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Anaconda ambush
Sam Fox is on a field trip with his uncle in the Amazon when he's swept over a waterfall into an underground lake and discovers a fortune in gold. But, there's an enormous anaconda lurking in the cave and the snake is just the first obstacle Sam will have to overcome if he's to get out of the Amazon alive.
ISBN 9780143303701
Series Extreme adventures series (8 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
D'Ath, Justin
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Astrid Spark fixologist: the girl with the incredible, magnetic fingers
The silly, inventive and fun adventures of a girl with a magnetic finger.
ISBN 9781865087184
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2002
D'Ath, Justin
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Boy versus rat dog
Colt doesn't know his own strength. When a showdown with a rat dog has tragic consequences, his arch enemy, Officer Katt, seeks revenge. She steals the thing that matters most to Colt, right when his superpowers seem to have disappeared. But superpowers or not, Birdy and Colt are on the case, and the secrets they uncover could change Colt's life forever.
ISBN 9780143307297
Series Lost world circus series (4 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
D'Ath, Justin
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Bushfire rescue
While trying to stop cattle rustlers from stealing a stud bull, an injured Sam is isolated in the mountains during a horrific bushfire. To survive, he must rely on his courage, ingenuity and the help of Chainsaw, a mad old rodeo bull.
ISBN 9780143302209
Series Extreme adventures series (2 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2005
D'Ath, Justin
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Crocodile attack
Exciting story of a fourteen year old boy and his two year old cousin who are kidnapped by a robber in Queensland during a cyclone. When the getaway car crashes into the raging Crocodile River, they must face many ordeals to survive.
ISBN 9780143302230
Series Extreme adventures series (1 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2005
D'Ath, Justin
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Devil danger
Sam Fox is on a skiing trip in Tasmania when a baby plummets out of a cable car overhead. The baby is Crown Prince Thomas, the four month old son of European Princess Monica, and the fall results from a bungled kidnap attempt. Before he knows it, Sam is on the run from kidnappers and avoiding avalanches and explosions to keep the young Crown Prince alive.
ISBN 9780143303725
Series Extreme adventures series (10 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
D'Ath, Justin
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Extreme adventures series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Extreme adventures series (11 books)
D'Ath, Justin
No book cover.
25879

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Grizzly trap
Sam Fox is on a cub scout trip to North America when their bus crashes down a canyon. Some of the group are seriously injured so Sam and two cubs set off to find help. But, Sam is thousands of kilometres from home, in the middle of the American wilderness. A wilderness full of howling wolves and a massive, unpredictable grizzly bear that's following them.
ISBN 9780143303718
Series Extreme adventures series (9 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
D'Ath, Justin
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Infamous
Tim Chambers has a secret. It all begins when there is a report of a sighting of a Tasmanian tiger and Tim has a plan that could make him famous. He has the best of intentions but things don't go at all according to his plan.
ISBN 9781875930036
Publisher Holy Angels, 1999
D'Ath, Justin
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Killer whale
Sam Fox is on holidays with his family in Antarctica. When their ski plane crashes, Sam and his brother are separated from the rest of the group. While they are stranded on a wobbly icefloe, a massive creature, with huge jaws and rows of jagged teeth, emerges from the deep.
ISBN 9780143303206
Series Extreme adventures series (7 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
D'Ath, Justin
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Last elephant, The
Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. Twelve years from now, rat flu has wiped out almost every animal and bird on the planet. The creatures in the Lost World Circus are the last of their kind. But the Rat Cops are determined to shut down the circus, and Colt and his acrobat friend Birdy might be the only ones who can save it, starting the world's last elephant.
ISBN 9780143307266
Series Lost world circus series (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
D'Ath, Justin
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Lost world circus series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Lost world circus series (4 books)
D'Ath, Justin
No book cover.
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Man eater
Sam Fox is on a youth conference in Africa when the tour bus takes off without him, leaving him stranded in the wilderness. Sam uses his wits to escape an angry mother elephant, a king cobra, a hyena and a hungry crocodile. It may not be so easy to survive an encounter with a ferocious, man-eating leopard.
ISBN 9780143303213
Series Extreme adventures series (6 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
D'Ath, Justin
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Monkey mountain
During a class trip to Borneo, Mount Bako erupts, leaving Sam Fox stranded with his teacher who is suffering a heart attack. When they finally make it down from the mountain to the sea, Sam and Mr Griffin face even greater danger.
ISBN 9780143304418
Series Extreme adventures series (11 of 11)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
D'Ath, Justin
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Phoebe Nash: girl warrior
Phoebe is holidaying with her family in Africa. From the outset things do not go according to plan as Phoebe becomes involved in an adventure of a lifetime, having witnessed the kidnapping of an African politician, and then being part of his rescue. All this is set in the wilds of Africa, with lions and elephants aplenty.
ISBN 9780980566420
Publisher Laguna Bay Publishing, 2010
D'Ath, Justin
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Plague island
A kidnapping, a bird-napping and an offer of help from a mysterious stranger. That's just the start of a wild ride that leaves Colt (aka Superclown) and Birdy (aka Clowngirl) abandoned on remote, rat-infested Plague Island. When Birdy gets bitten by a ghost rat, she has only a few hours to live.
ISBN 9780143307303
Series Lost world circus series (5 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
D'Ath, Justin
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Pool
Something odd has happened to the public swimming pool, its claimed to have curative powers. When 16 year old Wolfgang Mulqueen takes a summer job there, he befriends Audrey, a blind girl, who claims she's nocturnal. The discovery of a black butterfly, unknown to science, and an unusual request from Audrey's father change Wolfgang's life forever. Deals with serious issues in a sensitive manner. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781876462512
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2007
D'Ath, Justin
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Scorpion sting
Sam is caving in the desert when the roof collapses, trapping his brother. But when Sam reaches the cave exit, he meets a sea of huge, angry scorpions. That's just the first deadly obstacle he will have to face to save his brother.
ISBN 9780143302223
Series Extreme adventures series (4 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2006
D'Ath, Justin
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1957

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Secret superhero, The
Colt Lawless has been performing superhuman acts all over town. To protect his secret identity, he and Birdy have come up with the ultimate disguise. Superclown - completely fearless and impossibly strong. But when he wrestles with an angry panther at a crowded school disco, it looks like Superclown's cover is blown already.
ISBN 9780143307280
Series Lost world circus series (3 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
D'Ath, Justin
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Shaedow master
Treachery, betrayal, greed and racism played out in a mythical, fantastical, medieval kingdom. Ora must confront the King's terrible secret, related to the pervasive Quickwater Lake. A lake, black and deadly as night, that demands sacrifice. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781865087382
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
D'Ath, Justin
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Shark bait
Sam is at the Great Barrier Reef when he and a young Japanese tourist are swept off a coral shelf by a freak wave. Before they know it, a strong current has pushed them out into open water and danger.
ISBN 9780143302216
Series Extreme adventures series (3 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2006
D'Ath, Justin
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Singing ape, The
Caruso, the singing gibbon, has been sneaking out of his cage at night, and Colt thinks he knows why. Ever since he joined the Lost World Circus, he's been able to do all kinds of impossible things. He can understand animals, pick up an elephant and catch a helicopter. But is Colt strong enough to face what happens when he tries to set Caruso free.
ISBN 9780143307273
Series Lost world circus series (2 of 4)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2013
D'Ath, Justin
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Skyflower, The
Joshi is a disappointment to those around him. Born into the powerful Nibhelline family, he displays none of the proud fighting traditions of the Greens. He even prefers gardening and growing flowers to living up to the family name. So, when Joshi meets Abelha, the bee girl, and learns of the existence of a mysterious green flower, he finally has a chance to earn the respect of the Greens.
ISBN 9780734409331
Series Quentaris chronicles series (24 of 28)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
D'Ath, Justin
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Spider bite
When Sam's twin brothers are carried off in a runaway hot-air balloon, Sam tries to save them, only to end up trapped himself. What starts as a joyride turns into a life and death struggle when Jordan is bitten by a funnel-web spider.
ISBN 9780143303046
Series Extreme adventures series (5 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
D'Ath, Justin
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Stuff happens: Cooper
Stuff happens sometimes. For Cooper, it happened on school camp. When his former-rugby-champion grandfather dies, Cooper has trouble dealing with it. To make matters worse, the funeral falls on the first day of the Year Five camp so Cooper misses out on the bus trip with his friends, doing abseiling, and sharing a cabin with his friends. When Cooper disobeys a kayak instructors' directions, he puts both his life and that of his paddle-buddy Lily Ng in serious danger.
ISBN 9780143308218
Series Stuff happens series (12 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia,
D'Ath, Justin
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Three
Sixteen year old Sunday Balewo is next in line for the presidency of Zantuga. When his father and mother are killed in an explosion, Sunday finds himself on the run from the unlikeliest of assassins, a baboon with a bomb.
ISBN 9781925272277
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2016
D'Ath, Justin
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Tiger trouble
Sam is determined to save a pair of baby tigers about to be smuggled out of India, when he encounters a tiger which can take care of itself.
ISBN 9780143304425
Series Extreme adventures series (11 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
D'Ath, Justin
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Upside down girl, The
Desperate to be famous, young Brittany Hu attempts to set a "McGuinness record", but ends up weightless, a condition which results in some hilarious predicaments. The tongue-in-cheek subtexts are very entertaining.
ISBN 9781865081342
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
D'Ath, Justin
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Fire within, The
When David moves in with Liz and Lucy, he discovers hand crafted, clay dragons that come to life and have magical powers. David's personal dragon inspires him to write a story about the adventures of their local squirrel population.
