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

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ID Title Author  
9345
Jumpman rule 1: don't touch anything
The hilarious adventures of Theodore, a time jumper from the year fifteen billion and seventy three. He has hair that changes colour and a coat that talks to him, informing him of important details like the weather and what he should be eating.
ISBN 9781740517898
Series Jumpman series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Valentine, James
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14496
Jumpman rule 2: don't even think about it
Jules and Gen are saying goodnight after their first date when they are rudely interrupted by Franklin who is time jumping into their lives and insisting they come with him to the year 15000000000073. Gen and Jules must help him save the world.
ISBN 9780759320901
Series Jumpman series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Valentine, James
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15167
Jumpman rule 3: see rule one
Jules and Gen find their life turned upside down as they are yet again caught up in time jumping mysteries. They want to know why Quincy Carter I is trying to change history and stop them living normal lives.
ISBN 9781740519014
Series Jumpman series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Valentine, James
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Jumpman 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 Jumpman series (3 books)
Valentine, James
No book cover.
16860

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Stuff happens: Luke
Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff, at school, at home, with sport and with mates. For Luke, it happened on public speaking day.
ISBN 9781760141592
Series Stuff happens series (12 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Valentine, James & Beck, Adrian (ill)
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1810

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Ant colony, The
A strange assortment of misfits and losers live at number 33. Runaway Sam has disappeared there, Bohemia's mum is between boyfriends again and Old Isabel acts like she owns the place. The owner, Sleezy Steve, is always trying to squeeze in one more tenant. Maybe their concern for Bohemia, the most caring of them all, can teach these people to care. Strong language used in context and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780007283590
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Valentine, Jenny
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9248

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Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The
Fantasy black and white illustrations provide inspiration for readers to create stories of their own.
ISBN 9780395827840
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 1996
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Van Allsburg, Chris
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4935

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Probuditi
Calvin and his friends hypnotise Calvin's little sister, Trudy, and make her do lots of silly things. It is only at the last moment, before Mum comes home, that she snaps out of her hypnotic state.
ISBN 9781842707005
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2008
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Van Allsburg, Chris
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18701

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Widow's broom, The
A witch's broom is left at a widow's house and it gradually takes over all the tasks. The people in the local village decide the broom is evil and needs to be destroyed. In response, the widow and the broom fight back.
ISBN 9780395640517
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 1992
Van Allsburg, Chris
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4946
Horror handbook, The
A humorous guide to the world of vampires, witches and monsters. What happens to a vampire when he dies? How does somebody become a werewolf? How can you protect yourself from witches? All of these questions and more are answered in this book, which will finally give you all the information you ever wanted to know about ghosts, zombies, monsters and all kinds of creepy-crawly creatures. Full of tips, anecdotes and trivia, and delightfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Paul van Loon's book is a fun and fascinating reference book for all fans of scary stories and things that go bump in the night.
ISBN 9781846884177
Publisher Alma Books Ltd, 2016
van Loon, Paul & Scheffler, Axel (ill)
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6132

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Secret of the lonely isles, The
Jem's world has been turned upside down by a family crisis, and then it gets worse. Along comes Ella, Jem's great-aunt, who's also a solo round-the-world sailor. She decides that what Jem, his sister, Maddy, and brother, Tyler, need is a sea change. Seasickness isn't the only thing that Jem adds to his list of woes. He keeps having strange and troubling dreams, and someone is stalking them.
ISBN 9781741662528
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Van Os, Joanne
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50793

