I was so stoked when I found her blog - not only do I love her style, but we share some of the same absolute favourite books (like Tomorrow When the War Began and Guitar Highway Rose - which I completely ADORE - and our love for the whimsically brilliant Jaclyn Moriarty)
1. The Aussie YA scene is so strong at the moment - with so many BRILLIANT titles that came out this year. What tops your list of favourite Aussie YA reads this year?
My absolute favourite book of the year was Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. I just couldn't put it down and it reminded me alot of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (another favourite) but for art-minded people and of course, it was set in Australia! I will definitely be re-reading it again soon. Honourable mentions go to Swerve by Phillip Gwynne and Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood.
2. What books from previous years are on your all-time favourite Aussie YA list?
The Tomorrow series by John Marsden (1993) will always be a favourite, as well as Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty (2000) and Guitar Highway Rose by Brigid Lowry (1997).I read both Feeling Sorry for Celia and Guitar Highway Rose the year they were each released and am still re-reading them more than ten years later.
3. Any lesser known Aussie YA books/authors you adore?
Kate McCaffrey is a Western Australian author who writes amazing stories addressing very real problems for teens: Destroying Avalon (bullying), In Ecstasy (drugs) and Beautiful Monster (eating disorders).
Quick 5: Choose the book you'd recommend to someone in the mood for:
A tear jerker - Letters to Leonardo by Dee White
Awesome male POV - Swerve by Phillip Gwynne
Quirky and hilarious - Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
A story that lingers - Grace by Morris Gleitzman
A book that you can't put down - Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley