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4983
1836 Do you dare: Fighting bones
In 1836, Irish brothers, Danny and Declan Sheehan, are inmates at Tasmania's Point Puer prison for convict boys. When tragedy strikes and the prison bully is on the rampage, escape is the brothers only chance to survive.
ISBN 9780143307556
Series Do you dare (6 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Laguna, S
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1841 Do you dare: Bushranger's boys, The
When Captain Ross shoots Jem's dog, Jem dreams of retribution. So, when a bushranger takes the Captain's horse and clothes, Jem isn't a bit upset, although he is still stuck on the Captain's homestead, far from the only family he knows. But, Alfie, the cook's son, and his mate, Tommy, an Aboriginal boy, become Jem's staunch supporters, even when his decisions aren't so smart. Join the three boys as they hole up in a secret hideout, rescue a puppy and meet a real live bushranger.
ISBN 9780143307563
Series Do you dare (6 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Lloyd, A
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1844 Do you dare: Last horse race, The
Within the rough and ready frontier settlement of Moreton Bay, which later became the city of Brisbane, Toby and his mates roam free, and linger at the fringes of the grown-up world. They are particularly interested in horse racing. But, it's a dangerous world and when Toby decides to take part in a race through the streets, he doesn't realise it will be a matter of life and death.
ISBN 9780143307822
Series Do you dare (6 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Moloney, J
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1854 Do you dare: Eureka boys
Henry lives with his father and sister on the Victorian goldfields. Still mourning the loss of his mother and baby brother, Henry helps his father mine their claim, hoping to strike it rich. But they can't afford a mining licence so are at the mercy of corrupt police. When Henry meets a new friend, he enters a world of politics, riots and rebellion that will lead him to Eureka Stockade, one of the defining moments in Australian history.
ISBN 9780143308454
Series Do you dare (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2015
Matthews, P
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1915 Do you dare: Jimmy's war
Jimmy's Dad died two years ago and older brother Arthur is in Egypt preparing enthusiastically for battle. Twelve year old Jimmy is now the man of the house. As Mum's health is fragile, Jimmy is forced to leave school and become the breadwinner, scraping together barely enough to cover minimal food and the rent. When Arthur returns, badly injured, Jimmy's life gets even harder, although there's still time for football.
ISBN 9780143308027
Series Do you dare (6 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Clark, Sherryl
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1931 Do you dare: Tough times
During the Great Depression, when his father loses his job, Tom Parker sets out to save his family from eviction. He confronts bullies, financial hardship and prejudice but his determination and never-say-die attitude is as strong as his loyalty to his family.
ISBN 9780143308010
Series Do you dare (6 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Mitchell, S
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Alexander the great: reckless conqueror
Believing he was descended from Achilles and Hercules, Alexander set out to better their heroic deeds. For eight years, he led the Macedonians, mostly on foot, defeating huge armies and proving to be either a brilliant warrior or a ruthless invader.
ISBN 9781876372330
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2004
Wilkinson, Carole
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Alice and the Apple Blossom Fair
It's 1918 and Alice has never felt lonelier. Her father is missing at sea, her brother, Teddy, is away at war and she's not allowed to speak to her best friend anymore. Alice tries to forget her worries by having a stall at the Apple Blossom Fair. But, when strange events start happening in the town, everything goes wrong. Alice just wants the war to be over and for her life to be the same again.
ISBN 9780143306306
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Bell, Davina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Alice of Peppermint Grove
The war is over, summer has arrived and Alice is hopeful that life with her family will finally return to normal. However, nothing goes as expected. Her mother loses her job at the bank, the country is gripped with the deadly Spanish Influenza and there are problems between Alice and her best friend, Jilly. Even the return from Europe of Teddy, Alice's big brother, can't fix everything.
ISBN 9780143306313
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Bell, Davina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Amazing story of Adolphus Tips, The
Set in wartime Devon, this is the diary of plucky young Lily Tregenza whose town is invaded by escaping evacuees and American soldiers. When Lily enlists the help of two young, black American soldiers to find her missing cat, there are surprising results.
ISBN 9780439796613
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Amina: through my eyes
Amina lives with her family in Somalia, a country that has endured drought and civil war for decades. Amina's father is betrayed and arrested. His artwork is seen as 'un-Islamic' and Amina no longer knows who she can trust. Food is scarce, her mother is pregnant and her grandmother ill. Amina must find a way to survive.
ISBN 9781743312490
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Powers, J L & White, Lyn (ed)
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Angel fish
Historical novel based on the medieval Children's Crusades. Stefan, a charismatic, religious leader, has convinced Gabriel that only children will be able to liberate the Holy Land from the Infidel. Together, they raise an army and make the arduous journey over the Alps. The power of Stefan's promises dim as they suffer many misadventures.
ISBN 9781742030463
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Wilkinson, Lili
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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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Battle of Britain: a Second World War spitfire pilot 1939-1941
Harry Woods is a proud spitfire pilot in the fledgling Royal Air Force of 1939. All he has ever wanted to do, since he saw his first plane, is be a pilot. But, now, all he can remember are the roar of the engines and the rattle of machine guns. His friend, Lenny, has lost a leg in a dogfight with the German Luftwaffe. Harry is determined to fight on bravely for all he holds dear but the dangers are terrible and the thrills exhausting.
ISBN 9781407103709
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Priestley, Chris
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Battle of the jade horse
Battle of the Jade Horse Author: Alison Lloyd Hu and Ren are friends during the second century in China. Their families come from different social classes and each must make choices that may hurt their friendship. How will their friendship be able to survive?
ISBN 9780143305774
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Lloyd, Alison
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Before they were famous series
Historical fiction, easily read but with mature and fascinating content that gives an insight into the people who have shaped history. 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 Before they were famous series (6 books)
Corby, Caroline
No book cover.
Big Nate 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 Big Nate series (20 books)
Peirce, Lincoln
No book cover.
6191
Big Nate: Crowd goes wild, The
Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, enjoys pestering his family and teachers with his sarcasm.
ISBN 9781449436346
Series Big Nate series (20 books)
Publisher Andrews McMeel, 2014
Peirce, Lincoln
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Billy Mack's war
When Captain Mack is released from prison camp at the end of the war, no-one is sure what to expect, least of all his son Billy. He might be the same man who went off to war full of hope and pride or his experiences may have changed him forever.
ISBN 9780702234798
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2004
Roy, James
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Birrung the secret friend
Birrung, a young indigenous girl, lives with the family of Richard Johnson, chaplain to the Australian colony in 1790. When Birrung befriends orphaned Barney and Elsie, a mute, the Johnson family also takes them in. As Barney's feeling for Birrung grow, he is advised that his friendship with a 'native' girl, and all that she taught him about her language and lore, must remain a secret, forever.
ISBN 9780732299439
Series The secret histories series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
French, Jackie
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Blitz: a wartime girl's diary 1940-1941
Edie and her little brother, Tom, are evacuated to rural Wales during the Blitz on London. Many parents sent their children to live in a safer place when German bombs rained down on the major cities of England during World War II. For Edie and Tom it is not a happy solution. Edie struggles to mother and protect Tom in harsh countryside with an austere family and an unfriendly school community.
ISBN 9781407103716
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Cross, Vince
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Bloody tower: a Tudor girl's diary 1553-1559
It is after Henry VIII's death and King Edward is very sickly. Queen Mary will come to the throne, ousting Lady Jane Grey. Mary's executioners will be busy removing her perceived enemies. Even Princess Elizabeth, the future queen of England, is imprisoned in the Tower. Tilly Middleton, who lives in the Tower of London where her father works, finds she has an important role to play.
ISBN 9781407104775
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Wilding, Valerie
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Bomber balloon, The
When a Zeppelin aircraft crashes over a British town, the German soldiers meet those they have been bombing, including one very angry girl.
ISBN 9781408191651
Series World War I tales series (4 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Booms, busts and bushfires
In the last forty years, Australia has experienced a period of rapid change, with many social and political events impacting on our lives. This book covers the period from 1973, before computers and the internet existed in Australia, to the present time. Our resources have made us a rich country, but it remains to be seen how long the good times can last, before a boom turns into a bust.
ISBN 9781741697865
Series Fair dinkum series (8 of 8)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
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Boudica: the secrets of the Druids
Boudica, a young girl, living in ancient Britain, finds herself in great difficulty. The Romans have invaded, her father has been accused of murder and she doesn't know who to trust. A mysterious Druid appears in Boudica's village and she must decide whether or not to enter his murky world. She must make the right decision so that one day she can bring honour to her tribe and become their warrior queen.
ISBN 9781406312539
Series Before they were famous series (2 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Corby, Caroline
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Bridget, a new Australian
During the Irish potato famine, Bridget's family has been turned out of their home and their only refuge is the workhouse, where living conditions are hard and the food sparse. For Bridget and her sister, Maeve, their one chance is to take a ship to a new country and become Australians. They must survive the journey then face the many challenges that await them in a new, far away land.
ISBN 9781742990989
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Moloney, James
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Burning the bails: the story of the ashes
When Russell witnesses his mother burning wooden bails from a friendly cricket match between Australia and England, little does he know just how important that night becomes in sporting history.
ISBN 9780987313980
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2013
Bell, Krista & Walters, Ainsley (ill)
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Captain Cook's apprentice
When young Isaac Manley sailed from England with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour in 1768, no one knew if the mysterious southern continent really existed. During his three years at sea, Isaac witnessed floggings, huge storms, press-gangs and violent clashes as well as the tropical beauty of Hawaii and the wonders of New Zealand.
ISBN 9780143004820
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
Hill, Anthony
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Children of the king, The
Cecily, Jeremy and a young refugee, May, have been sent to live with Uncle Peregrine in the country, safe from the war in London. But, when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding out in a nearby castle ruin, and Jeremy runs away to London to help in the war effort, several destinies come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
ISBN 9780670076130
Publisher Penguin, 2012
Hartnett, Sonya
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Cleopatra: escape down the Nile
Cleopatra is in hiding, having fled the city in fear of losing her life. The young girl is uncertain of her future until she finally receives news from home and realises her time has come to face her enemies and take her place as Queen of Egypt.
