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Wunambi the water snake
When the children disturb old Wunambi, the giant water snake, there is big trouble ahead.
ISBN 9780855752231
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000
O'Brien, May L & Wyatt, Sue (ill)
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Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH
A group of laboratory rats come to the aid of the intrepid Mrs Frisby and her fieldmouse family.
ISBN 9780140366143
Series Rats of NIMH series (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 1995
O'Brien, Robert
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Radio boy and the revenge of Grandad
Radio Boy, Spike Hughes continues to broadcast to the world from his garden shed. When Grandad Ray comes to stay Spike invites him to join the radio show and he is an instant hit with the listeners, at first.
ISBN 9780008200596
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2018
O'Connell, Christian
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Radio Boy
When Spike gets fired from hospital radio, he decides to launch his own show from a makeshift studio in his dad's shed, under the secret identity of Radio Boy. Spike quickly becomes an underground hit. But will he handle his newfound fame well? Is calling a homework strike a good idea? Will he impress Katherine Hamilton, the girl he wants to marry? Can he keep his identity a secret? The answers to these questions are inside this book. (SPOILER ALERT: mostly the answers are 'no'.)
ISBN 9780008183325
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
O'Connell, Christian & Biddulph, Rob (ill)
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Crystal run, The
When Joe accidentally runs through a portal, he lands in a camp training teenagers to become Runners. Each cycle, three Runners are sent to place the power sources that will secure the shield that protects their land and keeps the enemy away. Once this is done, a toxin is released into their bodies and the Runners die. No one is permitted to return through the shield and nobody can remain in enemy territory. It's Joe's turn on the next Run. He is desperate to return to Earth.
ISBN 9781444927061
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2016
O'Flanagan, Sheila
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Eddie Albert and the amazing animal gang: The curse of the smuggler's treasure
Eddie and best friend Flo are spending the Easter holidays on the Romney Marshes with Aunt Budge and all his animals - Butch the dog, Bunty the hamster and pirate goldfish Dan and Jake. When the terrible Rancid Twins arrive in town, set on uncovering the secret mystery of the smugglers' treasure, Eddie and Flo are drawn into a thrilling new adventure. Eddie must use his ability to speak to animals to enlist the help of two elegant alpaca, a friendly sheep called Doris and a famous film-star rabbit to save the day and reveal a treasure of epic proportions.
ISBN 9780008446871
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2022
O'Grady, Paul
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Along the road to Gundagai
The words of this familiar song Australian song have inspired the illustrations to tell the story of young soldiers away fighting in World War I.
ISBN 9781862919792
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2014
O'Hagan, Jack & McLean, Andrew (ill)
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My friend Flicka
Ken is a daydreamer and a disappointment to his demanding father. When Ken finds Flicka, a wild filly, his growing love for the horse helps Ken to grow up and gain self-assurance.
ISBN 9780060512620
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2006
O'Hara, Mary
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Toto the ninja cat and the great snake escape
Toto is no ordinary furry feline. She is almost totally blind, she has Ninja skills and at night she has amazing adventures with her cheeky brother Silver. Recently arrived in London they meet Catface going through their bin one night, and next thing they are trying to capture a deadly king cobra in the city's underground.
ISBN 9781444939453
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2017
O'leary, Dermot
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Twins of Tintarfell, The
Life's hard when you're an orphan stuck working in a castle all day. And, it doesn't get any easier for twins Dani and Bart when they end up separated, beyond the castle walls. They meet untold dangers and an assortment of bizarre characters, including a retired witch, a cowardly prince, an evil magician and a sarcastic giant. They not only have to save each other but Tintarfell itself.
ISBN 9781743548097
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
O'Loghlin, James
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Reconciliation in sports
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
ISBN 9781420267303
Series Reconciliation in Australia seeries (6 books)
Publisher MacMillan, 2009
O'Loughlin, Michael (pres) & Thorpe, Ian (pres)
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Hounds of the Morrigan, The
Set in the west of Ireland, this story tells of the coming of the Great Queen, the Morrigan, who is bent on bringing destruction to the world. Only Pidge and Bridget can stop her and their task seems impossible as they're constantly trailed by the Queen's hounds. But, they're aided in their quest by a host of willing helpers, a glorious array of unforgettable characters from Irish legend and lore.
ISBN 9780192728722
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2009
O'Shea, Pat
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Once upon a time in the kitchen
Recipes and tales from children's classics let kids cook the food enjoyed by the world's favourite storybook characters.
ISBN 9780975102336
Publisher Citrus Press, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Odell, Carol
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Adrift in space
Gold Team Junior has made the Interstellar 3D Championships. But if no one can fix their starship, they won't be playing anytime soon.
ISBN 9781420211702
Series Out of this world series (7 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill)
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Team song
Jaff and Janna are twins on space station Nova. Janna wants sport, Jaff wants them to make music together. Now they have to work out how to both get what they want.
