December 2019 Oz YA New Releases

  • 2 December, 2019

Look for these new Aussie YA titles in December!

Otherwise Known as Pig

by Catch Tilly
Wakefield Press

Otherwise Known as Pig by Catch Tilly book cover

Still a loser, Pig,’ Stormin says. ‘Guess you haven’t learnt much over summer.’
‘Oh, I don’t know,’ I reply, bloody, bowed and hating his guts. ‘I can read.’ Which is when he kicks me. I really should learn to keep my stupid mouth shut. Seeing Stormin thoroughly occupied, the rest of Year 9 drift back, although they do wait till he’s left before resuming their commentary.
That’s me: Morgan Patrick Lohdi – otherwise known as Pig.

Life sucks for Morgan Patrick Lohdi. Used as the school punching bag, he’s constantly bruised and harassed, and doesn’t have anything even resembling a friend. Maybe it would be okay if he could keep his mouth shut, but Morgan has a sarcastic tongue that no amount of bullying is going to keep quiet.

And then there’s Lissa, the girl he thought was his friend. Who might even have been something more – if the bullies hadn’t made her turn her back.

When the art room burns down and Morgan’s one safe haven disappears, things get much worse and he’s determined to finally make it stop. But will learning to fight back work? Or is it possible to turn the other cheek? Or, just maybe, will help come from the unlikeliest source?

Otherwise Known as Pig is a book about bullying, the planet-sized blind spots of teachers, and learning to accept help.

‘This book casts a raw and unflinching light on bullying and will resonate with many readers.’ – Charlie Archbold, author of Mallee Boys
9781743056790 – ARRP $24.95 – PB – 210pp – Ages 13+
Available: 1 December 2019

Safety in the Friendzone

by Elizabeth Stevens
Sleeping Dragon Books

Safety in the Friendzone by Elizabeth Stevens book cover

Charley and Zane had been best friends since he’d found the broken board in the fence between their houses at the age of four. Sleepovers in the backyard had turned into sleepovers in his treehouse into sleepovers in one of their rooms when they both decided sleeping closer to a toilet was actually great.

Zane and Charley were just friends until his girlfriend dumps him and there’s the beginnings of a spark. But they’ve grown a little apart in recent years and neither of them think the other would possibly ever be interested in anything more. So Charley fakes a crush and it’s Zane to the rescue in helping her follow her heart.
After all, there’s safety in the friendzone.

9781925928747– ARRP $24.95 – PB – 350pp – Ages 14+
9781925928730 – ARRP $4.99 – eBook
Available: 6 December 2019

Dark Heart

by A B Endacott
Independent Author

Dark Heart by A B Endacott book cover

“You did what you had to do for a greater cause. Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to do the wrong thing.”

The brutal Kade dictatorship has been overthrown, but the fight is only just beginning in the Third Country as tensions between the Pious and Kade communities remain high. In the fight to bring freedom to her country, Freyanna Kuch had to contravene everything her training as a healer taught her and learn how to kill. But living with the person she became in service of rebellion is no easy task.  

Yet another threat prowls the streets of Oranis and Freya is uniquely able to protect the city she loves from further bloodshed. However, to do so she must face the very real possibility that there is no going back to who she was – and those she loves.

9780648729907  –  ARRP – $19.99 – PB  – 218pp – Ages 16+
9780648729914 –  ARRP – $2.99 –  eBook 
Available: 10 December 2019

Esme’s Gift (Book 2, Esme Trilogy)

by Elizabeth Foster
Odyssey Books

Esme's Gift (Book 2, Esme Trilogy) by Elizabeth Foster book cover

In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift – the power to observe the past – and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.

In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends – old and new – travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for an elixir that might help Ariane.

Their journey takes them to volcanic isles, sunken ruins and snowy eyries, spectacular places fraught with danger, where they must face their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places.

Esme’s Gift, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is a gripping fantasy-adventure read for younger teens.

Praise for Esme’s Wish, the first in the series:
‘A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.’ – Wendy Orr, award-winning author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song

9781925652833 – ARRP $21.44 – B-Format PB – 254pp – Ages 12+
Available: 10 December 2019

The Dragon’s Heart (Book 2, The Rose Chronicles)

by Alysha King
Independent Author

The Dragon's Heart (Book 2, The Rose Chronicles) by Alysha King book cover

A prophecy fulfilled. An empire defeated. The Order victorious.

If only it were true.

A darkness looms and Carey Lee finds herself being drawn back into danger. Bound by the whims of a powerful man determined to procure her magic for his own, the odds are firmly stacked against her. Yet Carey must fight to stop him before he carries out his devious plans… Or risk losing everything.

9780648500322 – ARRP $24.00 – PB and eBook – Ages 11+
Available: 11 December 2019

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