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Veronica Roth: Divergent Dystopias
Dark, complex and utterly addictive, Veronica Roth's blockbuster dystopian YA novels have ensnared a generation of young readers. In Melbourne for the first time, this superstar of YA sci-fi talks fantasy worlds, fan fiction and unseen, fate-deciding forces with Amie Kaufman.
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Just 22 years old when she wrote the first book in her wildly successful Divergent trilogy, Roth has gone on to sell more than 35 million copies in the series. The Divergent movies have packed cinemas across the world, too – with fans obsessing over Roth's gutsy heroine, Tris, and her epic journey of courage, sacrifice and coming of age in post-apocalyptic Chicago.
With her latest series, Carve the Mark, Roth again presents a dystopian vision. This time, it's a richly imagined intergalactic setting – replete with tyrants, conspiracies, fascinating technology and a powerful, invisible phenomenon known as 'the current'.
Meet Me at the Intersection
Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology edited by two Australian powerhouse YA authors: Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina.
It’s a book of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors of various ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexualities and abilities. Meet Me at the Intersection features the work of some excellent established writers, as well as up-and-coming names from all across…
Stories from Home
Gabrielle Wang: A Ghost in My Suitcase
Ghosts, secrets, travel and adventure – Gabrielle Wang’s spooky, page-turning young adult novel A Ghost in My Suitcase is now a thrilling theatre production.
It’s the story of 13-year-old Celeste, who travels to China to visit her grandmother and uncovers a family secret there. Ultimately, Celeste must learn to make use of her strange, powerful gift as a ghost-hunter.
Veronica Roth: Divergent Dystopias
Dark, complex and utterly addictive, Veronica Roth's blockbuster dystopian YA novels have ensnared a generation of young readers.
Just 22 years old when she wrote the first book in her wildly successful Divergent trilogy, Roth has gone on to sell more than 35 million copies in the series. The Divergent movies have packed cinemas across the world, too – with…
Jeff Kinney and the Adventures of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley is lazy, hapless, scheming, funny and sometimes paranoid. He’s also the world’s most famous wimp.
The star of Jeff Kinney’s phenomenally popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series isn’t always loveable – he’s a classic anti-hero – but maybe that’s why kids worldwide have been hooked on Greg’s middle-school misadventures right from the start. Kinney published the first…
Jesse Andrews and Patrick Ness: Kyneton
This May, hear from two heavyweights of young adult fiction – in Melbourne and Kyneton.
American writer Jesse Andrews is best known as the author (and scriptwriter) of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a touching, funny YA sensation turned award-winning film – and his debut. He’s since written The Haters – and now, Munmun. A dystopian fantasy, it’s provocative…
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In Defence of YA fiction
New York Times columnist Pamela Paul is tired of the snubbing that young adult (YA) fiction gets.
Angels are the new Vampires
Angels are taking over the young adult sector of the book industry with publishers releasing a slew of new stories hoping to tap into the already booming supernatural genre. Two novels that are expected to become best sellers are Angel, the first of a three part series by L.A. Weatherly and Angel’s Fury by Bryony Pearce, both with a strong focus on romance.
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