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He Just Smiled and Gave Me a Vegemite Sandwich

For those Australian YA authors about to rock, FYA salutes you!

He Just Smiled and Gave Me a Vegemite Sandwich

Hey guys, guess what? Guess where I'm going in a few days? I'll give you a hint, it's in the Southern hemisphere and it's full of animals that have their babies inside of pouches. That's right, I'm going to Australia. And it's my Honeymoon! Granted, I got married five months ago, but have you ever planned a wedding? It's terrible. How on earth was I supposed to do that and plan a Honeymoon at the same time? That, and I work for The Man who gave me all of one day off when I got married. I know, don't do me any favors, right?

Around here at FYA, we love ourselves some Australian Young Adult authors. So in honor of my pending journey down under, I though I'd post a mini-tribute to some of Australia's finest YA authors. Behold!

Melina Marchetta wrote Jellicoe Road, Printz winner, FYA favorite and one of the best recommendations I received from reading this site. Her other books include Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca and Finnikin of the Rock. Her newest novel, The Piper's Son, comes out in a month. Which reminds me, hey publishers, where's our review copy, don't be a stranger now.

Markus Zusak wrote one of the best books I've ever read, in the history of the written word. To some its known as The Book Thief, to others its known as that book you should never, ever read in public, for the love of god, just wait until you get home. The only other book I've read of Zusak's is The Messenger, which I didn't enjoy as much as I hoped. Part of the problem was that I read it pretty soon after The Book Thief. No book should be read after The Book Thief, not ever. It will always lead to disappointment because you can only go downhill from one of the greatest achievements in literary history. If you haven't read it yet, I have nothing to say to you until acquire it/read it/love it. We'll talk then.

Jaclyn Moriarty is a new favorite author of mine, which sounds a bit silly to say because I've only read one of her books. But I will get to the others soon and we will be best friends, forever, I'm sure. I recently reviewed The Year of Secret Assignments (called Finding Cassie Crazy in Australia/UK) and loved it. Now I just need to read all of the other books in the Ashbury-Brookfield series, asap.

Best known for his Tomorrow series, John Marsden is an Australian favorite. I reviewed the first book in that series, Tomorrow When The War Began, and you can tell there is a lot of love for these books. Recently a film version was released, for which I patiently await its DVD release in the US. But uh, seriously, when is that going to happen? Plz?

Another well established Australian is fantasy writer Garth Nix. I'm ashamed to say I've never read any of his work, but I've heard wonderful things about his Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series. And I swear I'll get to them, one of these days, when become unemployed or break both of my legs or do something that gives me time to get to all of my TBR books.

Other Australian YA authors I've been meaning to read are Margo Lanagan and Justine Larbalestier (who, BTW, is married to Scott Westerfeld, how cool is that?) Though maybe I should just cheat and read Zombies vs Unicorns, to which Margo, Justine and Garth all contributed.

Anyone I'm forgetting about? Any Aussies want to inform me of hometown favorites? Which Australian YA author or books would you like to see reviewed on this site? So, this is the last you'll be hearing from me for two weeks. I'll miss the internet you all!

Megan Crane's photo About the Author: Megan is an unabashed fangirl who is often in a state of panic about her inability to watch, read and play all the things.