Booklists

Challenge Level : K-2 Challenge Level : 3-4 Challenge Level : 5-6 Challenge Level : 7-9 Challenge Level : 9plus

Star This title also appears on the 9plus booklist.

Hash This title is usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.

ID Title Author  
599697

Star

Hash
Catwoman: Soulstealer
When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has . . . Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141386898
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Maas, Sarah J
Image currently unavailable
579247
Mars One
Tristan is heading to Mars, part of the colonising first fleet from Earth. He and his girlfriend, Izzy, are reality television stars for a reason - like their namesakes, Tristan and Isolde, their love story is destined for heartache. But it is the mysterious sabotage, aboard the spaceships hurtling towards Mars, that offers the most captivating aspect of the plot.
ISBN 9781481461627
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017
Maberry, Jonathan
Image currently unavailable
35027
Way we work, The
Explore the human body from head to toe. Lots of interesting facts and details about how our bodies works for us.
ISBN 9781406322224
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Macaulay, David
Image currently unavailable
14667

Star

Hash
Prisoners in the palace
Sixteen year old Liza expects to make her debut in 1830s London but, when her parents die, she is left penniless and must enter service. She becomes a maid to young Princess Victoria. Liza slowly adjusts to her new life and the temperamental, lonely princess. Liza befriends a young boy and a newspaperman to confront the public slander surrounding the princess. Includes some adult themes and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780811873000
Publisher Chronicle Books, 2010
MacColl, Michaela
Image currently unavailable
4668
How to bee
In a world where bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony wants to be is a bee - dancing along the high branches and helping her gramps and sister scratch out a living. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known. Will Peony's grit and quick thinking be enough to keep her safe?
ISBN 9781760294335
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
MacDibble, Bren
Image currently unavailable
12366
Tutankhamun's tomb
Two very different men share an ambition to discover a tomb that nobody else believes is there. It takes many years to locate the burial place of the boy king and many more to uncover the treasures hidden therein.
ISBN 9780439982382
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
MacDonald, Alan
Image currently unavailable
224
Lake at the end of the world, The
Two children are living in a community in an underground cave because The Counsellor has dropped toxic waste on the earth above.
ISBN 9780140379389
Publisher Penguin, 1995
MacDonald, Caroline
Image currently unavailable
470
Women in medieval times
A study of the role of women in Roman and medieval periods in history.
ISBN 9780872265691
Publisher McGraw Hill, 1999
MacDonald, Fiona
Image currently unavailable
45305
Australian backyard explorer
Australian history joins with science to bring the world of the explorer to life. Each chapter contains an historical section plus a related project and some quirky but interesting facts. Trying to stay alive and keeping an eye on the weather are just as applicable today as they were two hundred years ago. Tales of tragedy, conflict and death, loyalty, amazing perseverance and wonderment.
ISBN 9780642276841
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2009
Topics / STEM /
Macinnis, Peter
Image currently unavailable
5053
Australian backyard naturalist
Ever wondered what all those tiny bugs are that you see when you look very closely at a rosebud on a rosebush? Ever wanted to be able to identify a bird just from hearing its song? Want to learn how to keep a pet ant lion? All that and more is to be found within this informative book. Features personal accounts from the author's experiences with many of the species mentioned.
ISBN 9780642277428
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2012
Macinnis, Peter
Image currently unavailable
91827
Kokoda track: 101 days
A fascinating account of the battle for the Kokoda Track in 1942 where 550 men of the 39th Militia Battalion slowed, and eventually stopped, the advance of 6000 experienced Japanese troops across the massive Owen Stanley Ranges.
ISBN 9781876372965
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Macinnis, Peter
Image currently unavailable
41508
Teens
Lennie is leaving the security of life at home to attend a day school in Sydney. She is full of excitement but life outside her secure house with her younger sisters throws up all sorts of challenges, She finds a best friend in Mabel Jones, a fellow pupil and begins to develop her talents as a writer. A charming tale of life as a teenage girl in Sydney in the late 1800's.
ISBN 9781460750797
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2016
Mack, Louise
Image currently unavailable
120064
Storm callers
In tiny Miller's Flat, Mike is stuck at the caravan park helping his mum when he'd rather be with mates. One day, he meets feisty, city girl, Kirsty, who is trying to run away. Together, they escape their boredom and create their own world on a remote beach, beachcombing for treasures and imagining stories about pirates and washed up bodies.
ISBN 9781863682763
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2007
Mackay, Duncan
Image currently unavailable
6158

Star

Hash
Universe is expanding and so am I, The
Virginia has fallen out of love with her boyfriend, Froggy, and her brother has been arrested for a crime that the whole family thought was behind them. Virginia is struggling to cope with all this, but then she meets Sebastian. They decide not to talk about anything personal, just to hang out for the summer having fun. But soon they discover that they can't run from the truth forever. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781408897041
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2018
Mackler, Carolyn
Image currently unavailable
493
I'm being stalked by a moon shadow
Seth Parrot lives in a dung-covered house with his brother and not so ex-hippy parents. Seth dreams of muscular girls and knows lots of quirky facts, more from reading teenage girls' magazines than from listening to his eccentric dad.
ISBN 9780143301981
Publisher Penguin, 2006
MacLeod, Doug
Image currently unavailable
15741
Kevin the troll
Kevin, the troll, is crafty and cranky, mysterious and moody and he wants children pie for his seven-hundredth birthday. When trolls and humans make contact, amazing events occur.
ISBN 9780143302698
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
MacLeod, Doug
Image currently unavailable
5376

Star

Hash
Life of a teenage body-snatcher, The
Thomas Timewell is sixteen, living in England in 1828, where body-snatching is rife, cut-throats are about and terrible novelists are absorbing the lives of wealthy women with nothing better to do. Contains some horror and mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143203919
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
MacLeod, Doug
Image currently unavailable
61223

Star

Hash
Siggy and Amber
Siggy learns the pitfalls of alcohol abuse and not considering the consequences before embarking on what looks like a good idea at the time. Growing up in a sleepy coastal town full of characters, with the girl he loves only a long bike ride away, Siggy is on a quest for the perfect girlfriend. He also has to survive the cool kids at school and build family ties with a mum, an arty sister and a potential stepfather. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143304388
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
MacLeod, Doug
Image currently unavailable
2361
Tigers on the beach
Adam is assistant manager at his parents holiday park, where, after the death of his grandfather, his grandmother has started scaring off the visitors and his parents have started fighting. Once he stops getting into embarrassing situations involving public nudity and work out what's so funny about two tigers on a beach, then maybe he can hope to figure out Samantha.
ISBN 9780143568520
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Macleod, Doug
Image currently unavailable
14376
Tumble turn
At an embarrassing stage of life, Dominic is burdened with a worrying mother, a father who fancies his teacher, an annoying sister and an embarrasiing friend. Dominic is practising Buddhism and resorts to emailing his estranged uncle for support.
ISBN 9780143300632
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2003
MacLeod, Doug
Image currently unavailable
7819
Rust: a collection of short stories
Twelve short, engaging stories send readers on some humorous, tough and thought provoking journeys. The stories suit a wide range of reading abilities.
ISBN 9781876603014
Publisher Futuretrack Australia, 2005
Maekivi, Charles
Image currently unavailable
163
Goodnight Mister Tom
William is evacuated to the countryside during the bombing of English cities in World War II. Mr Tom takes him in and turns his sad life around.
ISBN 9780141329703
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Magorian, Michelle
Image currently unavailable
2456
Just Henry
Set in post-war Britain in 1949, fourteen year old Henry has no friends and misses his war-hero father. He resents his stepfather and stepsister, and escapes by going to the cinema, his passion. When Henry develops an old camera film, he uncovers a mystery and events spiral until Henry's life resembles the drama of the big screen.
ISBN 9781405227575
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2008
Magorian, Michelle
Image currently unavailable
5205
Egg and spoon
Elena Rudina lives with her dying mother in the impoverished Russian countryside. One day, a train arrives carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an adventure begins that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince travelling incognito and a wise-cracking Baba Yaga, a witch who lives in a house perched on chicken legs.
ISBN 9780763672201
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Maguire, Gregory
Image currently unavailable
54490
China: land of dragons and emperors
Paper, gunpowder, silk, porcelain, stirrups for riding horses and many other wonderful and extraordinary things were first used in China. Read about the rise and fall of dynasties, the superstitions and beliefs of the people and the famous people who are part of the great story of China.
ISBN 9781741754674
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Mah, Adeline Yen
Image currently unavailable
1173

Star

Hash
Chinese Cinderella
The plight of a young girl who, because of traditional Chinese beliefs, is rejected by her family at birth. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141304878
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Mah, Adeline Yen
Image currently unavailable
14255

Star

Hash
Chinese Cinderella and the secret dragon society
A young girl is thrown out of her home by her cruel stepmother onto the dangerous streets of Shanghai. She takes refuge in a Martial Arts Academy and becomes part of a new family. A secret mission changes her life dramatically. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781865088655
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Mah, Adeline Yen
Image currently unavailable
7787
Chinese Cinderella: the mystery of the Song Dynasty painting
Following a fall, and in hospital where Chinese Cinderella sees a copy of an ancient painting. She is haunted by vivid dreams that seem strange, yet somehow familiar, recalling a life lived eight hundred years ago during the Song Dynasty. Hypnosis is used, leaving open the concept of reincarnation.
ISBN 9781741146363
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Mah, Adeline Yen
Image currently unavailable
5
Aliens in the family
Jake helps her new step-sister and step-brother to protect an alien from another dimension.
ISBN 9780590448987
Publisher Scholastic US, 1994
Mahy, Margaret
Image currently unavailable
79

Star

Hash
Changeover, The
Laura has premonitions and senses what is about to happen. She is encouraged to 'change over' and become a witch so that she can help save her brother from an evil spirit. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780007155019
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
Mahy, Margaret
Image currently unavailable
97
Dangerous spaces
Athena finds a box covered with green material. Inside it, she sees a dream world which draws her and her cousins in.
ISBN 9780140363623
Publisher Puffin NZ, 1993
Mahy, Margaret
Image currently unavailable
185
Haunting, The
A child begins to receive strange messages and learns about a family legacy.
ISBN 9780140363258
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Mahy, Margaret
Image currently unavailable
437
Underrunners
Kidnapping and suspense highlight this story of two children who have to rely on courage and resourcefulness to escape from a bleak house.
ISBN 9780670841790
Publisher Viking UK, 1992
Mahy, Margaret
Image currently unavailable
345
Secrets in the fire
Based on a true account of a young refugee girl's determination to overcome the loss of her legs in a Mozambique landmine accident. A deeply moving and unforgettable story.
ISBN 9781865081816
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
Mankell, Henning
Image currently unavailable
660725