ISBN 9781406310337
Series Before they were famous series (1 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Corby, Caroline
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Coco Banjo and the super wow surprise
YIPPEE! It's the holidays! Time for glorious summer days and fun with friends. Coco's mum is still travelling, but she arranges the BEST surprises. One surprise is in a box delivered by Coco's best friend, N. The next surprise is an invention called the Skip Back Machine. What does it do? And the biggest surprise is tickets to a concert by Coco's favourite pop star, Prince Louis!But . . . what if N isn't allowed to go? Coco has a big decision to make . . .
ISBN 9780857987372
Series Coco Banjo series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Gemmell, N J
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Coco Banjo 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 Coco Banjo series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Gemmell, N J
No book cover.
19490
D-Day: a Second World War soldier 1944
The story of Andrew Pope, commander of an infantry platoon, who took part in the Normandy landings on 6 June, 1944, later known as D-Day and the turning point of the Second World War. Andrew tells how his men prepared for and of the fierce battles that took place once they were ashore. This is Andrew's part in the biggest amphibious military operation in the history of the world.
ISBN 9781407103723
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Perrett, Bryan
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Daisy all alone
It's1930 and Daisy's worst nightmares have come true. She's alone on the streets, separated from her family, and things get worse when the police send her to live at the Melbourne Orphanage. At least she doesn't have to scavenge for food scraps anymore but, with no family and no freedom, Daisy is miserable. When she hears some shocking news, Daisy decides it's time to plot a daring escape.
ISBN 9781743480519
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Hamer, Michelle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Daisy in the mansion
It's 1930, Daisy has been adopted and whisked away to a beautiful mansion. She's to be a companion to Annie, a girl with a mysterious illness. While Daisy's new life is full of luxuries she could never have imagined, what she wants most is the thing her new parents can't provide. She wants the freedom to find her real family before it's too late.
ISBN 9781743480526
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Hamer, Michelle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Daisy on the road
It's 1930 and Daisy has finally had news that her dad is alive. He's gravely injured somewhere in the bush and, although she doesn't know quite where, Daisy is determined to find him. With help from old friends, she sets off on her way. But life on the road is hard and, before long, disaster strikes.
ISBN 9780143307662
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Hamer, Muchelle & Maciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Danny da Vinci: the giant horse of Milan
Humorous description of the creation of da Vinci's Horse of Sforza statue. Danny da Vinci and his best friend, Mick Angelo, are apprentices in Uncle Leo's art studio when he is commissioned to make a giant, marble horse.
ISBN 9780733319150
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Whatley, Bruce & Smith, Rosie
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Danny da Vinci: The secret of the Mona Lisa
Danny da Vinci and his best friend Mick Angelo are artistic adventurers who share a passion for painting and sculpture. Every year the Duke of Milan holds an art exhibition, and this year the Duke has asked Danny's Uncle Leo to paint his portrait. Danny and Mick want to enter something in the exhibition too, something special. Danny's sister Lisa has an idea, but why should they listen to her? She's such a moaner!
ISBN 9780733326059
Publisher ABC Books, 2017
Smith, Rosie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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Death of a princess
Set in Ancient Egypt, the book follows the murder investigation of the Pharaoh's daughter. The story follows Meryet-Neith, the harem's beautician, who needs to find the truth or risk becoming a scapegoat for the murder.
ISBN 9781877003905
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2005
Geason, Susan
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Donkey who carried the wounded, The
An inspiring read about the famous partnership of Simpson and his donkey. Written in the voices of Jack and the donkey, their story, and the horrors and comradeship, of Gallipoli, come to life.
ISBN 9780732288396
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
French, Jackie
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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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Eagle in the snow, An
Barney's home in Coventry has been bombed along with most of the other houses in the street so he and his mother are on a train to Cornwall. But even a train is not safe as it comes under fire by a couple of Messerschmitt aircraft, only just escaping destruction in a tunnel. Barney's fear of the dark is gradually eased when a stranger begins a story as they wait for the all clear. And what a story it is. A young soldier in World War 1 became the most decorated Private of that war due to his bravery, loyalty and mateship. But one of his actions, at the time seen to be the right thing to do, turned out to have some terrible consequences. It is up to him to make things right.
ISBN 9780008134174
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Elephant in the garden, An
It's 1944 and Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. In Dresden, Elizabeth, Karli and their mother are fleeing the city as the allied bombs fall. They face a torturous journey through a perilous, snow-covered landscape to reach the safety of the west. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow.
ISBN 9780007339563
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Elephant mountain
Kasem is thrilled when he is given responsibility for baby elephant, Pooky, and promises the elephant that he will always look after him. Kasem has to remember many important things and wonders whether he will be able to keep his promise to Pooky.
ISBN 9780143303282
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Brian, Janeen & Rippin, Sally (ill)
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Emilio: through my eyes
For Emilio Garcia Lopez, it's an ordinary school day in Mexico City. But, when his police-officer cousin arrives, flanked by a tall man in the uniform of the Federal Police, Emilio's long nightmare begins. Emilio's mother has been kidnapped in broad daylight by unidentified criminals, who appear to know a great deal about her business and who have mistaken her for a wealthy businesswoman.
ISBN 9781743312476
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Masson, Sophie & White, Lyn (ed)
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Esty's gold
The 1840's potato famine in Ireland and the death of her father dramatically change thirteen year old Esty's life. The remaining family members migrate to Australia in the hope of making their fortune. The goldfields, Ballarat and the Eureka Stockade feature in the life of this feisty heroine.
ISBN 9781845079659
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2009
Arrigan, Mary
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Evan's Gallipoli
Evan is 14 when his father decides they should deliver some comforting goods to the Allied soldiers. They are ill-prepared for the danger, horrors and hardship they will encounter at war.
ISBN 9781743311356
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Greenwood, Kerry
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Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The
The summer of 1899 is hot in eleven year old Calpurnia Tate's sleepy, Texas town. She begins a nature diary and, intrigued by an invasion of large, yellow grasshoppers, spends more time with her remote and cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. When they are about to make an amazing discovery, the reality of Callie's situation catches up with her. She's a girl, expected to cook and clean and sew.
ISBN 9780312659301
Publisher Henry Holt & Co, 2011
Kelly, Jacqueline
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Fair dinkum series
An exciting, easy to read series, with hilarious cartoons, that tell the story of Australia. 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 Fair dinkum series (8 books)
French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
No book cover.
1847
Family with two front doors, The
Nomi is one of nine children living in Poland in the 1920s. Their family is so large, they need to live across two apartments. Their father is a Rabbi and there are many customs to follow, many revolving around food. But, the biggest adventure of all is when big sister Adina is told she is to be married, at the age of fifteen, to someone she has never met. Based on the author's real family, the Rabinovitches dance, laugh and cook their way through an extraordinary life in 1920s Poland.
ISBN 9781925266641
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Ciddor, Anna
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Fighting stingrays, The
Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates - loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays. In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy. Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.
ISBN 9780143784104
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Mitchell, Simon
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Flight
Tonight is the night. The family has to flee. Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country. Beset by heat and thirst, and threatening tanks, they travel towards a refugee camp and safety, while they wait for asylum in another country. An ancient story becomes a fable for our times.
ISBN 9781922081483
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2015
Wheatley, Nadia & Greder, Armin (ill)
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Fly a Rebel Flag, the battle at Eureka
The diggers were fed up. Ever since the gold rushes began, police had hounded them about their licences. The diggers of Ballarat took up arms, built a stockade and swore to defend themselves. That twenty minute battle changed Australia forever.
ISBN 9781921167430
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Annear, Robyn
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Frieda, a new Australian
Frieda, her sickly mother and her father travel from Germany to Australia, looking for a better life. Nervous and excited about Adelaide, a drought-stricken town with hordes of flies and barefoot children, Frieda is keen to make friends. But, as the First World War takes hold, the Germans are now seen as the enemy. Rumours begin to circulate that Frieda's father is a spy. Frieda has her own battles to fight. She begins to wonder whether she should change her name and hide all trace of her culture.
ISBN 9781742991146
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Musgrove, Marianne
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Friend for Grace, A
In 1808, Grace and Hannah, are on board the ship, Indispensable, on their way to New South Wales. The girls wonder what their new place will be like. They hear the convict women saying there are giant rats and other strange animals there. When sickness strikes the ship, it seems unlikely that anyone will survive to reach the shores of the new land.
ISBN 9780143305293
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Laguna, Sofie & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Ghost by the billabong, The
When seventeen year old Jed Kelly turns up at Drinkwater Station, claiming to be the great-granddaughter of Matilda Thompson's dying husband, she has no evidence and won't even reveal her real name. Badly-wounded Vietnam War veteran, Nicholas, is haunted by ghosts and his changed life. As Jed settles in to life on the Station, she feels part of a real family for the first time. Her secrets remain hidden, for now. Set during the turbulence of the late 1960s, a time of hippies, anti-war demonstrations and Australia's vital role in the unforgettable first moon walk.
ISBN 9780732295295
Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
French, Jackie
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Ghostscape
Time is running out for Aisha, the Somali refugee girl, who has found herself transported back to the time of the Blitz in London. Although Aisha is full of fear and horror because she already knows the future of her original school building, she is still compelled to try to save her new friend, Richard, and his aged grandfather, during the terrible bombing of the Second World War.
ISBN 9781845077686
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2008
Layburn, Joe
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Girl from Snowy River, The
It is 1919 and World War I casts its shadow across Australia, particularly for orphaned sixteen-year-old Flinty McAlpine. The man Flinty loves returned from war so changed and distant. Her brother Andy 'gone with cattle', leaving Flinty in charge of their younger brother and sister and with the threat of eviction from the farm she loves. A brumby muster held under the watchful eye of the legendary Clancy of the Overflow offers hope.
