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Dinosaur record breakers
Want to know what the biggest dinosaur is far discovered was? What about the smallest? The most colourful? Most feathery? All that and more is revealed in this book, as well as some amazing facts about the dinosaur's contemporaries - the pterosaurs and marine reptiles. Travel back in time and imagine what life was like in the Mesozoic Era.
ISBN 9781742832586
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Naish, Darren
No book cover.
Girl who brought mischief, The
Ten year old Inge Maria comes to live on a tiny island in Denmark with her grandmother. She is strict and the villagers too think that girls should not run wild or speak too much. Inge tries to fit in but her fun loving mischief and mishaps start to change the way the villagers feel.
ISBN 9780733332005
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Nannestad, Katrina
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Olive of Groves and the great slurp of time
Olive is gobsmacked. Basil Heffenhuffenheimer has just hiked out of the Black Forest in 1857 and into Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers. When he offers to take Olive into the past, she cannot resist a time-travelling adventure. But, when Olive and her friends return to the present with a hungry dinosaur, an Elizabethan pirate and a scissor-happy servant boy, strange and disturbing things start to happen at Groves.
ISBN 9780733333705
Series Olive of Groves series (3 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2016
Nannestad, Katrina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Olive of Groves and the right royal romp
The Queen is coming to tea at Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers. Nothing could possibly spoil this right royal moment. Except for the return of scheming villain, Pig McKenzie, and the arrival of a strange, harsh woman. And, if the Queen's visit doesn't run smoothly, the Inspector has promised to close the school forever. As nothing ever runs smoothly at Groves, someone needs to take control. Someone who is clever and brave, with big, practical ideas and an even bigger heart.
ISBN 9780733333712
Series Olive of Groves series (3 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2016
Nannestad, Katrina & Masciullio, Lucia (ill)
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Olive of Groves
Olive is excited to be going to boarding school but Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers is not what she expected. The headmistress is completely mad and Pig McKenzie, school bully and nasty swine, is determined to make Olive's life unbearable. But, Olive is clever and kind, and soon gains the loyalty of three rats, a short-sighted moose, a compulsive liar and a goose who faints at the sight of cherries. But, friendship and wits might not be enough against Pig's wicked plan.
ISBN 9780733333682
Series Olive of Groves series (3 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2015
Nannestad, Katrina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Great undersea search, The
Through these challenging puzzles, find out about the many weird and wonderful creatures living in the sea. Each double page spread is crammed full of interesting facts and things for you to find.
ISBN 9780746070550
Series Usborne great searches series (6 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Needham, Kate & Jackson, Ian (ill)
No book cover.
Welcome to the virtual museum. The galleries, which are based on the geographical location of the archaeological finds, include Africa, America, Asia, Europe, The Middle East and Oceania. See objects of beauty, objects of functionality, objects of war, objects of life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilisations have left behind over thousands of years of human history.
ISBN 9781783701889
Series Welcome to the Museum (4 books)
Publisher Templar Publishing, 2015
Nelson, Jo & Wilkinson, Richard (ill)
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Nelson Mandela
The text shows the path taken by Nelson Mandela, raised in a small community, to defence lawyer, to public protester, through jail and how he became a great political leader. It traces the change in South Africa from apartheid to free state.
ISBN 9780062246363
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Nelson, Kadir
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Five children and it
When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead, an ancient Sand-fairy. Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But, the children don't realise all the trouble that wishes can cause.
ISBN 9780140367355
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1996
Nesbit, Edith
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Railway children, The
A middle class family, living in London at the end of the eighteenth century, falls on hard times when their father unexpectedly goes away. They move to a simple cottage in the country where they befriend the local railway porter who goes by the name of Perks. The children have exciting adventures around the railway but the mystery about their father remains.
ISBN 9780141321608
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Nesbit, Edith
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Polly's march
The new occupants in the apartment upstairs turn out to be two women friends who are heavily involved in the suffragette movement. Polly is inspired by their beliefs and finds herself questioning the views of those around her.
ISBN 9780746060315
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Newbery, Linda
No book cover.
Illustrated book of ballet stories, The
Discover all the magic, excitement and beauty of famous ballets. See how ballet dancers perform, what their costumes convey and interesting snippets about each ballet.
