Leading into high school is a time when many kids are developing a sense of self, forming opinions of the world and others and discovering new levels of independence. In sharing the stories and authors they love, they’re able to express their likes and dislikes, discover new stories and ideas and expand their outlook. Here are some titles bound to do the rounds.
A cheeky new series destined for stardom, from the bestselling author of The Kensington Reptilarium.
'Laugh-out-loud... lots of fun throughout.' Booklist
A masterpiece of sinister malevolence, The Witches is a classic horror novel
I'm Tom Weekly. If my life is an exploding chicken, this book is my attempt to glue it back together.
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
A novel about love and the things you can and can't change, from the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for young adult fiction, Sue Saliba.
Think family, friends and fashion, romance, tears and laughter. That's Crystal Bay!
The first book in an exciting and enjoyable Australian series about the friendship and adventures of three horse-crazy girls.
Books for the independent masters of self-control born 22 December – 19 January.
Books for the open-minded, philosophical enthusiasts born 22 November – 21 December.
Books for the assertive, resourceful decision-makers born 23 October – 21 November.