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

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5638
1000-year-old boy, The
Alfie Monk is like any other pre-teen, except he's 1000 years old and can remember when Vikings invaded his village and he and his family had to run for their lives. When he loses everything he loves in a tragic fire and the modern world finally catches up with him, Alfie embarks on a mission to change everything by finally trusting Aidan and Roxy enough to share his story, and enlisting their help to find a way to, eventually, make sure he will eventually die.
ISBN 9780008256944
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Welford, Ross
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300 minutes of danger
George is trapped in a falling aeroplane, with no engine and no pilot. Milla is covered with radioactive waste and her hazard suit is running out of air. Otto is in the darkest depths of the ocean, where something hungry is circling. Ten dangerous situations, ten brave kids and thirty minutes to escape.
ISBN 9781760154035
Series Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Heath, Jack
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400 minutes of danger
Ten nail- biting, fast-paced short stories will both fascinate and terrify you. During each full forty minute count down, the dangerous situations play out right down to the last crucial moment. Find out who will live and who will die.
ISBN 9781760158798
Series Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Heath, Jack
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48 hours: Medusa Curse, The
International antiquities fraud and Computer Crime come together in Sydney. Can Jazz and Phoenix save their friend's father and themselves from some very dangerous people?
ISBN 9781743629765
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Lord, Gabrielle
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48 hours: Vanishing, The
Jazz always wanted to be a detective, and now she has no choice! Her best friend Anika has been kidnapped over a 20 year old mystery. Can the annoying school rebel help her link the clues, within the first 48 hours?
ISBN 9781743629758
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Lord, Gabrielle
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500 minutes of danger
Ten stories. Ten dangerous situations. Ten brave kids. Fifty minutes to escape.
ISBN 9781743816493
Series Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Heath, Jack
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A Tale of Fontania 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 A Tale of Fontania series (4 books)
Various
No book cover.
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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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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The
A classic story of slavery and a runaway boy's exploits. Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunken father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. When Huck's dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave, Jim. They face trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law. Through it all, the friends stick together.
ISBN 9780192824417
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1999
Twain, Mark
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Adventures of Scarygirl, The
Abandoned on a remote peninsula, Scarygirl is rescued by Blister, a large friendly octopus. Blister and Scarygirl become best friends. But no one knows where Scarygirl came from, or who she really is, and her dreams are full of strange and disturbing visions.
ISBN 9781742372938
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Graphic novels /
Jurevicius, Nathan
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The
On the banks of the Mississippi, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. One fateful night, they witness a murder and the boys swear never to reveal their secret. They run away to be pirates and search for hidden treasure. But, Tom gets trapped in a cave with the murderer.
ISBN 9780141321103
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Twain, Mark & Peck, Richard (intr)
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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
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Agent nomad: Deadly magic
After their mission in London, Nomad, Riff, Phoenix and Orbit are back at HELIX, training to master their magic. But things have changed. Nomad's secret is out. Her peers know she is a Witness; a sorcerer with the rare ability to read others' magic. This causes ripples at HQ, especially when it means that Steel, the most popular cadet in her class, is no longer the centre of attention. But there are greater threats than new rivals. When the cadets are sent to New Zealand to investigate a top-secret case, they find themselves in more danger than they bargained for. With no one to trust and time running out, it's a race to stop the Inductors before they have enough power to destroy HELIX for good.
ISBN 9780143780403
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Agent Nomad: Eleventh hour, The
Spies. Secrets. Sorcery. Natalie Palladino was a normal fifteen-year-old, at a normal school, about to face a normal maths test. Now her codename is Nomad, and she's training to become a secret agent for HELIX. No one can know that sorcery exists. No one can know that HELIX protects humanity from the Inductors. And no one can know that Nomad is a Witness, with a dangerous magical gift. The Inductors are hunting her. If they find her, they will kill her. But there's a traitor inside HELIX, and only a Witness can identify them. The problem is, Nomad hasn't mastered her powers. She can't levitate, fight or wield magic like her fellow recruits. If she's the only hope to stop a sorcerous bomb being detonated, the world is in trouble. The eleventh hour is coming . . .
ISBN 9780143780151
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Airman
Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In an age when many dreamed of flying, it became his destiny. When a cruel and cunning betrayal destroys his family, Conor must win the race for flight to save his family and right a terrible wrong.
ISBN 9780141383354
Publisher Puffin UK, 2008
Colfer, Eoin
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Alchemyst, The
Sophie and Josh Newman find their lives intertwined with Nicholas Flamel and the powerful book he protects, the Book of Abraham the Mage, that enables the holder to save or destroy the world.
ISBN 9780385612944
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (1 of 6)
Publisher Doubleday, 2007
Scott, Michael
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Alex Rider graphic novels 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 Alex Rider graphic novels series (5 books)
Various
No book cover.
Alex Rider 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 Alex Rider series (11 books)
Horowitz, Anthony
No book cover.
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Alice's adventures in Wonderland
On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange, fantasy world, with even stranger characters, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute.
ISBN 9781904351832
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Carroll, Lewis
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Alien rescue
Scott, Rudy and AJ think helping a bunch of trapped aliens is cool - until the aliens start fighting.
ISBN 9781420211825
Series Out of this world series (12 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Wong, Keira & Fong, Douglas (ill)
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Aliens, ghosts and vanishings: strange and possibly true Australian stories
Have you heard these most bizarre tales from around Australia? Did a UFO drag a family's car off the road in the middle of the outback? How did rocks rain from the sky in WA? And what became of the prime minister who went into the surf and was never seen again? Explore the strangest tales, most incredible encounters and creepiest urban legends in Australia's history. Read about the investigations and weigh up the facts, do you believe the official explanations for these weird and wonderful events?
ISBN 9781925324969
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Tarakson, Stella & Morden, Richard (ill)
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All fall down
Christobel, fourteen and heiress to a fortune, is bored and lonely until she decides to dress as a boy and rescue her servant's son who has been kidnapped. It becomes a dangerous game set in the crime and disease-ridden slums of The Rocks.
ISBN 9781877003868
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2005
Geason, Susan
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Allegiant
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
ISBN 9780007534944
Series Divergent series (3 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Roth, Veronica
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Amazing Spencer Gray, The
Spencer Gray is twelve - finally old enough to join Dad in his glider. His mates are going to be so jealous. Going up is awesome, but when disaster strikes, Spencer will need to be nothing short of amazing.
ISBN 9781922089328
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2013
Fitzpatrick, Deb
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Amber amulet, The
Twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness?
ISBN 9781742379982
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Silvey, Craig
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Anaconda ambush
Sam Fox is on a field trip with his uncle in the Amazon when he's swept over a waterfall into an underground lake and discovers a fortune in gold. But, there's an enormous anaconda lurking in the cave and the snake is just the first obstacle Sam will have to overcome if he's to get out of the Amazon alive.
ISBN 9780143303701
Series Extreme adventures series (8 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
D'Ath, Justin
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Ancient starship, The
When an ancient starship has been discovered in the Egyptian desert, Amelia's dad is whisked away to help. Meanwhile, the first human guests have arrived at the hotel and they're turning out to be the strangest visitors yet. Are the spaceship and the odd guests connected? Amelia and Charlie may be the only ones who can solve this puzzle...
ISBN 9781760120313
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015
Jones, Cerberus
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Angel creek
There are only two things that Jelly likes about the new house on Rosemary Street, the old apricot tree and the creek over the back fence. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek's dark waters. At first, they think it's a bird but it's a baby angel with a broken wing. Jelly decides to keep it. But, she soon discovers that you can't just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won't be missed.
ISBN 9781921758058
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Rippin, Sally
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Anila's journey
Menace and mystery lie in wait for Anila Tandy who secures a job drawing birds for an English naturalist, travelling on a river boat up the Ganges River. Anila will use this journey to search for her father, missing for years and presumed dead. Anila must test herself in the man's world of India, in the late 1700s.
ISBN 9781406306590
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Finn, Mary
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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
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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
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Ariki and the giant shark
Ariki is not like the other children on Turtle Island. She belongs heart and soul to the sea, where she plays all day with the dolphins and turtles. One day, a giant shark appears and the fishermen are too afraid to go out. Without fish the people will starve - and only Ariki can save the day!
ISBN 9781406369793
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Davies, Nicola & Kinnear, Nicola (ill)
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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
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Ash princess
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside. Then, one night the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
ISBN 9781760555504
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Topics / Displacement /
Sebastian, Laura
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Asterix 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 Asterix series (41 books)
Goscinny, Rene & Uderzo, Albert
No book cover.
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Asterix versus Caesar
When the chief's niece, Panacea, is captured by the Romans with her fiance, Tragicomix, the Gaulish warriors Asterix and Obelix join the Roman legion in order to find them.
ISBN 9780340397237
Series Asterix series (38 of 41)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 1997
Goscinny, Rene & Uderzo, Albert
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Astrid Spark fixologist: the girl with the incredible, magnetic fingers
The silly, inventive and fun adventures of a girl with a magnetic finger.
ISBN 9781865087184
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2002
D'Ath, Justin
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Austere academy, The
The Baudelaire orphans are sent to a terrible boarding school where they meet the Quagmire triplets and watch their backs for Count Olaf.
ISBN 9780064408639
Series Series of unfortunate events series (5 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2000
Snicket, Lemony
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Bad beginning, The
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits to outsmart a distant relative who is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. A story of misery.
ISBN 9780064407663
Series Series of unfortunate events series (1 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Snicket, Lemony
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Barney and the secret of the whales
Barney Bean is keen to make his fortune and he hears a secret. A sailor's secret about the treasure of the colony. But, Barney wonders how chasing whales can make you rich, and whether an adventure at sea is worth leaving everything he loves.
ISBN 9780732299446
Series The secret histories series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2016
French, Jackie
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Battle boy series
Easy to read adventures that time travel to some of the most intereting historical events to meet real people. 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 Battle boy series (15 books)
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
No book cover.
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Battle of the heroes
Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have defeated the black witch, Githa, and found the last crucial piece of the prophecy, the sea serpent's scale. Back now at Wolfhaven, they search desperately through the castle crypts for the sleeping heroes, whom they hope will save them all, before the dark moon rises and they lose everything.
ISBN 9781743624104
Series The impossible quest series (5 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Forsyth, Kate
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Battlefront
One hero lost in a raging tsunami. One sign pointing to a deadly battle. One day left until the end of...everything. With Sydney plunged into underwater chaos, the DARE winners are suspected of being responsible. After escaping from security officers, they must race to their final destination- Felix Scott's mega-ship Infinite Horizon- and decode one last deadly sign. If they don't get this right, then it's game over- not just for them, but for the whole world. The DARE winners will have to use their wits to stop The Signmaker. But after a mind-blowing secret is revealed in Antarctica, they're in for a heart-stopping final face-to-face battle with a unimaginable enemy. Who will live and who will die?
ISBN 9781743628072
Series The Seven signs series NEW SERIES 2018 (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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Bear Grylls: Spirit of the jungle
Mak and his family are in India. Things are going well until their raft is capsized on a wild river and Mak is separated and lost deep in the Indian Jungle. Can Mac survive long enough to find his way out of this strange, unfamiliar and dangerous landscape of bugs, bats, monkeys, snakes, bears, wolves, panthers and worst of all poachers? And if he can survive, will he really want to leave?
ISBN 9781509828623
Publisher Pan Macmillan London, 2016
Grylls, Bear
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Beast of Blackmoor Bog, The
After escaping the bog-men in the wilds of the Witchwood, Sebastian, Quinn, Elanor and Tom journey south on their impossible quest. Sebastian and Elanor seek help from Crowthorne Castle but both allies and enemies will reveal themselves. Tom and Quinn venture into the mysterious moors where a hideous beast lies in waiting.
ISBN 9781743624081
Series The impossible quest series (3 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Forsyth, Kate
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Beast of Hushing Wood, The
Ziggy Truegood feels a threatening presence in her tiny town of Hushing Wood, which is deepened by a recurring nightmare she has. When Raffi, an exotic young boy, and his grandfather come to town Ziggy's fears intensify. Unfortunately, her own wise and knowledgeable grandfather is ill, unable to help her. She wonders are the pair there to save her or to hunt her?
ISBN 9780143309178
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Wang, Gabrielle
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Beetle boy
When his dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum, Darkus Cuttle moves in with his eccentric uncle. Next door live two lunatic cousins with an enormous beetle infestation. But, the beetles are anything but ordinary. They're an amazing, intelligent super species, and they're in danger of being exterminated. Darkus and his friends must save the beetles. But, they're up against the mad scientist of fashion and haute couture, Lucretia Cutter, who has dastardly plans for the bugs.
ISBN 9781910002704
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Leonard, M G & Sarda, Julia (ill)
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Behemoth
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. The Darwinists will need it now they are at war with the Austrian Clanker powers. Alek, heir to the Austrian throne, is posing as a commoner while Deryn Sharp, a girl, is posing as a boy in the British Air Service. Despite their different philosophies, the pair unite aboard the airship Leviathan, hoping to end the war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670073047
Series The Leviathan trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Westerfeld, Scott & Thompson, Keith (ill)
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Beka Cooper series
Science fiction/fantasy series. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. See Series lists for individual titles.
Series Beka Cooper series (3 books)
Pierce, Tamora
No book cover.
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Benny & Babe
Benny and Babe are unlikely friends who decide to go into business together, but they need to avoid the bullying of Furty Howlin. Their business of scavenging fishing tackle leads to a very dangerous encounter.
ISBN 9780143300564
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Colfer, Eoin
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Beowulf
Beowulf, the fearless warrior battles three evils that terrorise the entire kingdom of Denmark. He slays Grendel the merciless ogre and his vengeful sea hag mother. In his old age, Beowulf faces a bloody struggle with the deadly dragon of the deep in which he may not be as successful as in his youth.
ISBN 9781406305975
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Morpurgo, Michael
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Beyond the bright sea
Crow was just a baby when she was tied into a boat and pushed out to sea. When she washes up onto a tiny island, there are just 3 clues to her origin; a birthmark in the shape of a feather, a ruby ring and a sea-soaked letter with just a few cryptic words remaining. 12 years later, when a mysterious fire appears across the ocean, Crow starts to wonder who she is and where she came from. Crow will set out on a remarkable treasure hunt, and discover what it truly means to be a family. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552574303
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Wolk, Lauren
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Beyond the knock-knock door
After ruining a classmate's costume party, the Bowman triplets are chased into the city sewers. Locked inside, they discover a gateway to another world where sharks fly, swashbucklers scheme and party costumes become real. The triplets are mistaken for famous heroes and must fight the biggest trouble of all.
ISBN 9781741664072
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Monk, Scott
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Big book of Antartica, The
Antarctica is the driest, coldest and windiest continent on Earth. Even though it is a harsh and difficult place to live, Antarctica is home to more than a thousand plant and several hundred animal species. Antarctica has 90 per cent of Earth's ice and plays a major role in our weather. Scientists from around the world live and work in Antarctica to better understand the future of our planet. Welcome to The Big Book of Antarctica.
ISBN 9781742034188
Publisher Wild Dog Books, 2017
Hope, Charles
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Big dry, The
With each year of drought the heat became worse. The lawns and crops withered and died. Buildings began to crumble and collapse, and more people left the city. George and his little brother, Beeper, become worried when their father fails to return from a trip to town for food and fuel. Fear for the safety of their dad quickly becomes a fight for their own survival in the hot and brutal conditions. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732297633
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Davis, Tony
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Blackthorn's betrayal: honouring a warrior's pledge
Blackthorn's greatest desire, to become a Trahern warrior, is dangling within her reach. But, she must embark on a treacherous mission, deep into enemy territory, to infiltrate the Doane camp. She must locate the stolen daughter of Esil but the stakes are higher than she could ever imagine. As the mission takes a sinister twist, Blackthorn's instincts are put to the ultimate test.
ISBN 9781921529030
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Pulford, Elizabeth
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Blackthorn: becoming a forest warrior
Alyana is determined, despite being female, despite being so young, to become a great Trahern warrior. When her father dies, leaving her orphaned, she flees the constraints of her religious uncle's household and lives rough and wild, hunting and fighting in the great forest. Then her worst fears are realised. It is far worse to be captured by her enemies, the Doane, than endure her previous loneliness and isolation.
ISBN 9781921529443
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Pulford, Elizabeth
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Blind trek
Hilton and Tim can't stand each other. They are forced together via their parents' friendship and their bike has crashed in the middle of nowhere. The only way home is to walk. Danger lurks and, if the boys are to survive, they must work together.
ISBN 9780143302469
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Kennedy, Jim
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Blood sports: Fletcher Smith, sports P I
Fourteen year old Fletcher Smith is a sports private Investigator, working out of the Institute in Canberra. With his adult side-kick, Frank, he takes on a case to solve the kidnap of football coach, Kelvin Hunt.
ISBN 9781741690200
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Harlen, Jonathan
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Bloodhound
Beka Cooper is finally a Dog, a fully fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus's streets. Delving deep into the gambling world, it won't be enough for Beka be her usual terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals and to be a Bloodhound.
ISBN 9781862918023
Series Beka Cooper series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Pierce, Tamora
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Blueberry pancakes forever
Winter has fallen in the world of story and Tuesday's typewriter lies silent. Far away in the Peppermint Forest, Vivienne fears she will never again feel the touch of the sun. When the mysterious Loddon appears in Vivienne's treehouse, he brings terrible danger. Without warning, Tuesday is swept up into the world of story as she has never seen it before. In this forbidding and unfamiliar place, and without her beloved dog, Tuesday becomes Loddon's captive and has to muster all her resources to survive.
ISBN 9781760110451
Series Tuesday McGillycuddy series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Banks, Angelica
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Bombs that brought us together, The
Charlie has always lived in Little Town. It's home: the curfew, the Regime, the thugs, the poverty. He knows the rules. Then he meets Pavel. Scrawny and sweary, he is a refugee from Old Country. The wrongest person in the whole place to choose as a friend. But when the bombs come, the rules of Little Town change. Right or wrong: Charlie must choose. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781408878415
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Conaghan, Brian
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Bones
Twins,Danny and Nicki, notice that their dog, Patch, is bringing home bones to bury in the garden. The only problem is that the bones look like human bones. The police are called in and their dad's prize-winning flowers are dug up. When they follow Patch around the neighbourhood, they get a very big surprise indeed.
ISBN 9780143303992
Publisher Penguin NZ, 2008
Crisp, Maureen
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Book of dust, The: La Belle Sauvage
Malcolm Polstead's life in the pub beside the Thames is safe and happy enough, if uneventful. But during a winter of unceasing rain the forces of science, religion and politics begin to clash, and as the weather rises to a pitch of ferocity, all of Malcolm's certainties are torn asunder. Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change his and Lyra forever. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780857561084
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Pullman, Philip
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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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Boy and the spy, The
Things have never been easy for Antonio, but now it seems like the war will never end. So when Antonio is caught up in the dangerous world of freedom fighters and spies, will it change his life or destroy him?
ISBN 9780143309284
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Arena, Felice
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Boy versus rat dog
Colt doesn't know his own strength. When a showdown with a rat dog has tragic consequences, his arch enemy, Officer Katt, seeks revenge. She steals the thing that matters most to Colt, right when his superpowers seem to have disappeared. But superpowers or not, Birdy and Colt are on the case, and the secrets they uncover could change Colt's life forever.
ISBN 9780143307297
Series Lost world circus series (4 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
D'Ath, Justin
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Bridge, The
The city is at war. Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and are hungry to cross the river. Cityside, ISIS is in charge, keeping the hostiles at bay. Nik has spent his life training to join ISIS but, when his college is blown up and his friend kidnapped, he must cross the bridge into hostile territory. Nik and his friends must choose their loyalties in a war that is not as clear as they were brought up to think. Some language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921758331
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Higgins, Jane
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Brief candle
Based on the adventures of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte and Emily, and their brother, Branwell. Cooped up inside the bleak parsonage in winter, they write adventures for the heroes of their secret worlds. One day, Emily escapes to the moor and finds a mysterious outcast, Heslington, whose story of lost love intrigues her. She resolves to help him.
ISBN 9780340873700
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Pennington, Kate
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Brigadista year, My
When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro's army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Lora has barely been outside of Havana - why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody's kitchen? But Lora is stubborn: didn't her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Lora's abuela takes her side, even as she makes Lora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Lora know for sure when that time has come?
ISBN 9780763695088
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Paterson, Katherine
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Bring back Cerberus
The demand: bring back Cerberus, the new technology that's only whispered about in the furthest reaches of cyberspace. Drawn into the shady world of black-hat hacking and industrial espionage, Dom will need every skill he's learnt to complete this instalment. How can Dom steal something that doesn't exist. Failure is not an option.
ISBN 9781742378596
Series The debt series (3 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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Broken sun, The
When an ancient artefact is stolen from the British museum, Jack, Scarlett and Mr Doyle embark on a hunt across Europe to find it. In a race against time, they need to foil a deadly plan to attack the Houses of Parliament.
ISBN 9781922182166
Series Jack Mason adventure series (3 of 3)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2014
Pitt, Darrell
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Brotherband 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 Brotherband series (6 books)
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The hunters
The Heron brotherband must undertake a long and dangerous river journey to hunt their prey. But even if they survive the journey, are they ready to confront Zavac in his lair?
ISBN 9781742750620
Series Brotherband series (3 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The invaders
The Heron brotherband are on the trail of Zavac and his pirates, but they are in a well-fortified position, taking over a town. The Herons must drive out the invaders, by devising a fool-proof plan.
ISBN 9781741664508
Series Brotherband series (2 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The outcasts
Hal finds himself the leader of a team of outcasts called a brotherband, enduring months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics to become a Skandian warrior.
ISBN 9781741664492
Series Brotherband series (1 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Flanagan, John
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Bully chip, The
A year after they defeated the evil Lester Smythe, Callum, Sophie and Jinx are having problems with two bullies who are targeting them at school. The friends do not back down and take on the bullies. But could the bullies' evil power be the work of Lester Smythe again.
ISBN 9781921977640
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Wood, Glenn
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Bushfire rescue
While trying to stop cattle rustlers from stealing a stud bull, an injured Sam is isolated in the mountains during a horrific bushfire. To survive, he must rely on his courage, ingenuity and the help of Chainsaw, a mad old rodeo bull.
ISBN 9780143302209
Series Extreme adventures series (2 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2005
D'Ath, Justin
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Cairo Jim amidst the petticoats of Artemis
Amidst the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, Captain Neptune Bone has unearthed an incredible relic which promises him supernatural powers.
ISBN 9780733616389
Series Cairo Jim series (10 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood after the puce empress
A mysterious man inexplicably disappears mid-flight on the way to Shanghai. The strange object he thrusts into the flight attendant's hand leads Jocelyn Osgood, Cairo Jim and Joan Twilight on a search for a priceless, Chinese antiquity.
ISBN 9780340584453
Series Cairo Jim series (3 of 18)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2002
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood in ascent into Asgard
While stopping over in Norway, Joan Twilight buys a rusty old hammer she thinks will interest her friend Jocelyn Osgood. They seek out Professor Snerdforst and discover the hammer is more than a dusty relic.
ISBN 9780733616365
Series Cairo Jim series (8 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood in bedlam from Bollywood
Cairo Jim and his friends, including Valkyrian Airways flight attendant Jocelyn Osgood, must uncover yet another mystery of history when they become embroiled in the shooting of an Indian film.
ISBN 9780733612244
Series Cairo Jim series (15 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the alabastron of the forgotten gods
A seemingly ordinary vase is stolen from the Greek Archaeological Museum by a figure swathed in mystery. But the vase, an ancient alabastron, holds a potent force that must not be allowed to escape.
ISBN 9780733616341
Series Cairo Jim series (6 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the Astragals of Angkor
The Astragals of Angkor, strange ancient carvings from Cambodia, are discovered in the Vaults of Abandonment, deep below the Old Relics Society in Cairo. Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, must find out where they came from and why they are shown in such outrageous positions.
