Bright Young Things

If there's one thing we've noticed at Riverbend, it's that the book is not dead. In fact, some of our most loyal and excited customers are our teenagers. As soon as the school holidays start, we are inundated with these bright young things looking for something new and exciting to read while they have time off. 

The Bright Young Things Bookclub is run by Jane Sullivan, and caters to teenagers in years 7 to 10, with ages ranging from 12 to 15. They meet once a month on a Wednesday afternoon from 5-5:45pm (dates in the calendar below).

Expression of Interest

Please register your interest below, and Riverbend staff will notify you when space opens up in one of the groups you've selected.

Please note: joining our bookclubs requires an annual membership fee of $100, to be paid before you start in order to secure your place.

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READ for may

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

A sci-fi mystery adventure about the last surviving members of the human race.

How would it feel to be the last remaining human? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people in the world after a virus caused global infertility. When the virus mutates to become even more deadly, the pair face a future entirely alone unless they can find a cure. But how can two teenagers succeed where the great scientists have failed? It feels as though there is no hope for humanity until they discover a secret that turns their entire world upside-down.

 READ in june

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomiting, difficulty breathing and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not. Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.


What we've read so far