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With a sword in my hand
Marguerite's father is desperate for a son. Instead, he's stuck with a feisty, stubborn daughter who refuses to behave like a lady. Shaking off the strict expectations of court life, Marguerite roams free, learning to ride, to fence and to outwit the boys. But, the count of Flanders has plans for his wayward daughter. Some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741758658
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
van Rijckeghem, Jean-Claude & van Beirs, Pat
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Mysteries
Unlock some of the strangest mysteries in the world including the Egyptian pyramids, the lost city of Atlantis, aliens and lost treasure. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865047713
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Van Til, Meaghan
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12455
Erika's story
A beautiful, haunting picture book portraying the true story of a survivor of the holocaust. In 1944, Erika is thrown by her mother from a cattle train on the way to a concentration camp. She is found by a German woman who risks her life to raise Erika.
ISBN 9781568461762
Publisher Creative Editions, 2003
Vander Zee, Ruth & Innocenti, Roberto (ill)
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69236
Moon over Manifest
It's the Great Depression, and Abilene and her dad have moved around a lot, just trying to survive. Abilene is sent to stay in Manifest, a small town in Kansas, where her dad lived as a boy. When Abilene discovers a box of mementos under the floorboards, she begins to solve many mysteries about her Dad's past and the town of Manifest, and to come to terms with her own personal questions.
ISBN 9780385738835
Publisher Delacorte Press, 2010
Vanderpool, Clare
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Famous five 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 Famous five series (23 books)
Various
No book cover.
8576

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For keeps: Treasury of stories, poems and plays, A
A treasury of stories, poems and plays celebrating one hundred years of The School Magazine. Discover some of the finest writing and illustration from the pages of the longest running children's magazine in the world. Meet larrikins and chatterboxes, brave hearts and lost souls, best mates and wise elders. Encounter ghosts and fairies, monsters and aliens, a cranky parrot and a talking carrot.
ISBN 9780731387465
Publisher NSW Department of Education, 2016
Various
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6541

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Hush treasure book, The
A joyous compilation of short stories, poems and artwork by 30 renowned Australian authors & illustrators. A CD of music is included.
ISBN 9781760112790
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Various
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18156

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Laugh your head off again
Nine short and funny stories by some of Australia's award-winning writers of humour. Read about a mischief-making monkey, the perfect pie, a trouble-attracting Great Dane, an unlikely corn chip, a displaced King and lots of other funny things.
ISBN 9781743549872
Series Laugh your head off NEW SERIES 2019 (4 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
Various
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Laugh your head off NEW SERIES 2019
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 Laugh your head off NEW SERIES 2019 (4 books)
Various
No book cover.
Stuff happens 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 Stuff happens series (12 books)
Various
No book cover.
110934

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Top stories 1
Sixteen short and very varied stories from modern fairy tales, comic essays and complex tales using poetic language. Mature themes and fantastic endings make for some great reads. Strong language used in context might offend some readers. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781740818384
Publisher Harcourt Education Australia, 2007
Various
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X-zone series
Non-fiction titles on a variety of topics of interest to boys in particular. Around 30 pages each, with colourful visual prompts will attract reluctant readers.
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Various
No book cover.
15028

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Poems by young Australians
A wonderful, creative collection of works by young Australian poets, aged from eight to eighteen years to inspire would-be poets and readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780759320369
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Various & Greive, Bradley Trevor (ed)
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47251

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Laugh your head off and again and again
9 authors, 9 stories, to make you laugh your head off again and again! A scary shower + three twisty little pigs + a choose your own adventure + a Halloween chicken + a demonic clown + an unexpected gift + terrible twins + a famous dancing dog + a running race like no other = one hilarious book.
ISBN 9781760553197
Series Laugh your head off NEW SERIES 2019 (4 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2017
Various & Innocent, Andrea (ill)
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4873

