Book List: Publishers’ Showcase

IMG_0343Our Publishers’ Showcase event was a marvellous success with guests enjoying presentations from a range of Australian publishers.  Our aim was for the event to act as an information session for teachers and librarians who wanted an overview of Australian YA for 2011 and some sneak peaks into 2012.

We’ve been fielding many questions so we thought it would be helpful to list the books introduced last night.

The publishers included below were those that accepted our invitation.  They were asked to only present on four books – two from 2011, two to be launched in 2012.  They were also asked to emphasise Australian authored titles (indicated with a *).  In some publishers’ situation they asked authors to present in their stead.

Bloomsbury Australia

  • A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master (2011)
  • Sektion 20 by Paul Dowswell (2011)
  • Marianne Curley new title in 2012 *
  • In Darkness by Nick Lake (2012)


  • Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood (2010) *
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (2010) *
  • Pulchritude (aka Kisschasey) by Fiona Wood in 2012*
  • The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley in 2012*

Ford Street Publishing

  • In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew & Den Scheer (May 2012)*
  • Trust Me Too! edited by Paul Collins (June 2012)*
  • Mole Hunt by Paul Collins (2011)*
  • Changing Yesterday by Sean McMullen (2011)*

Walker Books

  • Other Brother by Simon French (2012)*
  • The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail (March 2012)*
  • Broken by Elizabeth Pulford (2012) *(NZ)
  • Dragonkeeper: Blood Brothers by Carole Wilkinson (2012)*

Random House

  • The Extraordinaires by Michael Pryor (December 2011)*
  • 10 Futures by Michael Pryor (April 2012)
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio (March 2012)*
  • Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart (2011)*


  • Legend by Marie Lu (December 2011)
  • Crossed by Ally Condie (2011)
  • Disharmony by Leah Giarratano (2012)*
  • The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams (2012)*
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (January 2012)

Text Publishing

  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield (2011)*
  • The Bridge by Jane Higgins (2011) *(NZ)
  • Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall (2012)*
  • Shadows by Paula Weston (2012)*

Harper Collins

  • Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner (2011)*
  • Silvermay by James Moloney (2011)*
  • The Industry by Rose Foster (2012)*
  • Mountain Wolf by Roseanne Hawke (2012)*

Allen & Unwin

  • Ship Kings by Andrew McGahan (2011)*
  • Only Ever Always by Penni Russon (2011)*
  • Erebos by Ursula Poznanski (2012)
  • The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant (2012)*

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(Disclosure: Kelly Gardiner also works part-time at the State Library of Victoria)

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  1. Peter Williams says:

    Absolutely great night Adele. Congrats to CYL. It gave me what I most need. In a public library books don’t come my way for some time , so it is great to know of books to look out for. (Emails , publisher sites just don’t have the same impact after a day on the desk!) The authors and publishers were able to give some sense of the what the book was like – the ‘reading experience’. My BIG regret is that I hit the wrong button on the ipad and lost all my notes! It’s good to have the names of the books – did anyone take more notes that they could share?

  2. awalsh says:

    Thanks so much, Peter.

    Steph from the My Girl Friday blog posted notes on each book that might be helpful

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