The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature announced their 2016 shortlist for young adult fiction, honoring the best of Australian fiction published between June 2013 and June 2015. The nominees are The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna, Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth, Head of the River by Pip Harry, The First Third by Will Kostakis, Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier, and A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay.
In Razorhurst, it’s 1932. The fragile peace between two mob bosses is crumbling. Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, but they are also her torment.
In The Incredible Here and Now, Michael’s older brother passes away, and Michael begins to come of age in a year of grief and romance. Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest in Are You Seeing Me?.
Head of the River follows a rowing competition, where Leni cracks under self-doubt and Christian is seduced by drugs. In A Single Stone, Jena is the leader of the harvest line, but when she moves a single stone, her entire life changes.
In The First Third, Billy’s grandmother has given him her bucket list, and now he has to glue their family better.
The winners will be announced on February 27 during the 2016 Adelaide Writers’ Week. One of the category winners will also receive the overall Premier’s Award.
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