ISBN 9781841215334
Publisher Orchard Books, 2001
d'Lacey, Chris
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One step
At fifteen, Dylan is struggling with everything. His explosive acne, his pushy younger sister, his nagging mum, his distant dad and his complete inability to attract any girl. Struggling but surviving. When Dylan's creative writing piece is read to the class, it sets off a chain of events, including unlikely interest from girls, a friend's betrayal and viscous physical and verbal bullying attacks. Dylan's frantic roller coaster of emotions culminates in a revelation that could make or break his survival.Challenging read. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143573616
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Daddo, Andrew
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Stuff happens: Ned
Ned has a new teacher, one who calls herself a monster, who will make him work like he's never worked before. An experiment with a hamburger leads Ned to trouble.
ISBN 9780143308096
Series Stuff happens series (12 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Daddo, Andrew
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Run, kid, run
School holidays and Mum and the kids are off to the country. Mum is called back to her work where there is a no kid rule. When Mum has to break that rule, Jess and Harrison get into more and more strife.
ISBN 9780733319280
Series ABC kids series (3 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Daddo, Andrew & Smith, Craig (ill)
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BFG, The
The big friendly giant captures Sophie but he only wants to keep her, not eat her, as the other giants would.
ISBN 9780141311371
Publisher Puffin UK, 2001
Dahl, Roald
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Boy: tales of childhood
Roald Dahl recounts his life as a child, growing up in England.
ISBN 9780141303055
Publisher Puffin UK, 1999
Dahl, Roald
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Charlie and the chocolate factory
Willy Wonka, the eccentric chocolate-maker, opens his doors to the public. Young Charlie Bucket and four unworthy fellow winners, have the opportunity to discover some extraordinary secrets. For Charlie, life will never be the same again.
ISBN 9780141311302
Publisher Puffin UK, 2002
Dahl, Roald
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Charlie and the great glass elevator
Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it, in a great glass elevator. When the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with Willy Wonka leading the way.
ISBN 9780141322698
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Dahl, Roald
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Matilda
Matilda is an exceptional child with magical powers. Her parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the silly ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
ISBN 9780141314563
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Dahl, Roald
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Revolting rhymes
Quite gory but always funny, classic tales retold in a collection for those who love their fairy tales with a satirical, and worldly twist. Meet Cinderella, a young woman who wants to marry a nice, ordinary man and Goldilocks, the house-breaker.
ISBN 9780140568240
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2001
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Dahl, Roald
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Witches, The
The scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches.
ISBN 9780141311395
Publisher Puffin UK, 2004
Dahl, Roald
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Danny the champion of the world
Danny loves his life with his dad in the little gypsy caravan. His dad never runs out of wonderful stories. When Danny discovers his father' s secret, he' s off on the adventure of a lifetime, involving an hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition, and a daring plot to get the better of the horrible Mr Victor Hazell.
ISBN 9780141322674
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2007
Dahl, Roald & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Mysteries & marvels of nature (Usborne)
Spectacular animal and plant photographs with interesting information about the wonders of nature.
ISBN 9780746052983
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2003
Topics / STEM /
Dalby, Elizabeth
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Moon bear rescue
A village opts to send a lost bear cub to a rescue sanctuary rather than sell it to a bear farm, where it would have died of chronic infections after being ""milked"" of bile for Chinese medicines, the plight of Asiatic black bears in Southern China.
ISBN 9780734409386
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
Dale, Kim
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Tank boys
As many others had done, Australian 16 year-olds Frankie and Taz lied about their ages to enlist for WWI, one envisaging the adventure of a lifetime, the other to assuage guilt about staying at home when his brothers have died in the war. On the German side, Richard, also 16, finds himself assigned in one of the first German tanks. The three are destined to meet in the same shelled out crater during history's first tank battle.
ISBN 9780857981301
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Topics / Australians at war /
Dando-Collins, Stephen
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Kittens in the kitchen (Animal Ark 1)
Set in the UK, Mandy helps her veterinarian parents after school. She must find suitable homes for the school cat's kittens.
ISBN 9780340877036
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2006
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Daniels, Lucy
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Anacaona, golden flower, Haiti 1490
Beginning in 1490, Anacaona keeps a record of her life as a possible successor to the supreme chief of Xaragua, as wife of the chief of Maguana and as a warrior battling the first white men to arrive in the West Indies, ravenous for gold.
ISBN 9780439499064
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Danticat, Edwidge
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Ash Rover: keeper of the phoenix
Ash Rover stumbles across a phoenix egg, but this magical bird is going to bring danger to his village. Ash is soon on a desperate quest to save his family and friends.
ISBN 9781922179029
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Darlison, Aleesah
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Running from the tiger
Eleven year old Ebony has a secret, one not be shared with anyone. The eldest of three, soon to be four, children, Ebony has a difficult second role after school, looking after her siblings, farm chores such as chopping wood and gathering the cow manure, all at the forceful directive of her father. Every so often the roaring, terrifying tiger that dwells within her father springs to the surface leaving the rest of the family nowhere to hide and Ebony becomes protector of her sisters, becoming the target of his vocal and physical abuse. It is only through a new friendship when Teena arrives at the school, that Ebony sees a way of dealing with the tiger. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780994501066
Publisher Empowering Resources, 2016
Darlison, Aleesah
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Sea singer, The
March was born in April, just as the sun set. She is a singing baby, who never sleeps. The town of Kolkaper is on edge and the Town Council orders scientists to take her away to the Cave Forest, a place to study freaks like her. Acting quickly, March's parents send her to safety in a distant town. But, March's destiny lies in the town of her birth and she must return to save the city from itself.
ISBN 9781910939215
Publisher Accent Press, 2016
Dasgupta, Shome
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Death cure, The
The time for Wocked's lies is over, but the truth could be more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781908435200
Series Maze Runner series (3 of 4)
Publisher Chicken House, 2012
Dashner, James
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Eye of minds, The
The government needs Michael to track down a rogue gamer, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552569736
Publisher Corgi Books, 2014
Dashner, James
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Fever Code, The
The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and fever rages through the population. Out of the chaos, a boy emerges with the power to change everything: Thomas. This is the start of his story.
ISBN 9781911077169
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Dashner, James
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Kill order, The
Prequel to the Maze Runner series. Before Wicked was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. The Kill Order is the story of that fall. Some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780385742887
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Publisher Delacorte Press, 2012
Dashner, James
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Maze Runner series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Dashner, James
No book cover.
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Maze runner, The
The Gladers don't remember how they came to be in their strange world, escaping from Grievers and running to solve the bizarre maze, which changes every night. When Thomas arrives, he feels a strong urge to become a Runner and solve the maze. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781906427504
Series Maze Runner series (1 of 4)
Publisher Chicken House, 2010
Dashner, James
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Scorch trials, The
Solving the maze was supposed to be the end and Thomas was sure he would get his life back. But burned and baked, the earth is a wasteland and people are driven made by an infection knows as the flare and Thomas and the gladers must face another trial. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781906427795
Series Maze Runner series (2 of 4)
Publisher Chicken House, 2011
Dashner, James
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About animals series NEW SERIES 2018
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series About animals series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Davey, Owen
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Crazy about cats
Did you know...that the fishing cat has partially webbed paws? Or that the margays can copy the sounds of other animals to lure prey? With roughly over 38 species of cats inhabiting our planet, there's plenty to discover.
ISBN 9781911171164
Series About animals series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2017
Davey, Owen
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Mad about monkeys
Find out about the many different types of monkeys, from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill. Discover where monkeys come from, their social life and order, how they use tools, and how deforestation threatens their populations. You'll soon be raving mad about monkeys.
ISBN 9781909263574
Series About animals series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2015
Davey, Owen
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Smart about sharks
It's time to learn some amazing facts about the sea's most feared, and most misunderstood, denizens of the deep.
ISBN 9781909263918
Series About animals series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2016
Davey, Owen
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Down-to-Earth guide to global warming
Find out about the scientific basis of global warming and its effects on the weather, animals and plants. Practical steps to help are included as well as interesting facts and lots of photographs. The book ends optimistically with useful and attainable methods that can impact positively on the world.
ISBN 9781741691245
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
David, Laurie & Cambria, Gordon
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Money bags
Everyone knows that Brain Davis is the smartest kid at school but he certainly isn't the luckiest. When an attack of the hiccups leaves him speechless during his appearance on Quizzical, Brain must let his best mate, Ted, take the spotlight on the richest game. But, even Brain's expert coaching cannot inspire confidence in Ted and it seems as though the evil plans of Prescott Heath may succeed again.
ISBN 9781741788594
Series Quizzical series (2 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2009
Davidson, Leanne
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Puzzle palace
Brain Davis is one of five lucky winners of the Puzzle Palace competition. His prize is being one of the first kids to enter Puzzle Palace, part theme park, part brainteaser. Brain will be challenged as never before. And, even if he and the other four winners solve the puzzles and make it all the way through, something awaits them at the very end, something they will never suspect.
ISBN 9780980724103
Series Quizzical series (3 of 3)
Publisher LJD Books, 2010
Davidson, Leanne
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Quizzical
The underdog school versus the prestigious grammar school; the smartest kid versus a plotting principal. Intertwined are stories of friendships, family relationships, a naughty pet who saves the day and lessons learnt all round.
ISBN 9780646458687
Series Quizzical series (1 of 3)
Publisher LJD Books, 2006
Davidson, Leanne
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Quizzical series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Quizzical series (3 books)
Davidson, Leanne
No book cover.
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Red haze: Australians and New Zealanders in Vietnam
A balanced view of the Vietnam War is presented but it does not tell the whole story, nor does it pretend to. For mature students, the book has evocative and harrowing descriptions of war, the role of the allied soldiers and the tactics of the Vietcong. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781876372958
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Davidson, Leon
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Scarecrow army: the Anzacs at Gallipoli
Part of the ANZAC story. Factual historical recollections are combined with a fiction to reveal the thoughts and feelings of the young soldiers and the horrendous conditions they endured and survived.
