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WA YA Books to Help with Reading Challenges

A new year brings with it new reading challenges. Some people set challenges for themselves, and others follow challenges set by bookstores and libraries. We've noticed a couple of cross-overs between reading challenges, so if you'd like to sprinkle some WA YA into your reading habits, we've got some recommendations for you!

We've used the challenges set by Dymocks and City of Swan Libraries to create this guide.

Start/First of a series

Welcome to Blackwood by Khaiah Thomson and The Seventh by S.D. Wasley both kick off exciting trilogies.

A book with a beautiful cover/You bought for the cover

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie and Hive by A.J. Betts both feature stunning covers. As for 90 Packets of Instant Noodles by Deb Fitzpatrick... Come on, aren't you the least bit curious about what it means?

A local author

Check out our local book list here+!

A book by a First Nations author

The Ubby's Underdogs series and My Place by Sally Morgan are both written by First Nations authors. Ubby's Underdogs are graphic novels, so if that's a challenge criteria for you, these books are perfect for that, too!

A book published in 2021

Spirit Talker by Rebecca Laffar-Smith, Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton and Aska, Enough is Enough by Nola Smith, and Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please by Nadia L King were all published in 2021.

A book published in 2022

Look out for The Brink by Holden Sheppard and the finale in the Blackwood series by Khaiah Thomson, both due to be released some time this year!


The Seventh by S.D. Wasley and Waer by Meg Caddy both feature paranormal romance and otherworldly powers.


Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard and The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie were winners of the Hungerford Award and Fogarty Award, respectively.

An adventure

Evacuation Road by H.M. Waugh is an adventure you won't be able to put down, and while The Misadventures of an Amateur Naturalist technically features Celeste's misadventures, you're still in for a wild ride.

Good luck with your reading for 2022, and we hope you enjoy some of these amazing WA stories!


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