ISBN 9780733616617
Series Cairo Jim series (18 of 18)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2007
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the chaos from Crete
Jim and his faithful companions, Doris and Brenda, go underground to stop Neptune Bone and Desdemona the Parrot from finding the lost power of Knoss. They search for them in the labyrinth but discover more than they could predict.
ISBN 9780733612251
Series Cairo Jim series (13 of 18)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2002
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the lagoon of tidal magnificence
The kidnapping of the entire Turkish women's Olympic Tent Erection Team sparks an adventure which includes archaeological investigations by Cairo Jim and his off-beat team.
ISBN 9780733602955
Series Cairo Jim series (11 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the quest for the quetzal queen
Cairo Jim must solve the riddle of the sudden and unexplained disappearance of paintings of the legendary quetzal queen. The paintings are not the only thing to disappear, so has Fifi Glusac, contortionist and harmonica player.
ISBN 9781406305432
Series Cairo Jim series (7 of 18)
Publisher Walker Books, 1997
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the rorting of Rameses' regalia
A very exciting hieroglyphics discovery, in the Temple of Hathor at Dendara, sends Cairo Jim and friends off in pursuit of the secret of turning ordinary metals into gold.
ISBN 9780733612268
Series Cairo Jim series (14 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the secret sepulchre of the Sphinx
When Cairo Jim, and his friends make the find of the century, a new enemy on the scene sets out to discredit Jim and destroy his hard-won reputation
ISBN 9780733605796
Series Cairo Jim series (9 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 1999
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the sumptuous stash of Silenus
Cairo Jim and his friends set out to stop Captain Neptune F Bone in his greedy pursuit to dominate the world's total gold resources, and to save King Midas's daughter.
ISBN 9781741635386
Series Cairo Jim series (16 of 18)
Publisher Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, 2005
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the sunken sarcophagus of Sekheret
When Captain Neptune Bone disappears in the Red Sea while diving for a lost sarcophagus of a Pharaoh, Cairo Jim is called in to try and help find him in the dark and watery depths.
ISBN 9781406300215
Series Cairo Jim series (4 of 18)
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the tyrannical bauble of Tiberius
Cairo Jim and his friends are sent to Rome to get to the bottom of an act of felony when a priceless and mysterious artefact, the Imperishable Bauble, is discovered to be missing.
ISBN 9780733616402
Series Cairo Jim series (12 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim and the xylophones above Zarundi
Jocelyn Osgood, friend of Cairo Jim, becomes embroiled in the theft of a priceless, royal tiara. She is thrown into a world of chaos and mystery in Zarundi, Africa.
ISBN 9780340622452
Series Cairo Jim series (5 of 18)
Publisher Starlight, 1995
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim at the crossroads of Orpheus
In the dusty ruins of the ancient House of the Perfumer at Pompeii, astonishing discoveries are taking place. Long forgotten perfumes are being reinvented. But, when one of these whiffs of wonderment, believed to have legendary hypnotic powers, goes missing, it is up to that well-known archaeologist, Cairo Jim, and his friends to try and stop a rush of evil.
ISBN 9781741636093
Series Cairo Jim series (17 of 18)
Publisher Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, 2006
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim in search of Martenarten
Cairo Jim is in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, on the hunt for the lost tomb of the Pharaoh Martenarten. The treacherous and devious Captain Neptune Bone is after the same priceless treasure.
ISBN 9781406300208
Series Cairo Jim series (2 of 18)
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim on the trail to ChaCha Muchos
Cairo Jim, archaeologist and failed poet, discovers he is not the only one on the dangerour trail to ChaCha Muchos, a mysterious city deep in dark Peru.
ISBN 9781406300192
Series Cairo Jim series (1 of 18)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Cairo Jim series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Cairo Jim series (18 books)
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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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
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Camp crazy
Daks and his mates are camping. No parents, just four mates alone with nature. But then they find a hidden camp. Is it the legendary Jungle Jim or someone much more sinister.
ISBN 9781922077998
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Trewin, Trudie
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Camp croc
Camp Trib is legendary and Daks is finally there after years of waiting. So, too, are some wildlife smugglers. It's a jungle out there and Daks and his mates are in for an unexpected adventure at camp. Perhaps, they should be more afraid of the smugglers than the wildlife.
ISBN 9781921720031
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Trewin, Trudie
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Carnage
One missing, presumed dead. Two in trouble with the law. Only four remain to solve the Second Sign. The DARE Award winners Yasmin, Zander, Andy, Dylan, JJ, Isabel and Mila have been caught in a deadly battle of wits with a mysterious enemy who isn't afraid to kill. Too late, they learned that the First Sign predicted catastrophic attacks which have left Egypt in chaos. Yasmin is missing. Many more lives are at stake. With Andy and Dylan in police custody in LA, can the remaining four DARE winners unravel the Second Sign seven new symbols and stop The Signmakers destructive plan before the countdown ends? If you could be a hero, would you DARE? Seven Signs. Seven days to save the world.
ISBN 9781743628027
Series The Seven signs series NEW SERIES 2018 (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Adams, Michael
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Carnivorous carnival, The
The Baudelaire orphans are falsely accused of murder. On the run from Count Olaf, they disguise themselves in a carnival as entertainers.
ISBN 9780064410120
Series Series of unfortunate events series (9 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2002
Snicket, Lemony
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Caro was here
One match, one chance, she thinks. Make it count. Skipping school to lead a group of friends - and enemies - on an adult-free excursion to an island in Sydney Harbour is Caro's idea of a twelfth birthday outing. Marooned overnight? She can handle that too. But the challenges multiply. They're not alone on the island, and Caro must save her friends from life-threatening danger.
ISBN 9781922244833
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Farrelly, Elizabeth
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Case of the getaway gold, The
Anna and Tim find the real thief of the getaway gold.
ISBN 9780207184079
Series Skinny mysteries series (3 of 6)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
Ball, Duncan & David, Mark (ill)
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Cat at the wall, The
On Israeli's West Bank, a cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house that has just been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty until the cat realises that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. This is no ordinary cat and she wonders what to do. When the boy's teacher comes looking for him, tensions rise quickly and, as Israeli tanks approach, the cat realises she must diffuse the situation.
ISBN 9781760112448
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Ellis, Deborah
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Cat kin, The
Ben and Tiffany overcome their own problems when they take on the human vermin of London using their amazing martial arts skills. These skills, learnt from the unnervingly cat-like and unlikely Mrs Powell, come from an age of cat-worship.
ISBN 9780571234813
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2007
Green, Nick
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Catch the Zolt
Dom's family owe an ancient debt to a secretive organisation known simply as The Debt. Now that Dom is 15, it is his turn to make the six Instalments required from each Silvagni male or sacrifice a pound of flesh in payment. Dom's first challenge is to catch the Zolt, a 17-year-old Facebook bandit who has a penchant for stealing light aircraft from wealthy Gold Coast residents.
ISBN 9781742378442
Series The debt series (1 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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Cay, The
A classic story of race relations, shipwrecks and survival when a young boy and an older man find themselves stranded on an isolated cay in the middle of the ocean.
ISBN 9780140366204
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1995
Taylor, Theodore
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Chanters of Tremaris 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 Chanters of Tremaris series (4 books)
Constable, Kate
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Charlie and the karaoke cockroaches
"I didn't want the exterminator to be flattened by a flying sink. I just wanted a home for the cockroaches." Charlie is thrown into an adventure when his new friend Vivien hands him a mysterious box and makes him swear to look after it no matter what
ISBN 9781743548448
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2017
Brough, Alan
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Child of the cloud
Deep in the heart of Aladrya stands a mighty mountain. Rising high above the clouds, its rocky crags and windswept cliffs are home to four species of birds. With only three days left until the full moon feast, Whisker's rescue mission hangs in the balance. Even if he can reach the mountain alive, he still has to outwit and out-fly the dreaded birds of prey.
ISBN 9780987461544
Series Pie rats series (5 of 6)
Publisher Daydream Press, 2016
Stelzer, Cameron
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Chronicles of ancient darkness series
In the pre-agricultural Stone Age, a boy called Torak struggles against the forces of evil that killed his father. 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 Chronicles of ancient darkness series (5 books)
Paver, Michelle & Taylor, Geoff (ill)
No book cover.
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 NEW SERIES 2019 (1 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Meyer, Marissa
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City of Ember, The
Endless darkness is threatening the underground city of Ember. Food is in short supply, corruption is spreading and the lights keep failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness. Lina and Doon must find a way to escape before the lights go out forever.
ISBN 9780552559980
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
DuPrau, Jeanne
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City of lies
The Keeper Trilogy - Book 2. Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. She's supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt but she will not leave her sick parents. But, when Toadspit's sister is stolen, he and Goldie follow the child-stealers. She discovers some dangerous secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. Goldie needs all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends.
ISBN 9781742379999
Series The Keepers trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Delacorte Press, 2011
Tanner, Lian
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City of orphans trilogy 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 City of orphans trilogy series (3 books)
Jinks, Catherine
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City of secret rivers, The
Hyacinth is not at all pleased to move to London with her mother, partly because she still hopes her parents might get back together. Even her love of history does not make London more appealing, even less so when she opens her grandmother's farewell gift of a book titled A History of the Sewers of London (which she is bored enough to actually read), although she is puzzled, intrigued and a little anxious when the accompanying card foretells terrible danger, with no clue as to what it might be. She soon discovers a world of magic and strange creatures and places. All is definitely not what it seems and it is not at all certain whom she can trust. With her mother's life at stake Hyacinth must use all her skills to find the right path to prevent a catastrophe.
ISBN 9781406368857
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Weinstein, Jacob Sager & Cook, Euan (ill)
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Clearheart
Ella is the Clearheart, part human and part magical. She is striving to learn how to fly so she can win the skateboarding championship, but the Duke has a dastardly plan to invade Magus which Ella must foil.
ISBN 9781741694673
Series Flitterwig series (2 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Cullen, Edrei
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Climb a lonely hill
A prospecting holiday turns into a struggle for survival for two children when their car crashes in an isolated place in the bush, killing their uncle.
ISBN 9780006715962
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1984
Norman, Lilith
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Cogheart
Lily's dad, the inventor, has gone missing. He may even be dead! But Lily doesn't believe it and her mechanical fox, Malkin, has heard whispers about a new invention her dad was working on before he vanished, that may hold the key finding him. But the mission to return Lily's father won't be easy or safe and just who are those creepy mirror-eyed men?
ISBN 9781474915007
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2016
Bunzl, Peter
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Comradeship: stories of friendship and recreation in wartime
Millions of Australians have been affected by war. Many servicemen and servicewomen have faced extraordinary dangers, while their loved ones waiting at home suffered months, and even years, of uncertainty. Yet, despite the difficulties, a strong sense of shared experience, friendship, and camaraderie often developed.
ISBN 9780987615107
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2017
Cusack, Kathleen & Hatherley, Brett (des)
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Conspiracy 365 black ops: Endgame
Shadow Island's volcano is erupting and Cal and Ryan are trapped on the island with the evil Damien Thoroughgood, who will stop at nothing to fulfil his deadly plan. After surviving in the jungle and outwitting his enemy for so long, Cal risks losing his brother and everything he's worked towards. Cal must make a difficult decision to save his brother's life and try to stop Damien from unleashing earth-shattering evil.
ISBN 9781742835204
Series Conspiracy 365 series (17 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365 black ops: Hunted
Cal is undercover and evading search parties, planning rescue missions and sneaking through a maze of hidden tunnels is an average day for Cal as he evades capture.
ISBN 9781742835198
Series Conspiracy 365 series (17 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365 black ops: Missing
Cal agrees to work as an undercover agent to find his twin and on an island for troubled twins he faces his most heart-stopping challenges yet.
ISBN 9781742835181
Series Conspiracy 365 series (17 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365 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 Conspiracy 365 series (17 books)
Lord, Gabrielle
No book cover.
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Conspiracy 365: April
A high-speed chase gone wrong leaves Cal exposed to certain capture by Oriana's thugs. He knows if they succeed, any hope of seeing Gabbi alive again is remote. He has to get away but he can't just leave a man to drown.
ISBN 9781741690361
Series Conspiracy 365 series (4 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: August
Buried alive in a coffin, Cal's chances of survival are running out as fast as the air around him. Thanks to his unknown attackers, he's lost the Jewel and the Riddle, and now his life hangs in the balance. Six feet under. Boges and Winter are frantically trying to find him before it's too late.
ISBN 9781741693201
Series Conspiracy 365 series (8 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: December
It's December, the final month in the deadly 365 day countdown. Cal desperately needs to get to Ireland but, with airport security at an all-time high, escaping the country seems impossible. He must reach the Ormond Singularity before midnight. One thing's for sure, people will lose their lives in the fight to the end.
ISBN 9781741693249
Series Conspiracy 365 series (12 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: February
Callum has survived January, on the run from villains and criminals chasing the secret they believe he possesses, the key to vast fortune for his family. Callum's sister has been viciously attacked and the police believe Callum is responsible. The mystery is deepened by his suspicions of Winter.
ISBN 9781741690347
Series Conspiracy 365 series (2 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: January
Callum Ormond is jolted out of his ordinary school and family life by a series of events where at least one villain is after his life and his family secret. The problem is that Callum does not even know the secret himself. He only knows that his dad, who died in mysterious circumstances, has left him a puzzle to solve.
ISBN 9781741690330
Series Conspiracy 365 series (1 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: July
Breaking out of the fishing net is the least of Cal's worries. All kinds of perils await him on deck. He dodges the cops but becomes indebted to a boat captain. He must learn more about Piers Ormond's will but is stuck carting fish to earn back his freedom. Cal may have a chance if he can find his great-aunt.
ISBN 9781741693195
Series Conspiracy 365 series (7 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: June
With seconds to spare, Cal escapes from the burning wreck of the Orca. Helicopters search from the sky, while Oriana's thugs chase on foot. Cal must dodge the cops and crims, and return to his pursuit of the Ormond Jewel. Convinced Sligo has the Jewel, Cal embarks on a dangerous break-in mission to retrieve it.
ISBN 9781741690385
Series Conspiracy 365 series (6 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: Malice
Callum, Boges and Winter lived through the 365 days it took to solve the Ormond Singularity then barely escaped from a lunatic bent on revenge. Now a deadly secret from Winter's mysterious past has come to haunt them. The countdown begins again.
ISBN 9781742833828
Series Conspiracy 365 series (14 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: March
Trapped, with a train bearing down on him, Cal's chances of survival look grim. The cops and criminal gangs are unrelenting, they want him behind bars or dead. The stakes are getting higher but all the clues to the Ormond Singularity just lead to more puzzles, and more danger.
ISBN 9781741690354
Series Conspiracy 365 series (3 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: May
The sound of screaming fills the air. Cal's identity has been stripped from him and he's been locked up in an asylum where danger lurks on both sides of the bars. He has no idea who has put him there but the doctors are convinced that Cal is delusional, and have no intention of setting him free.
ISBN 9781741690378
Series Conspiracy 365 series (5 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: November
The deadline of the 31st of December is fast approaching and Cal's enemies are closing in on all sides. Even the notorious Toecutter Durham has emerged from the underworld to join the hunt. With so many answers finally imminent, it's crucial that Cal dodges danger and stays alive.
ISBN 9781741693232
Series Conspiracy 365 series (11 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: October
A gun shot rings out as Cal hides from his stalkers. The hostile desert seems determined to become Cal's final resting place. Back in the city, an impossible job looms. To break into Oriana's safe at Zurich Bank, Boges needs to make a perfect copy of her fingerprint, and they need her PIN identification.
ISBN 9781741693225
Series Conspiracy 365 series (10 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: Revenge
After three hundred and sixty-five days on the run, Cal Ormond is finally back with family and friends, and life seems good. But, one night, Cal receives a mysterious message. He doesn't know if it's a real warning or a hoax.
ISBN 9781741699760
Series Conspiracy 365 series (13 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Lord, Gabrielle
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Conspiracy 365: September
Convinced Oriana was behind his little sister's kidnapping, Cal teams up with Boges to pull off a plan to extract vital information out of her. Together, they plant a listening bug in Oriana's house by firing it through her window with an air rifle, hoping his would-be killer will reveal the location of the precious Jewel and Riddle.
ISBN 9781741693218
Series Conspiracy 365 series (9 of 17)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Lord, Gabrielle
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Cool coding
This book is the perfect addition to any home or school. Coding is a subject we all have questions about, and this handy little book is beautifully laid out to dip into - either to find the answer to a question or to browse. Written in neat little chunks with fun facts, colourful illustrations and careful definitions. There are even links and exercises to continue with once you've finished reading the book.
ISBN 9781843653233
Publisher Pavilion, 2017
Topics / STEM /
Hansen, Robert
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Coraline
There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.
ISBN 9780061139376
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2002
Gaiman, Neil
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Corby Flood
Corby Flood and her large family are aboard a shabby cruise ship on their way to a new school. Armed with her trusty travel advisory, Corby learns about all the exotic ports along the coast while keeping an eye on the other passengers, the sinister Brotherhood of the Clowns, the unintelligible Hattenswillers, the mysterious man from Cabin 2 and the smarmy lieutenant. Most worying, though, is the creature in the crate.
ISBN 9780385750905
Series Far-flung adventures series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Countdown to danger series
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Series Countdown to danger series (3 books)
Heath, Jack
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Countdown to danger: Bullet train disaster
You're strapped tightly into your seat on the bullet train. The mountain track is so steep, the aisle is a staircase. As the train accelerates at top speed, a passenger slips out of his seat and begins to fall to the back of the train. He will probably die. It's time to decide whether to unstrap yourself to save him or stay in your seat. Countdown the minutes towards your survival or demise.
ISBN 9781760159627
Series Countdown to danger series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Heath, Jack
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Countdown to danger: Deadly heist
You are standing inside a busy city bank, wary of three suspicious people you just saw come in. Suddenly an ear-splitting scream makes you jump. The alarm starts ringing. One of the suspicious trio, a man, has pulled a grenade out of his bag. The woman has just melted the security camera with her laser shooter. You must choose whether you get down on the floor like they ask or try to escape while their backs are turned. 30 minutes. 30 paths. You choose if you live or die.
ISBN 9781760276829
Series Countdown to danger series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2047
Heath, Jack
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Countdown to danger: Shockwave
You're swimming through the ocean, trying to escape dangerous mercenaries who have planted a bomb on the mainland. Behind you, getting closer, is the largest shark you've ever seen. An explosion rips out from the shoreline and a massive wave flings you closer to the stunned shark's open mouth. You don't have much time and you need to get to land. It's time to decide whether to keep swimming or climb onto the shark's back and ride to shore.
ISBN 9781760159634
Series Countdown to danger series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Heath, Jack
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Crane
Five brothers were taught a different animal style of Kung-fu by the Grandmaster and each one uses it throughout their adventures. This is Hok's story, one of the brothers, who travels alone to the Shaolin temple where a secret is finally revealed to all.
ISBN 9780340902332
Series Five ancestors series (4 of 7)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2007
Stone, Jeff
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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 NEW SERIES 2019 (3 of 5)
Publisher MacMillan, 2014
Meyer, Marissa
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Crimewave
While Zander lies dying on the ground, the rest of the DARE Seven are left to defend themselves with only small zap guns against a massive swarm of crazed robot animals-monkeys, tigers, growling lions, wolves, gorillas, and more. It sounds like an awesome video game...except that it's real. With the increasing intensity of The Signmaker's sinister scheme, the next sign will lead to something even more dangerous than facing a pack of deadly robots. It will take the DARE winners into the heart of a jungle to face Bogota's most despicable villain. If you could be a hero, would you DARE? Seven Signs. Three days left to save the world.
ISBN 9781743628058
Series The Seven signs series NEW SERIES 2018 (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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Crocodile attack
Exciting story of a fourteen year old boy and his two year old cousin who are kidnapped by a robber in Queensland during a cyclone. When the getaway car crashes into the raging Crocodile River, they must face many ordeals to survive.
ISBN 9780143302230
Series Extreme adventures series (1 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2005
D'Ath, Justin
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Crocodile attack
In a true story, a twelve year old girl receives a reward for bravery following a crocodile attack in the Northern Territory. Fact and opinion surrounding the story are explored in reports, maps, signs, letters, newspaper articles and storytelling.
ISBN 9780957842243
Publisher BlueCat Books, 2004
Peguero, Leone
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Crocodile tears
Alex Rider's new year has started badly. A chance meeting with Desmond MCain, the dynamic chief of an international charity, First Aid, leads to several attempts on Alex's life. A journalist is threatening to expose him and someone is manipulating him in a deadly game. Life is uncertain and violent. Alone, out-numbered and with no means of escape, Alex is really in trouble and facing a certain and horrific death. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406322866
Series Alex Rider series (8 of 11)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Horowitz, Anthony
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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
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Crossing
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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Curds and whey mystery, The
Miss Muffet, yes the one in that nursery rhyme, doesn't have one problem - she has thousands, all of them with 8 legs. Harry Pigg is on the case and unfortunately he hates spiders, but he needs the work.
ISBN 9780007364039
Series Third Pig Detective Agency, The series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Burke, Bob
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Cut out, The
Fero isn't a spy. But, he looks exactly like Troy Maschenov, a ruthless enemy agent. What starts out as mistaken identity quickly turns into a complicated and dangerous plan. Fero is recruited to fight for his country. He has to impersonate Troy, enter enemy territory, hunt down a missing agent and bring her home in time to prevent a devastating terror attack. Hastily trained, loaded up with gadgets and smuggled across the border, Fero discovers the truth about espionage. Getting in is easy. Getting out alive is hard.
ISBN 9781760111984
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Heath, Jack
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Dangerous days of Daniel X, The
Fifteen year old alien hunter, Daniel X, is on a mission to finish the job that killed his parents. He wants to wipe out the world's most bloodthirsty aliens on The List. With telepathy and the ability to transform and create, Daniel's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve. But, as he battles towards his top target, Daniel can't forget that, on their lists, there's only one name at the top, and that's his.
ISBN 9780552558488
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Patterson, James & Ledwidge, Michael (cont)
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Dangerous games: Fletcher Smith, sports P I
Fourteen year old Fletcher Smith is a private investigator, working for the Institute of Sport. Trouble has found Fletcher since his father died in mysterious circumstances. Hired by rising cricket star Tom Baker to retrieve a lucky pig's foot, given to him by Don Bradman, Fletcher finds himself fighting for his life in the dangerous underworld of Australian sport. To crack this case, he'll need to battle killer sea wasps, a ruthless hitman and a deranged tennis prodigy.
ISBN 9781741691443
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Harlen, Jonathan
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Daniel X: watch the skies
Daniel X has his work cut out for him. A teenage alien hunter, he has a deadly list of evil predators to eliminate and, while he's made it all look easy so far, much darker days await him. Next on his list is Number Five, an unsightly and terrifying alien, who is watching Daniel as intently as Daniel has been tracking him.
ISBN 9780385614634
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Patterson, James & Rust, Ned
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Danny Allen was here
Danny, his brother and sister and their friend, Mark, get up to all sorts of hilarious, hair-raising mischief. But, Danny and his family must face the biggest challenge of all, life without their farm.
ISBN 9780330422949
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Cummings, Phil
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Danny the champion of the world
Danny loves his life with his dad in the little gypsy caravan. His dad never runs out of wonderful stories. When Danny discovers his father' s secret, he' s off on the adventure of a lifetime, involving an hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition, and a daring plot to get the better of the horrible Mr Victor Hazell.
ISBN 9780141322674
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2007
Dahl, Roald & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Dark giants, The
When some unauthorised guests arrive through the gateway, chaos breaks loose and threatens to spoil Amelia's birthday. What are they looking for and can Charlie stop them before it's too late?
ISBN 9781760126209
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016
Jones, Cerberus
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Dark is rising series
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Series Dark is rising series (5 books)
Cooper, Susan
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Darkmouth
THEY ARE COMING! Legends (also known as terrifying, human-eating monsters) have invaded the town of Darkmouth and aim to conquer the world. But don't panic! The last remaining Legend Hunter - Finn - will protect us. Finn, twelve-years-old, loves animals, he's not a natural fighter, but he tries really, really hard, and we all know good intentions are the best weapons against a hungry Minotaur, right? On second thoughts, panic. PANIC NOW!