ISBN 9780732293109
Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
French, Jackie
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Girl who rode the wind, The
Twelve-year-old Lola is desperate to become a jockey. And when her grandmother takes her to Italy for the summer, it seems like those dreams are coming true. The ultimate street race, the Palio, awaits her! But as Lola learns more about the Palio, she discovers dark family secrets that has hung over their name ever since the Second World War. Can Lola prove herself against the toughest of riders? And can she heal the heartbreak that has haunted her family all these years?
ISBN 9780008124311
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Gregg, Stacy
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Goat who sailed the world, The
Isaac, twelve, has joined Captain Cook's ship as a master's servant. He's not considered good enough to fetch hay for the goat who provides fresh milk. Over time, a special friendship grows between the goat and Isaac. Some coarse language in context.
ISBN 9780207200779
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2006
French, Jackie
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Goldseekers, The
It is the 1850s on the Australian goldfields. People are caught up in the, often violent, grip of gold fever. Miju and her brother, kidnapped from their homeland, are working to earn their passage home. Racism and robbery make their quest more difficult.
ISBN 9780207200847
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2006
Bastian, Greg
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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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Grace and Glory
It's 1808 and Grace has arrived at a bark hut on the edge of a river to start her life as a servant. But, even though she tries hard, nothing Grace does for her new master ever seems right, especially if it involves Glory, his beloved horse. When the master goes away and leaves Grace in charge, she is tested when she has to save her mistress from danger.
ISBN 9780143305309
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Laguna, Sofie & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Gracie and the emperor
Gracie has been told many stories about the emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, who will stop at nothing to rule the world. When the dreaded man comes to the island where Gracie lives, she wants to run away but she has nowhere to go.
ISBN 9780186508880
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Broome, Errol
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Great plague, a London girl's diary 1665-1666, The
It is 1665 and the Great Plague is spreading. Thirteen year old Alice Paynton wants to return to London, to the happy life she had there, raised by her father and her Aunt Nell in the time of King Charles II. Her girlhood days turn to fear and horror as the sickness strikes, and Alice's account includes the story of the bubonic plague and the Great Fire of London in 1666.
ISBN 9781407104782
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Oldfield, Pamela
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Halo
Halo, abandoned as a baby and raised by centaurs, captured and torn from her happy home, disguises herself as a boy to have any freedom. Still under constant threat of enslavement and exposure, she lives the myths, legends and culture of ancient Greece from warring Sparta to Athens, searching for her identity.
ISBN 9780141328300
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2010
Corder, Zizou
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Handkerchief map, The
Through letters written to loved ones, three characters reveal their most intimate thoughts about the conflict in World War II. Franz, a young Nazi soldier, has begun to question the rightness of the cause. Helga is a Russian girl, bent on joining the resistance. Susanna, a Jewess, has been separated from her husband and children, and condemned to the cruelty of a concentration camp.
ISBN 9781922120861
Publisher IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), 2014
English-Hawke, Kiri
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Hanna: my Holocaust story
Hanna Kaminsky loves gymnastics, her best friend, chicken soup and reading. But, in September 1939, her happy life disappears. The Nazis have invaded Poland and are herding all Jewish people into ghettos in the cities. Hanna's family are forced into hiding in the country but this means trusting others. Hanna and her family are caught and sent to the Warsaw Ghetto where they must use whatever skills they have to survive.
ISBN 9781743629673
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Alexander, Goldie
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Highway girl: an English girl's diary 1670
When Susannah and her brother are orphaned, she is forced to live on the charity of distant relatives in England while he seeks his fortune in America. When news arrives that her brother is dangerously ill, Susannah will stop at nothing, even highway robbery, to get the money she desperately needs to save his life. It is 1670, when times are hard and punishments harsh.
ISBN 9781407108704
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Wilding, Valerie
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Home for Grace, A
It's 1808 and Grace loves caring for baby, Alice, and working with her mistress, Beth, on the property at Rose Hill. Grace tries so hard to be a good servant but still her master doesn't trust her. Grace thinks he blames her for what happened to his beloved horse. It's injured and growing sicker every day. Grace wants to do something to help but she doesn't know who to turn to.
ISBN 9780143305316
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Laguna, Sofie & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Iron soldiers: a story of arms and armour
In medieval times, it was the job of the blacksmith and, later, the armourer to make more and more sophisticated armour until a revolutionary development reduced it to just so much scrap metal.
ISBN 9781862914292
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2005
Luckett, Dave & Bond, Joseph
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Island of lost horses, The
When twelve year old Beatriz stumbles across a wild mare with strange markings, she can't believe it's real. Yet, from that moment on, the strongest connection grows between them, and Beatriz begins to uncover an incredible history. Centuries ago, Felipa and her horse, Cara Blanca, were running for their lives. As the fates of Beatriz, Felipa and their horses become entwined, Beatriz realises that the future of the world's rarest horses depends on her.
ISBN 9780007580279
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2015
Gregg, Stacy
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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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Jeremy Jeremiah
This is a time-slip story of friendship and of Australia's early gold-mining days. Jeremy makes contact with a boy who lived in Jeremy's house a hundred years before.
ISBN 9781863738606
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1996
Barron, Antonia
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Josie under fire
Josie's stays in London during the terrible bombing attacks of 1941, while her mother nurses her ailing grandmother. Josie struggles with her own feelings of inadequacy and her brother's very unpopular decision not to go to war.
ISBN 9780746060322
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2004
Turnbull, Ann
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Julius Caesar: the curse of the gods
When young Julius Caesar fall mysteriously ill, his mother is convinced he's been cursed by the gods. But, when civil war engulfs Ancient Rome, Caesar seizes the opportunity to prove her wrong and fulfil his destiny as leader of the mightiest empire the world has ever known.
ISBN 9781406312546
Series Before they were famous series (6 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Corby, Caroline
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Kampung boy
Illustrated story of a Muslim boy's adventures and mischief-making, fishing trips, religious education and work on his family's rubber plantation in Malaysia. However, the traditional way of life in his village (kampung) is steadily disappearing.
ISBN 9780980607000
Publisher Wilkins Farago Pty Ltd, 2009
Lat
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Kaspar prince of cats
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Johnny Trott, a bell-boy at London's prestigious Savoy Hotel, befriends a guest, the Russian aristocrat, Countess Kandinsky. She trusts him to look after her special cat, Prince Kaspar, and a series of events are set in motion that take Johnny and Kaspar all around the world, and change his life forever.
ISBN 9780007266999
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2008
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Kerenza, a new Australian
In 1911, Kerenza's da (father) can no longer get work as a miner in Cornwall. She doesn't want to leave her village and take a ship to Australia but Kerenza can be brave for her dad's sake. Where he sees a farm, Kerenza and her Mam see endless mallee scrub, flies and hard work. It's almost too much to bear but the Mallee has its own beauty, and family and new-found friends might just make it her home.
ISBN 9781742990606
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2015
Hawke, Rosanne
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Kite rider, The
Located in China in the period of the Mongols, this story follows Haoyou's intrepid adventures across oceans and the skies.
ISBN 9780192718600
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2001
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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Lacemaker and the Princess, The
Eleven year old Isabelle is a lacemaker like her mother and grandmother in the town of Versailles. It is the year 1789 and the eve of the French revolution. Isabelle is caught between being the Queen's daughter's companion, amid the luxury of the royal court, and having to earn a living lacemaking to keep her family alive.
ISBN 9781416925958
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2007
Bradley, Kimberley Brubaker
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Lady Jane Grey: a queen for sale
The story of a Tudor girl doomed from birth by her royal blood. When the King names her family as producers of the next heir to the throne in the absence of any off-spring of his own, Jane, at nine years of age, becomes a political pawn. She is bought to marry a nobleman's son and then traded. Finally, she has no choice but to try to snare the King of England.
ISBN 9781406312553
Series Before they were famous series (4 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Corby, Caroline
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Last flight, The
Alfred is an air observer, flying above the war, taking photos of the enemy lines. But the Germans are also in the sky.
ISBN 9781408191682
Series World War I tales series (2 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Legend of Lasseter's Reef, The
The legend of Harold Lasseter who found a fabulous reef of gold in the desert. Lasseter returned with six companions but he could not find the site again. Despite help from nomads he never makes it home.
ISBN 9781876268992
Publisher University of Western Australia Press, 2003
Greenwood, Mark
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Lesson For Lina, A
It's 1956, the Melbourne Olympic Games are over but, for Lina, the excitement is just beginning. She has a new best friend, the school magazine is a huge hit and her parents have a surprise that will change everything. When Lina has the chance to meet her idol, the famous writer Stella Davis, it seems that all her dreams have come true.
ISBN 9780143307037
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Rippin, Sally & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Letty and the stranger's lace
Letty and her sister, Lavinia, have arrived in Sydney town in 1841. It's a dangerous place for two girls on their own. When Lavinia gets a job, Letty is left feeling useless and alone. Then, she meets Mary, a strange woman with a secret.
ISBN 9780143305415
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Letty on the land
It's 1841 and if Letty wants to keep her job, she must travel with her mistress to a sheep farm in the Blue Mountains, leaving her sister, Lavinia, behind in Sydney. Letty has heard that the bush is a wild place, full of strange beasts and dangers, not to mention the bushrangers who hide out in it. And, as Letty soon learns, life on the land has plenty of challenges.
ISBN 9780143305422
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Letty's Christmas
It's 1841 and Letty must leave her job on the sheep-run because drought has brought hard times. She and the Grey family set out over the Blue Mountains but, when disaster strikes, Letty needs to be much stronger than she could ever have imagined. Letty wonders if she'll ever see Sydney or her sister, Lavinia, again.
ISBN 9780143305439
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Light horse boy
In 1914, best mates, Jim and Charlie, abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. Jim is not quite old enough but he lies about his age. Jim and Charlie think joining the Light Horse Regiment is a bit of an adventure and that the war will be over in a few months. But, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline.
