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October 2019 New Releases

Look for these new Oz YA releases in October!

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

Ghost Bird

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

Angel Mage

by Garth Nix
Allen & Unwin

From fantasy master Garth Nix comes a new world of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.


The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long believed dead, has woken from her century-long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer, Simeon the doctor, Dorotea the mage, and Henri, one of the Cardinal’s clerks, and take them into utmost danger …

Set in an alternative seventeenth century where angels can be summoned (and controlled) by those with a talent for magic, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.

‘Nix is a master of the genre: his exquisitely detailed world-building is unparalleled, and his characters are … tremendously alive and compelling.’ – Sarah J. Maas

9781760630904 – ARRP $24.99 – C-Format PB – 496pp – Ages 14+
Available: 1 October 2019

Invisible Boys

by Holden Sheppard
Fremantle Press

An emotional tale of identity, sexuality and suicide derived from personal experience about three teenage boys who struggle to come to terms with their homosexuality in a small Western Australian town.

On the surface, nerd Zeke, punk Charlie and footy wannabe Hammer look like they have nothing in common. But scratch that surface and you’d find three boys in the throes of coming to terms with their homosexuality in a town where it is invisible. 

Invisible Boys is a raw, confronting YA novel that explores the complexities and trauma of rural gay identity with painful honesty, devastating consequences and, ultimately, hope.

‘Sheppard pulls no punches in this story, challenging expectations and taking the reader on a dark journey through each boy’s life, with only a sliver of light at the end providing hope for a brighter future. This book feels somewhat unmoored from time, with a raw edginess … which brings to mind books like Puberty Blues and the work of Tim Winton.’ – Junior Books + Publishing

9781925815566 – ARRP $19.99 – B-Format PB – 344pp – Ages 14-18+
Available: 1 October 2019


by Elizabeth Stevens 
Sleeping Dragon Books

Paige is Mitcham College’s Silver Spoon; she can have any guy she wants. Or can she? When her friends bet she can’t get a bad boy to fall for her, she agrees to the wager. Enter Bash Baker; Mitcham College’s cherry popper. He’s the most egotistical, stereotypical jerk in the whole school. Either Bash’s fragile male ego is popped by the formal, or Paige has to give Mia’s nerdy cousin his first French kiss.

Bash is Mitcham College’s Cherry Popper; he’s popped more cherries than Casanova in all of Venice*. But there’s one cherry his mates bet he’ll never get. Enter Paige Nicholls; the school’s ‘it’ girl. Never one to shy away from a bet, Bash agrees to his mate’s wager. Either Paige’s cherry is popped by the formal, or Bash gives up his title to the nerdy band geek in the year below them.

It’s War of the Romance as Paige and Bash try to seduce the other one without falling for the ruse themselves. Usual tactics don’t seem to be working, so the two of them might need to switch things up. Otherwise they might find they’re the one who’s popped.

*possible exaggeration.

9781925928037 – ARRP $24.95 – PB – 400pp – Ages 16+
9781925928020 – ARRP $3.99 – eBook
Available: 4 October 2019

The Call of the Rift: Veil

by Jae Waller
NewSouth Books

Return to Jae Waller’s wondrous and war-torn colonial world in this captivating second installment in the Call of the Rift series.

The Blackbird Battle has left all sides devastated. The wind spirit Suriel has disappeared. A hard winter is coming, and famine stalks the land. Kateiko Rin returns to her people, ready at last to rejoin her community, but the dangers of the unsettled times come raging to her doorstep. Kako is left with no choice but to battle the forces that seek to open a rift between the worlds. Leading an unlikely alliance that includes her new love Airedain and her old one Tiernan, Kako must risk all to try and stop the coming disaster.

Author Jae Waller returns to her riveting alternate world of brooding rainforests in a colonial time and to her headstrong, troubled heroine in this compelling second volume of the Call of the Rift quintet.

‘[A] stunning debut . . . An intricately lush and well-crafted new fantasy that deserves (and demands) a sequel.’ – Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Call of the Rift: Flight

9781770414570 – ARRP $24.99 – HB – 424pp – Ages 14+
Available: 8 October 2019

Got an upcoming Oz YA release to share with the world? SUBMIT the book’s information via our Newsletter page by the 15th of the month prior to release and we’ll include it in the LoveOzYA monthly eNews and web showcase!




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