ISBN 9780007545773
Series Darkmouth NEW SERIES 2019 (1 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2015
Hegarty, Shane
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Darkmouth: Chaos descends
The adventures of Fin the unlikely, uncertain and completely reluctant monster hunter continue and things just keep getting worse. Not only are people disappearing but it looks like a full scale monster invasion is on the way. Will Fin and his friends be able to halt the monster attack or are we all doomed?
ISBN 9780007545636
Series Darkmouth NEW SERIES 2019 (3 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2017
Hegarty, Shane
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Darkmouth: Hero rising
Finn's world just keeps getting more and more dangerous. Being a monster hunter is in the family after all and in this fourth book of the Darkmouth series Finn is finally accepting this fact. But now that he has been cast out of Darkmouth as a traitor and the people he thought he could trust are turning out to be as treacherous as the monsters he hunts, Finn has other things on his mind. Not least of all, the rise of an ancient power that is threatening to end the entire universe.
ISBN 9780007545629
Series Darkmouth NEW SERIES 2019 (4 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2017
Hegarty, Shane
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Darkmouth: Worlds Explode
The adventures of the most unfortunate Legend Hunter ever to don fighting armour and pick up a Dessicator continues. On a list of things Finn never thought he'd wish for, a gateway bursting open in Darkmouth was right up there. But that's about his only hope for finding his missing father. He's searched for a map, he's followed Steve into dead ends, but found nothing. And he's still got homework to do. But soon Finn and Emmie must face bizarre Legends, a ravenous world and a face from the past as they go where no Legend Hunter has gone before. Or, at least, where no legend Hunter has gone before and returned with their limbs in the correct order.
ISBN 9780007545674
Series Darkmouth NEW SERIES 2019 (2 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Hegarty, Shane
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Dear Olly
The stories of a young man, his little sister and a baby swallow are intertwined simply to reveal the high price a young man pays when he gives up a lucrative career in vet science to bring joy and laughter to orphans in Africa. The values he puts on love, laughter and the chance to see gorillas in the wild make it all worth it.
ISBN 9780006753339
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2000
Morpurgo, Michael
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Death cure, The
The time for Wocked's lies is over, but the truth could be more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781908435200
Series Maze Runner series (3 of 4)
Publisher Chicken House, 2012
Dashner, James
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Decision: Stories of leadership in the services
We all make decisions every day that shape the lives we lead. In times of war, decision-making can take on a greater significance. Many Australians over the past century of service have demonstrated leadership with the decisions they have made.
ISBN 9780994477569
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2017
Cole-Adams, Jennet & Gauld, Judy, Hatherley, Brett (des)
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Devil danger
Sam Fox is on a skiing trip in Tasmania when a baby plummets out of a cable car overhead. The baby is Crown Prince Thomas, the four month old son of European Princess Monica, and the fall results from a bungled kidnap attempt. Before he knows it, Sam is on the run from kidnappers and avoiding avalanches and explosions to keep the young Crown Prince alive.
ISBN 9780143303725
Series Extreme adventures series (10 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
D'Ath, Justin
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Different dog, A
'I'll tell you something, Chase. Don't beg. Some people beg because they have nothing. But a dog should never do it just because someone says the word beg'. The unforgettable story of a boy who cannot speak and the day he finds his voice.
ISBN 9781760296469
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Jennings, Paul & Kelly, Geoff (ill)
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Divergent
In a post-Apocalyptic world, society has been divided into five factions that hold fast to five ways of thinking and acting. At sixteen, every individual must choose to stay or join another faction. Tris knows she is different and moves on. However, she finds she has many qualities and has to fight to find an identity that matches all her skills. Tris must fight, take risks and decide who to love and trust.
ISBN 9780007420414
Series Divergent series (1 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2011
Roth, Veronica
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Divergent series
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Series Divergent series (4 books)
Roth, Veronica
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Doldrums, The
Archer B Helmsley is a dreamer who lives in a house full of curiosities and his overprotective mother. His famous grandparents vanished while exploring an iceberg in Antarctica. Archer is lonely until he meets Oliver, more of a worrier than a warrior, and Adelaide, a mysterious Parisian girl with a wooden leg. Together, they plan to embark on a rescue mission to Antarctica. If only Archer's mother would let him leave the house.
ISBN 9780062320940
Publisher Greenwillow, 2015
Gannon, Nicholas
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Dolls of war
In 1941, eleven-year-old Macy James lives near the Oregon coast with her father, the curator of a small museum. Miss Tokyo, one of 58 exquisite Friendship Dolls given to America by Japan in 1926, is part of the museum's collection and one of Macy's most treasured connections to her mother who recently passed away. However, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour, Macy discovers the ugly side of prejudice and fear in many of her neighbours, as they demand the doll and all it represents, be destroyed and she is the only one left standing up for Miss Tokyo, her mother's memory and the hope of forgiveness.
ISBN 9780763690694
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Parenteau
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Dr Huxley's bequest: History of medicine in thirteen objects, A
A mysterious bequest sends Rosy and Jaz on a race against time to identify thirteen strange and wonderful objects - which turn out to tell the story of medicine, from the superstitions of ancient Egypt to the modern-day ethical dilemmas of genetic testing. Can unicorns cure leprosy? What secrets of the brain did Michelangelo conceal in his Sistine Chapel paintings? Did a zombie discover the cure for scurvy? Does homeopathy actually work? Why did an Australian scientist decide to drink dangerous bacteria? Is grapefruit evil? Did the bumps on Ned Kelly's head predict his fate? And how exactly did parachuting cats save a village from the plague?
ISBN 9780648165132
Publisher FitzOsborne Press, 2018
Cooper, Michelle
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Dragon
Long, the dragon-style warrior, saw his temple burned, his brothers killed, and his siblings fleeing to the four winds. Now the five young warriors have reunited with Ying, the redeemed renegade who put all of these events in motion, and ShaoShu, the mousy street thief, to prevent the wily mantis Tonglong from taking over China.
ISBN 9780375830792
Series Five ancestors series (7 of 7)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2011
Stone, Jeff
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Dragon Blood Pirates series
Two modern day boys, sometimes accompanied by their little sister and a sinister three-legged cat, are able to fall through time portals back to the time of bloodthirsty pirates and rollicking sea adventures. 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 Dragon Blood Pirates series (18 books)
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: dead man's whirlpool
Al and Owen return to the Dragon Blood Islands to find clues to the sabre's magical words and find out more about their ancestors amongst the pirates. But when the boys run into Slitgut who forces them to walk the plank, they uncover more than they could have expected in their wildest dreams.
ISBN 9780734411204
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (14 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: death diamond
Al and Owen have suddenly found themselves trapped on a rocky outcrop in the middle of a rising sea in another place and another century. They have to work out how they got there and how to get home, and more importantly, how to survive pirates like Captain Gunner, Snotty Nell and the ghost of Vicious Victor.
ISBN 9780734410719
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (1 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: doubloons and disaster
Al and Owen are again back in the world of the pirates and Al is beginning to discover his connection with this earlier time. The boys use their wits to escape some terrifying dangers as they rescue cash-strapped pirates. But, they will need all their resources to escape the evil clutches of Captain Blacktooth.
ISBN 9780734410726
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (2 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: graveyard diamonds
Al finds Prince Alleric's diary in the sea trunk in his attic and discovers some intriguing connections to his family history. The kids return to the islands in pursuit of Al's ancestors' treasure, visit the plague city and discover the golden key that opens a door to a secret in Dragon Island's hidden city.
ISBN 9780734411228
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (16 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: idols and ivory
This time Al's little sister, Hal, joins them unwittingly and unwillingly on their adventure. But she turns out to be another clue in their connection with this adventurous time in history. Al and Owen rescue kidnapped baby elephants and Al's decoding skills prove very handy for locating secret treasure.
ISBN 9780734410733
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (3 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: jewels and jolly rogers
This time, Al and Owen escape to the time of the pirates without Al's annoying little sister. Perhaps it's just as well for they have to battle pirates and escape cannibals to get home, alive and uneaten.
ISBN 9780734410757
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (4 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: power of the sabre
In their final adventure in the Dragon Blood Islands, the boys find their way through the maze and into the underground city, home of the sorcerer's hidden room. Al finishes reading his grandfather's diary and discovers the word he and his friends have been seeking to empower his sabre.
ISBN 9780734411242
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (18 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: power of the scabbard
The Scabbard of Invincibility finally has its four black diamonds in place and this means its powers are back in action. When Al wears it, he is invincible. But, while Al, Owen and Snakeboot, the cat, are away, Gunner sails off with the sabre and scabbard, leaving the boys behind. His plan is to attack Blacktooth and regain Velvetfoot's treasure.
ISBN 9780734410986
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (12 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: ransom
The boys return to the Dragon Blood Islands with the key to the secret door. When the girls are taken hostage by Captain Slitgut, the boys come to their rescue. But, they must try to overturn Gunner's rumour that they duped his enemy pirates with a real sabre.
ISBN 9780734411235
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (17 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: skulls and sabres
Al and Owen are back with the pirates but, in this adventure, they are up against an even scarier enemy, ghosts, and they're still to meet the most terrifying pirate of them all.
ISBN 9780734410771
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (6 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: slitgut and emerald eyes
Al and Owen are even more intrigued by the Dragon Blood Islands after Al's dad casually reveals his own father's connections to them. Keen to find out more and uncover the secret words that empower the magical sabre, the boys head back to the islands.
ISBN 9780734411198
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (13 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: the deathless pirate king
Carrying the long-lost Dragon Blood Sabre and Scabbard of Invincibility, Al and Owen travel back to the Dragon Blood Islands. When they show them to Grandfather, he notices that the four black diamonds that once decorated the scabbard are gone. The gems are cursed and make their owner deathless.
ISBN 9780734410931
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (7 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: the evil pearl
Al, Owen and Hally are in search of more black diamonds for the Scabbard of Invincibility. However, when they travel to the Dragon Blood Islands, instead of landing on Captain Gunner's ship, the children land in the ocean.
ISBN 9780734410962
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (10 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: the golden casket
There are more black diamonds to be found for the Scabbard of Invincibility, so Al and Owen return to the Dragon Blood Islands to search for them. The shifty Stanley Spong informs Captain Gunner and the boys that there is treasure to be found and Blacktooth and Snotty Nell are already on their way to finding it.
ISBN 9780734410948
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (8 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: the sorcerer's death mask
Back in Alleric Castle, Al, Owen and Mahoot stumble upon a book called 'The History of the Sabre'. The book tells them about a sorcerer who was buried, in a crypt on Dragon Island, with a golden death mask set upon his face and all his treasure. Keen to find more treasure, Captain Gunner accompanies the boys to Dragon Island.
ISBN 9780734410955
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (9 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: the zombie's treasure
When Al and Owen travel to the Dragon Blood Islands, they land on a strange boat with only one man on board. It's Velvetfoot, the last of the deathless pirates and possessor of the fourth and final black diamond.
ISBN 9780734410979
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (11 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: treasure and trouble
Al and Owen with Al's little sister, Hally, are discovering more of Al's connection to the time of the pirates. An old diary and a mysterious brooch hold the secret to Prince Alleric's missing Dragon Blood Sabre. The modern day adventurers must work out the code and unleash the mystery of Sabre Island.
ISBN 9780734410764
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (5 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon blood pirates: voodoo temple
Armed with a copy of Princess Halimeda's treasure map, the boys and Gunner make their way to the infamous Voodoo Caves on Ruby Island, with Snotty Nell and Slitgut in hot pursuit. Find out if they make it to the abandoned city, across crocodile-infested waters and through trees hung with skulls.
ISBN 9780734411211
Series Dragon Blood Pirates series (15 of 18)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Jerris, Dan & Walker, Rory (ill)
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Dragon horse
Aeons ago, dragons spread terror across the Chinese empire. Their descendants became magnificent horses, which are now drawn into a battle, caused by an ancient evil and the destiny of two brothers.
ISBN 9780552553544
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Ward, Peter
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Dragonfly
When the uptight Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands is sent to marry the uncouth Prince Ramil ac Burinholt, heir to the throne of Gerfal, in order to unite their lands, they are both horrified. They hate each other on sight and their lives have been very different. But, their countries are under threat and the only chance of peace is for them to form an alliance.
ISBN 9780192727602
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2008
Golding, Julia
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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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Dragonlords of Quentaris
Hero Rad is still very immature and finds himself kidnapped and sold into slavery. Quentaris is invaded and nearly all of the citizens are forced to wear slave neck collars.
ISBN 9780734406200
Series Quentaris chronicles series (18 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Collins, Paul
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Drawn onward
From the masterful pen of multi-award-winning Meg McKinlay and dynamic new illustrator Andrew Frazer, Drawn Onward explores shifting perspectives and the inner voice. The text is a palindrome that takes readers from the glass half empty - 'There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all' - to the glass half full- 'You can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.'
ISBN 9781925164848
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2017
McKinlay, Meg and Frazer, Andrew (ill)
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Drought
I remember when rain stopped, When day by day the water dropped, All across a sun-bleached land, Drought spread its withered, deadly hand.
ISBN 9781743817599
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
French, Jackie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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Drowned kingdom, The
Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have found a dragon and conquered the dreaded Beast of Blackmoor Bog. Only one item remains on their impossible quest - the scale of a sea-serpent. Now, they must journey to the drowned kingdom, where they will face their deadliest challenge yet. And there, they will uncover the truth behind all that has happened. The truth that will change everything.
ISBN 9781743624098
Series The impossible quest series (4 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Forsyth, Kate
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Eagle
For years Ying has been using his dragon style kung fu to gain vengeance over those who he feels have wronged him. The problem is that his whole life has been shrouded in mystery, even he does not know the truth behind his heritage.
ISBN 9780340902349
Series Five ancestors series (7 books)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2008
Stone, Jeff
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Eagle of the east
Ardavan is a young Parthian soldier whose mother was a Roman. After the disastrous Battle of Carrhae, many Roman soldiers lie dead on the battlefield and the survivors must serve Parthia as mercenaries. Able to communicate with both sides, Ardavan is raised to a special position where he and the beautiful Shara must survive in a world of intrigue and plots. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862917071
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Lawrence, L S
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Eagle strike: The graphic novel
Relaxing in France, reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider is finally able to feel like any ordinary fourteen year old. But, a sudden, ruthless attack on his hosts plunges him back into violence and mystery. Alex is determined to track down his friends' attackers, even if he must do it alone. But, it leads to a long-buried secret and a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined. Alex has ninety minutes to save the world.
ISBN 9781406318777
Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (4 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Johnston, Antony & Kanako (ill) & Yuzuro (ill)
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Earthsea series, The
Beautifully written series, with complex and intricate plots in a plausible fantasy world. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Earthsea series, The (5 books)
Le Guin, Ursula
No book cover.
Edgar & Ellen 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 Edgar & Ellen series (6 books)
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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Emil and the detectives
When Emil's money goes missing on the train to Berlin, his determination to get it back leads him to team up with the local detectives.
ISBN 9780099413127
Publisher Arrow / Random House, 2001
Kastner, Erich
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Empire of the waves: Voyage of the Moon Child
Pel Narine is on the edge of war and Anni Tidechild's world is on the brink of change. Uncertain about her past and fearful of the future, Anni lives a life of evasion, avoiding both her guardian, Wavelord Filip Able, and the voice that calls to her from the sea. When she meets Duck Knifetooth, the new friends are catapulted into unforeseen dangers -pirates, a giant, a mysterious ship and ancient creatures of the deep.
ISBN 9780143307549
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Richardson, Christopher
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Enchantress, The
Nicholas Flamel is near death, John Dee has the swords of power and the twins of prophecy are at the point of fulfilling the legend 'One to save the world, one to destroy it'.
ISBN 9780385619004
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (6 of 6)
Publisher Doubleday, 2012
Scott, Michael
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End, The
The last book in the series about the Baudelaire orphans. Includes a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous birdcage and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.
ISBN 9780064410168
Series Series of unfortunate events series (13 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2006
Snicket, Lemony
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Erik's enigma
You're going to Scandinavia. You can't wait. Viking treasure, snarling wolverines and unexplained deaths of whales. Is the enigmatic Erik a real Viking as he claims, and can he be trusted? It's up to you to find out, if you're prepared to risk all.
ISBN 9781742480886
Series Ranger in Danger series (5 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2010
Willmore, Sean & Reynolds, Alison
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Escape by sea
Sara, a strong and resourceful young woman, escapes with her father from Carthage by sea to face the hostile Roman navy and pirates. The naval tactics, medicine and international relations of the third century, and the insights into trades such as jewellery and sword-making, are an exciting backdrop to their perilous voyage and the political intrigue they encounter. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862917699
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Lawrence, L S
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Escape from kids' club
Max, Lily, Boaz and Jesse are stuck in Kids' Club at an island resort, forced to watch endless Pirates of the Caribbean re-runs while their parents relax by the pool. After eight days, they decide to break out and let the real fun begin.
ISBN 9780143305620
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Gwynne, Phillip
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Escape from Wolfhaven Castle
Tell your lord to beware, the wolves smell danger in the wind. Wolfhaven Castle has been attacked and only four escape. Tom, trained to scrub pots, not fight; Elanor, the lord's daughter; Sebastian, a knight in training; and Quinn, the witch's apprentice. If they are to save their people, they must find four magical beasts from legend and awaken the sleeping warriors of the past. But first, they have to make it out of the castle alive.
ISBN 9781743624067
Series The impossible quest series (1 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Forsyth, Kate
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eSide
Sam and her mother live in the rear of the Conch Cafe, close to Sam's best friend Melody. The building is owned by greedy witch Hecate who will do everything in her power to own the cafe's Good-Luck-Conch. After Hecate steals the shell and the cafe burns down, the girls have a series of adventures in eSide where they must travel through dangerous digital worlds before they can recover their conch.
ISBN 9781741307740
Publisher Five Senses Publications, 2013
Alexander, Goldie
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Extreme adventures 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 Extreme adventures series (11 books)
D'Ath, Justin
No book cover.
4337
Fail safe, The
Everyone seems to know who Fero is, except Fero. He's either a ruthless boy soldier from Besmar or an innocent teen recruit from Kamau. Whatever, he's running out of time to decide. If he doesn't help a renegade spy steal a politician's briefcase, his two countries could end up in a full blown nuclear war, the kind that no one wins. Sequel to The cut out.
ISBN 9781925266078
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Heath, Jack
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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 NEW SERIES 2019 (4 of 5)
Publisher MacMillan, 2015
Meyer, Marissa
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Fall, the
Sam is staying with his crime reporter father as he recovers from a knee operation when he is woken shortly after 2am by loud voices arguing in the flat above. Curious he opens the window to hear more clearly when suddenly a man-sized shape falls the six floors to the garden below. Sam goes to his dad's room to wake him, only to discover that he is gone. Fearful that it may be his father lying in the garden he struggles on his crutches downstairs only to discover that there is no one there. But someone is watching Sam and now Sam is in danger too.
ISBN 9780143783053
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Bancks, Tristan
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Famous five mystery collection, The
Five children have mad adventures without parental interference.
ISBN 9780340796146
Series Famous five series (23 books)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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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.
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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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Famous Five's survival guide, The
For Famous Five fans of all ages, this book is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. Find out how to survive a shipwreck, pack a rucksack, crack a secret code, use interrogation skills and find a secret passage plus an unsolved mystery from the past. A nostalgic look at the Five will appeal to older fans as well.
ISBN 9780340970836
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2008
Blyton, Enid
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: Illustrated edition
This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon - all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill.
ISBN 9781408885260
Series Harry Potter, books 4-7 series (4 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Rowling, J. K.
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Far-flung adventures series
An adventure, fantasy series with tongue-in-cheek characters and situations.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 Far-flung adventures series (3 books)
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
No book cover.
23177
Fearless Frederic
When the river rises and the city of Paris begins to disappear under water, Frederic decides to help those who can't help themselves. But as his heroic acts escalate, so does the danger. Frederic will have to battle an escaped zoo animal and fight off pickpockets and looters, but as the waters subside, can he find justice for his father and find out what courage really means?
ISBN 9780143786757
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2018
Arena, Felice
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Felix series NEW SERIES 2018
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 Felix series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Gleitzman, Morris
No book cover.
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Fergus Crane
When a mysterious flying box arrives at Fergus' window with a message from his Uncle Theo, the boy learns that he is in danger and that his uncle is sending help. Help is what Fergus needs when the clipper ship that serves as his school disappears with the other students on board and the teachers are not quite what they seem. Fergus will need to be brave and resourceful to rescue his friends.
ISBN 9780385750882
Series Far-flung adventures series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Fetch the treasure hunter
Dom is in Italy, and uses manipulation and deception to search for the world's greatest treasure hunter. While he is there he does some digging of his own, into The Debt, but only gets more questions.
ISBN 9781742378602
Series The debt series (4 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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Fetcher's song
Gwin is a Fetcher. With her Papa and blind twin brother, she travels the countryside, bringing joy, through song, acrobatics and story, to the downtrodden people. But, since her mama died, it's been hard to keep the joy alive. Fetchers have always been hunted by the Devouts for preserving the old ways. When the devious Brother Poosk captures her papa, Gwin must do her utmost to rescue him, whatever the cost.
ISBN 9781743319420
Series The Hidden series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Tanner, Lian
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Fever Code, The
The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and fever rages through the population. Out of the chaos, a boy emerges with the power to change everything: Thomas. This is the start of his story.
ISBN 9781911077169
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Dashner, James
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Fifth room, The
What if there was a secret organisation of the leading medical experts that allowed young medical students to carry human experiments out - on themselves? This is the premise of this psychological thriller. Miri is a gifted 17 year old medical student who is willing to test her theories on herself. But, who really is in control? What is Miri up against, and what has she got to loose? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742762548
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Rushby, A.J.
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Finals, The
Depicts the story of a soccer team and their quest to make the finals. A new, enthusiastic coach is enlisted, who employs coaching tactics that a number of team members and supporters believe are too rough and inappropriate.
ISBN 9781741661002
Series Jasper Zammit series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Abela, Deborah & Warren, Johnny
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Finding Serendipity
In search of Serendipity, Tuesday and her faithful dog Baxterr find themselves on a very dangerous mission. They enter the magical world where stories come from, a mysterious and unpredictable world, full of real danger and heart-stopping adventure. Tuesday will need all her wit, courage, perseverance and imagination in order to get to The End and be reunited with the people she loves.
ISBN 9781743310311
Series Tuesday McGillycuddy series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Banks, Angelica
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Finn family Moomintroll
It is spring in the valley and the Moomins are ready for adventure. Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and Sniff, find the Hobgoblin's top hat, all shiny and new, and just waiting to be taken home. However, they soon realise that this is no ordinary hat. It can turn anything, or anyone, into something else.
ISBN 9780312608897
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Jansson, Tove; Portch, Elizabeth (trans)
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Fire lizard
The people of the Nine Valleys grow desperate as they are terrorised. Hope lies with Sensei and the Little Cockroaches as they work to defeat Hyo Moon and deliver a message to the Governor.
ISBN 9781921529467
Series Samurai kids series (5 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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Fire pony, The
Imagine you have only one person in the world to love and take care of you and that person has a dangerous secret. Roy and his brother Joe Dilly, blessed with the talent of horse whispering, try to find a home in America's deep south.
ISBN 9780746065082
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Philbrick, Rodman
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Firebird mystery, The
London, a city of fog and snow, filled with airships, steamcars and metrotowers soaring into space. Jack is an orphan, who becomes the apprentice detective to Ignatius Doyle and is plunged into a mystery of past and future.
ISBN 9781922147752
Series Jack Mason adventure series (1 of 3)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2014
Pitt, Darrell
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Firebug
David has been accused of being a firebug since he started a fire at the age of six that resulted in tragedy. He experiences a horrifying ordeal, at the hands of a real firebug, when fires break out in his local area.