ISBN 9781922089137
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2013
Wolfer, Dianne & Simmonds, Brian (ill)
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Lillipilly Hill
At the end of the nineteenth century, Harriet Wilmot and her family have come to live in an inherited house in a New South Wales town. Despite the heat and unconventional schooling, Harriet is in awe of Australia and much prefers it to dreary old London. Not all the Wilmots agree. Harriet breaks rules and expectations in her efforts to convince her family to stay in this new and exciting land.
ISBN 9781922147172
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Spence, Eleanor
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Lina at the Games
It's 1956 and the Melbourne Olympic Games have finally arrived. The whole city is buzzing with excitement and Lina can't wait to go along as a reporter for the school magazine. Now is her chance to prove to everyone that she's a real writer. Nothing could be more important until Lina makes a new friend who changes the way she sees the world.
ISBN 9780143307020
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Rippin, Sally & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Lina stories, The
It's 1956...and Lina dreams of being a writer, but her strict Italian parents have other ideas. Now that she's won a scholarship to an expensive girls school, Lina has other troubles, too. But the Melbourne Olympic Games could be an opportunity for Lina to follow her dream of working on the school paper. Journey with Lina across all four exciting stories about a passionate girl finding a place to belong. Imaginative, kind and hard-working, Lina is an unforgettable Australian Girl.
ISBN 9780143783770
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Rippin, Sally
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Lina's many lives
It's 1956 and Lina is working hard on the school newspaper but mean Sarah Buttersworth isn't making it easy. When Lina's best friend, Mary, gets distracted by her new television, things begin to fall apart. Meanwhile, at home, Lina starts to uncover some dark family secrets. Living in two such different worlds isn't easy and, when tragedy strikes, she makes a decision that causes her many lives to collide.
ISBN 9780143307013
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Rippin, Sally & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Little brother
Vithy is in war-torn Cambodia searching for his only remaining family member, his older brother.
ISBN 9780143301745
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Baillie, Allan
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Little wooden horse, The
In eighteenth century London, two children, Elizabeth and Tom, are so hungry, they steal a loaf of bread from the bakery. They are caught and transported to Australia aboard a convict ship. Their time on board is harrowing and the voyage is certainly not smooth sailing. By the time they arrive in New South Wales, Tom is ill with fever and his fate unknown.
ISBN 9781921136535
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2010
Wilson, Mark
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Lizzie and Margaret Rose
In 1940, bombs are falling in London. Ten year old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid but her family and home are destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, Margaret's aunt is ready to take her in but her cousin, Lizzie, is not so sure and certainly doesn't want to share her room. But, first, Margaret Rose must undertake a long and dangerous voyage to a strange country, also at war. She knows it's not going to be easy, and Lizzie's not about to make it any easier.
ISBN 9781742991528
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2016
Rushby, Pamela
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Lizzie's wish
The story of a young girl in Victorian England who's mother, after her father's death, has remarried a gentleman disliked by Lizzie. She is sent to London to stay with her aunt and uncle during the lead-up to the birth of a sibling.
ISBN 9780746060308
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2004
Geras, Adele
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Locket of dreams, The
Sophie falls asleep wearing a locket which belonged to her great-great-great-grandmother and is magically transported to 1858 to learn the truth about Charlotte Mackenzie, how she came to be in Australia and what happened to the family's priceless sapphire.
ISBN 9781741662917
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Murrell, Belinda
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Long walk to water, A
Based on a true story, this is a dual narrative about the harsh realities of life in Sudan. Nya's story relates to her daily struggle for water and survival. Salva's journey spans fifteen years after rebels attack his village and he is forced to flee into the bush to avoid being recruited. He joins hundreds of displaced people heading for a refugee camp in Ethiopia, all the while searching for his family.
ISBN 9780702238703
Publisher Clarion Books, 2012
Topics / Displacement /
Park, Linda Sue
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Lost sapphire, The
Marli is staying with her dad in Melbourne, and missing her friends. Then she discovers a mystery- an abandoned mansion, Riversleigh, is to be returned to her family after many years. Marli sneaks into the locked garden to explore, and meets Luca, a boy who has his own connection to Riversleigh. In 1922, Violet is fifteen and lives at Riversleigh. Her life is filled with boating parties, picnics and extravagant balls. An army of servants looks after her family- including the young Russian chauffeur, Nikolai. Over one summer Violet must decide what is important to her.
ISBN 9781925324112
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Murrell, Belinda
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Luck of the buttons, The
Twelve year old Tugs Button lives in a small town in USA in 1929. Her eccentric family hasn't known much luck over the years and Tugs vows to turn that around, When she befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a new camera and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve, things begin to change. It just may be that being a Button is precisely what one funny, spirited, and observant young heroine decides to make of it.
ISBN 9780763650667
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2011
Ylvisaker, Anne
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Marly's business
It's 1983 and Marly needs a job. She wants to buy Donkey Kong cards to swap with the other kids at school but her parents think the cards are a waste of money. Then Marly's friend, Yousra, gives her an idea and she decides to start her own business. But, working on your own isn't easy and, when Marly catches a bus that goes in the wrong direction, it's just the start of her problems.
ISBN 9780143308508
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Pung, Alice & Masciullo, Lucai (ill)
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Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
French, Jackie
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Meet Alice
It's 1918 and the Great War rages on the other side of the world. Alice lives with her big family by the Swan River in Perth and her deepest wish is to become a ballerina. When she auditions for a famous dance teacher from London, it seems as if her dreams might come true. But, then there's a terrible accident, and Alice must ask herself whether there are more important things than dancing.
ISBN 9780143306290
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Bell, Davina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Daisy
It's 1930 and Daisy lives on a farm, where she loves riding her horse, Jimmy, through the paddocks. Times are tough and, when her father loses his job, Daisy and her little sister, Flora, are sent to Melbourne to live with their aunt and uncle. Daisy must leave behind everything and everyone she loves for a city she's never seen. Even her wildest daydreams can't prepare her for the new life that awaits her. Meet Daisy and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a hopeful girl in troubled times.
ISBN 9780143307631
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Hamer, Michelle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Grace
In 1808, orphaned, London street urchin, Grace, steals three apples to feed a poor, abused workhorse. When her theft is discovered, Grace is sentenced and transported by ship to Australia. She befriends Hannah and the two girls begin new lives, sailing towards a new land.
ISBN 9780143305286
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Laguna, Sofie & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Letty
It's 1841 and Letty's sister, Lavinia, is sailing to Australia. In the confusion of departure, Letty gets caught on deck and is suddenly sailing as well. The voyage is long and miserable, and Letty must use her wits to keep Lavinia alive when she succumbs to fever.
ISBN 9780143305408
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Lina
It is 1956 in Melbourne and Lina dreams of being a writer. Her Italian parents have other ideas. Lina has a scholarship to an expensive girls' school and in order to fit in, tries to hide her home life even from her best friend.
ISBN 9780143307006
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Rippin, Sally & Mascuillo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Marly
It's 1983 and Marly is just trying to fit in at Sunshine Primary School. But, being a refugee from Vietnam doesn't make things easy. When Marly's cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun of them. Marly needs to find a way to stay loyal to her cousins and keep her school friends as well.
ISBN 9780143308492
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2015
Pung, Alice & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Nellie
It's 1849 and Nellie O'Neill is arriving in South Australia on a ship bringing orphan girls from Irish workhouses. Nellie and her best friend, Mary, have left the famine in Ireland far behind and are full of hopes and dreams about getting a new job, and a new future. Nellie longs to learn to read, to be part of a family once more, and to never be hungry again.
ISBN 9780143306238
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Pearlie
It's1941 and the war is changing Pearlie's life every day. Darwin is full of soldiers, there's a spy on the loose and people are turning against Pearlie's best friend, Naoko, just because she's Japanese. When everything falls apart, Pearlie must try to be brave enough to stand up for what's right and not let her old fears get the better of her. Meet Pearlie and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a courageous girl in a world at war.
ISBN 9780143307945
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Poppy
It's 1864 and Poppy, an eleven year old girl, is raised in Bird Creek Mission near Echuca by the rather stern Mother Hangtree. When Poppy's brother escapes to strike it rich in the gold fields, Poppy disguises herself as a boy and sets out to find him. Along the way, she befriends and is aided by a series of characters, including an Irish bullocky, a feral dog and the feared bushranger, Harry Power.
ISBN 9780143305323
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Rose
In 1900s Melbourne, Rose lives a life of privilege, but the social conventions are predictable. Her life seems destined to be conservative and dull until her adventurous Aunt Alice arrives. Rose realises there are opportunities out in the big world.
ISBN 9780143305361
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Clark, Sherryl & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Meet Ruby
It's 1930 and Ruby Quinlan lives in a big house in Adelaide with her parents and her fox terrier, Baxter. As she gets ready for her twelfth birthday party, Ruby has never been happier. But, the world she knows is collapsing and people everywhere are losing their jobs and their homes. Soon Ruby's comfortable life will fall apart in ways she could never have imagined. Meet Ruby and join her adventure in the first of four stories about a happy-go-lucky girl in a time of great change.
ISBN 9780143307426
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Melting pot: the diary of Edward, Chek Chee, The
It is 1903, the time of the White Australia Policy, and Edward Chek Chee is the son of a mixed marriage. His father is Chinese, his mother Australian and Edward tries to fit in to both cultures. He has to cope with racism at school and bigotry from his cousin at home, while worrying about having to go back to China to understand his ancestral roots.
ISBN 9781865049755
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Cheng, Christopher W
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Midnite: the story of a wild, colonial boy
This is the story of a bushranger in Western Australia who has four comical animal friends.
ISBN 9780140304213
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1970
Stow, Randolph
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Mill girl, a Victorian girl's diary 1842-1843
Eliza is shocked when she is sent to the Manchester cotton mills in 1842. The mill is noisy and suffocating, the work is backbreaking and dangerous and the workers are wrecked by poverty, sickness and unrest. Eliza realises she must fight to escape the fate of a mill girl and the miseries of the factory.
