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2 YA Aussie Historical Books I’d Like to Read And a Series I Recommend
I’ll start today with my series recommendation for a much-loved Aussie YA historical book series I have been reading since I was old enough to hold a book.
I’m talking about my beloved Silver Brumby series by Elyne Mitchell.
In some circles this book might be thought of as more of a children’s book than a Young Adult book, and I can’t argue against that, but every time I read it I’m completely transported into the high country. I can practically smell the snowgrass. Sometimes I feel like if I went hiking I’d know my way around courtesy of the story told and the maps provided in the front of the book. I completely adore this series. It’s set well before modern technology and is told from the point of view of the horses.
Of the two books I’d like to read, the first one is Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. It’s been on my reading list for a while, and I’m mildly interested ever since a bunch of Aussie bloggers all kind of read it at the same time and said it was awesome. I don’t normally read stories about boys or written by men. That may sound sexist, but when you think that the only parts of the book industry where women outnumber men are in romance and YA, and that’s largely why I read YA, because it’s largely produced and written by women and about girl stories, you might be able to understand why I feel that way.
The other Aussie YA historical I’d like to read is Everlasting by Angie Frazier. From what I can gather, it’s about a young girl on a quest to find her Australian mother when she’s washed ashore from a shipwreck. I’ll be honest, I’m not really into Australian history all that much because of the awful things early settlers did to the Indigenous population, and then white history largely being 20th century which I don’t care for much. However this book is set in 1855 and Jasper Jones is set in the 60s.
I also want to give an honourary mention to C.J. Archer, an Australian independent author, who writes way too quickly for me to catch up on. C.J. writes Victorian historicals and one of my absolute favourite book series is the paranormal Freak House series, which is her popular YA series. It links vaguely to Australia because one of the main characters in the Emily Chambers: Spirit Medium trilogy (which is set in the same world and crosses over into Freak House) has an absent father who ran away from London to Australia. C.J. is a fantastic, prolific writer and I thoroughly enjoy her books.
Considering I’m quite picky with my Aussie YA historical reads, do you have any favourites you’d like to recommend to me? Have you read the ones on my list, and if so, what did you think of them?