ISBN 9780141306636
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Harris, David
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First voyage, The
The ferocious Crocodile warriors have already killed Bent Beak's pa, and now they seem determined to take out his whole tribe. The only way to survive is to flee the island. As the Yam tribe brave the perils of the sea, will they survive the voyage into the unknown, and what awaits them just over the horizon. An enthralling story about the plight of the very first boat people, of their desperation, bravery and hope.
ISBN 9780143307679
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Baillie, Allan
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Five ancestors 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 Five ancestors series (7 books)
Stone, Jeff
No book cover.
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Five are together again
The famous five are together again and camping near their friends. A burglary results in stolen research papers and someone involved in the neighbouring circus falls under suspicion.
ISBN 9780340681268
Series Famous five series (21 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five fall into adventure
Julian, Dick and Anne are really worried. George and her devoted dog, Timmy, have just disappeared. Not only that, somebody has broken into Kirrin Cottage. They wonder if there could be a connection.
ISBN 9780340796238
Series Famous five series (9 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five get into a fix
The famous five get into a fix together.
ISBN 9780340681220
Series Famous five series (17 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five get into trouble
The Famous Five are distraught. Dick has been kidnapped presumably mistaken for somebody else.
ISBN 9780340796221
Series Famous five series (8 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five go adventuring again
There's a thief at Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five think they know who it is, but they need to prove it! The discovery of an old map and very unusual hiding place is all they need to get to the bottom of this mystery and uncover the true culprit!
ISBN 9780340681084
Series Famous five series (2 of 23)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 1943
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five go down to the sea
The famous five wonder if anyone would deliberately lure somebody on to treacherous rocks on the Cornish coast. Somebody is flashing lights from the old tower on stormy nights and the five sense danger.
ISBN 9780340796269
Series Famous five series (12 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Blyton, Enid
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Five go off in a caravan
A caravan holiday for the Famous Five is bound to be an adventure! And when they stumble across a circus troupe, the gang are thrilled. But some of the circus people have more sinister plans than just clowning around.
ISBN 9780340796191
Series Famous five series (5 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five go off to camp
Ghost trains that vanish in the middle of the night, the Famous Five can't believe it. There has to be a logical explanation. But as they follow the tracks, they realise there might not be.
ISBN 9780340796214
Series Famous five series (7 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five go to Billycock Hill
The famous five go on an adventure to Billycock Hill.
ISBN 9780340681213
Series Famous five series (16 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Blyton, Enid
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Five go to Demons Rocks
The famous five go to Demon's Rocks.
ISBN 9780340681244
Series Famous five series (19 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five go to mystery moor
There's something dangerous out on Mystery Moor, and the Famous Five will have to risk the treacherous mists to follow the trail.
ISBN 9780340681183
Series Famous five series (13 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Blyton, Enid
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Five go to Smuggler's Top
The Famous Five go to stay at a large old house, and discover lots of hiding places and underground tunnels. Perhaps there are still smugglers at Smuggler's Top.
ISBN 9780340796184
Series Famous five series (4 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five have a mystery to solve
The famous five have another mystery to solve.
ISBN 9780340681251
Series Famous five series (20 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Blyton, Enid
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Five have a wonderful time
The Famous Five are on holiday and they've discovered a ruined castle nearby. The castle looked deserted but is that a face at the window.
ISBN 9780340681169
Series Famous five series (11 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five have plenty of fun
Berta is in hiding from kidnappers, and she needs help from the Five, but to help out a virtual stranger, they will have to risk great danger to themselves.
ISBN 9780340681190
Series Famous five series (14 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five on a hike together
When Dick is woken by a light flashing through his window, he is puzzled. Perhaps someone is trying to send him a coded message. And when the famous five hear of an escaped convict in the area, they are on red alert.
ISBN 9780340796245
Series Famous five series (10 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five on a secret trail
Camping again, the five have pitched their tent near an old, abandoned cottage, but Anne hears strange noises at night. Perhaps it isn't abandoned after all.
ISBN 9780340681206
Series Famous five series (15 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five on a Treasure Island
Julian, Dick, George Anne and Timmy the dog are in their first adventure which involves an island, a ruined castle, a submerged wreck and a desperate treasure hunt.
ISBN 9780340681060
Series Famous five series (1 of 23)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 1942
Blyton, Enid
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Five on Finniston Farm
This adventure story sees the Famous Five down on the farm.
ISBN 9780340681237
Series Famous five series (18 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five on Kirrin island again
What can Uncle Quentin be up to, all alone, on Kirrin Island. He won't let anyone visit, not even George and the rest of the Famous Five.
ISBN 9780340796207
Series Famous five series (6 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Five run away together
Someone has been on George's island. The five wonder what is locked in the mysterious trunk hidden on Kirrin Island.
ISBN 9780340796177
Series Famous five series (3 of 23)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Blyton, Enid
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Fizzlebert Stump and the bearded boy
The bearded Barboozul family are the new stars of Fizz's circus. Their act is full of magic, mystery, fear and fun. And, it's nice to have another boy around, even if he is a bit hairy round the chin. But, then things start going wrong. The lion loses his dentures. The clowns lose their noses. The Ringmaster loses his temper. And, the circus is about to lose its licence. Fizz must find out who or what is to blame, and save the day.
ISBN 9781408835210
Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Fizzlebert Stump and the girl who lifted quite heavy things
It's the great Circus of Circuses competition and Fizzlebert Stump does not have an act. He's no longer the Boy Who Puts His Head In The Lion's Mouth (the lion retired) and putting his head in a crocodile's mouth instead just didn't work out. Fizz needs to find himself a new act, and reunite his friend, the Bearded Boy, with his long-lost parents. Luckily, the strongest girl in the world is there to help.
ISBN 9781408853313
Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Fizzlebert Stump and the great supermarket showdown
It's a disaster when the ringmaster sells Fizz's circus to the mysterious Mr Pinkbottle. All the acts who aren't fired are forced to work in his supermarket. Not an easy task at all if your only skill is plate-spinning or being a trapeze artist, or indeed a sea lion. It's up to Fizz to find a way to save them all.
ISBN 9781408869451
Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Fizzlebert Stump series
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Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Fizzlebert Stump: Boy who cried fish, The
Fizzlebert Stump lives in a circus. When his friend, Fish the sea lion, goes missing, Fizz tracks him down to the Aquarium, with its piratical owner Admiral Spratt-Haddock, invisible octopus, and colour-coded fish. But, the Aquarium has problems of its own. Fish (not Fish the sea lion, fish. Keep up) are going missing, and the Admiral blames the circus. Fizz must try to solve the mystery, avoid an over-enthusiastic crocodile and find his friend.
ISBN 9781408842461
Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Fizzlebert Stump: Boy who did PE in his pants, The
Fizzlebert Stump lives in a circus. He is usually found training to be a strongman or being taught history by a magician or playing football with a sea lion. But, not today. After being lost in the woods and mistaken for a very rude girl, here he is, at the back of the class confusing the teacher. Rather than being forced to sit up straight and pay attention, Fizz just wants to find his way back to the circus.
ISBN 9781408853399
Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Fizzlebert Stump: Boy who ran away from the circus (and joined the library), The
Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. He hangs around with acrobats, plays the fool with clowns, and outs his head in a lion's mouth every night. But it can be a bit lonely being the only kid in the circus. So, one day, Fizz decides to join a library and that's when it all goes terribly wrong.
ISBN 9781408830031
Series Fizzlebert Stump series (6 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2012
Harrold, A F & Horne, Sarah (ill)
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Flitterwig series
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Series Flitterwig series (3 books)
Cullen, Edrei
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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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Follow that bus
Two bank robbers find more than they bargained for when they encounter a group of school children visiting a farm.
ISBN 9780099932208
Publisher Red Fox, 1992
Hutchins, Pat & Hutchins, Laurence (ill)
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Forest, The
A book about the journey of life, from our wide-eyes of childhood through the tangles and brambles, into our end.
ISBN 9781592702183
Publisher Enchanted Lion books, 2018
Bozzi, Ricardo & Lopiz, Violeta & Vidali, Valerio (ill)
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Forgotten map, The
When Whisker is washed overboard he is rescued by a band of Pie Rats. He becomes their apprentice and has to learn how to shoot mouldy pies, sword fight with scissor blades and is bound for adventure.
ISBN 9780987461506
Series Pie rats series (1 of 6)
Publisher Daydream Press, 2014
Stelzer, Cameron
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Fortress
Survival, fraud, violence, mystery and suspense are included in this story which is part of the Cliffhanger series.
ISBN 9780141303239
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Harris, David
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Four-fingered man, The
When Amelia's parents decide to reopen an old hotel, she and her new friend, Charlie, quickly discover that there's more to The Gateway than meets the eye. Not only is it creepy, cavernous and run by a cranky caretaker called Tom, but the guests aren't your typical human visitors.
ISBN 9781760120283
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015
Jones, Cerberus
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Four: Divergent story collection, A
Tobias' transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him or let fear turn him into a cowering child. Newly christened 'Four', he must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future, and the future of the entire faction system.
ISBN 9780062285683
Series Divergent series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2014
Roth, Veronica
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Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase
What do you do when your cranky-pants grandad builds a time machine and accidentally deleted the whole family? If you're Frankie Fish, you race against the clock to fix it! Twelve-year-old prankster Frankie must team up with his grumpy grandad to save the family after the old man accidentally stops himself from marrying Nanna- and wipes out the whole family. It's all down to Frankie and Grandad to put the past back together again. But can a young prankster and an old crank ever get along? And will Grandad's wonky time machine ever get them home?
ISBN 9781760128494
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Helliar, Peter & Vamos, Lesley (ill)
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Frankie Fox girl spy: Operation boy band
Agent Frankie Fox is undercover, visiting an international kid's robotics competition. She's investigating the evil Alliance's robot army, when she discovers that the world's number one boy band is brainwashing kids to serve the Alliance. To try and save the day, Frankie will need to solve puzzles, deprogram evil robots and sneak backstage at a concert. But, her best friend won't forgive her if she breaks up the band.
ISBN 9780734415707
Publisher Lothian Books, 2015
Poshoglian, Yvette & Davis, Jacqui (ill)
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Frankie Fox girl spy: Ready, set, spy
Frankie Fox has realised she is being trained to be a spy. She has a spy manual which helps her learn to solve problems and use cool technology. When Frankie's billionaire inventor dad is kidnapped by a mysterious, evil group, the Alliance, it's up to Frankie to get him back. She'll have to solve mind-bending puzzles and work head-spinning gadgets to do it. Frankie must move quickly from school kid to super spy.
ISBN 9780734415684
Publisher Lothian Books, 2015
Poshoglian, Yvette & Davis, Jacqui (ill)
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Frogkisser
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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Funny kid stand up
Max is the boy who can make kids laugh. Something terrible has happened and Max seems to have lost his funny! Now Max is the 'Un-Funny Kid' right when he's trying to win the town talent quest! Heckling clowns, kidnapped grandpas, giant dogs called Steve, bungled police operations and the greatest stand-up comedy routine of all time were just some of the things encountered by Max, Hugo, Abby and Duck in this second book of the Funny Kid series.
ISBN 9780733335983
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Stanton, Matt
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Gaolbird: True story of William Swallow, convict and pirate, The
It's 23 October 1821 and convict William Swallow stands on the deck of the Malabar for muster. He is wearing a canary yellow convict uniform and his legs are chained. He's just completed the 121-day sea voyage from London to Hobart Town, but his wild and audacious adventures have barely begun. He'll soon ditch the convict uniform and the chains, take part in a mutiny, become a pirate captain and fool the world in what just might be the most outrageous and unbelievable true story in Australia's convict history.
ISBN 9781925498172
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Barnard, Simon
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Gatekeeper series
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Series Gatekeeper series (4 books)
Blackburn, Richard
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Gemina: Illuminae Files, The
Hanna, the commander's pampered daughter, and Nik, the reluctant member of a crime family, are struggling with life aboard the space station. When an elite strike team invades, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home from alien predators. And, there's a malfunction in the station's wormhole. Soon, Hanna and Nik are fighting to survive. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia, and possibly in the known universe, is in their hands. Mature read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925266573
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Gentleman Jim
Jim Bloggs, a lavatory assistant, is dissatisfied with his life and wishes to rise above his station, if only he had more education. Encouraged by his wife, Hilda, he explores options such as being a cowboy. He finally settles on being a highwayman but not everyone sees his trusty steed, and his quest to rob the rich and give to the poor, in a positive light.
ISBN 9780224085243
Publisher Jonathan Cape, 2008
Topics / Graphic novels /
Briggs, Raymond
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Gerander series, The: Secret of Zanzibar, The
Time is running out as Queen Eugenia prepares to crown herself as absolute ruler of Greater Gerander. Alistair and Tibby Rose travel on a daring mission into dangerous territory to stop her. Alice and Alex risk their lives by returning to the enemy stronghold. They must act now to restore Zanzibar to the throne or lose their homeland forever. But, Zanzibar has a secret and it may cost Alistair his life.
ISBN 9780733330650
Series The Gerander trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher ABC Books, 2015
Watts, Frances
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Gerander trilogy, The: Song of the Winns, The
Alex, Alice and Alistair are triplets who think they are just three ordinary mice until Alistair mysteriously vanishes. Then, Alex and Alice learn a secret about their family, a secret which means Alistair's life is in danger unless they can find him first. So begins a hair-raising journey as Alex and Alice try to outrun enemy agents in a desperate race against time.
ISBN 9780733327865
Series The Gerander trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher ABC Books, 2010
Watts, Frances
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Gerander trilogy, The: Spies of Gerander, The
Alex, Alice and Alistair are triplet mice. With their country in danger, Alice and Alex are sent on an undercover mission, right into the heart of enemy territory. Meanwhile, Alistair and his friend, Tibby Rose, set out to rescue Alistair's parents from a remote island prison. But, someone is determined to stop them, someone who knows their every move. It seems there is a traitor.
ISBN 9780733329142
Series The Gerander trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher ABC Books, 2011
Watts, Frances
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Get a grip, Cooper Jones
Cooper Jones longs for the time when life was simple, when all he needed to worry about was whether to change his undies or make do. Now, his life has become all too complicated. Set against the backdrop of a fiery summer, Cooper needs to realise that sometimes you just need to get a grip.
ISBN 9781921529788
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Whiting, Sue
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Ghost club series
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Series Ghost club series (3 books)
Abela, Deborah
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Ghost club: the haunted school
With the help of Ghost Club, Angeline and Edgar must find out who the ghost at their school is so they can help her but first they have to convince their school principal that kids can be ghost catchers too, and they have to avoid Travis the bully, who is spying on them and causing trouble wherever they go.
ISBN 9781742750835
Series Ghost club series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Abela, Deborah
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Ghost club: the new kid
Angeline and Edgar might be kids, but they're also two of Ghost Club's youngest ghost-catchers. Got a problem with a ghost or poltergeist. Angeline and Edgar are the experts to call. A slightly spooky but mostly funny series about the mischief ghosts can make - and the kids who take care of the mess.
ISBN 9781742750804
Series Ghost club series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Abela, Deborah
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Ghost in my suitcase, A
When Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she uncovers an incredible family secret. And with this secret comes danger and adventure. If Celeste is to save her family and friends, she must learn to harness her rare and powerful gift as a ghost-hunter.
ISBN 9780143303794
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Wang, Gabrielle
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Ghost's child, The
This is the life story of Matilda. Her isolated childhood and her quest with her father to find the most beautiful thing in the world; her unusual marriage to Feather, part sprite part wild man, that promised true happiness and the loss that she suffered when she had to let him go. This book is part enchanting fable and part love story.
ISBN 9780670029457
Publisher Viking Children's, 2007
Hartnett, Sonya
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Girl, the dog and the writer in Rome, The
For the first ten years of her life, Freja and her mother Clementine have roamed the Arctic in search of zoological wonders. Happy, content, together. Freja and Clem. Clem and Freja. But now, everything is changing, and Clementine must send Freja away to live with her old friend Tobias, a bestselling crime writer and, quite possibly, the most absent-minded man on earth. Tobias is not used to life with a child, and Freja isn't used to people at all, but together they stumble into an Italian adventure so big that it will change things forever.
ISBN 9780733338175
Publisher ABC Books, 2017
Nannestad, Katrina
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Goblin mafia wars: Wanted dead or deader
Goblin Mafia Wars is action packed, monster filled adventure that will have you hooked from the opening pages. You will laugh and you will squirm as the race to save the world's last dragon's eggs and halt a full blown goblin war gets under way. Can the dragons be saved? And will earth be spared?
ISBN 9781925272208
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2016
Green,D C
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Golden anchor, The
Around Whisker's neck hangs a tiny golden pendant - a symbol of hope and a reminder of his family. Passed down from generation to generation, the golden anchor is much more than just a lucky charm. It may be Whisker's final hope of saving his parents.
ISBN 9780987461551
Series Pie rats series (6 of 6)
Publisher Daydream Press, 2017
Stelzer, Cameron
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Golden bat
Sensai and the cockroaches have a deadline to meet in eight days. Dreaded Oong, the pirate, is holding Mikko hostage and he will only be released when Sensai rescues and returns Oong's nephew. It's a tight schedule, made even more difficult when Sensai falls foul of a bear.
ISBN 9781921529474
Series Samurai kids series (6 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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Golden door, The
The heroes of Weld leave the walled city to find the source of the monsters attacking their city during the night. When they don't return after one year, young Rye takes it upon himself to find them and he experiences the world outside of Weld.
ISBN 9781862919129
Series The three doors trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2011
Rodda, Emily
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Goldfish boy, The
Matthew likes everything to be very clean and stays safe in his room to keep away from germs. He watches his neighbours but hates going outside. When a toddler goes missing Matthew is the last person to have seen him alive. Can Matthew overcome his fears, turn detective and solve the crime?
ISBN 9781407170992
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Thompson, Lisa
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Goliath
Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as Prince of Austria and, finally, fall in love. But, their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war and the crown. And, a potential relationship would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl, and if they weren't technically enemies. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670073054
Series The Leviathan trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Westerfeld, Scott & Thompson, Keith (ill)
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Goodly and Grave: In a bad case of kidnap
Employed as the new boot girl at Grave Hall, Lucy Goodly is in a tough situation. Who will take care of her well-meaning, but gambling parents? How will she get back to her beloved home, and what is REALLY going on at Grave Hall? This is book one in the Goodly and Grave trilogy, featuring magic, exotic animals, adventure and kidnapped children.
ISBN 9780008183530
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Windsor, Justine
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Goodly and Grave: In a deadly case of murder
Lucy Goodly is a magician. Not a very knowledgeable one, and rather young too, but she is learning. Still in the employ of Lord Grave (and Boot Girl of Grave Hall - for all appearances), she and the members of MAAM (Magicians Against the Abuse of Magic) are investigating the thefts of magical items and soil from churchyards. Can Lucy and Lord Grave solve the mystery and stop a seriously magical plot?
ISBN 9780008183561
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Windsor, Justine
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Goth Girl and the ghost of a mouse
Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and she is rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it's too late!
ISBN 9781447201748
Series Goth Girl series NEW SERIES 2019 (1 of 4)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2017
Riddell, Chris
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Goth Girl and the wuthering fright
People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's literary dog show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Blue Bloodhound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Doodle Poodle are raring to go. But there is something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) work out what's going on before the next full moon?
ISBN 9781447277910
Series Goth Girl series NEW SERIES 2019 (3 of 4)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2017
Riddell, Chris
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Grace and fury
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace - selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781444941951
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Banghart, Tracy
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Granny Rags
Shy and over-protected, Tim is the new kid in a small country town. He's slow to make friends and becomes involved with the school bully. Tim is pressured into visiting a mysterious, old woman, Granny Rags, a reclusive old lady, rumoured to be a witch. Tim gradually finds out Granny Rags' story and one visit turns to several. Soon, Tim find himself involved in a mess of corruption, secrets and danger.
ISBN 9781922120250
Publisher IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), 2013
Reid, Janet
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Graveyard book, The: Graphic novel Volume 1
The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings - such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
ISBN 9781408858998
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gaiman, Neil & Russel, P. Craig (ill and adapt)
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Graveyard Book, The: Graphic novel Volume 2
The second volume of a glorious two-volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings - such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
ISBN 9781408859001
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gaiman, Neil & Russel, P. Craig (ill and adapt)
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Great escapes
Discover some exciting stories about great escapes that became great adventures. And, it's not only about humans who escape. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865047621
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Harris, David
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Greatest magician in the world, The
Elliot is mad about magic. Completely and utterly mad. It's all he talks about, all he thinks about, and even all he dreams about! And it's not surprising, because magic is in Elliot's blood. His great grandfather had once been known as The Greatest Magician in the World and Elliot is desperate to follow in his footsteps. But it's tricky when the only magic book in the library is missing half its pages, and there's no one around to teach you. But all that's about to change when Elliot discovers a long lost letter from his great grandfather and embarks on a magical adventure that could change his life forever!
ISBN 9781509806188
Publisher MacMillan, 2017
Edmondson, Matt & Parsons, Garry (ill)
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Grey king, The
Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is on a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
ISBN 9780689829840
Series Dark is rising series (4 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 1977
Cooper, Susan
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Grim grotto, The
On their way to find the last safe place, the Baudelaire's encounter Count Olaf, his henchmen and the Medusoid Mycelium, a deadly fungus.
ISBN 9780064410144
Series Series of unfortunate events series (11 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2004
Snicket, Lemony
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Grimsdon
A group of children, led by the gutsy Isabella and inventive Griffin, are eking out a living in Grimsdon, a flooded city, abandoned due to rising sea levels. When newcomer Xavier arrives, events are set in motion from which none of them emerge unchanged.
ISBN 9781741663723
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Abela, Deborah
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Grizzly trap
Sam Fox is on a cub scout trip to North America when their bus crashes down a canyon. Some of the group are seriously injured so Sam and two cubs set off to find help. But, Sam is thousands of kilometres from home, in the middle of the American wilderness. A wilderness full of howling wolves and a massive, unpredictable grizzly bear that's following them.
ISBN 9780143303718
Series Extreme adventures series (9 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
D'Ath, Justin
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Grommet saves the world
Grommet is a thirteen year old troublemaker who gets a job as an undercover agent at a fun park trying to catch a saboteur. He survives a terrifying ordeal suspended upside down from a stopped rollercoaster, and other misadventures.
ISBN 9780143300540
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2003
Moloney, James
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Half-moon investigations
Fletcher Moon has graduated to be a fully qualified private detective. He's also only twelve years old. When a series of mysterious crimes occur across town, Fletcher finds himself in an exciting adventure, some violent incidents and in real danger.
ISBN 9780786849574
Publisher Miramax Kids, 2006
Colfer, Eoin
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Haroun and the sea of stories
Haroun's father is the greatest of all storytellers. His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay. One terrible day, everything goes wrong and his father runs out of stories to tell. Haroun is determined to return the storyteller's gift.
ISBN 9780140366501
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1993
Rushdie, Salman
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Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
Harry discovers what fate truly has in store for him as he inexorably makes his way to that final meeting with Voldemort. In this thrilling climax to the phenomenally bestselling series, J.K. Rowling will reveal all to her eagerly waiting readers.
ISBN 9780747591078
Series Harry Potter, books 4-7 series (7 of 4)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Rowling, J K
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Harry Potter and the half-blood prince
In the midst of this battle between good and evil, Harry Potter is in his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Voldemort's power and followers are increasing day-by-day and danger is all around.
ISBN 9780747584667
Series Harry Potter, books 4-7 series (6 of 4)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2006
Rowling, J K
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Harry Potter, books 4-7 series
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Series Harry Potter, books 4-7 series (4 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Hatchet
The only survivor of a light plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, Brian must learn to exist among wild animals and find a way back to civilisation.
ISBN 9780689826993
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 1999
Paulsen, Gary
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Have courage, Hazel Green
Hazel's plan backfires and she finds she's the villain. It will take courage and determination to prove what really happened.
