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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.

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.

Laugh Out Loud with These Teen Novels

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Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson
YA PIERSON, D.
Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe.

AngusThongs

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison       
YA RENNISON, L.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

Reformed Vampire Support Group

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
YA MY JINKS, C.
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
YA BRAY, L.
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

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Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
YA RUDNICK, P.
When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince–but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

GreatestZombieMovieEver

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand
YA STRAND, J.
After producing three horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, fifteen-year-old Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it’s time to make something epic.

grasshopper jungle

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
YA SMITH, A.
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

FatBoyvCheerleaders

Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.
When the high school cheerleading team takes over a soda vending machine’s funds, which were previously collected by the pep band, Gabe Johnson, an overweight “band geek” tired of being called names and looked down on, declares war.

RebelBelle

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
YA HAWKINS, R.
Seventeen-year-old Harper Price’s charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she’s been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who’s an Oracle.

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
YA CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

Team Human

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
YA LARBALESTIER, J.
Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.

AuRevoir

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
YA SCHREIBER, J.
Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

Throwback: Teen Novels set in the 60’s

Sekret

Sekret by Lindsay Smith
YA SMITH, L.
A group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.

Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
YA SCHMIDT, G.
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom, where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

I'm Glad I Did

I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
YA WEIL, C.
In 1963 sixteen-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City’s famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner in Luke Silver, a boy who seems to connect instantly with her music, and they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who’s fallen on hard times, with a secret past.

LookingJackKerouac

Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup
YA SHOUP, B.
In 1964, Paul Carpetti discovers Jack Kerouac’s On the Road while on a school trip to New York and begins to question the life he faces after high school. Then he meets a volatile, charismatic Kerouac devotee determined to hit the road himself. When the boys learn that Kerouac is living in St. Petersburg, Florida, they go looking for answers.

WhatWeHide

What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
YA JOCELYN, M.
Told from multiple viewpoints, high school Junior Jenny of Philadelphia spends a semester at a Quaker boarding school in Sheffield, England, near where her brother is avoiding the Vietnam draft, and where everyone carries close-held secrets.

TightropeWalkers

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
YA ALMOND, D.
Coming of age in the shadow of northern England’s shipyards, young Dominic is torn between the extremes of his shipbuilder family’s lifestyle, a complex bully to whom he finds himself irresistibly drawn, and the tightrope-walking girl he loves.

Bliss

Bliss by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
Having grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother’s Atlanta world as a foreign country, but she is determined to be nice as a freshman at an elite high school, which makes her the perfect target for Sandy, a girl obsessed with the occult.

Jasper Jones book cover

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
YA MY 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.

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Life: an Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.

SammyJuliana

Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
YA SAENZ, B.
As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of “gringo” racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.

MyNameNotEasy

My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
YA EDWARDSON, D.
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

BeforeWeWereFree

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
YA ALVAREZ, J.
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

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Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
YA CROWE, C.
Douglas Ashe keeps a weekly record of historical and personal events in 1968, the year he turns seventeen, including the escalating war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister.

NotoriousPaganJones

The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry
YA BERRY, N.
Pagan Jones went from America’s sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she’s stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt-not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.

SummerofKings

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan
YA NOLAN, H.
Over the course of the summer of 1963, fourteen-year-old Esther Young discovers the passion within her when eighteen-year-old King-Roy Johnson, accused of murdering a white man in Alabama, comes to live with her family.

TellMeLies

Tell Me Lies by Patrick Cooper
YA COOPER, P.
In England in 1969, nineteen-year-old Stephen leaves his conservative home, where he is haunted by a troubled past and dread of the future, and is drawn by an old friend to a commune, whose charismatic leader speaks of finding freedom to live in the moment.

MyOwnRevolution

My Own Revolution by Carolyn Marsden
YA MARSDEN, C.
In 1960s Czechoslovakia, Patrik participates in and rebels against the communist regime, knowing that anyone could become an enemy in the blink of an eye.

rock and the river

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
YA MAGOON, K.
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Teen Novels Set in France

LittleinLove

A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher
YA FLETCHER, S.
Eponine, the street girl from Les Misérables, tells the story of her life and her unrequited love for Marius, which ultimately leads to her death on the barricades during the short-lived rebellion of June 1832.