ISBN 9781876372606
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Davidson, Leon
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Magpie
Author Luke Davies wrote a poem called Childhood Terror which described, in nine lines, the fear of a magpie attack, and a boy's reaction as his father helps him face that fear. This wonderful picture book turns the poem into a story of a dog and his pup on a journey to find the magpie.
ISBN 9780733322686
Publisher ABC Books, 2010
Davies, Luke & Kiuru, Inari (ill)
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Extreme animals: the toughest creatures on Earth
Fascinating insight into how animals can survive some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Find out how sperm whales and elephant seals can stay underwater for up to 50 minutes and lots more interesting and unusual facts.
ISBN 9781406305593
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Davies, Nicola
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Ariki and the giant shark
Ariki is not like the other children on Turtle Island. She belongs heart and soul to the sea, where she plays all day with the dolphins and turtles. One day, a giant shark appears and the fishermen are too afraid to go out. Without fish the people will starve - and only Ariki can save the day!
ISBN 9781406369793
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Davies, Nicola & Kinnear, Nicola (ill)
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What's eating you
Every animal has a habitat, a place where it belongs, finds food and shelter, and raises its babies. You are a habitat for many small, almost invisible creatures. Find out about parasites like fleas and lice, tapeworms and pinworms, and the animals, human and non-human, on and in which they live.
ISBN 9781406313543
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Davies, Nicola & Layton, Neal (ill)
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Red pencil, The
Twelve year old Amira's dream is to go to school. But, life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the terrifying Janjaweed militia arrives. They burn her village and unleash unspeakable horrors. Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey, on foot, to a refugee camp. Life is tough at the camp until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind and all kinds of possibilities. Verse novel about real events.
ISBN 9780316247801
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Topics / Displacement /
Davis Pinkey, Andrea & Evans, Shane W (ill)
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Honey spot
Through the friendship between a black boy and a white girl, race relations and conservation are dealt with in this play.
ISBN 9780868191638
Publisher Currency Press, 1988
Davis, Jack
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Big dry, The
With each year of drought the heat became worse. The lawns and crops withered and died. Buildings began to crumble and collapse, and more people left the city. George and his little brother, Beeper, become worried when their father fails to return from a trip to town for food and fuel. Fear for the safety of their dad quickly becomes a fight for their own survival in the hot and brutal conditions. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732297633
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Davis, Tony
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You must be skidding: the biggest losers of the car world
Whether it's a car with two, three or six wheels, with a motor scooter engine or a nuclear reactor, with the most stupid name or the most dodgy design,this book will tell you all you need to know about it. Featuring the lemons of the car world.
ISBN 9781741661675
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Davis, Tony & Nagle, Shane (ill)
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Chewing-gum kid, The
Simon Bright has a feeling that this week is going to be different and he's right. After the discovery of the Super-Gum, his life changes.
ISBN 9780143300052
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Dawe, Bruce
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Smarty-cat
Barry is more than just clever. He's a talking cat, a TV star and a quiz show champion. Barry is a cat in a million, a real smarty-cat.
ISBN 9780143302537
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Dawe, Bruce
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Magic of reality, The
Throughout history, people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions. These fantastical myths are fun but they don't really answer the questions. With its scientific method explanations of space, time, evolution and more, this book presents the real story of the world, and shows that its awe-inspiring beauty and thrilling magic far exceed those of the ancient myths. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780593066126
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc, 2011
Dawkins, Richard & McKean, Dave (ill)
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Tolkien bestiary
An exciting resource for fans seeking the inspirational source of Tolkien's beasts, flora and fauna.
ISBN 9780753704592
Publisher Bounty, 2001
Day, David
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Migration to Australia: Refugees
Find out about Australia's responses to people arriving as refugees, from colonial times up until the present. Read about the contributions refugees have made to Australia and the challenges they have faced.
ISBN 9781925630114
Publisher Redback Publishing, 2017
Day, William
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Usborne creative writer's handbook, The
All the help you need to write better stories, blogs, scripts and poetry. Features lists of inspiring words and tips on editing and grammar. See how well-known writers put techniques into practice and try jotting out your own ideas on the blank pages at the back.
ISBN 9781474922494
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Daynes, Katie & Cullis
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See inside your body
Peel away the layers of your body to find out what is going on beneath! This book investigates all of the crucial processes the body undergoes every day, looking at all the important internal organs involved. Find out what happens to an apple once you eat it, how breathing works and why we need to do it, and just how your amazing brain does what it does. Every page is filled with flaps - lift them to reveal the fascinating facts underneath!
ISBN 9780746070055
Series See inside Usborne flap books series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2006
Topics / STEM /
Daynes, Katie & King, Colin (ill)
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Don Quixote
The mad Don Quixote wanders 16th century Spain looking for chivalrous deeds to do and wrongs to right. Lots of adventures with interesting characters, a barber, monks, shepherds, inn keepers, all of whom involve humour and misunderstandings.
ISBN 9781406324303
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
de Cervantes, Miguel & Jenkins, Martin (retell) & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Toby alone
Toby Lolness may be only one and a half millimetres tall but he is involved in a huge and harrowing fight for his life and the safety of his family. A thrilling tale of state control, betrayal, cruelty, heroism, friendship and survival in a violent, miniature world that is not for the faint-hearted. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406313154
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, S (trans) & Place, F (ill)
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Toby and the secrets of the tree
Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner and mercilessly hunting the Grass People. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time, he's not alone. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406310146
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, S (trans) & Place, F (ill)
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Vango: between sky and Earth
Vango is about to enter the priesthood when he suddenly finds himself trying to avoid arrest and escape an assassin. Vango is no ordinary boy with an ordinary life - he has had all kinds of adventures since he was found washed ashore as a toddler on a tiny island off Sicily. Now on the run across Europe, will Vango discover the secrets of his mysterious past in time to figure out who is trying to have him killed - and why.
ISBN 9781406354010
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, Sarah (trans)
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Vango: a prince without a kingdom
Fleeing from the police and more sinister forces on his trail, Vango must race against time to prove his innocence. His journey will take him to the furthest reaches of distant lands, and even into the sky where he will find refuge on board the Graf Zeppelin. But the threat of war is getting closer, and Vango must uncover the secrets of his past before everything is lost.
ISBN 9781406331509
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
de Fombelle, Timothee Ardizzone, Sarah (trans)
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Ripley's human body: believe it or not
Explicit diagrams and quirky pictures all contribute to bring us information about the capability of the human body and some of the more unusual things humans have done. Find out how fast your blood flows, and what happens inside your head.
ISBN 9781741695977
Series Ripley's twists series (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
de la Bedoyere, Camilla & Ghani, Irfan (cons)
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Ripley's wild animals: believe it or not
Eye catching and fun filled way of looking at a traditional factual book on wild animals. Unbelievable stories and images, mixed with core information, are presented to answer such questions as how animals solve problems and which animals are extreme survivors.
ISBN 9781741695960
Series Ripley's twists series (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
de la Bedoyere, Camilla & Taylor, Barbara (cons)
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Name at the end of the ladder, The
Everyone has to wait until their twelfth birthday for the Name Bank to decide each person's name. Usually, safe botanical names are chosen. September wants a special, unique name and is enticed by spooky Madame Alcina to be able to choose her own name by playing a board game. What she is not told is that, so far, no one has managed to win and some players have not reappeared. Every dice roll leads to danger.
ISBN 9781922244475
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
De Roo, Elena
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Little prince, The
The whimsical story of an airman's discovery of a very appealing small boy from another planet in the desert. A thought-provoking allegory of the human condition that has become a classic.
ISBN 9781853261589
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
de Saint-Exupery, Antoine
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No and me
Lou Bertignac's father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn't been out of the house properly for years. But, Lou is about to change her life and that of her parents for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets, who has disruptive as well as positive effects on the whole family. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780747599838
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
de Vigan, Delphine
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Geis: A matter of life & death
The great chief matriarch is dying and has no heir. Drawing her last breath, she gives a final decree that, upon her death, there will be a contest to decide the one truly worthy to rule in her place. The rich, the strong, the wise and the powerful put forward their names in the hope of being chosen. When the night comes, only fifty souls are summoned. Fifty souls bound to the same fate. But, this is no ordinary trial. And, so begins the first task. Graphic novel.
ISBN 9781910620038
Publisher Nobrow, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Deacon, Alexis
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Shimmer
Accompanied by a talking possum and a tracker gnome, Colin and Grieve set out on a mad-cap and thrilling adventure to rescue the Shimmer. It is part of the stone of creation and has been stolen by power-mad, completely evil fairies.
ISBN 9780330421744
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2005
Deans, Kathryn
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Bomber balloon, The
When a Zeppelin aircraft crashes over a British town, the German soldiers meet those they have been bombing, including one very angry girl.
ISBN 9781408191651
Series World War I tales series (4 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Last flight, The
Alfred is an air observer, flying above the war, taking photos of the enemy lines. But the Germans are also in the sky.
ISBN 9781408191682
Series World War I tales series (2 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Pigeon spy, The
Can one heroic homing pigeon make it through enemy territory to save two hundred American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines.
ISBN 9781408191712
Series World War I tales series (3 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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War game, The
They said the war would be over by Christmas, but it isn't. The German and English trenches face each other, with No Man's land inbetween. But on Christmas Eve the shooting stops and on Christmas day, guns are put down.
