The Boundless Sublime

Coming August 2016

A brilliant, searing trip into the world of cults and brainwashing. Her best book yet.
Justine Larbalestier

Ruby Jane Galbraith is empty. Her family has been torn apart and it's all her fault.

The only thing that makes sense to her is Fox - a gentle new friend who is wise, soulful and clever, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world. He understands what she's going through and he offers her a chance to feel peace. Fox belongs to a group called the Institute of the Boundless Sublime - and Ruby can't stay away from him. So she is also drawn in to what she too late discovers is a terrifying secretive community that is far from the ideal world she expected.

Can Ruby find the courage to escape? Is there any way she can save Fox too? And is there ever really an escape from the far-reaching influence of the Institute of the Boundless Sublime?

To learn about some of the research I did for this book, check out Let's Talk About Sects.
 

 

Green Valentine

Astrid Katy Smythe is beautiful, smart and popular. She’s a straight-A student and a committed environmental activist. She’s basically perfect.

Hiro is the opposite of perfect. He’s slouchy, rude and resentful. Despite his brains, he doesn’t see the point of school.

But when Astrid meets Hiro at the shopping centre where he’s wrangling shopping trolleys, he doesn’t recognise her because she’s in disguise — as a lobster. And she doesn’t set him straight.

Astrid wants to change the world, Hiro wants to survive it. But ultimately both believe that the world needs to be saved from itself. Can they find enough in common to right all the wrongs between them?

A romantic comedy about life and love and trying to make the planet a better place, with a little heartbreak, and a whole lot of hilarity.

 

A brilliant love story that is unique and sexy. 
Katherine Dretzke, Readings

Lili Wilkinson has written an unapologetically optimistic story of finding love, learning acceptance and changing the world, one strawberry at a time, and it’s like a warm shower after a week’s worth of camping in the rain. It could possibly even be the sweetest story ever written.
Louise Agrilli, Melbourne Review of Books

Longlisted for the Inky Awards

Longlisted for the Indie Awards

Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award
 
Allen & Unwin
 
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Booktopia

The Zigzag Effect

Sage is delighted to land a holiday job at a theatre. Mostly because it will earn her the money she needs for the photography course she’s coveted since she first picked up a camera. And working for a magician should be interesting, right? Plus there’s a cute stagehand named Herb, who could make it even more interesting.

But Sage, Herb and The Great Armand’s beautiful assistant Bianca stay late at the theatre one night, and a wand gets broken…on the stage. Bianca is horrified, convinced they’ve brought a curse upon themselves. Sage and Herb dismiss her concerns as irrational superstitions — even after they are mysteriously locked in the supply cupboard. Together. Overnight.

And then things really do go wrong, at the theatre and at home. Sage must figure out who to trust, who’s hiding secrets, what’s real and what’s just clever trickery. Because when a person truly disappears, it is likely that there are more sinister elements at work than magic…

 

Wilkinson does a neat job of showing young girls they can have it all - mystery, romance and a life enriched by knowledge.
Dianne Dempsey, Sydney Morning Herald

 

I loved The Zig-Zag Effect, the characters were built really well and it kept me constantly gripped. The storyline worked really well and there were lots of plot twists that made the book really fun!

Wizard, The Guardian

 

Allen & Unwin

Love-Shy

Penny Drummond aspires to be a journalist. A good one. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. In the meantime, she's honing her journalistic skills on the East Glendale Secondary College Gazette. When she discovers a boy at her school is posting anonymous messages on loveshy.com, Penny believes she has found just the story that will help make her name. Her mission: find him, fix him, feature-article him. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize.

But what will become of her 'journey of the soul' article if the love-shy boy is not who she expects? And what happens when Penny finds that her soul might be in need of a little attention as well?

Love-Shy is a lively, entertaining and warm-hearted romantic comedy filled with serious secrets, ambitious plans, awkward moments and unexpected friendships - funny and engaging to the very last page.

Funny and warm and irreverent and chock-full of sass . Lili Wilkinson creates utterly realistic and recognisable worlds, where everything is just a bit funnier, quippier and more colourful than in real life.
Leanne Hall, author of This Is Shyness

 

Shortlisted 2014 West Australian Young Readers' Book Award

 

Allen & Unwin

Pocketful of Eyes

Bee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises:

A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious Museum benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits.

