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Hiding Edith
The true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl, sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France in 1938. An entire village heroically conspired to conceal hundreds of Jewish children, who went to the local school, roamed the streets and ate good food, all without having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity.
ISBN 9781742375298
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Kacer, Kathy
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Cracker: the best dog on the battlefield
Cracker works for the US army and the fate of the entire platoon rests on her senses to detect bombs, traps and the enemy.
ISBN 9781847380609
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2007
Kadohata, Cynthia
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Million shades of grey, A
Thirteen year old Y-Tin is an elephant trainer. His life revolves around Lady and the other elephants in their small herd. But, this is Vietnam in 1975 and, now that the American forces are gone, the North Vietnamese threaten the Dega people of the Central Highlands. When the feared attack comes, Y-Tin is captured. He must risk his life and save his elephants by fleeing into the jungle.
ISBN 9781847388230
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2010
Kadohata, Cynthia
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Lifespan of starlight
In a world where everything is monitored and controlled, the ability to time travel intrigues three teenagers. As they experiment to enhance the ability within themselves, they discover a few limitations. They can only go into the future and then must return to exactly the same spot. Perfecting their skill places them and others in extreme danger, the least of which is being discovered by the authorities.
ISBN 9781742978710
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015
Kalkipsakis, Thalia
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Bite of the mango
By thirteen, Mariatu had experienced rape, genital mutilation, an unwanted pregnancy and witnessed the horrors of war in Sierra Leone. Both her hands were amputated when she was captured by rebel soldiers. Her honest and unembellished account of her life is inspiring with its hope for a better future and the great love that the survivors share.
ISBN 9781741757750
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Kamara, Mariatu & McClelland, Susan
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Waves: from surfing to tsunami
This informative, documentary style book contains wonderful, visual images of waves. Photographs portray the origin and parts of a wave, and the effects of river and ocean waves on the environment. Includes a glossary of terms.
ISBN 9781586852122
Publisher Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005
Kampion, Drew
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Pip: the story of Olive
Olive Garnaut is in Year 7 and likes things in pairs. But, even with her own perfectly symmetrical family, birthday and bedroom, Olive has only ever felt half. How extraordinary, then, that her twin sister, Pip, appears one day. But, Pip is visible only to Olive.
ISBN 9781741751192
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Kane, Kim
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When the lyrebird calls
When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme healthy food, and lots of hard work. Instead, Madeleine tumbles back in time to 1900, where the wealthy Williamson family takes her into their home, Lyrebird Muse. At a time when young girls have no power and no voice, set against a backdrop of the struggles for emancipation, federation and Aboriginal rights, Madeleine must find a way to fit in with the Williamson family's four sisters - beautiful, cold Bea; clever, awkward Gert; adventurous, rebellious Charlie; and darling baby Imo - as she searches desperately for a way home. Meanwhile, the Williamson girls' enchanting German cousin, Elfriede, arrives on the scene on a heavenly wave of smoke and cinnamon, and threatens to shatter everything... Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741758528
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Kane, Kim
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27687
Cry blue murder
Celia and Alice share their secrets, hopes and increasing horror via email about the killer on the loose, abducting schoolgirls just like Celia. As the police scramble to investigate, who can the teenage girls trust.
ISBN 9780702239267
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Kane, Kim & Roberts, Marion
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Becoming Aurora
Sixteen year old Rory (Aurora) is at the crossroads in her life. While her gang plans its next move in a racially motivated turf war, Rory refuses to reveal their names and takes the rap for an attack on the local immigrant community. She is sentenced to community care in an aged care facility. There, she meets resident and ex-boxer Jack, an encounter that leads her to Essam, a young migrant boxer, who will challenge her prejudices and force her to address the mistakes of her past. Some violence. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702254208
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Kasmer, Elizabeth
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Emil and the detectives
When Emil's money goes missing on the train to Berlin, his determination to get it back leads him to team up with the local detectives.
ISBN 9780099413127
Publisher Arrow / Random House, 2001
Kastner, Erich
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Parents are revolting, The
Terry and her little brother, Harry, always get exactly what they want from their parents. But, the situation changes drastically when Mum and Dad go on strike.