ISBN 9781408191743
Series World War I tales series (1 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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World War I tales series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series World War I tales series (4 books)
Deary, Terry
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Horrible histories: France
Discover all the foul facts about France, including which king thought he was made of glass, why French bread was once made from broken tiles and bricks, and how to play hopscotch like a French highwayman.
ISBN 9781407111841
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Angry Aztecs, The
Discover all the foul facts about the Angry Aztecs, including why the Aztecs liked to eat scum, when the world is going to end and their horrible habit of drinking live toads in wine. Filled with foul facts, terrible timelines and a grisly quiz.
ISBN 9781407104256
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Cut-throat Celts
Discover the wild warriors who fought the Roman army with swords and spears while collecting human heads. If this bloodthirsty book isn't nasty enough for you, you must be a cut-throat Celt yourself.
ISBN 9781407139203
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Deadly days in history
The most horrible book yet. Take a whirlwind tour through the most dreadful, disastrous and deadly days in the whole of horrible history, from the grim Great Fire of Rome to the vile St Valentine's Day Massacre, leaving the gory bits in and the boring bits out.
ISBN 9781407121451
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2013
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Frightful first World War and the woeful Second World War, The
Find out how a pair of old socks gave away top secrets, how sniffing your own wee could save your life in the First World War, why wearing white knickers could get you killed in the Second World War. The First World War was meant to last four months but ground on for four grim years. The Second World War gives you the dire details about the snow-bound cities under siege and fly-infested jungle trenches.
ISBN 9780439973311
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Gorgeous Georgians, The
From poor hygiene and terrible food to a country overrun with body snatchers and thief-takers, the poor old Georgians didn't stand much of a chance in a country run by unsuitable politicians and less than stable monarchs.
ISBN 9781407104195
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Groovy Greeks, The
The hip and fabulous Greeks hung out over two thousand years ago. Meet horrible heroes, suffering slaves and foolish philosophers. Find out about the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax.
ISBN 9780590132473
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1995
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Ireland
Discover all the foul facts about Ireland. Find out why wax models were captured and made Prisoners of War, which warriors went to battle naked, and how to make yourself invisible.
ISBN 9780439014366
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2000
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Knights
Terry Deary reveals the horrible history of knights - all the gore and more. Readers should forget the fairy tales from days of old when knights were supposed to be bold and damsels were always in distress, and brace themselves for the terrible truth about the cold-blooded killers. From Arthur and his mythical knights to warrior kings and cruel crusades there are foul facts on a whole host of nasty knights plus dire details of the weapons they used and the rotten rules of knight fights.
ISBN 9780439955775
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2006
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Loathsome London
Go underground to discover London's putrid past. Take a trip to the terrifying Tower and then dip into the River Thames, London's largest toilet. Find out the ten worst ways to make a living in the city and the most disgusting way to die. History has never been so horrible.
ISBN 9780439959001
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Measly Middle Ages
Travel back into the measly Middle Ages, where the world was full of wild women, mad monks, naughty knights and crazy kings and queens. Discover a genuine jester's joke, why chickens had their bottoms shaved and what ten year old treacle was used for. History with the nasty bits left in.
ISBN 9780439944014
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible Histories: Pirates
Reveals the terrible truth behind the lousy pirate legends and lies, so forget the brave heroes swinging from masts and the handsome young men sailing the seven seas for this is history as it's most horrible. Readers can decide who was the baddest of the bunch in the top ten of putrid pirates, discover why the women pirates were just as wicked as the men and learn to talk the patter of a Pirate. Plus there are foul facts on the ships they sailed, the punishments they suffered and the rules they lived by.
ISBN 9781407164335
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2016
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Plague and peril
It's 1348 and the shadow of the Black Death is descending over England. Geoffrey Copton returns from the war in France, only to find himself caught up in a plot to rob and kill an innocent man. Will Geoffrey and his friend Meg manage to save the day, or will the dastardly plotters get away with the gold ...and with murder.
ISBN 9781407109565
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Rotten Romans, The
Life in ancient Rome from Nero to Boudicca includes gory games, rotten recipes and lots of frightening facts.
ISBN 9780590031523
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1997
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Rotten rulers
Readers can discover all the foul facts about Rotten Rulers, including who gave the job of high priest to a donkey, who choked to heath while eating a crow and who celebrated victory by eating his enemy's head.
ISBN 9781407111902
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Ruthless Romans
Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Ruthless Romans, including which emperor enjoyed eating camel's heels, who were the terrible twins who founded Rome and which evil emperors made murder a sport.
ISBN 9781407104249
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Savage Stone Age, The
Discover all the facts about the Savage Stone Age including what they used instead of toilet paper, why a hole in the skull is good for headaches, and how to make a Stone Age mummy.
ISBN 9781407139227
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2014
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Slimy Stuarts, The
This is a sickening story which started when gibbering King James I took the throne. Find out why some slimy Stuarts ate toads, snails and fleas; why people wore fish on their feet, and which king picked his nose and never washed his hands. Also find out the gruesome truth about ghastly Guy Fawkes, the tragic tales of women accused of witchcraft and the ever-present threat of the perilous plague.
ISBN 9780590134828
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1996
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Smashing Saxons, The
Find out the terrible truth about the pillaging people who bashed the Brits but got nobbled by the Normans, including who got cow pats as Christmas presents or why wearing a pig on your head was lucky. Read on for foul facts on disgusting diseases and ghastly graves.
ISBN 9780439012713
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2000
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Stormin' Normans
Discover all the foul facts about the stormin' Normans, including why Norman knights slept with a dolly, which pirate hung up his eye-patch and became a saint, and why Crusader ships were defended with barrels of wee.
ISBN 9781407104300
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Terrible Tudors, The
History has never been so horrible. Foul facts about the cruellest kings and meanest queens ever to rule England. Find out about the terrible tale of an awful axeman, why Henry VIII thought he'd married a horse and brush up your knowledge of Tudor torture.
ISBN 9780439977050
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1993
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: USA, The
Discover all the foul facts about the USA, including which president was so scared of electric switches that he slept with his light on, why cowboys declared war on sheep and how to have a civil battle.
ISBN 9781407111858
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2010
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Vicious Vikings, The
Packed with frightening facts about the vile invaders from the North and their savage enemies, including such legendary warriors as Fat-thighs, Oaf, and Stinking.
ISBN 9780590498494
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1998
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Vile Victorians, The
They may have looked all prim and proper but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch, who could be vicious and violent and villainous. Discover the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and about stag hunting in Paddington Station. History with the nasty bits left in.
ISBN 9780439944045
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Villianous Victorians
Readers can discover all the foul facts about the villainous Victorians, including why burglars were scared of bogies, which poet said he ate an ape and how a snick fadger might kiddy-nap your spangle.
ISBN 9781407104317
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: England
Discover all the foul facts about England, including which monk tried to pinch the devil's nose with a pair of tongs, why some people in the Middle Ages ate dove droppings, and which English king was accused of being a werewolf.
ISBN 9781407110417
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible Histories: Incredible Incas
The incredible Incas may have built South America's greatest civilisation but they could be very icky indeed. The poor prisoners who pulled up their huge pyramids were likely to experience a very painful death. But, things weren't much better for your average Inca. Find out how a bucket of stewed pee could make you beautiful, why servants ate the emperor's hair and what chilling fate awaited their child sacrifices.
ISBN 9781407104270
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill) & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Blitzed Brits
Find out if you could have survived in the Blitz when all of London and many other English cities were bombed heavily and constantly. You might be the sort of person who would remember to always have a gas mask with you or who actually liked the meals that can be made with rationed food. You might even want to escape mum and dad for a bit but maybe not for six years. A sad time in history still had its funny moments.
ISBN 9781407103433
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill) & Sheppard, Kate (ill)
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Horrible histories: Awesome Egyptians, The
This book is packed with quizzes, facts and ghastly details of the lives, habits and customs of the ancient Egyptians.
ISBN 9780439944038
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Hepplewhite, Peter & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Bloody Scotland
Tells the story of the Scots, from the desperate Dark Ages to the terrible 20th century. It provides facts on cool kings, cruel kings, mean queens and wise women. Find out about William Wallace, Braveheart and gory Scottish ghost stories.
ISBN 9780590543408
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1998
Deary, Terry & Myers, Christopher (ill)
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Horrible histories: 20th century, The
Discover all the foul facts about the Twentieth Century, including who shocked the world by showing her knickers, how two monkeys and a dog became astronauts, and why a posh London restaurant served stewed cat.
ISBN 9781407111926
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Phiilip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Dark knights and dingy castles
Discover all the foul facts about dark knights and dingy castles, including why one nutty knight chopped off his own finger, the revolting truth about a gong-farmer's job and what went on in gruesome castle garderobes.
ISBN 9781407111834
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Rowdy revolutions
Discover all the foul facts about rowdy revolutions, including which Chinese emperor was overthrown by his mum, why one revolution made ugly people very scared indeed and what Count Dracula was really like.
ISBN 9781407111919
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Wicked words
Discover how to be very rude without anybody knowing, some murky Medieval jokes and what to say if someone calls you mundungus, hackum or Jabbernowl.
ISBN 9781407111933
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Ella mental and the good sense guide
Ella is very good at providing advice to her friends. But, when her group begins to fall apart, Ella discovers that perhaps she is not as 'together' as she thought. Contains minor references to smoking and alcohol. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781843627272
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Deckers, Amber
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Going batty
Bats have always been linked with scary things but they may not be as scary as you think. Take a close look at the world of bats and you'll see that there's a lot more to these fascinating creatures.
ISBN 9781865048772
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Deckert Tempany
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Animals talk back
Animals have their own form of language. Full of fascinating facts and stories from around the world about animals, this book will change the way you look at animals.
