Look for these new Oz YA releases in September!
This Is How We Change the Ending
by Vikki Wakefield
I have questions I’ve never asked. Worries I’ve never shared. Thoughts that circle and collide and die screaming because they never make it outside my head. Stuff like that, if you let it go—it’s a survival risk.
Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things—how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick.
Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?
This is How We Change the Ending is raw and real, funny and heartbreaking—a story about what it takes to fight back when you’re not a hero.
‘This is How We Change the Ending is [Vikki Wakefield’s] best book and my YA novel of the year. It may well be the perfect YA novel.’ – Joy Lawn
9781922268136 – ARRP $16.99 – C Format PB – 320pp – Ages 14+
Available: 3 September 2019
by Bronwyn Eley (debut)
In the city of Edriast, there is no deadlier duty than to serve as the Shadow.
As the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard, the Shadow’s life is all but forfeit. Rennard possesses one of five rare and dangerous Relics – a jewel that protects his bloodline, but slowly poisons everyone else in its proximity. When the current Shadow succumbs to its magic, nineteen-year-old blacksmith Kaylan is summoned to take his place.
It’s an appointment that will kill her.
As the time Kaylan has left ebbs away, hope begins to fade… That is, until she discovers a plot to destroy all five bloodlines in possession
of the Relics.
A rebel force plans to put an end to Rennard’s rule and Kaylan suddenly finds herself embroiled in a cause that might just be worth fighting for. But no cause is without its costs…
As her life hangs in the balance and rebellion bears down on Edriast, Kaylan must decide where her loyalties lie – and how she’ll leave her mark on the world.
Relic is the absorbing first novel in The Relic Trilogy, a thrillingly dark YA fantasy series.
‘It was so easy to get lost in this world that Bronwyn created that I finished this 497-page beast in two days… This debut novel is jam-packed with action, heartache and a shocking plot twist that you don’t want to miss!’ – Jen from A Bookish Peach (5-star review)
9780648534204 ARRP $32 PB – 497pp – Ages 14+
Available: 12 September 2019
Shatter City: Impostors 2
by Scott Westerfeld
Allen & Unwin
Secrets. Rebellion. Treachery. Resistance. The thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Impostors.
When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi’s double, and now she’s taken on Rafi’s role as first daughter . . . without anyone knowing. Her goal? To destroy her father – the dictator of Shreve.
With the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced to flee to Paz, where citizens regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms. But Frey’s father has destructive plans even for the City of Peace. Frey must enter the chaos of warfare to disrupt his treacherous intentions, save the city of Paz – and find her missing sister.
Shatter City continues the heart-stopping action in the brilliant Impostors series by acclaimed bestselling author Scott Westerfeld.
‘Classic Westerfeld. A wild, edge-of-your-seat ride that will blow your socks off.’ – Lili Wilkinson, author of After the Lights Go Out
9781760528256 – ARRP $19.99 – C Format PB – 416pp – Ages 13-18
Available: 17 September 2019
A Queen’s Fate
by Nattie Kate Mason
Book 2 of The Crowning YA Fantasy Series. Full of twists and turns, revenge, sibling rivalry and magic.
Set in the Kingdom of Alearia, the future heir must earn the trust of her kingdom who are in the midst of civil unrest led by the power hungry High Priestess. With a traitor on the loose and riots in the streets, the future Queen must find a way to restore peace to a dark and twisted kingdom.
9780648485346 – ARRP $19.95 – PB – Ages 13+
Available: 30 September 2019
The Search for Adarna
by K.M. Levis
Anna Waldorf-Ocampo wants to get away from the ever-present scrutiny that comes with her famous name. She will do anything to avoid dealing with her ruthless older half sister, Elizabeth, although she gets along with her belittled other half sister, Olivia.
Tragedy strikes when their father is felled by a mysterious illness that has no cure. The family’s only hope lies in a bird called Adarna, a mythical creature that can only be found in the Philippine jungle. The three sisters are each tasked to search for the elusive creature. Whoever retrieves it first will inherit their father’s multi-billion empire, but they must hurry or they will lose their father forever.
‘In The Search for Adarna, KM Levis weaves together Philippine folklore with modern-day sensibilities to tell a quest for a legendary bird whose song can cure all ailments. Levis’s deft characterisation and plot are sure to hook young readers, taking them on an amazing journey of supernatural and personal discoveries. The fantastic world revealed in the pages of her previous novels, The Girl Between Two Worlds and The Girl Between Light and Dark, continues to grow with new places to explore.’ – award-winning author Dean Alfar
9789712735363 ARRP $24.00 – PB – Ages 13+
Available: September 2019
The Man in the Water
by David Burton
On the first day of year 10, Shaun sees a dead body.
When Shaun finds a body floating in the lake of a quiet mining town in outback Queensland, he immediately reports it to the police. But when he returns to the site with the constable, the body is gone.
Determined to reveal the truth, Shaun and his best friend, Will, open their own investigation. But what they discover is far more sinister than they expected, and reveals a darkness below the surface of their small town.
‘The reader in me wanted to race right through this to solve the mystery. The writer in me thought I should put the brakes on and appreciate the fine writing. The reader won. I had to know. Had to. That’s how good the writing is.’ – Nick Earls
9780702262524 – ARRP $19.95 – B Format PB – 256pp – Ages 14+
Available: 1 October 2019
by Lisa Fuller
Stacey and Laney are twins – mirror images of each other – and yet they’re as different as the sun and the moon. Stacey works hard at school, determined to get out of their small town. Laney skips school and sneaks out of the house to meet her boyfriend. But when Laney disappears one night, Stacey can’t believe she’s just run off without telling her.
As the days pass and Laney doesn’t return, Stacey starts dreaming of her twin. The dreams are dark and terrifying, and hard to shake, but at least they tell Stacey one key thing – Laney is alive. It’s hard for Stacey to know what’s real and what’s imagined. All she knows for sure is that Laney needs her help.
Stacey is the only one who can find her sister. Will she find her in time?
‘With Ghost Bird, Lisa Fuller has announced herself as a major new voice in Australian young adult writing. Tense and atmospheric.’ – award-winning author, Anthony Eaton
9780702260230 – ARRP $19.95 – B Format PB – 288pp – Ages 14/15+
Available: 1 October 2019
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