Coming soon: new YA releases!
Is your TBR pile looking a little small? Lucky for you there are heaps of new YA books coming out in the next few weeks. Here are just a few of our faves:
His Name was Walter
by Emily Rodda
Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own …
The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read – right to the very end …
From one of Australia’s most renowned children’s authors, comes an extraordinary story within a story – a mystery, a prophecy, a long-buried secret. And five people who will remember this night for the rest of their lives.
Frey was raised to take a bullet.
She’s the body double for her twin sister Rafia – the precious heir of the first family of Shreve – and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father’s many enemies.
When Frey is sent in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor – as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion?
Master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a brilliant new series set in the world of his bestselling Uglies series.
And The Ocean Was Our Sky
by Patrick Ness and Rovina Cai
With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself…
As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.
With the lush, atmospheric art woven in throughout, this remarkable work turns the familiar tale of Moby Dick upside down and tells a story all its own with epic triumph and devastating fate.
Summer Bird Blue
by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.
Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.
And here’s something for all you nonfiction fans…
My Polar Dream
by Jade Hameister
Fourteen-year-old Jade Hameister had a dream: to complete the Polar Hat Trick.
In 2015, she skied to the North Pole.
In 2016, she completed the Greenland Crossing.
In 2018, she arrived at the South Pole.
This is the story of an adventurer who never gave up – who set herself incredible challenges beyond her years and experience.
An adventurer who endured extremes of cold and blizzards; treacherous terrain where one wrong step could be fatal; struggled through sastrugi, ice rubble and emotional lows to achieve an extraordinary goal.
Along the way, she made a sandwich for online trolls, inspired young people, and made international headlines.
At sixteen, Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick.
Aaaaand… the next Nevermoor book is almost here! It’s called Wundersmith and they’ve just released a sneak peek at the cover art:
If you love Nevermoor as much as we do (a lot), you might like to come down to State Library Victoria THIS SATURDAY to see Jessica Townsend talk about her work. Tickets are FREE but limited so you’ll have to book!
Did we miss anything? Are there any new books on the horizon that you’re super psyched to see on shelves (try saying that five times really quick). Let us know in the comments!