Today I’m playing around with the Top Ten prompt (Rewind) and creating a list of ten books written by West Australian authors you should seriously add to your TBR. #LoveOzYA is growing every single day, and it’s fantastic to see so many new and upcoming names. Sometimes though, I feel that I tend to miss all the wonderful that comes out of my own home state (especially now that I’m in the East).
Carousel by Brendan Ritchie // I actually haven’t read this one yet, but it’s set in a shopping centre I used to frequent (a lot), until the guys at Dymocks got angry at me rearranging their shelves (do it right or give me a job pls). So to be able to actually visualise the setting will be so amazing – a sense of something you don’t really get when you’re reading books set in fantasy worlds or other countries and having to visualise something that is more of a distorted reality.
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay // Okay, so if we are getting technical, Meg is a WA transplant, but because she’s clearly an amazing person, she has decided to call Western Australia home (great choice, Meg). That and her children’s books are some of my all time favourites (Ten Tiny Things you guys!)
Crashing Down by Kate McCaffrey // I love Kate McCaffrey. Her books are so raw and realistic, it’s hard not to be impressed with the way she deals with grisly subject matters that affect teenagers today.
Zac & Mia by AJ Betts // Name drop, but I was lucky to take a Children’s Lit class with AJ! It was such a great class, and hearing the process of writing Zac & Mia was amazing! Such a heartfelt read, it was one of my favourite books of 2013.
Waer by Meg Caddy // Another local author who I haven’t read (yet), but I’ve heard many wonderful things about Waer, it’s hard not to recommend it! Meg stands out as a #LoveOzYA author who is pushing that contemporary boundary a lot of our authors are known for, which I love!
A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell // Dianne is another author that takes heavy subject matter and twists it into a really beautiful and well crafted story.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey // Another novel I haven’t read personally, but you just need to look at the long list of awards Silvey has won for Jasper Jones to know what a great coming of age tale it is. And it’s required reading in a lot of WA high schools now – you know you’ve made it then!
Have You Seen Ally McQueen? by Deb Fitzpatrick // Like Carousel, Have You Seen Ally McQueen? is set in a coastal town in WA, and is full of all the Aussie-ness that I love and grew up with.
Captivate by Vanessa Garden // Mermaids! I really enjoyed this light, fantasy-esque underwater world that Vanessa has created. And what’s even better is that it’s also set off the WA coast! Yay for the Indian Ocean!
Preloved by Shirley Marr // Preloved has this great yesteryear vibe about it, so it’s not hard to see why so many people say it’s amongst their favourites. A dash of supernatural added in, and this is one charming book.
Have you read any of the above? Any favourite West Australian authors I should know about?
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