ISBN 9781865048895
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Deckert, Tempany
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In your dreams
For some period every day, we sleep. Find out why we need to sleep and why it's not a waste of time.
ISBN 9781865048956
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Deckert, Tempany
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Bone hunters: on the trail of the dinosaurs
There is a wealth of dinosaur information in this book, as well as accounts of the palaeontologists who made many of the famous discoveries.
ISBN 9781862913592
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Dedman, Stephen
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Lucy Zeezou's glamour game
Not all is froth and bubble in Lucy's celebrity world. Her parents are on the verge of breaking up over some earth-shattering rumours and Lucy must come to terms with their fallibility and her own. Lucy juggles the cat walk, the soccer pitch, the high life and the good life as she learns the value of relationships.
ISBN 9781864719734
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Deep-Jones, Liz
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Lucy Zeezou's goal
Lucy appears to have everything, looks, brains, her parents are an international sports star and owners of a successful fashion label. All they want is for her to be a top fashion model, even more successful than her mother. But Lucy has the soccer gene and all she wants is to be as successful as her father who plays for Milan.
ISBN 9781741662771
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Deep-Jones, Liz
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Socks, sandbags and leeches: Letters to my Anzac dad
Ivy and her mother live in Australia, far away from where the Great War is raging. Ivy writes to her father, who is fighting overseas, all about life at home. About the socks and sandbags she and her friends make and the leeches they catch to sell to the hospital. The war keeps dragging on and she keeps on writing, hoping her dad returns safe.
ISBN 9780642278845
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2016
Topics / Australians at war /
Deeves, Pauline
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Robinson Crusoe
The classic story of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly thirty years.
ISBN 9780140439359
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Defoe, Daniel
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Spook's apprentice, The
For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end and many apprentices have tried to take over. Some floundered, some fled and some failed to stay alive. Thirteen year old Thomas Ward is the last hope. He is the seventh son of a seventh son which means he has special gifts to fight evil. He must defeat Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the County.
ISBN 9781862308534
Series Wardstone chronicles series (1 of 6)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's battle, The
In Pendle, the witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure up an unimaginable evil. Tom Ward and the Spook need to avert the unthinkable. But, before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home to collect the trunks Mam left behind for him. But, dark family secrets are contained in the trunks which may place Tom's family in even greater danger.
ISBN 9781862308541
Series Wardstone chronicles series (4 of 6)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's curse, The
It's the job of the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, to protect the County from the dark. But, deep in the catacombs below Priestown lurks the Bane, a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat. As they prepare to battle it, yet another deadly enemy emerges to threaten Tom and his master.
ISBN 9781862308558
Series Wardstone chronicles series (2 of 6)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's mistake, The
As danger increases, Tom is sent north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook who lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh. His training methods are harsh and cruel as he prepares Tom for grave dangers. When the Fiend sends his own daughter, the powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy Tom, Arkwright makes an error of judgement and leaves Tom to face his enemies alone.
ISBN 9781862303515
Series Wardstone chronicles series (5 of 6)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's sacrifice, The
As the Spook's apprentice, Tom's first duty is to protect the County. But, Mam needs his help in Greece, her homeland. One of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return, bringing slaughter and devastation. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side, including Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches. Tom must find out what secret Mam is keeping from him and decide whether to go against everything the Spook has taught him.
ISBN 9780370329321
Series Wardstone chronicles series (6 of 6)
Publisher Red Fox, 2004
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's secret, The
As the nights draw in, the Spook decides to travel to his winter house. His apprentice, Tom, hates the desolate place. There are feral witches in the cellar, menacing creatures stirring on the nearby moors and a sinister stranger threatening Tom's master. Many dangers will face Tom if his master's past and secrets are revealed.
ISBN 9781862308565
Series Wardstone chronicles series (3 of 6)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Wardstone chronicles series
A fantasy series about the seventh son of a seventh son who has special powers to fight evil. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen..
Series Wardstone chronicles series (6 books)
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Elisabeth, the princess bride, Austria-Hungary 1853
Although not the most influential European royals, Elisabeth is still fascinating. As she begins her diary, the fifteen year old reveals her true passions, the outdoors, her family's home called Possenhofen, poetry, her pets, her father and horseback riding.
ISBN 9780439266444
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Denenberg, Barry
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Bush Christmas, A
It's Christmas in the bush and the sun burns hotly through the gums. Down the road old Rogan comes for a bite of tucker and a beer. Mum's in the kitchen cooking up a turkey and plum pudding. A famous Australian poem revisited.
ISBN 9781742032078
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2011
Dennis, C J & Huxley, Dee (ill)
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M is for mates: animals in wartime from Ajax to Zep
Without the service of animals, many more Australians would have lost their lives during wartime. This intriguing book presents information about food, equipment, battle environments, war propaganda, uniforms, symbols and transport. Filled with authentic photos, wartime anecdotes and strange but true facts.
ISBN 9781877007392
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2009
Department of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial
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Hope in a ballet shoe
Michaela DePrince grew up in war-torn Sierra Leone, witnessing shocking atrocities. When her father is killed and her mother dies of famine, Michaela is sent to an orphanage. She is adopted by an American couple but life isn't without difficulties. When Michaela begins ballet lessons, she faces racism and prejudice, and has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite to become an international ballet star.
ISBN 9780571314461
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2014
Topics / Displacement /
DePrince, Michaela & Elaine
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Village by the sea, The
This story is set in a fishing village near Bombay, India, and tells of the two oldest children and their struggle to keep the family together.
ISBN 9780141312712
Publisher Penguin, 2001
Desai, Anita
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Reflections of a solitary hamster
Meet Hamster, completely self-obsessed and passionate about waffles. Join him and his friends, kindly Mole, diffident Hedgehog, selflessly generous Snail and super-confident Rabbit as they prepare for a celebration, set to change everybody's lives. A deceptively simple book includes philosophical musings on life.
ISBN 9781877467455
Publisher Gecko Press, 2009
Desbordes, Astrid & Martin, Pauline (ill)
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Travels of an extraordinary hamster
Hamster lives in the clearing among his friends Mole, Snail, Hedgehog and Rabbit. They are very accepting of Hamster, who is unapologetically selfish but, somehow, endearing. Hamster is determined to visit his cousins on the moon. He knows they must be eager to meet him. But, his friends decide to go to the North Pole instead.
ISBN 9781927271834
Publisher Gecko Press, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Desbordes, Astrid & Martin, Pauline (ill) & Burgess, Linda (trans)
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Bend it like Beckham
A novelisation of the film screen play in which a young Indian girl's talent for soccer is discovered. The issues, of cultural expectations of girls and the problems of living between two cultures, are raised.
ISBN 9780340860946
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Dhami, Narinder
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Elephant man
Joseph doesn't look like other people. His skin is thick and lumpy, his limbs are oddly shaped, and his head has a big, bony lump. People call him Elephant Man and scream in terror when they see him. But, inside, Joseph longs for a friend to understand him. Based on the famous, true story of Joseph Merrick.
ISBN 9781760292201
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Di Fiore, Mariangela & Hodnefjeld, Hilde (ill) & Hedger, Rosie (trans)
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Magician's elephant, The
The boy, the lost sister, the retired officer, the childless couple, the displaced elephant, the patient nun, the compassionate policeman, the remorseful magician, the bent and broken stonemason and the socialite crippled when the conjured elephant fell through the theatre roof and landed on her legs, all come together in the snow in this meaningful, simply but poetically told story.
ISBN 9780763644109
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2009
DiCamillo, Kate
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Raymie Nightingale
When her father abandons the family, young Raymie Clarke hatches a plan. To gain her dad's approval and immediate return, she'll enter and win the Little Miss Central Florida Tyre competition. Raymie must do good deeds and learn to twirl a baton. She must also contend with the frequently fainting Louisiana and the fiery Beverley. As the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw them into an unlikely friendship, and challenge each girl to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
ISBN 9781406363135
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
DiCamillo, Kate
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Tale of Despereaux, The
Despereaux is a very small mouse who longs to be near the beautiful Princess Pea. Mouse law forbids any contact between mice and humans. When Despereaux lands in the castle dungeon, he must show enormous courage and ingenuity to escape.
ISBN 9780744598698
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
DiCamillo, Kate & Basil Ering, Timothy (ill)
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Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident. Ulysses, the squirrel, never saw the vacuum cleaner coming. Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book, Terrible Things Can Happen to You, steps in to save him. Ulysses now has powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a spacious heart.
ISBN 9780763676711
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2015
DiCamillo, Kate & Campbell, K G (ill)
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Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane, The
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. He travels across the country, acquiring new owners and learning some valuable lessons.
ISBN 9780763625894
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2006
DiCamillo, Kate & Ibatoulline, Bagram (ill)
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Christmas carol, A
It is the 24th of December and mean, old Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing office, refusing to acknowledge that it's Christmas. But, that night, the miser has a terrifying visitor, his dead business partner, Marley, who comes to warn that the ghosts from Scrooge's past, present and future are about to arrive.
ISBN 9780141031736
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2007
Dickens, Charles
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David Copperfield
For David Copperfield, orphaned and with a cruel stepfather, the future looks bleak. But, a new start beckons, first with the magnificent Mr Micawber and then with his eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood. David encounters a range of people who will change his fortunes in very different ways, and his life forever.
ISBN 9780141031750
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2007
Dickens, Charles
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Old curiosity shop, The
Written in 1840, this is the classic story of Little Nell and her grandfather who inhabit a shadowy world.