Star

Hash
Run, rebel
"I am restless, my feet need to fly." Amber is trapped - by her father's rules, by his expectations, by her own fears. Now she's ready to fight - for her mother, for her sister, for herself. Freedom always comes at a price. Run, Rebel is a trailblazing verse novel that thunders with rhythm, heart and soul - perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Elizabeth Acevedo and Rupi Kaur. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780241411421
Publisher Penguin, 2020
Mann, Manjeet
Image currently unavailable
2580
Tiger stone
In Java in the fourteenth century, the villagers are fearful of Mbah Merapi, the rumbling volcano that overshadows their lives. Kancil, the lowliest kitchen servant, knows the real danger is human but she is fatherless and mute. She will lose everything if her identity is revealed. But, Kancil must warn the villagers of the danger they are facing.
ISBN 9781742032399
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Mansell, Deryn
Image currently unavailable
43456
Story of Titania and Oberon, The
Titania, the Fairy Queen, and Oberon, King of Fairies, fall into a quarrel about who should have charge of a little changeling boy. Oberon and his servant, Puck, cast a spell which causes Titania to fall magically in love with Nick Bottom, a weaver who has been given the head of a donkey. Oberon sees the error of his ways and seeks a way to reverse the spell and restore harmony.
ISBN 9781843653295
Publisher Pavilion, 2017
Manton, Jo & Bray, Phyllis (ill)
Image currently unavailable
237

Star

Hash
Looking for Alibrandi
Josephine, a second generation Australian from an Italian family, seeks to find her way during her HSC year. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140293500
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Marchetta, Melina
Image currently unavailable
750990

New

Star

Hash
Dance with fate, A
Despite her brother leaving for the Otherworld, Liobhan, a young warrior bard is determined to complete her training as an elite fighter on Swan Island. She is devastated when her comrade Dau is injured and loses his sight in a training bout. Blamed by Dau's family, she agrees to accompany him home to Oakhill as a bondservant for one year. But Oakhill is a place of dark secrets. Dau battles demons of despair whilst the vicious Crow Folk threaten both worlds. It will take a great deal of skill and a touch of the uncanny to give them hope of survival. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760784225
Publisher MacMillan, 2020
Marillier, Juliet
Image currently unavailable
728150

New

Star

Hash
Harp of kings, The
Liobhan has always dreamed of being a Swan Island warrior. She is a talented musician with exceptional strength and fighting skills which make her the perfect candidate to be a warrior bard and spy. Whilst posing as travelling musicians, Liobhan and her brother Brocc, must find a precious harp that is an ancient symbol of kingship. If the harp is not played at the upcoming coronation the heir will not be accepted and the kingdom will be thrown into turmoil. They can trust no one. Is there a political plot to stop the prince from becoming King or is there something else, something otherworldly at work here? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760783297
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Marillier, Juliet
Image currently unavailable
177
Hairs in the palm of the hand
A story that features civil rights for women.
ISBN 9780722657287
Publisher Viking Children's, 1981
Mark, Jan
Image currently unavailable
179

Star

Hash
Handles
A girl, who is mad about motor bikes, finds happiness in a run-down bike shop. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143015871
Publisher Viking Children's, 1987
Mark, Jan & Parkins, David
Image currently unavailable
7690
Animals Robert Scott saw: an adventure in Antarctica
In 1901, Robert Scott made his first trip to Antarctica. This is the incredible story of Scott's adventures and the animals he saw along the way.
ISBN 9780811849180
Publisher Chronicle Books, 2008
Markle, Sandra
Image currently unavailable
649009

Star

Hash
Follow after me
Two young women a century apart are mysteriously connected. While 21st century Lizzie abandons old friends and makes reckless choices, 20th century Evie's dreams are torn apart by WW1. Lizzie and Evie will discover strength and courage from unexpected places. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925675580
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2019
Marlow Paterson, Allison
Image currently unavailable
750971

New

Star

Hash
None shall sleep
It is 1982 and the FBI studies serial killers in order to know how they operate, why they do the things they do and more importantly how to spot the clues and be able to catch them. But how do you study teenage serial killers? Which teenage serial killers are willing to talk to the FBI professionals? That's where teenagers Emma and Travis come into play. Both victims of serial killers in their own ways, they've been asked to take part in a program of interviewing young serial killers and trying to help study them. But what happens when they get caught up in an active case, what happens when they get caught between two serial killers? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760877309
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Marney, Ellie
Image currently unavailable
91685

Star

Hash
Daughter of the flames
A sweeping fantasy chronicling a courageous girl's sometimes violent fight for freedom in a world ravaged by war and religious fanaticism. Tackles themes such as religion and terrorism as well as unconventional love. Usually read by students in Year 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406308617
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Marriott, Zoe
Image currently unavailable
2130

Star

Hash
Head book, The
A quick-fix guide to general knowledge and trivia. Everything you needed to know, and maybe didn't even know to ask, explained with wit and clarity. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330363211
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Marsden, John
Image currently unavailable
364

Star

Hash
So much to tell you
Marina's face is shockingly scarred. She has not spoken since her father threw acid at her mother, hitting Marina instead. As part of a writing assignment, she has to keep a journal. In it, she deals realistically with her post-traumatic stress. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780850919417
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 1999
Marsden, John
Image currently unavailable
4310

Star

Hash
Take my word for it
In a Year 9 boarding school dormitory, introspective Laura pours out her observations of friends, family, her frustrations and successes, her thoughts and feelings in her writing. She also befriends Marina who readers met in 'So much to tell you'. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732907655
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1993
Marsden, John
Image currently unavailable
419

Star

Hash
Tomorrow, when the war began
The first book in the Tomorrow series. A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to find their town invaded and their parents imprisoned. They must mature quickly, deal with teenage angst and become combative to ensure their own survival. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330274869
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1999
Marsden, John
Image currently unavailable
4882

Star

Hash
Winter
Winter is 16. She has just returned to her family home. She has not been here since she was four years old, when both of her parents died within six months of each other. Some of the locals are happy to see her. Others are not. Her decision to return, to restore her family home, and to settle down is met with some joy and some hostility. Getting to the bottom of why people feel the way they do will reveal things about her past she might wish she had never known. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780330421843
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2005
Marsden, John
Image currently unavailable
3603
Year my life broke, The
Josh and his family have moved from a nice city house, to a boring street in the country. There are dangerous strangers in his backyard and bullets flying past his ears. At his new school everyone thinks he is hopeless and he has no clue about sport, like cricket, but they are in for the shock of their lives.
ISBN 9781742613352
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2014
Marsden, John
Image currently unavailable
9114
Home and away
Everyone wants a safe place, a place to share with people they love and to call home. Torn from everything they know and love, a young boy and his family struggle to survive the harsh realities of living life as refugees. A harrowing read for refugees from other lands, a disturbingly thought-provoking read for those of us who have always lived in peace and with plenty.
ISBN 9780734410566
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Marsden, John & Ottley, Matt (ill)
Image currently unavailable
320
Rabbits, The
A sophisticated picture book depicting the invasion and multiplying of the rabbits. The threat that this poses is symbolic of the coming of white civilisation to Australia.
ISBN 9780734402219
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Marsden, John & Tan, Shaun (ill)
Image currently unavailable
202
I can jump puddles
Alan Marshall's classic autobiography shows how someone who contracted polio at the age of six, in 1908, and was permanently crippled can still lead a fulfilling life.
ISBN 9780143003045
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Marshall, Alan
Image currently unavailable
10177
Santa Claus in Baghdad and other stories about teens in the Arab world
Eight short stories that provide a window into the little known world of teenagers growing up in different parts of the Arab world, including Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
ISBN 9780253220042
Publisher Indiana University Press, 2008
Marston, Ella
Image currently unavailable
50144

Star

Hash
Life of Pi
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780156027328
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Martel, Yann
Image currently unavailable
9225
Lionheart: a journey of the human spirit
The inspirational sailing adventure of Jesse Martin's solo voyage around the world.
ISBN 9781865085708
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Martin, Jesse
Image currently unavailable
3044
Edge of extinction
The age of man is over, reintroducing dinosaurs to Earth was an unsurprisingly bad idea. while the Survivors rebuild a society in underground bunkers, some wonder if there is more to what's left than this? Sky Munday breaks free from her compound to face the surface, the dinosaurs and maybe even to find her missing father. Who will kill her first, her former compound community, or the reptilian predators above?
ISBN 9780008152895
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Martin, Laura
Image currently unavailable
770571

New

Star

Hash
Here the whole time
Felipe is fat. And he doesn't need anyone to remind him, which is, of course, what everyone does. He's been waiting for summer: a break from the classmates who tease him incessantly. His plans include catching up on TV, finishing his TBR pile, and watching YouTube tutorials. But then Felipe's mom invites Caio, the neighbour kid from apartment 57, to spend 15 days with them while his parents are on vacation. Felipe is distraught because A) he's had a crush on Caio since, well, for ever, and B) Felipe has a list of body image insecurities and absolutely NO idea how he's going to entertain his neighbour for two full weeks. Suddenly, the days ahead of him that once promised rest and relaxation end up bringing a whirlwind of feelings, forcing Felipe to dive head-first into every unresolved issue he has had with himself - but maybe, just maybe, he'll manage to win over Caio, too. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781444958492
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2020
Martins, Vitor
Image currently unavailable
751247

New
Footprints on the moon
1969. While astronauts are navigating to the moon, Sharnie is navigating her way through her first year in high school (just). She wonders if the world will change when man walks on the moon. However much Sharnie wishes things would stay the same, change is coming. She feels less included in the life of her older sister, Cas, who is growing up and growing away from her. Family life gets rocky as her patriotic dad discovers Cas has met a returned soldier and is intent on making a stand about conscription and Australia's involvement in the Vietnam war. At school, Sharnie's only friend Mia is also drifting away from her towards her nemesis, Ellie. She usually finds comfort at her grandma's but Grandma is becoming forgetful lately and Sharnie is worried. Although it is hard, will Sharnie be courageous enough to moonwalk, to find her own way?
ISBN 9780702262838
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2021
Marwood, Lorraine
Image currently unavailable
2133
Ratwhiskers and me
A prose-verse novel, set amidst the chaos and brutality of the Victorian goldfields in the 1800s. The narrator, traumatised by a fire in which her family died, and her mangy dog, Ratwhiskers, are befriended by a Chinese boy. Posing as a boy, she flees to the Chinese camp, pretending to be Chinese and taking a new name.
ISBN 9781921150395
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Marwood, Lorraine
Image currently unavailable
40834
What's Biology all about?
Discover what life is, how it works and why Biology is more exciting today then ever before...
ISBN 9781409547068
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2009
Maskell, Hazel et al
Image currently unavailable
6494
Birdie in the sky
Birdie and her dad love being up in the sky in their Tiger Moth plane, Peggybelle. That is, until a terrible accident makes it a matter of life and death, and Birdie finds herself flying the plane alone.
ISBN 9780143305903
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Mason, Prue
Image currently unavailable
15418

