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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

TAB Picks!

Books

HushHush

Bella: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Lord of the Flies Romeo and Juliet Freakonomics

Suzanne: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

AdorationJennaFox Thickety

Chloe: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, The Thickety: a path begins by J. A. White; illustrations by Andrea Offermann

MobyDick

Matt: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Movies/TV

JungleBook

Bella: The Jungle Book

MyBigFatGreek2 Zootopia DaddysHome

Kaite: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Zootopia, Daddy’s Home

FlashTV

Matt: The Flash

Life is Beautiful dvd

Suzanne: Life is Beautiful

Music

BackInBlack

Bella: ACDC “Back in Black”

Katie: Twenty One Pilots “Ride”

 

Chloe: Twenty One Pilots “The Pantaloon” and “Trapdoor”

Places to Eat

Matt: Moretti’sMago

Suzanne: Chipotle, Panera, Mingle Juice Bar

Thorri: Starbucks

Bella: Mia’s Cantina, Capannari Ice Cream

Konrad: Popeye’s

10 New Teen Novels in Verse

UpFromSea

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
YA LOWITZ, L.
A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenage boy.

AmericanAce

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson
YA NELSON, M.
Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother’s death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad’s father was probably a Tuskegee Airman.

5to1

5 to 1: a novel by Holly Bodger
YA SF BODGER, H.
In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to [boys outnumbering girls] 5 to 1, marriage is arranged based on a series of tests. It’s Sudasa’s turn to pick a husband through this ‘fair’ method, but she’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

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Skyscraping: a novel by Cordelia Jensen
YA JENSEN, C.
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

DatingDown

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
YA LYONS, S.
Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father’s political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, “X,” even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.

audacity

Audacity by Melanie Crowder
YA CROWDER, M.
A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.

Believarexic

Be·liev·a·rex·ic by J.J. Johnson
YA JOHNSON, J.
An autobiographical novel in which fifteen-year-old Jennifer Johnson convinces her parents to commit her to the Eating Disorders Unit of an upstate New York psychiatric hospital in 1988, where the treatment for her bulimia and anorexia is not what she expects.

PaperHearts

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
YA WIVIOTT, M.
Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.

HouseArrest

House Arrest by K.A. Holt
YA HOLT, K.
Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations.

OneCrossan

One by Sarah Crossan
YA CROSSAN, S.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery. But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Steampunk Novels for Teens

DarkUnwinding

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
YA CAMERON, S.
In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family’s estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurrences soon have her doubting her own sanity.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
YA CLARE, C.
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Gray’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

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Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
YA DOLAMORE, J.
A wealthy sorcerer’s invitation to sing with his automaton leads seventeen-year-old Nimira, whose family’s disgrace brought her from a palace to poverty, into political intrigue, enchantments, and a friendship with a fairy prince who needs her help.

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Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
YA HABEL, L.
In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

Peculiars

The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry
YA MCQUERRY, M.
Eighteen-year-old Lena Mattacascar sets out for Scree, a weird place inhabited by Peculiars, seeking the father who left when she was young, but on the way she meets young librarian Jimson Quiggley and handsome marshall Thomas Saltre, who complicate her plans.

FridaySociety

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
YA KRESS, A.
Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.

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Steampunk!: an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
YA STEAMPUNK
A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.

IronThorn

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
YA KITTREDGE, C.
In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
YA CROSS, K.
Finley, who has a beastly alter ego inside of her, joins Duke Griffin’s army of misfits to help stop the Machinist, the criminal behind a series of automaton crimes, from carrying out a plan to kill Queen Victoria during the Jubilee.

ThisMonstrousThing

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
YA LEE, M.
When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein.

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The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

Airman

Airman by Eoin Colfer
YA COLFER, E.
In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.

Foundling

Foundling by D.M. Cornish
YA CORNISH, D.
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.

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Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances edited by Trisha Telep
YA SF CORSETS
Collects thirteen original stories set during the Victorian era, including tales of steam-powered machines, family secrets, and love.

Airborn

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
YA SF REEVE, P.
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

MortalEngines

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
YA SF REEVE, P.
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

DeathCollector

The Death Collector by Justin Richards
YA MY RICHARDS, J.
Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

HunchbackAssignments

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur G. Slade
YA SLADE, A.
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

Leviathan

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts.

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The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
YA WOODING, C.
As Thaniel, a wych-hunter, and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, try to rid the alleys of London’s Old Quarter of the terrible creatures that infest them, their lives become entwined with that of a woman who may be either mad or possessed.