Chill out over your summer break by losing yourself in the top YA reads of the year. We have selected a diverse range of titles from 2019 by outstanding Aussie talent.

Reserve your favourites and don’t forget to check out our eBook and eAudio book collection.

90 days of summer reading young adult highlights

Escape to another world with new fantasy releases Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo, Four dead queens* by Astrid Scholte and Shatter City: impostors 2* by Scott Westerfeld.

Try these new works by favourite authors, Graveyard shift in ghost town* by Michael Pryor and Dev1at3* by Jay Kristoff.

There are thought-provoking titles by indigenous authors like My father's shadow by Jannali Jones and Catching teller crow* by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina.

Find out more about 90 days of summer reading.

Summer reading recommendations for young adults

  1. Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Rogue* by A. J. Betts
  3. The wicked king* by Holly Black
  4. Man in the water* by David Burton
  5. Devil's ballast* by Meg Caddy
  6. Mindcull by K.H. Canobi
  7. The surprising power of a good dumpling* by Wai Chim
  8. The boy who steals houses by C.G. Drews
  9. Kindred: 12 queer #LoveOzYA stories ed. by Michael Earp 
  10. Highway bodies by Alison Evans
  11. How it feels to float* by Helena Fox
  12. As happy as here by Jane Godwin
  13. The honeyman and the hunter* by Neil Grant
  14. Love lie repeat* by Catherine Greer
  15. What I like about me* by Jenna Guillaume
  16. River stoneby Rachel Hennessy
  17. My father's shadow by Jannali Jones
  18. Aurora rising* by Amie Kaufman and Jay Krisoff 
  19. It sounded better in my head* by Nina Kenwood
  20. Dev1at3by Jay Kristoff
  21. Catching teller crow* by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina
  22. Shauna's great expectations* by Kathleen Loughnan
  23. Misrule* by Jodi McAlister
  24. As far as the stars by Virginia Macgregor
  25. Underdog: #loveozya short stories ed. by Tobias Madden 
  26. All that impossible space by Anna Morgan
  27. Promise me happy* by Robert Newton
  28. Vardaesia* by Lynette Noni
  29. Making friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu
  30. Whisper by Chrissie Perry
  31. Graveyard shift in ghost town* by Michael Pryor
  32. The secret commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  33. The secret runners of New York* by Matthew Reilly
  34. Pumpkinheads* by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks 
  35. Four dead queens* by Astrid Scholte
  36. Land of fences* by Mark Smith 
  37. This is how we change the ending by Vikki Wakefield
  38. Everywhere everything everyone* by Katy Warner
  39. Sensitive* by Allayne Webster 
  40. Shatter City: impostors 2* by Scott Westerfeld
  41. Take the shot by Susan White
  42. After the lights go out* by Lili Wilkinson
  43. Impossible music by Sean Williams
  44. I am change by Suzy Zali

More information

For more information, contact Boroondara Library Service on 9278 4666 or submit a query using the Ask a Librarian form.

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Image: cover detail from Land of fences by Mark Smith