“Little Ash: Perfect Match!” by Ash Barty
Australian tennis superstar Ash Barty has teamed up with authors Jasmin McGaughey and Jade Goodwin to bring young tween readers this fun new illustrated series about school, sport, friendship and family.
The first book in the series, Perfect Match sees Ash try a variety of sports including karate, softball, netball and gymnastics. But Ash still hasn’t found the right sport that she absolutely loves.
An easy-to-read first chapter book for younger readers, the Little Ash series is engaging, with sweet illustrations and fun story lines to ensure even the most reluctant of readers will enjoy discovering these books
“Looking For Alibrandi” by Melina Marchetta
First published in 1992, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, has become an enduring and modern classic.
Although now 30 years old, it has become multi-award-winning, a bestseller and made into an award-winning feature film, largely due to the raw, honest way in which it was written, ensuring such strong relatability from teenage readers – no matter the generation.
The content is also very relatable, in that it explores the world of Josephine Alibrandi, a seventeen-year-old, first-generation Italian immigrant who is in her final year at a wealthy girls’ school in Australia. On the cusp of adulthood, this is the year Josie meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for.
For those parents/carers who read it during their teenage years, or indeed saw the 2000 film of the same name – (John Barton! OMG I’m not crying, you’re crying!), it is also a wonderful book to support conversations about love, loss and family.
Beloved by generations, a moving and revealing book, unusual for its honesty and its insight into the life of a young female, it is as relevant now as it was in 1992 (and 2002, and 2012!!).
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