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#LoveOzYAbookclub July 2020 title announcement – PLEASE DON’T HUG ME

July 8th, 2020|0 Comments

High Five to everyone, we made it halfway through 2020! To kick off the second half of the year, we are proud to announce our July 2020 title for #LoveOzYAbookclub will be PLEASE DON’T HUG ME by Kay Kerr.

A funny-serious own-voices story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go.

Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. She’s lost […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub June 2020 author interview: SARAH EPSTEIN (Deep Water)

June 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello, bookclubbers  🙂 This month’s interview is with Sarah Epstein, the author of our book-of-the-month, DEEP WATER. Sarah gets the chance to explain why she writes for teenagers, the real-life dimensions of a graveyard mausoleum, and her perfect writing conditions – read on…


Are you a plotter or a pantser? Or something in between? Do you even believe in that ‘plotter Vs pantser’ stuff?

I’m very much a plotter. I like to plan and outline my novels in quite a lot of detail before I start writing, or at least before I get too far into drafting the opening […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub June 2020 title announcement – DEEP WATER

June 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Is it just me, or did May seem to take *forever*? (and also go really fast?) Weird time is something we’re all becoming familiar with over the course of this exceedingly weird year… I guess we’re all slowly getting used to it!

But what if time – and relationships, and people – start getting weird in your small country town after a boy goes missing? That is (roughly) the premise of DEEP WATER by Sarah Epstein, our June book of the month. It’s a small-town mystery with layer upon layer of weird just shimmering below the surface…and I challenge you […]

#LoveOZYAbookclub May 2020 Author Interview – SOPHIE GONZALES Only Mostly Devastated

May 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Our Author Interview for May is from Sophie Gonzales. We asked Sophie five questions to hear a little more about her and the background for Only Mostly Devastated.

What made you decide to do a Grease retelling and have you always been a fan of Grease?

I’ve been a fan of Grease since the first time I watched it as a little kid (although let’s be real, I didn’t understand about 80% of what I was watching… but I definitely knew I liked the music!). With Only Mostly Devastated, what I wanted to do was address what I saw as a gap — […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub May 2020 Title Announcement – ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED

May 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is well and coping okay with this crazy time. I hope you are getting lots of reading time in amongst working or schooling from home. I don’t know about you but I’m loving funny lighthearted rom-coms right now, so I am more than happy to announce the May Title for you all to enjoy

The book for May 2020 is ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales.

Summer love…gone so fast.
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub April 2020 author interview – KATYA DeBECERRA (Oasis)

April 26th, 2020|0 Comments

Welcome, again, to another author interview with bookclub! This month we have the fabulous Katya DeBecerra, with her sophomore novel OASIS.

Katya is a pretty amazing woman with a fascinating history: she was born in Russia, studied in California and now lives in Melbourne. Katya has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Melbourne, and now works as a social scientist (what’s that? you might ask – well according to this definition it’s “an expert in or student of human society and social relationships, or any subject within this field, such as economics or politics” so there […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub April 2020 title announcement – OASIS

April 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello, lovely locked-down friends!

A quick word about bookclub in a time of coronavirus: I know we’re all coping with some wild circumstances right now – no matter your situation, living in quarantine isn’t easy. But while you’re stuck at home, Emmaly and I will do our best to keep you busy with book recs, new titles, online events or some other way of connecting with your favourite books. After a few hiccups, we’ve made sure that Boomerang Books is still offering us free shipping on bookclub orders. And if you think of anything that we could include in bookclub that would make your life easier, please reach out on […]

#LoveOZYAbookclub March 2020 author interview: ASTRID SCHOLTE (The Vanishing Deep)

March 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Instagram Live Virtual Book Launch 26 March 2020

Hi everyone. On Thursday 26 March, Astrid Scholte was due to have her book launch in Melbourne for THE VANISHING DEEP after returning from her US tour. But with the way of the world at the moment, a virtual Q&A Chat with Astrid and The YA Room on Instagram was held instead. I would have loved to have gone to the launch to get my book signed, but it was great to still be able to hear from Astrid in the comfort of my own home. I have summarised the conversation with some of the questions asked here:

#LoveOzYAbookclub March 2020 title announcement – THE VANISHING DEEP

March 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello, and welcome to March! I’d like to say a big thank you to Ellie for adding me as a co contributor to the #LoveOzYAbookclub. My name is Emmaly and I’m from the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. I live on a small farm with my husband, two young adult kids and our pet alpacas, horses and dogs. I’ve been a mad YA reader for many years and one of my main hobbies is collecting signed books. You can find me on twitter @MissEmmG or insta @emmalyg

I am very excited to introduce our March bookclub read THE VANISHING DEEP […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Feb 2020 author interview – NINA KENWOOD (It Sounded Better In My Head)

February 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Our first author interview for the year – huzzah! If you’d like a little insight into what inspired Nina Kenwood to write her debut YA novel, her fave trash movies, and the potential alternative titles for It Sounded Better in My Head, read on…


What other media inspired you during the writing of this book? Songs, TV, movies, other books…it’s all grist for the mill!

Every book I read inspired my writing in some way, but some highlights for me were Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (one of my favourite ever YA books), Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (I […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Feb 2020 title announcement – IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD

February 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to bookclub for a brand new year!

I’m very excited to be welcoming you all back for 2020 – it’s been amazing to see how bookclub has steadily grown against all my expectations! I honestly thought it would just be a few dozen superkeen OzYA friends and I discussing books on FB, but here we are over 600 members-strong, and more people continue to jump aboard all the time, which makes me so very happy to see!