ISBN 9780140437423
Publisher Penguin, 2001
Dickens, Charles
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Oliver Twist
When orphan, Oliver Twist, asks nasty Mr Bumble for more food, he has to flee the workhouse for the streets of London. There, he meets the Artful Dodger, who leads him to Fagin and his gang of pickpockets. When a thieving mission goes wrong, Oliver narrowly avoids prison and finds himself in the care of kind Mr Brownlow. But Fagin and the brutal Bill Sikes are determined to drag Oliver back.
ISBN 9780140435221
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Dickens, Charles
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See inside space stations and other spacecraft
Blast off for an amazing inside view of spacecraft- from the early days of the Space Race to building a space station, exploring Mars and more.
ISBN 9781409599197
Series See inside Usborne flap books series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Topics / STEM /
Dickins, Rosie & Stover, Kellan (ill)
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Ropemaker, The
The people of the Valley have been protected for twenty generations by a magic force. The spell is weakening, enemies are waiting. Tilja, her companions and an obstinate horse seek a man who can control the rope of time, the Ropemaker.
ISBN 9780330397131
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2002
Dickinson, Peter
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M is for mutiny: History by alphabet
A taste of the intriguing history of Australia and the many entry points for readers to explore further. In the late 18th century, ragtag groups of Europeans started to arrive in Australia. Most were convicts, some were soldiers, a few had just run out of choices. They blundered onto an ancient land that had been peopled for 60,000 years. They wanted to make it just like home. They cleared the land, they fenced it, they paved it, and they put buildings on it. All the while, the country's first peoples watched on, bewildered by these clumsy immigrants and their mysterious ways. Why did Sir Joseph Banks hate bananas? Did anyone like William Bligh? Who's afraid of Pemulwuy?
ISBN 9780994384119
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2017
Dickson, John & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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Ernie Dingo: king of the kids, an Australian story
The story of Sally Dingo's husband, Ernie, and his mob written for children.
ISBN 9781740517102
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Dingo, Sally
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Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a main character (almost) as awesome as me
Broody McHottiepants is our brooding YA hero and he has decided to write a book about how to become a main character. He certainly seems to know every trick in the YA novelist's trade. But his evil ex-girlfriend, Blondie DeMeani, has sneakily added her own two cents worth within the pages of his book to keep him honest. This is part guide book, part clever exploration of all the YA tropes.
ISBN 9781510726666
Publisher Sky Pony Press, 2017
DiRisio, Carrie & Gear, Linnea (ill)
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Apostle bird, The
Set in the Western Australian goldfields in the 1930s, Neil describes the sometimes violent life on the diggings. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733605253
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Disher, Garry
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Bamboo flute, The
Twelve year old Paul tries to raise the spirits of his father and others during the Great Depression by reintroducing music into their lives. A tramp, Eric the Red has shown Paul how to make a bamboo flute.
ISBN 9780733615887
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Disher, Garry
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From your friend Louis Deane
Louis has to adapt to moving from the city to a country, coastal town as well as dealing with the Year 8 bullies and the tragic Tilly. His dad's shop hasn't sold a single thing, his mum's lost her job and Louis wants to return to the city. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733605277
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Disher, Garry
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Maddie Finn
Maddie and her mother are to be evicted from their home in the grounds of the Delamore's big house. Maddie and Delia Delamore take the dog for a walk. They enter an alley to find a gang of kidnappers waiting, with surprising results.
ISBN 9780733612237
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Disher, Garry
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Walk twenty, run twenty
After the death of his parents, Rick goes to live with his cousins in the outback. He finds it very hard to adjust and his cousins have difficulty relating to his grief. A dangerous adventure changes everything. Some strong language in context.
ISBN 9780733614644
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Disher, Garry
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Living on Hope Street
Living on Hope Street is a glimpse of modern day Australia through the lens of a single street and the families that make their lives along it. Kane will do everything he can to save his mother and his little brother Sam from the violence of his father, even if it means becoming a monster himself. Mrs Aslan will protect the boys no matter what, even though her own family is in pieces. Ada wants a family she can count on, while she faces new questions about herself. Mr Bailey is afraid of the refugees next door, but his worst fear will take another form. And Gugulethu is just trying to make a life away from terror. On this street, everyone comes from different places, but to find peace they will have to discover what unites them. A deeply moving, unflinching portrait of modern Australian suburban life. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760292096
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Divaroren, Demet
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Big book of fantasy quests
Detailed and colourful fantasy-adventure scenes filled with things to find, mysteries to solve and colourful creatures and characters to outwit.
ISBN 9780746070383
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2006
Dixon, Andrew
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Australian landscapes: Water
Australia is the second driest continent on Earth, after the Antarctic. The availability of water has defined the spread of human settlement, from the arrival of the first Aboriginal Australians over 50,000 years ago, right up until the present. Water is precious in Australia and it is not a free resource. Discover the role in human history of the hidden, underground water sources across Australia and see how the presence or lack of water has affected our geography, economy and history.
ISBN 9781925630237
Publisher Redback Publishing, 2018
Dixon, Rachel
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Famous australians: Australian children's authors
Famous Australians presents short biographies of people who have made notable contributions to society, and who have helped make sport and children's literature such important and popular aspects of Australian culture!
ISBN 9781925630169
Publisher Redback Publishing, 2017
Dixon, Rachel
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Famous australians: Australians at the olympic games
Famous Australians presents short biographies of people who have made notable contributions to society, and who have helped make sport and children's literature such important and popular aspects of Australian culture.
ISBN 9781925630176
Publisher Redback Publishing, 2017
Dixon, Rachel
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Wright brothers: first in flight, The
In 1903, on the windy dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the dream of humans to fly finally came true. Two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, were former bicycle mechanics who built their first toy plane, a rubber-band powered rotary when they were just children. They finally solved the flying problems that had grounded so many others.
ISBN 9781402732317
Series Sterling biographies series (22 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Dixon-Engel, Tara
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Neil Armstrong: one giant leap for mankind
Neil Armstrong was America's rocket man, the first person to set foot on the moon and turn science fiction into amazing reality. He studied aeronautical engineering, won medals as a fighter pilot, tried out the X-15 experimental rocket plane and become one of the elite few chosen to be a NASA astronaut.
ISBN 9781402744969
Series Sterling biographies series (2 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Topics / STEM /
Dixon-Engel, Tara & Jackson, Mike
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DK findout: Pirates
Go back in time to discover the truth behind the myth. Readers who can't enough pirate facts will love this book. Discover what pirates ate, what life was like on-board a ship and the rules by which pirates live by.
ISBN 9780241282816
Series DK findout series (10 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2017
DK
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Dk findout: Sharks
The book for any kid who can't get enough shark facts! Packed with facts, quizzes and incredible images of all your favourite sharks including bullhead, carpet and angel sharks. Discover sharks from prehistoric times and try to match shark eggs to their parents.
ISBN 9780241282731
Series DK findout series (10 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2017
Topics / STEM /
DK
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DK findout: Volcanoes
Everything you would want to know about the explosive world of volcanoes. Discover what the biggest volcano in the solar system is, how hot lava is and which type of lava is the stickiest.
ISBN 9780241250242
Series DK findout series (10 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2016
Topics / STEM /
DK
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Happiest refugee, The
Anh Do, comedian and television personality, arrived in Australia as a baby in a boat full of desperate family members who suffered the perils of the sea. A mother's sacrifice, a father's heroism and their adventures in a new land are inspiring. Some strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742372389
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Do, Anh
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Reconciliation in society
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
ISBN 9781420267327
Series Reconciliation in Australia seeries (6 books)
Publisher MacMillan, 2009
Dodson, Professor Mick (pres) & Stanley, Professor Fiona (pres)
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Granny was a buffer girl
Jess is intrigued with her grandmother's life as a buffer girl in a cutlery shop in Sheffield.
ISBN 9780141318059
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Doherty, Berlie
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Snake-stone, The
Although close to his adoptive parents, James has always wondered about his natural mother. Armed with only a small stone and a note scribbled on the back of an envelope as clues to her identity, James sets off to find his past.
ISBN 9780006740223
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1997
Doherty, Berlie
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Cathy Freeman
A biography of one of Australia's most famous athletes and one of the books in the Young Achievers series.
ISBN 9781863918619
Publisher Heinemann, 1997
Dolan, Beth
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Gallipoli: The landing
In graphic novel format, the truth about the assault on Gallipoli in 1915 is revealed. Rather than being a botched attack, planned by indifferent British generals, the Gallipoli campaign was carefully thought out and included an amphibious attack on the beach by ANZAC officers.
ISBN 9781742231570
Publisher NewSouth Publishing, 2014
Dolan, Hugh & Gardiner, Mal
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Reg Saunders: An indigenous war hero
The little-known story of Reg Saunders, the first indigenous Australian to become an officer in the Army. He survived the World War II battlefields in the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, Crete and New Guinea, and excelled as a military leader. Find out how war transformed a determined young man, born in 1920 from country Victoria, into a war hero. Reg went on to serve with distinction in the Korean War and become a pioneering figure for indigenous rights. He died in 1990. A graphic novel.
ISBN 9781742234243
Publisher NewSouth Publishing, 2015
Dolan, Hugh & Threlfall, Adrian
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Serpents & werewolves: Stories of animal shape-shifters from around the world
Werewolves, talking snakes and cursed princes are the stuff of fairy tales. Stories that we have all heard and enjoyed but with a modern twist. Slimy, ugly frogs wanting a favour, playful sisters who tease their older brother, brides who cannot live with any secrets, and unusual household items that are best left untouched. Stories crafted to be read aloud and shared. Illustrated with simple silhouettes.
ISBN 9781472916341
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015
Don, Lari & Greenwold, Francesca (ill)
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Viking blood: a viking warrior AD 1008
After being injured in a raid that has gone terribly wrong, Tor Scaldbane loses his chance to be a legendary warrior. After this devastating blow, his faith is restored when he discovers the sagas of his ancestors, including the stories of glorious battles, ancient heroes and powerful gods. Now, he has his own stories to tell.