Star

Hash
Camel rider
Set in the panic and confusion of a wartime attack, two boys from different cultures must rely on each other to survive in the desert. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143300823
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2004
Mason, Prue
Image currently unavailable
2548
1914
Louis and Thomas are on holiday in Sarajevo, enjoying the privileges of life in a diplomat's family. But, when a bomb explodes and the heir to the Austrian Empire is assassinated, Europe descends into war. Louis travels to the front as a war correspondent. In northern France, he witnesses the war's first battles and the beginning of trench warfare. Louis' friends join the war effort too, with and against each other.
ISBN 9781743622476
Series Australia's great war series (1 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
41
Birds of a feather
Year 6 schoolgirls must deal with issues of bullying.
ISBN 9781863304726
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
14661
Boggle hunters: Game on
Sam comes from a family of boggle hunters, although he is unaware of this when he is sent to stay with his English relatives. Computer games are Sam's passion and he cannot believe his eyes when he receives an invitation to become part of the role-playing game, 'Grim's castle'. Parallel stories ensue with Sam being led through a dangerous game and cousin Jenny searching for her missing parents. Fantasy and magic weave throughout this exciting quest.
ISBN 9781741698510
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
1238
Cold iron
Tattercoat's only friends include Pug, the gooseherd, and Malkin, the serving maid. They devise a way to smuggle Tattercoat in to a birthday ball from which her grandfather has excluded her.
ISBN 9780733605833
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1998
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
16601
In hollow lands
A group of teens are abducted into the land of the Korrigans. The human world continues to search for the group, who have now been separated into the two worlds. The heroic journeys of all the characters are akin to those journeys of the literature of old.
ISBN 9780340854426
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
18469

Star

Hash
Malvolio's revenge
An English theatre troupe travelling in the New Orleans area, in a world of voodoo, black magic and gangsters, are dragged into a suspenseful mystery that involves murder, blackmail and intrigue. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340883648
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
16844
Ned Kelly's secret
Hugo and his father have come to Australia to research life in the gold fields. When the coach they are travelling on is bailed up by a bushranger, they decide to find out all they can about bushrangers. Little does Hugo know that when he befriends fifteen year old Ned Kelly, he is much closer to bushrangers that he expected. His comfortable travels with is father are about to lead to exciting and dangerous places.
ISBN 9781742830322
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
12376

Star

Hash
Tempestuous voyage of Hopewell Shakespeare, The
Hopewell Shakespeare craves adventure and he joins the crew of a notorious buccaneer hunting for the Lost Island of the Lord of Alchemists where dreams come true. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340865811
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
415
Tiger, The
Java is the setting for this story about an Indonesian family and an old mystery surrounding Nick's grandmother.
ISBN 9780207196355
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1998
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
4070
Understudy's revenge, The
Millie Osborne is an errand girl for King's company, the famous troupe of actors who, beset by misfortune, have decided to put on a spectacular performance of Hamlet to announce their comeback. When mysterious Oliver Parry arrives to audition for Hamlet, Millie is intrigued and wonders why he is so secretive. She investigates and Millie uncovers secret identities, betrayal, lies, revenge and, perhaps, even murder.
ISBN 9781741698138
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
587904
War and resistance
In joining the Hitler Youth, Dieter finds belonging with other young men, and escape from his proud step father. Sasha and her family, having moved with her family from Sydney to France so her father can report on the war, find themselves under rule by the surging German army. Both have secrets to keep on the complex playing field of war and resistance, but as these two characters circle closer to each other, they need to decide if trust is possible.
ISBN 9781742769219
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
82640
Case of the diamond shadow, The
Daisy and George find themselves caught up in a world of mystery and glamour when they try to unmask the jewel thief before it's too late.
ISBN 9780733323300
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Masson, Sophie
Image currently unavailable
9436
Road to Camelot, The
Short stories from a range of authors using characters from the life and times of the legendary King Arthur. Each tells the story of a turning point or magical moment in the early life of that character and the consequence for the future.
ISBN 9781740518017
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Masson, Sophie (ed.)
Image currently unavailable
28764
Beautiful lie, A
In 1947, Bilal is shields his dying father from the truth about the violence that is threatening India and their formerly peaceful community. With determination and help from friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper. Bilal just wants his father to die in peace but that means Bilal has a complicated relationship with the truth.
ISBN 9781408805756
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Master, Irfan
Image currently unavailable
5207
How to hang a witch
The trials of high school start to feel like modern day witch hunt for Samantha Mather, who has all the wrong connections to Salem's past. To say Sam is unwelcome in Salem would be an understatement. She is the target of the Descendants, a mysterious group of girls whose ancestors were persecuted in the Witch Trials. Complicating her life further is Elijah, an inconveniently handsome resident ghost, and her cute new neighbour, Jaxon. When a centuries old curse is rekindled, Sam finds herself in the centre of it. Can she stop history repeating itself?
ISBN 9781406378795
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Mather, Adriana
Image currently unavailable
14684

Star

Hash
Girl like me, A
In a Victorian farming community, Emmie's mother takes on Bertha to help with the chores and the two girls become friends. Emmie discovers Bertha's terrible secrets and their lives intertwine. Based on true events and containing adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143011484
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Matthews, Penny
Image currently unavailable
42
Amazing and bizarre - ten wonderfully weird stories
A collection of ten, strange stories, including one about a person who swam so much, he grew fins.
ISBN 9780440407058
Publisher Yearling, 1992
Matthews, Penny (comp)
Image currently unavailable
1814
Maralinga's long shadow
Yvonne Edwards, a highly respected Aboriginal artist and community leader, was just six years old when the first bombs of the nuclear tests at Maralinga were detonated in Australia in 1956. The tests continued until 1963 and their consequences profoundly affected her family and the community.
ISBN 9781760290177
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Mattingley, Christobel
Image currently unavailable
278
No gun for Asmir
Asmir and his family are trying to escape from the war in Sarajevo.
ISBN 9780140367294
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1993
Mattingley, Christobel & Honey, Elizabeth (ill)
Image currently unavailable
3396
Valentine
Four teenagers who are all born on the same Valentine's Day begin to disappear. As the bodies mount up, Pearl Linford has to work out what is happening before it happens to her. Finn Blacklin also shares a Valentines birthday and is the sworn enemy of Pearl. Finn is also the Valentine and a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human boy at birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine but they do not know who it is. Pearl must use all her wits to protect herself. Finn must come to terms with his newfound heritage. There is explosive chemistry too between them that must be dealt with.
ISBN 9780143574163
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
McAlister, Jodi
Image currently unavailable
49280

Star

Hash
Beautiful monster
Tessa needs to be perfect, the perfect daughter, with the perfect marks and the perfect body. But, there is a fine line between being in control and being controlled, in Tessa's effort to achieve perfection. Contains mature themes and some language in context. Usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781921361982
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
McCaffrey, Kate
Image currently unavailable
105
Diary Z
Red Liston entertains the reader with diary entries about his teenage exploits.
ISBN 9781862913790
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
McCarthy, Stephanie
Image currently unavailable
9238
Little lower than the angels, A
Gabriel is apprenticed to a stonemason, a cruel master. When the opportunity presents itself, he runs away to join a troupe of travelling mystery players.
ISBN 9780192717801
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1998
McCaughrean, Geraldine
Image currently unavailable
578994

Star

Hash
Jinxed
Lacey Chu dreams of working for the company behind the revolutionary 'baku' a customisable smart pet that replaces the mobile phone but functions as a pet. To fulfil her dream she must be accepted into the Profectus Academy but her financial situation and family background seem to be standing in her way. That is, until she comes across Jinx; an incredibly advanced cat baku who goes beyond the functions of normal baku to forge an extraordinary bond with Lacey and paves the way to the possibility of her dreams coming true. Until Jinx misbehaves that is...Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781471169960
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
McCulloch, Amy
Image currently unavailable
40
Binna Binna man, The
A young Aboriginal boy is travelling back to his home on the mission to attend the funeral of a cousin.
ISBN 9781865080710
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
Image currently unavailable
253

Star

Hash
Maybe tomorrow
In this story of reconciliation and courage, Boori is determined to carry on his late brother's tradition of storytelling and performing. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742372440
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
Image currently unavailable
266
My girragundji
When a boy has bullies, a scary monster lurking about at night, and a strange noise outside his window to contend with, the last thing he expects is for a little green tree frog to be his saviour. But he names the frog Girragundji and together they learn how to be brave and face the world together.
ISBN 9781864488180
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1998
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori Monty
Image currently unavailable
15
Anna the goanna and other poems
A colourful, engaging picture book containing a collection of poems about living in an Aboriginal community.
ISBN 9780855753443
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000
McDougall, Jill & Taylor, Jenny (ill)
Image currently unavailable
9267
Among ants, between bees
An anthology covering a wide range of human experiences.
ISBN 9780732948412
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1998
McFarlane, Peter
Image currently unavailable
Ship kings series
Any three 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 Ship kings series (4 books)
McGahan, Andrew
No book cover.
90431
Ship kings: The coming of the whirlpool
Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes there to learn of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely sail at all, for fear they have been cursed.
ISBN 9781742376479
Series Ship kings series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
McGahan, Andrew
Image currently unavailable
17916
Ship Kings: The ocean of the dead
At long last a captain of his own ship, Dow Amber is determined to venture beyond the final frontier, the still, stagnant waters of the Doldrums, in search of a New World. With Nell finally by his side, he is hopeful they can start again, far from politics, betrayal and war. But, none who have sailed the Ocean of the Dead have returned to tell the tale. Before long, an old enemy appears, bringing new dangers. The fleet will either sail to certain death or to glorious new life beyond the treacherous Doldrums. The final book in the Ship Kings series.
ISBN 9781760292188
Series Ship kings series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
McGahan, Andrew
Image currently unavailable
24795
Ship kings: The voyage of the unquiet ice
Dow Amber has set sail at last upon the battleship, Chloe, but he wonders if an outsider and an enemy can ever truly belong in the Ship Kings' world. In the icy wastes, Dow must take his fate in hand, discover whether he is truly destined to be a mariner and determine whether the mysterious scapegoat girl, Ignella, is a friend or foe.
ISBN 9781742378220
Series Ship kings series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
McGahan, Andrew
Image currently unavailable
41801
Ship kings: The war of the four isles
Dow Amber, an intrepid sailor, has been unhappily biding his time in the backwaters of the Twin Islands, while war rages on the high seas, between his brave, inventive rebels and the tyrannical Ship Kings. When an enemy sailor brings news of captured allies, Dow is driven to a daring escape plan. But, he doesn't realise the cost of escape and how troubling the thirst for revenge can become.
ISBN 9781743315095
Series Ship kings series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
McGahan, Andrew
Image currently unavailable
99862