Now here we are with another year, and with a few changes to bookclub to keep us all evolving: Emmaly White Gridley has kindly joined up as my co-mod, […]

Holiday recs, and new moves afoot for #LoveOzYAbookclub 2020!

December 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello friends 🙂  You might have noticed that I’ve been a bit slow and lumbering this year, like a large dinosaur (think Apatosaurus, or maybe Triceratops – triceratops are kinda cute!), and that updates and announcements have slowed right down. And there’s a reason for that! Mostly the reason is that I’ve been overstretched with writing, work and parenting commitments. And I have a book release+overseas travel+more work stuff next year! Argh, what to do…

The solution turned out to be staring me right in the face 🙂

I’m very pleased to announce that in 2020, #LoveOzYAbookclub will have TWO moderators – please give a warm welcome my co-mod extraordinaire,

#LoveOzYAbookclub Dec2019 author interview: POPPY NWOSU (Making Friends With Alice Dyson)

December 24th, 2019|0 Comments

One of the best things about choosing books for #LoveOzYAbookclub is getting the chance to introduce debut authors – and this month we have an interview with OzYA debut Poppy Nwosu about her book MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON.


Poppy Nwosu grew up in Queensland, lived for a time in the UK and Europe, and now writes from her home base in Adelaide. ALICE DYSON was shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award, and the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Poppy was also awarded the 2019 Writers SA Varuna the Writers’ House Fellowship for Young Writers. Her second book TAKING DOWN EVELYN TAIT is due for […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub title selection Dec 2019 – MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON (Poppy Nwosu)

December 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello friends J We’ve reached the finale section of 2019, and here’s the book that will take us through to a brand new bookclub year in 2020 – MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON by Poppy Nwosu.

It’s a sweet contemporary romance about Alice – trying hard to concentrate on her last year of high school – and Teddy, the school’s most notorious troublemaker. Here’s the blurb:

My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers.
My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure.
I stand […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2019 title selection – MONUMENTS

September 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Good morning, bookclubbers! Here in Australia, we’ve moved from shivering in our coats to feeling the first warm breeze of spring (and anticipating what’s bound to be an over-warm summer) so it feels appropriate to be reading a new title in bookclub that deals with geologic-level myth-making – our book for September is MONUMENTS by much-loved local author Will Kostakis.

Here’s the blurb:

All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Books in the Spotlight: BETWEEN US (Clare Atkins)

August 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello and welcome to a new feature of bookclub! For some time I’ve been thinking that there are just way more OzYA books out there than we have time to read in bookclub, so this is a way I’ve thought up to shine a spotlight on books not selected for reading, or neglected OzYA classics, or for discussions around books we’ve read personally and would like to share our opinions about. I’m hoping it might even introduce some new books to new readers! If it’s interesting to people, I’ll continue with it – so this is a bit of an early experiment 🙂

Our first Books in the Spotlight feature […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub July 2019 title announcement – AURORA RISING

July 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello, I’ve had a slow start this month due to school holidays and illness, sorry about that! But I’m very happy to announce that we have a new title – AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. And after being unable to get my hands on it for a while (because my kids confiscated it as soon as it arrived), I am extreeeemely excited to be reading this book!

Here’s the blurb:

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – June 2019 author interview: Michael Earp (KINDRED)

June 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Good morning! One of my fave things about bookclub is that great feeling when we have the opportunity to introduce readers and fans to brand new (or new-to-them) authors. This month’s title, KINDRED: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, is an anthology that gives readers a chance to sample a variety of amazing new talent. And this book’s talent-cup runneth over: KINDRED has a selection from a literal Who’s Who of Australian literature, including Christos Tsiolkas, Benjamin Law, Claire G Coleman, Omar Sakr, Alison Evans, Jen Wilde, Marlee Jane Ward, Nevo Zisin, Erin Gough and Ellen van Neerven.

#LoveOzYAbookclub title announcement June 2019 – KINDRED

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments


Hello, and welcome to the middle of the year! We have a new title for this month, and I know you’ll be as excited as I am to read KINDRED: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories, edited by Michael Earp.

This anthology pretty much has it all: an incredible twelve-story buffet with work by an amazing selection of writers, including Erin Gough, Claire Coleman, Christos Tsiolkas, Benjamin Law, Marlee Jane Ward and another #LoveOzYAbookclub alumnus, Alison Evans. The anthology recently had a fantastic ‘coming out’ release launch in Melbourne – it was also launched and featured at this year’s Sydney […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – May 2019 Author Interview – Astrid Scholte (Four Dead Queens)

May 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello! Behind every good book is a whole other story, and this month’s author Q&A with the author of FOUR DEAD QUEENS, Astrid Scholte, reveal some of the backstory behind the writing of this wild adventure in Quadara.

Astrid herself has a background in film and television as an artist and manager, working on everything from Happy Feet 2 to Avatar. She lives in Melbourne, and is currently on tour for the promotion of her debut FOUR DEAD QUEENS (as well as keeping busy writing the sequel).



* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know…

While working at Weta […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub May 2019 title announcement – FOUR DEAD QUEENS

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Hello and welcome to May! We’ve had heaps of rain lately – finally – and in Australia the weather is changing towards that perfect time of year for cuddling up beside a warm fire/radiator/hot water bottle with a really great book. Huzzah!

