17 Australian YA Authors You Need To Read


17 Australian YA Authors You Need To Read

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

From: Sydney
Fun Fact: The Book Thief is published as an adult novel in Australia, not young adult!
Must reads: The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger

2. Melina Marchetta

From: Sydney
Fun Fact: Taught secondary-school English for ten years.
Must reads: Jellicoe Road and Finnikin of the Rock


3. Cath Crowley

From: Melbourne
Fun Fact: Three of her favorite artists are Mark Rothko, Sam Leach and Ghostpatrol.
Must reads: Graffiti Moon and A Little Wanting Song

4. Garth Nix

From: Melbourne
Fun Fact: He was once a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve
Must Reads: Sabriel and A Confusion of Princes


5. John Marsden

From: Victoria
Fun Fact: Knew he wanted to be a writer at age 9.
Must Reads: Tomorrow, When the War Began

6. Jaclyn Moriarty

From: Perth
Fun Fact: Her English thesis was on Roald Dahl.
Must Read: The Year of Secret Assignments


7. Justine Larabalestier

From: Sydney
Fun Fact: She is married to Scott Westerfeld!
Must Reads: Liar and Team Human


8. Sean Williams

From: Whyalla
Fun Fact: He writes books in the Star Wars universe!
Must Reads: Twinmaker


9. Laura Buzo

From: Sydney
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

From: Dwellingup
Fun Fact: He is the singer/songwriter for the indie/pop/rock band The Nancy Sikes!
Must Reads: Jasper Jones


11. Alison Goodman

From: Melbourne
Fun Fact: Alison knows Tai-Chi and how to fight with a sword.
Must Reads: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn


12. Margo Lanagan

From: Newcastle
Fun Fact: She was published only in Australia until just recently. Thank goodness!
Must Reads: The Brides of Rollrock Island and Tender Morsels


13. Catherine Jinks

From: Brisbane
Fun Fact: She grew up in Papua New Guinea, where her father worked as a patrol officer.
Must Reads: Evil Genius


14. Lili Wilkinson

From: Melbourne
Fun Fact: She was first published when she was 12, in Voiceworks Magazine.
Must Reads: Pink


15. Isobelle Carmody

From: Victoria
Fun Fact: Began working on the Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school.
Must Reads: Obernewtyn and Darkfall


16. Alexandra Adornetto

From: Melbourne
Fun Fact: She is only 21 years old!
Must Reads: Halo


17. Kirsty Eagar

From: Queensland
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!


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