I Am Out With Lanterns

I Am Out With Lanterns

"Glorious writing and brilliant characters you won't want to leave behind."

Cath Crowley, award-winning author of Words In Deep Blue and Graffiti Moon

"Unapologetically feminist and utterly timely, this book will jump up the to-read lists of contemporary YA fans. ”

Jordi Kerr, Books + Publishing


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  • Shortlisted in the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature 2019
  • Shortlisted in the WA Young Readers Book Awards 2020
  • Longlisted in the INKY Awards 2019


The story of six teenagers, as told by all of them.


One of us is in the dark.
One of us is a bully.
One of us wants to be understood.
One of us loves a girl who loves another.
One of us remembers the past as if it just happened.
One of us believes they’ve drawn the future.

But we’re all on the same map, looking for the same thing.

Year Ten begins with a jolt for best friends and neighbours Wren and Milo. Along with Hari, Juliet, Ben and Adie, they tell a story of friendship, family, wild crushes, bitter feuds, and the power of a portrait.

As their lives interwine, images could bring them together, and tear them apart.

"Gale gives her characters real-life personality, quirks and charm. The story is punctuated by humour and wit...This is OzYA at its best!"

Natalie Platten, children’s book buyer at Readings Doncaster

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“One of the most relatable books that I have ever come across . . . I got so sucked in that my heart was literally attached to this book . . . I love it.” Girlfriend IGTV


“Emily Gale’s ability to create such believable and intriguing characters that make you sad to leave them is astonishing.” Sue Warren, Teacher-Librarian


“Multiple point of view novels can take time to settle into but in I Am Out With Lanterns, Gale had me emotionally invested in her characters and the narrative from the get-go. I silently cheered on Milo from start to finish, but each flawed and fabulous character was engaging and relatable, even those you were really probably meant to somewhat dislike. There is nothing better than a bunch of complex characters pulling you into their lives and allowing you, the reader, to walk in their shoes for a time.” Megan Daley, childrensbooksdaily.com


“What I loved most about I Am Out With Lanterns is how much of an accurate portrayal of teen life it is. We get to see it all—the quotidian, the shocking, the heart-wrenchingly beautiful—and that was what made this novel the spectacular read that it was . . . This is a book you need in your life.Sarah Robinson-Hatch, writtenwordworlds.com


“The book has great lessons, but it also has great warmth, humour and charm. You will fall in love with Gale’s characters and when the book ends you will wonder and muse about the characters for days…I Am Out with Lanterns is a book that will linger with you long after you read it because it is a book of hope and love.” Michelle Worthington, author


Click here for an interview about the book with book blogger Rebecca Gough, “Bec’s Books”.