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Blog Tour + Book Review ‘Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories’

KIN_COV_FINALKindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Publication Date: June 1st 2019

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Blurb: What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us.

This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin.

Includes a foreword by anthology editor Michael Earp, resources for queer teens, contributor bios and information about the #LoveOzYA movement.

★★★★/5

Review

Kindred is a collection of brilliant queer #LoveOzYA short stories. This anthology is a must read and one that I wish I had when I was younger, but one I am glad is here now because at any age it’s wonderful to see this out in the world and be able to connect to it. From a little bit futuristic to a little bit dystopian to a little bit magic, these stories cover a range of elements and there’s something for everyone.

What I really love about Kindred is the representation. Whilst the range of queer #ownvoices fiction is growing, white cis fiction does seem to hold the bulk of the attention. That’s not to say that those stories aren’t important there are other queer voices that need to be heard and this anthology brings together so many wonderful and needed voices.

Though I thoroughly enjoyed all of them I do want to give a special mention to Waiting by Jen Wilde, An Arab Werewolf in Liverpool by Omar Sakr and Light Bulb by Nevo Zisin.

There are funny moments, painful ones and poignant ones. I cannot recommend Kindred enough. All 12 of these writers contributed stories that are truly fantastic and it makes for a beautiful anthology.

Find Kindred
Goodreads ~ Walker Books Australia ~ Dymocks ~ QBD ~ Booktopia ~ Book Depository ~ Angus & Robertson ~ Fishpond ~ Amazon AU

If you purchase Kindred from The Little Bookroom you can have it signed By Michael Earp. All You have to do is mention in the order notes that you followed the Kindred Tour and would like your copy signed by Michael.
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Kindred Schedule
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