And a pocketful of glass eyes.

Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide . or is there a murderer in their midst?

Smart, slick, funny, with sharp edges. Lili Wilkinson is like a coolgeekgirl Agatha Christie.
Simmone Howell

Wry, sly, funny, smart, and very entertaining. Jaclyn Moriarty

Wilkinson continues to prove herself master of vastly enjoyable and engaging novels for teenagers as she brings another excellent female character to the Australian YA scene.
Kate O'Donnell, Bookseller & Publisher

 

Commended, CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers, 2012

Long-listed, Davitt Awards for Australian Women's Crime Writing, 2012

 

Allen & Unwin

Pink

Fun, razor-sharp, and moving, Pink - like love - is a many-splendoured thing.
John Green


Ava Simpson is trying on a whole new image. Stripping the black dye from her hair, she heads off to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, leaving her uber-cool girlfriend, Chloe, behind.

Ava is quickly taken under the wing of perky, popular Alexis who insists that: a) she's a perfect match for handsome Ethan; and b) she absolutely must audition for the school musical.

But while she's busy trying to fit in - with Chloe, with Alexis and her Pastel friends, even with the misfits in the stage crew - Ava fails to notice that her shiny reinvented life is far more fragile than she imagined.


A witty, refreshing look at high school and adolescence that obliterates stereotypes along the way. Laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and heartbreaking.
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)


Fit in or be yourself? Wilkinson explores this universal dilemma with just the right mix of sensitivity, ambiguity, insight, wit, and-yes-wisdom. A lovely, funny, and altogether engaging book!
Michael Cart, author of YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: From Romance to Realism

Commended, The Barbara Jefferis Award
Commended, Stonewall Book Award
ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Rainbow Project Book
Amelia Bloomer List

Allen & Unwin

Harper Teen

The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend

Midge has never had a boyfriend - so she makes one up. Then she is paired for the Major Project with George, the New Boy, who doodles dragons, tucks in his shirt, has a mysterious past and an unseemly interest in secrets. Soon Midge's white lie turns into a web of deceit as she fabricates emails from her imaginary boyfriend, and even a MySpace page. 

Then one day, Midge comes face-to-face with her imaginary boyfriend in the school corridor. Tall, brown wavy hair, English accent - he's exactly as she'd described him - right down to his name. Ben catches on quickly and rescues her from certain humiliation - kissing her in front of all her friends. He seems the answer to her prayers. A dream come true. The Perfect Boyfriend! But he turns out to be not quite perfect after all, and before long Midge finds herself in all sorts of trouble.

 

Allen & Unwin

Angel Fish

A fictional account of the Children s Crusade in the 13th Century

A charismatic religious leader has come to the village. Stefan has convinced Gabriel that only children will be able to liberate the Holy Land from the Infidel.Together they raise an army and make the arduous journey over the Alps to the Mediterranean. Stefan s promise that the ocean will part before them urging them on. But power of Stefan s promises dim as they suffer misadventures again and again. Gabriel must face his doubts and the questions that plague him. Who is Stefan? Is he really a holy prophet? Or has he doomed them all? And can they survive on faith alone?

 

Beautifully written in a lyrical style 
Junior Bookseller+Publisher

 

CBCA Honour Book (Older Readers)

Highly Commended, Prime Minister’s Literary Award

 

Black Dog Books

Scatterheart

Once upon a time, there was a girl called Scatterheart, who was selfish and vain, with a heart as fickle as the changing winds...

Hannah Cheshire is rich and spoilt. She has servants to wait on her hand and foot and Thomas, a passionate young tutor who fills her head with stories. Then one day her father disappears, and she is left to fend for herself. Alone and penniless, she is sentenced to transportation for a crime she didn't commit. Once Hannah considered Thomas beneath her: a servant, a commoner. Now she thinks of him more and more. But will she ever see him again? One girl s adventure to find happiness becomes a fairytale within a fairytale. A romantic story of power and love.

 

For lovers of reality and romance, history and fantasy, this is a truly endearing book: the adventures of a tough yet dreamy convict girl transported on a desperate voyage from the old world to the new. 
Ursula Dubosarsky

 

Winner of the 2010 IBBY Ena Noël Award

White Raven International Book

 

Black Dog Books