ISBN 9781407103730
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Reid, Sue
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Most magical girl, A
In 1867 London, twelve year old Annabel Grey is primed for a life as a proper young lady. But, when she is placed in the care of two ageing great aunts who run a magic shop, Annabel is thrust into a world of potions, broomsticks, wands and wizards. Evil Mr Angel and his terrifying dark magic extracting machine want to put an end to good magic for ever. The wizards have dreamt of Annabel, the most magical girl, to save London. But, Annabel doesn't even believe in magic or understand the strange powers inside her.
ISBN 9780553512861
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group, 2016
Foxlee, Karen & MacKay, Elly (ill)
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Mostly true story of Matthew and Trim
Mostly true account of the tragic but inspiring life of Matthew Flinders and his cat, Trim. They relate their adventures, as they map and explore Australia, and their eventful return to England. Graphic novel.
ISBN 9780143302179
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Golds, Cassandra & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
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My Australian story: Archer's Melbourne Cup, the diary of Robby Jenkins, Terara, NSW, 1860-1861
It is 1861 and a major horse race, the Melbourne Cup, is about to be run for the first time. Thirteen year old Robby Jenkins is working as a stable hand and is convinced that his favourite horse, Archer, can win. This is Robby's diary about his love of horses, life at the stables and his dreams to become a top jockey.
ISBN 9781865049410
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Farrer, Vashti
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My Australian story: Atomic testing, the diary of Anthony Brown, Woomera 1953
Anthony and his family move to Woomera for his father's job in the army. His mother cares for Anthony as he recovers from polio. At school, one of Anthony's friends has photos of the rockets at the Woomera munitions base. When a small business arises for the boys, the townspeople become suspicious of Anthony and the police become involved.
ISBN 9781741692174
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Tucker, Alan
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My Australian story: Convict girl
Mary Beckwith has been sent to the penal colony at Port Jackson, transported with her mother, having stolen some fabric. She describes the hardships endured as well as the growth of the settlement and meeting the indigenous inhabitants. Her story is unlike most others as she joins Nicolas Baudin, the French scientific explorer, as he explores New Holland's coastline in direct competition with Matthew Flinders.
ISBN 9781743620151
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Michaels, Chrissie
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My Australian story: Escape from Cockatoo Island
It is 1879 and life in the Biloela Industrial School is tough for eleven year old Olivia Markham. Her windswept days are filled with sewing, washing and avoiding the girls from the Reformatory School. Sydney is rapidly growing and modernising but Olivia can only imagine what life is like beyond the shores of Cockatoo Island. She dreams of freedom, friendship and, above all, family.
ISBN 9781742832456
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Poshoglian, Yvette
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My Australian story: Hunt for Ned Kelly, The
Jamie and Ellen Ross are alone in the world after the death of their father. Determined to make their fortune, they head to Beechworth, straight into the midst of the search for Ned Kelly, the most notorious bushranger of all time. There are two views of Ned Kelly, a hero wronged by the police or a cold-blooded murderer.
ISBN 9781741695649
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Masson, Sophie
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My Australian story: My father's war
Marie's dad has been away for two years, fighting on the Somme battlefields in northern France. There hasn't been any word from him for months, no letters or postcards. Marie and her mother decide to travel to France, to try and find out what has happened to him. Marie experiences first-hand what war is like, as she tries to piece together the clues behind her dad's disappearance.
ISBN 9781741698282
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Masson, Sophie
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My Australian story: Our Don Bradman, the diary of Victor McDonald, Sydney, 1932
Like many Australian boys in the 1930s, Victor McDonald is cricket mad. Life is hard during the Great Depression, Victor's father has lost his job and the family is moving to Sydney. Victor keeps a diary that includes his meeting with Don Bradman.
ISBN 9781865045917
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Allen, Peter
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My Australian story: Riding with Thunderbolt, the diary of Ben Cross
Life on the run with Captain Thunderbolt, famous Australian bushranger. Based on true story of young Ben Cross and the historical figures that he meets. Although his life is exciting, Ben reflects on the ethics of the choices he has made.
ISBN 9781865045801
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Baillie, Allan
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My Australian story: Sydney Harbour Bridge
It's 1932 and Sydney has hit hard times during the Great Depression. But, the construction of a bridge that will reach across the harbour is setting spirits soaring. Alice and Billy, whose fathers are working on the bridge, tell the story, through their diaries, of building the spectacular Harbour Bridge, which will unify a separated city from the north shore to the working class suburbs of the south.
ISBN 9781741699531
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Farrer, Vashti
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7554
My Australian story: The bombing of Darwin, the diary of Tom Taylor, 1942
Strong family and community ties are tested in this fictionalised account of the days prior to the bombing of Darwin.
ISBN 9781865043630
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Tucker, Alan
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My Australian story: Vietnam
It's 1969, many social changes are underway and man is headed for the moon. Twelve year old Davey lives to surf with his older brother, Tom, and listen to the latest hits. His cherished goal is to win the inaugural Under-14 Surf Championship with his best friends, Johnno and Pete. But, when Tom is drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam, everything changes and the far-away war creates waves very close to home.
ISBN 9781743628003
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Challinor, Deborah
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My Hiroshima
Recollections of life before and during World War 2, and the horrific aftermath of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Provides a potent warning of the dangers of nuclear warfare.
ISBN 9780207188732
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1995
Morimoto, Junko
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73786
My mother's eyes: the story of a boy soldier
William was only 16 years old when he enlisted for the First World War. Like many other under-age boys at the time, he was accepted into the Australian Imperial Force and sent to the battlefields of France. His letters home from the front reveal how, for the boy soldiers, the 'great adventure' became a tragedy.
ISBN 9780734410894
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Wilson, Mark
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My place
Using maps, the author traces the history of one special Australian neighbourhood back two hundred years.
ISBN 9780582811072
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2000
Wheatley, Nadia & Rawlins, Donna (ill)
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My secret war diary by Flossie Albright
Flossie is just nine years old when, in 1939, Britain declares war on Germany and her father leaves the family home to join the army. Flossie is left to bring up her baby brother and to face a whole host of new experiences on her own. Her diary becomes an outlet for relaying all the news from at home and abroad.
ISBN 9781406309409
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Williams, Marcia
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Naveed: through my eyes
Naveed is sick of war. The foreign powers and the Taliban, the warlords and the drug barons have torn Afghanistan apart. He has had to grow up quickly to care for his widowed mother and young sister, making little money from odd jobs and selling at the markets. When Naveed adopts Nasera, a street dog with extraordinary abilities, he has a chance to help rebuild his country.
ISBN 9781743312483
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Heffernan, John & White, Lyn (ed)
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Ned Kelly's helmet
Every month, Mrs Bracker has an historical theme for Years 5 and 6 to study, and there's always a prize for the best project. This month, the class are bushrangers holding up local businesses for donations. The prize is a state-of-the-art billy cart so Robbie and the McGoogly will do anything to win, even trying out some ancient technology to locate a real souvenir of the bushranger period.
ISBN 9781863333269
Publisher Crawford House Publishing, 2008
Stafford, Paul
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Nellie and the secret letter
It's 1849 and Nellie and her best friend, Mary, are starting new lives as kitchen maids in a grand Adelaide house. But Nellie's desire to live out her dreams soon leads to a battle with the spiteful cook, Bessie Rudge. Nellie must try to keep her temper and avoid being thrown out to beg on the streets. And she doesn't know why Mary is acting so strangely.
ISBN 9780143306245
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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862
Nellie's greatest wish
It's 1850 and Nellie is returning to Adelaide after searching for the Thompson family at the Burra. She's keen to get back to her best friend, Mary, who is ill in hospital. But she's in for a terrible shock. Even Nellie begins to feel that all is lost and that she might never achieve her dreams. Will her spirit be crushed, or can she turn her fate around?
ISBN 9780143306269
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Nellie's Quest
It's 1850 and Nellie's best friend, Mary, is gravely ill. To provide Mary with the care she needs, Nellie must break a promise and go on a quest to find the Thompson family. Nellie's not sure if they will be able to help. Then Nellie's problems compound when her own life is in danger.
ISBN 9780143306252
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Night they stormed Eureka, The
It's 1854 and the Ballarat goldfields are a place of dreams and rebellion as Sam, a homeless teenager, is called back to the past. As the summer days get hotter and the miners protests are ignored, Sam experiences at first-hand the power of a united stand which will change her life forever.
ISBN 9780732285418
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
French, Jackie
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No stars to wish on
Taken from his home in the middle of the night, Jack is placed in a home for 'Orphans and Unwanted Children.' He loves telling jokes but not many people laugh in the orphanage. There are no names, only numbers on shoes, and Jack has become Number 49. The spirited, ever-optimistic Jack struggles in the loveless, cruel environment and begins to wonder if he will ever return to the family he misses so much.
ISBN 9781743315149
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Fraillon, Zana
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60194
Oracle
Combines history, myth and fantasy. From beyond recorded time, Jackie French takes us on another historical journey. A chance for one girl who tells the truth to change history, and for her brother, an acrobat who accompanies a daring horse dancer across Greece, to attempt to rescue her.
ISBN 9780732288402
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
French, Jackie
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Our Australian girl 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. Although written by different authors, the series themes are similar and there are a large number of titles.
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Various
No book cover.
41821
Outbreak
Miriam's mother is starting to buy extra food to put away. Both her parents insist on calling her by her non-Jewish nickname and Miriam is struggling to understand what is going on. Through talking with friends who have overheard their parents' conversations and listening to the radio, Miriam learns about the coming to power of Adolph Hitler.
ISBN 9780713688405
Publisher A & C Black, 2008
Prince, Alison
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860
Peacetime for Alice
Alice's mother is sick and everyone fears she might have the dreaded Spanish Influenza. When the family celebrates Papa Sir's life and plants a tree at King's Park, Alice's brother Teddy makes a surprise announcement. But, an even bigger shock awaits Alice when someone from the past returns with the power to change her future and make her dreams come true.
