disappeared behind clouds for good. The night the hunter takes her into the forest with orders to cut out her heart, Snow makes him a promise she isn’t sure she can keep.
And then she runs.

Snow’s life is no fairytale. As she grows up her path will take her into the mountains, over misty passes, desolate gorges and alpine rivers, as well as to the city, where she will make her case for the return of what is hers.

And her childish promise will not be forgotten.

A dark and lyrical Snow White retelling set in a postclimate-change world, Snow is a fairytale of the future.

‘Dark, enchanting and visceral. A classic fairytale brilliantly reimagined for our rapidly changing world.’ – Margot McGovern, author of Neverland

9781743057001 – ARRP $24.95 – PB – 208pp – Ages 12+
Available: 1 April 2020

Find out more about Snow and give Gina a follow and shoutout on Instagram: @ginainver.

Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu YA book cover

Taking Down Evelyn Tait

by Poppy Nwosu
Wakefield Press

The door creaks open and standing in the entrance is my absolute worst nightmare.
Perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect brain.
Perfect sneer.
Evelyn Tait.

Impulsive Lottie – heavy-metal fan, expert tomato-grower and frequent visitor to the principal’s office – is in even more trouble than usual.

Her best friend Grace has dropped an unlikely bombshell: she’s dating Lottie’s mortal enemy, good-girl Evelyn Tait.

Studious Jude, the boy next door, has the perfect war plan. Lottie will beat Evelyn at her own good-girl game, unveiling Miss Perfect’s sinister side in the process.

Taking life more seriously starts as fun, but soon offers its own rewards . . . so long as Lottie can manage gorgeous Sebastian’s sudden interest, Jude acting weird, and the discovery that she might actually be good at something.

Taking Down Evelyn Tait is a story about family, friends and embracing who you are.
Even if that person is kind of weird.

‘‘A delicate, layered story about revenge, relationships, and learning to be kind. I adored this one.’ – Jodi McAlister

9781743056974 – ARRP $24.95 – PB – 264pp – Ages 13+
Available: 1 April 2020

Find out more about Taking Down Evelyn Tait and give Poppy a follow and shoutout on Twitter: @PoppyNwosu and Instagram: @taltales_poppynwosu.


Dawn of Mist

by Helen Scheuerer
Talem Press

Discover where The Oremere Chronicles journey began in this epic bind-up of all 16 prequel short stories from bestselling author, Helen Scheuerer.

Before their fight to save the realm from mad tyrants and toxic mist, Bleak, Henri and Swinton led separate lives.

Delve into the secrets, the triumphs and tragedies of their earlier years, and the defining moments that made these much-loved characters who they are.

Teenage Bleak sails across the seas, seeking adventure with her best friend, Bren, and guardian, Senior – only to discover that trouble often finds her first.

Fiercely loyal Henri and her sister, Sahara, train relentlessly to become elite warriors, but soon learn that the Valian Way can be crueller than they ever thought.

A young and ambitious Commander Swinton struggles to prove himself worthy of knighthood, but an encounter with a beautiful stranger shows him that there are things in life more important than titles.

Dawn of Mist is the companion prequel story collection to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, ‘The Oremere Chronicles’.

9780648673118 – ARRP $25 – PB – Ages 13+  9780648673101 – ARRP $6.99 – PB – Ages 13+
Available: 16 April 2020

Find out more about Dawn of Mist, read our Author Q&A with Helen and give her a follow and shoutout on Facebook, Twitter: @HelenScheuerer and Instagram: @helenscheuerer.

Cold Between Stars by Belinda Crawford YA book cover

Cold Between Stars, ‘The Echo’ Book #1

by Belinda Crawford
Hendrix & Faust

In the dark, empty space between solar systems, something lies in wait.
It’s pretty easy being a ship kid; clean out the cyclers, avoid your sister, don’t get sucked into space. The hardest bit about it is spending a couple of decades in stasis/sleep while your ship travels to the next solar system. Then rinse and repeat all the way back to a home you’ve never seen.
Except Kuma just got kicked out of stasis early, like years early. And he’s alone.
All. Alone.
Except for the fug.

9780648488156 – ARRP $17.95 – PB – 204pp – Ages 13+
Available: 20 April 2020

Find out more about Cold Between Stars and give Belinda a follow and shoutout on Facebook, Twitter: @belindacrawford and Instagram: @belindacrawford_author.

The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks MG/YA book cover

The Year the Maps Changed

by Danielle Binks
Lothian Children’s Books

One extraordinary year will change them all…

Sorrento, Victoria, 1999. Fred’s family is a mess. Her mother died when she was six and she’s been raised by her Pop and adoptive father, Luca, ever since. But now Pop’s had to go away, and Luca’s girlfriend Anika and her son have moved in. More and more it feels like a land-grab for family and Fred is the one being left off the map.

Even as things feel like they’re spinning out of control for Fred, a crisis from the other side of the world comes crashing in. When a group of Kosovar-Albanian refugees are brought to a government ‘safe haven’ not far from Sorrento, their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family in ways that no one could have expected.

‘A brilliant gem that will make you see the world – and your place in it – in a new way.’ – Emily Gale

9780734419712 – ARRP $17.99 – PB – 320pp – Ages 10 – 14
Available: 28 April 2020

Find out more about The Year the Maps Changed and give Danielle a follow and shoutout on Twitter: @danielle_binks and Instagram: @dbinks.

Please Don't Hug Me by Kay Kerr YA Book Cover

Please Don’t Hug Me

by Kay Kerr
Text Publishing

Erin is looking forward to schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But her plans are going awry. She’s lost her job at Surf Shack after an incident that clearly was not her fault, and now she’s not on track to have saved enough money. Her licence test went badly, which was also not her fault: she followed the instructor’s directions perfectly. And she’s missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago. But now that she’s writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make sense.

Kay Kerr’s Please Don’t Hug Me depicts life on the cusp of adulthood—and on the autism spectrum—and the complexities of finding out and accepting who you are and what’s important to you.

‘This book is beautifully intimate, and so authentic. You’re going to love getting to know its central character, Erin. I’m so thrilled this book exists.’ – Claire Christian

9781922268051 – ARRP $19.99 – PB – 288pp – Ages 14+
Available: 28 April 2020

Find out more about Please Don’t Hug Me and give Kay a follow and shoutout on Twitter: @kaymariek and Instagram: @kaykerr_.

Peta Lyre's Rating Normal by Anna Wateley YA Book Cover

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal

by Anna Whateley
Allen & Unwin

At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip – and falling in love with the new girl. Peta will need to decide which rules to keep, and which rules to break…

‘I’m Peta Lyre,’ I mumble. Look people in the eye if you can, at least when you greet them. I try, but it’s hard when she is smiling so big, and leaning in.

Peta Lyre is far from typical. The world she lives in isn’t designed for the way her mind works, but when she follows her therapist’s rules for ‘normal’ behaviour, she can almost fit in without attracting attention.

When a new girl, Sam, starts at school, Peta’s carefully structured routines start to crack. But on the school ski trip, with romance blooming and a newfound confidence, she starts to wonder if maybe she can have a normal life after all.

When things fall apart, Peta must decide whether all the old rules still matter. Does she want a life less ordinary, or should she keep her rating normal?

A moving and joyful own voices debut.

“Highly compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately hopeful, this book heralds the arrival of a talented new young adult author.” – Books + Publishing

9781760525309 – ARRP $19.99 – PB – 248pp – Ages 13 – 18
Available: 28 April 2020

Find out more about Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal and give Anna a follow and shoutout on Twitter: @AnnaWhateley and Instagram: @annawhateley_writer.

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