ISBN 9780143303077
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Katz, Danny & Vane, Mitch (ill)
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Gemina: Illuminae Files, The
Hanna, the commander's pampered daughter, and Nik, the reluctant member of a crime family, are struggling with life aboard the space station. When an elite strike team invades, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home from alien predators. And, there's a malfunction in the station's wormhole. Soon, Hanna and Nik are fighting to survive. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia, and possibly in the known universe, is in their hands. Sequel to The Illuminae. Mature read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925266573
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Illuminae: Illuminae Files, The
When their planet, Kerenza, is attacked by an unknown enemy, Kady and Ezra are separated and evacuate in different space ships. A deadly virus is spreading in one ship, the lead ship's computer has gone rogue and the enemy is close. Through long distance communication, Kady and Ezra try to find out what went wrong. As gamers, hackers and video geeks, they have great skills but reconciling their hearts, amidst machines and software, proves much more difficult. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760113803
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Boy with two lives, The
Having fled conscription and survived time alone in Istanbul, ten year old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life. His troubles have only just begun. Abbas' violent cousin sends him to boarding school, where he blossoms. But, Abbas is threatened with deportation and forced to work at night to repay his cousin. At thirteen, Abbas is homeless. But, he is determined to survive and continue his education. Based on true events.
ISBN 9781743314838
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Topics / Displacement /
Kazerooni, Abbas
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On two feet and wings
It is the time of the Iran Iraq war and nine year old Abbas must urgently leave Tehran, because the army has lowered the recruiting age to eight. With his parents forced to remain in Iran, Abbas is alone in Istanbul, with minimal funds and no Turkish language, waiting for a visa to England. He relies on his intelligence, gut instincts and resilience to survive his dire circumstances. A memoir.
ISBN 9781743311059
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Displacement /
Kazerooni, Abbas
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Jacob's ladder
Jacob wakes up in a field unable to remember anything but his name. Why is he there, how can he get home? An intriguing story, raising issues about life after death, hopes and dreams.
ISBN 9781843627210
Publisher Orchard Books, 2006
Keaney, Brian
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Incredible adventures of cinnamon girl, The
Year 12 is finished. Some students can't wait to escape their small town, others don't want to leave. Alba is unsure whether to pursue her drawing talents or stay working in the bakery. When Doomsday enthusiasts flock to the town to survive an apocalypse, Alba's childhood heartthrob, Daniel, arrives. Compared to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might be the least of her problems. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742978307
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014
Keil, Melissa
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Megan's journey
Thirteen year old Megan discovers her mother is still alive and living in Japan. Her mother has remarried a Japanese man who lives a traditional life and they have two children. Megan has difficult choices to make.
ISBN 9780975213582
Publisher Loranda Publishing, 2004
Keir, June
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Different life, A
A swim in the sea results in Libby catching an infection which paralyses her legs and leads to a different life.
ISBN 9780704349469
Publisher The Women's Press, 1999
Keith, Lois
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Dogboy
Dogboy is born and abandoned as a gift to the mountains. Raised by a dog, he is shunned by the village he lives in. His extraordinary gifts must be used for him to realise his dreams.
ISBN 9780143003571
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Kelleher, Victor
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Earthsong
The earth appears safe again and must be recolonised but strange relationships have evolved and our futuristic Adam and Eve face many new dangers. Their computerised companions are wonderful. inspiring, resourceful and very funny.
ISBN 9780140380026
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Kelleher, Victor
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Master of the grove
After their home is destroyed in an attack, Derin's father is missing and Derin travels across the world to look for him. His quest leads him into the conflict between the people of the mountains and the people of the plains.
ISBN 9780317696349
Publisher Puffin USA, 1998
Kelleher, Victor
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Papio
The dramatic story of two children who rescue Papio and Upi, male and female baboons, from an experimental research station in Central Africa, only to find freedom brings problems for the animals and themselves.
ISBN 9780140320442
Publisher Penguin, 1991
Kelleher, Victor
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Parkland
Parkland is an enclosure that houses humans and human-ape hybrids. They are controlled by vicious creatures called leopards.
ISBN 9780140378924
Publisher Penguin, 1996
Kelleher, Victor
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404

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Taronga
Ben comes upon Taronga Zoo which seems unaffected by a nuclear holocaust, or is it? Ben and his Aboriginal friend, Ellie, are aware that decisions they make may have huge implications for the future.
ISBN 9780140326314
Publisher Penguin, 1988
Kelleher, Victor
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Where the whales sing
Claire and her father encounter a storm in which a whale overturns their boat and Claire, with an injured knee, is left to fend for herself.
