Books by Justine Larbalestier

RAZORHURST by Justine Larbalestier
Released: March 3, 2015

"Larbalestier pulls no punches with the gruesome, gory details about the violence of poverty, and the result is a dark, unforgettable and blood-soaked tale of outlaws and masterminds. (glossary, author's note) (Historical suspense. 14 & up)"
Kelpie sees ghosts. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2012

"Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies and even teenagers…at heart, we're all on Team Human. (Fantasy. 12 & up.)"
Both lovers and loathers of teen vampire romance will revel in this hilarious satirical take on the genre. Read full book review >
ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS by Holly Black
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Readers, of course! (Fantasy/horror/short stories. 14 & up)"
Forget vampires vs. werewolves; the hottest feud is between fans of the fiercely magical horses and the shambling, brain-eating undead. Read full book review >
LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"In the end, it calls to mind I Am the Cheese with its hermetic wiliness. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Micah declares herself a liar and calls her own reliability as a narrator into question on the first page of this dark, gripping page-turner. Read full book review >
HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY by Justine Larbalestier
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Fans of Larbalestier's award-winning Magic or Madness trilogy (2005, etc.) might be put off initially by the glib tone, but this comic coming-of-age novel will entertain teen readers. (demerits and suspensions, 'List of Known Fairies Justine Thinks You Should Know,' glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Charlie attends a magnet school for gifted athletes in a world where people are guided by unseen fairies with such special powers as styling good hair and finding loose change. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Not a stand-alone story, but the entire trilogy is a worthwhile purchase. (Fantasy. YA)"
In this sizzling conclusion to a mordant fantasy trilogy, magic is more curse than blessing for 15-year-old Reason. Read full book review >
MAGIC LESSONS by Justine Larbalestier
FANTASY
Released: March 16, 2006

"Those who enjoyed the first installment will race through this second one and wait anxiously for the proposed end of the trilogy, in which one hopes for final and clearer resolutions for Reason and her friends. (Fantasy. YA)"
Sequel to Magic or Madness (2005), this second in a proposed trilogy continues the story of 15-year-old Reason, an Australian girl who has spent much of her life running away from the magic that dominates her family. Read full book review >
MAGIC OR MADNESS by Justine Larbalestier
Released: March 1, 2005

"A cleverly creepy fantasy with likable, complex characters and a sinister conclusion. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
When Reason's mother goes insane, mathematically gifted Reason is taken in by her wicked grandmother, who believes herself to be a witch and eats babies in pursuit of her imaginary magic. Read full book review >