ISBN 9781407104812
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Donkin, Andrew
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Dead famous: William Shakespeare and his dramatic acts
Even though he's dead, William is still full of surprises. Get the inside story from his secret diary and the news of the day from the Shakespearean Sun. Be amazed as the curtain is raised on Shakespeare's most dramatic acts.
ISBN 9780439982696
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Donkin, Andrew & Goddard, Clive (ill)
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Lotterys plus one, The
Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down.
ISBN 9781509803194
Publisher MacMillan, 2017
Donoghue, Emma
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Wow: Earth
A visually amazing encyclopaedia all about Earth. Crammed full of incredible stuff to dip into, from magnificent meteorites to cool caves, crystals and coral reefs, all revealed in an exciting and totally different way. It's like a museum, a search engine and the world's most exciting geography field trip, all rolled into one.
ISBN 9781405341578
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2009
Dorling Kindersley
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Wow: the visual encyclopaedia of everything
Through visually stunning graphics and photographs, discover everything you've ever wanted to know about nature, the human body, science and technology, space, earth, people and places, history, art and culture. Every spread explores an encyclopaedic subject in a unique way. Pour over amazing images and pick up fascinating facts and figures in bite-sized chunks.
ISBN 9781405322485
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2008
Topics / STEM /
Dorling Kindersley
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Crocodile book: armoured and dangerous, The
From crocodiles that protect their babies by scooping them up into their mouths to those that can hold their breath for up to two hours, this is a fascinating, sometimes scary, introduction to the wild world of crocodiles.
ISBN 9781742030265
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Douglas, Malcolm
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Wacky but true magazine
A monthly magazine format mix of freaky, funny and fascinating facts. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: April
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: April 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: August
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: August 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: December-January
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: February
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: February 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: July
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: July 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: June
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: June 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: March
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: March 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: May
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: May 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: November
A magazine format full of freaky, funny and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
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Wacky but true: November 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: October
A magazine format full of freaky, funny and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: October 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: September
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: September 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Cabinet of curiosities, The
When fourteen year old Lukas de Boodt is orphaned, his uncle takes him as an apprentice in Prague, a refuge for Europe's greatest alchemists and natural philosophers. The uncle is court physician to the reclusive, unstable Emperor, and also curator of his bizarre Cabinet of Curiosities, four halls full of wonders and scientific marvels. When Lucas learns of a sinister plot, his life is in great danger.
ISBN 9781408800461
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Dowswell, Paul
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Escape
Locked doors, high prison walls and barbed wire are formidable enough obstacles but many escaping prisoners also face savage dogs and armed guards who shoot to kill. From Alcatraz to Devil's Island, this book tells the extraordinary tales of men who risked their lives for their freedom.
ISBN 9780794519827
Series Usborne true stories series (10 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul
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True polar adventures
A gripping collection of true stories of exploration and danger over the icy wastelands of Antarctica. Includes the fated expedition of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton's epic trek across the snow to save his crew trapped in the polar ice. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746089750
Series Usborne true stories series (12 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True stories of heroes
Thirteen thrilling true stories of courage and heroism. From firefighters battling a blazing nuclear reactor to one housewife's brave defiance of the Gestapo, this book contains inspiring tales of extraordinary courage from everyday people.
ISBN 9780746088333
Series Usborne true stories series (3 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True stories of the First World War
Short stories examining the mysteries, misconceptions, tragedies and the personal costs of the First World War. A well-written book giving young readers a sense of the past in the context of one of the bloodiest battles ever fought. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746088326
Series Usborne true stories series (5 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True stories of the Second World War
Epic naval encounters between titanic warships, monumental battles involving hundreds of thousands of men and duels between lone snipers facing almost certain death. Dramatic and real life tales examine the tragedies and personal costs of the Second World War. For those who survived, it would remain the most intense and vivid experience of their lives.
ISBN 9780746088210
Series Usborne true stories series (6 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True survival stories
From shark attacks and blazing airships to exploding spacecraft and sinking submarines, these are real life stories of people who have stared death in the face and lived to tell the tale.
ISBN 9780746088234
Series Usborne true stories series (1 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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War stories
This book recounts some of the most heroic, devastating and pivotal moments of World Wars l and ll. Stories range from those of the soldiers, sailors and airmen on the front line to those who faced the day-to-day hardships of life on the home front.
ISBN 9780746077610
Series Usborne true stories series (17 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True ghost stories
A spine-tingling collection of true stories exploring the supernatural world of spooks and spirits. Contains the true-life stories of restless souls, including the woman who came back to haunt her killer and encounters in the most haunted house in England. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746093733
Series Usborne true stories series (15 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul & Allan, Tony
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True Everest adventures
A collection of true adventure stories on the dizzying peaks of the world's tallest mountain. Contains the true life stories of extreme cold, danger and exploration including the first expedition of Everest and stories of tragedy on the slopes.
ISBN 9780746093702
Series Usborne true stories series (14 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul & Bird, Glen
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Spies
Ten thrilling true stories about spies and espionage. Contains tales of stealth and deception, every bit as daring as the fictional escapades of James Bond, but far more deadly as the real life spies risk capture, torture and execution.
ISBN 9780746088227
Series Usborne true stories series (2 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul & Fleming, Fergus
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School of wizardry
Twelve year old Randal's apprenticeship in the School of Wizardry is marred when he realises one of the master wizards is using evil spells to destroy the school and gain supreme power.
ISBN 9780733616891
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Doyle, Debra & Macdonald, James D
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On country: stories of Nyrlotte
A delightful story, set in Cape York, focuses on the relationship between a young Aboriginal girl, Nyrlotte, and her strong grandmother. Granny knows all the stories and can sing a cyclone away, and Nyrlotte knows she should always listen to her Granny's warnings. But listening isn't always Nyrlotte's strong point.
ISBN 9780702235450
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Doyle, Fiona & Doyle, Lionel (ill)
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Her mother's face
Although Siobhan's mother died when she was small, she can remember her mother's hands, her voice and her words. But, no matter how hard she tries, Siobhan cannot remember her mother's face. She'd ask her father but he is too sad and Siobhan carries her grief deep within her. One day, a woman shows her how to remember and has a message for Siobhan's father.
ISBN 9780439815017
Publisher Scholastic US, 2009
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Doyle, Roddy & Blackwood, Freya (ill)
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The
Out of his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street stalks a figure who causes criminals to quake in their boots and rush from their dens of iniquity. This collection of twelve mysteries reveals the clever mind of the brilliant consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he works with his sidekick, Dr Watson.
ISBN 9780141034355
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
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Hound of the Baskervilles, The
The sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a fearsome, ghostly hound that has haunted his family for generations. When the famed detective, Sherlock Holmes, is engaged to ensure the safety of the Baskerville heir, Dr Watson is surprised that his friend is dismissive of the matter. Watson is dispatched alone to the wild moors and, in the cold night, a savage and bestial howl can be heard. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141192437
Publisher Penguin, 2009
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
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Everything you need to know about the human body
Packed with information, amazing facts, questions and creative activities, this human body encyclopedia will tell you everything you want to know about what the body can do, the human life cycle, food and digestion, the brain and the senses, structure and movement, and much more.
ISBN 9780753431979
Publisher Kingfisher, 2012
Dr Macnair, Patricia
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Stella by starlight
In 1932, ten year old Stella lives in the segregated South of the United States. Some stores she can go into, others she can't. Some folks are right pleasant, others less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and the Klu Klux Klan hasn't bothered them for years. But, one late night, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come. As Stella's community and her world are upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. She learns that ashes don't necessarily signify an end.
ISBN 9781442494985
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Draper, Sharon M
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McFig & McFly
McFig and his daughter, Rosie, live in a lovely little cottage far away from anywhere big. One day, McFly and his son, Anton, buy the land next door. Friendship turns to competition when McFly builds a cottage just like McFig's house. When the two start adding things onto their houses, it soon gets out of hand in this tale of jealousy, revenge and death, with a happy ending.
ISBN 9780763633868
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2008
Drescher, Henrik
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My story: hunger, the diary of Phyllis McCormack, Ireland 1845-1847, The
When the potato blight strikes Ireland, fourteen year old Phyllis McCormack goes into service to help feed her family.
ISBN 9780439997409
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2001
Drinkwater, Carol
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Mr Bean's definitive and extremely marvellous guide to France
Mr Bean gives advice on preparing for an overseas trip in the format of a scrapbook recording his trip to France. He provides advice on how to enjoy French food and art and even suggestions on how to mix important things together.
ISBN 9780747589570
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Driscol, Robin & Hease, Tony
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Corydon and the island of monsters
The first book in a trilogy retelling the Greek myth of Medusa. Young Corydon is driven out of his village because of his unusual appearance and put on display as a monster, with other classical beasts, in a travelling freak show.
ISBN 9780689875380
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2006
Druitt, Tobias
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Aussie notables series
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Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: Banjo Paterson
Andrew Barton Paterson spent his early years in country NSW. He was sent to finish his education in Sydney, where he eventually worked as a lawyer. Paterson missed the bush and, using the pseudonym, the Banjo, began to write poems and stories that brought the bush to the city. He is famous for The Man from Snowy River and Waltzing Matilda. Banjo's face appears on Australia's ten dollar note.
ISBN 9781742984964
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2015
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: Edith Cowan
Edith Cowan was the first woman elected to any Australian parliament and the second in any English speaking country. Discover how she overcame a tragic childhood to become a feminist heroine.