ISBN 9781865084664
Series Hazel Green series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Hirsch, Odo
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Havoc
The city is split in two by warring factions, either side of the river. When Nik saves a stranger from the debris, she keeps repeating the word 'havoc'. As he delves further, Nik uncovers a complex web of power, fear and betrayal that enwraps the city. He also learns more about his parents, finds out who he can trust and is forced to make an impossible choice. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781922147295
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Higgins, Jane
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Hazel Green
Hazel Green is a precocious eleven year old that people either love or hate. When she gets an idea in her head no-one can stop her, not even the many intimidating adults that she must contend with.
ISBN 9781582349404
Series Hazel Green series (1 of 4)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2005
Hirsch, Odo
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Hazel Green series
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Series Hazel Green series (4 books)
Hirsch, Odo
No book cover.
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Hernando's labyrinth
From real-life stories of rangers around the world. Do you have the courage to be a ranger in danger? You're going to South America as a ranger in training and you can't wait! Stinky skunks, gigantic tarantulas, Mayan ruins, and flesh-eating piranhas... Someone's threatening the last Pinta tortoise in the world. Can you save him and stop the evil mastermind, Hernando? Your fate is in your hands.
ISBN 9781741789867
Series Ranger in Danger series (2 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2010
Willmore, Sean & Reynolds, Alison
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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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Hit list
Ash and Benjamin are thieves. They find stolen artefacts and return them to their owners. When they try to rescue Alice B from the only place in the world who know more than the CIA, they encounter assassins, huge swimming pools and Ghosts. Includes violence. Usually read by students in years 9,10 and above.
ISBN 9780330425841
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Heath, Jack
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Hive
Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known. Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling. A drip? It doesn't make sense. Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it. Curiosity is a hook. What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.
ISBN 9781760556433
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Betts, A.J
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Ho ho ho mystery, The
Can Harry Pigg find and save Santa before it's too late. Why would anyone want to kidnap such a great guy.
ISBN 9780007364015
Series Third Pig Detective Agency, The series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Burke, Bob
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Hobbit: an illustrated edition, The
Prelude to The Lord of the Rings series in which Bilbo Baggins, at the request of the great wizard, Gandalf, sets off on an adventure fraught with danger. Nasty things adventures, they often make you miss dinner. Bilbo reclaims the dwarves' treasure and discovers the all-powerful ring that binds them all.
ISBN 9780345445605
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Graphic novels /
Tolkien & Wenzel, D (ill) & Dixon, C & Deming, S (adapt)
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Holes
Stanley is not surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he surprised when he is told that his daily labour is to dig a hole, five foot wide and five foot deep, and report anything he finds in it.
ISBN 9780747563662
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2003
Sachar, Louis
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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
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Series Hooey Higgins series (3 books)
Voake, Steve & Dodson, Emma (ill)
No book cover.
Hoofbeats series
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Series Hoofbeats series (3 books)
Duey, Kathleen
No book cover.
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Horizon
When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue. Food is running out. Water is scarce. And the jungle is full of threats unlike anything the survivors have ever seen before- from razor-beaked shredder birds to carnivorous vines and much, much worse. With danger at every turn, these eight kids must learn to work together to survive. But cliques and rivalries threaten to tear them apart. And not everyone will make it out of the jungle alive.
ISBN 9781743817605
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Westerfeld, Scott
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Horowitz horror series
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Series Horowitz horror series (8 books)
Horowitz, Anthony
No book cover.
Horse mad series
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Series Horse mad series (8 books)
Helidoniotis, Kathy
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Horse mad western
Ashleigh has to learn the western style of riding in readiness for the upcoming Western Riding Show but she feels she is losing control. She has her job at Shady Trails Riding Ranch, two horses to look after as well as helping out with her parent's Bed and Breakfast. At least her friend Jenna is coming to visit.
ISBN 9780732284244
Series Horse mad series (5 of 8)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2008
Helidoniotis, Kathy
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Horse road, the
In Ferghana, Central Asia, in 102 BC, thirteen year old Kallisto is an excellent horsewoman. One day, while racing her horses in the mountains, Kallisto sees the Chinese army approaching her city. On reaching home, she finds a deserted city, and her favourite horse and others missing. Kallisto is determined to get the horses back, even if this means being challenged to a duel of horsemanship and skill.
ISBN 9781408819357
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2012
Harrison, Troon
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Horse who bit a bushranger, The
Billy Marks is a pickpocket, transported to the penal colony of NSW. He and his mate reckon they'll become bushrangers, buying a brumby stallion, covered with scars and refusing to bend to any man's will. Jackie French has used, in context, language and opinions of the times which are now unacceptable.
ISBN 9780732289287
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
French, Jackie
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Horses for King Arthur
Alexa, the headstrong teenage daughter of a landowning family in 475 England, dreams of breeding fine horses. When she meets Artorius, a boy who dreams of victory, fighting the barbarians from horseback, Alexa finds allies to help extricate herself from her mother's plans. She finds herself in an uncertain, bloodthirsty world, where life has little value when measured against power and wealth. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862919198
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Lawrence, L S
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Hostile hospital, The
The Baudelaire orphans are on the run after being accused of murder. They find themselves at Heimlich hospital, along with Count Olaf and his troupe, who are working to perform a 'cranioectomy'.
ISBN 9780064408660
Series Series of unfortunate events series (8 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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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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Hugo Pepper
Hugo Pepper, a foundling raised by reindeer herders, discovers that he is really the child of ill-fated explorers. As Hugo searches for his true identity, he learns that his grandfather has mysteriously disappeared, leaving his Gazette, the Firefly Quarterly in the hands of an unscrupulous gossip slinger. Hugo must piece together the mystery of his grandfather and restore the Gazette to its former glory.
ISBN 9780385607254
Series Far-flung adventures series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Hunger Games series
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Series Hunger Games series (3 books)
Collins, Suzanne
No book cover.
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Hunger games, The
A terrifying reality TV show selects twelve boys and twelve girls, forcing them to compete live. There is only one rule, kill or be killed. Katniss is horrified when her younger, gentle sister is selected and volunteers in her place. She faces violent events that she does not believe she can survive. Includes cruelty and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781407109084
Series Hunger Games series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Collins, Suzanne
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Hunger games, The: catching fire
Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games, a terrifying fatal reality TV show. However, the Capitol want revenge for her trickery and change the rules so that she must compete for a second time. There will be twice as many opponents, all having won past games. Includes cruelty, violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781407109367
Series Hunger Games series (2 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Collins, Suzanne
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Hunger games, The: mockingjay
Katniss Everdeen has survived the deadly arena of the Hunger Games but, in retaliation for her rescue, President Snow has ordered the destruction of District 12. A new and deadly battle has begun. Some violent scenes are graphically described, requiring more mature readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781407109374
Series Hunger Games series (3 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Collins, Suzanne
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I am David
A young boy's journey of survival across Europe following his assisted escape from a concentration camp.
ISBN 9780749701369
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 1989
Holm, Anne
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Ice breaker
Circling the Antarctic is an ancient ship with a divided crew, an orphaned girl living amongst rats and a boy discovered on an iceberg, all guarding their own secrets.
ISBN 9781743314340
Series The Hidden series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Tanner, Lian
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If I was Prime Minister
The Prime Minister makes decisions that affect us all. Being the Prime Minister is an important job. Imagine if children made all the decisions and what would happen.
ISBN 9780733338953
Publisher ABC Books, 2018
Feiner, Robin
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If you're reading this, it's too late
The Midnight Sun has been waiting five hundred years for the homunculus, a man-made man, to rise, and now the evil Ms Mauvais and Dr L are going to throw Cass and Max-Ernest to the sharks unless they tell them where he is.
ISBN 9781741755893
Series Secret series (2 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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In the dark spaces
Tamara has been living on a freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crowpeople - the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crowpeople attack, until now - and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive. But survival always comes at a price, and there's no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crowpeople's way of life, and the threats they face from humanity's exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make. Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she'll never see her family again - or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape?
ISBN 9781760128647
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Black, Cally
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Incredible here and now, The
Michael turns fifteen and his brother dies. He copes with mourning in his hometown of Western Sydney, a region subject to harsh and suspicious perceptions, and filled with cultural and ethnic diversity. Through a powerful poetic experience, Michael grows by seeing deeply into the values that surround him and he rises above the distress of poverty and families under stress.
ISBN 9781459670839
Publisher Giramondo, 2013
Castagna, Felicity
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Incredible powers of Montague Towers, The
Ageing superhero, the Cape of Justice, asks Montague's help to deal with his pursuers who are using cryptic messages. Over six days, Montague is endowed with a new super power each day - superpower, hypnotic power, invisibility, laser vision, flight and, finally, super speed. When Monty's nose twitches and he sneezes, the next superpower arrives. But, Monty doesn't time his sleuthing well, sometimes with disastrous results, as he searches for the evil Lord Bentwordle, who is trying to commit the crime of the century.
ISBN 9781760153649
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Sunderland, Alan
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Indigo blue
Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown - the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex's classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn't care less about them...or so she tries to tell herself. As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. A curious discovery leads to the beginnings of a friendship, but it's Sam - the sailmaker's apprentice - and his mysterious ways that capture Alex's attention and force her to question what is real and what matters most.
ISBN 9780734418135
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Watson, Jessica
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Infamous
Tim Chambers has a secret. It all begins when there is a report of a sighting of a Tasmanian tiger and Tim has a plan that could make him famous. He has the best of intentions but things don't go at all according to his plan.
ISBN 9781875930036
Publisher Holy Angels, 1999
D'Ath, Justin
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Insurgent
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.
ISBN 9780007442928
Series Divergent series (2 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2012
Roth, Veronica
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Into white silence
During the winter of 1922, the Exploration Vessel, Raven, became trapped in the Antarctic icepack, entombing the twenty-eight men aboard. The book tells their story of living on the ice, their ambition, courage, madness and, ultimately, their hope. It captures the terrible, fascinating beauty of Antarctica, both as it was then and as it is today.
ISBN 9781741663259
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Eaton, Anthony
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Iron hand
Book 1 ends with George having to make a choice between going back to his ordinary world or staying and helping Edie. High on the rooftops, an unseen gargoyle is watching them hungrily, waiting for the moment when it can unfold its stone wings and pounce. The thing on the roof knows that nothing is over, nothing is finished.
ISBN 9780340911655
Series Stoneheart series (2 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2008
Fletcher, Charlie
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Island of destiny, The
Whisker the Pie Rat apprentice now has the Forgotten Map and the King's Key and is off on the treasure hunt of a lifetime. He joins with the Pie Rats crew and they must pass through the Treacherous Sea where danger lurks on their journey to the mysterious Island of Destiny.
ISBN 9780987461520
Series Pie rats series (3 of 6)
Publisher Daydream Press, 2014
Stelzer, Cameron
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Island of the blue dolphins
Set in the 1800s, this is a story of a girl's survival on a deserted island.
ISBN 9780140302684
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1966
O'Dell, Scott
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It's a wild ride
Enter the world of amusement and theme parks and take the ride of your life on some amazing, truly scary roller coasters.
ISBN 9781865048840
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Bancks, Tristan
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Ivory rose, The
Jemma lands a babysitting job in Rosethorne, one of the famous witches' houses near her home. The house is supposedly haunted by a sad little girl. When Jemma discovers a beautiful ivory rose locket, she sees a terrifying flashback and wakes up in 1895, where she becomes an apprentice maidservant. But. all is not well in the grand house. Young heiress Georgiana is constantly sick and Jemma suspects she's being poisoned.
ISBN 9781742750712
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2011
Murrell, Belinda
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Jack Fortune and the search for the hidden valley
An orphan child full of mischief, Jack lives with his crotchety widow aunt in eighteenth-century England. His naughtiness knows no limits, and when one day he goes a step too far, Aunt Constance decides that she's had enough: from now on, his bachelor uncle can take care of him. Uncle Edmund is in no way prepared for a boy with boundless energy and an impish streak - and anyway, he's off to the Himalayas to search for rare plants! But Aunt Constance is absolutely determined, and Jack's uncle has no choice - he will have to take the boy with him.
ISBN 9781846884283
Publisher Alma Books Ltd, 2018
Purkiss, Sue
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Jack Mason adventure series
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Series Jack Mason adventure series (3 books)
Pitt, Darrell
No book cover.
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Jacob's ladder
Jacob wakes up in a field unable to remember anything but his name. Why is he there, how can he get home? An intriguing story, raising issues about life after death, hopes and dreams. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781843627210
Publisher Orchard Books, 2006
Keaney, Brian
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Jaguar warrior
Atl has been a Temple slave for six years but now he is imprisoned in a box, waiting to be sacrificed to the Serpent-Sun god. When the Spanish lords attack the temple, Ichtaca releases Atl to run to the next town to ask for help. Now he is free, Atl must decide whether to deliver the message or save himself.
ISBN 9781921529290
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Fussell, Sandy
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Jason and the golden fleece
The epic story of Jason's quest for the golden fleece is retold for junior readers. Each short chapter adds another part to this riveting tale.
ISBN 9781845070618
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2005
Riordan, James & Cockcroft, Jason (ill)
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Jasper Zammit series
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Series Jasper Zammit series (3 books)
Abela, Deborah & Warren, Johnny
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Jehan and the quest of the lost dog
Jehan has lost his home and family in a devastating flood in Pakistan. Lost and stuck in a tree he hears a dog barking. Jehan rescues the dog, Lali, and he's no longer alone, but she keeps paddling away from him, swimming further into the floodwaters. So Jehan is forced to follow her, but will the dog's quest lead them to safety, and to their families? Or to more danger?
ISBN 9780702259609
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2017
Hawke, Rosanne & Stewart, Briony (ill)
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Josie and the Michael Street kids
When Josie moves house with her Mum, she is a million miles away from her best friend, the beach and everything. But, when Josie finds a secret treasure map, her world in Michael Street becomes exciting.
ISBN 9780143303442
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Russon, Penni
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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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Journey to the River Sea
Miss Minton and Maia are sailing to the city of Manaus, a thousand miles up the mighty Amazon river. Maia, a lonely orphan, is excited to be starting a new life with relatives she's never met. Mysterious Miss Minton has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. But years of living in the jungle have sent Maia's uncle and aunt slightly mad and their twin daughters are definitely not like normal children.
ISBN 9780330397155
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Ibbotson, Eva
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Julie of the wolves
An Inuit girl runs away to regain her traditional Eskimo culture and becomes lost on the frozen Arctic tundra. Only the wolves can help her. Julie's survival depends on the leader of the pack.
ISBN 9780060540951
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2003
George, Jean Craighead
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Julius & the soul-catcher
It's 1838 and London is gripped by orchid fever. Charles Darwin's diary turns up in Higgins's bookshop, closely followed by two ex-body snatchers and a peculiar fellow with small teeth. Julius wonders what's in the diary and whether it has something to do with the terrifying painting of an orchid it contains. Before he knows it, Julius is spinning through time and parallel realms in a race to rid London of the soul-catcher and a future too horrible to imagine.
ISBN 9781925240177
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Hehir, Tim
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Julius & the watchmaker
When Julius Higgins isn't running from Crimper McCready and his gang of bullies, he's working in his grandfather's bookshop in Ironmonger Lane. That is, until Jack Springheel, a mysterious clock collector, appears looking for the fabled diary of John Harrison, the greatest watchmaker of all time. Julius becomes a thief and a runaway, and makes a deal with Springheel that he will live to regret. And, all before he finds out that Harrison's diary is really an instruction manual for making a time machine.
ISBN 9781922079732
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Hehir, Tim
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Kakadu calling
An elder of the Bunitz clan living in Kakadu National Park tells stories of children living in the far north. There is the story of Burrki, a ten year old boy living on his own in the wilderness, of two brothers who have a misadventure at sea and of Maidje and her cousins learning how to gather and cook food, even snakes.
ISBN 9781921248009
Publisher Magabala Books, 2007
Christophersen, Jane Garlil
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Karlson flies again
Smidge lives with his family in an ordinary house in Stockholm. His extraordinary friend, Karlson, lives on the roof of his house. The roof is a good place to live when you have a propeller on your back and can fly. Karlson believes he is the world's greatest at everything. Enjoy reading about these unlikely friends who have fun gobbling buns and haunting the babysitter.
ISBN 9780192727749
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2009
Lindgren, Astrid & Ross, Tony (ill)
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Keepinitreal
When Kid Kabula decides to ride his bike at top speed through the centre of the local mall, he doesn't realise how dangerous that's going to be. Fats Charvetto, leader of the meanest bikie gang in town, wants to know exactly who knocked him flying. Stevie, the local refundable collector, dobs in the Kid and a turf war starts.
ISBN 9781862917705
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Henderson, Don
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Kensington Reptilarium, The
The Caddy kids, Kick, Scruff, Bert and Pin, are home alone and they're having the best time ever. Until a stranger arrives with news. This is the story of how four loud, grubby urchins from the Australian outback find themselves in London for the first peacetime Christmas after years of war. But their new guardian hates children. He prefers the company of the hundreds of snakes in his house, the Kensington Reptilarium.
ISBN 9780857980502
Series The Caddy kids series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Gemmell, N J
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Kensuke's kingdom
An adaptation of the Robinson Crusoe story, a family's sailing adventure turns into a story of survival following a storm.
ISBN 9780749736392
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2000
Morpurgo, Michael
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Kensy and Max: Breaking news
What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on? Twins Kensy and Max Grey's lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don't add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding and the feeling that, all around them, adults are keeping secrets ...Things can never go back to the way they were, but the twins are determined to uncover the truth!
ISBN 9780143780656
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kid normal
Eleven year old Murph's mum has been unable to find permanent work, so the family has had to move many times, not only homes but towns and schools and Murph has just about given up on staying put in one place long enough to make and retain friends. When all the schools in this latest town are full Murph and his mum have an even bigger problem until by pure chance they stumble upon a school hidden behind many corners and backstreets. Murph is accepted and there begins an education like nothing Murph has experienced before. It appears that somehow Murphy has landed in a school aimed at finding and training super heroes, with each of the students having some sort of magical capability, although some appear to have little use such as a boy who can make his head swell like a balloon or a girl who can make thunderstorms. Can these skills, along with Murph who has none, really save the day?
ISBN 9781408884539
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
James, Greg & Smith, Chris
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Kidnapped
When young David Balfour's father dies and leaves him in poverty, he tracks down his Uncle Ebenezer to seek his inheritance. But, his uncle is a mean, nasty man with a dark family secret. David finds himself in terrible danger when he is kidnapped and taken prisoner on board a ship bound for slavery.
ISBN 9780141326023
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2009
Stevenson, Robert Louis
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Kill order, The
Prequel to the Maze Runner series. Before Wicked was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. The Kill Order is the story of that fall. Some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780385742887
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Publisher Delacorte Press, 2012
Dashner, James
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Killer whale
Sam Fox is on holidays with his family in Antarctica. When their ski plane crashes, Sam and his brother are separated from the rest of the group. While they are stranded on a wobbly icefloe, a massive creature, with huge jaws and rows of jagged teeth, emerges from the deep.
ISBN 9780143303206
Series Extreme adventures series (7 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
D'Ath, Justin
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Killswitch
A city in chaos. Seven in a desperate battle for survival. Billions across the world on the brink of apocalypse. The DARE Seven face danger from all sides: violent criminals are hunting them down, trigger-happy police suspect them of murder and The Signmaker keeps changing the rules of the game. As the clock keeps ticking towards the Fourth Sign, can Zander, Yasmin, Dylan, Andy, Isabel, Mila and JJ reach the next target and prevent the deadliest attack yet? Or will they fall victim as The Signmaker becomes ever more ruthless? If you could be a hero, would you DARE? Seven Signs. Four days left to save the world...
ISBN 9781743628041
Series The Seven signs series NEW SERIES 2018 (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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Kindness club, The: Chloe on the bright side
Chloe Silver is good at looking at the bright side. But staying positive has been difficult since her parents divorced and she had to start at a new school. When Chloe is given the chance to try out for the exclusive It Girls Club, things are finally looking up again. Then Chloe is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and brainy Theo Barnes. Together they create an experiment that tests how people react to different acts of kindness, officially forming the Kindness Club. Lucy and Theo are fun to be around, and their new club means a lot to Chloe. But the It Girls don't want to share Chloe with anyone else. Can she find a way to be kind to all of her friends, and still stay true to herself?
ISBN 9781681195315
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Sheinmel, Courtney
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King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table
When Arthur releases the sword in the stone, he and his brave knights undertake many quests, including the search for the Holy Grail. Lots of adventures involving damsels in distress, fierce jousts, sword fights, battles, tournaments and miracles.
ISBN 9780141321011
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Green, Roger Lancelyn
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King Cobra's curse
You're off to India, they need your help. But danger awaits! Circling vultures, ferocious leopards, giant snakes, and ruthless poachers... Will you identify the mysterious villain, King Cobra? Or will he find you first?
ISBN 9781742117935
Series Ranger in Danger series (3 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2010
Willmore, Sean & Reynolds, Alison
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King's key, The
Whisker is a Pie Rat apprentice and always going from one catastrophe to another. He has possession of the Forgotten Map and with his friends Ruby Rat and Hook Hand Horace is on a quest to find a missing key and outsmart some deadly enemies along the way.
ISBN 9780987461513
Series Pie rats series (2 of 6)
Publisher Daydream Press, 2014
Stelzer, Cameron
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Lady from nowhere, The
When a mysterious woman comes through the gateway's portal, she sparks a series of events more explosive than anything Amelia and Charlie have ever seen. With the precious canister still missing and evil Krskn up to his terrifying tricks, it could be the end of the Gateway Hotel....and the world!
ISBN 9781760126896
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Jones, Cerberus
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Lake of the lost
Kimmi and Oliver are horrified when their parents make them move to a remote Pacific Island. Kimmi tries to stay out of trouble but trouble finds her.
ISBN 9780734406460
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Jones, Carol
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Lampo circus, The
The Lampo Circus has arrived in Drabville! Having seen the last of Lord Aldor, the town is keen to celebrate and enjoy the circus, but the circus is not as it should be and the children of Drabville find themselves in a grim world.
ISBN 9780732286194
Series Strangest adventures series (2 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2008
Adornetto, Alexandra
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Landscape with invisible hand
When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth, but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go - and what he's willing to sacrifice - to give the vuvv what they want.
ISBN 9780763699505
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Anderson, M. T
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Last dragon charmer, The: Villian keeper
Nothing is more important than slaying a dragon.It will make Prince Caden's father proud, and grant him the title of Elite Paladin like his seven older brothers. But there is one big thing standing in Caden's way: he has been mysteriously transported from his home in the Great Winterlands of Razzon to Asheville, North Carolina-a land with no magic and no dragons. Or so he thinks. But what if Caden's destiny isn't to slay a dragon after all?
ISBN 9780062308443
Publisher Harper, 2015
McKay, Laurie
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Last elephant, The
Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. Twelve years from now, rat flu has wiped out almost every animal and bird on the planet. The creatures in the Lost World Circus are the last of their kind. But the Rat Cops are determined to shut down the circus, and Colt and his acrobat friend Birdy might be the only ones who can save it, starting the world's last elephant.
ISBN 9780143307266
Series Lost world circus series (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
D'Ath, Justin
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Last thirteen, The: 1
Book 13 in series: Sam wakes from his nightmare to discover the terrifying reality. It will come true. Kidnapped from school and finding out his parents aren't who he thinks they are, Sam is suddenly running from danger at every turn. With his life and identity shattered, Sam's salvation is tied to an ancient prophecy. He is in the final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all. He alone can find the last thirteen.
ISBN 9781443124829
Series The last thirteen series (13 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 10
Book 4 in series: An unexpected saviour ensures Sam lives to continue his search for the last 13. His next all-too-real nightmare leads him to Paris and the Council of Dreamers. With Solaris seemingly one step ahead of Sam's every move, unlikely alliances form. Treasure beyond belief beckons, while tragedy strikes at the very heart of the Academy.
ISBN 9781742831879
Series The last thirteen series (4 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 11
Book 3 in series: Sams deepest fears have become real and his enemies grow ever-more powerful. Struggling to stay one step ahead, Sam must locate 11 more dreamers and solve the next piece of the puzzle. Can Sam and his allies unlock the secrets of an ancient journal to reveal their final destiny? Sam is far from home, with the fate of the entire world in his hands.He must find the last 13. The race is on.
