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Presented by State Library Victoria

Asian-Australian YA

The LoveOzYA committee are a group of people who promote fantastic Australian YA and the events taking place across our country. We asked them to step away from their amazing website for a second to share their favourite YA titles.

Committee member, Kevin Lee, contributed his favourite YA titles written by or featuring characters of Asian descent:

Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

A gripping story about survival in Communist China, and a rarely heard story in Australian YA.

Laurinda by Alice Pung

This is a highly relevant portrayal of the difficulties of navigating a migrant background with the privileged milieu of an exclusive girls school.

Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang

Set in Melbourne and Shanghai during World War II, this is a fabulous historic fiction and romance saga.


Ida by Alison Evans

A beautifully diverse cast of characters, featuring a main character of Vietnamese descent, this is compelling, complex storytelling.

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

The first novel in this landmark series was the first YA novel I can recall featuring a prominent Asian character.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

A moving contemporary YA with of a girl from a refugee family, negotiating the challenges of a private school, told with a romantic and magical touch.