Teen Novels Set in Australia

Wildlife

Wildlife by Fiona Wood
YA WOOD, F.
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

Dead I Know

The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
YA GARDNER, S.
Aaron Rowe’s new job at a funeral parlor may be his salvation from sleepwalking, dreams he can not explain and memories he can not recover, but if he does not discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

Razorhurst

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALASTIER, J.
In 1932, in Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, where crime and razor-wielding men rule, two girls with contrasting lives who share the ability to see ghosts meet over a dead body and find themselves on the run from mob bosses.

Afterlight

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim
YA LIM, R.
Since her parents died in a freak motorbike accident, Sophie Teague’s life has fallen apart. But she’s just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start. That’s until Eve, a beautiful ghost in black, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to tie up some loose ends. But dealing with the dead might just involve he greatest sacrifice of all.

Golden Boys book cover

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
YA HARTNETT, S.
Rex and Tabby Jenson and their sons, Colt and Bastian, arrive in Freya Kiley’s Australian neighborhood with little fanfare, but their presence sends fissures throughout their modest community.

When We Wake

When We Wake by Karen Healey
YA SF HEALEY, K.
In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl–playing the guitar, falling in love, and protesting the wrongs of the world with her friends. But then Tegan dies, waking up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived. Appalling secrets about her new world come to light, and Tegan must choose to either keep her head down or fight for a better future.

Girl Defective book cover

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
YA HOWELL, S.
Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

MidnightDress

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
YA FOXLEE, K.
Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father but connects with the people of a small, coastal Australian town, especially classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.

Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
YA CROWLEY, C.
Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.

Love and Other

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
YA BUZO, L.
A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.

Stolen

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
YA CHRISTOPHER, L.
British city-dweller Gemma is abducted while on vacation and taken to the Australian outback, where she realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

underdogs

Underdogs: three novels by Markus Zusak
YA ZUSAK, M.
Presents three novels in which two brothers, Ruben and Cameron Wolfe, strive to overcome the limitations of their family’s poverty, taking jobs as fighters, and Cameron, the younger brother, tries to find love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend.

PipersSon

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
YA MARCHETTA, M.
After his favorite uncle’s violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fear that no one else is, either.

Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
YA SILVEY, C.
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

Pink

Pink by Lili Wilkinson
YA WILKINSON, L.
Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality–and sexual orientation–at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.

Little Wanting Song

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
YA CROWLEY, C.
One Australian summer, two very different sixteen-year-old girls–Charlie, a talented but shy musician, and Rose, a confident student longing to escape her tiny town–are drawn into an unexpected friendship, as told in their alternating voices.

Winds of Heaven

The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
YA CLARKE, J.
Clementine and her cousin Fan both grow up in 1950s Australia but have very different lives, Clementine coming from a stable, city family and Fan from a broken, country home, and their destinies are also strikingly divergent.

BeatleMeets

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.

Anatomy of Wings

The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
YA FOXLEE, K.
After the suicide of her troubled teenage sister, eleven-year-old Jenny struggles to understand what actually happened.

JellicoeRoad

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
YA MARCHETTA, M.
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

DoesMyHead

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith–without losing her identity or sense of style.

Murder of Bindy

The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
YA MORIARTY, J.
Class brain Bindy Mackenzie has alienated her entire high school but when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, she has to make friends in order to get help.

tomorrowwhenwarbegan

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
YA MARSDEN, J.
When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.