Romancing

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
YA JACOBUS, A.
A troubled American teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other–dark, dangerous, and attractive–urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron
YA CAMERON, S.
In the Sunken City that was once Paris the guillotine rules again, while Sophia Bellamy from the Commonwealth across the Channel Sea tries to rescue as many of the revolution’s victims as she can smuggle out, and some prisoners disappear from their cells, with a red-tipped rook feather left in their place–but who is the mysterious Red Rook and where does Sophia’s wealthy fiance,́ René Hasard, fit in?

IslaHappily

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
YA PERKINS, S.
Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face.

BeautifulCursed

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
YA MORGAN, P.
Residing in a desolate abbey protected by gargoyles, two beautiful teenaged sisters in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Paris discover deadly and otherworldly truths as they search for their missing brother.

Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
YA ROSS, E.
Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.

GadgetGirl

Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata
YA KAMATA, S.
Aiko Cassidy, a fourteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, tired of posing for the sculptures that have made her mother famous, dreams of going to Japan to meet her father and become a great manga artist, but takes a life-changing trip to Paris, instead.

MarieAntoinette

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
YA ALENDER, K.
While in Paris, France on a class trip, Colette Iselin enlists the help of her charming French tour guide to help uncover a possible connection between Marie Antoinette, a series of gruesome murders, and perhaps her own family history, and he also gives her insights into herself.

StarryNights

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
YA WHITNEY, D.
Seventeen-year-old Julien falls in love with the muse, Clio, as he tries to save her and the Musée D’Orsay’s collection of Impressionist art after learning the paintings are reacting to a curse set by Renoir that trapped Clio in his painting.

Grave mercy

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
YA LAFEVERS, R.
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

DieForMe

Die for Me by Amy Plum
YA PLUM, A.
After their parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year-old Kate Mercier and her older sister Georgia, each grieving in her own way, move to Paris to live with their grandparents and Kate finds herself powerfully drawn to the handsome but elusive Vincent who seems to harbor a mysterious and dangerous secret.

Revolution

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
YA DONNELLY, J.
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy.

NoandMe

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan ; translated from the French by George Miller
YA VIGAN, D.
Precocious thirteen-year-old Lou meets a homeless eighteen-year-old girl on the streets of Paris and Lou’s life is forever changed.

BeautifulAmericans

Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag
YA SILAG, L.
Four high school students on a study abroad program in Paris hide secrets, party, and revel in the glamor of the city, until one of them disappears.

PaleAssassin

The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott
YA ELLOITT, P.
In early 1790s’ Paris, as the Revolution gains momentum, young and sheltered Eugenie de Boncoeur finds it difficult to tell friend from foe as she and the royalist brother she relies on become the focus of “le Fantome,” the sinister spymaster with a long-held grudge against their family.

Sovay

Sovay by Celia Rees
YA REES, C.
In 1794 England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father’s arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.

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The Revolution of Sabine by Beth Levine Ain
YA AIN, B.
During Benjamin Franklin’s visit to Paris in 1776, sixteen-year-old Sabine Durand rails against the strict rules of society and her social-climbing mother by rejecting her arranged marriage and spending more time with servants and others who accept Franklin’s political ideals and those she read in Voltaire’s Candide while having her portrait painted by the renowned artist, Fragonard.

BlueFlame

Blue Flame by K. M. Grant
YA GRANT, K.
In 1242 in the restive Languedoc region of France, Parsifal, having been charged as a child to guard an important religious relic, has lived in hiding for much of his life until he befriends a young couple on opposite sides of the escalating conflict between the Catholics and the Cathars.

Life As It Comes

Life as it Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux; translated from the French by Y. Maudet
YA BONDOUX, A.
After their parents are killed in a car accident, sisters Mado, fifteen, and Patty, twenty, try to cope, but when the irresponsible and impulsive Patty gets pregnant and expects Mado to take charge of everything, life becomes increasingly difficult.