And what a book we have for everyone this month… FOUR DEAD QUEENS is the debut sf/fantasy title by Astrid Scholte, and it’s making a big splash in the States, where Astrid is currently touring. Here’s a link to the Kirkus review, and a bit more about the book:

“Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2019 author interview: JENNA GUILLAUME (What I Like About Me)

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

For those of you who read Buzzfeed on the regular – and have a yen for things like Captain America’s beard, Hallmark romance movies, what the hell is going on with The Bachelor, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer – you may already know Jenna Guillaume, who worked with the platform for a long time providing hilarious, up-to-the-minute content on the site and across her social media channels. In fact, this is how I first got to know Jenna – and I fast became an admirer of her pop culture insights and pithy one-liners.

Since she made the transition from […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub March 2019 title announcement – WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME

March 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Hello and happy Labour Day weekend for those celebrating today! (of which I am one)

And I’m very pleased to announce that our read for March 2019 (I gave it a little more time, to make sure it was available on shelves) is the YA debut by Jenna Guillaume, WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME.

Here’s a little bit of blurb for you:

You know all those movies where teenagers have, like, THE SUMMER OF THEIR LIVES?

This summer is probably not going to be that.

Source: Everything that’s happened since yesterday … 

The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she’d be doing this summer is […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub author interview Feb 2019 – Demet Divaroren (LIVING ON HOPE STREET)

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

#LoveOzYAbookclub author interview Feb 2019 – Demet Divaroren (LIVING ON HOPE STREET)

Hello again, and welcome to this year’s first author interview! It’s great to be back in action on #LoveOzYAbookclub, and I try to provide an author Q&A (and sometimes an author FB chat) whenever we start a new title each month.

Demet Divaroren is a Turkish-Australian writer who moved to this country when she was six months old. She’s a Melbourne-bases author, editor and writing teacher, and her work has appeared in Griffith REVIEW, Island magazine, The Age, The Big Issue and the smash-hit AFL story collection, From The Outer, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub February 2019 title announcement – LIVING ON HOPE STREET

February 5th, 2019|1 Comment

Welcome to 2019 and welcome back to #LoveOzYAbookclub, folks! I hope your Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Christmas-New Year celebrations were joyful, and your holidays relaxing and safe. My family spent some time doing our usual camping trip – long car rides, campfires, mosquitoes and incredibly beautiful beaches (and dolphins!) seem to have been a permanent part of our holiday tradition for as long as I can remember, and I hope your vacation was equally fun. Now we’re back again for another year of OzYA reading, and I can’t wait to get started!

Our first title for this year is a doozy: LIVING ON HOPE […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub title announcement Dec18-Jan19: OBSIDIO

December 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Happy holidays! The time has come to cap off an amazing year of OzYA titles and reveal our final book for the year… In 2015, we read Illuminae, in 2016 we read Gemina, and in 2018, the year of its release, we will be reading OBSIDIO by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

You probably know what’s what already with this mind-boggling series, but here’s the blurb:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Nov-Dec 2018 author interview: Emily Gale (I Am Out With Lanterns)

December 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Emily Gale would have to be one of Australia’s best imports – an English émigré, she’s been enriching the local book-writing and book-selling scene since she arrived. She is an author of Junior and Young Adult fiction, and has worked in the literary industry for nearly twenty years, as an editor for Penguin and Egmont in the UK, and later with literary agencies and trade industry publication Bookseller+Publisher as a reviewer. She has been a judge for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and worked at Readings Books as the children’s buyer, where she was instrumental in establishing the Readings Children’s Book Prize. She has written four novels for […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – November 2018 title announcement: I AM OUT WITH LANTERNS

November 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Hello! With only a month-and-a-bit until Christmas and many things to do before year’s end, it’s time we got stuck into our November title! And I’m very pleased to announce that I AM OUT WITH LANTERNS by Emily Gale has been a very popular choice for our next-to-last book for the year.

One of us is in the dark.
One of us is a bully.
One of us wants to be understood.
One of us loves a girl who loves another.
One of us remembers the past as if it just happened.
One of us believes they’ve drawn the future.
But we’re all on the same […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub October 2018 title announcement – SONGS THAT SOUND LIKE BLOOD

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Hi again! We’re getting closer to the end of the year, goodness – I can’t quite believe that we’ve only got two more books to go in 2018 after this one!

You might have noticed that the schedule has been stretched out a little; our October book is only just arriving, which means the discussion will be held in early November, and our November book will stray into December…and that’s totally okay, because our final book of the year is a longer read that takes us through to the start of February, so I don’t mind dragging things out a little towards year’s end.

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2018 author interview: Alison Evans (IDA)

September 29th, 2018|0 Comments

I finally got to meet Alison Evans at a YA author catch-up in Melbourne recently (hey Alison! *waves*), and apart from being a really good sport about answering our slightly dopey questions here on bookclub, they also have the same weapon-of-choice-in-a-zombie-apocalypse as me, so we are now fast friends

Please read on to find out more about Alison, the possible alternative title for IDA, and how the book would fit perfectly into a rainy-day bush tea party in the Dandenongs…


Why this book? Why this story?

I love sci fi and I wanted more with queer characters in it! I am also really […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2018 title announcement – IDA

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

September is here, spring air is wafting around the flowers etcetera etcetera…and we have a great new title for bookclub 🙂

I’m very happy to announce that IDA by Alison Evans is the book of the month!

