Looking for a great read to start out the year? With themes of family, friendship, kindness and compassion, these four compelling contemporary novels are the perfect coming of age tales for any reader.
The Year the Maps Changed - Danielle Binks
Sorrento, Victoria, 1999. Just as things feel like they're spinning out of control for Fred, a group of Kosovar-Albanian refugees are brought to a government 'safe haven' nearby, and their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family in ways that no one could have expected.
The Boy At the Back of the Class - Onjali Q. Rauf, Pippa Curnick
Told with heart and humour, this prize-winning middle grade novel is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.
As Happy as Here - Jane Godwin
Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward, when they witness a crime in the park below their window. A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.
Moon Dog - Jane Elson
Marcus and Delilah couldn't be more different, but they share a dream: to own a dog of their own. A heart-warming animal tale of bravery and friendship between a lost boy, a daring girl and the dog next door – honest, heartfelt and inclusive.
Calling all adventurers! There is a world of magic and fun at your fingertips when you choose the right book to read. Here are some of our top picks to take your young readers on marvellous, magical adventures these school holidays.