Diego, Run! – Deborah Ellis

For twelve-year-old Diego, home is a prison in Cochabamba. His parents are locked up, but he is free to come and go: to school, to the market and to work as a ‘taxi’ running errands for other prisoners. But when his little sister runs away and his mother receives a heavy fine, Diego has to make money, fast.
Recommended age: 12+

Allen & Unwin

Slam – Nick Hornby

Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his recently ex-girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. She’s pregnant. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad. He doesn’t want to be like his mum who regretted having him at  sixteen. There’s only one person Sam can turn to – his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk. Searching for answers in Hawk’s autobiography, Sam finds himself whizzed into the future, for a quick glimpse of what will be . . . or what could be. This is a funny and heartbreaking story about mistakes and choices.


Marley and me: Life and love with the world’s worst dog – John Grogan

When John and Jenny brought Marley home as a puppy, their life changed forever.  A Labrador Retriever who made a mess of everything, Marley was untrainable – he was expelled from Obedience school. But despite his tendency to destroy things his devotion and loyalty to his owners were boundless. This is the heartwarming and unforgettable story of the impact a dog can have on a family.


City of bones (Mortal Instruments: 1) – Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray goes to a nightclub in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons-and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Vampire Book Club
Mortal Instruments website

Liar – Justine Larbalestier

Micah is a compulsive liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah secretly dating Zach? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie?
This thriller, as much a jigsaw puzzle as a novel, will leave you wondering.

Justine Larbalestier

Mahtab’s story – Libby Gleeson

The vivid and compelling story of Mahtab, a young girl fleeing Afghanistan with her family, and their journey to Australia. Inspired by a true story.
Recommended age: 12+

Nayu’s Reading Corner

Furnace: Lockdown – Alexander Gordon Smith

Framed for murder, thirteen-year-old Alex is sent to Furnace Prison – the toughest prison in the world for young offenders. Buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface there is only one way in and no way out. Alex soon discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil with sadistic guards and bloodthirsty gangs. Alex realizes he must break out before they turn him into a monster. As he plans the prison break to end all prison breaks Alex uncovers the horrifying truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose.

With many twists and turns this is the first terrifying book in a series about Furnace. Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace.

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