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? 

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub August 2018 author interview – ERIN GOUGH (Amelia Westlake)

August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Erin Gough is a lovely person, and I know this because she once sat and chatted with me on the floor of the Melbourne Arts Centre during lunch at Reading Matters, and she happily ignored that fact that bits of salad were dropping off my plate onto the carpet near her foot.

No but really, Erin is a long-standing writer of talent: her 2015 book The Flywheel won the Hardie Grant Egmont Ampersand Prize and was listed as a White Raven International Youth library title, and prior to that success she wrote for Best Australian StoriesThe AgeOverlandSoutherly and Going Down Swinging. She has spoken […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub August 2018 title announcement: AMELIA WESTLAKE

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Good morning, team! Our new title for August 2018 is AMELIA WESTLAKE by Erin Gough.

“Two very different girls, and one giant hoax that could change – or ruin – everything.

Harriet Price has the perfect life: she’s a prefect at Rosemead Grammar, she lives in a mansion, and her gorgeous girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she risks it all by creating a hoax to expose the school’s many problems – with help from notorious bad-girl Will Everheart, no less – Harriet tells herself it’s because she’s seeking justice. And definitely not because she finds Will oddly fascinating.

But as Will and Harriet’s campaign […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Author interview: Sarah Epstein (SMALL SPACES)

July 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Sarah Epstein is multi-talented: not only is she a skilled writer of YA thrillers like SMALL SPACES, she’s also a graphic designer, a parent and a small business manager. I love that her illustrations at Sarah Epstein Creative are so colourful and cheery, and her YA writing is so dark and scary! Sarah grew up in Sydney and moved to Melbourne in 1999, where she now lives with her partner and two children.


Sarah’s been kind enough to answer our Five Messy Questions for bookclub – I hope you enjoy her answers…

Why this book? Why this […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub July 2018 title announcement – SMALL SPACES

July 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Hey bookclubbers! We have a new title for July – and I think you’re going to like it…

SMALL SPACES is the debut novel of YA writer Sarah Epstein, who is not only a writer but a talented graphic designer.

Here’s the info for the book:

We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub author interview – PAULA WESTON

June 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Welcome again to another session of Five Messy Questions!

This week we’ve grilled Paula Weston, the author of this month’s title, THE UNDERCURRENT, about everything from how not to wet your pants to why she’d use a katana during a zombie apocalypse. Paula, thank you for playing, and Enjoy!

Why this book? Why this story?

After writing a story over four books with The Rephaim series, I wanted to craft a stand-alone with The Undercurrent to make sure I still could, and because the story I had in mind could be told in a single volume.

As for the story itself, I’d […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – June 2018 title announcement

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

THE UNDERCURRENT is a new standalone spec-fic thriller by Paula Weston, the author of the Rephaim series, and it was recently longlisted for the Sisters in Crime 2018 Davitt Awards in the YA Crime category.

Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it—to spark a fire, maybe even end a life—but she doesn’t understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she’s anxious.

Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub May 2018 discussion post – THE SIDEKICKS (Will Kostakis)

June 4th, 2018|0 Comments

“Mrs Evans’s features soften. She says he died.

I fall out of myself. I picture us contained within a 16:9 frame sitting opposite her desk: me in the winter uniform, full blazer with pants; Ryan in the summer option, shorts and knee-high socks; Harley in his own custom casual interpretation, a shirt that is slightly untucked but not completely, a top button that is undone but obscured by a tie, and white socks visible only when he sits and his trouser legs ride up. The three of us stare at her, stunned.

“Wait, what?’ Harley asks.”

Will Kostakis’s writing has an echo – […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – May 2018 title selection: THE SIDEKICKS

May 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Heya, folks! It was very cheering to see everyone so excited about last month’s title, and I hope you’re equally keen to get your teeth into this month’s book: THE SIDEKICKS by Will Kostakis.

Will Kostakis’s first novel, Loathing Lola, was published when he was just nineteen. His second novel The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. A Sydney native, Will happens to be one of those unique writers who are just as eloquent, funny and smart in person as they are on the page – Will is a regular speaker […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub April 2018 discussion post – VALENTINE (Jodi McAlister)

May 2nd, 2018|2 Comments



The End

Ha, I’m kidding. Okay, so Jodi McAlister has worked to make the love interest of VALENTINE really hot, and I’m fully appreciative – you know I’m on board with hot love interests. But above and beyond that, I think VALENTINE is actually a really well-crafted blend of romance and paranormal fantasy. You know exactly what you’re getting, because it’s written on the tin: if you weren’t interested in a romance story, the title of the book alone would be enough to put you off. But knowing that I was going to get a strong romance thread even before I started reading allowed me to just relax […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – April 2018 title selection

April 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Happy Easter/ Passover/ Hanuman Jayanti/Chocolate day to all of your celebrating! And for those of you already on school holidays – teachers and students alike – I hope you’re having a blissful time of rest and peace. I’ve had four consecutive days of chilled-out time at home spent writing, flopping around on couches, doing jobs in the garden, napping and reading. It’s been bloody wonderful, so I hope your time has been equally nice.

Our title for this month is VALENTINE, the first in a new paranormal series by Jodi McAlister (the second book, IRONHEART has just been released). Here’s […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Feb-March 2018 discussion post – GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN (Michael Pryor)

March 15th, 2018|1 Comment

I love Michael Pryor’s writing – it’s clever and witty and gives generously to the reader (much like Michael Pryor himself!) – so I was a bit pissed off that my copy of GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN was somehow delayed, to the point where I still haven’t received it yet, argh (I didn’t order it through Boomerang Books, if you were wondering). I like to read the Book of the Month in the month we cover it! But unfortunately that was impossible for me this month.

So two bookclubbers have ridden to the rescue with their reviews of […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Feb 2018 Author Q&A – MICHAEL PRYOR (Gap Year in Ghost Town)

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Heya! This month has been a bit hectic for me (for some strange reason…ha), so unfortunately I wasn’t able to arrange a Facebook chat with Michael Pryor, the author of our current title GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN. Although he did see me running around at my book launch like a chook with its head cut off, so I guess he’ll forgive me. And I hope you forgive me too, because I’ve got this juicy substitute: Michael has kindly agreed to answer some of our slightly-offbeat bookclub questions, and he even did extras, as he is that kind of guy […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – February 2018 title selection: GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN (Michael Pryor)

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN is Michael Pryor’s forty-fifth novel (? Forty-sixth? Fiftieth? WHO KNOWS. Michael has published literally dozens of books) for young people. You might have heard of his work previously, with books like The Laws Of Magic series, or the Quentaris Chronicles, or The Extraordinaires, or one of his many other stories – Michael is well known as one of this country’s premier spec fic authors. Michael’s work has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award six times and been nominated for a Ditmar: he’s also had six of his books listed as CBCA Notable Books. He writes (seemingly effortlessly) across category from junior to […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Dec 2017-Jan 2018 discussion post – BEGIN END BEGIN

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Welcome back! I’ve returned from my holiday hiatus, and it’s time for another year of book-filled excitement!

Everyone seemed really happy to read BEGIN END BEGIN: A #LOVEOZYA ANTHOLOGY over the summer holidays, and I must admit it gave me the chance to revisit some of my favourite stories in the collection. Now it’s time to get into the discussion of the book, when you have the chance to give your two cents (or twenty cents?) worth about the stories and the book as a whole.

When I was putting this post together, I asked the contributors to BEGIN END BEGIN […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – title selection Dec 2017-Jan 2018

December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

We’ve finally reached the pointy end of the year.

All the shops are going stupid with Christmas music, the sense of rush is upon us, people in our town have set up their Christmas light displays out in their front gardens. The CFA are announcing bushfire warnings and high alert days on the radio. Australia Post is working overtime. Schoolkids are rejoicing that school is done for the year…

And lists of The Best of 2017 are appearing on social media and in the news. One of these lists was announced by the ABC Book Club – in its last appearance – only a few days ago, and that is […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub Nov 2017 Author interview: Fleur Ferris (WRECK)

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Excuse me for being a bit late – I’ve been crook – but I’m glad I managed to get this interview in front of you before the end of the month! Our discussion post for WRECK will be going up late this week, but it’ll work out okay because everything slows down in the lead up to Christmas: as is my wont, I’ll be scheduling a title for December2017-January2018 that will take us through the end of the year and into the New Year.

I’d like to say thanks so much to Fleur Ferris for visiting with us today, and answering our crazy bookclub questions. Fleur grew up in […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – November 2017 title announcement: WRECK

November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

We’re reaching the pointy end of the year now, when everything seems to speed up and you realise you haven’t even thought about Christmas gift shopping, or what’s happening when the summer holidays start (it’s coming into summer here, if you’re from someplace Not Australia). This is when my list of Things To Do begins to get excessively long and detailed, and chores pile up…

Thank goodness I can still retreat to a good book.

WRECK is Fleur Ferris’s third book – her debut title RISK was one of the hottest things on the OzYA school library circuit and made background-scenery guest appearances on Home & Away, and her […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub October 2017 author Q&A – Leanne Hall (This is Shyness)

October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Our lovely guest this month is YA writer, ace bookseller, skilled raconteur and all-round Highly Talented Person, Leanne Hall. A Melbourne native, she began her writing career with short stories in Meanjin, Sleepers Almanac and Best Australian Stories, then won the Text Prize in 2009 for THIS IS SHYNESS (and believe me, the follow-up, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, is just as awesome).

Check out the amazing artwork (by Noelle, below) that SHYNESS has inspired, and make sure you catch up with Leanne’s website, The Long Blinks, which contains lots of extra SHYNESS content (including deleted chapters! and you might […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – October 2017 title announcement: THIS IS SHYNESS

October 9th, 2017|0 Comments

“The bouncer looks down from his concrete stoop with bloodhound eyes. He’s worked too many nights in a row. I push my shoulders back in my too-tight t-shirt. This is up to me and the motivational power of my two best assets…”

I remember reading these words, from THIS IS SHYNESS by Leanne Hall, to a class of Year 10 students one day. Their reaction was priceless: they weren’t sure what this ‘YA’ thing was, but it sounded pretty good (even talking about ‘assets’! Lol), and maybe the teacher standing in front of them reading aloud wasn’t a total loss…

THIS […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2017 title selection – SPARK (Rachael Craw)

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Right, it’s time to change things up a bit 🙂

We’ve had a bit of a run of deep-thinks books, and now I reckon it might be time for us to read something fantastical – this month we’ll be reading SPARK, the first book in Rachael Craw’s Death by Design series.

And yes, I’m aware we’ve had a bit of a run of NZ books too – I know this is supposed to be LoveOZYA, but I hope folks don’t mind if we give a little bookish love to our neighbours across the water.