Star

Hash
Caddy ever after
Saffy and Rose have a near death experience on the moors involving a party balloon. Indigo is trying to sort out everybody's love life including his own. More importantly, Caddy has found true love and is about to marry and live happily ever after. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780340903155
Series Casson family series (4 of 5)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2006
McKay, Hilary
Image currently unavailable
Casson family series
Any three 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 Casson family series (5 books)
McKay, Hilary
No book cover.
Casson family series
Any three 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 Casson family series (5 books)
McKay, Hilary
No book cover.
78100
Forever Rose
It's tough being the youngest and Rose is feeling lonely. The family is busy doing their own things and Rose comes home to a quiet, empty house every day. School is no longer a peaceful place either because of her new, irritating teacher, Mr Spencer. Rose is having a difficult time with reading and is deeply disappointed when no-one has time to shop for a Christmas tree.
ISBN 9780340931073
Series Casson family series (5 of 5)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2008
McKay, Hilary
Image currently unavailable
15448

Star

Hash
Indigo's star
Indigo dreads returning to school where his sensitive nature makes him a target for bullies. Enter Tom, from America, who is living with his English grandmother to avoid dealing with his divorced parents and Indigo's feisty sister, Rose. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780689865633
Series Casson family series (2 of 5)
Publisher Margaret K McElderry, 2004
McKay, Hilary
Image currently unavailable
65046

Star

Hash
Permanent Rose
Life hasn't been easy for Permanent Rose but shoplifting will only complicate it further. Lots of family secrets are uncovered, with sadness turning to forgiveness, and Rose is at last reunited with the person she loves. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780340882436
Series Casson family series (3 of 5)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2005
McKay, Hilary
Image currently unavailable
9934
Saffy's angel
Saffy feels like an outsider until her family's actions and efforts on her behalf make her feel very loved, in this, our first meeting with the delightful, Casson family children.
ISBN 9780340850800
Series Casson family series (1 of 5)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2004
McKay, Hilary
Image currently unavailable
Ubby's Underdogs series
Any three 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 Ubby's Underdogs series (3 books)
McKenna, Brenton E
No book cover.
3872
Ubby's Underdogs: Heroes beginnings
In Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a rag-tag gang, known as the Underdogs. The gang's efforts to locate Sai Fong, the Dragon Summoner, have been halted by the ambitious pearling master, Paul Donappleton. Old myths and smoky legends from an ancient scroll begin to take on new meaning and it becomes a race to unravel the truth.
ISBN 9781922142139
Series Ubby's Underdogs series (2 of 3)
Publisher Magabala Books, 2013
McKenna, Brenton E
Image currently unavailable
639769
Ubby's Underdogs: Return of the dragons
It is the late 1940s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is still recovering from WWII. Ubby and her gang of Underdogs cross into the Forbidden Zone on the Broome coastline in a desperate bid to locate their missing friend Sai Fong who has disappeared without a trace. What they encounter is worse than anything they could ever have imagined. To survive, the Underdogs must call upon the local gangs to unite, solve the mystery of the Dragon Summoner, and make contact with the mysterious Phoenix Dragon to fight the battle of all battles against an evil and unearthly enemy. What is at stake is the future of humanity itself. The third and final installment in the Ubby's Underdogs graphic novel series.
ISBN 9781922142603
Series Ubby's Underdogs series (3 of 3)
Publisher Magabala Books, 2019
McKenna, Brenton E
Image currently unavailable
10066
Ubby's Underdogs: The legend of the phoenix dragon
In Broome in the 1940s, the pearling town is recovering from World War II. Ubby, a street-wise Aboriginal girl, leads a rag-tag gang known as the Underdogs. When Ubby recruits Sai Fong, a Chinese girl off the boat from Shanghai, they are thrown into a series of bizarre adventures full of myths and legends, and secrets never before exposed.
ISBN 9781921248313
Series Ubby's Underdogs series (1 of 3)
Publisher Magabala Books, 2011
McKenna, Brenton E
Image currently unavailable
587871
Catch a falling star
It's 1979 and the sky is falling. Skylab, that is. Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world's first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories. Things twelve-year-old Frankie thought she'd forgotten. Things her mum won't talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... did he? Does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. And while the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her own eyes on Newt. Because if anyone's going to keep him safe, it's her. It always has been. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters and spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn't the only thing heading straight for calamity.
ISBN 9781925381207
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
McKinlay, Meg
Image currently unavailable
4987
Single stone, A
Jena's life as leader of the line, gathering mica from deep inside the mountain, is hard. But, it is all she knows, accepting everything that her community leaders tell her. After an unfortunate accident, Jena discovers a small polished stone, which brings forth buried memories from her past. These memories disrupt everything and everyone around her.
ISBN 9781925081701
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
McKinlay, Meg
Image currently unavailable
47
Blue sword, The
Living in the desert country of Damar, shared by the Homelanders and the secretive magical Hillfolk, orphaned Harry Crewe is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk king. He intends to train her in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men.
ISBN 9780141309750
Publisher Penguin Putnam, 2002
McKinley, Robin
Image currently unavailable
11072
Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, Africa 1595
Presents the fictional diary of thirteen year old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess, who loves to hunt and hopes, one day, to lead her kingdom against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders.
ISBN 9780439112109
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
McKissack, Patricia
Image currently unavailable
9903
Thirteen
Thirteen short stories about being thirteen years old written by thirteen different authors. Includes spoilt birthday parties, peer pressure, embarrassing parents, finding your identity and being true to yourself.
ISBN 9781843628354
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
McLay, John (ed)
Image currently unavailable
660767

New

Star

Hash
One of us is next
Bayview High is just about recovered from the death of gossip king Simon Helleher a year ago. Now there's a new copycat in town who isn't ready to forget him just yet. A school-wide game of Truth or Dare seems fun, right? But this game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, but accepting the dare could be dangerous - or even fatal. The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it's too late... Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780241376928
Publisher Penguin, 2020
McManus, Karen
Image currently unavailable
5082

Star

Hash
One of us is lying
On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141375632
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2017
McManus, Karen. M.
Image currently unavailable
13342
Ancient hero, The
When Zelder translates three ancient spells she becomes the target of the sinister swordsman called the stalker. She and her brother, would-be swordsman Corram, must cheat death to stop the whole world being destroyed.
ISBN 9780734406576
Series Quentaris chronicles series (15 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
McMullen, Sean
Image currently unavailable
568873

Star

Hash
Brontide
Brontide is a coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound. The boys like to challenge themselves and the rules, and soon realise that not everything goes to plan. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925360929
Publisher Magabala Books, 2018
McPherson, Sue
Image currently unavailable
346
See how they run
A British family is forced to flee to Australia to escape criminals in England. This six-part thriller is exciting and suspenseful.
ISBN 9780141303338
Publisher Penguin, 1999
McRobbie, David
Image currently unavailable
409

Star

Hash
This book is haunted
Stories of ghostly fiction. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781863307567
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
McRobbie, David
Image currently unavailable
6396
To brave the seas
Adam hears the tales of bravery even before the war broke out. As many did in that time he wanted to be a part of the war, not for the glory but as part of the Merchant Navy. The sea is his home and thus contains the highs and lows of any home. We follow Adam through real storms at sea along with political ones not of his making. Tempered by the sea he learns the value of trust and the friends that trust is found in and through.
ISBN 9781743313077
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
McRobbie, David
Image currently unavailable
7496
Waxing with Wayne
More adventures of Wayne Wilson. Wayne's sister is engaged, his hideous young cousin and wonderfully eccentric grandfather come to stay and his best mate seems to upstage him on every occasion, leaving Wayne's love life in tatters.
ISBN 9781863300933
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1991
McRobbie, David
Image currently unavailable
3067
Hexenhaus
In 1628, Veronica and her brother flee for their lives into the German woods after their father is burned at the stake. At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Scottish maid Katherine is lured into political dissent after her parents are butchered for their beliefs. In present-day Australia, Paisley navigates her way through the burning torches of small-town gossip after her mother's new-age shop comes under scrutiny. A powerful historical novel about three young women caught in the hysteria of their own times.
ISBN 9780702254253
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
McWatters, Nikki
Image currently unavailable
52769

