Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Best of Aussie YA (3) The Tales Compendium

The Best of Aussie YA - Mini Series
some of the featured books...
in case you missed it: 1 - Tye from The Book Gryffin

I am so excited to have Jess from The Tales Compendium on inkcrush - wahoo! 

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

Thank you thank you Jess :)
Isn't she the best? Check out her blog, all the way from Perth Australia 


  1. I love Jess! We both started blogging around the same time and found each other. So glad you featured her. This has just confirmed again that I need Graffiti Moon.

  2. Aww thanks Nomes. I'm so honoured that you asked me to be put of this!

    And Holly, yes you DO need to read Graffiti Moon!


  3. so many good books, all in one place.
    i tried to get a copy of saving francesca the other day, but it was out at the library. in fact all the local libraries. i'll just have to read it later.

  4. Graffiti Moon and Six Impossible Things have been recommended so many times. I have to get hold of the books now!
    Great interview! Love discovering all the Aussie treasure...

  5. Another fantastic post. I love Graffiti Moon and Six Impossible Things. Everybody needs to read those two books!

    I haven't read anything by Kate McCaffrey and have now added her books to my wishlist :)

  6. Loving these posts! I'm always on the lookout for recs of good Aussie YA, and there's definitely a few here I'm interested in.

  7. The Aussie YA scene is so, so rad.
    And double woop for Jaclyn Moriarty love :))

  8. Graffiti Moon's cover is a real eye-catcher. I've heard good things about that one. :D

  9. Why is it when I read your blog, Nomes, I feel like I never read at all? So many wonderful books, and all I have is one lifetime to read all of them. : )

    The Aussie YA scene is definitely exciting, any ideas as to why? Increased opportunities, exposure, etc.? Just curious, and I love the blog!


  10. I've got to read Tomorrow when the War Began. My son and I watch the movie trailer, and it gave me chills.

  11. So many wonderful Aussie YA books. I really must read Tomorrow when the War began.

    Feeling Sorry for Celia was one of my favourite reads this year.

  12. Ooo more good recommendations. I really need to read the Tomorrow series. I have such a huge list now and Jess sounds like another great resource. Loving this blog series too!

  13. Seriously loving this feature. You've added like 15 new titles to my list and I just can't wait to dive in!

  14. Jess is amazing! Lovelovelove this post.


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