Here’s the blurb for SPARK, just to get […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – August 2017 author interview: Jane Harrison (BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS)

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Our book this month is written by one of the loveliest people you could hope to meet – Jane Harrison is a descendent of the Muruwari people of NSW, and is an award-winning playwright and author. Apart from all her amazing achievements, and being an awesome writer, Jane is just an all-round ace person – I got to know her through her work as the Director of Blak & Bright at Writers Vic, and was even more awestruck after I read BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS.

So, in usual fashion, I asked Jane all the oddball questions we usually throw at […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub August 2017 title selection: BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS (Jane Harrison)

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Sometimes I like to choose a book for bookclub that I feel has been a bit overlooked. Next month I’m planning to give you a wild ride, but the book for August 2017 is something a bit quieter and a bit special: local YA author and playwright and generally wonderful person Jane Harrison’s lovely book, BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS.

Set in the tumultuous era of civil rights activism in the 1960s and the changed landscape of the 1980s, BECOMING KIRRALI LEWIS is a coming of age story about Kirrali, a Koori girl who’s been ‘raised white’ in a loving adoptive family. […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – June 2017 author interview: Ted Dawe (Into the River)

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Hey bookclubbers! This month’s book, INTO THE RIVER, is sure to create some interesting discussion, especially around the issue of how and why it was banned in New Zealand. But before we get into the serious business, I thought it’d be nice to ask the author, Ted Dawe, to answer some lighter questions about himself and his writing process. Thanks for joining in, Ted 🙂



* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know:

When my first novel failed to find a publisher and my confidence was at a

low ebb I sent the manuscript […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub June 2017 title selection

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Hi team! May proved to be one of the busiest months on record for me, but now we’re in June! Phew! And we have a great new book to read, which is good, because I really want to spend some time flopping around and reading. I reckon I’ve earned it.

The title for June 2017 is INTO THE RIVER by Ted Dawe.

I know, I know – the author is a New Zealander, which makes this book not strictly ‘OzYA’. But I’m more than willing to extend the OzYA umbrella to cover our neighbours across the water. Plus, I think […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – May 2017 title selection

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments


If one tiny thing, one moment, could change the way you and your community lived – for better or worse – would you take it? Jena’s whole life is thrown into turmoil with such a question in A SINGLE STONE by Meg McKinlay, our bookclub title for this month.

Jena lives with her family in an isolated community that has developed and changed in peculiar ways. Cut off from the outside world centuries ago, the girls of the community are all trained from birth to serve the Mountain as tunellers and harvesters, collecting the valuable rock that keeps the […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – title selection April 2017

April 8th, 2017|2 Comments

This month’s title for bookclub is ZEROES by the collaborative team of Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, and Margo Lanagan.

I think the first book of Margo Lanagan’s that I ever bought was Black Juice, her collection of short stories – and I quickly bought the companion collections, Red Spikes and White Time, once I realised what I was reading. Fiercely original, with sensuous language, the story Singing My Sister Down – about a family spending time with their rebellious daughter before her unusual execution – is probably the best-known of the stories, after it was nominated for both the […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2017 Author Interview: Nicole Hayes

March 25th, 2017|0 Comments


So I’ve already told you a little bit about Nicole Hayes, the author of this month’s title, A SHADOW’S BREATH: she’s written two other YA books (The Whole of My World, and One True Thing) and she’s deeply involved in The Outer Sanctum, AFL football commentary in general, and the brand new AFLW comp in particular. Now Nicole is here to answer a few questions herself and put the record straight about her sordid ballet history…



* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know:

A lot of people know I played footy as a kid […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2017 title selection

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Greetings and salutations, folks – I’ve had some time away from social media, which was both necessary and nourishing, and now I’m back just in time to announce the bookclub title for March.

This month, we’re reading a brand new title by Nicole Hayes, the author of The Whole of My World and One True Thing, and proud footy tragic. Nicole has been one of the forces behind The Outer Sanctum, a podcast that spends time on the big questions of AFL (like, will Cyril Rioli ever come to Richmond? – unlikely *sads*). These rockin’ women were the team who broke the Caroline Wilson-Eddie McGuire story last year, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Dec-Jan author interview: Vikki Wakefield (InBetween Days)

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Hello! I’m back, after a long stretch away, camping with the family. I find getting to the beach refreshing, like I can finally stretch my arms after being cocooned for a long time. I also find completely abandoning all tech and social media (letting my phone die, no pics, no reception, no charging capability, nil, nada, nothing) for an extended period incredibly rejuvenating. I recommend it highly. I got a lot of writing and thinking done, and did a lot of kayaking, and hung out with my fam and friends, and basically had a really excellent, relaxing time.

But I wasn’t […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – thanks! and December-January 2016/7 title selection

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Team, we’ve made it to the end of the year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very large, Christmas-wrapped thank you to all the authors who have participated in bookclub this year. Authors are usually pretty busy people, but everyone I’ve contacted during the course of 2016 has been unfailingly generous of their time, and given us all the chance to have a good chinwag on Facebook, or provided thoughtful replies to the (slightly silly) questions I ask on behalf of bookclub, all in an effort to give us some insight into the writing process or the book we’ve read.

So thank you to (in receding order) Jay […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – November-Dec 2016 – author spotlight: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Summer has finally arrived here – very late indeed. We’ve had buckets of rain, and highly unusual temperature fluctuations that have seen us lighting the woodfire stove at least twice this November, which is totally weird for November.