ISBN 9781420218664
Series Out of this world series (6 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill)
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Peace force
Shipborn, stationborn or Earthborn, does it matter? Some inhabitants think it does and they need to be taught a valuable life lesson.
ISBN 9781420211719
Series Out of this world series (8 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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All the kids on space station Nova are mad about three-D. Luke wants to join the team but doesn't know how.
ISBN 9781420218657
Series Out of this world series (5 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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Fog planet
A planet covered in fog, Earthnet agents and alien life forms. The Arkies must survive all these dangers.
ISBN 9781420211726
Series Out of this world series (2 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Monster planet
Series about kids involved in Inter-Galactic adventures with the Arkies, Spartans, Halycrusians and Space sport. Some books are in graphic novel form.
ISBN 9781420211733
Series Out of this world series (1 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Topics / Graphic novels /
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Planet of bones
Some planets seem to have no life forms, but that doesn't mean they have no danger.
ISBN 9781420218688
Series Out of this world series (4 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Planet of winds
Making friends on new planets is risky business. They may never want you to leave.
ISBN 9781420218671
Series Out of this world series (3 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Edgar & Ellen series
Any five 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 of the screen.
Series Edgar & Ellen series (6 books)
Ogden, Charles
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High wire
A bizarre circus creeps into Nod's Limbs, bringing with it strange and wonderful entertainers. The mischievous twins might join the circus when it leaves town just to avoid the wrath of Heimertz.
ISBN 9781416915003
Series Edgar & Ellen series (5 of 6)
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2006
Ogden, Charles
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Nod's limbs
Augustus Nod has launched a treasure hunt from beyond the grave. The race is on, and the twins must solve the riddles and discover Nod's lost golden limbs before the Knightleighs bury the past and the diabolical duo with it.
ISBN 9781416915010
Series Edgar & Ellen series (6 of 6)
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2007
Ogden, Charles
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Pet's revenge
Edgar and Ellen's creature, Pet, has always observed their antics with horror, staying out of their way as much as possible. But now he's getting his own back.
ISBN 9780733619274
Series Edgar & Ellen series (4 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Ogden, Charles
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Rare beasts
Dark comedy results when abandoned twins get busy with some torturous tricks. Masterminding mischief and creating chaos are the order of the day for this nasty pair. Their plans are unpleasantly humorous and spiced with suspense.
ISBN 9780733617911
Series Edgar & Ellen series (1 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Ogden, Charles
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Tourist trap
Edgar and Ellen set out to thwart the mayor's plans by sabotaging a visiting tour of VIPs with monster attacks, insect sandwiches and even a devilishly clever scheme involving the biggest piece of French toast in the universe.
ISBN 9781582461113
Series Edgar & Ellen series (2 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Ogden, Charles
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Under town
Someone is tormenting the fine people of Nod's Limbs and, for once, it's not Edgar and Ellen.
ISBN 9780689861048
Series Edgar & Ellen series (3 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Ogden, Charles
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Four eyes
Sixth grade isn't as great as Rex thought it would be. He's the only kid who hasn't had a growth spurt, and the bullies won't let him forget it. His closest friend is unreliable, at best. And there's a cute girl in his class who he can't stop thinking about. With so much going on, everything is a blur - including Rex's vision! So when he discovers that he needs glasses, and his family can only afford the ugliest pair in the store, any hope Rex had of fitting in goes completely out of focus.
ISBN 9781338574968
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2023
Ogle, Rex & Valeza, Dave (ill)
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Great plague, a London girl's diary 1665-1666, The
It is 1665 and the Great Plague is spreading. Thirteen year old Alice Paynton wants to return to London, to the happy life she had there, raised by her father and her Aunt Nell in the time of King Charles II. Her girlhood days turn to fear and horror as the sickness strikes, and Alice's account includes the story of the bubonic plague and the Great Fire of London in 1666.
ISBN 9781407104782
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Oldfield, Pamela
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Workhouse, a Victorian girl's diary 1871
It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to the workhouse for the poor. There, she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Edith soon finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again.
ISBN 9781407104805
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Oldfield, Pamela
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When their cliff top habitat is destroyed by fire, a pair of peregrine falcons must find a new one. They end up in the city but they wonder if they will be able to make it to their home.
ISBN 9781862916692
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2006
Oliver, Narelle
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Sand swimmers: the secret life of Australia's dead heart
A picture book that follows Charles Sturt's journey north from Adelaide in 1844 and describes the desert environment he encountered.
ISBN 9780850917680
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Oliver, Narelle
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Odd science: Amazing inventions
Would you want your life saved by a slug? or sneakers made from spiders webs? Discover what amazing things creative scientists are investigating in the world around us. Prepare to consider what you know of the world, how could you use your knowledge to make the next cool invention?
