The book was born out of the #LoveOzYA movement - a community of readers, writers, and publishers dedicated to producing, supporting, and promoting local stories. It began after a survey by the Australian Library and Information Association found the most-borrowed YA books in Australia were dominated by American imports.
Danielle Binks, the editor of Begin, End, Begin, says the anthology is all about showing that Aussie YA is just as good as anything coming out of the US. "Our aim was to showcase how versatile Australian YA authors are ... and to show that Australian literature is a lot more expansive than it’s often given credit for."
In the spirit of #LoveOzYA, we asked Danielle to share with us her top picks of Aussie YA everyone should definitely read (after Begin, End, Begin, of course):