ISBN 9781742831862
Series The last thirteen series (3 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 12
Book 2 in series: This is where you die, Sam. The nightmare is real and Sam must face his destiny. Will the chilling prophecy and the ultimate battle against Solaris come true? Nothing could have prepared Sam for this terrifying new life as one of the last 13 Dreamers. From New York to Egypt, to Italy - the search for the rest of the last 13 will take Sam across the globe. He cannot do it alone, but who can he really trust? He must find the rest of the last 13. The race has begun. 13 books. 13 nightmares. 1 destiny. Are you one of them?
ISBN 9781742831855
Series The last thirteen series (2 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 13
Book 1 in series: Sam wakes up from a nightmare to discover the terrifying reality that it will come true. Kidnapped from school, he's on the run from danger at every turn. With his life and identity shattered, Sam's salvation is tied up in an ancient prophecy. He is in a final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all. He alone can find the last 13.
ISBN 9781742831848
Series The last thirteen series (1 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 2
Book 12 in series: At the end there is only darkness. With the final countdown now only days away, Sam and Eva must brave the dangers of Antarctica to find Alex, the twelfth Dreamer and Gear. An impossible, amazing discovery underneath the ice will bring them all closer to the end of the race but, with betrayal on every side, it will difficult to make it out alive. Sam must unite the last 13. Time is running out.
ISBN 9781742831954
Series The last thirteen series (12 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 3
Book 11 in series: Still heartbroken by the loss of his mentor, Sam discovers the next Dreamer is someone very close to him. Together, they must travel to the other side of the world to find the eleventh Gear. On his voyage with Hans, Alex's dreams grow ever-more powerful as he encounters pirates, deep-sea peril and the harshest climate on earth. He will need all his resourcefulness just to survive.
ISBN 9781742831947
Series The last thirteen series (11 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 4
Book 10 in series: After a dramatic sea rescue in Japan, Sam meets powerful friends ready to help him. He sets off for Cambodia, Eva faces her worst fear in the Dream Doors competition, Alex is headed out on unknown waters with the enigmatic Hans. At the legendary temple of Ankgor Wat, Sam must deal with ancient traps to escape with the next Gear. But the cost will be unimaginable. Will Sam be able to go on. He must carry on the fight.
ISBN 9781742831930
Series The last thirteen series (10 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 5
Book 9 in series: Sam heads to Japan to meet the next Dreamer, a famous professional gamer. While at a tournament in Tokyo, Stella arrives forcing Sam and Dreamer number nine to take extreme evasive action. Alex and Shiva are captive in Shiva's apartment after being fitted with wrist bombs that will detonate if they attempt to escape, and Eva learns how participating in the Four Corners competition will help discover Solaris's location.
ISBN 9781742831923
Series The last thirteen series (9 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 6
Book 8 in series: The barrier between dreams and reality is more blurred than ever as Sam is drawn into an age-old battle for the Dreamscape. Confusingly, the next Dreamer seems to know as much as Sam about the importance of her dreams and the search for the Gears. From the Kremlin in Moscow to the wilds of Siberia, Sam is involved in a race with an old adversary with a sinister way of staying one step ahead.
ISBN 9781742831916
Series The last thirteen series (8 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 7
Book 7 in series: Solaris remains a constant threat as Sam's search for the next Dreamer takes him to the Grand Canyon. All is not as it seems as strange secrets and devastating betrayals force him to question all he believes in. Facing insurmountable challenges, deadly consequences seem inevitable. Their enemies grow more desperate, and they don't know who to trust.
ISBN 9781742831909
Series The last thirteen series (7 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 8
Book 6 in series: Sam's search takes him to Cuba, where unknown pursuers, long-forgotten treasure and the perils of the ocean await. Eva and Lora's safety hangs in the balance, and Alex makes a terrifying discovery of his own, enemies are closing in on all sides. Can Sam and his friends stay one step ahead and find the next Gear in time.
ISBN 9781742831893
Series The last thirteen series (6 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last thirteen, The: 9
Book 5 in series: Sam journeys to South America, his dream leading him to a long-lost ancient city. Hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest, he is forced to navigate deadly traps in pursuit of another Gear. Can Sam work out who the next dreamer is in time, or will his enemies succeed once more. He must find the last 13. They must fight on.
ISBN 9781742831886
Series The last thirteen series (5 of 13)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Phelan, James
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Last wild trilogy, The: Dark wild, The
Twelve year old Kester Jaynes thought he had discovered the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventure was over. He was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains, animals who believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies. Kester realises he is the only one who can stop them. Kester saved the animals and now he must try and save the humans too.
ISBN 9781782064855
Series The last wild trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Quercus Children's Books, 2014
Topics / Endangered species /
Torday, Piers
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Last wild trilogy, The: Last wild, The
In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve year old Kester Jaynes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So, when he meets talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone mad. But, the animals have something to say and Kester embarks on a great journey. The animals saved him, now he must save the animals.
ISBN 9781780878287
Series The last wild trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Quercus Children's Books, 2013
Topics / Endangered species /
Torday, Piers
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Last wild trilogy, The: Wild beyond, The
Kester Jaynes has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster and he believes there is hope on the other side. And, he might just be right because the last blue whale on the planet is calling to him, his animal allies are ready for one last fight, and out there, somewhere, a brave mouse holds the key to the future.
ISBN 9781848668485
Series The last wild trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Quercus Children's Books, 2015
Topics / Endangered species /
Torday, Piers
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Laws of magic, The series
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Series Laws of magic, The series (6 books)
Pryor, Michael
No book cover.
30885
Laws of magic, The: blaze of glory
Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. Usually, he is also brilliant at magic until he mucks up a spell that nearly kills him. With his best friend, George, Aubrey becomes involved in a dangerous political situation, where the lives of the king, the prince and his own father are threatened.
ISBN 9781864718621
Series Laws of magic, The series (1 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: heart of gold
On his after-exams holiday in neighbouring Lutetia, Aubrey is hoping to bump into Caroline and find a cure for his condition. But, his family and the king all ask him to help them with various tasks, involving him and his friend, George, in magic, mystery and espionage.
ISBN 9781864718638
Series Laws of magic, The series (2 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: hour of need
Instead of clearing his name in Albion, Aubrey is pursuing his enemy, Dr. Mordecai Tremaine, deep into the heart of enemy territory. He uncovers a hideous combination of electrical science, golem manufacturing and soul-shattering magic which will bring the world far closer to the edge of the abyss. Alone, reviled and hunted, this is Aubrey's last chance to save the world. If he doesn't, there might not be a world left to save.
ISBN 9781741663105
Series Laws of magic, The series (6 of 6)
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: moment of truth
The war has finally erupted, sending Albion and the continent into chaos. Aubrey, George and Caroline are brought into a top-secret espionage unit and sent to investigate a mysterious, magical facility on the Gallia-Holmland border. They uncover a factory about to unleash a horror that could soon win the war. The only way to save thousands of lives could cost Aubrey his friends, his family, his reputation and even his life.
ISBN 9781741663099
Series Laws of magic, The series (5 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: time of trial
After Aubrey narrowly escapes the worst fate he can imagine, he realises he must confront his nemesis. With George and Caroline he travels to Holmland, the home of Dr Tremaine and the heart of hostile territory, only to face magical conundrums, near-death experiences, ghosts, brigands and enemies on their own ground.
ISBN 9781741663082
Series Laws of magic, The series (4 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: word of honour
Aubrey and his friend, George, are invited by Aubrey's Prime Minister father on a trip, on a top-secret submersible. The magical attack that cripples the vessel, sending it to the bottom of the sea, is just the start of a series of plots to destroy Albion. Once again, Aubrey's magical skills are tested to the full.
ISBN 9781864718645
Series Laws of magic, The series (3 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Pryor, Michael
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Left and right
Left and right are all around us. From our hands and feet to our eyes and ears, the notion of left and right is inescapable. Left and right control how we travel and play sport, and even how we eat. The vast extent of how this deceptively simple subject shapes our lives is revealed in the Left And Right book!
ISBN 9781742034430
Publisher Wild Dog Books, 2017
Hendry, Lorna
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Legend of Big Red, The
Liam and Barney persuade their parents to let them camp out alone overnight to catch Big Red, the legendary giant cod rumoured to live in Bailey's Swamp. Darkness, strange noises and a thunderstorm test their determination and bravery.
ISBN 9780702235283
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2005
Roy, James & Dale, Rae (ill)
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Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series
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Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
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Legends: battles and quests
Some cultures believe there was a time when monsters and dragons roamed the earth and the gods walked among us. A time of blood, swords and furious battles, of legends, heroes, darkness and death, including human sacrifice. Myths and legends from around the world are told in gory and bloody detail.
ISBN 9780330510165
Publisher MacMillan, 2010
Horowitz, Anthony
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Legends: beasts and monsters
In the cold, dead eyes of the Banshee, and the hissing, spitting fangs of the Gorgon, in the fiery breath of the dragon and the razor sharp claws of the Sphinx, there is a thirst for blood and a murderous hunger. But, it is a time of heroes and the teeth and claws of these beasts are no match for their lethal blades.
ISBN 9780330510158
Publisher MacMillan, 2010
Horowitz, Anthony
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Leviathan
On the cusp of World War 1, Prince Aleksandar flees Austria in a Cyklop Stormwalker, a war machine that walks on two legs. In Britain, Deryn Sharp is training to be an airman, hoping no-one will discover she's a girl. She serves on the Leviathan, a massive biological airship, functioning as a self-contained ecosystem. When the two teens cross paths, the line between enemy and ally is no longer clear. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143206088
Series The Leviathan trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Westerfeld, Scott & Thompson, Keith (ill)
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Liana's dance
Sixteen-year-old Lianna Bedford lives in constant fear. Political tensions in Pakistan are rising. Terrorist attacks are becoming an everyday norm. As a Pakistani-Australian, she could be the next target. When her school friends are taken hostage by terrorists, Lianna's world disappears overnight. Alongside her music teacher, Mr Kimberley, she must journey through rural Pakistan in a bid to find them and bring them home. But Mr Kimberley has a secret, and to save him and her friends, Lianna must overcome her fears. And dance for her life. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925139907
Publisher Rhiza Press, 2017
Hawke, Rosanne
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On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans--will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves...and learn the truth about secrets of her past. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760295691
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Kristoff, Jay
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Lighthouse kids, The
Ellie and Davey have lost their mother and have been sent to live with a grandfather. In his attic, they discover somethingthat beloged to their mother, This leads to an adventure, involving unscrupulous seal hunters and mysterious caves.
ISBN 9781863683463
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2003
Chase, Diana
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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
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Moss, Tamara
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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
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Moss, Tamara
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Lionboy
Charlie meets six lions while stowed away on a circus ship bound for Paris on his quest to find his parents. Contains mature themes.
ISBN 9780141317267
Series Lionboy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Corder, Zizou
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Lionboy series
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Series Lionboy series (3 books)
Corder, Zizou
No book cover.
16642
Lionboy: the chase
Charlie Ashanti is on the run with six homesick, beautiful lions. He has promised to help the lions find their way back to the circus but Charlie has his own problems. His parents have been kidnapped and Charlie is being hunted by villains.
ISBN 9780141380537
Series Lionboy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2004
Corder, Zizou
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Lionboy: the truth
Charlie has found his parents, but his old enemies are closing in and hunting the Ashanti family. Contains mature themes.
ISBN 9780141317571
Series Lionboy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Corder, Zizou
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Little Fur: the legend begins
Little Fur is an elf troll who lives in a secret wilderness at the heart of a great human city. She is a healer of the environment and connected to the earth. One day, Crow tells of humans who are coming to burn the trees. To protect her home and her friends, Little Fur must venture into the dangerous human world.
ISBN 9780143300724
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Carmody, Isobelle
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Lobster boy
Skiff Beaman needs to fix his family's fishing boat but, to do this, he needs money. With his Dad spending his days on the TV couch since his mother died, Skiff decides that fishing for Bluefin tuna is his only solution.
ISBN 9780746090824
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Philbrick, Rodman
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Lost barkscrolls, The
A fantastic addition to the Edge Chronicles series. Four exciting tales include well-known characters from the Edgeworld.
ISBN 9780552555999
Series The Edge chronicles series (11 of 11)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Lost home world, The
When Lady Naomi's long-lost brother appears through the gateway, everyone is stunned. Finally, they might learn something about her mysterious past. But in Forgotten Bay, things are never what they seem. Is Lady Naomi's brother hiding something sinister? It will take all of Amelia's wit's to figure it out.
ISBN 9781760126889
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016
Jones, Cerberus
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Lost world circus 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 Lost world circus series (4 books)
D'Ath, Justin
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Lucky Thamu
These school holidays, Eli is going by himself to visit his much-loved Thamu (grandfather), who lives near the goldfields. They're going camping and prospecting, and Eli will listen to Thamu's stories and learn about country. But, when they camp to speck for gold, Eli seems more interested in chasing a white rabbit.
ISBN 9781925161304
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2015
Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Tucker, Jaylon & Gibbs, Tracey (ill)
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Mac Slater cool hunter: I love NY
Mac has become a coolhunter for a popular webspace and won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York. His job is to find the Next Big Thing or be sent home. Mac gets taken to The Hive, where innovative kids are creating things way more cutting edge than anything you can buy. And, they're about to test an invention that could change the world. Mac has found the coolest thing in NYC but he's not allowed to tell a soul.
ISBN 9781741663006
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Bancks, Tristan
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Mac Slater cool hunter: rules of cool
Mac's just crashed the latest prototype of his flying bike in front of the whole school. So, when the creators of Coolhunters tell him he's an Innovator, Mac thinks they're crazy. He lives in an old bus and doesn't have a TV, let alone a mobile. But, Tony and Speed suggest he compete to become the Australian coolhunter. But, hunting cool isn't easy and Mac's opponent will do just about anything to get the gig.
ISBN 9781741662993
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Bancks, Tristan
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Maddie Finn
Maddie and her mother are to be evicted from their home in the grounds of the Delamore's big house. Maddie and Delia Delamore take the dog for a walk. They enter an alley to find a gang of kidnappers waiting, with surprising results.
ISBN 9780733612237
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Disher, Garry
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Magician, The
Sophie and Josh Newman flee to Paris with Flamel and Scatty, with Dr Dee on their heels. Dee enlists the help of Niccolo Machiavelli to capture them, whilst Sophie learns Fire Magic and Josh seeks one who can awaken his powers.
ISBN 9780385613118
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (2 of 6)
Publisher Doubleday, 2008
Scott, Michael
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Malkin Moonlight
Malkin is a small, black cat with a magnificent tail, who's destined to be a hero. He just doesn't know it yet. In his third life, Wild Malkin falls in love with Roux, a Domestic cat, who likes the comforts of home. Together, they explore the night and have adventures. When Roux's owners decide to move away, she chooses to become a Wild and stay with Malkin. Setting out to find a new home, they stumble across a recycling centre full of cats at war. An extraordinary adventure awaits as Malkin tries to bring peace to the land.
ISBN 9781408870846
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Cox, Emma
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Man eater
Sam Fox is on a youth conference in Africa when the tour bus takes off without him, leaving him stranded in the wilderness. Sam uses his wits to escape an angry mother elephant, a king cobra, a hyena and a hungry crocodile. It may not be so easy to survive an encounter with a ferocious, man-eating leopard.
ISBN 9780143303213
Series Extreme adventures series (6 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
D'Ath, Justin
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Mantis
Little street urchin ShaoShu has always wanted to belong. His small size makes him an easy target. This little 'mouse' always needs to find a place to hide. When he is befriended by Hok and Ying, he thinks he has found a new family, and eagerly tags along as they continue on their travels, not knowing that his new friends are the most wanted criminals in China.
ISBN 9780340902356
Series Five ancestors series (6 of 7)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2010
Stone, Jeff
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Breath of the dragon
Quinn, Ash, Zain and the crew of the Libertas are racing against the clock to get back to Verdania before the King's deadline. Quinn is trying to complete the first map of the whole world, while Zain must bring back enough treasure to satisfy the King. And, they're trying to win the race to the end of the world while enemies are trying to stop them from getting back at all.
ISBN 9780734415813
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (3 of 3)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2015
Tait, A L
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Prisoner of the Black Hawk
Farm boy turned reluctant adventurer, Quinn, continues his voyage into the unknown, as the race to map the world continues. When the Libertas docks in an exotic jungle port, Quinn is captured by the ruthless Gelynion explorer, Juan Forden. On board Forden's ship, the Black Hawk, Quinn struggles to outwit his captors, makes new enemies and unexpected allies, and encounters bloodthirsty pirates.
ISBN 9780734415790
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (2 of 3)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2015
Tait, A L
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Race to the end of the world
The King wants a map of the world. But, everyone knows that if you sail too far in either direction, you would fall off the edge into the jaws of a fire-breathing dragon. With reluctant adventurers, a ship captained by a slave and a mysterious sea monster, Quinn has a fight on his hands just to survive.
ISBN 9780734415776
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (1 of 3)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2014
Tait, A L
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Margaret and Flynn
It is 1875 and orphans, Margaret and Libby, live with kind Mrs Fredriksen in her sod house in rural Colorado. The girls are always moving on, looking for a real home. When a tornado sweeps through the town bringing an injured horse, Margaret nurses it back to good health. This might be the place to settle down.
ISBN 9780142410196
Series Hoofbeats series (3 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Duey, Kathleen
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Mastiff
Beka and her partner, Tunstall, are put on the biggest case of their lives. They are on the trail of kidnapping evil-doers who murder anyone that gets in their way or possesses any information about them or their organisation. Murder and treason are afoot, and Beka will be dealing with greedy nobles, a rising religious cult and a hunt throughout the kingdom that will either make her career, or end her life.
ISBN 9780375814709
Series Beka Cooper series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2012
Pierce, Tamora
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Max Remy super spy 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 Max Remy super spy series (10 books)
Abela, Deborah
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Max Remy super spy: Blue's revenge
Blue is locked up in the world's most secure prison but that has never stopped him from making his evil plans before.
ISBN 9781740519137
Series Max Remy super spy series (6 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Abela, Deborah
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Max Remy super spy: the Amazon experiment
This is an insect-ridden, piranha- eating, alligator- munching, tarantula- crawling adventure through the Amazon Jungle to rescue Frond, find the Triatoma bug and return to Spyforce to save the agents.
ISBN 9781740519120
Series Max Remy super spy series (5 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Abela, Deborah
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Max Remy super spy: the final curtain
During a Spy force celebration, a small deadly devise pulses in the floor beneath them. The next day during Spy training, Max Remy is found unconscious. Did she fall or was she attacked? Why are famous monuments and buildings crumbling around London? Who is behind it, and will Linden survive a madman's deadly plans? This could be the end of Spy force.
ISBN 9781741661255
Series Max Remy super spy series (10 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Abela, Deborah
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Max Remy super spy: the French code
When a leading archeologist disappears from the Louvre, the world's most famous museum, Spyforce agents, Max, Linden and Toby, are sent to France to mind his spoilt daughter.
ISBN 9781741661194
Series Max Remy super spy series (9 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Abela, Deborah
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Max Remy super spy: the Venice job
Venice is in danger and they've already detonated one bomb. Max, Linden and Toby join forces with a young Italian spy, Luca Cavello, to track down the culprit.
ISBN 9781741660319
Series Max Remy super spy series (7 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Abela, Deborah
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Max Remy: mission in Malta
Max embarks on a seemingly easy mission to look after a scientist and his bloodsucking leeches. But, this just might be Max's most dangerous mission yet.
ISBN 9781741660654
Series Max Remy super spy series (8 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Abela, Deborah
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Maximum Ride series
Engaging and fast paced adventure 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 Maximum Ride series (9 books)
Patterson, James
No book cover.
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Maximum ride: Angel
Max Ride and her best friends are up against a deadly force that's racing across the globe. And Fang, Max's best friend and soulmate, is gone He's creating his own gang that will replace everyone, including Max. But, with Dylan ready and willing to fight by her side, Max can no longer deny that his incredible intensity draws her in. Soon, Max, Dylan and the rest of their friends will have to join forces with Fang for an explosive showdown in Paris that's unlike anything you've ever imagined.
ISBN 9780316038324
Series Maximum Ride series (7 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2011
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Angel experiment, The
Fourteen year old Max and her adopted family, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy and Angel, were created as experiments in a lab and are genetically enhanced enabling them to fly. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them to escape and they are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators, called Erasers, who have orders to kill them so that the world will never know they existed.
ISBN 9780316067959
Series Maximum Ride series (1 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Fang
Angel says that Fang will be the first to die, and Angel is never wrong. Fang is Max's friend, her soul mate, her partner in leading her flock of winged children. Life without Fang is unimaginable. When Dylan, a newly created winged boy is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like the others, Dylan was designed to be Max's perfect other half. Thus unfolds a battle of perfection versus passion that terrifies, twists and turns. Meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming.
ISBN 9780316038317
Series Maximum Ride series (6 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2011
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Final warning, The
Max and the five other members of the flock, who can fly, are asked to help a group of environmental scientists studying the effects of global warming. The expedition seems a perfect combination of adventure, activism and escaping government forces who are watching them. But, even in Antarctica, Max is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world.
ISBN 9780316002868
Series Maximum Ride series (4 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2008
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Max
Max and her flock of virtually indestructible part-human, part-bird hybrids must rescue her human mum who has been kidnapped by a criminal mastermind, with an elaborate plan to wreak worldwide, ecological catastrophe. But, in order to rescue her, fourteen year old Max and the five members of her flock must team up with the US Navy to determine why millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii.
ISBN 9780316002899
Series Maximum Ride series (5 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2009
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Maximum Ride forever
As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular ride.
ISBN 9780316207485
Series Maximum Ride series (9 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2016
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Nevermore
Maximum Ride and her faithful friends stand ready to face the two greatest threats that humankind has ever known. And this time, the enemy truly can't be stopped. The danger mounts just as Dylan has finally worked his way into Max's heart and just as her beloved Fang unexpectedly returns to the flock. An explosive confrontation between the two boys with a claim to Max's heart ensues, and the entire world hangs in the balance.
ISBN 9780316101745
Series Maximum Ride series (8 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: Saving the world and other extreme sports
Max and her winged flock face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose to defeat a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race and terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel have always worked together but now they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, across the globe from one another so defeating the forces will be very difficult.
ISBN 9780316155601
Series Maximum Ride series (3 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Patterson, James
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Maximum ride: School's out - forever
In a flying fight with the Erasers, Fang is injured so seriously that Max and the flock take him to hospital. With wings and avian DNA, it's obvious he's not a normal human and the FBI is called. The lead agent takes the flock home to her farm, where they live a normal life for the first time and begin to search for their birth parents. Then, everything falls apart and the flock of six face betrayal and extreme danger.
ISBN 9780446618892
Series Maximum Ride series (2 of 9)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Patterson, James
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Maze Runner 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 Maze Runner series (4 books)
Dashner, James
No book cover.
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Maze runner, The
The Gladers don't remember how they came to be in their strange world, escaping from Grievers and running to solve the bizarre maze, which changes every night. When Thomas arrives, he feels a strong urge to become a Runner and solve the maze. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781906427504
Series Maze Runner series (1 of 4)
Publisher Chicken House, 2010
Dashner, James
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Meteorite kid, The
Morgan is so excited when she thinks she's taken the winning catch in her baseball final but the thing she catches is a strange, blue object. It makes her feel calm and happy but it has different effects on other people.
ISBN 9781921150807
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Faulkner, Carol
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Midnight charter, The
In the city of Agora, anything can be bought and sold. Even children are possessions until their twelfth birthday. Mark has been sold by his father, and Lily, an orphan from birth, has bartered for her life. Thrown together, they face an existence of poverty and servitude, unless they can find a way to break free. But, unbeknown to Mark and Lily, they are being watched by the ruler of the city.
