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1 y separately published work icon A Reluctant Witch's Guide to Magic Shivaun Plozza , Melbourne : Puffin , 2022 24425037 2022 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service meets Cressida Cowell in this funny, quirky middle-grade fantasy about Willa, who must unravel a witchy mystery to save her city, her friends and herself.

'Willa is just an ordinary non-magical girl, living in the Wild - a city squished between two warring witch covens. She spends her days dodging wayward spells - from raining frogs to dancing chickens - all because of the witch war!
No wonder she hates witches.

'But one day she's not ordinary at all. She discovers she does, indeed, have magic and she must choose between the two witch covens or she'll explode! And her attempts to control her magic are interrupted by a rogue witch, who begins nefarious spells against the Ordinary Folk. What does the witch want and what does it have to do with Willa?'  (Publication summary)

 

1 2 y separately published work icon The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars Shivaun Plozza , Melbourne : Puffin , 2020 20539844 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars is a sweeping, timeless adventure, an introduction to a brilliant new world with the feel of an instant classic.

'Every night Ulv is cloaked in total Darkness. Twelve hours ruled by the ravenous, clawing Shadow Creatures, beasts made of shadow and evil.Young Bo is charged with a monumental task: freeing the land of its curse by returning the Stars to the sky. He must find three magical keys spread across the land – keys that will unlock the cage holding the wolf who ate the Stars. But there’s another motive, beyond saving Ulv. If Bo releases the Stars, he can make a wish of his own and maybe find the mother who left him behind . . .' (Publication summary)

1 The Challenge Shivaun Plozza , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Speccy-Tacular AFL Stories 2018;
3 y separately published work icon Tin Heart Shivaun Plozza , Melbourne : Penguin , 2018 12364793 2018 single work novel young adult

'When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl.

'But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 2 y separately published work icon Frankie Shivaun Plozza , Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9339864 2016 single work novel young adult

'Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances...

'When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own.

'Frankie's search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.' (Publication summary)

1 The Point Shivaun Plozza , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Where the Shoreline Used to Be : An Anthology from Australia and Beyond 2016;
1 A Series of Fortunate Readers : A Collaborative Review Article of Important Australasian YA Writing Jessica Seymour , Denise Beckton , Eugen Bacon , Donna Lee Brien , Gyps Curmi , Maree Kimberley , Jodi McAlister , Catriona Mills , Shivaun Plozza , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 32 2015;

— Review of Hitler's Daughter Jackie French , 1999 single work children's fiction ; The Book Thief Markus Zusak , 2005 single work novel ; Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel ; Tribe Ambelin Kwaymullina , 2012- series - author novel ; The Obernewtyn Chronicles Isobelle Carmody , 1987 series - author novel ; Waiting for the End of the World Lee Harding , 1983 single work novel ; On the Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta , 2006 single work novel ; The Incredible Adventures Of Cinnamon Girl Melissa Keil , 2014 single work novel
1 The Troll under the Bridge : Should Australian Publishers of Young Adult Literature Act as Moral-Gatekeepers? Shivaun Plozza , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 32 2015;

'In the world of Young Adult Literature, the perceived impact of certain texts on the moral, social and psychological development of its readers is a cause for debate. The question ‘what is suitable content for a pre-adult readership’ is one guaranteed to produce conflicting, polarising and impassioned responses. Within the context of this debate, the essay explores a number of key questions. Do publishers have a moral obligation to avoid certain topics or should they be pushing the boundaries of teen fiction further? Is it the role of the publisher to consider the impact of books they publish to a teenage audience? Should the potential impact of a book on its reader be considered ahead of a book’s potential to sell and make money? This article analyses criticism and praise for two ‘controversial’ Australian Young Adult books: Sonya Hartnett’s Sleeping Dogs (1997) and John Marsden’s Dear Miffy (1997). It argues that ‘issues-books’ are necessary to the development of teens, and publishers should continue to push the envelope of teen fiction while ensuring they make a concerted effort to produce quality, sensitive and challenging books for a teen market.'

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