The YA Showcase is a speed-dating session of sorts, where publishing house reps woo young and old YA fans alike with their most anticipated YA for the New Year. Run by the Centre for Youth Literature, the annual event continues to be a sell-out year after year. While international titles were once again showcased this year, I’m going to focus on my most anticipated LoveOzYA titles. Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 most anticipated #loveOzYA reads for 2018:
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia
Edited by Anita Heiss
A collection of non-fiction stories from Aboriginal writers, including Ambelin Kwaymullina and Celeste Liddle. Childhood stories of family, country and belonging.
The Art of Taxidermy
A verse novel about a young girl grieving for her mother finds comfort in her fascination with taxidermy. I’ve been craving a good verse novel (bring on Maxine Beneba Clarke’s YA verse novel!), and taxidermy peaked my quirky interests. This novel was shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize.
Frankie was Shivaun’s sharp, raw, hilarious and uplifting debut novel. I’m ridiculously excited to read her second novel, Tin Heart, which was pitched as a novel that explores identity, survival, family and an unlikely friendship/romance.
An edgy, dark read for older readers, Neverland explores how we misremember and romanticise the past. For fans of Fairytales for Wilde Girls, Our Chemical Hearts, On the Jelicoe Road and We Were Liars. The pitch had me at ‘edgy, dark…’.
We don’t pick and choose what we are afraid of. A psychological thriller about a gruesome imaginary friend, a mute girl and dark secrets.
Okay, so Rachael isn’t Australian, but it’s fair to say we’ve claimed her as one of our own. The Rift is a dual-narrative fantasy promising action and ample swoonage. I loved Craw’s Spark trilogy, which was packed with suspense, humour and tenderness, so I am pumped for her next offering.
Catching Teller Crow
Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Allen & Unwin
I was captivated by The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, so I am eager to see Ambelin’s next offering. Catching Teller Crow, which she co-wrote with her brother Ezekiel, explores sexualised violence against Indigenous girls, and how hope lies in the hearts and hopes of First Nations women.
Allen & Unwin
A secret off-the-grid community in rural Australia. Intriguing cult elements. I’m all for the “do not judge a book by its cover” adage, but IT’S SO PRETTY! Also, cults!
Allen & Unwin
What does it mean to be human? Set in post-apocalyptic USA, the robotic population have been reduced to slaves and androids (robots that look like humans) have been outlawed. Eve and her best friend, Lemon, find an android in a scrapheap who knows the truth behind a robotic revolt. Oh, and Eve discovers that she can destroy robotics with her mind.
The first in a new series, Jane Doe has been locked away and experimented on for two years. Her resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new evaluator, forcing her to question and uncover the truth about the program. An exclusive advanced reader copy was given out to all YA Showcase attendees, so I am one happy camper.