Head "Down Under"...

by Paul Astin | Feb 14, 2017
Melina Marchetta
Born: Sydney
LookingForAlibrandiLooking for Alibrandi
Fun fact: Looking for Alibrandi is on the required reading list for Year 9 in Australia and was turned into a movie in 2000!
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JellicoeRoad Jellicoe Road
There are no words, this is just one of the most incredible books, part mystery, part contemporary, always the best. It also won the Printz award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2009.
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Ellie Marney
Born: Brisbane
EveryBreathEvery Breath
A Sherlock Holmes-esque YA contemporary novel: Mycroft is a high school genius, and Watts is a girl from the Outback trying to make it in the city for the first time.
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Cath Crowley
Born: Melbourne
GraffitiMoonGraffiti Moon
Cath Crowley's American debut centers around street art, three of her favorite artists are Mark Rothko, Sam Leach and Ghostpatrol. Read this if you're in the mood for a book that takes place over 24 hours and has mystery, action and a whole lot of adventure.
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John Marsden
Born: Victoria
TomorrowWhenTheWarBeganTomorrow, When the War Began
Tomorrow book 1
John Marsden was a teacher and school principal before the Tomorrow series took off. Tomorrow, When the War Began is a story of seven teens who return home from a camping trip to find their country invaded. It is knock-your-socks-off amazing.
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Jaclyn Moriarty
Born: Sydney
FeelingSorryForCeliaFeeling Sorry for Celia
This fun read is written in letters, postcards, memos and missives and tells the ups and downs of friendship.
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CornerOfWhiteCorner of White
Though Jaclyn is most famous for her Ashbury/Brookfield series, this title is a favorite. Madeleine in Cambridge, England and Eliott of the Kingdom of Cello in parallel worlds begin communicating by sharing notes in a crack between worlds.
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Looking for more authors from Australia? Try these:
Garth Nix
Marcus Zusak
Laura Buzo
Craig Silvey
Alison Goodman
Margo Lanagan
Alexandra Adornetto
Fiona Wood
Simmone Howell
Melissa Keil
John Flanagan