ISBN 9781405359009
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Newman, Barbara & Tomblin, Gill (ill)
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Amazing animals of Australia's national parks
The animals of Australia are amazing. Find out what some of them look like and where you might see them. Whether you're on a trip to a national park or relaxing in a comfortable spot, you'll love dipping into this book. It includes 55 national parks and reserves and is full of up-to-date fascinating facts for more than 120 animal species, large and small.
ISBN 9780642278883
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2017
Newton, Gina. M.
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Punjabi pappadum, The
The legendary, mouthwatering Punjabi Pappadum is doing it tough against the flashy new Burger Barn. There's something sinister going on and it's down to best mates Veejay, Dexter and Travis to get to the bottom of it.
ISBN 9780702233630
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2003
Newton, Robert
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Three way street
A realistic novel told by twelve year old Aggie who lives in Melbourne with her mother, siblings and new dog, Bruce.
ISBN 9780140317763
Publisher Penguin, 1984
Nicholls, Bron
No book cover.
Art, history, place
A recognised art expert looks at the astonishing diversity of visual work done by Indigenous Australians today, while exploring the traditions and influences that shaped their work. Although much Indigenous art is part of an artistic movement over forty thousand years old, Indigenous artists also have a remarkable capacity to use new media, styles and subject matter in their work.
ISBN 9781876288433
Publisher Working Title Press, 2003
Nicholls, Christine
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Animal architects
An illustrated, factual book about shells, nests, mounds, bowers, galleries, dens and lodges. These are homes that animals around the world build to shelter themselves and their young.
ISBN 9781865089553
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Nicholson, John
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Cedar, seals and whaling ships
Explores the developing technology and economy of Australia at the hands of the new white settlers: whaling, sealing, farming, timber-felling, ship-building, exploring and transporting goods by land and sea.
ISBN 9781741750034
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Nicholson, John
No book cover.
Home among the gum trees: the story of Australian houses, A
The complete history of Australian homes from pre-European settlement to modern day dwellings.
ISBN 9781864480955
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Nicholson, John
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Songlines and stone axes
Magical pearl-shell pendants, greenstone axe-heads, belts made of human hair, outriggers for canoes, songs and dances, body paint, feathers, extra strong glue, cloaks made of 80 possum skins sewn with kangaroo sinew were traded around Australia before white settlement. All this happened without money until the Macassans and then the Europeans arrived.
ISBN 9781741750027
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
NIcholson, John
No book cover.
Steam, steel and speed
Find out how steam power changed Australia. You can read about paddle steamers trading up and down the nation's waterways, steam-powered factories churning out everything from biscuits to iron ships, new railways slashing travel times and all kinds of new jobs for fettlers and firemen, puddlers and pumpers, barge-masters and billy-boys.
ISBN 9781741750461
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Nicholson, John
No book cover.
Amazing bike ride, The
This is the real life account of the seemingly impossible ride from Tamworth to Port Macquarie which Lorin undertook as a sixteen year old school student. With his father as backup, Lorin rode his trusty, old mountain bike 275km across the Great Dividing Range in just three days and with less than ten per cent vision.
ISBN 9781921633126
Publisher Wombat Books, 2010
Nicholson, Lori & Emerson, David
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Apprentice witch, The
Arianwyn fails her witch's assessment. To the delight of her arch-rival, Gimma, Arianwyn is awarded the dull bronze disc of an apprentice and, in disgrace, sent to protect the remote, dreary town of Lull. But, Arianwyn's new life is far from boring. Dark spirits and strange creatures creep out of the wood. And just as Arianwynn starts to get her feet under her, shadows start to creep into her own magic.
ISBN 9781910655153
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Nicol, James
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Dr Boogaloo and the girl who lost her laughter
Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind...Music! Blue was no ordinary girl. For starters, her name was Blue. But what was truly extraordinary about Blue was the fact that she hadn't laughed for 712 days. Not a hee hee, a ho ho or even a tiny tee hee. According to Dr Boogaloo, music can cure anything. But no laughter was definitely a case for alarm. Can Dr Boogaloo compose a cure before Blue loses her laughter forever?
ISBN 9780143782599
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Nicol, Lisa
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Art fraud detective
The security guard at the Town Hall Gallery has a big problem. Some of the priceless masterpieces have been stolen and replaced with cunning forgeries. The guard needs your sharp eyes and patience to identify the fake paintings.
ISBN 9780753411957
Publisher Kingfisher, 2000
Nilsen, Anna
No book cover.