ISBN 9781843653738
Publisher Pavilion, 2018
Topics / STEM / Year 6 easy reads /
Olstein, James
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Our world: Bardi Jaawi life at Ardiyooloon
This book provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the children of a remote Indigenous community, 200km north of Broome, Western Australia. They carry on the culture of the Bardi Jaawi people as they build fish traps, make spears and boomerangs, hunt crabs, turtles and dugong, learn traditional dances and share traditional stories.
ISBN 9781921248238
Publisher Magabala Books, 2010
One Arm Point Remote Community School
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Black Baron
Black Baron was the best racing cockroach ever, in fact he was unbeaten. He lived a secret life of privilege and fame hidden under Jake's bed, until the day that Jake's mum discovered him. Black Baron must survive the exterminators if he is to live to race again.
ISBN 9781921150586
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Opie, Robyn
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The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school, even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom so much more than they can say. Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. Then one night the ink of his drawings runs together - and leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything. Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple of chapters of his math book - not good! - and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school - also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with Ethan's story, which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too. For Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all wanted.
ISBN 9781406380583
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Oppel, Kenneth
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When Georgia and her brother, Ned, are sent for a holiday on their relatives' farm, they are not happy. Ned makes friends with his cousin so Georgia explores the farm on her own, discovering an old homestead which she thinks will make a cool hideout. But, Georgia is not alone and is befriended by a mysterious girl, Lily, who is not what she seems. The children soon discover they are playing with fire.
ISBN 9781921150821
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Orman, Lorraine
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Dragonfly song
The firstborn baby daughter of a priestess is cast out and, after raiders kill her adopted family, she is abandoned, anonymous and mute. Called No-Name, the cursed child, she is raised a slave. At twelve, she learns that her real name is Aissa, the dragonfly. Every year, the Bull King takes two young children to brave the bloody bull dances in his royal court. None has ever returned. But, for Aissa, it is the only escape. She is resilient, resourceful and fast but, to survive the bull ring, Aissa will have to learn the mystery of her true nature.
ISBN 9781760290023
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Orr, Wendy
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Raven's mountain
Raven's mother remarries and her new stepfather decides to take Raven and her older sister camping. They go to the mountain of his childhood and Raven is the first to climb to the peak. It's here that things go terribly wrong. The rock under Raven's feet cracks and she falls, crashing down over the edge of the cliff. When she finally comes to, no one answers Raven's calls.
ISBN 9781742374659
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Orr, Wendy
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Spook's shack
Deep in the bush, Finn discovers an old, deserted shack. When a dog growls and a gravely voice snarls, Finn's hair stands up like bristles on a brush. But, there are greater dangers for this beautiful, bushland environment.
ISBN 9781865086453
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Orr, Wendy & Millard, Kerry (ill)
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Sometimes it takes a little courage to discover magic. Eleven-year-old Lina has never seen the world beyond the prison camp until the night she escapes with her best friend, Bogdan. As the pair journey across a snowy Russian wilderness, they are pursued by a vengeful sorceress and her pack of shadow wolves. The children will need a lot of bravery and a little sorcery of their own if they are to survive.
ISBN 9781406385182
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Orton, Katharine
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Mountain biking: extreme sports
One of a series of books about extreme sports. With action photographs, diagrams and a glossary of terms, this book tells you about the history, the clothing and equipment, and basic techniques of mountain biking.
ISBN 9781844430901
Publisher Raintree, 2003
Osborne, Ian
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Bruno the boisterous blue dog from the bush
Barefoot Bob and Bruno live together in a broken down barracks surrounded by the beautiful Aussie bush. Although they don't have much in the bank, they are the best of buddies and life is bonzer. Then one day Bob hits the bonanza and everything changes. Without a backward glance, Bob and Bruno move to the big smoke. But is this fancy new life better than the one they had in the bush? An alliterative, humorous tale which celebrates mateship and introduces young readers to the quintessential language of the Australian bush.
ISBN 9781925675504
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2018
Osborne, Robyn & Phillips, John (ill)
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Astronauts: Women on the final frontier
The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA's first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA's first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman's place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.
ISBN 9781250760036
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2020
Topics / STEM / Graphic novels /
Ottaviani, Jim & Wicks, Maris (ill)
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Beach sports car
When Annie's dad promises her a beach sports car, she imagines a bright red hotrod with racing car stripes. But, it will take a lot of work to turn Dad's battered old bomb into the car of Annie's dreams. Then again, hard work can sometimes make the rewards seem so much sweeter.
ISBN 9781921696060
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Oxenham, Darlene & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Plenty of fascinating details with colour and black-and-white photographs cover the ancient games, the rebirth of the Olympics at the end of the 19th century and a brief history of the winter and summer games. Also included are the Paralympics, featuring disabled athletes in a variety of sports, and past Olympic stars.
ISBN 9780756610838
Series Eyewitness series (36 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2005
Oxlade, Chris
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