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LUCY AND LINH

Book cover of Lucy and Linh
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pung
Author's First Name: 
Alice
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Second generation Asian-Australian Lucy wins a scholarship to prestigious Laurinda, a private school that has rested on privilege for far too long. In this epistolary novel, the author deftly showcases thorny issues of class, race, immigration and merit, while skillfully examining Lucy's growth into a young woman.

JASPER JONES [AUDIO]

Jasper Jones Audio
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Silvey
Author's First Name: 
Craig
Narrator's First Name: 
Matt
Narrator's Last Name: 
Cowlrick
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

 

Charlie Bucktin, 13, unwittingly coaxed into a gruesome crime scene, faces his bookish naiveté and perceptions of truth while questioning his seemingly ordinary family and community. Australian Matt Cowlrick creates eerie calmness, sarcastic acceptance, and desperation to keep the reader clinging and wondering until the very end (12 up).

JASPER JONES

Jasper Jones
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Silvey
Author's First Name: 
Craig
Publisher: 
Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2011

STOLEN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Christopher
Author's First Name: 
Lucy
Publisher: 
Chicken House
Publication Date: 
2010

Gemma’s letter to her handsome kidnapper, Ty, relates her feelings after being abducted from the Bangkok airport, her surprise that he has stalked her since childhood, and her growing acceptance of him and the harsh Australian outback where he has imprisoned her.

A LITTLE WANTING SONG

Little Wanting Song, A
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Crowley
Author's First Name: 
Cath
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2010

The alternate viewpoints of Charlie and Rose present different perspectives of one summer in an Australian country town. Rose desperately plans her escape to the city while Charlie longs for new friends and music to assuage her grief after the deaths of her mother and grandmother.

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