The Mavens’ Top 20 of 2020

It’s has been quite a year but we’ve had the opportunity to read some wonderful books.  Here are the Mavens’ top books of 2020 in no particular order!


  1. The Lizards tale by Weng Wai Chan, published by Text.
  2. Anzac Girl, by Kate Simpson illustrated by Jess Racklyeft, published by Allen and Unwin.
  3. Gargantis, by Thomas Taylor, published by Walker Books
  4. The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore, published by Penguin Random House.
  5. The Theory of Hummingbirds, by Michelle Kadarusman, published by UQP.
  6. The Strangeworlds Travel agency, by LD Lapinski, Illustrated by Natalie Smillie, published by Hachette.
  7. The Inkberg Enigma by Jonathan King, published by Gecko Press.
  8. The Heartsong of Wonder Quin, by Kate Gordon, published by UQP.
  9. Egg and Spoon by Alexandra Tylee, Illustrated by Giselle Clarkson, published by Gecko Press.
  10. The Odds by Matt Stanton, published by Harper Collins.



  1. The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor published Affirm Press
  2. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crowe by Jessica Townsend published by Lothian Children’s Books
  3. The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon published by Lothian Children’s Books
  4. Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai published by Walker Books Australia
  5. The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill published by Bonnier
  6. The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza published by Penguin Australia
  7. Beyond Belief by Dee White published by Omnibus Books (an imprint of Scholastic Australia)
  8. The Werewolves Who Weren’t by T C Shelley published by Bloomsbury
  9. The Wolves of Greycoat Hall by Lucinda Gifford published by Walker Books Australia
  10. The Fire Star by A L Tait published by Penguin Australia

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