Star

Hash
Bloodthirsty
Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen year old Finbar never gets the girl. When he notices that the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel, Finbar seizes the opportunity. He'll become a vampire. Or at least fake it. When he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he finds that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732292195
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Meaney, Flynn
Image currently unavailable
51535
Send Simon Savage
After his father mysteriously goes missing, thirteen year old Simon is invited to follow in his father's footsteps by joining a team that experiments with time travel.
ISBN 9781921541339
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2010
Measday, Stephen
Image currently unavailable
18505
In the monkey forest
Miki is entrusted to return a piece of embroidered fabric and a silk ribbon to Aiko and inherits a bossy little pixie called Nameless. Miki must unravel clues from the past to save the day.
ISBN 9780143302162
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Meehan, Kierin
Image currently unavailable
9325
Night singing
A funny and fascinating story of contemporary Australia with a moving tale of survival in Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War. When Josh breaks his leg, he is rescued by his kind but mysterious neighbour, Mrs Murakami.
ISBN 9780143300601
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Meehan, Kierin
Image currently unavailable
1218
Chasing the valley
Danika Glynn is used to struggling to survive. When the tyrannous king launches an attack on her city, she risks her life in a daring escape and joins a crew of refugees, who seek Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. Danika also grapples with her burgeoning magical abilities and, when she meets the mysterious Lukas, she must balance her feelings against her crew's safety.
ISBN 9781742759548
Series Chasing the valley series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Melki-Wegner, Skye
Image currently unavailable
Chasing the valley series
Any three 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 Chasing the valley series (3 books)
Melki-Wegner, Skye
No book cover.
43068
Chasing the valley: Borderlands
Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley and trying to evade the king's most lethal hunter. They must cross the smugglers' territory, the Borderlands, which are lawless and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika seeks the smugglers' help and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly. But, it is Lukas who hides the most dangerous secret.
ISBN 9781742759562
Series Chasing the valley series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2014
Melki-Wegner, Skye
Image currently unavailable
38344
Chasing the valley: Skyfire
Danika Glynn and her crew of refugees finally reach the Magnetic Valley. But, they don't know whether it will provide the safe refuge and land of freedom they imagine. When a runaway girl is shot down before their eyes, Danika and her friends realise that this new land is no paradise. They must try to fit in at all costs, even if revealing their secrets will mean a death sentence.
ISBN 9780857981721
Series Chasing the valley series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Melki-Wegner, Skye
Image currently unavailable
18077
Hush, The
Chester is searching for clues about his father and why he disappeared. But, when he's caught illegally connecting with the Song as he plays his beloved fiddle, Chester is sentenced to death. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to their will. Susannah knows the secrets of The Hush, where there is no music, only deadly Echoes that will steal your soul, and she has plans for Chester.
ISBN 9780857985668
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Melki-Wegner, Skye
Image currently unavailable
9347
Changing stories
A collection of different versions of folk and fairy stories designed to encourage secondary students to consider different points of view and the ways stories can change over time.
ISBN 9781875136018
Publisher Chalkface Press, 1990
Mellor, Bronwyn & Hemming, Judith & Leggett, Jane
Image currently unavailable
5085
After-room, The
Benjamin and Janie are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. But, they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster and sinister forces are circling. The advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels them into danger and towards the land of the dead. When their friend, Jin Lo, washes up on a remote island and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China, they must somehow reach her to help.
ISBN 9781925240627
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Meloy, Maile
Image currently unavailable
26349
Apothecary, The
In 1952, after her parents are identified as communists, Janie must move from Los Angeles to the safety of London. The war has ended but it's a tense time, and Janie is uncomfortable at her new school. She notices Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy, who dreams of becoming a spy. When his father, an apothecary, is kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie are embroiled in a plot involving real espionage and nuclear threats.
ISBN 9781921758171
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Meloy, Maile
Image currently unavailable
6205
Apprentices, The
It's two years since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary's defiant son who stole her heart. Benjamin has been experimenting with a new formula, allowing him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When a mystery threatens them all, Janie, Benjamin and their friend, Pip, are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while trying to unravel the mystery.
ISBN 9781922147141
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Meloy, Maile
Image currently unavailable
The Apothecary trilogy series
Any three 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 The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Meloy, Maile
No book cover.
4902

Star

Hash
Moby Dick
The classic tale of Captain Ahab who has sworn vengeance on Moby Dick, the white whale that took his leg, told through the eyes of the sailor, Ishmael. Ahab's bitter hatred threatens to destroy everyone. Evocative drawings, the gorier practices of nineteenth century whaling and insightful notes on Melville's deeper themes compellingly invite readers to discover the full text. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780744586220
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Melville, Herman & Needle, Jan (pres) & Benson, Patrick (ill)
Image currently unavailable
653225

Star

Hash
From Twinkle, with love
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to longtime crush, Neil Roy-aka Sahil's twin brother? Dream come true x 2. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above. When mystery man 'N' begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it's Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she's fallen in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she's got is not the one she scripted. But will it be enough? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781473678736
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2018
Menon, Sandhya
Image currently unavailable
4300

Star

Hash
When Dimple met Rishi
Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination. Meet Rishi. He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents - could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781473667402
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2017
Menon, Sandhya
Image currently unavailable
31116
Promise horse, The
Harry is tired of being the tall new kid with red hair, big feet, and freckles. The one with the dead sister who's voice follows her every where she goes. People tell her she's imagining Sissy, but they are wrong, surely she wouldn't be such a pain if Harry was making her up? When Harry's wish for a horse comes true and Marksman comes into her life she wonders if she should have wished so hard, because Marksman is big, huge even, and Harry wonders if she has taken on more than she can deal with. But could this challenge be just what she needs to learn the difference between standing out and standing up?
ISBN 9781760650568
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Merchant, Jackie
Image currently unavailable
80827

Star

Hash
Cupid's arrow
Fleur's recurring nightmare is being hunted through a dark forest by a sinister archer. When her mother inherits a fabulous book collection, they travel to France together. They are in the heart of King Arthur country, steeped with mystery and hidden wealth. Fleur meets Remy, the boy of her dreams, and it's love at first sight. But, Fleur's nightmare is just about to begin. Strong language in context and mature themes. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741664379
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Merlin, Isabelle
Image currently unavailable
687424

Star

Hash
Slam your poetry
No props. No music. No costumes. Just you, your words and a mic-you've got two minutes to make the crowd scream your name. Miles Merrill, spoken word artist and founder of Australian Poetry Slam, and award-winning teacher Narcisa Nozica will take you from novice to spoken word superstar in no time. Twenty years after Merrill introduced poetry slams to Australia, there's a national competition with a live audience of 20,000 people! With tips from stars of the Australian poetry slam scene, including bestselling author Maxine Beneba Clarke, this book will inspire you to slam your own poetry, Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742236094
Publisher NewSouth Publishing, 2020
Merrill, Miles & Nozica, Narcisa
Image currently unavailable
5204
Brilliant fall of Gianna Z., The
All Gianna Zales wants to do is compete at the cross-country finals, but there is something standing in her way- a science project. She has less than a week to collect and document twenty-five leaves, and she'll lose her spot on the team if she can't pull it off. With a forgetful grandmother, a hearse-driving father, a mean-girl running rival, and new feelings toward her best friend, Gianna wishes life would just leave her alone to finish the project. Can Gianna Z get the stroke of brilliance she needs to make it all work out?
ISBN 9781681195476
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2018
Messner, Kate
Image currently unavailable
4586

Star

Hash
Black water
When Farren's father goes missing at sea, all he wants is for his older brother to come home from the war in Gallipoli. But, when Danny returns, he has changed from the person Farren remembers. This is a story of two brothers' struggle to make their way in a difficult world. Mature themes and very strong language used in context throughout. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143005612
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Metzenthen, David
Image currently unavailable
91
Colour of sunshine, The
Following the death of his older sister in a car accident, a nine year old boy is surrounded by the grief of his family.
ISBN 9780141310510
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Metzenthen, David
Image currently unavailable
6116
Finn and the big guy
Finn comes to the city for his first big break as a stablehand at a large racetrack. Working with the horses he loves, Finn feels valuable for the first time in his life. But there's trouble at the track, and Finn finds it difficult to know who to trust.
ISBN 9780140382679
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Metzenthen, David
Image currently unavailable
155

Star

Hash
Gilbert's ghost train
Is Gilbert real or a ghost? Martin doesn't much care - at least he is helping to distract his brother from his illness. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781865044590
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Metzenthen, David
Image currently unavailable
58097
Jarvis 24
We first meet Marc Jarvis and his best mate, Travis, as stereotypical sports-playing, girl-ogling sixteen year olds. As the book unfolds, we see beyond the exterior as Marc makes sense of his feelings and attitudes. His views about people, loyalty, friendship, love and its loss are challenged.
ISBN 9780143010043
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Metzenthen, David
Image currently unavailable
45432
One minute's silence
In one minute of silence, you can imagine a war long gone. You can share what the soldiers saw and felt as they fought. And if you try, you might be able to imagine the enemy and see that he is not so different from you.
ISBN 9781743316245
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Metzenthen, David & Camilleri, Michael (ill)
Image currently unavailable
1431
Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess, Russia 1918
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.
ISBN 9780439129084
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Meyer, Carolyn
Image currently unavailable
11071
Isabel, jewel of Castilla, Spain 1466
Isabel strives to remain on good terms with her controlling half-brother, King Enrique, and her younger sibling, the rebel King Alfonso in this tale of romance. As matches are made and broken, the princess finally weds the man of her choice.
ISBN 9780439078054
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Meyer, Carolyn
Image currently unavailable
32595
Kristina, The Girl King, Sweden 1638
King Gustav II Adolf desperately wanted a son to become his heir. Upon his daughter's birth, the king declared she would be treated as a boy and, someday, be King of Sweden. Kristina describes learning fencing and horseback riding.
ISBN 9780439249768
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2003
Meyer, Carolyn
Image currently unavailable
4950
Cinder
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, and she's also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
ISBN 9780141340135
Series Lunar Chronicles series (1 of 6)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Meyer, Marissa
Image currently unavailable
13323
Cress
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
ISBN 9780312642976
Series Lunar Chronicles series (3 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2014
Meyer, Marissa
Image currently unavailable
9162
Fairest
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana's story is finally told. Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told, until now.
ISBN 9781250060556
Series Lunar Chronicles series (4 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2015
Meyer, Marissa
Image currently unavailable
Lunar Chronicles series
Any three 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 Lunar Chronicles series (6 books)
Meyer, Marissa
No book cover.
13321
Scarlet
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She is trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
ISBN 9780312642969
Series Lunar Chronicles series (2 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2013
Meyer, Marissa
Image currently unavailable
9792
Stars above: A lunar chronicles collection
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realise their destinies? With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
ISBN 9781250091840
Series Lunar Chronicles series (6 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2016
Meyer, Marissa
Image currently unavailable
13328
Winter
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
ISBN 9780312642983
Series Lunar Chronicles series (5 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2016
Meyer, Marissa
Image currently unavailable
90018

Star

Hash
Breaking dawn
Isabella Swan marries Edward Cullen and honours her commitment to become a vampire. The birth of their child places the Cullen family in great risk from the governing elite. Once again, Bella must look to her best friend, Jacob Black, for an unlikely allegiance which may save the day. Explores the consequences of power, the nature of love and loss, and the self-knowledge that comes from the journey into adulthood. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780316067928
Series Twilight saga series (4 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2008
Meyer, Stephenie
Image currently unavailable
18046

Star

Hash
Eclipse
Newborn vampires are terrorising the residents of Seattle and Bella again finds herself in grave danger. To help control the mounting chaos, Bella must try to bring the feuding vampires and werewolves together, and decide between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781905654369
Series Twilight saga series (3 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephenie
Image currently unavailable
749024

New

Star

Hash
Midnight sun
Edward the Vampire loves Bella the human - we've followed the journey of Edward and Bella's love story through the 4 Twilight novels, now we can relive the journey through Edward's eyes. Find out how Edward felt when he first met Bella, find out how Edward fought to control his feelings both of love and violence. Midnight Sun also delves further into Edwards own history and how he came to be with the Cullen family. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780349003634
Series Twilight saga series (4 books)
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2021
Meyer, Stephenie
Image currently unavailable
23160