ISBN 9781876460174
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2014
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: Henry Parkes
Henry Parkes was the earliest advocate of a Federal Council of the colonies of Australia, a precursor to the Federation of Australia. He arrived in Sydney almost penniless and began work on a farm at Penrith. He was always trying to change the world around him and, once he became involved in politics, his future was assured. Henry Parkes is featured on Australia's five dollar note.
ISBN 9781876460143
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2010
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: John Flynn
Informative account of the story of John Flynn, the founder of the Flying Doctor Service whcih helps to save the lives of those living in the most rermote parts of Australia.
ISBN 9781876460464
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2012
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: John Monash
General Sir John Monash became the corps commander of the Australian Infantry Forces during World War I. He was also responsible for the remarkably efficient repatriation of 160,000 Australian soldiers after the war. Monash has been immortalised on Australia's one hundred dollar bank note.
ISBN 9781876460099
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2009
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore had a varied and active life. Born and raised in Wagga Wagga, Mary was a schoolteacher, socialist, journalist, poet and girl friend of Henry Lawson, whose adventures took her to Paraguay and Patagonia. Dame Mary is featured on Australia's five dollar note.
ISBN 9781876460105
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2010
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: Mary Reiby
Mary Reibey became Australia's richest woman but she had a skeleton in her closet. Orphaned after the death of her mother, father and a caring grandmother, she ran away from home disguised as a boy, 'borrowed' a horse and was sent to NSW. Read about her experiences as a criminal and how she found her way to the top.
ISBN 9781876460150
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2011
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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Aussie notables: Nellie Melba
Nellie was the biggest entertainment star we have ever had on the world stage. She claimed to be a simple Australian girl at heart, but she didn't get to the top without having a few less admirable characteristics.
ISBN 9781876460471
Series Aussie notables series (8 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2014
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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William the conqueror
Details the life of William the Conqueror from birth to death. Lots of good battles and interesting characters.
ISBN 9781876460044
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2008
Drummond, Allan & Nguyen, Du-Tran (ill)
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Extreme planet: exploring the most extreme stuff on Earth
A whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, widest, thinnest, coolest, scariest, smelliest things on the planet. It's all here!
ISBN 9781743214107
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2012
Dubois, Michael & Hilden, Katri
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Not-for-parents: Travel book, The
The world is a very large place and this book concentrates on the really interesting bits to create a snapshot of what each country is like. In this book there are the epic events, amazing animals, hideous histories, funky foods and crazy facts that make the world's 200 countries so fascinating.
ISBN 9781742204963
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Dubois, Michael, Hilden, Katri & Price, Jane
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Blue cat, The
It is the 1940s and for Columba and Hilda the war seems a long way away until Ellery appears at their school, unable to speak any English. Curiosity spurs Columba's search for knowledge and understanding counterbalancing Hilda's unquestioning nationalism as the war edges ever closer to Australia's shores. The sudden appearance of the blue cat brings with it an aura of mystery and uncertainty culminating in a dramatic journey to Luna Park.
ISBN 9781760292294
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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First book of Samuel, The
Samuel is missing on his twelfth birthday, and his sister must delve into family history to find out why.
ISBN 9780140369953
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Game of the goose, The
Three children pool their resources to buy a strange looking board game. As they begin the game, each child disappears inside it.
ISBN 9780670894383
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Golden day, The
Eleven little school girls are taken on an unexpected field trip to the gardens and they meet a poet. What follows is inexplicable and a shocking scandal. Will they tell what they know.
ISBN 9781742374710
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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How to be a great detective
Claudia is convinced the stain on the path is blood. That means murder and she wonders who is dead and who is the killer. Claudia sets out to gather the evidence and to bring the killer to justice, jumping to conclusions along the way.
ISBN 9780143301004
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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My father is not a comedian
Claudia gets herself and her father into a predicament and has to help her father get out of it.
ISBN 9780141302089
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Red shoe, The
For three sisters growing up in Australia in the 1950s, the news is full of the Petrov affair and spies. Their ordinary lives are juxtaposed with their parents' marriage, their father's attempted suicide and the big events of the adult world. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741142853
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Theodora's gift
When Theodora is fourteen, her father has a mysterious vision and leaves his family to live with his first wife. Theodora's grandfather is a Holocaust survivor. Complex themes, past and present tensions tell the story of a family falling apart. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780670041169
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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White guinea pig, The
Geraldine has a guinea pig thrust upon her by a school acquaintance, to be minded during the holidays. The guinea pig disappears and and that's just the beginning of the problems.
ISBN 9780140366327
Publisher Penguin, 1993
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Return of the Word Spy
The Word Spy returns to take you on a dazzling journey through the strange and wonderful world of words. Discover hidden and silent languages, the secrets of grammar, dying and newborn words, and crack a code along the way.
ISBN 9780670073542
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Dubosarsky, Ursula & Riddle, Tohby (ill)
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Word spy, The
Come with the Word Spy on an entertaining journey through the English language. Find out where the alphabet came from and what anagrams stand for. Make up your own palindromes and impress your friends by speaking Pig Latin. Includes cartoons, riddles and special codes to solve along the way. Lots of information that's fun to read.
ISBN 9780670072279
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
Dubosarsky, Ursula & Riddle, Tohby (ill)
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In lane three, Alex Archer
'I have always known that in another life I was-or will be-a dolphin. I am a pink human, caught in a net of ambition and years of hard work. In a few minutes I will dive into artificially turquoise water waiting at my feet. A minute later I'll either be ecstatic or a failure.'Fifteen-year-old swimming champ Alex Archer has her mind set on one goal-competing in the Olympic Games in Rome. Alex has been training hard for six years--but so has her archrival, Maggie Benton. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141301280
Publisher Puffin NZ, 1998
Duder, Tessa
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Personal best
An anthology of stories about a range of sports written by two authors from Australia and New Zealand.
ISBN 9781863307741
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Duder, Tessa & McFarlane, Peter
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Lilli and her shadow
Lilli's family is moving from the bush to the city and Lilli is sure she'll be horribly lonely. She'll miss the mangoes, she'll miss her cousins and, most of all, she'll miss her Nan. But, Nan sends a special friend south with Lilli, a secret Shadow to look after her. And, Lilli discovers life in the city isn't so bad after all.
ISBN 9781921696053
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Dudgeon, Pat & Laura & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Faunaverse: Australian wildlife in poetry
How much do you know about Australian animals? Have you ever heard of the Pobblebonk who lives underground? Or how about the deadly Assassin Bug? Or maybe you are familiar with Boyd's Forest Dragon? These are just some of the weird and wonderful but 100% real animals you will meet in Faunaverse. A collection of poems aimed at educating readers about Australia's unknown and misunderstood wildlife. The poems are loaded with facts and information, perfect for curious minds of all ages. Poems are accompanied by beautiful wildlife photography by the authors.
ISBN 9780994558107
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2016
Dudley, Alexander & Sullivan, Jane
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Hoofbeats series
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Series Hoofbeats series (3 books)
Duey, Kathleen
No book cover.
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Lara and the gray mare
Life in fourteenth century Ireland is tough for nine year old Lara. She must work hard to support her family but her heart lies with the beautiful grey mare. Looking after the horses is a boy's job. All seems hopeless especially when the mare is stolen.
ISBN 9780142402306
Series Hoofbeats series (1 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Duey, Kathleen
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Lara and the moon-colored filly
Lara vows to take care of a foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly.
ISBN 9780142102312
Series Hoofbeats series (2 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Duey, Kathleen
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Margaret and Flynn
It is 1875 and orphans, Margaret and Libby, live with kind Mrs Fredriksen in her sod house in rural Colorado. The girls are always moving on, looking for a real home. When a tornado sweeps through the town bringing an injured horse, Margaret nurses it back to good health. This might be the place to settle down.
ISBN 9780142410196
Series Hoofbeats series (3 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Duey, Kathleen
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Meet Douglas Mawson
Douglas Mawson led the first Australian expedition to the Antarctic. Under extreme conditions, he survived the dangers and challenges of the frozen continent. An inspiring story of courage.
ISBN 9780857981950
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2014
Dumbleton, Mike & Green, Snip (ill)
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Blue so blue, A
A sophisticated picture book in which a young artist goes in search of a particular shade of blue, the blue of his dreams.
ISBN 9781402721397
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2005
Dumont, Jean-Francois
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Chocolate wishes
Lulu scales new heights with her enchanted recipe book and now is challenged by an international arch villain.
ISBN 9781843626893
Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Dunbar, Fiona
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Cupid cakes
Lulu's best friend, Frenchy, wants Lulu to play cupid to her own dad and Frenchy's mum. Lulu cooks up the Cupid Cakes recipe. Disaster strikes when everyone starts falling in love with the wrong person.
ISBN 9781843626886
Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Dunbar, Fiona
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Lulu Baker trilogy series
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Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (3 books)
Dunbar, Fiona
No book cover.
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Truth cookie, The
Lulu is miserable now that her dad is going to marry the horrible Varaminta le Bone. A crazy book with a recipe for making truth cookies may help Lulu's dad see the step mum-to-be for who she really is.
ISBN 9781843625490
Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2004
Dunbar, Fiona
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City of Ember, The
Endless darkness is threatening the underground city of Ember. Food is in short supply, corruption is spreading and the lights keep failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness. Lina and Doon must find a way to escape before the lights go out forever.
ISBN 9780552559980
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
DuPrau, Jeanne
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My family and other animals
The author's life on the island of Corfu with his family and an assortment of animals.
ISBN 9780140013993
Publisher Penguin, 1964
Durrell, Gerald
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Sixth worry doll, The
A story reflecting the experience of immigration.
ISBN 9781863887465
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Dwyer, Christina
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