LoveOzYA Classics

Our rich and evolving Australian youth literature has grown, and continues to grow, from a tradition of outstanding storytelling with a distinct Aussie flavour. To celebrate the history of Australian Young Adult fiction and pay homage to the long-cherished stories that continue to spark readers’ imaginations and inspire future generations of authors, we asked you to share your favourite Aussie YA classics.

The list you gave us spans four decades of stories, and we’ve gathered your choices here in chronological order (with their original covers where possible) to give a glimpse of how Aussie YA has evolved through the years. Whether you’re new to Oz YA and keen to discover the books that shaped our youth literature or eager to revisit the stories of your teen years, the list below is a road map to get you started.

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Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
(Thomas Nelson, 1980)

‘Obernewtyn Chronicles’ by Isabelle Carmody
(Penguin, 1987 – 2015)

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
(Penguin, 1992)

The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody
(Puffin Books, 1993)

The ‘Tomorrow’ series by John Marsden
(Pan Macmillan, 1993 – 1999)

‘Rowan of Rin’ series by Emily Rodda
(Omnibus Books, 1993 – 2003)

‘Teen Power Inc.’ series by Emily Rodda
(Scholastic, 1994 – 1999)

‘Old Kingdom’ series by Garth Nix
(HarperCollins / Allen & Unwin, 1995 – 2016)

‘Deltora Quest’ series by Emily Rodda
(Scholastic, 2000 – 2005)

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
(Penguin, 2003)

‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ series by John Flanagan
(Random House, 2004 – 2011)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
(Picador, 2005)

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
(Penguin, 2006)

‘The Lumatere Chronicles’ by Melina Marchetta
(Viking, 2008 – 2012)

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
(Allen & Unwin, 2009)

Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson
(Walker Books, 2015)

Have a favourite Aussie YA classic that you don’t see on this list? Let us know using #LoveOzYA!



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