Star

Hash
New moon
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself, Edward Cullen. But, being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire but, as their daring relationship threatens everything, they realise their troubles are just beginning. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780316007696
Series Twilight saga series (2 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephenie
Image currently unavailable
23155

Star

Hash
Twilight
When her mother remarries, Isabella Swan moves to sunless Forks in Washington to join her father. On her first day at school, Bella is drawn to the incredibly beautiful Edward Cullen, not knowing that he and his family are vampires. They try not to prey on humans but Bella is particularly irresistible. Bella soon realises that falling in love with a vampire can be extremely dangerous. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781905654345
Series Twilight saga series (1 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephenie
Image currently unavailable
Twilight saga series
Any three 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 Twilight saga series (4 books)
Meyer, Stephenie
No book cover.
9936
Leaving home
Set in South Africa, orphaned Sam has to leave his affluent life in the city, his computer, his trendy clothing and his pride, to live with his aunt in a village at the back of beyond. He has to sleep on the floor in a one-roomed hut, sharing with his aunt and cousins. Sam must work out where he belongs.
ISBN 9781842707784
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2008
Michael, Jan
Image currently unavailable
18372
Usborne art ideas: drawing cartoons
Excellent book outlining the tips and techniques involved in creating cartoons. Includes links to a website for extra information, pictures and templates. Written in an easy to follow manner allowing even lesser artistic types to gain skills.
ISBN 9780746048429
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2002
Milbourne, Anna & McCafferty, Jan & MacKinnon, Catherine-Anne
Image currently unavailable
6543
Small free kiss in the dark, A
Skip is an outsider, a quiet observer, who draws pictures to make sense of the world. When war grips the city in which Skip and his mismatched family are surviving, they are forced to shelter in an empty fun fair, scavenge for food and live on their imaginations.
ISBN 9781741756586
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Millard, Glenda
Image currently unavailable
4679

Star

Hash
Stars at Oktober Bend, The
Alice has been twelve for a long time. Ever since she was assaulted, something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury and her words are slow and slurred. Alice writes poems to express what she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places for others to read. Sixteen year old Manny, once a child soldier back in his country, appears to be adapting to his new life. He has a poem and knows it off by heart. Alice and Manny weren't meant to meet each other. Mature read. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743315897
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Millard, Glenda
Image currently unavailable
23779
Girl with the butterfly tattoo, The
The butterfly is a symbol of transformation. It reminds us that we are all able to change. We can make choices and we are in control. We can choose to replace the messages that shout 'You are not enough' - not hot enough, thin enough, talented enough, popular enough. This story encourages girls to question the limiting messages our culture keeps pushing: that a girl's greatest worth is her looks, and beauty comes in only one size and shape. It inspires and empowers girls to find their strength and be true to their own hearts and minds.
ISBN 9781742752556
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc, 2012
Miller, Dannielle
Image currently unavailable
23781
Loveability: An empowered girls guide to dating and relationships
Not into you? Too into you? What happens when feelings aren't mutual? When to stay and when to go? Can't handle the heartbreak? Or maybe just sick of being single? In this guide, Dannielle Miller and Nina Funnell will help you navigate your way through the often complex world of relationships. Their combination of professional expertise and personal stories delivers a book that is like the best chat you could ever have with your friends, filled with good advice that is smart, but also warm, funny and never judgemental. And determine your love-ability with the help of quizzes, Q&As, compatibility tests and true love checklist.
ISBN 9780732296469
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2014
Miller, Dannielle & Funnell, Nina
Image currently unavailable
24609
They told me I had to write this
Blamed for the death of his mother, carrying a terrible secret from Grade 5 and in trouble with the police, Clem is now in a school for toxic teenagers. Encouraged to write Clem goes deep into the trauma that has defined his life. Issues of bullying, child abuse, family dysfunction, drugs, grief. Street language used in context.
ISBN 9781876462840
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2009
Miller, Kim
Image currently unavailable
5505

Star

Hash
Foolish hearts
When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will into a class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781627799379
Publisher Henry Holt & Co, 2017
Mills, Emma
Image currently unavailable
660546

Star

Hash
Deathless girls, The
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin. On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts. They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781510106918
Publisher Orion, 2019
Millwood Hargrave, Kim
Image currently unavailable
18449
Boy who disappeared, The
Rodney has powers to be a 'switcher' who can travel between parallel worlds. One world is highly developed and the other is almost medieval. The story follows the adventures across both worlds.
ISBN 9780734408921
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Milton, Wendy
Image currently unavailable
2235
Fracture
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters by her best friend, Decker. By then, her heart had stopped beating and her brain had stopped working. Delaney is declared officially dead. Then, she starts breathing and the doctors are mystified. Outwardly, Delaney has completely recovered but she knows something is wrong. Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying.
ISBN 9781408817391
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2012
Miranda, Megan
Image currently unavailable
88507

Star

Hash
Chalkline
It's an ordinary morning at school in rural Kashmir when the silence of dawn prayers is ripped apart by gunfire. Freedom Fighters are raiding his village and Rafiq is the first boy to cross the chalkline into a life of brutality and violence. Rafiq's memory of his family has been all but obliterated by his forced training, indoctrination and terrorist actions and is unrecognisable as the boy who left the village. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406315172
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Mitchell, Jane
Image currently unavailable
660666

Star

Hash
What makes us
Eran has grown up to be a passionate citizen, concerned with his community and the world. He can also be an angry young man, something he is sure he inherited from his stern and serious mother. A protest Eran organises takes an ugly turn and a viral video unlocks many secrets which Eran's mother has kept locked away. Eran is certain that his quick and fiery temperament come from his mother, but the truth forces Eran to see beyond what he has inherited and look to who he chooses to be. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780763697501
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2019
Mittlefehldt, Rafi
Image currently unavailable
5757

Star

Hash
Beauty is in the walking, The
Everyone thinks they know what Jacob O'Leary can and can't do, and they're not shy about telling him either. But, no one, not even Jacob, knows what he's truly capable of. When a shocking and mystifying crime leaves his small country town reeling, and fingers start pointing at a young Muslim boy at his school, Jacob is convinced the police have accused the wrong guy. He's determined to prove it, and himself, to everyone. Challenging book; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732299941
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
58

Star

Hash
Bridge to Wiseman's Cove, A
Karl and his wild young brother are taken in by their aunt, after their mother abandons them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702228841
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1996
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
95

Star

Hash
Crossfire
Luke is interested in guns and hunting but it is the emotional crossfire between his divorced parents that has him trapped. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702223846
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1992
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
1501
Dougy
Dougy's sister, Gracey, is chosen for the State Athletics Championships but it leads to violence. It is up to Dougy to save his family from the racist war that ensues and the mysterious Moodagudda. The first book in a trilogy.
ISBN 9780702224997
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2004
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
5092

Star

Hash
Gracey
It's school holidays and Gracey is coming home to Cunningham, a remote country town. Everything looks different, even frightening. When her brother, Dougy, finds three aboriginal bones, a chain of events causes Gracey to reconnect with her Aboriginal heritage. Includes coarse language and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780702237072
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2009
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
18624

Star

Hash
Lost property
Josh feels lost in his rapidly coming adult world. His family are haunted by the disappearance of his older brother, Michael. Josh's relationship with his girlfreind is full of teenage angst and tension. His holiday job in the lost property department with the philosophical Clive reveals that adult emotions are just as complex. Josh decides he must bring Michael home no matter what. Some strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670029433
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
5880
Love that I have, The
Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. Margot is shielded from the camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters, she is horrified by the callous act that she must carry out with her own hands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken prisoner at Stalingrad and her family have had no letters from him. So Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to their heartrending words of hope, of despair, and of love. This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt - through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend. And since his girlfriend is also named Margot, it is like reading love letters written for her.
ISBN 9781460754634
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
1139
Lucien
Young Lucien, the little boy Silvermay raised as her own, must be freed of his magic. It's not just for his sake, as Lucien might destroy the whole kingdom.
ISBN 9780732292058
Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
314
Pipe, The
A skateboarding story with a twist.
ISBN 9780850917871
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 1996
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
8927
Silvermay
When she laid eyes on the strange couple, young village girl Silvermay, had no idea that her life would change so completely. All she knew was that the man was handsome and every girl in the town was looking at him. When the woman collapses, Silvermay is given the task of caring for her newborn child, and she is drawn into a voyage to save the child from a dark and bloody destiny, foretold in an ancient mosaic.
ISBN 9780732292034
Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
Silvermay trilogy series
Any three 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 Silvermay trilogy series (3 books)
Moloney, James
No book cover.
362
Snake man, The
Terry and Liam are concerned about the contents of the box they helped carry into the derelict house of the taxidermist. Liam feels their concerns were warranted when Terry disappears.
ISBN 9780850918991
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
842
Tamlyn
Silvermay has followed and assisted Tamlyn through many dangers to defeat the darkness of his soul and save baby Lucien from the evil magic inside of him. If Silvermay can save Tamlyn from himself, then together they may save Lucien from the horrors Coyle wants to inflict through Lucien.
ISBN 9780732292041
Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
22377
Young vikings, The
When his village is attacked, Hauk Johanson has no choice but to step up and lead the young Vikings on a quest for revenge. But there is one problem the young Vikings have never fought in battle. Can Hauk and his friends master the skills of sword and axe in time? Will the Gods be on their side? And does Hauk have what it takes to lead when the fate of an entire village lies in his hands?
ISBN 9781743811191
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
15460

Star

Hash
Kill the possum
Dylan Kane has never met his father. But, he has met Kirsty Beale's step-father, a brute of a man, a bully, a living-room thug. KIrsty's family is tormented by his cruelty and she is desperate to live a normal life. Dylan and Kirsty's brother hatch a plan to make him stop. A gripping and powerfully moving story of a family stretched to breaking point and a portrait of a killer. A confronting, controversial topic with inherent violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143004202
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
Moloney, James
Image currently unavailable
2095
Harp at midnight, The
When thirteen year old Andrew Ferguson goes to stay in an old house in Ireland, he is immediately plunged into the mysteries of Irish legend.
ISBN 9780091838751
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Mor, Caiseal
Image currently unavailable
587849