ISBN 9780140344936
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Kelleher, Victor
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Spaceman Bill
When Spaceman Bill lands in Sydney, supposedly from the future, he causes a sensation. Bill may not be what he appears to be.
ISBN 9781877073151
Publisher Word Weavers Press, 2004
Kelleher, Victor & Smith, Craig (ill)
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Prism
Nothing is the same for Kaida, Zeke and Joy after the accident. They return to their ordinary lives but the world has ceased to make sense. Perhaps this world, with no hope and no cures, is not their world at all. The nightmare begins. They must rely on their own resourcefulness to identify what the problem is and then how to solve it, or they could be trapped in the nightmare forever.
ISBN 9780061905667
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2009
Kellerman, Faye & Aliza
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Just soldiers
Stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things during the Great War, 1914-1918. In 1914, Australia had a population of fewer than 5 million, yet 300,000 from all walks of life volunteered to fight. Through these stories, based on fact, the author has endeavoured to capture the essence of those who served Australia. As in life, not all were heroes.
ISBN 9780958162548
Publisher ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee QLD Incorporated, 2004
Kelly, Darryl
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Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The
The summer of 1899 is hot in eleven year old Calpurnia Tate's sleepy, Texas town. She begins a nature diary and, intrigued by an invasion of large, yellow grasshoppers, spends more time with her remote and cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. When they are about to make an amazing discovery, the reality of Callie's situation catches up with her. She's a girl, expected to cook and clean and sew.
ISBN 9780312659301
Publisher Henry Holt & Co, 2011
Kelly, Jacqueline
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Guess who's coming for dinner
Horace Pork-Fowler's diary reveals an interesting invitation to Eatem Hall, the very strange abode of Dr Hunter. It appears to be an innocent weekend but it becomes doubtful that Horace and his lovely wife will survive.
ISBN 9781840116281
Publisher Templar Publishing, 2004
Kelly, John & Tincknell, Cathy
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From little things big things grow
The iconic song by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody recounts the story of when Vincent Lingiari and other Gurindji workers walked off the Wave Hill cattle station in 1966. What began as a strike over wages and conditions became an eight year long struggle for the return of traditional lands. Illustrated by Gurindji schoolchildren.
ISBN 9780975770887
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2008
Topics / Aboriginal content /
Kelly, P & Carmody, K & Hudson, P (ill) & Kalkaringi School Children (ill)
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Gowie Corby plays chicken
Gowie is not a chicken but spending the night at Cricklepit School, where ghosts are rumoured to roam, is a big dare to accept.
ISBN 9780140313222
Publisher Penguin, 1984
Kemp, Gene
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Turbulent term of Tyke Tiler, The
Tyke's good friend, Danny, gets into all sorts of trouble with his practical jokes.
ISBN 9780571212675
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2002
Kemp, Gene
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Blind trek
Hilton and Tim can't stand each other. They are forced together via their parents' friendship and their bike has crashed in the middle of nowhere. The only way home is to walk. Danger lurks and, if the boys are to survive, they must work together.
ISBN 9780143302469
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Kennedy, Jim
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Reaching out, messages of hope
Children around the world have very different experiences of family and potential. Through poems, illustrations, novel excerpts and short stories 28 of the very best children's authors convey the obstacles that many face and strive to overcome with varying levels of success. Conceived and edited by a fifteen year old Australian school girl, this book demonstrates the power of the individual in making a difference.
ISBN 9780733331923
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2013
Kennedy, Mariah (ed)
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Pharaoh: death and life of a God
Egypt of the Pharaohs comes to life in this brilliant account of the reign of two pharaohs, Seti I and his son, Ramesses II, known as Ramesses the Great. Ramesses reigned as Pharaoh of Egypt for sixty-five years and built more temples than any other ruler in Egyptian history. The life, death and successes of each pharaoh are described against the backdrop of life and customs in Egypt at the time.
ISBN 9781862915930
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Kennett, David
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Tears of a friend
Cassie and Claire are best friends and do everything together. But, Claire always likes things her way. Cassie's fed up and now they've fallen out. They must find a way to mend the rift.
ISBN 9780237535254
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2008
Kenrick, Joanna
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Navigators: Technology
Get inside the minds of scientists, engineers and programmers, and unravel the workings of the modern world. Discover the secrets of tunnel builders, the splitting of an atom and the adventure of a ride into orbit.
ISBN 9780753468418
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2012
Topics / STEM /
Kent, Peter
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Phar Lap, the wonder horse
The story of Phar Lap is famous in Australia's history. His story is told in the form of a ballad accompanied by vivid illustrations that evoke the period.