We’ve also had some weird action in bookclub: I’ve extended the reading period for this month’s book into December. It’s to give people time to catch up with their reading of our title, GEMINA, but mainly it’s a chance for me to draw out the announcement of our end-of-year title, which will hold us over until I get back from family camping in December-January.


#LoveOzYAbookclub – November 2016 title selection: GEMINA

November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

The title for this month’s bookclub read is GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *mic drop*



I’ve chosen this book for a number of reasons. First, I think almost everyone will already have a copy (and if you don’t, you can order from Boomerang Books, using the ‘loveoz‘ code to get free shipping). Second, we kicked off #LoveOzYAbookclub last year in November (I know! Our one year anniversary! Awww…) with ILLUMINAE, the first in this series, so it felt appropriate. And third, this book kicks arse, and I want the whole world to know 🙂

As I’ve mentioned, I’m […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – October 2016 title selection

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Omg, it’s still freakin’ raining! It’s been raining non-stop here for weeks. Please tell me that it’s warm and dry somewhere in the world – I feel like I’m living in the middle of a swamp.

This month’s title is the first one I get to choose since the kick-off month of bookclub! And I had a book in mind (which rhymes with ‘Femina’, ahem) but unfortunately that book is not available for orders until the end of October, so I’ve chosen another excellent book for our reading pleasure…

SUMMER SKIN by Kirsty Eagar is a story about sex – in fact, it’s the story of blossoming love between a […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 discussion post: A SMALL MADNESS

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

A small madnessRight, it’s time to get into the meat and potatoes of Dianne Touchell’s A SMALL MADNESS. I’ve been looking forward to this discussion, as the book raises a whole heap of issues with its plot and characters, as well as with its form, and I’m very interested to hear other peoples’ opinions on it.

First of all, issues of form. A number of people have said to me that they didn’t feel A SMALL MADNESS was a YA book. What constitutes a ‘YA book’ seems harder and harder to get a handle on these days. The chief concerns, I […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 – author interview: Dianne Touchell

September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

floods-at-our-placeWe have not been washed away in the rains here, although it was a near thing (for those of you living far away, south eastern Australia has had some of its highest Spring rainfalls and worst flooding in about ten years – at left is an actual picture of our actual access road during last week’s deluge).

I’m not that bothered by flooding in my vicinity because I’ve always felt that I could cope quite well with being cut off – so long as I had a stock of teabags and condensed milk, a few bottles of wine, and a stack of […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 title selection, August Hiatus results

September 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Welcome to Spring here on my side of the world!  It’s time for flowers to bloom, baby chicks to hatch, sunny skies, and…er…hayfever. So while I’m sniffing and nose-blowing at my place, here’s something to take us on to a new era in bookclub.

Our August hiatus is over. The competition we ran, asking for responses from bookclubbers about how we might value-add to the group, was very useful – a lot of suggestions and ideas were provided about how we might improve the #LoveOzYAbookclub experience, and here’s some of the recommendations I’m adopting:

* Title Selection: After long consideration, I’ve decided to change the title selection process for bookclub. The […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 book selection

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

We are past the halfway mark of the year – how on earth did that happen? – and…we have another title for bookclub!  I’ve had a few delays on my end with Real Life stuff, so I’m sorry this post is a bit late, but the wait will be worth it, I promise 🙂

One of the things I love about bookclub (and YA itself) is the incredible variety of forms – in the last nine months, we’ve read Illuminae, which played with multi-form texts and graphics, How To Be Happy, a YA memoir, and Notes from the Teenage Underground, which highlighted where YA has come from.  […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – June 2016 Discussion Post: THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF (Ambelin Kwaymullina)

July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Good morning! (or afternoon, or evening, etc)  It’s 3 July here in Australia, and while we may not yet have a stable government after yesterday’s election, d’you know what we have got?  Yes!  We’ve got the first Indigenous woman in the House of Representatives!

That’s right: Linda Burney, the new Member for Barton, is the first female Indigenous MP for Labor.  And regardless of political affiliations, I think we should all be cheering that (despite the fact that it took us this long to get here).

In honour of Ms Burney’s election, and because I think we all need a bit of a boost after the strange and curious democratic […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Five Messy Questions with Ambelin Kwaymullina (Ashala Wolf)

June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Hi bookclubbers!

Ambelin KwaymullinaWelcome to a new round of Five Messy Questions with our author of the month.  Our June author in the hot seat is Ambelin Kwaymullina, who wrote THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF.  I’d like to thank Ambelin for taking the time to join us, and for having a bit of fun with these questions!


* One of your favourite words and why:

Rhythm. I can’t spell it. No matter how many times I write it, the exact combination of letters never sticks in my head. The word is an eternal mystery to me. To write this answer I spelt […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: June 2016 book selection

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

This month’s title selection has been generously provided by Chris Currie, author of May’s book, CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW (and proud new dad, as of Saturday May 4th – congratulations Chris!  Love to the whole family!!).

Chris has chosen…*drumroll*…

THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF by Ambelin Kwaymullina!!  Yay!  Kermit flail!

Ashala wolfIn this first book of The Tribe series, Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose, and is about to be subjected to the Machine – memories and thoughts will be yanked straight from her mind, exposing her Tribe, the runaway Illegals with extraordinary powers hiding in the Firstwood.  […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: Title Suggestions Masterlist and How This All Works

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

[Yes, this is the very first post for #LoveOzYAbookclub – I’ve added it here as info for new members and to keep everything in one place.  If you have suggestions for bookclub – titles, features, whatever – add it in the comments here or on the FB page!]