New

Star

Hash
All that impossible space
Lara Laylor is 15 and is struggling to find her sense of self. She's always been seen as Ashley's best friend or Hannah's sister. When hher History teacher Mr Grant gives her the assignment of researching the mystery of Adelaide's Somerton Man, she is instantly transported into another world. Lara becomes a detective as she tries to find out who this mysterious man was and why he died, anonymously, on a beach. As Lara researches, she is able to ignore some of the toxic friendships and crushes happening around her. However, she needs to grow up eventually and solve her own mysteries too. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780734419637
Publisher Lothian Books, 2019
Morgan, Anna
Image currently unavailable
12367
Gil's quest
Gilgamesh's story retold by Gil, himself, is a gripping blend of narrative, fantasy, history and myth, dating from around 2000 BC. It follows his quest for everlasting life which pits him against Enki the Shag and takes him to the end of the world.
ISBN 9780864615527
Publisher Koala Books, 2003
Morgan, Damian & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
Image currently unavailable
5105
Flying through Clouds
It's not easy being a teenage boy growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Glebe in the 1930s. It's even harder when your dream is to become an aviator, your parents are dead against it, and your girlfriend's father is the School Principal. But Joe has even bigger challenges he must face and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his dream. He has come up with a plan and won't let anyone stand in his way.
ISBN 9780995386501
Publisher Griffin Press, 2017
Morgan, Michelle
Image currently unavailable
13281

Star

Hash
Racing the moon
In 1930s Glebe, Joe Riley has to be creative to make pocket money. He's watched his dad keep ahead of the law and he's sure that he can too. When his parents send him to a Catholic boarding school, Joe is homesick and lonely. He meets the darker side of human nature and is at odds with the school, especially Brother Felix. Expelled, Joe is sent to a reform school where life is tough. But, through working the land, Joe eventually finds inner strength, peace and true freedom. Mature themes. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743316351
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Morgan, Michelle
Image currently unavailable
2957
Highwayman's curse, The
On the run from the redcoats, the two young highwaymen, Will and Bess, find themselves in Scotland, blamed for a murder they did not commit. They are captured by smugglers and become embroiled in religious hatred and revenge that goes back for generations. Will and Bess will have to make decisions and choices that will test their courage to the limit.
ISBN 9781406303124
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Morgan, Nicola
Image currently unavailable
16462
Highwayman's footsteps, The
William de Lacy, the high born son of a gentleman, is on the run for stealing money and a horse. These are hanging offences and Will and the mysterious Bess must be resourceful and brave enough to survive an eighteenth century highwayman's life.
ISBN 9781406303117
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Morgan, Nicola
Image currently unavailable
35562
Teenage guide to friends, The
Friendships and peer groups can cause problems and upsets in your teenage years. People can be confusing- until you understand how different personality traits, stresses and emotions affect their behaviours. Yours too! This book is for anyone who wants to know how friendships work and what to do when they don't. You'll find positive advice on how to make and keep friends, as well as positive strategies to help you through the tough times and make you feel more confident.
ISBN 9781406369779
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Morgan, Nicola
Image currently unavailable
269

Star

Hash
My place
An autobiography of three generations of Sally Morgan's Aboriginal family that traces her search for identity. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780949206312
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2000
Morgan, Sally
Image currently unavailable
6509
Sally's story
The first part of Sally Morgan's My Place, presented as Sally's story of her school days, her family, growing up, going to university and trying to discover her place.
ISBN 9780949206787
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2003
Morgan, Sally
Image currently unavailable
6190
Sister heart
Annie, young Aboriginal girl, is taken from her family in the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. Away from everything she knows and everyone she loves, Annie must make a new life in a strange world. A sister-friend brings fresh hope.
ISBN 9781925163131
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2015
Morgan, Sally
Image currently unavailable
443

Star

Hash
Wanamurraganya: the story of Jack McPhee
The story of Jack McPee, an itinerant station and mine worker, from the Pilbara region of Australia.Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780949206992
Publisher Fremantle Press, 1990
Morgan, Sally
Image currently unavailable
619016

Star

Hash
Night circus, The
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. There are contortionists, performing cats, carousels and illusionists - all the trappings of an ordinary circus. But this is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the reveurs - the dreamers. And who is the sinister man in the grey suit who watches over it all? Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who, at the behest of their masters, are forced to test the very limits of the imagination - and of love. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780099554790
Publisher Penguin, 2012
Morgenstern, Erin
Image currently unavailable
9287
Billy the kid
Billy doesn't think or act his age. His memories of his days as a Chelsea striker and his interests keep him younger than he seems.
ISBN 9780007105472
Publisher Collins, 2002
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
5668
Flamingo boy
Lorenzo is special. He seems to be able to communicate with animals. Which is odd, because he sometimes has problems communicating with people. Lorenzo has a particular bond with the flamingos that live in huge flocks on the marshes around his home in the Camargue. Lorenzo also loves music, and routine, and every week he visits the local town market with his mother. That's where he meets Kezia, whose parents own and run the wonderful carousel that captures his attention. Kezia shows Lorenzo how to ride the wooden horse, or cheval, as her mother plays the organ and in time they become firm friends. Life is good. But then the war intrudes, the Germans finally arrive and everything that Lorenzo and Kezia hold dear is threatened, even the flamingos. Yet, where there is life, there is hope and even amongst the occupying soldiers there are kind souls.
ISBN 9780008134648
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
6162
Mozart question, The
A moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music. When Lesley is sent to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi, she is told that she can ask him anything at all -- except the Mozart question and that presents no problem at all because she has no idea of what that means.
ISBN 9781406306484
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
15391

Star

Hash
Private Peaceful
On the battlefields of World War 1, young Private Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood. His memories of his loving family come vividly alive. But, every moment takes Tommo closer to something he cannot bear to think about. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780007486441
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2012
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
1067
Running wild
For ten year old Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday, it's a chance to put things behind them. At first, it seems just what they both need but, then, the tsunami comes crashing in. Oona, the elephant, that Will is riding on the beach, begins to run. When the tsunami has gone, Oona keeps on running. With only a bottle of water to sustain him, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle.
ISBN 9780007317202
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
11353
Singing for Mrs Pettigrew, a story-maker's journey
A number of Michael Morpurgo's beautifully written short stories, each one preceded by insights from the author relating to the background of the story and how he came to write it.
ISBN 9781406300765
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
9239
Toro Toro
The suffering, loss and futility of war are shown through the intensity of one child's experiences of the outbreak of the Spanish civil war when grandfather, Antonito, recalls his life.
ISBN 9780007107186
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2002
Morpurgo, Michael
Image currently unavailable
9214
Blabber mouth: the play
This stage adaptation of Gleitzman's novel explores disabilities, friendship and families.
ISBN 9780868194219
Publisher Currency Press, 2004
Morris, Mary
Image currently unavailable
9215
Two weeks with the queen: the play
A script which is as funny as the book, covering the same issues of death, cancer, AIDS and love.
ISBN 9780868194011
Publisher Currency Press, 2004
Morris, Mary
Image currently unavailable
3749
Slave girl
Exchange student Jenna has managed to get an appointment at New York's coolest hair salon, but when her teacher insists she stays at the boring Metropolitan Museum she stumbles into ancient Egypt.
ISBN 9780732294984
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Moses, Alexa
Image currently unavailable
579241
Lintang and the brightest star
A prophecy has been spoken. A monster has awoken. As the conquering hold of the United Regions continues to spread, time is running out for Lintang, Captain Shafira and the crew of the Winda to find allies in their quest for peace. But when they arrive in war-torn Kaneko Brown, the local rebels are too scared to help. The Vierzans have summoned a category ten mythie that devours the star of anyone who dares stand against them. Worse, the mythie has been prophesied to mean the end of Captain Shafira. Lintang must find a way to stop the most dangerous mythie in the guidebook or she'll lose her beloved captain forever.
ISBN 9780143788331
Series Lintang series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Moss, Tamara
Image currently unavailable
5322
Lintang and the Forbidden Island
The time has come to visit the forbidden island of Allay. But first Lintang needs to find her captain, and it seems the only way to get to the Winda is to join - then escape - the Vierzan navy. Only then will Captain Shafira set sail for Allay, where the crew of the Winda must uncover what really happened to the country's missing ruler. When disaster strikes, and Lintang is separated from her captain again, she and her friends must sneak through the heart of Allay, battle terrifying new mythies and overcome Captain Shafira's enemies to return to where they belong. Lintang was left behind once. She won't let it happen again.
ISBN 9780143783459
Series Lintang series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Moss, Tamara
Image currently unavailable
35569
Lintang and the Pirate Queen
Lintang dreams of having adventures on the High Seas. When a deadly mythie attacks the same day the infamous Captain Shafira visits her island, Lintang gets her chance, defending her village with the bravery that earns her a place on the pirate queen's ship. But they've barely left the island when Lintang discovers her best friend, Bayani, has stowed away. Telling Captain Shafira means betraying her friend, but keeping Bayani's secret risks everything...including their lives.
ISBN 9780143783435
Series Lintang series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Moss, Tamara
Image currently unavailable
18435
Operation Red Jericho
It is Shanghai in 1920. While on board the Expedient, Doug and Becca stumble across an amazing secret. What unfolds is a story of two young people caught up in an astonishing adventure and a story of an ancient order created to protect the world from evil. Book 1 of The Guild trilogy.
ISBN 9781406301755
Series The Guild trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Mowll, Joshua
Image currently unavailable
66192
Operation Storm City
Becca and Doug are back at their old family home in India, where they discover research papers containing clues to the expedition route of their missing parents and the location the fabled Storm City. Soon, they are on a perilous journey to the Takla Makan desert, racing against the enemy by steam train, riverboat and airship across the Himalayas. Book 3 of The Guild Trilogy.
ISBN 9781406311327
Series The Guild trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Mowll, Joshua
Image currently unavailable
80535
Operation typhoon shore
Battered by a typhoon, the Expedient is shipwrecked on a volcanic island in the Celebes Sea. There is no radio, no rescue and no escape. Doug and Becca MacKenzie's search for their missing parents must wait. When they unearth a strange riddle, Doug and Becca wonder if it holds the key to the dark secrets of the Guild and a means to escaping the island. Book 2 of The Guild trilogy.
ISBN 9781406305463
Series The Guild trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Mowll, Joshua
Image currently unavailable
The Guild trilogy series
Any three 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 The Guild trilogy series (3 books)
Mowll, Joshua
No book cover.
687907