ISBN 9780980381313
Publisher Museum Victoria, 2008
Kerin, Jackie & Mullins, Patricia (ill)
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When Hitler stole pink rabbit
In 1933, nine year old Anna was too busy with schoolwork and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in her native Germany, until she is forced to learn the skills needed to survive as a refugee.
ISBN 9780006754008
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Kerr, Judith
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Akhenaten adventure, The
John and Philippa discover they have super-human powers as young djinn. Mum sends them off to urbane, snobby Uncle Nimrod to learn their full powers in exotic Egypt. This places them in extreme danger. Incidental strong language in context.
ISBN 9780439959513
Series Children of the lamp series, The (1 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Kerr, P B
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Blue djinn of Babylon, The
John and Phillipa must retrieve the Solomon Grimoire, an object that gives its user power over all djinns. They travel from New York to Istanbul, only to walk straight into a sinister trap. John must embark on an epic journey and still may not be able to save Phillipa. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs.
ISBN 9780439959506
Series Children of the lamp series, The (2 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Kerr, P B
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Children of the lamp series, The
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 Children of the lamp series, The (7 books)
Kerr, P B
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Cobra king of Kathmandu, The
After several mysterious deaths, John and Philippa try to discover the secret of a powerful talisman before it falls into the hands of the malevolent cult of the Nine Cobras and Guru Masamjhasara. They face great danger on their harrowing journey through Nepal and northern India.
ISBN 9780439670241
Series Children of the lamp series, The (3 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Kerr, P B
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Day of the djinn warriors, The
John and Phillipa are trying to determine why the valuable jade collections in museums all over the world are disappearing. An aging curse has been placed on their father and another wicked spell has awakened the terracotta soldiers of China. The twins must stop the mysterious terracotta warriors, rescue their parents and save the world before it's too late.
ISBN 9781407103655
Series Children of the lamp series, The (4 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Kerr, P B
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Eye of the forest, The
When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.
ISBN 9780439932172
Series Children of the lamp series, The (5 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Kerr, P B
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Five fakirs of Faizabad, The
A modern fable about five fakirs who have been buried alive, an evil djinn, and a pair of globe-hopping twins who just can't get a moment's rest.
ISBN 9780545126588
Series Children of the lamp series, The (6 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2010
Kerr, P B
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Grave robbers of Genghis Khan, The
As volcanoes begin erupting all over the world, spilling golden lava, the twins must go on a hunt for the wicked djinn who wants to rob the grave of the great Genghis Khan.
ISBN 9780545126601
Series Children of the lamp series, The (7 of 7)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2011
Kerr, P B
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Indonesia book: a people, a place, a culture, The
Indonesia is our closest neighbour, made up of over seventeen thousand islands, with a population of over 230 million people. Explore this country of many languages, peoples, cultures and customs. Large glossy photographs provide additional understandings in this easy to read book. Find out which city is known as the Big Durian or on what the Garuda is.
ISBN 9781742030937
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Kerta, Sadriani Wayan
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Aladdin and other tales from the Arabian nights
A retelling of the classic tales of the Arabian Nights, with beautiful illustrations and detailed historical information.
ISBN 9780789453891
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 1998
Kerven, Rosalind & Mistry, Nilesh (ill)
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Big city museum
Harry Harvard and Jessie Harrison's class at Average Primary School are going on an exciting excursion to Big City Museum. The good news is Mrs Payne, their fifth class teacher, won't be going. The bad news is the Principal is going instead. Most pupils are scared to do anything to upset Principal Dorking but Harry and Jessie can always be counted on to make or find trouble.
ISBN 9781420276909
Series Get real series (6 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Ferret attack
Harry and Jesse use their time machine to play a dastardly trick that involves Killer, the ferret. The joke backfires when Killer starts to grow and grow as a reaction to time travel, causing floods and mayhem. Harry and Jesse had better work out a way to make this right before they do irretrievable damage to their school and their fifth class colleagues.
ISBN 9781420276879
Series Get real series (2 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Flying machines, The
Jesse Harrison and Harry Harvard have a new best friend, Rocky Rockman has left his prehistoric cave and is living in their tree house. He also goes to Average Primary School and, for the first time ever, Jesse and Harry are disappointed when the bell rings to end the school day. But, trouble really starts when Rocky's pet, prehistoric bird arrives and Principal Dorking calls in Captain Crash.