Henry and the guardians of the lost
The yellow letter arrived on a Saturday, otherwise Henry would have been at school. The envelope was such a bright, sunny colour, no one would have believed that it contained a bombshell. Less than 10 minutes after the arrival of the mysterious letter, Henry is on the run with his Auntie Pearl, possibly never to return home. Henry has a secret. He is twelve, but he hasn't aged a day since the moment he was thrust a hundred years into the future. Now his secret has put him in danger. His only hope is the protection of the Guardians of the Lost.
ISBN 9781405280877
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2016
Nimmo, Jenny
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Anya and her older sister Morven are the Princesses of Trallonia. But life is not easy for the royal sisters, especially since their evil step-step-father Duke Rikard has arrived with plans of ruling the kingdom for himself. Worse still, he is a clever and powerful sorcerer whose latest spell has turned Morven's boyfriend Denholm into a frog! While Morven doesn't seem to even care about losing her friend, it's now up to Princess Anya, Ardent the talking royal dog and a magically transformed newt to save both Denholm and the Kingdom from the ambitions of the wicked Duke Rikard. Steeped in fairy tale lore, this book is a celebration of fantasy writing.
ISBN 9781760293512
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Nix, Garth
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One beastly beast
A collection of four fantastic stories in which rude video pirates kidnap an unfortunate boy, a feisty princess takes on a monster, a foundling is sure his lost parents should be scientific types like him and not the monsters and pirates who keep turning up to claim him, and a rather interesting sea serpent and an enchanted penguin get together.
ISBN 9781741754681
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Nix, Garth
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Monster, The
The ancient instruments in the antique shop begin registering evil activity, and Grandma X knows more than she's willing to reveal. Meanwhile, their companion cats must fight a bloodthirsty battle of their own.
ISBN 9781742373997
Series Trouble twisters series (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Nix, Garth & Williams, Sean
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Mystery of the golden card, The
Can twins Jack and Jaide find the mysterious Golden Card of Translocation and make it out of the castle alive, fighting animal agents of The Evil.
ISBN 9781742374000
Series Trouble twisters series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Nix, Garth & Williams, Sean
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Trouble twisters
After their home explodes around them, twins Jack and Jaide are sent to stay with a grandmother they have never met. Grandma X and her cats are a little strange, but the swarms of cockroaches and a miniature tornado in their bedroom makes this town dangerous.
ISBN 9781742373980
Series Trouble twisters series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Nix, Garth & Williams, Sean
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Trouble twisters series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Trouble twisters series (3 books)
Nix, Garth & Williams, Sean
No book cover.
Spirit animals: Blood ties
In Erdas, the spirit animal bond bridges the human and animal worlds. Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan have this special gift and the grave responsibility that comes with it. But, the Conquerors are trying to destroy this balance by swallowing whole cities, in their rush for power. Meilin has set off into enemy territory with her spirit animal, a panda named Jhi. Her friends aren't far behind but the enemy is everywhere.
ISBN 9781743620007
Series Spirit Animals series (8 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Nix, Garth & Williams, Sean (ill)
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Father Sky and Mother Earth
An illustrated book depicting environmental concerns by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, a poet and an activist for Aboriginal rights.
ISBN 9780701630348
Publisher Jacaranda, 1992
Noonuccal, Oodgeroo (Walker, Kath)
No book cover.
Meet the prehistoric masters of the earth and discover how ancient fossils and footprints reveal their awesome world. See a dinosaur's skin and examine evidence that proves some species were cannibals.
ISBN 9781405321549
Series Eyewitness series (36 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2007
Norman, David
No book cover.
Dream of seas, A
Set in Bondi, a boy moves from the country to the city following the death of his father.
ISBN 9780091830212
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1995
Norman, Lilith
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Great Barrier Reef book: solar powered, The
The Great Barrier Reef is so huge it can be seen from space and the whole thing runs on solar power. The wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the need to protect it are revealed through beautiful photographs, interesting information and a glossary of terms.
ISBN 9781742030319
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Norman, Mark
No book cover.
Octopus's garden: the secret world under the sea, The
For us air-breathing land dwellers, life under the water is curious and amazing. The deeper you go, the more extraordinary life becomes. An amazing variety of octopuses and squids are revealed through beautiful photographs, detailed information and a glossary of terms.
