Book Detective

Do you ever find yourself hunting for an Australian young adult title that combines a specific set of ingredients, whether they be themes, tropes, places, or more?

Do you ever wish you could summon a sort of ‘detective’ who could investigate whether such a book exists?

Well, you are in luck! The #LoveOzYA Book Detective, designed to help you find homegrown YA books you will LOVE.

You can follow the two links at the bottom of the page to either: 

  • Send in a case you’d like to be cracked: In other words, send in a request for us to try to find an Aussie YA title that touches on themes, tropes, or other features that you’re interested in. We imagine this form will be of most use to readers and educators.
  • Send in a tip-off to the Book Detective: Tell us about an in-print Australian YA title that you love, so we can add it to our bank of valuable evidence for future case sleuthing! We imagine this form will be of most use to writers and readers.

What happens when the #LoveOzYA Book Detective ‘solves’ a case?

The Book Detective will reveal their nominated suspect in two ways:

  1. By replying directly to the person who sent in the case, via the contact method cited on the form above.
  2. By posting the findings on the #LoveOzYA social media accounts.

Now, to ensure they don’t overload on coffee and doughnuts, the #LoveOzYA Book Detective will take cases on, well, a case-by-case basis. But rest assured, they’ll do their best to solve your mysteries, and find the perfect book for you! They will also likely take a paced approach to their investigative tasks, picking one case per month. But if they get on a roll, they’ll do their best to crack as many as they can, as quickly as possible!

Send us a case

Let us help you find the perfect Aussie YA title for your preferences.

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Send us a tip

Want to let us know about a great book that fits a theme, trope or other type of preference?

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Solved cases

Have a look at all the cases the Book Detective has solved in the past

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