I thought I'd celebrate here by putting together a little profile of some of my favourite Australian YA authors...
John Marsden is like a YA Australian author legend. Seriously! :) If you haven't read his Tomorrow series, about these teenage kids who are out in the bush when Australian gets invaded and take it upon themselves to do their bit in the war, you're missing out! I've read most of his books and, especially his earlier works are really something special.
I mention Sonya Hartnett a lot here, I think she's the bee's knees! She's written LOADS of great books like Surrender, The Ghost's Child and The Silver Donkey. All are very, very good and totally different from each other. Last year she was the first Australian to win the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. I'm going to work my way through every one of their books and I'm sure I'll love them all.
Margo Lanagan is the award-winning author of many YA fiction novels and short stories. Her books include Tender Morsels, Red Spikes and The Best Thing. I read The Best Thing soooo long ago, I remember borrowing it from the teen section of my local library back when there was a poster of the wall of pretty boy Leonardo Dicaprio with ridiculous bangs. And I still remember so many things about the story, the plot, characters names, crazy details and scenes. I can't believe I remember as much as I do. She's good!
Emily Rodda aka Jennifer Rowe, has written many, many different series'... she writes mostly fantasy-adventure type books. Her Deltora series is really good, it looks a little crazy but it is very enjoyable! Also, her series about a character named Rowan who does all sorts of adventurous things is great as well :)
Once again, Happy Australia Day! If you haven't heard of some of these authors before, I seriously recommend them...