Australia has produced some really great writers over the years. We have John Marsden, Kate Forsyth, Melina Marchetta and Bryce Courtenay—to name a few. I could write an entire blog post dedicated to the greatness of each of these authors, but today I want to focus on the Aussie YA market and what is in store for us this year. So, here’s my pick on what to look out for in 2013.
Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil
Published February 1st 2013
by Hardie Grant Egmont
Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft – and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, he doesn’t have to worry about girls.
Then Sam meets Camilla. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his life. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a life of her own – and she’s decided that he’s going to be part of it.
Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies … but now it looks like he’s been watching the wrong ones.
All This Could End by Steph Bowe
February 27th 2013 by Text Publishing
What’s the craziest thing your mum has asked you to do?
Nina doesn’t have a conventional family. Her family robs banks—even she and her twelve-year-old brother Tom are in on the act now. Sophia, Nina’s mother, keeps chasing the thrill: ‘Anyway, their money’s insured!’ she says.
After yet another move and another new school, Nina is fed up and wants things to change. This time she’s made a friend she’s determined to keep: Spencer loves weird words and will talk to her about almost anything. His mother has just left home with a man who looks like a body-builder vampire, and his father and sister have stopped talking.
Spencer and Nina both need each other as their families fall apart, but Nina is on the run and doesn’t know if she will ever see Spencer again. Steph Bowe, author of Girl Saves Boy, once again explores the hearts and minds of teenagers in a novel full of drama, laughter and characters with strange and wonderful ways.
Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
April 2013 by Allen and Unwin
‘I still dream about Anna London’s house. In my dreams it’s as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn’t the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage …’
When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.
A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on!
Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston
May 22nd 2013 by Text Publishing
Gaby Winters’ nightmares have stopped but she still can’t remember her old life. Still can’t quite believe she is one of the Rephaim—the wingless half-angels who can shift from place to place, country to country, in the blink of an eye. That she was once the Rephaim’s best fighter. That demons exist. That Rafa has stayed. But most of all, she can’t quite believe that her twin brother, Jude, might be alive. And Gaby can’t explain the hesitancy that sidetracks the search for him, infuriates Rafa, and sends them, again, into the darkest danger.
Lucien by James Moloney
Expected publication: June 2013
Series Silvermay #3
Lucien has been rescued by Tamlyn and Silvermay, but time is running out for the child. His potent magic has seen him grow to a size of a ten-year-old, perilously near the age the ancient mosaics have shown him to be when he commenced his murderous deeds. They must take him, without delay, to Erebis Felan where the wizards can erase his powers.
Silvermay and Tamlyn embark on a desperate race across the ocean to the wizards’ stronghold, but Coyle Strongbow learns of this and uses his Wyrdborn powers to control the sea, summoning up a hideous sea monster from its depths.
After a vicious skirmish, the fugitives reach Erebis Felan and Tamlyn realises that to achieve true happiness with Silvermay, he must submit to the wizards’ magic and become one of the Common Folk. But Lucien’s powers are beyond the wizards’ ability to control.
And the danger is escalating. A Wyrdborn fleet has set sail for Erebis Felan determined to snatch Lucien before his power can be turned on them. Only with Lucien’s help can the wizards hope to gain the upper hand in the pitched battle that follows…
But Lucien has a further- and more ominous- battle to fight. Having realised the withering effects of his magic in the recent conflict with the Wyrdborn, he is appalled at his future as revealed in the ancient mosaics of Nan Tocha and fears that the only way out may be through his death. The wizards of Erebis Felan offer Lucien protection, but this sanctuary is shortlived.
When word arrives from Athlane that King Chatiny has died, Silvermay and Tamlyn must return to keep the peace in the absence of the Wyrdborn. The cost is high, for without his Wyrdborn powers, Tamlyn is no more than a brave warrior amongst others, and face death in the battles to come…
K. A. Last is a YA author and has recently self-published her debut novel – Fall For Me – available at Amazon and Smashwords. She drinks lots of tea, and loves all things pink. K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while.