ISBN 9781420277562
Series Get real series (7 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Get real series
Those two bad boys of grade five at Average Primary School, Harry and Jesse, have not so average adventures with their time machine. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Get real series (10 books)
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Just another day
In another disastrous day at Average Primary School, fifth class horrors, Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison, have ended up on detention. Things start looking up when Harry and Jesse notice a space ship perched in the top of the tallest tree in Average Park. The aliens on board are able to be just as much trouble as our two heroes.
ISBN 9781420276886
Series Get real series (4 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Last day
School has almost finished for another year and Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison are looking forward to the summer holidays. But, first they're going to make sure that the last day of school is an unforgettable one.
ISBN 9781420278279
Series Get real series (10 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Pirate play
It's time for the annual Average Primary School stage show. The bad news is that Principal Dorking is the producer but the good news is that students who are chosen to be in the play will get an extra two days off school. Naturally, Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison are not going to miss out on this deal.
ISBN 9781420278262
Series Get real series (9 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Planet Snoz
Jesse and Harry's winning streak at soccer is interrupted by Hugo and Howard, from the Planet Snoz, and their plea for interplanetary help. Hugo and Howard need a dastardly and devious plan and they both know how dastardly and devious Jesse and Harry can be. The boys must win the Interplanetary Soccer Championship and save the universe from Planet Dogsbreath.
ISBN 9781420276893
Series Get real series (5 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Snooping snoopalot
Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison have a major problem. Their friend Rocky Rockman's prehistoric pet bird is living in Average Park and tourists are coming from all around the world just to see him.
ISBN 9781420277579
Series Get real series (8 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Time machine, The
Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison have found a time machine. Now, they can travel through time and do all kinds of cool things. Their average days in fifth class at Average Primary School are numbered. Harry and Jesse choose to travel to the World Cup and, of course, while they are there, they cause mayhem for the opposing French team.
ISBN 9781420276862
Series Get real series (1 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Trouble with
World-famous television interviewer, Harpo Whiney, has left the comfort of her studio and ventured to Average Primary School to interview Samantha Smithers. Sam has nominated those fifth-graders, Jesse Harrison and Harry Harvard, in a worldwide contest to find the worst-behaved children.
ISBN 9781420278255
Series Get real series (3 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Jameela
Jameela lives with her family in a war-torn village in Afghanistan. Life is hard but when her mother dies and her father remarries, Jameela has to face a greater horror. To survive she draws on the strong sense of self that her mother gave her. Based on the story of an actual devout Muslim girl and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
ISBN 9781742372594
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Khan, Rukhsana
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Great history search, The
Each double page of this book comprises an illustrated scene from a different period of history, crammed with people and events. The fun comes in finding the people, animals and objects in the scene. Smaller pictures around the edges show the things to be spotted and captions give more information.
ISBN 9780746067185
Series Usborne great searches series (6 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Khanduri, Kamini
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Tales of the Trojan war
The history of the Trojan war, a well-told story of the folly of gods and men. The Greeks attack Troy to force the Trojan prince, Paris, to return their queen, Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world.
ISBN 9780746052013
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2002
Khanduri, Kamini (reteller) & Anderson, Jeff (ill)
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Barlay
Sometimes, grown-ups tell scary stories to teach kids a lesson. And, sometimes, those scary stories turn out to be true. Sarah, Jay and Rene find out the hard way what sort of tale their Nan's Woordatj story is when they wander off into the bush, despite her warnings.
ISBN 9781921696114
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Lucky Thamu
These school holidays, Eli is going by himself to visit his much-loved Thamu (grandfather), who lives near the goldfields. They're going camping and prospecting, and Eli will listen to Thamu's stories and learn about country. But, when they camp to speck for gold, Eli seems more interested in chasing a white rabbit.
ISBN 9781925161304
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2015
Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Tucker, Jaylon & Gibbs, Tracey (ill)
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Fat and juicy place, The
At the back of Jack's school is a special place. He can't tell anyone except his mate, Lizard, about all the things that can happen there. When Jack meets the mysterious Birdman, he learns secrets about the past that he just can't tell anyone.
ISBN 9780207167867
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 1992
Kidd, Diana
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I love you, Jason Delaney
Alison finds herself dealing with the death of her Auntie Mim and the change in her relationship with her best friend, Katie. When she falls in love with Jason, life begins to get very complex.
