So at the recent Continuum con (Con11, Southern Skies, which just happened in Melbourne this past weekend), I was put on a panel with one of the guests of honour, well out of my depth (she’s a published author, I just read a lot and have been on a few judging book panels), so I made myself useful by trying to record down every book that we spoke about.
The panel was:
YA Around the World – R.J. Anderson
Wondering what’s happening in the rest of the world while those young-adult dystopias ravage the United States? Is growing up universal, or are we missing out on the tales of non-English-speaking teens? Broaden your horizons with tales of the younger generation from around the globe.
Most of the books following should fit the above – unless they’re books for when we went slightly off topic. Most will be Canadian/Australian as that’s where the panel and audience are from. Apologies if there’s any errors with the below – our panel went quite fast at times and it was a struggle to get them all down!
- Kaleidoscope (anthology) edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
- ‘Tomorrow’ series by John Marsden
- ‘When We Wake’ duology by Karen Healy (now confirmed as a duo, but Karen has ‘nascent’ ideas – sales are what’s stood in the way. Expect a giveaway shortly.)
- ‘The Tribe’ series by Ambelin Kwaymullina
- ‘Dragon Slayer of Trondheim’ duology by E. K. Johnston (Canadian history, but with dragons, environmental fable)
- ‘Scorpion Rules’ by Erin Bow (coming out in September)
- ‘Fallen World’ series by Megan Crewe
- ‘Magic of Madness’ series by Justine Larbalestier
- ‘Winterkill’ by Kate A. Boorman
- ‘Way Down Dark’ by James Smythe (out July)
- ‘Matt Cruse’ series by Kenneth Oppel (awesome female character)
- ‘Amulet’ series by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novels)
- ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’ by Kendare Blake
- ‘Undine’ trilogy by Penni Russon
- Many things by Sally Odgers – Aurora, Zones, Shadow Dancers
- ‘The Lifespan of Starlight’ by Thalia Kalkipsakis
- ‘Mercy’ series by Rebecca Lim
- ‘Treespeakers’ series by Katie W. Stewart
- ‘The Last Trilogy’ by Michael Adams
- ‘The Keepers’ series by Lian Tanner
Thank you to R.J. Anderson for being so brilliant, as were our audience that helped compile the above list! If there’s any I missed, feel free to add them in comments below (or let me know any other way) and I’ll add them!