So many wonderful authors hail from so many wonderful countries around the world, but for some unknown reason Australia seems to have a particularly high concentration of AMAZING young adult writers. So here’s to you Aussies! Thank you for koalas, the Hemsworth brothers, the phrase “A dingo stole my baby!”, Crocodile Dundee, AC/DC, this guy, kangaroos, and Outback Steakhouse (wait, is that even Australian?)
Oh yeah, and thanks for all of these talented blokes and sheilas:
1. Markus Zusak
2. Melina Marchetta
3. Cath Crowley
4. Garth Nix
5. John Marsden
Fun Fact: Knew he wanted to be a writer at age 9.
Must Reads: Tomorrow, When the War Began
6. Jaclyn Moriarty
Fun Fact: Her English thesis was on Roald Dahl.
Must Read: The Year of Secret Assignments
7. Justine Larabalestier
8. Sean Williams
9. Laura Buzo
Fun Fact: She plays netball. (Whatever that is.)
Must Reads: Good Oil (published as Love and Other Perishable Items in the USA)
10. Craig Silvey
11. Alison Goodman
Fun Fact: Alison knows Tai-Chi and how to fight with a sword.
Must Reads: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
12. Margo Lanagan
13. Catherine Jinks
Fun Fact: She grew up in Papua New Guinea, where her father worked as a patrol officer.
Must Reads: Evil Genius
14. Lili Wilkinson
Fun Fact: She was first published when she was 12, in Voiceworks Magazine.
Must Reads: Pink
15. Isobelle Carmody
16. Alexandra Adornetto
Fun Fact: She is only 21 years old!
Must Reads: Halo
17. Kirsty Eagar
Fun Fact: Studied economics in college.
Must Reads: Raw Blue
Who else would you add to this list of Aussie authors? Want more Australian YA? Check out this list of books set there!