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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best Australian Young Adult Books : Michael Gerard Bauer


Looking for a brilliant book? Michael Gerard Bauer, one of Australia's best-loved and most talented authors of Children's and Young Adult fiction (Ishmael series and the all-new Derek 'Danger' Dale series), shares 20 of his favourite teen / YA books by Australian authors. They are in no particular order apart from, perhaps, he says, number one.

The Messenger - Markus Zusak (I could have also include Fighting Reuben Wolfe and The Underdog.)
Dust - Christine Bongers
The Dead I Know - Scot Gardner
Beatle Meets Destiny - Gabrielle Williams
The Shiny Guys - Doug MacLeod
Are You Seeing Me - Darren Groth
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude get a Life - Maureen McCarthy
How to Make a Bird - Martine Murray
A Small Free Kiss in the Dark - Glenda Millard

Michael Gerard Bauer's book Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel, which should also be in his top 20, although that would be weird.
Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley
The First Third - Will Kostakis
By The River - Steven Herrick
Black Juice - Margo Lanagan
Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarty
One Foot Wrong - Sofie Laguna
One Whole and Perfect Day - Judith Clarke
The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull - Barry Jonsberg
Big River Little Fish - Belinda Jeffrey

Michael says: 'Should have also include Deadly Unna by Phillip Gwynne.

I'm building a resource of Children's and Young Adult book suggestions here on my site. Every week, a new author, illustrator, bookseller, publisher or person in the know will share their top reads. Next it's The Intern author Gabrielle Tozer's top ten.

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