ISBN 9780143306320
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Bell, Davina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Pearl-shell diver, The
Thirteen year old Sario lives with his family on a remote Torres Strait island. it's 1898 and the pearl-shell trade is at its height. When his father is coerced to join a white trader on his pearling lugger, Sario must go to work as a swimming diver to support the family. He's excited by the idea of walking on the sea floor but the competition is fierce and the only captain who will take him on runs the worst outfit in the fleet. And, there's the the constant danger of shark attacks and the storm of the century is approaching.
ISBN 9781760290474
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Crabbe, Kay
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Pearlie the spy
It's1942 and Pearlie is alone in Darwin. Not only has she been separated from her family but now Beake, the spy, is back and he's on the loose. He's out to get Pearlie but she has a daring plan. And when bombs fall on Darwin, Pearlie must fight to survive.
ISBN 9780143307969
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Pearlie's ghost
It's 1942 and Darwin is under attack. While bombs are falling, Pearlie is doing all she can to save her beloved pets and help the wounded soldiers. But, it's too dangerous to stay and, when Pearlie finally has to say goodbye, only the thought of being reunited with her best friend, Naoko, can cheer her up. But, Naoko has a problem of her own, a ghostly mystery that will truly test Pearlie's newfound courage.
ISBN 9780143307983
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Pearlie's pet rescue
It's 1941 and school is almost over, not just for summer but forever. Darwin could be bombed any day and everyone that Pearlie knows is leaving for a safer place. Animals and pets of all kinds are being left behind and Pearlie wants to rescue all of them. And she is fearful of what will happen when it's her turn to leave the home she loves. Follow Pearlie on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about a courageous girl in a world at war.
ISBN 9780143307952
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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39693
Peter in peril
Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake. But, when war comes to his city, Budapest, Peter and his family have to go into hiding.
ISBN 9781910959572
Publisher Otter-Barry books, 2016
Bate, Helen
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Phar Lap, the wonder horse
The story of Phar Lap is famous in Australia's history. His story is told in the form of a ballad accompanied by vivid illustrations that evoke the period.
ISBN 9780980381313
Publisher Museum Victoria, 2008
Kerin, Jackie & Mullins, Patricia (ill)
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Pigeon spy, The
Can one heroic homing pigeon make it through enemy territory to save two hundred American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines.
ISBN 9781408191712
Series World War I tales series (3 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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66373
Pocahontas: the prophecy of doom
The native Americans of Virginia have destroyed another tribe in response to a prophecy they had that strangers would come to Chesapeake Bay and destroy them. Unfortunately, a group of English settlers land on this spot in 1607 after the massacre. Pocahontas is dismayed at her tribe's mistake but her efforts to right the situation only make it worse. The true story of her meeting with John Smith.
ISBN 9781406313734
Series Before they were famous series (3 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Corby, Caroline
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18565
Polly's march
The new occupants in the apartment upstairs turn out to be two women friends who are heavily involved in the suffragette movement. Polly is inspired by their beliefs and finds herself questioning the views of those around her.
ISBN 9780746060315
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Newbery, Linda
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59598
Pompeii: a Roman girl's diary AD78-79
Claudia lives in Pompeii and begins her diary in August AD 78. She has been to the forum and felt the earth shake. It is a day of portents and omens, and on this same day, she first sees the mysterious slave boy, Aengus. Their paths continue to cross as they live in the shadow of the great volcano, Vesuvius.
ISBN 9781407103082
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Reid, Sue
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24732
Poppy and the thief
It's 1864 and Poppy is on the road again, heading to the town of Wahgunyah. On the way, she meets a stranger, who seems to know something about her past and her special letter with the red tiger seal. But, the more time Poppy spends with this boy, the more difficult he becomes and Poppy wonders if she can really trust him.
ISBN 9780143305347
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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25888
Poppy at Summerhill
It's 1864 and Poppy, disguised as a boy, has escaped from Bird Creek Mission to find her brother, Gus. Life on the road is tough. When Poppy is given shelter at Summerhill Homestead, she meets a new friend, Noni. Poppy must keep her identity a secret as she tries to find Gus.
ISBN 9780143305330
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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33467
Poppy comes home
It's 1864 and Poppy, disguised as a lost princess from India, has joined a travelling medicine show. They're about to enter the town of Beechworth, where her brother Gus told her he was heading months before. Poppy is so happy to think that she might find Gus at last. But when Poppy follows the clues, they lead her to the cemetery.
ISBN 9780143305354
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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45243
Princess of Egypt: an Egyptian girl's diary 1490 BC
Asha, the daughter of King Thutmose, does not want to live the constrained life of privileged, pampered Egyptian women. She loves to train her body and her mind, and resents the power and importance of men. One day, a prophecy foretells that a young woman will prove to be the best man in the Two Kingdoms and Asha is caught up in a world of plots, danger and intrigue.
ISBN 9781407103099
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Cross, Vince
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31244
Promise, The
Australian soldier Nelson Ferguson was wounded in battle by poison gas which damaged his eyes and lungs. These injuries were made worse because Nelson was an artist and a cornet player. After he died many years later, Nelson's grandson wanted to ensure Australians remembered what happened to thousands of young soldiers in World War 1.
ISBN 9780987313966
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2012
Guille, Derek & Kaff-eine (ill)
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Ramose and the tomb robbers
Ramose has been kidnapped by tomb robbers. He will need all the luck of the gods if he is to return as Pharaoh.
ISBN 9781921167065
Series Ramose series (2 of 4)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Wilkinson, Carole
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Ramose 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 Ramose series (4 books)
Wilkinson, Carole
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5266
Ramose: prince in exile
Someone tries to kill Prince Ramose. If they think he is dead, he will be safe. He lives in disguise, but will this pampered, selfish prince survive.
ISBN 9781921167058
Series Ramose series (1 of 4)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Wilkinson, Carole
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14074
Ramose: sting of the scorpion
Ramose is on the run. He has been living in disguise, travelling back to the royal palace where he hopes to regain his place as heir to the throne of Egypt. Ramose may be close to becoming Pharoah but his journey could end with the sting of a scorpion.
ISBN 9781921167225
Series Ramose series (3 of 4)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Wilkinson, Carole
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9740
Ramose: the wrath of Ra
Everyone has turned against Ramose and someone is trying to kill him. He must escape from the rebels. He needs to find someone willing to help him.
ISBN 9781921167232
Series Ramose series (4 of 4)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Wilkinson, Carole
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23669
Red piano, The
For one young girl, a resident of a labour camp, a run-down, old piano brings some humanity into her life and to a system that has none. Each night, she bravely steals away to play on the battered instrument and, sheet by sheet, she gradually assembles, then copies, the music. One night, she is caught at the piano. A story about international concert pianist, Zhu Xiao-Mei, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
ISBN 9780980607017
Publisher Wilkins Farago Pty Ltd, 2009
Leblanc, Andre & Barroux (ill)
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23697
Red poppy, The
Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends, and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man's land, Jim is shot and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.
ISBN 9781775430704
Publisher Scholastic New Zealand, 2013
Hill, David & Colston, Fifi (ill)
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112499
Richard III: a Shakespeare story
Richard 3 was an unpopular king, and this tale explores how he gained, then lost, power during his reign. This series gives young readers the chance to discover Shakespeare for themselves. Also included are useful notes on the themes within the stories and a background to the Globe Theatre.
ISBN 9781846161858
Series Shakespeare stories series (12 of 12)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2007
Matthews, Andrew & Ross, Tony (ill)
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1983
Road to Gundagai, The
Bluebell Laurence, crippled in a house fire, is rescued from her home by circus folk who warn of her imminent demise. Madam Zlosky administers a healing brew and Blue becomes Belle Magnifico, a mermaid and harem dancer who rides the pick-pocketing, gentle natured, circus elephant The Queen of Sheba. They travel and come to Gibber's creek where the story unfolds and Blue discovers the truth about herself and the magnanimous Madam Zlosky.
ISBN 9780732297220
Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
French, Jackie
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39203
Road to war: a First World War girl's diary 1916-1917
It is 1917 and Daffy Rowntree's brother has gone missing in action somewhere in Europe in the First World War, known as the Great War of 1914-1918. Daffy is determined to do something to help in the war effort and finds herself in the mud and horror of the battlefields of France amongst the dead and wounded. She drives an ambulance, transports the wounded from the trenches and searches for her lost brother.
ISBN 9781407104614
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Wilding, Valerie
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14369
Roman invasion: a British boy AD 84
Bran is a prince of the Carvetii tribe in ancient England. He has been captured by the Romans and kept hostage with a legion of Roman soldiers building a military road across his country. Bran is there to ensure their safety and they are keeping his family hostage at their base camp to make sure he complies. But, no-one is safe in newly-conquered Britain.
ISBN 9781407107370
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Eldridge, Jim
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8033
Roman quests, The: Archers of Isca, The
Britannia AD 94. On the run from the Emperor Domitian, fifteen year old Fronto has joined the Roman army in order to find security and structure. He wants to be a good soldier but, when his younger sister, Ursula, is captured by a Druid called Snakebeard, Fronto must decide whether or not to leave the army to rescue her. Desertion is punishable by death.
ISBN 9781510100268
Publisher Orion, 2016
Lawrence, Caroline
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Roman quests, The: Escape from Rome
In Rome in AD 94, the evil Emperor Domitian is busy killing those he suspects of being disloyal to him. When soldiers arrive to seize Juba's family home, his parents help him and his siblings to escape. They travel to their uncle's house in distant Britannia, on the edge of the known world, The children have never been outside on their own or done anything for themselves, having depended on slaves all their lives. Juba's daunting quest is to avoid capture and death, to find a safe haven and save the children.
