A month of great Australian YA reads This month I've taken part in a fantastic online challenge run by Michael Earp - AKA @littleelfman on Twitter and Instagram. Michael runs these challenges occasionally, involving posting a book in a specific category that matches a set theme each day of a month, and this time that category was Australian young adult books.
Michael also took over as chairman of the #LoveOzYA committee this month, and will be a fantastic successor to Dani
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