ISBN 9780207189876
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1996
Kidd, Diana
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Onion tears
Nam-Huong escaped from Vietnam and lost her grandfather on the long terrible voyage. She finds it hard to release her pent up grief, until her teacher falls ill.
ISBN 9780207170287
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1990
Kidd, Diana
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Two hands together
Cultural and racist issues are explored in this story about a girl who befriends an Aboriginal family, who live next door.
ISBN 9780141307480
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Kidd, Diana
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Reef superstar
In a wondrous world deep within a coral reef, sea creatures assemble for a contest. Each creature has a special skill or a magic trick to display. Find out who wins the contest to become reef superstar.
ISBN 9781877035579
Publisher Brolly Books, 2005
Killingbeck, Lesley & Toft, Kim Michelle (ill)
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Bronte girls, The
A father keeps his family locked in a time warp, away from the 20th century.
ISBN 9780749726928
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 1995
Kilworth, Gary
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Book of Australian ballads, The
A collection of Australian lyric poetry.
ISBN 9780333477199
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1990
King, John Anthony
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Sheep-pig, The
A piglet becomes famous after being adopted and trained as a sheep dog.
ISBN 9780141316000
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2003
King-Smith, Dick
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Water babies, The
While cleaning chimneys, Tom emerges in Ellie's bedroom and she mistakes him for a thief. In this classic story, Tom runs away, slips into a cooling stream and falls asleep to become a Water Baby, with a quest to the Other-end-of-Nowhere.
ISBN 9781853261480
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2000
Kingsley, Charles
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Diary of a wimpy kid 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 Diary of a wimpy kid series (11 books)
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: a novel in cartoons
Greg Heffley, an undersize weakling, is starting high school where he has to share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. He desperately wants to be cool and is always looking for an angle to raise his profile. In notes and cartoons, he documents his experiences of school and family life, and offers advice on how to survive.
ISBN 9780143303831
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (1 of 11)
Publisher Penguin, 2007
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: cabin fever
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged and Greg is the prime suspect. But, the crazy thing is, he's innocent. Or sort of. The authorities are closing in but, when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he's going to have to face the music, but he wonders if any punishment could be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays.
ISBN 9780143306641
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (6 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: dog days
It's summer holidays, the weather is great and all the kids are having fun outside. Greg Heffley is inside his house, with the shades drawn, playing video games. But, Greg's mother has a different vision for an ideal summer, one packed with outdoor activities and family togetherness.
ISBN 9780143304951
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (4 of 11)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: double down
The pressure is really piling up on Greg. His mum thinks video games are turning his brain to mush so she wants him to put down the controller and explore his creative side. As if that's not scary enough, Halloween is just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. If he makes a movie, it might just get his mum off his back and also make him rich and famous in the process.
ISBN 9780143309338
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (11 of 11)
Publisher Penguin, 2016
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: hard luck
Greg has been on a losing streak and he decides to take a leap of faith and leave all decisions to chance, rolling a dice to try and turn his luck around.
ISBN 9780143308089
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (8 of 11)
Publisher Puffin USA, 2013
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: old school
Life was better in the old days. Or I think it was. That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But, Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, Greg wonders how he will survive.
ISBN 9781419717017
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (10 of 11)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2015
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: Rodrick rules
As Greg Heffley enters the new school year, he is eager to put the past three months behind him, and one event in particular. Unfortunately, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But, secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.
ISBN 9780810994737
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (2 of 11)
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: The getaway
Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sunburn, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?
ISBN 9780143782797
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (12 of 11)
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: the last straw
Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg's father. Frank Heffley thinks he can get his son to toughen up and he enlists Greg in organised sports and other manly endeavours. Greg is able to sidestep his father's efforts to change him but, when his dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realises he's to shape up or get shipped out.
ISBN 9780143304555
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (3 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: the long haul
A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun. The journey takes off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns, at a gas station bathroom, crazed seagulls and a runaway pig.
ISBN 9780143308591
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (9 of 11)
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: the third wheel
A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he's worried he'll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn't have any prospects either, but that's a small consolation. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But, a lot can happen in one night, and, in the end, you never know who's going to be lucky in love.
ISBN 9781419705847
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (7 of 11)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a wimpy kid: the ugly truth
Although Greg is not a teenager quite yet, he feels as if he's hit his childhood expiration date and, when you're no longer a cute kid, nothing is as easy as it used to be.
