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Underdog by Tobias Madden
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Wow, I'm BLOWNNN AWAY. A strong and incredible YA anthology of Australian stories!!
And if these stories are any indication of the future of Australian literature, then the future is bright.

- Features 12 stories that all center on Australian teens -- and the cool thing is that Underdog showcases the diversity of the teenage and Australian experience.
- The stories featured are the authors' first published work, and if there's a message you should take away from this anthology, it is that new voices are so refreshing and should always be given a chance because. HECK. All the authors shone bright.
- Includes a range of genres: from dystopian, superhero science-fiction, contemporary, and romance, all these stories - and their authors - have something discursive and moving to say.
- The diversity in this was amazing: there were mentally ill teens, queer teens, a nonbinary teen, Asian teens, brown teens, and so on.
- It's hard to choose a favourite story from an anthology that was just so consistently brilliant, but I have a soft spot for Living Rose, about two very different sisters and what it means to live, and The Swan, about a girl who is plagued by the presence and interference of a black swan.

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March 7, 2019 – Shelved
March 11, 2019 – Started Reading
March 17, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Kaneana May Thank you so much! That makes me so happy to read!

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