PRODUCT COLLABORATION REVEAL

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Nook & Burrow to create three new products that allow you to have a tiny piece of The YA Room in your very own home!

We’ve been working together over the past few months to create two soy wax candles and a recycled, handmade bookmark. We’re so excited to finally share these products with you, and we hope you love them as much as we do.

Grab your candle and bookmark today from Nook & Burrow and receive 15% off when you use the code YAROOM15 at the checkout! Happy shopping.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Screening

On Saturday night, we hosted a viewing party for the film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a Netflix film adapted from Jenny Han’s novel of the same name – and the first in an adorable trilogy. And what an incredible night it was!

We were joined by around 30 passionate YA and film enthusiasts at the Library at the Dock to gorge on cupcakes, write love letters to our bookish crushes, and then sit down and watch the movie together. It was such a fun night, and the movie was even better because we got to fangirl about it together in real life.

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Patrick Ness Read-A-Thon

In celebration of Patrick Ness’s upcoming release, And the Ocean Was Our Sky, which we’re lucky enough to be launching with The Little Bookroom, we decided to host a read-a-thon with some of Ness’s previous works to get us even more excited!

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With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself…

As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.


If you’re in Melbourne on Thursday 6 September, come along to The Little Bookroom in Carlton North from 6 – 8pm to hear from the illustrator, Rovina Cai, about their collaboration on this phenomenal book.

Grab your ticket to reserve your spot and preorder the book, which will be available for collection on the night! Each ticket also includes a donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. So come along, add this much-anticipated book to your TBR, support a worthy cause, and get your book signed by Rovina Cai!Read More »

AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT Launch

Last night, we were lucky enough to attend the launch of Lili Wilkinson’s latest #LoveOzYA novel, After the Lights Go Out! After our Blogger Brunch with Lili last Sunday, we were excited to officially congratulate her on her new release and eat some delicious cake with all of our favourite people. Kudos to Jess from @cakeandmadness for another incredible creation that tasted as good as it looked!

It’s not difficult to realise that Lili Wilkinson is such a key part of the #LoveOzYA community, with the packed house and a signing line that was almost out of the Readings Kids’ door. We’re so thrilled that After the Lights Go Out is now out in the wild, and we urge everyone to go and grab a copy of this phenomenal novel!

As always, we had a lot of fun filming a vlog of the night. You can check out everything that happened (including all our cake reactions) right here! Thanks to Lili Wilkinson, Amie Kaufman, and Readings Kids for the incredible night we had.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before with The YA Room

What’s better than finally getting to see one of your most anticipated YA adaptations of the year? Seeing it with a group of people who are just as excited as you are! And that’s what we’re here for. The YA Room: providing shoulders to cry on over fictional crushes since ’17.

We’ve been dying to watch everyone’s much-awaited adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, so we thought we’d celebrate its release by doing something extraordinary. Skip the whole “small screen” business of watching it all alone at home and come along to The YA Room’s YA Movie Night bonanza! Mark Saturday 18th August in your calendars, because this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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Blogger Brunch + Mercy Point Book Meet

July has come and gone in the blink of an eye! We caught up with three lovely authors, Steph Bowe, Lili Wilkinson, and Anna Snoekstra, and we collectively read 18 books. We still can’t believe we’re over halfway through the year now! We’ve had an incredible first half of the year and can’t wait for what the rest of 2018 will hold.

Check out our Biannual Book Club Wrap Up on our YouTube channel!

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Blogger Brunch

On Sunday 29th July, we were joined by Lili Wilkinson and a bunch of awesome Melbourne bloggers to celebrate the release of Lili’s latest YA novel – After the Lights Go Out! It was so much fun to chat about Lili’s writing process and whether she’d prefer to live through the zombie apocalypse or a deadly plague over coffee and smashed avo. Thanks to everyone who came along! We’ll definitely be doing another event like this one soon.

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In conversation with Anna Snoekstra

On Saturday 7th of July, we were invited to be in conversation with our latest #loveozya member, Anna Snoekstra, to celebrate the launch of her debut young adult novel, Mercy Point. The launch was held at the lovely Readings Kids in Lygon Street, with plenty of gorgeous refreshments including the much loved cupcakes created by Jess from cakeandmadness.

Mercy Point was selected by you guys over on our twitter to be our July book of the month, and we couldn’t have selected a more thrilling book. It’s amazing to see so much support for our Aussie authors, so we love when they pull through and win our polls, especially since we’ve been seeing how much our bookclub members have been enjoying.

Anna was super lovely, as you would expect from a crime writing novelist. Previously, Anna has published two adult fiction novels, Only Daughter and Little Secrets, and we were lucky enough to hear her talk on a panel when were up at Clunes Booktown Fest. We’ve included the blurb of Mercy Point and a few images down below from the event!Read More »

Top Ten Unmissable Events at #MWF18

With the official launch of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival program last night, we’ve received a timely reminder of how quickly this epic festival has been creeping up on us. In a night that started the conversations about life and death, which pose as the overarching themes of this year’s program, those who were lucky enough to attend the launch were the first to hear about what’s happening this season. And wow, do these folks have an exciting festival planned!

With events from a ‘choose your own adventure’-style tour though a graveyard to a memorial service for dead pets, the Melbourne Writers Festival for 2018 is pushing the boundaries on what has been explored in the past, and the existing magic of MWF is getting an extra layer of awesomeness. As well as the traditional panels and in conversation panels, there’s also events such a high tea with Alice Pung at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, a spoken word cabaret inspired by Kurt Cobain’s masterworks, and authors eulogising their careers.

But in order to make searching through the program for the sessions right for you easier, we decided to share our top ten unmissable events at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. This program truly does have something for everyone. Push the boundaries of the conventional. Try something new. Experience something unheard of. Be a part of the conversations surrounding life and death at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival.

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Ask… about YA Publishing

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Writers Victoria to bring to you a very exciting event about YA publishing with #LoveOzYA author Shivaun Plozza and publisher Michelle Madden!

If you write YA, are an aspiring author, or just want to learn more about the publishing industry, this event is for you. Come along to hear all about Shivaun’s road to publication, learn about the current state of YA publishing in Australia, and gain behind-the-scenes insight into what publishers look for in a manuscript.

Book your tickets now to come along to this 1.5 hour session on Thursday 15 November from 6 – 7.30pm!

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About Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’ (2016) and ‘Tin Heart’ (2018). She’s also been published in anthologies and journals, and works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor.

About Michelle Madden

Michelle Madden has been a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House since 2002. Penguin Random House is an international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Michelle’s list covers fiction and non-fiction, including YA and adult cross-over, speculative fiction, middle-reader fiction (in particular series fiction), picture books, verse novels and illustrated fiction and non-fiction for children.


Grab your tickets from the Writers Victoria website!

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Pride Picnic / Our Favourite Queer Novels

Yesterday, we hosted our very first Pride Picnic! But no, this wasn’t our first ever picnic – we’re strong believers in catching up for any occasion at all to eat cake. Cake truly is the best invention in the entire world.

But as June is Pride Month, we thought we’d take our rainbow flags out of the closet, bake some cupcakes and cookies, and gather a bunch of awesome Melbourne YA readers to chat all about our favourite queer YA novels.

It was such a lovely afternoon at Fed Square. Our highlights definitely included hearing all about some upcoming queer novels we can’t wait to get our hands on, what everyone’s favourite queer books are (#sorrynotsorry TBR), and trying everyone’s incredible rainbow food.

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