teens recommend: Savannah Spalding

Welcome, Savannah! By way of introduction, would you please tell us about your family?
I’m the oldest of 6 children. There are three boys and three girls and the youngest just turned five. I was born in Adelaide and we moved to Queensland as a family in 2008 when I was 8-years-old. 

And school?
At school, my favourite subjects are History, Legal Studies and English. I'm also doing one subject at Uni this semester as a part of a scholarship. It’s from the Justice degree and it’s called Justice and Society. So far we've studied several groups of society and their interaction with justice. I love it, but it's pretty crazy doing Grade 12 and a Uni subject at the same time.

Did you have a favourite picture book as a child?
I had quite a few picture books that I loved as a child, but Mem Fox’s books were by far my favourites. I particularly loved Possum Magic and 10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes.

Which books do you recommend?
My two favourite books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. They're both set during World War Two in Europe, one in Germany and one in France. Both books are thought-provoking as well as entertaining. Also, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell which is speculative fiction.

And, just quickly, what are you currently:

Listening to 
Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘Divide’.

Not sugar! We have a family challenge to eat no sugar for a year, I'm missing chocolate, it's pretty hard.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.

Driving. I have my driver's licence test soon!

Thank you so much for sharing and being on WTBA, Savannah. Power to you for the no-chocolate year!

P.S. The books are linked to Book Depository—they have free postage anywhere in the world and great pricing—but Amazon might be cheaper for North American readers.