The distance between us by Kasie West

    Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen year old Caymen Meyers learned that the rich are not to be trusted.  And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise.  Enter Xander Spence – he is tall, handsome and oozing rich.  Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she is smart enough to know his interest won’t last.  Because if there is one thing she has learned from her mother’s warnings, it is that the rich have a short attention span.  But just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich is not a charater flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she had ever realised.  With some many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

Downside up by Hayley Long

     Sometimes your life gets turned …downside up…

Ronni leads a really exciting life – she is an international pop superstar and Beyonce is her best friend.  She has got everything going for her…

EXCEPT SHE DOESN’T…

She is just boring old Ronni, who sometimes makes things up to make life more interesting.  She lives with her boring family in a crap town and her dad is away doing important scientific research…

EXCEPT HE ISN’T.

Late for school, laughed at by (the seriously cool) Stuart Bolan and called a liar by Sadie Slowgrove, yesterday was just another boring day …

EXCEPT IT WASN’T.

Because yesterday, all Ronni’s dreams come true and her world was turned DOWNSIDE UP.

Smart girls get what they want by Sarah Strohmeyer

    Get smart, get everything.

Gigi, Bea and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers.  Even if they are not the most popular girls in school, they are not worried.  After all, real life will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges.  But when an unexpected event proves they are missing out on the full high-school experience, it is time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight.  The trio makes a pact:  They will each take on their greatest challenge and totally rock it.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want – but they might mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for ….

Refuge by Jackie French

     Many dreams, one land.

When a boat carrying a group of asylum seekers is sunk by a freak wave, Faris wakes from the shipwreck in an Australia he has always dreamed of.  On a nearby beach, Faris meets a group of young people who have come from far different times and places. 

They are also seeking refuge, and each has their own story of why they had to leave their country to make a new life for themselves.  It is onlly when Faris chooses to return to ‘real life’ and find his father in australia that he learns the extraordinary truth about the friends he made on the golden beach….

A timely look at coming to Australia from the perspective of a refuge.

 

The accident by Kate Hendrick

         Three different stories, three different moments in time, on a collision course with each other.  Hendrick weaves a story about grief, memories and coming of age.

Sarah is recovering from a tragic accident, Will is dealing with a dysfunctional family and Eliat is searching for a place where she belongs.  All are haunted by memories of their past…. the truth will fall into place.

Watcher in the shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

      Irene, her friend Ishmael and Dorian must battle through their own fears in order to find the truth behind the tales told by the local villagers and the past exposed through the diary of a woman who is said to have drowned years before.

Set in pre-WWII France this story will lead the reader into a series of twisted and unpredictable events.

Cry blue murder by Kim Kane

       A serial killer is preying on teenage girls in Melbourne.  When Celia meets Alice at an online tribute for the latest victim, they quickly develop a friendship.  Confiding their deepest thoughts and fears via email, they soon become extremely close.  Cry blue murder, unfolds through a series of emails, newspaper reports and police evidence.  It is a haunting and poignant psychological thriller that pushes the boundaries of trust and betrayal, life and death.

Scarlet in the snow by Sophie Masson

When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow.  Inside it is beautiful, but there is no-one there.,,, so begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery.  She begins to realise that she has stumbled upon a great tragedy – a spell of revenge laid on a young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer…

A mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery.

Reaching out : messages of hope

                  An collection of authors views on social injustice throughout the world.  Compiled by Mariah Kennedy a fifteen year old school girl from Victoria.

Short stories, extracts, artwork and poems make up REACHING OUT.    Mariah hopes that this anthology will shine a light on this important issue and offer hope to the many children throughout the world affect by injustice.

Shahana (through my eyes) by Roseanne Hawk

      Thirteen year old Shahana and her nine-year-old brother, Tanveer live in their grandfather’s one bedroom wooden house near the Line of Conrol between Azad Kashmir and Indian-occupied Kashmir. They find a boy lying unconscious in the grass and drag him home.  Over time, Zahid’s story comes out – his father’s abduction, his own capture by militants, his escape and his longing for peace.  Shana knows she is taking a terrible risk sheltering him because of social and religious taboos….. but Zahid will play a crucial role in rescuing Shahana from a threat within her community.