Each week our friendly library staff and special guests review their latest YA reads. Head over to our Instagram account @librariesinwyndham to see all of our recommendations.

YABOTW - Promise Me Happy by Robert Newton

Author Mark Smith holds up a copy of Promise Me Happy

This week's review is brought to you by YA author Mark Smith.

Nate is fresh out of juvie and wary of being sent to live with his Uncle Mick. He is keen to move on from the shadow of his past but he’s unsure of how to trust people again – or even of how to trust himself. But the arrival of Gem might just change all that. She challenges him in ways he never expected and slowly draws him back into the world. Rob Newton has written a heartfelt, beautiful novel that will creep up on you with its emotional intensity. Promise Me Happy is a five star arrow to the heart.

Follow the link to start reading Promise Me Happy. You can also find Mark Smith’s The Winter Trilogy through BorrowBox.

CBCA 2020 Older Readers Shortlist

Have you checked out the CBCA’s Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist for the Older Readers category? We recommend having a read before the winner is announced on Friday 16 October. Follow the links below to start reading these great titles by Australian authors:

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller

When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

CBCA 2020 Older Readers Notables

For more great titles by homegrown authors, check out the CBCA Notables 2020 in the Older Readers category. It includes some of our favourite writers and past guests (Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Garth Nix, Will Kostakis). Follow the links below to start reading titles held by the library and see the full list of notables here.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

The Man in the Water by David Burton

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

Impossible Music by Sean Williams

Promise Me Happy by Robert Newton


Trigger alert: some of the titles in the CBCA Shortlist and Notables deal with challenging themes including violence and suicide. We recommend checking out reviews online before diving in.

Our Favourite Apocalyptic and Dystopian Graphic Novels

Covers of Apocalyptic and Dystopian GNs you can find in our collection

Follow the links below to check out our curated list of apocalyptic and dystopian graphic novels:

Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross 

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times by Andrew Maclean

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd 

East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin, Frank Martin Jr., and Rus Wooton

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 3: Hotel Oblivion by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley

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