Hi all, this is the introductory post for the #LoveOzYAbookclub – welcome!  If you enjoy reading YA books, and specifically Australian YA, then this is the club for you.  I’m not going to make stupid references to Fight Club, cos that is passe, and the only rule of #LoveOzYAbookclub is talk all you want about bookclub.  Oh, and invite whoever you want – young readers, older […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Five Messy Questions with Chris Currie (Clancy of the Undertow)

May 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Chris is our special guest in the hot seat for this month’s bookclub grilling – and not only did he rise to the challenge, concocting an amazing-sounding cocktail in honour of Clancy, but he dug through his archives to find (in draft form) some of the earliest words he wrote that made the book happen (ahh, writing in the Myer Centre…as a former Brisbane native, I remember it well).  So keep reading beyond the questions to find out where Chris wrote a big chunk of the novel, and for a window into the thoughts that went into the development of the characters.  Thanks for being our May 2016 guest, […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: May 2016 book selection

May 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Another exciting month ahead, and we have another fantastic title on our list.  This is one that I read a while back, but it was just so damn good, that I can’t wait to share it…

It’s always an honour to announce new titles, and this month’s book was selected by Dave Burton, the author of HOW TO BE HAPPY, which we read in April.  To keep us bushy-tailed in May, Dave has chosen CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW by Chris Currie.

clancy  of the undertowCLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW is the second novel from Chris Currie, a Queensland author. Chris’s previous […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: April 2016 – Five Messy Questions with Dave Burton

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments


Dave BurtonWell, we’re at it again, picking the brains of our favourite authors.  This month’s author in the hot seat is Dave Burton, the author of How to Be Happy, and he’s answered five slightly offbeat questions to give us some insight into his writing process (or at least, what his Writing Must-Haves consist of).

 Dave is a Queenslander, and he blogs here, at his website.  He has taught theatre and literature at USQ, and created award-winning theatrical work, including the community musical Boomtown and April Fool’s, about illicit teenage drug use.  He has directed Shakespeare, and […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: April 2016 book selection

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Good morning, and welcome to April!  In our patch of the world, the leaves are turning gold and red, and the temperatures are cooling.  We’re approaching that time of the year when it’s time to light the fire, and curl up on the couch with a hot mug of something, and a good book to read (in other words, my favourite time of the year 🙂 ).

This month’s book has been kindly selected by last month’s author, Simmone Howell, author of NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND.  In a refreshing change from fiction, she has chosen a book of YA memoir, so I’m delighted to announce […]

“Looking Back, Looking Forward”: Notes from the Teenage Underground and LoveOzYA

March 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Notes Teen UndergroundIt’s nearly upon us: that time when we add our thoughts and comments to the discussion thread about this month’s book.  Usually I ask authors to either answer Five Messy Questions, or participate in a Facebook chat (which I’m still getting the hang of, you might have noticed).  This month, with our book NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND, I thought we’d have a bit of a break from normal programming.

Instead of one of our usual interactions, I asked Simmone if she would be kind enough to contribute something personal – in light of the fact that […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – March 2016 book selection

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Rain!  We had rain yesterday!  Such excitement – Autumn, my favourite season, is finally here!  So with the changing of the seasons, it’s time for a change of title…

Notes Teen UndergroundA giant thank you to our February author, Alison Goodman, who has selected this month’s title for bookclub: I hope you’ll join me in saying a big ‘YAY!’ for our March title, Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell.

Notes was first published in 2007, which almost makes it an Australian YA classic – it was released only a year after Twilight took the world by […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Author Q&A – Alison Goodman (Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club)

March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments


This month’s author in the hot seat is Alison Goodman, the author of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club.  Alison has been a wonderful guest at Monday’s debut FB Author Chat, and today I present her answers to five (slightly more weird) questions for your edification.

Alison_DDC launch

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the discussion thread for LADY HELEN, and we’ll shortly have a new title announcement for March!  Until then, enjoy 🙂


* One curious or unusual thing about you that most people don’t know:

On a European trip, I was accidentally left behind in the middle of France. My husband […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: December 2015 book selection

December 6th, 2015|1 Comment

Can you hear the Christmas sleigh bells tinkling?  No?  Well, I hope this tinkles in your ear then – we have our second book for bookclub!

This month’s book has been selected by the authors of last month’s title – as#LoveOzYAbookclub operates on a domino system for titles.  So big thank yous to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, who have chosen Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson as our book of the month.

Green ValentineGreen Valentine is the story of Astrid (Lobster Girl), a perky eco-warrior, and Hiro (Shopping Trolley Boy), a slouchy non-participator, and how they find common ground while […]

#LoveOzYAbookclub: Author Q&A – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Illuminae)

November 21st, 2015|0 Comments

To value-add to our book club experience, I’ve asked authors whose books we’re reading to either a) answer a short Q&A, or b) participate in an FB author chat, if they’re able.  As authors can get very busy, I’ve tried to keep it light-hearted, with the emphasis on something fun and easy.

The authors of our November book, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, have been very busy indeed of late, so I’m hugely appreciative that they’ve agreed to join in at #LoveOzYAbookclub with the answers to a few silly questions.  The Discussion Thread for Illuminae will go up early next week – until then, enjoy!

* One curious or unusual […]