In 2015 the Australian Libraries Information Association published their most borrowed books list. Eight of the the top ten Young Adult (YA) books were blockbuster American titles. Only two Australian titles made the list – Ellie Marney’s Every Breath and Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief.
On her blog, Danielle Binks started a conversation about how important it is for our voices and stories to be heard along with the need to see your own life experience reflected in the books you read. She felt that Australian YA was “being afflicted by Hollywood’s voracious appetite for American YA adaptations“.
The #LoveOzYA tag was born.
“The #LoveOzYA movement has not been conceived to chastise young readers for choosing American YA authors over Australian. Instead, we are trying to help Australian YA be heard over the deafening boom of American blockbusters….More than anything, we are trying to show young Australian readers that their voices matter – that stories about them and for them are important.” Binks.
This month the LoveOzYA website went live. You can now follow them here.
In the meantime, we stock over 350 teen and OzYA titles at Brays Books.
Staff favourites include The Coming of the Whirlpool by Andrew McGahan (for the fantasy adventure lovers), A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (fabulous, fun fantasy with a little romance), Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson (romance with an environmental twist), Illuminae by Kaufman & Kristoff (fast paced space opera with a Hollywood movie option), Lady Helen by Alison Goodman (Georgette Heyer meets Jane Austen meets vampires – lots of fun!) and The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn (a post-apocalyptic survival story set in the Blue Mountains).
Personally, I can’t wait to get into Kirsty Eagar’s Summer Skin and The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis. What about you?
Ambelin Kwaymullina: “To find yourself in story is the right of every child.”