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Alexander Altmann A10567
Alexander is a Jewish boy during World War II and is being held in a camp. To survive, he toughens up and vows to make friends with nobody. He is given the job of caring for the soldiers' horses, where he is ordered to break in the commander's new horse, who is scared and damaged. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781922179999
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Zail, Suzy
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Alice's food A-Z
Dip in and taste, in this edible adventure. Packed to the brim with funny food facts and clever cooking tips, as well as kid-friendly recipes, this book is ideal for the fact-hungry, the food-obsessed or those who just like to mess about in the kitchen.
ISBN 9781922179388
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Zaslavsky, Alice
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Killed in an accident, 15 year old Liz is sent to Elsewhere. She struggles to understand what has happened and how family and friends continue without her. But, in Elsewhere, Liz meets the grandmother she never knew, makes friends and falls in love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780374320911
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Zevin, Gabrielle
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Callback, The
After a successful first competition, twelve-year-old Harper is eager to impress in Dance Starz. But not everyone is impressed with the new girl. Thanks to a chance conversation, Harper lands a part in the school musical to help polish her stage presence and make new friends but not all of the Dance Starz team are thrilled with her new distraction so close to their next big competition - especially since they are going up against their archrivals, The Belles. Can Harper figure out how to shine and find her balance, onstage and off?
ISBN 9781460753781
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Ziegler, Maddie
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Competition, The
Harper and her fellow DanceStarz are bound for New York to compete in Nationals. This is what they have worked so hard for. Between preparing for the biggest opportunity of her life, competing against fierce rivals, and balancing new friendships with old, this trip may not be all that Harper has wished for.
ISBN 9781460753798
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2019
Ziegler, Maddie
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Song of the curlew
Luke Miggs wants more than small town life: the grind of chores on the family farm, playing lacklustre footy, beers with mates. Like maybe doing something about his crush on Amanda Hunt, a barmaid at the local pub who's smart, funny and ambitious. Or maybe playing footy in the big league. At eighteen it can't be too late, can it? There's his place in the Curlews, at least, although the team's little more than a bunch of battlers who play for the beers afterwards. If only they could take their footy seriously, like the reigning champions, the Little Reach Scorpions, who have dominated the competition for ten years. By the looks of this season, nothing is going to change. But when Adam Pride emerges from the night and tells the Curlews he wants to play for them, everything begins to change. A story of friendship, family, and coming of age, and how the choices of our past can come back to shape our future.
ISBN 9780648478935
Publisher Busybird Publishing, 2017
Zigomanis, Lazaros
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Black enough: stories of being young and black in America
Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renee Watson. Black is... three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds. Black is... Nic Stone's high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of. Black is... two girls kissing in Justina Ireland's story set in Maryland. Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more -- because there are countless ways to be Black enough. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062698735
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2020
Zoboi, Ibi (ed)
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One would think the deep
Sam has always had things going on in his head that no-one else understands, not even his mum. Now she's dead, it's worse than ever. With his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago, Aunty Lorraine and his cousins, Shane and Minty. As the days slowly meld into one another and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision. Mature read. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702253942
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Zorn, Claire
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Protected, The
Hannah's world is in pieces and she doesn't need the counsellor to tell her she has issues. With a depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, Hannah should feel terrible but, for the first time, she feels a glimmer of hope. Maybe it's because Josh is taking an interest in her or maybe it runs deeper than that. In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, Hannah's struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows how long old wounds can take to heal. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702250194
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2014
Zorn, Claire
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Sky so heavy, The
It's not like any other day because on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are detonated. When Fin wakes in his home in the Blue Mountains the next morning, it is dark, cold and snowing. There is no internet, no phone, no power and no parents. As the outage continues for days and then weeks, Fin and his brother struggle to survive and grow desperate. Contains mature themes and some language in context. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780702249761
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Zorn, Claire
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Book thief, The
It is 1939 in Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel has just buried her brother when she picks up a book, partially hidden in the snow by his graveside. This is her first act of book thievery and the beginning of a love affair with books and words. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down. A sombre theme that includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330423304
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Zusak, Markus
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Messenger, The
Ed Kennedy is nineteen. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. When he receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it, Ed becomes the messenger. A cryptic journey with laughter, fists and love. Adult themes and strong language, used in context, may offend some readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330363884
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2002
Zusak, Markus
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Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales
Eleven favourite Hans Christian Andersen classic stories, superbly bound and illustrated to celebrate his 200th birthday. Includes 'The princess and the pea', 'The emperor's new clothes', 'The Sandman' and 'The Nightingale'.
ISBN 9780698400351
Publisher Penguin USA, 1991
Zwerger, Lisbeth (ill)
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