Star

Hash
Arctic Zoo
Georgia and Julius meet in an adolescent mental health unit and in a flashback format we gradually find out about the events that led them to both be there. This novel explores highly believable political events in London and Nigeria and explores how Georgia and Julius both ended up in way deeper than they liked. This story is focused on social media and how its impact influences us all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781471408328
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2019
Muchamore, Robert
Image currently unavailable
581516
Killer T
Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that's shifting around them. He is a lonely Brit in his first term at a Las Vegas high school. She is an unlikely friend, who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that blew up a football player. The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they'll release a vaccine.
ISBN 9781471407505
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2018
Muchamore, Robert
Image currently unavailable
693048
Robin Hood: Hacking, heists and flaming arrows
Robin is a skilled archer but when his archery gets him in trouble with the leader of the town gangsters, he heads for the Sherwood Forest to stay alive. However, unlike his classic counterpart, this twenty-first century Robin uses his computer hacking skills to steal from the rich and give to the poor.
ISBN 9781471408618
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2020
Muchamore, Robert
Image currently unavailable
21238
Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words and phrases
Written by Aunty Fay Muir, an Elder and Traditional Owner of Boon Wurrung Country. She is the senior linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages in Melbourne. This collection of definitions, words and phrases is titled Nganga, which is defined on page 84 as "a word from Boon Wurrung language, meaning to see and understand".
ISBN 9781921977015
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2018
Muir, Aunty Fay & Lawson, Sue
Image currently unavailable
75918
Trash
Three friends are living on a heap of trash, a lifetime of sifting rubbish. One day they find something extraordinary. From that moment on they are hunted without mercy. But they can't run forever. The reality of a slum society in the modern world combined with an action packed mystery.
ISBN 9780385619028
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2010
Mulligan, Andy
Image currently unavailable
65776

Star

Hash
Heroes of Tobruk
When World War II is declared in 1939, Peter and his friend, Tony, put their ages up and enlist in the Australian army. Written as diary entries, giving a gripping and informative insight into their experiences in the Middle East, particularly at Tobruk. Provides a clear picture of the challenges and horrors of war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741690774
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Mulligan, David
Image currently unavailable
9352
Basketball
Indiana Pacer, Chris Mullin, introduces this fascinating new guide to basketball. He draws on his wealth of experience in America's National Basketball Association to show beginners all aspects of the game.
ISBN 9780751328059
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2000
Mullin, Chris
Image currently unavailable
48215
Harry Houdini: death-defying showman
With seemingly impossible escapes and incredible feats of illusion, Harry Houdini lived a life so fantastic that it seems almost too amazing even for fiction. Beyond his on-stage magic, Houdini was an airplane pioneer, movie star and debunker of frauds. One of his greatest tricks was hanging by his ankles, wrapped in a straightjacket, and freeing himself in less than three minutes.
ISBN 9781402732621
Series Sterling biographies series (12 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Mullin, Rita Thievon
Image currently unavailable
49986
Thomas Jefferson: architect of freedom
One of the great thinkers of all time, Thomas Jefferson helped shape America in its early years. He was the third President of the United States and is famous for writing the Declaration of Independence. He was also a scientist, inventor, farming pioneer and educator.
ISBN 9781402733970
Series Sterling biographies series (13 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Mullin, Rita Thievon
Image currently unavailable
17360
Dig 3ft NW: the legendary journey of Burke and Wills
In 1860, Robert Burke, accompanied by William Wills and a party of explorers, was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent from south to north. A few months later, a tree bore a strange carving, Dig under 3 ft NW. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead. A compelling account of a journey that was in trouble even before it began.
ISBN 9781921351723
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2008
Murgatroyd, Sarah
Image currently unavailable
14828
Welcome to country
Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to country.
ISBN 9781922244871
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Murphy, Aunty Joy & Kennedy, Lisa (ill)
Image currently unavailable
589990

Star

Hash
Dumplin'
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. When until Will takes a job at the local fast food joint, she meets Private School Bo -- a hot former jock. Will is unsurprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant -- along with several other unlikely candidates -- to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City -- and maybe herself most of all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062327192
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Murphy, Julie
Image currently unavailable
6358
1915
When Australia supported Britain in its fight against Germany, young teacher Stan Moore was one of the first to join up, swapping the classroom for adventure in Europe. But the 11th Battalion was sent, with the newly formed Anzac Corp, to Gallipoli where Stan confronted the hard lessons of war. The conditions were dismal and death was everywhere. So, too, were times of humour and bravery.
ISBN 9781743622483
Series Australia's great war series (2 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Murphy, Sally
Image currently unavailable
15405
Becoming Billy Dare
When his mother dies, Paddy runs away from school and stows on a ship sailing to Australia. In his new land, Paddy is willing to try anything and has many jobs until he finally discovers what he really wants to do.
ISBN 9781865087351
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Murray, Kirsty
Image currently unavailable
15386

Star

Hash
Bridie's fire
Bridie starts a new life in a new country, a young, orphaned, Irish girl sadly separated from her brother. Working in the theatre on the Australian goldfields is a very hard life. Bridie finds a way to use her talents and meets her true love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781865087276
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Murray, Kirsty
Image currently unavailable
18673

Star

Hash
Prayer for Blue Delaney, A
In the fifties, Colm McCabe is sent from England to an Australian orphanage. He suffers terribly under the cruel nuns and brothers. His faith shines through as he searches for self and family. Strong language used frequently in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781865087368
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Murray, Kirsty
Image currently unavailable
7468
Tough stuff
Stories of children famous for their talent, fortunes, protests, rebellion, prayers, heroism or just for hanging on through oppression and war, such as a young Genghis Khan, a seventeen year old maths professor, the wolf girls and a chess genius.
ISBN 9781864489293
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
Murray, Kirsty
Image currently unavailable
1262
Year it all ended, The
Armistice Day, 11 November, 1918 is also Tiney's 17th birthday and heralds a change for all. The family eagerly awaits the return of their only son and brother and mourns with friends and relatives of those who will not return. Life in Adelaide during the war has not been easy for families, but for those returning life will never be the same. The following years bring the Spanish flu epidemic, broken families and the beginnings of new ones.
ISBN 9781743319413
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Murray, Kirsty
Image currently unavailable
7725

Star

Hash
Eat the sky, drink the ocean
A collection of science fiction and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty exciting writers and artists from India and Australia. Dive into these stories and see how girls cope with the dangers of worlds gone mad. Every story is a journey and each story has its own magic. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743319789
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Murray, Kirsty (ed) & Dhar, Payal (ed) & Anita Roy (ed)
Image currently unavailable
2720
India dark
In 1910, thirteen year old Poesy Swift has the opportunity to join a travelling performance troupe, she's excited about seeing the world and leaving her drab life in Melbourne. But, the trip heads to India instead of America and, as India simmers with the tension of a crumbling Empire, the troupe is gradually torn apart by ill fortune, sickness and tension. Based on the true story of the Lilliputian Opera Company.
ISBN 9781741758580
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Murray, Kristy
Image currently unavailable
4048
Slightly true story of Cedar B Hartley, The
Cedar hangs out on the edges of the neighbourhood social circuit with her dog and best friend. Things change when she meets a boy called Kite and finds they have a lot in common. Together they form a circus troupe and put on a performance.
ISBN 9781865086231
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2002
Murray, Martine
Image currently unavailable
9216

Star

Hash
Spitting chips
Spud is angry since her mother died. She is befriended by an old woman who helps her with her grief. A family drama that deals with relationships, friendship and loneliness. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780868194066
Publisher Currency Press, 1995
Murray, Peta
Image currently unavailable
19914

Star

Hash
Cooking with Hamlet and other solo dramas
A collection of fifteen monologues, written for students to be able to use in solo performances. Each monologue quickly establishes character, mood and themes relevant to students. In turn funny, confronting, surprising and touching. Some language and adult concepts. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781420212389
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Murray, Sue
Image currently unavailable
30923

Star

Hash
Mega dramas
This collection of eight plays includes information on the major elements of drama, explores different performance styles, plays with traditional tales and shines a light on contemporary Australian issues. Explores themes of friendship, racism, violence, sport, music and family relationships. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781420229394
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Murray, Sue
Image currently unavailable
4869
Instructions for a second-hand heart
Jonny has a faulty heart and his time is running out. Niamh has just lost her twin brother in a tragic accident. As their fates collide, soon Jonny is on the mend, but desperate to know more about his donor. When he tracks down Niamh, he only intends to find out about her brother, the first owner of his heart; but he doesn't plan on falling in love...A stunning, tear-jerking novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love.
ISBN 9781474906500
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2016
Murray, Tamsyn
Image currently unavailable
Completely Cassidy series
Any three 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 Completely Cassidy series (3 books)
Murray, Tamsyn & Miller, Antonia (ill)
No book cover.
6584
Completely Cassidy: Accidental genius
With an embarrassing Dad, a pregnant Mum, a loser brother and knicker-chewing dog, Cassidy feels practically invisible in her family. When she starts high school and is forced to wear her gross big brother's old blazer and old-lady lace up shoes, Cassidy wonders if life can get any worse. But, when her school has a test and she is marked as gifted and talented, Cassidy starts to have a little faith in herself. Surely the school didn't mistake her picked-at-random answers.
ISBN 9781409562719
Series Completely Cassidy series (3 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Murray, Tamsyn & Miller, Antonia (ill)
Image currently unavailable
7978
Completely Cassidy: Drama queen
Cassidy can't wait to enrol at Dance and Drama Academy summer school. She's always dreamed of discovering her hidden talent. But, with auditions looming, Cassidy is gripped by stage fright. As big brother, Liam, keeps reminding her, she does have a knack for embarrassing herself. Cassidy is terrified that her stage debut will turn out to be an all-singing, all-dancing disaster.
ISBN 9781474906999
Series Completely Cassidy series (3 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2016
Murray, Tamsyn & Miller, Antonia (ill)
Image currently unavailable
7480
Completely Cassidy: Star reporter
When Cassidy starts an online petition for a uniform change, she is thrilled to be invited to join the school magazine as a reporter. The editor is the very popular Year 10 girl. But, her plans go pear-shaped when her investigations mysteriously end up online. Cassidy must find out who is leaking her top-secret gossip.
ISBN 9781409562726
Series Completely Cassidy series (3 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Murray, Tamsyn & Miller, Antonia (ill)
Image currently unavailable
1940

Star

Hash
River charm, The
Millie lives in the bush with her mother and sister when, with the help of an old charm, she gains access to the past. There we meet Charlotte Atkinson, whose family is in danger of losing their beloved home, as well as their lives, due to marauding convicts, bushrangers and an abusive stepfather. The law is against Charlotte and her mother, but they're determined to survive. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742757124
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Murrell, Belinda
Image currently unavailable
3015
Sequin star, The
When Claire finds an old star-shaped brooch covered in sequins, it hurtles her back in time to 1932, when Australia was in the grip of the Great Depression. When she gets a job in a circus, Claire makes friends with Rosina, Jem and a boy called Kit. When Kit is kidnapped, the others must try to save him. But, Claire is wondering just who Kit and Rosina really are. One is escaping poverty and the other is escaping wealth.
ISBN 9780857982056
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Murrell, Belinda
Image currently unavailable