I'm really excited to be taking part in Persnickety Snark's Daily FIVE Challenge for the rest of December, which you can learn more about here. To kick-start things, Adele is picking 5 Great Debuts in 2010. Here are my picks:
Finding Freia Lockhart - Aimee Said
Published February 2010
This is the first book I reviewed for this blog! I adored this book (and I've been regularly using the brownie recipe - my office was amazed - and hopefully they went out and bought copies of the book!). You can read my full review here.
Fury - Shirley Marr
Published May 2010
A big house.
A great education.
A bright future.
So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?
This is such a strong debut! It's so snarky and biting and a bit confronting, but a fantastic read. I was also lucky enough to hear Shirley speak about writing Fury at the Melbourne Writer's Festival (and got to meet her afterwards!). My review of Fury is here.
Girl Saves Boy - Steph Bowe
Published August 2010
The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life. Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher? No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine? With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.
But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.
Another beautiful debut! Girl Saves Boy is just the right mix of fun, sweetness and honesty. My review is here.
Six Impossible Things - Fiona Wood
Published in 2010
Ugh, I can't even say how much I adored this without gushing like a crazy person! I loved it! My full review of Six Impossible Things is here.
This is Shyness - Leanne Hall
Published in August 2010
In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the endless night. But then they are mugged by the sugar-crazed Kidds. And what plays out is moving, reckless…dangerous. There are things that can only be said in the dark. And one long night is time enough to change your life.
Oh Text, you're on a roll! They have been publishing so much fantastic Australian young adult literature, including the Text Prize winners, like This is Shyness. This is an amazing read - not only a great adventure narrative, but is so funny and charming. Read my full review here.