ISBN 9781742030210
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2008
Norman, Mark
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Penguin book: birds in suits, The
Some are shy, some are curious and some are grumpy enough to give you a slap as you walk by. But, all penguins are amazing. Includes seventeen different species of penguin, with fact boxes and descriptions of penguin physiology and habitats.
ISBN 9781921167300
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Norman, Mark
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Shark book: fish with attitude, The
Sharks have been around since before the dinosaurs and there are more than 370 types of sharks in the world. Some are ferocious and others are just plain shy. Beautiful photographs and detailed information reveal the majesty of the shark and why many varieties are protected.
ISBN 9781742030128
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2008
Norman, Mark
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Into the deep: life through the depths of the ocean
From the surface to the deepest depth, meet the amazing, bizarre and, sometimes, creepy creatures that live in the ocean.
ISBN 9781742031514
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Norman, Mark & Paul, David
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Antarctica book: living in the freezer, The
Antarctica is at the bottom of our planet and the coldest place on earth. Find out about the animals that live there and how these clever creatures survive. Includes detailed information, beautiful colour photos and a scale to measure each animal against humans.
ISBN 9781921167867
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Norman, Mark Dr
No book cover.
Crocodile Jack
Jack is surprised but delighted when his big brother, Tom, invites him to go fishing. Of course, there's a catch. Jack is just the right size to fit through the shed window to borrow Dad's favourite fishing lure. There's also another job for Jack, he's to be the lookout to spot crocodile bubbles while Tom and his mate fish for barramundi.
ISBN 9780143305958
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Norrington, Leonie & Denton, Terry (ill)
No book cover.
Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans
Meet Julius Zebra. We all know zebras are handsome, eat lots of grass and are always getting eaten by lions. Let's face it, they can be a bit boring and stupid, too. But, a tussle with a grumpy gladiator can change a zebra. So, cheer on our stripey hero, Julius, as he scraps for survival in history's deadliest theatre, the Colosseum. Just don't call him a horse or Debra.
ISBN 9781406354928
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Northfield, Gary
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Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons
From a smelly watering hole, deep in the heart of the Serengeti, to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be gladiators. Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom.
ISBN 9781406365870
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
Northfield, Gary
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Cara lives in the shadow of the Wall, a wall which protects its citizens from the outside world. By following the government's rules, Cara and her sister are safe, even when their parents are away doing important work for the government. When Cara befriends Leon and Ava, she begins to question what she has always known. Ava doesn't seem to think the rules are all that important. Perhaps that is why she disappears.
ISBN 9781742990286
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2014
Norton, Catherine
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Borrowers afield, The
Having lost their home, the family must start a new life in a lost boot. Arrietty finds the outdoors exhilarating, while Homily finds it dangerous and dirty. They believe there must be other 'Borrowers' or little people out there but they don't know where.
ISBN 9780152101664
Series Borrowers series (2 of 5)
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 1955
Norton, Mary
No book cover.
Borrowers afloat, The
Pod, Homily and Arrietty must leave the safety of their new house and venture out into the great, big world. On the way to Little Fordham, a miniature model town, they discover the world is a dangerous place for someone as small as a Borrower.
ISBN 9780152047337
Series Borrowers series (3 of 5)
Publisher Odyssey Books, 2003
Norton, Mary
No book cover.
Borrowers aloft, The
The Clocks are starting their new life in Little Fordham. Unknown to them, the greedy Mr. Platter has built a rival model village. He kidnaps them for his own model. These little people must escape or remain the prisoners of huge human 'beans'.
ISBN 9780152105334
Series Borrowers series (4 of 5)
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2001
Norton, Mary
No book cover.
Borrowers avenged, The
The Clocks have escaped and moved from the lovely miniature village to the rectory at Little Fordham, finally reunited with relatives who are also 'Borrowers'. The terrible Platters return, as desperate as ever to capture Arietty and her family.
ISBN 9780152105303
Series Borrowers series (5 of 5)
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 1982
Norton, Mary
No book cover.
Borrowers series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Borrowers series (5 books)
Norton, Mary
No book cover.
Borrowers, The
The Borrowers are human-like but only a few centimetres tall. They live under the floorboards, borrowing what they need from the 'human beans' above and sometimes placing themselves in great danger doing so.
ISBN 9780140364514
Series Borrowers series (1 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 1993
Norton, Mary
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