A new month means exciting new Oz YA releases. Look for these titles launching in May!
As Fast As I Can
by Penny Tangey
Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to compete at the Olympic Games one day. Problem is, she hasn’t found a sport she’s any good at yet. But everyone says if you work hard enough you can achieve anything, right? So when Vivian discovers she has a talent for cross country running, she’s excited her Olympic dream might come true.
But then a family illness is uncovered and all of Vivian’s plans begin to unravel. Can she keep her hopes alive? Or will she be stopped in her tracks?
From CBCA-shortlisted author Penny Tangey comes this funny, heartfelt novel about resilience, acceptance and dreaming big.
‘As Fast As I Can will have you cheering from the sidelines from start to finish. It’s a gripping read that speaks to the competitor – and the dreamer – in all of us.’ Allayne L. Webster, author of Sensitive
9780702262814 – ARRP $16.99 – C-Format PB – 248pp – Ages 9-15
Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2)
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Allen & Unwin
The ferociously hot sequel to the international bestseller Aurora Rising, which sees the return of Squad 312 in an explosive battle to save the galaxy. By the award-winning authors of the Illuminae Files.
Our heroes are back. Kind of.
First, the bad news: an ancient evil – you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal – is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.
Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favourite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them – but time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.
Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes – and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.
9781760295745 – ARRP $19.99 – C-Format PB – 512pp – Ages 14+
More Than a Kick
by Tayla Harris
Allen & Unwin
In March 2019, Tayla Harris went from rising AFLW star to the face of a movement. A photo of her mighty airborne kick was viciously attacked online and Tayla chose to call out the online harassment. Six months later she was unveiling a bronze statue of her kick in the heart of Melbourne, inspiring girls and young women everywhere to stand strong and pursue the things they love.
AFLW player Tayla Harris was at work on the footy field when she kicked a goal. A photo of the kick – taken by Michael Willson – showcased her incredible athletic ability and was posted online. What happened next was an extraordinary turning point in Tayla’s life. The photo quickly became iconic as Tayla stood strong against the online trolls. This is the inspiring story of Tayla’s stellar sporting career so far, and her hard-earned advice to young people navigating the ups and downs of social media.
‘Tayla is showing young women that you can wear glitzy gowns and rock stilettos, and you can also be a hardcore athlete who sweats and spits and kicks the footy, as well as a total dag in trackydacks with food-stains on your front.’ – Patty Kinnersly, CEO of Our Watch
9781760525804 – ARRP $19.99 – PB – 192pp – Ages 13+
Available: 1 May 2020
Heart of a Crown (The Crowning #3)
by Nattie Kate Mason
The heart-stopping, epic conclusion to the young adult fantasy series, The Crowning. War is coming. The enemies fire-wielding legion approaches. They leave nothing but death and destruction in their wake. The Alearian Royals must forge alliances if they wish to save their dynasty and their lives. Kingdoms collide and hearts shatter as Alearia makes its final stand in a battle of elemental giftings and strength. Sacrifice, Death, Magic, Hope. Annie is faced with a life altering choice. Is she willing to risk her soul to save her Kingdom? Is the reward worth the price?n hearts.
‘From the very first page I was hooked on this book. I could hardly put it down. Nattie uses such wonderful descriptions that I could really imagine where the characters were. There is wonderful character development. I really felt like I knew the characters, you love the heros, dislike the villains, and agonize with your favourite characters in making some tough decisions. I cried, so so much, but absolutely loved it. If you haven’t read this series yet then you need to.’ – Abbie, NZ Bookstagrammer
9780648485384 – ARRP $24.99 – PB
Available: 18 May 2020
by Kristy Fairlamb
Wool Street Press
Lucy Piper used her dreams to irreversibly change the life of someone she loved. Now she’s alone, wading through a life she can no longer remember.
As she bears the full weight of her decision, she discovers her actions have had far-reaching consequences beyond anything she could’ve imagined.
Afraid of an uncertain future, Lucy must work to repair everything she’s destroyed. But there’s something else she must mend, the infinite chasm between her and the one person who always made everything right – Tyler. But what if it’s too late? And what if fixing things only does more damage?
With sacrifice and love at its core, and laced throughout with an unsettling fear, Luminous is the heart-stopping conclusion to the Lucid series.
9780648784531 – ARRP $22.99 – PB – 306pp – Ages 13+
Available: 25 May 2020
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