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Laugh your head off: Funny stories for all kinds of kids
Nine short and funny stories by some of Australia's award-winning writers of humour. Some stories have a funny twist at the end, others are based around hilarious situations. But, all are very amusing and very enjoyable.
ISBN 9781743537879
Series Laugh your head off NEW SERIES 2019 (4 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2015
Various & Innocent, Andrea (ill)
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18378
To the top: story of Everest, The
Contains historical and informative stories of various expeditions to Mount Everest. Many colour prints are incorporated into this rewarding and fascinating book.
ISBN 9781844287253
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Venables, Stephen
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48010
Keep your hair on
Drawn from the author's life experiences, this is the story of sixteen year old Vess who is returning to school after her cancer treatment. She is trying to stay positive under very difficult circumstances.
ISBN 9781876372187
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2003
Vercoe, Elizabeth
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20,000 leagues under the sea
The classic tale of an expedition to destroy a terrifying sea monster that becomes an undersea mission. It involves a visit to the sunken city of Atlantis in a giant submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo.
ISBN 9780590451796
Publisher Scholastic US, 1990
Verne, Jules
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673
Around the world in 80 days
One evening, while relaxing at his gentleman's club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets that he can travel the entire globe in 80 days. The unflappable Englishman is determined not to lose this extraordinary wager as he sets off for Dover with his not so cool-headed, French manservant, Passepartout.
ISBN 9780141035871
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Verne, Jules
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8000
Journey to the centre of the earth
An ancient book is opened by the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his life, and that of his nephew, Axel, is changed for ever. An old piece of paper has tumbled from the book, a priceless parchment that will lead them on a terrifying journey to find what lies at the centre of the Earth.
ISBN 9780141321042
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Verne, Jules
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85

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Children's house of Belsen, The
A true account of the author's time spent as a prisoner in Belsen concentration camp, 1943-1945. The fear and uncertainty of the time are depicted simply, focusing on the positives not just the horrors associated with this period and place. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781863682527
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2001
Verolme, Hetty
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27638
Grief girl: my true story
Erin Vincent's parents are killed in a terriblecar crash when she is just fourteen. The book recollects how Erin, her seventeen year old sister and three year old brother are left to cope on their own. A really powerful book that gives an honest account of being a teenager, and dealing with usual teenage concerns and real emotions in the aftermath of losing both parents.
ISBN 9780330422987
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Vincent, Erin
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Hooey Higgins and the big boat race
Hooey and his friends, Twig and Will, think they have built a boat that will win the home-made boat race. If they win, they plan to hold a pirate party for Twig. However, another team of boys also wants to win the race and they are willing to play dirty to take out the prize.
ISBN 9781406322408
Series Hooey Higgins series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Voake, Steve & Dodson, Emma (ill)
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Hooey Higgins and the shark
Welcome to Shrimpton-on-Sea where the folks are a bit unusual and you can meet Hooey, Twig, Will and Dingbat the dog. They are naughty, slightly scruffy boys who'll do anything to make some money. It all starts with the giant chocolate egg, then there's catching the shark in the bed and then Twig dresses up as a sea urchin and gets chased by Basbo, the bully.
ISBN 9781406322347
Series Hooey Higgins series (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Voake, Steve & Dodson, Emma (ill)
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Hooey Higgins and the tremendous trousers
The world is a dangerous place and Hooey, Will and Twig are working on their genius health and safety invention, the all-new super TremTroo. These are super protective trousers to keep them safe from crocodiles, flying toffee-apples and log-flume malfunctions.
ISBN 9781406322361
Series Hooey Higgins series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Voake, Steve & Dodson, Emma (ill)
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Hooey Higgins 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 Hooey Higgins series (3 books)
Voake, Steve & Dodson, Emma (ill)
No book cover.
5857

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Famous five versus the black mask
Another famous five adventure written by Claude Voilier after Enid Blyton ceased to write Famous Five adventures, translated from the French into English. The five are back on holidays and involved in yet another mystery aboard a Mediterranean cruise liner.
ISBN 9780340278642
Series Famous five series (7 of 23)
Publisher Gullane Children's Books Ltd, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Voilier, Claude
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280

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No-name bird: a story of East Timor
A parallel is drawn between Jose and the other people of East Timor during the invasion by Indonesia, and the spirit of Uncle Adolfo's fighting bird. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140283174
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Vondra, Josef
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35589

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Paper cranes don't fly
Suffering from an incurable disease, Adam Auttenberg sees the hospital as his second home. With some long-term special friends and an exciting new friendship he faces the toughest challenge. Peter Vu uses his own experiences to create an emotive text as a page turner. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925272765
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2017
Vu, Peter
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