ISBN 9780143304999
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (5 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Kinney, Jeff
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Finding Audrey
Following a bullying incident at school, Audrey can't leave the house. She can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house. When her brother's friend, Linus, stumbles into her life, his friendly smile and funny notes gradually entice Audrey outside the house. With therapy and Linus' help, Audrey begins to feel she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Finding her way back to the real world might just be achievable.
ISBN 9780857534590
Publisher Doubleday, 2015
Kinsella, Sophie
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Jungle book, The
In this classic story, Mowgli, the human child lost in the jungle, escapes the vicious jaws of the growling tiger, Shere Khan, and is adopted by Father Wolf and the pack. Lovable old Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther teach Mowgli the law of the jungle and his extraordinary adventures begin.
ISBN 9781853261190
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Kipling, Rudyard
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Just so stories
Distant lands, the beautiful gardens of splendid palaces, the sea, the jungle and its beasts, even the desert, are the exotic settings for classic stories that deal with the origins of things in the animal world, such as how the elephant got his trunk.
ISBN 9780141183626
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2001
Kipling, Rudyard
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Kim
Kim is an eleven year old Irish boy who is orphaned and lives amongst the poor on the streets in India.
ISBN 9780141183633
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Kipling, Rudyard
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Brave heart: lessons learnt from life
After playing two hundred and forty-one games for his beloved Sydney Swans, Brett Kirk played his final game of AFL in 2010. Many know him as the courageous co-captain who helped his team win the grand final in 2005. What many people don't know is how he came to be such a tireless captain, honest teammate and admired role model, in both life and sport. Brett with his wife, Hayley, speaks about his life, and the challenges and triumphs that made him.
ISBN 9781742753256
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Kirk, Brett & Kirk, Hayley S
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Lady of Palenque: flower of Becal, Mesoamerica AD 749
The lady of Palenque is the thirteen year old daughter of King Hanaab Pacal. She embarks on a gripping and pivotal journey to meet her husband-to-be, who is a stranger to her. A keen observer and storyteller, the princess records her own steps into adulthood, as she faces countless obstacles along the way.
ISBN 9780439409711
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Kirwan, Anna
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Victoria, May blossom of Britannia, England 1829
Precocious ten year old Princess Victoria, who keeps a diary about her daily life in the Royal Household, also pieces together the family tree and discovers she is next in line for the throne.
ISBN 9780439215985
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Kirwan, Anna
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All in the blue unclouded weather
Set in a summer of the post war years of the 1940s, this is the story of three dynamic sisters growing up in poverty.
ISBN 9780140349825
Publisher Penguin, 1992
Klein, Robin
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Boss of the pool
Required to accompany her mother, who works at a hostel for the disabled, Shelley is more than a little unhappy. Eventually, she chooses to teach Ben, who is mentally disabled and very fearful of the water, how to swim.
ISBN 9781862916401
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Klein, Robin
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Came back to show you I could fly
Eleven year old Seymour meets Angie, who is older and beautiful, a dream girl. Seymour is unaware that Angie is a drug addict. Their friendship, and the revelation of this secret, changes both their lives.
ISBN 9780140342543
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
Klein, Robin
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Halfway across the galaxy and turn left
A family from the planet, Zyrgon, arrive on Earth after travelling half way across the galaxy and turning left.
ISBN 9780140379419
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1996
Klein, Robin
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Hating Alison Ashley
Alison is a perfect only child who has everything - beauty, clothes and money. Erika is so jealous, she has to find a way to get rid of Alison Ashley, once and for all.
ISBN 9780140316728
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
Klein, Robin
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People might hear you
An arresting story about a strange and sinister religious sect called The Temple and how Frances discovers its secrets.
ISBN 9780140366297
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1993
Klein, Robin
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Tearaways
Ten stories of different people who might be best avoided! Conniving characters that come in all shapes, sizes and disguises.
ISBN 9780670832125
Publisher Penguin, 1992
Klein, Robin
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Rapunzel dilemma, The
Lily's had a charmed life and is off to London to pursue her dream of becoming a great actor. But, Lily finds that things don't always go her way at the London Drama Academy. Lily's got a secret that she's not sure how to handle. A room in one of the deserted towers makes a perfect refuge but Lily can't stay locked away forever. When she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change.
ISBN 9780143571087
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Kloester, Jennifer
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Captain Fact's human body adventure
Fantasy characters travel through the body explaining various organs and their functions. A fun and matter of fact look at the internal functions of the human body, both pleasant and unpleasant.
