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Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the WAYRBA voted by teenagers in Western Australia in 2008. It also won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper's Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Lit Awar...more

I’m going to be in Stockholm. Yes, that Stockholm as in Sweden, as in the country where the Eurovision Contest was held.. The Eurovision city, however, was Malmo which is featured in the brilliant series The Bridge)

WHEN: June 17th, 7 pm:

WHAT: Melina Marchetta visits PUNKTmedis for a conversation with Elin and Hanna from the blog Tonårsboken, where they will be discussing Francesca, her second b... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.10 · 95,672 ratings · 13,325 reviews · 17 distinct works · Similar authors
On the Jellicoe Road
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 26,317 ratings — published 2006 — 28 editions
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Finnikin of the Rock (Lumat...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 19,104 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Saving Francesca
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 17,241 ratings — published 2003 — 38 editions
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Looking for Alibrandi
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 11,287 ratings — published 1992 — 32 editions
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Froi of the Exiles (Lumater...
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 8,101 ratings — published 2011 — 19 editions
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The Piper's Son
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 6,865 ratings — published 2010 — 16 editions
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Quintana of Charyn (Lumater...
4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 5,340 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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Looking for Alibrandi: Scre...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 662 ratings — published 2000
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Ferragost (Lumatere Chronic...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 396 ratings — published 2012
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The Gorgon in the Gully
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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Finnikin of the Rock Froi of the Exiles Quintana of Charyn
Lumatere Chronicles (3 books)
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“It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“If you weren't driving, I'd kiss you senseless," I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
"Not driving any more.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“I can't believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don't feel free. I feel like shit.”
Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca


August is my birthday month, so I have chosen to take over the August YA Book of the Month. The following books are all books I own and have been wanting to read since they came out. Please help me choose which one of the following YA books we should make our August YA Book of the Month?

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart
  21 votes 21.4%

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) by Kelley Armstrong
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering , New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

Cover Art by Carrie Schechter.
  20 votes 20.4%

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
  19 votes 19.4%

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.
  14 votes 14.3%

Crossed (Matched, #2) by Ally Condie
Crossed by Ally Condie
Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by the Society to his sure death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.
  12 votes 12.2%

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.
  8 votes 8.2%

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2) by Melina Marchetta
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes...

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Gripping and intense, complex and richly imagined, Froi of the Exiles is a dazzling sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, from the internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son.
  4 votes 4.1%

98 total votes

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message 15: by Hira

Hira Please tell me there will be a book about Jimmy Hailler too? Please please please?

message 14: by Bonni (last edited Oct 16, 2012 04:35AM)

Bonni So, this may seem a bit weird, but you have helped, guided and kept me live through my HSC... Now Quitana sits on my shelf awaiting the completion of my tests as a reward.

message 13: by Natalie

Natalie Just wanted to say thanks for Quintana. And for writing a character like Isaboe.

message 12: by Ankita

Ankita Just read Quintana of Charyn, I have been waiting for this one since forever. And I absolutely LOVED it, What an Amazing ending, I loved it, lived it. Thank you so for for such an amazing journey.

p.s.-Is Celie going to have her own story??? She is rather Intriguing. Please write her up.

message 11: by Natalie

Natalie Thanks for accepting my friend request! I am a huge fan and I am so glad that I found your books. I am twiddling my thumbs here in the US, waiting for Quintana to get here. Thank goodness for Fishpond!

message 10: by Arielle

Arielle Walker Your writing is absolutely stunning - hugely inspirational as well, it reminds me that yes, there are actually still amazing writers out there. Just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do =)

message 9: by Ellie

Ellie Thankyou for accepting my friend request, I love your books and can't wait to read more.

message 8: by Kiana

Kiana Thanks for accepting my friend request! I idolize your writing <3

Zahraa SORRY BUT I'M DELETING YOU FROM MY LIFE! *clicks delete* LOADING... ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 99%. ERROR! It is impossible to delete our friendship, I love you as a friend too much. Post this to 10 people's walls who you never want to lose. If you get 3 back, you're an amazing friend :D

Stephanie Thank you for your friendship!

♥Rachel♥ Thank you for the add Melina. I am such a fan-girl of your writing, it's amazing! If you write it I'll read it. Can't wait for Quintana of Charyn! :)

message 4: by Joie

Joie Oh mygoodness. I have read Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, and (just finished)The Piper's Son. Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with your books? Words can't even describe how amazing they are!

Kenzie I LOVED Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca but couldn't get into On The Jellicoe Road. :( sad because I really want to read on the jellicoe road!

papalbina I'm so happy you're in Goodreads now *___* Thank you for accepting my request :)

~Tina~ Thanks for excepting my friend request! Love your books! So looking forward to Froi to coming out!:)

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