ISBN 9780141323718
Publisher Puffin UK, 2009
Whitley, David
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Midnight gang, The
Tom is hit on the head by a cricket ball at boarding school and is promptly sent to hospital to recover from his injury. While there, he becomes involved with the adventures of The Midnight Gang, a gang of patients from the children's ward, who are under the strict control of the hospital's evil, children hating Matron and scarily deformed porter. Will the Midnight Gang accept Tom into the group and can they outsmart the wicked Matron and make all the gang's wildest dreams come true?
ISBN 9780008188573
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Walliams, David & Ross, Tony (ill)
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Midnight mercenary, The
It's a dark and stormy night at the Gateway Hotel, and the latest intergalactic visitor is the most terrifying yet. Why has he come and who is he after? With their families and the hotel in grave danger, it's up to Amelia and Charlie to save the day!
ISBN 9781760120306
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015
Jones, Cerberus
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Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018
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 Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Heath, Jack
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Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018
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 Minutes of danger series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Heath, Jack
No book cover.
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Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane, The
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. He travels across the country, acquiring new owners and learning some valuable lessons.
ISBN 9780763625894
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2006
DiCamillo, Kate & Ibatoulline, Bagram (ill)
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Miserable mill, The
The Baudelaire orphans are sent to live and work in a miserable mill, where they need to be wary of the surrounding town folk.
ISBN 9780064407694
Series Series of unfortunate events series (4 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2000
Snicket, Lemony
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Mission Survival series
Adventure 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 Mission Survival series (7 books)
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: claws of the crocodile
When Beck Granger follows a mysterious clue to the town of Broome in Australia, it is just the beginning of an adventure that will force him into some of his toughest survival challenges yet. The search for clues takes Beck into the heart of the outback, where he must battle raging storms, ravenous crocodiles, cunning villains and a secret that may link back to the death of his parents many years ago.
ISBN 9781849418195
Series Mission Survival series (7 books)
Publisher Red Fox, 2014
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: gold of the Gods
Beck Granger is hot on the trail of his kidnapped uncle, racing to find the lost city of gold and its people. He needs to fend off snakes and sharks, and help his two friends survive the jungle.
ISBN 9781862304796
Series Mission Survival series (1 of 7)
Publisher Red Fox, 2008
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: lair of the leopard
When teen adventurer Beck Granger finds himself stranded on a Himalayan mountainside, he has to draw on all his strength and skill to survive. After death-defying climbing and sheltering in some of the hardest terrain on earth, Beck also has to somehow make it through bear attacks and flash floods. But the biggest challenge of all is still ahead. Beck has to finally learn the truth about his parents' deaths and bring their killers to justice.
ISBN 9781849418386
Series Mission Survival series (7 books)
Publisher Red Fox, 2015
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: sands of the scorpion
Surviving in the Sahara desert will be extreme, trying to find water, eating scorpions and struggling to find shade. Beck and his friend will have to rely on survival knowledge to survive in this land, before the smugglers find them.
ISBN 9781862304826
Series Mission Survival series (3 of 7)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: strike of the shark
When Beck Granger is ship-wrecked in the open seas, he needs all of his survival skills to save a small group of passengers. But the sinking was no accident. In order to stay alive, he'll have to work out who wants him dead, and why. That is, if the sharks don't get him first.
ISBN 9781782950028
Series Mission Survival series (7 books)
Publisher Red Fox, 2014
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: tracks of the tiger
In Indonesia, Beck and his friend, Peter, need to flee flowing lava, keep cool in extreme humidity, defeat the illegal loggers and avoid crocodiles and tigers.
ISBN 9781862304819
Series Mission Survival series (4 of 7)
Publisher Red Fox, 2010
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Survival: way of the wolf
Beck needs to escape the freezing tundra to save his uncle after their plane crashes. Beck and his friend escape cracking frozen lakes, make their way down treacherous river rapids, melt ice to drink and eat raw fish just to survive.
ISBN 9781862304802
Series Mission Survival series (2 of 7)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Grylls, Bear
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Mission Telemark
In 1942, four teenagers, trained as Special Operations Agents, are sent deep into Nazi-occupied Norway. Their mission is a dangerous act of sabotage to prevent the Nazis from making the atomic bomb. If they succeed, they must survive for weeks in the frozen wilderness. But, if they fail, Europe faces destruction.
ISBN 9781406311044
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Mitchison, Amanda
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Mister Cassowary
City boy, Flynn, goes to Mission Beach with his Dad to prepare Grandad Barney's banana farm for sale. Flynn has never been north before, even when his Grandad was alive. When Flynn meets local girl, Abby, and finds two lost baby cassowaries, he is determined to find out about Grandad's mysterious death, and why his Dad refuses to talk about. And, he wants to know why his Dad is so scared of cassowaries.
ISBN 9780702253881
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2015
Wheeler, Samantha
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Mobile phone detective, The
Renton is visiting his dad in France and everything is brilliant until they stumble across a suspicious meeting by the beach. When his father disappears, it's up to Renton to save the day even though he doesn't speak French and can't drive. Luckily, Renton has his mobile phone.
ISBN 9780143304838
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Moloney, James
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Mole hunt
In a galaxy of cutthroat companies, shadowy clans and hidden agendas, spy agency RIM barely wields enough control to keep order. Maximus Black, a cold-blooded killer, is RIM's star cadet but he has a problem. Someone is after him. One of RIM's best agents, Anneke Longshadow, knows there's a mole in the organisation. And, Maximus has a lot to hide. Includes violence and murder. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921665264
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2011
Collins, Paul
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Money bags
Everyone knows that Brain Davis is the smartest kid at school but he certainly isn't the luckiest. When an attack of the hiccups leaves him speechless during his appearance on Quizzical, Brain must let his best mate, Ted, take the spotlight on the richest game. But, even Brain's expert coaching cannot inspire confidence in Ted and it seems as though the evil plans of Prescott Heath may succeed again.
ISBN 9781741788594
Series Quizzical series (2 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2009
Davidson, Leanne
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Monkey
Maloa is a young monk trained in Monkey style Kung Fu. Maloa loves joking around but now finds himself all alone in the woods and being hunted by hostile soldiers. Suddenly, his life is not as much fun as it used to be.
ISBN 9780340902318
Series Five ancestors series (2 of 7)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Stone, Jeff
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Monkey fist
Sensei Ki-Yaga and the Samurai kids are journeying through China when Kyoko is kidnapped. Sensei's old adversary, Lu Zeng, is challenging him to try to get Kyoko back. But, getting inside the Forbidden Palace where Lu Zeng lives will not prove easy and outwitting him to get Kyoko back will be even harder.
ISBN 9781921150913
Series Samurai kids series (4 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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Monkey mountain
During a class trip to Borneo, Mount Bako erupts, leaving Sam Fox stranded with his teacher who is suffering a heart attack. When they finally make it down from the mountain to the sea, Sam and Mr Griffin face even greater danger.
ISBN 9780143304418
Series Extreme adventures series (11 of 11)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
D'Ath, Justin
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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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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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Monsters
Tildy knows there are monsters - lolling on her cushions, reading her books, hiding under her bed. They're everywhere! So why can nobody else see them? They make Tildy monstrously miserable, until the new boy comes to school. Hendrik knows there are monsters too, and he knows exactly what to do about them.
ISBN 9781760293369
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Fienberg, Anna & Gamble, Kim & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
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Moonrise
Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. Now Ed's execution date has been set and this might be the last summer they have together. A novel that uses the beauty of lyrical verse to represent the ethical issues surrounding an ugly part of the American justice system but more importantly it is a story about knowing who someone is beyond the public perception of their guilt. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781408878439
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Crossan, Sarah
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Mosquito Advertising 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 Mosquito Advertising series (3 books)
Hunter, Kate
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Mosquito Advertising: Blade brief, The
Katie is in trouble. Mosquito Advertising, the agency that she established, is taking up all her time and school seems boring and irrelevant. Katie promises to lift her game but things get complicated when the billionaire owner of an international airline offers Mosquito Advertising his account. Katie and her friends are flown to Sydney where everything seems just too good to be true.
ISBN 9780702238833
Series Mosquito Advertising series (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Hunter, Kate
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Mosquito Advertising: Crunch campaign, The
When the government announces it's banning soft drink advertising, Katie is furious. All Mosquito Advertising's work to save Parfizz has been for nothing. Katie decides to rewrite the rules and make ads for fruit as cool as ads for fizzy drinks. But, great ideas aren't always enough, especially when you're also dealing with paying clients, a missing kid, moody friends, shadowy enemies and a family set to triple in size.
ISBN 9780702239397
Series Mosquito Advertising series (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Hunter, Kate
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Mosquito Advertising: Parfizz pitch, The
Katie Crisp has talent, it's just that the report card hidden in her room doesn't show it. School's out for another year and Katie is set to spend the summer lazing in her backyard. So, when she discovers that Parfitt's Family Soft Drink Company is about to be taken over by a corporate giant, leaving her mum out of a job, it's time to finally show everyone what she's made of.
ISBN 9780702237713
Series Mosquito Advertising series (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Hunter, Kate
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Mr Bean's definitive and extremely marvellous guide to France
Mr Bean gives advice on preparing for an overseas trip in the format of a scrapbook recording his trip to France. He provides advice on how to enjoy French food and art and even suggestions on how to mix important things together.
ISBN 9780747589570
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Driscol, Robin & Hease, Tony
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Munmun
In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute - and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don't ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter - there's no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760523596
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Andrews, Jesse
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Murderer's ape, The
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.
ISBN 9781782691617
Publisher Pushkin Press, 2017
Wegelius, Jakob
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Museum of thieves, The
The Keepers Trilogy - Book 1. In the city of Jewel, children are literally chained to their parents or teachers until the Day of Separation. Impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime. Goldie Roth is both impatient and bold. When she escapes the clutches of the Blessed Guardians to find haven at the Museum of Dunt, an unforgettable adventure begins that will unlock hidden mysteries, dark secrets and awaken dangerous enemies.
ISBN 9781742376561
Series The Keepers trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Tanner, Lian
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Mutiny on Halycrus
Scott's snoopy sister stumbles into Halycrus and it's all danger from there.
ISBN 9781420211832
Series Out of this world series (10 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Wong, Keira & Fong, Douglas (ill)
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My Australian story: Claw of the dragon, the diary of Billy Shanghai Hamilton, Broome, Western Australia, 1899-1900
Billy Shanghai Hamilton has been snatched by pirates in the Torres Strait and forced to work on a pearling boat. Greed for pearls drives men mad and the seas are full of danger. Soon Billy is fighting for survival in a dangerous world of assassins, treasure hunters, deep-sea diving, underworld crime and mutiny.
ISBN 9781865048611
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Bernard, Patricia
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My Australian story: Cyclone Tracy, the diary of Ryan Turner, Darwin, 1974
A fictionalised account of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve, 1974. Fourteen year old Ryan shares his perspective of life in Darwin with stories of his family life, his friendships and his first girlfriend.
ISBN 9781865049168
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Tucker, Alan
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My side of the mountain
Sam is determined to survive in the woods and keeps a journal to describe the birds and animals with which he learns to live. A tale of the determination and bravery of a city boy who refuses to give in.
ISBN 9780141312422
Publisher Puffin USA, 2001
George, Jean Craighead
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My story: Spy smuggler, Paul Lelaud France 1942-1944
Now Paul Lelaud has turned fourteen years old, he can escape from his Nazi sympathising teacher, Monsieur Armignac. He desperately wants to do something to free France of the Germans so his Uncle Maurice takes him into the French Resistance.
ISBN 9780439968843
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Eldridge, Jim
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Mysterious world of Cosentino, The: The missing ace
Book 1 in the Mysterious World of Cosentino. This book features everyone's favourite magician in the greatest escape of all - the dungeon of the evil two-headed King of Silver City. Featuring a playing card army, an array of magical characters and some deadly magic tricks.
ISBN 9781743812020
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Cosentino & Heath, Jack & Hart, James (ill)
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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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Name of this book is secret, The
Two eccentric classmates deduce a range of cryptic clues from a magician's notebook which allow them to solve a kidnapping and set to rest a story of displacement.
ISBN 9781741754315
Series Secret series (1 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Nanny Piggins and the accidental blast-off
Derrick, Samantha and Michael should be in school. Instead they find themselves in NASA's space shuttle, which Nanny Piggins manages to accidentally launch, blasting them all into outer space. This time she has gone too far! In this thrilling fourth instalment of her adventures, Nanny Piggins wrestles with a crocodile, bungy jumps off the roof using the elastic from Mr Green's underpants, staples chicken wire over their chimney to keep out Santa, captures an apricot danish-loving jewel thief and rescues her brother, Boris, from an onslaught of professional wrestlers.
ISBN 9781742753683
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the daring rescue
Never fear, Nanny Piggins is here! When Mr Green rings from a tropical island, begging to be rescued, Nanny Piggins' first instinct is to say no. However, a principle is at stake. No-one kidnaps her employer - at least not without written permission from her. So Nanny Piggins sets out to save the hapless tax lawyer, and to do so she must first dabble in a spot of bungy jumping, deceive immigration officials wearing a fake moustache and seduce the President with her most powerful weapon - the dance of the seven cakes.
ISBN 9781742754970
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the pursuit of justice
Nanny Piggins gets in trouble with the law after some illicit tight rope walking, and is sentenced to 5000 hours community service. But she isn't the type of pig to take her punishment lying down, not when there are old people to rescue, pirates to impersonate and a great big bus to borrow.
ISBN 9781864718164
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Sprat, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the race to power
In this riveting eighth instalment of Nanny Piggins' adventures, she sets out to thwart Mr Green's political ambitions by running for mayor herself. Her mission - to proudly fight for Liberty, Equality and Cake! Is democracy safe? Probably not. Will Nanny Piggins give everyone in the electorate diabetes from too much cake? Most likely. And along the way tremendous adventure abounds. Taking part in a diabolical fun run, being trapped in a sabotaged lift, faking seismic activity, safeguarding the local vacant lot and beating the world pole vault record is just the beginning.
ISBN 9781742754994
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the rival ringmaster
In book five of her enthralling adventures, Nanny Piggins discovers some startling truths about the ruthless Ringmaster, provides counselling to a Molavadinian princess with pre-wedding jitters, inadvertently wins a Nobel Prize while impersonating her sister and catches up with her favourite 4-tonne friend, Esmeralda the forgetful elephant.
ISBN 9781742753782
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the runaway lion
With a runaway lion loose in the neighbourhood, Derrick, Samantha and Michael feel scared. Nanny Piggins feels like a slice of cake. And Boris feels like that lion looks strangely familiar. In this third action-packed book of adventures, Nanny Piggins tames a lion and a lion tamer. She revolutionises the sport of ski jumping, introduces hot-pink leotards to the local Neighbourhood Watch, demonstrates trapeze skills on a moving bus, plays badminton with a wok and teaches Shakespeare a thing or two about how to write a play. All while thwarting Mr Green's attempt to send her favourite children to Nicaragua (she does find it wearisome having to put him in his place constantly). And yet, somehow, she still finds time to bake lots and lots of cake.
ISBN 9781864719710
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the wicked plan
When Mr Green announces his diabolical plan - he has decided to get married - his children (Derrick, Samantha and Michael) are horrified. Especially when they discover his real motive - he wants to get married so he can sack their beloved nanny, Nanny Piggins. Obviously their father has to be stopped, and Nanny Piggins is just the pig to do it. Because you should never ever cross a flying pig. And so, in the process of ruining Mr Green's matrimonial prospects, Nanny Piggins and the children have many exciting adventures - including being blasted across Dead Man's Gorge with an armadillo, breaking into a maximum-security prison in search of Chinese food and fighting a Gypsy Queen over a pit of fire.
ISBN 9781741663174
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins' guide to conquering christmas
Watch out Santa, Nanny Piggins is coming to town this Christmas! This is not a survival guide to Christmas. This is a guide to conquering the Yuletide season! That's right, it is time to take a stand - don't suffer through another year of brussels sprouts, gift-wrapped socks and slobbery kisses from great aunts who forget to put their teeth in. Take control of your Christmas and put the happy back in your holiday, using the handy hints, games and inspiring stories within this book.
ISBN 9780857980922
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Spratt, R A
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Necromancer, The
Nicholas Flamel is dying and the spell from the Codex that renews his immortality is in the possession of the evil Dr John Dee. Flamel hopes to use his remaining power to prevent the monsters, now on the island of Alcatraz, from escaping. Twins, Sophie and Josh, are back in San Francisco, where Sophie is kidnapped by Aoife and Josh is beginning to doubt whether he is on the right side of things.
ISBN 9780385618298
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (4 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Scott, Michael
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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
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Neptunia
Cassie is a great swimmer but has to move to a country town with no swimming pool. But when asked to deliver an important message to the underwater city of Neptunia, Cassie has to use all her strength and skill to survive a marathon swim.
ISBN 9781741308716
Publisher Five Senses Publications, 2013
Alexander, Goldie
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Nerdy dozen, The
Neil Andertol is a hero...Just not in real life. In video games, Neil - or as his online friends know him, ManofNeil - is a superstar. He's just one spot away from the top score on Chameleon, the cool new jet-flying game where the plane supposedly goes invisible at the highest level. But while ManofNeil can take out a whole squadron of enemy planes, regular Neil still gets picked on by the class bully. Until now. When Neil mysteriously wakes up at an undisclosed military base along with eleven other kids, he learns that Chameleon isn't just a game - it's the training simulator for a real fighter jet! Now the Air Force needs their help piloting the jets on a top-secret rescue mission. Can Neil put his gaming skills to the ultimate real-life test? Because this time Neil isn't just playing for points - he's playing to save the world!
ISBN 9780062272638
Publisher Harper, 2015
Miller, Jeff
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Nevermoor: The trials of Morrigan Crow
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day Morrigan is blamed for all local misfortunes from hailstorms to heart attacks. But as Morrigan awaits her fate a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to a magical city named Nvermoor. Morrigan discoversthat she must contend for a place in a magical society called the Wundrous Society. The only problem is, Morrigan thinks she has no secret talents at all. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests.
ISBN 9780734418074
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Townsend, Jessica
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New city
Isabella and her friends have escaped the floodwaters of Grimsdon for the modern world of New City. Uncertainty and fear have brought dark times, with refugees fleeing the world's rising waters and becoming imprisoned in a miserable camp. Isabella and her friends face new threats, with eyes watching them everywhere.
ISBN 9781742758558
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Abela, Deborah
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Night of the fifth moon
Ket is desperate to learn the druid's secrets. He can predict the future from the stars, understand the raven's cry and speak words of power that can halt a battle. Five other fosterlings are competing with him to become the chosen one and, at each new moon, one of them is sent away. Friendships are strained as they all try to impress the druid.
ISBN 9781741148145
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Ciddor, Anna
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Noah Barleywater runs away
Eight year old Noah is running away from his problems, or at least that's what he thinks, the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he's not sure what to expect. But, the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure and wonder and broken promises.
ISBN 9780385618953
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2010
Boyne, John
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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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North child
Rose is a North Child and superstition says that she will travel far from home and meet a lonely, icy death. Unaware of her fate, she makes a bargain with a mysterious white bear and is carried to a distant castle. But, once there, Rose unleashes a terrible curse and must embark on an epic journey to save the stranger who has stolen her heart.
ISBN 9781409540540
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2012
Pattou, Edith
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Northwood
Cecilia Undergarment likes a challenge. When she discovers a sad and neglected dog, she is determined to rescue him. But, her daring dog rescue lands her in deep trouble, in the form of being lost in the dark forest of Northwood. A forest where ferocious black lions roam. A forest that hides a secret castle, an unlikely king and many a mystery. A forest where those who enter never return.
ISBN 9781921529801
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Falkner, Brian & Bixley, Donovan (ill)
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Not if I save you first
Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie is dragged off to the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, where there is no phone, no internet, and not a single word from Logan. Six years later Logan lands on her doorstep, and an assailant is not far behind. Maddie wants to kill Logan, but she has to save him first.
ISBN 9781742765945
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Carter, Ally
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Oath breaker
When he was outcast, Torak was the hunted one. Nine moons later, he becomes the hunter when he vows to avenge the killing of one of his closest friends. Racked by guilt and grief, he follows the killer into the Deep Forest. But, there is a rottenness at the heart of the Forest for its clans have succumbed to the lies of the Soul-Eaters. Here, Torak finally learns why he is the Sprit Walker and discovers the true cost of revenge.
ISBN 9780060728373
Series Chronicles of ancient darkness series (5 of 5)
Publisher Orion, 2008
Paver, Michelle & Taylor, Geoff (ill)
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Obernewtyn Chronicles series
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Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (7 books)
Carmody, Isobelle
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Ocean without end
During a raid, twelve year old Lily Swann is taken at gunpoint by the tyrannical El Captain de Diablo and forced to work as a slave on his ship. When Lily learns that her father, who she thought was dead, had been taken by pirates years before, she embarks on a perilous journey to search for him. With swashbuckling action on the high seas, Lily struggles to survive in a strange and sometimes violent world.
ISBN 9781869505851
Series The Swashbuckler series (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
Gardiner, Kelly
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On the buzzer
Every year, the students compete to be the school's Sporting Legend, that is, the best out of eight sports. The first round was surfing, then cricket, tennis, and football. Now the kids are ready for a new round.
ISBN 9781921167942
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (6 of 19)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Panckridge, Michael
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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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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
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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
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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
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Opposite Land
Welcome to Opposite Land - where socks wear feet, broccoli is meat, behind is ahead, and people poop from their head! After the worst day ever, Steve discovers a strange book written upside down and back to front. That night, when its words become mysteriously clear and Steve begins to read them, she's transported to the topsy-turvy world in the book - Opposite Land. In this extraordinarily peculiar place, roads float in mid-air, people live in giant snail shells and monsters are made of pasta!
ISBN 9780143780816
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Hamlyn, Charlotte Rose
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Ottoline and the purple fox
Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too - on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and how can he and Ottoline help them mend their broken heart?
ISBN 9781447277927
Series Ottoline series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
Riddell, Chris
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Ottoline and the yellow cat
Daring burglaries have taken place all over town and precious lapdogs are disappearing. Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr Munroe, must find out what is happening and do something.
ISBN 9781405050579
Series Ottoline series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Riddell, Chris
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Ottoline at sea
Ottoline and Mr Munroe do everything and go everywhere together. That is, until the day Mr Munroe mysteriously disappears leaving a strange clue written in string... Armed with her Amateur Roving Collectors' travel pass Ottoline sets off on a journey over, under and on top of the sea to find her hairy best friend - and bring him back home.
ISBN 9780330472012
Series Ottoline series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2015
Riddell, Chris
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Ottoline goes to school
Meet Ottoline and her hairy, helpful friend Mr. Munroe. Ottoline is off to the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted, but she is rather worried that she doesn't have a special gift. Mr. Munroe is more worried about the ghost who is said to haunt the school halls at night. Does Ottoline discover her hidden talent and can they expose the spook?
ISBN 9780330472005
Series Ottoline series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2015
Riddell, Chris
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Ottoline series NEW SERIES 2018
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Series Ottoline series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Riddell, Chris
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Out of this world series
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Series Out of this world series (16 books)
Various
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Outcast
For two moons, Torak has hidden a terrible secret and now it is revealed. He bears the mark of the Soul-Eater and must pay the price. Cast out from the clans, he is alone, cut off from his best friend and his beloved pack-brother. Torak flees to the haunted reed-beds of Lake Axehead where he is hunted by the Otter Clan and taunted by the Hidden People. As soul-sickness claims him, he falls prey to an even greater menace.
ISBN 9780060728366
Series Chronicles of ancient darkness series (4 of 5)
Publisher Orion, 2009
Paver, Michelle & Taylor, Geoff (ill)
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Over sea, under stone
Jane, Barney and Simon have their first journey with Great-Uncle Merry to find the gleaming grail in the battle against the Dark.
ISBN 9780140303629
Series Dark is rising series (1 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2002
Cooper, Susan
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Over the wall
The first round was surfing, then cricket, tennis and football. Now the kids are ready for a new round - soccer.
ISBN 9781921167935
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (5 of 19)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Panckridge, Michael
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Owl ninja
A drumbeat echoes through the mountains. It is calling the samurais to war. The samurai kids at Cockroach Ryu (school) don't want to fight. Somehow, they must persuade the emperor to silence the drum and stop the war.