ISBN 9781510100237
Publisher Orion, 2016
Lawrence, Caroline
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Rose blanche
A picture book that tells of Rose, a little girl living in a small German town during the war, who sees trucks going to a place outside of town and wants to find out more.
ISBN 9780099439509
Publisher Red Fox, 2004
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
McEwan, Ian & Innocenti, Roberto (ill)
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24615
Rose in bloom
It's 1901 and even the death of Queen Victoria can't stop the growing excitement as Melbourne gets ready to celebrate Federation, on Rose's birthday. Meanwhile, at school, Rose loves being involved in the cricket team. She's so focused on the game coming up that she almost doesn't notice that her best friend, Abigail, is acting strangely.
ISBN 9780143305392
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Clark, Sherryl & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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47447
Rose on wheels
It's 1900 and Rose feels that Aunt Alice is the only one who understands her. But, now, it looks as if Aunt Alice is going to live in Adelaide, leaving Rose with a dreadful, new governess, Miss Higginbottom. Rose must stop Aunt Alice from leaving Melbourne so that she doesn't lose her chance to go to school.
ISBN 9780143305378
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Clark, Sherryl & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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9906
Rose's challenge
It's 1900 and Rose's world is changing. At last, she can go to a proper school, where she makes a best friend, learns more than just embroidery and even gets to play in a proper cricket match. But, at home, her mother is dangerously ill, her father is worried about Federation and Aunt Alice is getting in more trouble than ever.
ISBN 9780143305385
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Clark, Sherryl & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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11974
Ruby and the country cousins
It's 1931 and Ruby and her family have lost everything in the Great Depression. Leaving behind her dad, her school friends and everything she knows, Ruby moves to Kettle Farm to stay with her cousins. Life in the country is new and strange, and Ruby has never felt like such an outsider. Thankfully, she has her much-loved dog, Baxter, for company. But, when he gets up to mischief, everything goes horribly wrong.
ISBN 9780143307433
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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4160
Ruby of Kettle Farm
It's 1931 and Kettle Farm is starting to feel like home for Ruby. But, she is still desperately worried about her dad. He hasn't written for weeks and nobody knows where he is. Ruby wonders if Dad will ever come back to them. When nobody will give Ruby any answers, she sets out to find him herself.
ISBN 9780143307457
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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46630
Ruby talisman, The
Tilly falls asleep wearing a ruby talisman, wishing she could escape to a more adventurous life. In 1789, Amelie-Mathilde is living at the opulent palace of Versailles but her guardians want her to marry the horrible old Chevalier. Amelie-Mathilde falls asleep holding her own ruby talisman, wishing for rescue.
ISBN 9781864719871
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Murrell, Belinda
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8697
School days for Ruby
It's 1931.and Ruby is settling into life at her new school in the country. When a desperately poor family moves to the area, no-one wants to be friends with them. Ruby will have to choose sides and she has already made one enemy at school, Doris Spinks. Ruby wants to do what she believes is right. And she wonders what Doris knows about Ruby's beloved dad who is missing.
ISBN 9780143307440
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Matthews, Penny & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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New
Secret of the black bushranger, The
By the 1790s orphaned Barney Bean finally has his own farm in the early NSW colony. All his dreams are coming true. But now we are to learn of Barney's biggest secret yet: how he helped Australia's first bushranger escape. Was Black Caesar a wronged man, an ex-slave who vowed to be free? Or was he a laughing villain, a trickster who planned to terrorise the colony? And in helping him, did Barney do right or wrong? You decide.
ISBN 9780732299453
Series The secret histories series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2017
French, Jackie
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47694
Shadow
This story is based on two real life events. Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears, thin and war-ravaged, in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow. But, as life in war-torn Afghanistan becomes more dangerous, Aman, his mother and Shadow embark upon the treacherous journey from Afghanistan to a relative's home in Manchester, England, where they hope to be safe.
ISBN 9780007339600
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Topics / Displacement /
Morpurgo, Michael & Birmingham, Christian (ill)
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Shahana: through my eyes
Shahana is almost fourteen and has not known a life of peace. She lives near the Line of Control, the border, patrolled by Pakistani and Indian soldiers, that divides Kashmir.Her parents are dead and Shahana must leave school to look after her younger brother and grandfather. 'Freedom fighters' from both sides roam, looking for food, children to recruit and worse. And, other dangers lurk from within her own community.
ISBN 9781743312469
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Hawke, Rosanne & White, Lyn (ed)
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Shakespeare stories 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 Shakespeare stories series (12 books)
Matthews, Andrew & Ross, Tony (ill)
No book cover.
5018
Ship of dolls
Eleven year old Lexie Lewis, who lives with her strict grandparents, is desperate to rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Francisco. Lexie seizes the chance by writing the best letter to accompany her school's doll to San Francisco, as part of the 1926 friendship program in the Hinamatsuri festival. In her efforts, Lexie must overcome many obstacles and make the most difficult decision of her life.
ISBN 9780763670030
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Parenteau, Shirley
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6653
Sian, a new Australian
Sian is the unlucky, thirteenth child in a Welsh coalminer's family. Life is hard. Her mother died after giving birth to her and her father is grief-stricken. Sian's sister hatches a plan for a better life. It will involve a long ocean voyage but Sian is looking forward to a country where the sun shines and she can go to school, instead of picking coal scraps for pennies. The only problem is, no one must know about their journey.
ISBN 9781742990392
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Topics / Displacement /
Luckett, D
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Silver donkey, The
A blind soldier, who has deserted from the war, wants to return to England to see his brother before he dies. Two young girls befriend him. The soldier shares four stories about donkeys throughout history that have been brave, kind and trustworthy.
ISBN 9780670042401
Publisher Viking Children's, 2004
Hartnett, Sonya
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Simpson and Duffy
This is one of the many stories about Simpson and his donkey which has been especially written and illustrated for younger readers.
ISBN 9780957795747
Publisher ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee QLD Incorporated, 2001
Small, Mary & Kasepuu, Ester (ill)
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Socks, sandbags and leeches: Letters to my Anzac dad
Ivy and her mother live in Australia, far away from where the Great War is raging. Ivy writes to her father, who is fighting overseas, all about life at home. About the socks and sandbags she and her friends make and the leeches they catch to sell to the hospital. The war keeps dragging on and she keeps on writing, hoping her dad returns safe.
ISBN 9780642278845
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2016
Topics / Australians at war /
Deeves, Pauline
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Sophie's secret war: a Second World War girl's diary, 1939-1940
Sophie has an important but terrifying role to play in the Second World War. As a citizen of France during German occupation, her youth and frequent bike rides to visit other towns enable her to pass messages under the enemy's nose. She becomes deeply involved in the French resistance and a daring plan to save a young Scottish soldier.
ISBN 9781407108650
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Atkins, Jill
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Stella by starlight
In 1932, ten year old Stella lives in the segregated South of the United States. Some stores she can go into, others she can't. Some folks are right pleasant, others less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and the Klu Klux Klan hasn't bothered them for years. But, one late night, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come. As Stella's community and her world are upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. She learns that ashes don't necessarily signify an end.
ISBN 9781442494985
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Draper, Sharon M
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Tail of two diggers, A
Digger, a mischievous pup, ran away from home seeking adventure. He became the soldiers' mascot and, during World War I, Digger's adventures were not quite what he expected. He was wounded and befriended by Sergeant James Martin. When he returned home, Digger hated loud noise and certain smells, which reminded him of war. For his bravery and long service, Digger was presented with a silver engraved collar. Based on a true story.
ISBN 9780646952260
Publisher Returned Services League (RSL), 2016
Gillam, John & Fletcher, Yvonne & Durell, Paul (ill)
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30015
Taj and the great camel trek
Taj and his camel are on the adventure of a lifetime. They join explorer Ernest Giles to cross the Australian desert, where they encounter wild dogs, poisonous snakes, Aborigines and a constant shortage of water. Taj also learns the hard reality of travelling with animals.
ISBN 9780702238772
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Hawke, Rosanne
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Tales of the Trojan war
The history of the Trojan war, a well-told story of the folly of gods and men. The Greeks attack Troy to force the Trojan prince, Paris, to return their queen, Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world.
ISBN 9780746052013
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2002
Khanduri, Kamini (reteller) & Anderson, Jeff (ill)
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Tarin of the Mammoths: Clan of wolves
Tarin's quest to save Mammoth Clan seems increasingly out of reach. Badly injured while fleeing the savage Boar Clan, Tarin and the twins face certain death as the harsh Winter descends. But an unexpected refuge not only saves their lives but offers new friends, and Tarin finally realises his greatest wish. When Spring comes, will Tarin have the strength to leave and continue his dangerous journey?
ISBN 9780143309383
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Sandhu, Jo
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Tarin of the mammoths: Exile, The
Tarin longs to be a hunter, but his twisted leg means he is feared and bullied. After a disastrous mishap, Tarin is forced to leave his family and travel alone across wild, unknown land to save the Mammoth Clan. Battling the hostile and savage Boar Clan, a deadly illness, and treacherous terrain with twins Kaija and Luuka and their wolf cubs, Tarin realises that if they are to survive he must conquer his greatest fear- his inner self- and embrace the magic that is hiding within him.
ISBN 9780143309376
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Sandhu, Jo
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Teresa, a new Australian
During the war, Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island. But, life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life and apply to migrate to Australia. But, after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school. She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her nanna, back in Malta, proud of her.
ISBN 9781742990941
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Abela, Deborah
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That boy, Jack
Jack and Gilbert made a pact when they were younger - to work together in the mines, just like their fathers and other immigrants. Jack is turning twelve, and the thought of working underground fills him with panic. When Gilbert leaves school to earn a wage, Jack wants to keep his word - but that means facing his fear. All the while his heart is telling him to follow another path. That boy, Jack must find the courage to choose.