ISBN 9781405217699
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2005
Knife & Packer
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Why shouldn't I eat junk food
A fun, informative guide about food that's good and not so good for you, and how to exercise. Find out why junk food tastes so good, what food additives and processed food are, and what's in a burger. Includes simple recipes for healthy snacks and burgers, ideas for exercise, information on food labels and advertising, and how food is grown.
ISBN 9781409599616
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Knighton, Kate & Larkum, Adam (ill)
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Mortal fire
Sixteen year old Canny has always been a little different and able to see something 'Extra'. When she joins her stepbrother to research a strange coal mine disaster, Canny discovers an enchanted valley with children who can perform a strange type of magic. With the help of the alluring Ghislain, Canny starts to untangle the mysteries of the valley, only to find out that its secrets are hers, too. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781877579530
Publisher Gecko Press, 2013
Knox, Elizabeth
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Made on Earth
Follow the journey of a red jacket around the world, from being made to going in the rubbish, from the cells of a prison, to a boat floating in the ocean, connecting many people.
ISBN 9781408173916
Publisher A & C Black, 2012
Korn, Wolfgang
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First third, The
Bill's traditional Greek grandmother is very ill and leaning on him to resolve some family problems that are worrying her. Bill walks the family tightrope to clear the family of some problems.
ISBN 9780143568179
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Kostakis, Will
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Sidekicks, The
The swimmer, the rebel and the nerd. Ryan, Harley and Miles live different lives, have different interests and keep different secrets. All they have in common is their shared, best friend, Isaac. They were his sidekicks. But, now, Isaac has gone. A mature and challenging book. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143309031
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Kostakis, Will
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Stuff happens: Sean
Sean is in Year Five at his new school. He doesn't play soccer and doesn't like his new friend copying his maths homework. When Sean forgets his hat and has to sit in the shade, he discovers that there are kids he likes at this new school.
ISBN 9780143308119
Series Stuff happens series (12 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Kostakis, Will
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Loser list, The
Danny Shine is in year seven. He isn't the most popular guy at school but he manages to stay out of trouble. That is, until Danny discover his name is on the Loser List in the girls' bathroom. When he gets caught trying to cross his name off the loser, Danny is sent to detention. He thought he had problems before but detention places him in a whole new world of trouble.
ISBN 9780545240048
Publisher Scholastic US, 2011
Kowitt, H N
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Dr Karl's big book of amazing animals
From creepy crawlies and the world under the water to the biggest, longest, loudest, sleepiest and stinkiest animals of all. Here are lots of facts to astonish, puzzle and perplex, codes to crack, things to draw and colour, odd ones out, and differences to spot,
ISBN 9781743547434
Publisher MacMillan, 2016
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Dr Karl's short back & science
Settle in for some cutting-edge scientific snippets and comb through some of the greatest scientific conundrums of our age. Find out what's killing half the bacteria on Earth every two days, why mole rats don't get cancer, why scientists are running around naked in the Antarctic, how a toilet seat helped to end the First World War, and lots, lots more.
ISBN 9781743533345
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2015
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Book of everything, The
Thomas escapes from hypocrisy and domestic violence with wild imaginings and sightings of Jesus. A deeply moving story of a Dutch family, ruled by a violent, bible-wielding father, who survive because of a special child and some very, strong women.
ISBN 9781741147513
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Kuijer, Guus
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Battle fatigue
A teenager is conscripted into the Vietnam War. He has to decide whether he will go, or whether he will dodge the draft by seeking asylum in Canada. The story also considers the effects of earlier wars on other members of the family and their influence on the younger characters.
ISBN 9781408826911
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Kurlansky, Mark
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Tribe, The: Disappearance of Ember Crow, The
Ember Crow is missing. To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But, Ashala doesn't realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat, her own past.
ISBN 9781921720093
Series The Tribe series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Tribe, The: Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, The
Injured, vulnerable and with her powerful sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine which will pull secrets, about her tribe of illegals, from her mind, into the hands of a powerful Chief Administrator.
ISBN 9781921720086
Series The Tribe series (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Tribe, The: Foretelling of Georgie Spider, The
Georgie Spider has foretold the end of the world and the only one who can stop it is Ashala Wolf. But, Georgie has also foreseen Ashala's death. As the world shifts around the Tribe, Ashala fights to protect those she loves from old enemies and new threats. Georgie can see the future but, in her fight to save Ashala, she must also try to change it.
ISBN 9781921720109
Series The Tribe series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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