ISBN 9781921150371
Series Samurai kids series (2 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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Pagan's crusade
Set in 1187, Pagan is the young squire for a knight in Jerusalem, fighting in the Crusades.
ISBN 9781741752311
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Jinks, Catherine
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Paladero: Riders of thunder realm, The
Joss, a mysterious boy with a tragic past, has only ever dreamed of being a Paladero. A cowboy knight of the Thunder Realm. Will he be able to complete his quest of crossing the savage lands to the doomed Ghost City of Vaal? With his fellow questors and his Raptor mount, Joss must complete this traditional rite of passage or die trying.
ISBN 9781760124700
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016
Lochran, Steven
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Paper planes: 25 superdynamic aeroplanes to make and fly
25 step-by-step paper aeroplanes for you to make. Clearly arranged, easy to follow and with lots of colour diagrams, this will be a popular book with kids from 7 years to 77 years.
ISBN 9781911163312
Publisher Pavilion, 2017
Topics / STEM /
Mitchell, David
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Parvana series
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Series Parvana series (4 books)
Ellis, Deborah
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Parvana's promise
Parvana, now fifteen, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan. She could tell the woman was watching her through the small window in the door. Parvana kept her back against the door and didn't move.
ISBN 9781743312988
Series Parvana series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Ellis, Deborah
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Path of beasts
When Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie steal into Jewel in the middle of the night they find their city under the heel of the Fugleman, and the streets controlled by the Blessed Guardians and an army of ruthless mercenaries. The Museum itself is seething with danger, and only the older Keepers prevent it from spilling out into the city. Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie must use all their clever tricks and hard-won bravery to undermine the Fugleman's brutal regime before he rounds up the children of Jewel and sells them into slavery. The thrilling conclusion to the Keepers trilogy.
ISBN 9781742371979
Series The Keepers trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Tanner, Lian
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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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Peculiar, The
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. Bartholomew Kettle and his sister live by these words. They are Peculiars, half-human, half-faery, and hated by both. But, one day, when a mysterious lady magically whisks away a little boy, Bartholomew forgets the rules. And gets himself noticed.
ISBN 9780007498857
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Bachmann, Stefan
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Penultimate peril, The
The Baudelaires have reached the last safe place, where they encounter a harpoon gun, two mysterious initials, a notorius villan and an unsavory curry.
ISBN 9780064410151
Series Series of unfortunate events series (12 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2005
Snicket, Lemony
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Percy Jackson and the battle of the labyrinth
After battling some cheerleaders, Percy needs to defend camp against his arch-enemy and bloodthirsty monsters. To battle this army, Percy needs to navigate his way through the Labyrinth.
ISBN 9780141321271
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing and cannibalism, then read on. Who could tell the true stories of the gods and goddesses of Olympus better than modern day demigod Percy Jackson? In this action packed tour of Greek mythology, Percy gives his hilarious personal views on the feuds, fights and love affairs of the Olympians. Want to know how Zeus came to be top god? How many times Kronos ate one of his own kids? How Athena literally burst out of another god's head? It's all here in black and white.
ISBN 9780141358680
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2015
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the last Olympian
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the sea, is about to turn sixteen and he will discover if the great prophecy is about him and if he will save the world and Olympus, or join Kronos and the Titans.
ISBN 9780141382937
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2009
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
Percy never knew he was the son of a Greek God but, when he vaporized his maths teacher, he was taken to camp and taught to sword fight, battle monsters and stay alive to find Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
ISBN 9780141319131
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters
Camp Half-Blood is coming under attack and Percy needs to find the Golden Fleece to protect the camp's borders from the monsters trying to invade.
ISBN 9780141319148
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the sword of Hades
The goddess Persephone has summoned Percy, Thalia, and Nico to the Underworld in order to retrieve Hades' powerful sword before it falls into the wrong hands.
ISBN 9780955944680
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the titan's curse
Five heroes will begin this quest, not all will return home. They must battle Titan's skeleton warriors, defeat a half-lion, half-human and save Annabeth.
ISBN 9780141321264
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson series
The gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century. They still fall in love with mortals and have children who are half-god and half-human, like the heroes of the old Greek myths. 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 Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Riordan, Rick
No book cover.
15118
Peter and the starcatchers
In a fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a secret safe and save the world from evil.
ISBN 9780786856831
Publisher Disney Press, 2004
Barry, Dave & Pearson, Ridley & Call, Greg (ill)
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Petrifying problem with Princess Petronella, The
On planet, Globagaskar, the King and Queen have gone on holiday, leaving their spoilt daughter, Princess Petronella, in charge. Her latest idea is to turn Earth into a rubbish dump and move all the inhabitants to another planet. Nicola and the Space Brigade embark on a mission to save Earth.
ISBN 9780330423007
Series Space brigade series (1 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Moriarty, L M
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Phantom of Terawhiti
Staying with his father on New Zealand's wild remote coast, Zac finds some animal pawprints on the beach. What is the exotic animal that is being hunted and what does the Russian billionaire have to do with this mystery.
ISBN 9781869509545
Publisher HarperCollins NZ, 2013
Hunt, Des
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Phoebe Nash: girl warrior
Phoebe is holidaying with her family in Africa. From the outset things do not go according to plan as Phoebe becomes involved in an adventure of a lifetime, having witnessed the kidnapping of an African politician, and then being part of his rescue. All this is set in the wilds of Africa, with lions and elephants aplenty.
ISBN 9780980566420
Publisher Laguna Bay Publishing, 2010
D'Ath, Justin
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Phyllis Wong and the forgotten secrets of Mr Okyto
Conjuring is in Phyllis Wong's veins, passed down from her great-grandfather who was the world's most brilliant magician. When a series of robberies takes place in the city, Phyllis realises there is more to the crimes than meets the eye. It may be baffling her friend Chief Inspector Inglis but Phyllis is determined to find out more. She must find out who the thief is, what he wants and how he is achieving the impossible.
ISBN 9781742378213
Series Phyllis Wong series (4 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the pockets of the shadows
When a series of strange and unexpected incidents plunge her world into chaos, Phyllis Wong, brilliant magician and clever sleuth, is faced with danger, uncertainty and an unremembered scientific theory that threatens everything she knows and trusts. Phyllis must try to solve the mystery of these weird happenings, using her magic to defeat the doom of the gloom.
ISBN 9780646951652
Series Phyllis Wong series (4 books)
Publisher 9 Diamonds Press, 2016
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the return of the conjuror
Someone has sold a number of valuable first editions of Shakespeare's plays at the auction house and Chief Inspector Inglis suspects foul play. These rare First Folios are in mint condition, where on earth could they have come from. Has a crime been committed. But when a famously lost Shakespearean play is scheduled to be auctioned, Phyllis suspects villainy is seeping into today from the seventeenth century.
ISBN 9781743318379
Series Phyllis Wong series (4 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the waking of the wizard
Phyllis Wong's great grandfather is on a quest to track down one of history's greatest magicians. But, no one knows if he even exists. To find the answer, Phyllis and her great grandfather will have to transit across thousands of miles and hundreds of years. But, a sinister figure haunts their every step.
ISBN 9781760113384
Series Phyllis Wong series (4 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong series
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Series Phyllis Wong series (4 books)
McSkimming, Geoffrey
No book cover.
Pie rats series
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Series Pie rats series (6 books)
Stelzer, Cameron
No book cover.
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Pip and Houdini
After the death of her guardian, Sully, Pip has finally found a family who are planning to adopt her- at least they were until Pip gets into trouble AGAIN. Pip is sure she won't find a home with a regular family. There's only one place she might belong, and that's with the mother she has never met. With her faithful dog Houdini by her side, Pip sets off to find out what has happened to Cass. It's a journey filled with colourful characters, including a musical young woman and a friendly surfer. As Pip draws nearer to Byron Bay, is she prepared for what she will find when she gets there?
ISBN 9781760296056
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Jones, J.C & Keys, Caroline (ill)
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Pippi Longstocking
A humorous story about a super strong, super rich pirate's daughter who has adventures with her two friends, a monkey and a horse.
ISBN 9780192793799
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2015
Lindgren, Astrid & Ross, Tony (ill)
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Pirate company: on the trail of the golden toucan
When Tom's famous father fails to return home from an expedition, his corrupt step-mother has the explorer declared dead. Eager to be rid of her stepson, she ships him off to his stuffy old aunt in Boston. But his journey takes an unexpected turn. Before long he is working on a pirate ship and making plans to mount an expedition to discover his father's whereabouts.
ISBN 9781742990026
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Cason, Susan
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Pirate X
Will Shepherd is not having the best of times. After six days on the wintery streets of London, he is beaten and robbed. After losing consciousness, he wakes to find he has travelled back to 1717, to a world of danger. Forced to work on Blackbeard's pirate ship, looting and burning, Will's unlikely friend is Major Bonnet, a disaster as a pirate but the key to his survival.
ISBN 9780702238895
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Clark, Sherryl
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Pirate's revenge, The
Lily is navigating on the Mermaid when she learns that her father may still be alive. Before she can follow this up, Lily again encounters the vile Captain Diablo who is seeking the fabled wealth of the Golden Grotto and forces Lily to reveal its location. Furious when he can't locate it, Diablo abandons Lily to die in the darkness.
ISBN 9781869505868
Series The Swashbuckler series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
Gardiner, Kelly
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Pirates
Treasure, adventure, skull and crossbones, and MP3s. Jump on board and sail away with daring pirates from long ago to the present day. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865047539
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Richardson, Christopher
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Plague island
A kidnapping, a bird-napping and an offer of help from a mysterious stranger. That's just the start of a wild ride that leaves Colt (aka Superclown) and Birdy (aka Clowngirl) abandoned on remote, rat-infested Plague Island. When Birdy gets bitten by a ghost rat, she has only a few hours to live.
ISBN 9780143307303
Series Lost world circus series (5 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
D'Ath, Justin
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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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Plant world
Perry, Fasool and Mardi are thrown into the plant world dungeon. If the slaves won't help them they will have to get themselves out, somehow.
ISBN 9781420211771
Series Out of this world series (14 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Collins, Paul, Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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Podkin One-Ear
As the midwinter feast rolls on, the children gather to hear the storyteller tell tales of the Great warrior, Podkin one-ear. How will the greatest Rabbit that ever lived become the Hero? How will he escape the evil Gorm, and will the children be allowed to hear the end? An eternal story, and the start of a new adventure in the five realms of rabbits.
ISBN 9780571328406
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2016
Larwood, Kieran & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Portal to Halycrus
Vicious swine hunting above ground. Strange aliens underground. Scott wonders about what kind of a world he has tumbled into.
ISBN 9781420218695
Series Out of this world series (11 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Wong, Keira & Fong, Douglas (ill)
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Prince of Afghanistan
Black parachutes fall from the sky. Young soldiers and a dog are on a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan. But, the mission ends in chaos. Eighteen year old Corporal Mark Hollis and Prince, the dog, embark on a perilous journey. To get back to base, they must navigate an unforgiving landscape and avoid capture or death at the hands of the Taliban. Mark and Prince must depend on each other to survive. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743314821
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Nowra, Louis
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Prince of butterflies
A beautiful story about John Farrington, a boy who loved butterflies and grew into a man who saved them.
ISBN 9780152058548
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2002
Coville, Bruce & Clapp, John (ill)
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Prisoner of Quentaris, The
Finegan, beloved King of the Leprechauns, decides to venture through the rift caves to assess this dangerous land for himself, where he is taken captive by angry giants
ISBN 9780734408877
Series Quentaris chronicles series (29 of 28)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
Ciddor, Anna
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Problem pony
Beth has always wanted a horse of her own. She is thrilled when she has the chance to look after a pony called Brady. But, Brady is a problem pony who doesn't seem to want to be friends with her.
ISBN 9780143302599
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2006
Clark, Sherryl & Young, Noela
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Project, The
It all began with a book so boring that nobody would ever read it, the perfect place to hide a terrible secret. Now the book has emerged from its hiding place and the world may never be the same. A prank leads Luke and Tommy into a world of trouble, requiring all their investigative skills to save civilisation from a catastrophic occurrence. World War ll, da Vinci's inventions, and time travel all come into play.
ISBN 9781921529795
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Falkner, Brian
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Pyro Watson and the hidden treasure
Pyro Watson loves pirates, treasure and maps. When he is stranded with his Aunt Mor in her caravan on the beach with her latest beau, Pyro calls on Simeon the pirate to pass the time. When Pyro meets another boy, Min, life at the holiday camp becomes more interesting and then dangerous when the local bullies claim territorial rights to the beach.
ISBN 9781741664164
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Hilton, Nette & Rogers, Gregory (ill)
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Queen of hearts
This is not a story of happily ever after. Beneath each smile lies a secret, and Alice has not tumbled down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Not yet... Princess Dinah will one day become the Queen of Hearts. She longs for her father's approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into danger. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her enemies or she'll lose not just the crown - it will be off with her head.
ISBN 9780008175399
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Oakes, Colleen
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Quentaris chronicles series
Full of magic, mystery and adventure, each book explores Quentaris and its perils, triumph, quests, heroes and villains. 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 Quentaris chronicles series (28 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Quest of the sunfish: Castle in the sea, The
The gang is back on the Sunfish searching for their lost father in a world devastated by climate change and greatly risen sea levels. The only clue they have is a coded list he left behind before he disappeared that names four scientists he was working on a top-secret project with. But will the crew of the Sunfish be able to decipher the clues and track down the scientists before their arch enemy does? And now, in the wake of a huge storm, to ever find the missing Spinner they will have to overcome their fears, fix their ship and escape the capture of some greedy pirates, and that is just to begin with.
ISBN 9781760290924
Series Quest of the sunfish NEW SERIES 2019 (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
McConnochie, Mardi
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Quest of the sunfish: Escape to the moon islands
When their father disappears, twins Will and Annalie set out on a perilous sea voyage to find him. They put their faith in a motley crew of runaways and a small sailing boat, the Sunfish. In a world transformed by a catastrophic flood, their ingenuity and friendships will be tested. Their biggest threat comes from the Admiralty, the all-powerful navy that rules the oceans. They're supposed to be the good guys but the deeper the Sunfish voyages into the Moon Islands, the more Will and Annalie realise that nothing is what seems.
ISBN 9781760290917
Series Quest of the sunfish NEW SERIES 2019 (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
McConnochie, Mardi
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Quest of the sunfish: Skeleton coast, The
The final chapter in the Quest for the Sunfish trilogy. Still on the trail of their missing father Spinner, the friends of the Sunfish are desperately trying to catch up with him before the next inevitable pirate attack hits. But with the deadly and vast outer ocean between them and their fleeing dad and their old nemesis Beckett hot on their heels again the crew's adventure is anything but over. The most perilous adventure the Sunfish and its crew have ever faced.
ISBN 9781760290931
Series Quest of the sunfish NEW SERIES 2019 (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
McConnochie, Mardi
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Quizzical 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 Quizzical series (3 books)
Davidson, Leanne
No book cover.
Ranger in Danger 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 Ranger in Danger series (3 books)
Willmore, Sean & Reynolds, Alison
No book cover.
Ranger's apprentice 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 Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Ranger's apprentice, the early years: The Battle of Hackham Heath
Baron Morgarath escaped punishment for treason and, now in hiding, is planning his next move. King Duncan must assemble his troops for battle. Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task, climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night, and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy on Morgarath. The origin story of how Halt came to be Araluen's most famous Ranger and how war will decide the future of the next generation. Prequel to The Ruins of Gorlan.
ISBN 9781742759326
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2016
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's Apprentice, The Royal Ranger: The Red Fox Clan
Most of the time, Maddie is an apprentice Ranger, learning archery, knife throwing, unseen movement and combat skills under the guidance of the legendary Will Treaty. For one month each year, though, she must return home and resume her identity as Princess Madelyn. Forced to keep her Ranger training a secret, Maddie finds castle life dull. But when she discovers clues to a devastating plot against the crown, she realises her family - and the peace they've worked so hard to achieve - could be in terrible danger. To save everyone at Castle Araluen, and her father's forces who are trapped by an enemy army in the north, Maddie must find out the truth. Who is the man in the red fox mask?
ISBN 9780143785903
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Burning bridge, The
The kingdom of Araluen prepares for war against Morgarath, Will and Horace accompany Gilan on a mission to Celtica. But Celtica is silent. It is only when they find a girl called Evanlyn that they learn why.
ISBN 9781741660906
Series Ranger's apprentice series (2 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Emperor of Nihon-Ja, The
Months have passed since Horace was sent on a military mission to the court of the Emperor of Nihon-Ja. Evanlyn, Will and Alyss discover that Horace has become embroiled in Nihon-Jan politics, staying to support the deposed,rightful Emperor. Now he and Will must find men willing to face the highly trained Senshi warriors. yss and Evanlyn must overcome their rivalry to seek aid from a mysterious group of mountain dwellers.
ISBN 9781741664485
Series Ranger's apprentice series (10 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Erak's ransom
The seventh book takes the reader back to the final year of Will's apprenticeship, before the events in books 5 and 6. When the Skandian Oberjarl is taken hostage during a desert raid, Halt and Will help to deliver the ransom. They face violent sandstorms, warring tribes and danger in a race against time.
ISBN 9781741662092
Series Ranger's apprentice series (7 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Halt's peril
Halt, Horace and Will are on the trail of Tennyson and his followers. The false prophet of the Outsider cult escaped justice for his crimes in Clonmel and Halt is determined to stop him before he crosses into Araluen. Will has defeated one of Tennyson's Genovesan assassins in Clonmel but there are still two left alive. Willl and Halt's extraordinary archery skills will be sorely tested during a duel with the Genovesans.
ISBN 9781741663020
Series Ranger's apprentice series (9 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Icebound land, The
Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise - even defy his King.
ISBN 9781741660210
Series Ranger's apprentice series (3 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Kings of Clonmel, The
When Halt returns from investigating mysterious happenings in the west, he has bad news. Hibernia is in turmoil and a false, religious cult called the Outsiders are sowing confusion and sedition. Five of the six Hibernian kingdoms have been undermined and the sixth, Clonmel, is in danger. Halt, Will and Horace set out to restore order.
ISBN 9781741663013
Series Ranger's apprentice series (8 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Lost stories
Until now, no-one has heard the whole story of the legends of the Rangers of Araluen. Find out what's gone before and what comes next for Halt, Will, Horace, Alyss, Evanlyn and Gilan, not to mention a certain stubborn little pony.
ISBN 9781864718188
Series Ranger's apprentice series (11 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Oakleaf bearers, The
As spring approaches and Will and Evanlyn finally escape Skandia, Evanlyn is carried off by mysterious horsemen. Will sets out after them but one boy against six fierce Temujai warriors is impossible odds, even for a Ranger's apprentice.
ISBN 9781741660821
Series Ranger's apprentice series (4 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Siege of Macindaw, The
The fierce Scottish tribesmen are waiting for the signal that Castle Macindaw is in friendly hands and the way is clear to mount an attack. Will's courage and ingenuity, and the arrival of an old friend, may be all that stand in their way.
ISBN 9781741661347
Series Ranger's apprentice series (6 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: Sorcerer in the north, The
It is five years since the Skandians and the Araluans made their treaty and Will has finally become a Ranger, with his own fief to look after. He soon learns that even sleepy little island fiefs have enough problems to keep him on his toes.
ISBN 9781741661286
Series Ranger's apprentice series (5 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2006
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: The royal ranger
After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible, even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. Halt's solution is for Will to take an apprentice, a request Will cannot refuse. Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But, when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie, in revenge, or saving innocent lives.
ISBN 9780399163609
Series Ranger's apprentice series (12 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice: The ruins of Gorlan
Will must prove himself as he comes of age in this exciting tale of young adults that shows how similar relationships can be, whether good and bad and no matter how different, and more adventurous, the times are.
ISBN 9780759320758
Series Ranger's apprentice series (1 of 14)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Flanagan, John
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Rangers apprentice, the early years: Tournament at Gorlan, The
Once, Halt and Crowley were young friends, determined to change the world. Scheming Baron Morgarath is attracting power-hungry knights and barons, King Oswald is wasting away and Prince Duncan is causing havoc in the north. Halt and Crowley set out to find the prince, uncover the truth and reform the weakened Ranger Corps. It will take determination, skill and leadership. Prequel to Ranger's apprentice series.
ISBN 9781742759302
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Flanagan, John
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Raven Lucas series
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Series Raven Lucas series (3 books)
Harris, Christine
No book cover.
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Raven Lucas: Dead wrong
Raven Lucas is searching for her missing dad, Elliott. But, the clues don't add up and Raven knows now that her father had dangerous enemies. A journalist with a grudge, a relentless relative, kidnapping, threats and a mysterious car crash add to the threats. Raven needs all of her courage and ingenuity to follow the trail where it leads. Especially when any step could be dead wrong.
ISBN 9781862919280
Series Raven Lucas series (2 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2012
Harris, Christine
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Raven Lucas: Missing
Raven Lucas used to have a normal life until her father disappeared under suspicious circumstances. The police aren't interested in Raven's theories, her mother is slowly sinking into another nervous breakdown and Raven's uncle, her father's business partner, is getting a little too close to the family. With the help of her friends, Raven starts searching for clues and discovers how little she knows about her dad.
ISBN 9781862919341
Series Raven Lucas series (1 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2012
Harris, Christine
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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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Really nearly deadly canoe ride, The
Shiny-boy Diamond and his mate, Pod, have been given an old Canadian canoe, the Wolverine. They decide to canoe from Sockby all the way down to the sea but didn't count on revolting rubbish traps, killer rapids, freaky whirlpools and a container ship ten storeys high.
ISBN 9780143304548
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Metzenthen, David
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Red
Red can't remember the cyclone, doesn't remember her name, where she lived or who her parents are. Is there anyone left in Sydney she can trust to help her discover who she is and why she needs to get to Melbourne so urgently.
ISBN 9781741758535
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Gleeson, Libby
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Red fox
On the way to India, The Sea Dragon is shipwrecked. Niya is washed up on a deserted beach, fearing that his friends may all be dead. He is reunited with Chen, but the other Little Cockroaches are nowhere to be found. Niya and Chen soon learn there is only one path their friends would have taken. It leads through the dangerous jungle to the decaying temple city of Angkor. Who has survived? Will the samurai kids ever be the same again?
ISBN 9781922077509
Series Samurai kids series (7 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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Redwall 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 Redwall series (22 books)
Jacques, Brian
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Redwall: the graphic novel
A black and white, beautifully illustrated rendition of the classic story. Mathias, the young and clumsy field mouse, must take the place of Martin the Warrior and save Redwall Abbey from the vicious rats. Lead by Cluny the Scourge, the rats prove to be devious and merciless enemies and there will be great battles and much sadness before the end.
ISBN 9780399244810
Publisher Philomel Books, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Reptile room, The
The Baudelaire orphans find their kind Uncle Monty, with whom they would love to live. The Baudelaires find they need to be wary of Count Olaf.
ISBN 9780064407670
Series Series of unfortunate events series (2 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2000
Snicket, Lemony
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Rift
Vaughan gets caught up with an evil Pastor who has created division in his town. He desperately wants to belong. In fact, Vaughan wants to gain entry to the gang so badly he is willing to accept their terrifying challenge. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733608797
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Hathorn Libby
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Rise of the Gatekeeper
Something is terribly wrong. An evil sorcerer has figured out how to time travel and Jenny has to go back to the year 1347 to stop him. A dark wizard who could be far more dangerous than the sorcerer Rudigor. A wizard who is using the power of Jenny's beloved mentor Gwenelda in his evil schemes. Has Gwenelda turned to dark magic? Is she helping this wizard topple the entire Gatekeeper Fraternity? Jenny will stop at nothing to find out the truth, no matter how dangerous it gets. Even if it means risking her very life.
ISBN 9781927555729
Series Gatekeeper series (4 books)
Publisher Lachesis Publishing, 2016
Blackburn, Richard
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Road to Ratenburg, The
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