ISBN 9781922179005
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Brian, Janeen
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The secret histories 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 The secret histories series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
French, Jackie
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5491
Theophilus Grey and the demon thief
Theophilus Grey heads a team of linkboys who guide Londoners by torch light, through dank eighteenth century alleys. They gather useful information for the master who runs a spy network. When thieves start dropping without a scratch and a wave of crime sweeps the area, Philo wonders if the events are connected. He will need to use all his cunning to uncover the truth behind the demon thief, in time to save his friends.
ISBN 9781760113605
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Jinks, Catherine
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Theophilus Grey and the traitor's mask
In eighteenth-century London, twelve year old Philo Grey is a linkboy. He collects information to sell. One of his best customers pays good money for intelligence about the Jacobites, who are plotting to overthrow King George. But, spying on the Jacobites is a dangerous business, especially when Philo becomes the target of a rival gang of linkboys. And, Philo's old master has never forgiven him for leaving and will stop at nothing for revenge. Luckily, Philo has friends as well as enemies. He must rely on them as well as his instincts to escape harm.
ISBN 9781760113612
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Jinks, Catherine
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Titanic: an Edwardian girl's diary 1912
Margaret Anne is plucked from the orphanage to be the companion of a woman who wishes to travel without her husband. She can't believe her luck when wealthy Mrs Carstairs takes her aboard the great ship, Titanic, bound for America, where she can be reunited with her brother. On the journey, she falls in love with a brave cabin boy. But, one freezing night in April 1912, she finds herself caught up in an unimaginable nightmare.
ISBN 9781407103785
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
White, Ellen Emerson
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To kill a queen: an Elizabethan girl's diary 1583-1586
In the 1580s, Queen Elizabeth's enemies plot against her, planning to kill her and place Mary, Queen of Scots, on the throne. Kitty Lumdsden's father, Sir Nicholas, is abroad, working on secret projects for the Queen and her brother is mixing with suspicious characters. As Mary's supporters come closer and become more powerful by the minute, Kitty fears that they'll all be thrown into the Tower.
ISBN 9781407108124
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Wilding, Valerie
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19812
Too much trouble
When African refugees, Emmanuel and Prince, are sent to live with their uncle, he finds them too much to handle and throws the brothers out. Twelve year old Emmanuel knows that he must look after his younger brother. These were his father's last words to him. Without food or money, the boys turn to petty crime to keep themselves alive. And, that's when things start to spin out of control.
ISBN 9781847802347
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
Avery, Tom
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Tread softly: betrayal wears a gilded cloak
Mary Devereux is the daughter of the head tailor in Saltleigh Hall in Tudor England, a time when many wealthy women live trivial and useless lives. One night, she overhears the steward plotting to murder the Queen.
ISBN 9780340873434
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Pennington, Kate
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Truth about Verity Sparks, The
In the 1800s, thirteen year old Verity Sparks is a lowly hat maker in class-ridden London. She lives a meagre existence until she realises that she has a unique talent for finding lost objects. Before she knows it, she has joined the Confidential Inquiry Agency and proves to be quite adept at solving mysteries. Her own past is murky, however, so she and her newfound friends set out to discover the truth.
ISBN 9781921720277
Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Green, Susan
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48870
Turning the page
It's 1851 and eleven year old Maggie is living at Springfield, a sheep station near Goulburn. She helps her mother with the laundry and daydreams about getting away and doing something exciting. When she gets the opportunity to help in the nursery at the big house, she also gets the chance to learn to read and write, until her curiosity gets her into trouble.
ISBN 9781876944704
Series Making tracks (17 of 17)
Publisher National Museum of Australia Press, 2008
Pulman, Felicity & Cox, David (ill)
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Turnkey, The
Twelve year old Flossie Birdwhistle is no ordinary girl. Chosen to be the Turnkey at London's Highgate Cemetery, Flossie has the special task of looking after the souls that reside there. When she discovers the ghost of a mysterious German soldier, far from his home and carrying a strange object, Flossie uncovers a terrible secret that threatens the worlds of both the living and the dead. With the help of the other cemetery Turnkeys, Flossie must unravel the mystery In order to save London.
ISBN 9781925126921
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Rushby, Allison
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Unlikely story of Bennelong and Phillip, The
An important and intriguing tale of an extraordinary friendship between two unlikely characters, Captain Arthur Phillip and the Aborigine, Bennelong, which remains largely unknown. The background of the first settlement in Australia heightens the polarity between the two worlds of the traditional Aboriginal culture and values, and European culture and values.
ISBN 9780980671186
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2015
Sedunary, Michael & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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Valentine Joe
Rose and her grandad are visiting the grave of his father, who died there during World War I. She chances upon the resting place of fifteen year old Valentine Joe. Later, Rose finds herself in a different place, one hundred years before, with Valentine Joe and his friends. Rose learns why Joe enlisted so young, of the camaraderie among the soldiers, and about the terrifying and horrific effects of war.
ISBN 9781909489608
Publisher Chicken House, 2014
Stevens, Rebecca
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Valley of gold
One valley's stories of gold through the ages, from the beginning, four billion years ago, to the valley's creation and the history of its deposits.
ISBN 9780207199882
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
French, Jackie
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Verity Sparks and the scarlet hand
It's1880 and Verity is having fun on holidays, with Papa and her friends. But, a terrible crime has been committed and when Verity tries to investigate, her gift, the ability to find lost things, creates more mysteries than it solves. Verity must find out why a red glove was left at the crime scene and who is the ghostly woman following her. Terrible secrets are being revealed. Verity will need all her courage and skills to solve this.
ISBN 9781922244895
Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Green, Susan
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Verity Sparks 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 Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Green, Susan
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1166
Verity Sparks, lost and found
Melbourne in 1879 and Verity Sparks has found her father. But, she has lost her gift - the ability to find lost things. Papa Savinov, eager for Verity to become a proper lady, sends her to the exclusive boarding school, Hilltop House. But, Verity is more interested in solving the case of the missing Ecclethorpe heiress. As the investigation deepens, danger and intrigue grow closer.
ISBN 9781921977886
Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Green, Susan
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Viking blood: a viking warrior AD 1008
After being injured in a raid that has gone terribly wrong, Tor Scaldbane loses his chance to be a legendary warrior. After this devastating blow, his faith is restored when he discovers the sagas of his ancestors, including the stories of glorious battles, ancient heroes and powerful gods. Now, he has his own stories to tell.
ISBN 9781407104812
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Donkin, Andrew
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Vinnie's war
Twelve year old Vinnie has escaped from his foster mother and her tough rules and expectations. He has found a friend with whom he can share dreams and music. Then, war begins and Vinnie is evacuated from the London bombs. All he has left of his old life is his harmonica. On the train, Vinnie meets three other evacuee children and when they arrive in the small country town of Netterfold, their own war begins.
ISBN 9781742375762
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
McRobbie, David
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Waltz for Matilda, A
In 1894, twelve year old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But, drought grips the land and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he's wanted by the troopers. This is the story of one girl's journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.
ISBN 9780732290214
Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
French, Jackie
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War game, The
They said the war would be over by Christmas, but it isn't. The German and English trenches face each other, with No Man's land inbetween. But on Christmas Eve the shooting stops and on Christmas day, guns are put down.
ISBN 9781408191743
Series World War I tales series (1 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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War that saved my life, The
Nine year old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted, club foot to let her outside. So, when Ada's little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to avoid the war, she escapes to join him. A new adventure begins for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman forced to take them in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan. And, Susan begins to love them both. But, wartime and Ada's cruel mother threaten the growing bond.
ISBN 9781925355642
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
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What's your story
Australia has a long history and many stories. This is the story of Leonard, a young orphan boy, who was on one of the ships in the First Fleet that came to Australia from England. He was both frightened and amazed by his new country. When Leonard met Milba, an Eora girl, she showed him the animals of his new land and the cave drawings of her people. Without words, they could still tell their stories.
ISBN 9780994289544
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2016
Giannone, Rose & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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When Hitler stole pink rabbit
In 1933, nine year old Anna was too busy with schoolwork and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in her native Germany, until she is forced to learn the skills needed to survive as a refugee.
ISBN 9780006754008
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Kerr, Judith
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William Bligh: A stormy story of tempestuous times
You may have heard of the famous mutiny on the ship, the Bounty, or the Rum Rebellion coup. They are two extraordinary events in Australia's history, yet the details in and around these events are largely unknown. Peel back the layers of this incredible and controversial period in Australia's early development.
ISBN 9780994289568
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2016
Sedunary, Michael & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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William the conqueror: nowhere to hide
It is medieval France and the illegitimate son of a peasant is chosen to be the heir of the Duke of Normandy. Powerful families plot to murder the boy and steal his title. Young William learns the hard way that there are few people he can trust and when he has nowhere left to hide, he makes a stand and fights for his life. This is the boy who became William the Conqueror of England.
ISBN 9781406313727
Series Before they were famous series (5 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Corby, Caroline
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Workhouse, a Victorian girl's diary 1871
It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to the workhouse for the poor. There, she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Edith soon finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again.
ISBN 9781407104805
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Oldfield, Pamela
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World War I tales series
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Series World War I tales series (4 books)
Deary, Terry
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2857
Yong: Journey of an unworthy son, The
Thirteen year old Yong doesn't want to leave his home in China to travel to the Australian goldfields in Ballarat. But, as the firstborn son, he has no choice. On the long and treacherous journey, Yong strives to be an honourable son, while he and his father face many hardships and dangers. But, in his heart, Yong knows the shameful truth. His honour is a lie. Somehow, Yong must find the courage to face what lies ahead.
ISBN 9781925126297
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Brian, Janeen
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Zafir: through my eyes
Zafir has a comfortable life in Syria with his doctor father and journalist mother. But, everything changes after the Day of Rage, when Zafir's father is arrested, his mother is injured and their house is bombed. Zafir's cousin takes him in but, that too, becomes dangerous as the city becomes more and more besieged. Zafir fears that his family may never be reunited to live in peace again.
ISBN 9781743312544
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Mason, Prue & White, Lyn (ed)
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