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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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1914
Louis and Thomas are on holiday in Sarajevo, enjoying the privileges of life in a diplomat's family. But, when a bomb explodes and the heir to the Austrian Empire is assassinated, Europe descends into war. Louis travels to the front as a war correspondent. In northern France, he witnesses the war's first battles and the beginning of trench warfare. Louis' friends join the war effort too, with and against each other.
ISBN 9781743622476
Series Australia's great war series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Masson, Sophie
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1915
When Australia supported Britain in its fight against Germany, young teacher Stan Moore was one of the first to join up, swapping the classroom for adventure in Europe. But the 11th Battalion was sent, with the newly formed Anzac Corp, to Gallipoli where Stan confronted the hard lessons of war. The conditions were dismal and death was everywhere. So, too, were times of humour and bravery.
ISBN 9781743622483
Series Australia's great war series NEW SERIES 2018 (2 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Murphy, Sally
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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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1916
The artillery bombardment did not let up for days. How anyone, on either side, could still be alive, was beyond me. The stream of casualties soon turned into a river, a raging, flooded river. The 'cooee' call to arms takes Syd from the Mallee to the fields of France. As part of the mobile veterinary unit, his horses are trained for war but face new and deadly weapons. Battle-weary diggers, shipped from Gallipoli are joined by fresh recruits from home, are met by a formidable enemy at Fromelles and along the River Somme, in a year that will be forged in legend and memory, in the trenches and the conscription battles at home.
ISBN 9781743622490
Series Australia's great war series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Tucker, Alan
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1917
The war in France rages in the skies, and support for the war in Australia turns cold. Alex flies high above the trenches of the Western Front, while a world away his sister Maggie finds herself in the midst of political upheaval. Somehow, both must find the courage to fight on.
ISBN 9781743622506
Series Australia's great war series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Gardiner, Kelly
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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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Act of faith
In 1960 England, Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father's strong opinions lead to take a stand against the army. She takes refuge in Amsterdam with an elderly printer, who is brave enough to print topics which stir religious intolerance. This results in a dangerous journey to help him escape certain death for his books.
ISBN 9780732292805
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Gardiner, Kelly
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After
Nazis are still invading Poland and Felix joins a group of partisans who are targeting the Nazis troops. Felix becomes the doctor's assistant, until he is left to fend for himself, at the same time as becoming a surrogate parents to both Jewish and German young children.
ISBN 9780670075447
Series Felix series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 of 5)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Gleitzman, Morris
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Al Capone shines my shoes
Matthew (Moose) Flanagan lives on the island of Alcatraz. His father is one of the guards. His older sister, Natalie, is autistic and, in an effort to protect her, Moose now owes prisoner 85, Al Capone, who has managed to secure her a place at a special school. The price Moose might have to pay reveals itself quite spectacularly.
ISBN 9781408801550
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2009
Choldenko, Gennifer
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Alexander Altmann A10567
Alexander is a Jewish boy during World War II and is being held in a camp. To survive, he toughens up and vows to make friends with nobody. He is given the job of caring for the soldiers' horses, where he is ordered to break in the commander's new horse, who is scared and damaged.
ISBN 9781922179999
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Zail, Suzy
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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)
No book cover.
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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 (6 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Powers, J L & White, Lyn (ed)
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Anacaona, golden flower, Haiti 1490
Beginning in 1490, Anacaona keeps a record of her life as a possible successor to the supreme chief of Xaragua, as wife of the chief of Maguana and as a warrior battling the first white men to arrive in the West Indies, ravenous for gold.
ISBN 9780439499064
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Danticat, Edwidge
No book cover.
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Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess, Russia 1918
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.
ISBN 9780439129084
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Meyer, Carolyn
No book cover.
2855

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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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Angelmonster
Mary and her sister, Jane, always longed to be carried off by a handsome poet. The reality of life with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron is a combination of romance and tragedy. Adult themes around their liberated behaviour may offend some readers.
ISBN 9780744559866
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Bennett, Veronica
No book cover.
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Anna and the swallow man
On 6 November 1939, Anna's father had to go away for a few hours. He left shortly after eleven o'clock and did not come back again. Seven year old Anna is locked out of the apartment and alone. She is hungry and scared, and unsure who she can trust or who she can turn to. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552575270
Publisher Corgi Books, 2016
Savit, Gavriel
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Anzac tale, An
What the friends first thought would be an adventure soon turns to disaster. The day after landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, more than 2000 Anzacs are dead. As the campaign drags on, life for Wally and Roy becomes a battle of endurance against a plucky enemy, a hostile landscape, flies, fleas, cold and disease.
ISBN 9781921504532
Publisher Working Title Press, 2013
Starke, Ruth & Holfeld, Greg (ill)
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Anzacs at Gallipoli: a story for Anzac Day, The
An account of the military campaign at Gallipoli during World War One, and the consequences for Australia.
ISBN 9780734400703
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Pugsley, Chris & Lockyer, John
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Apache: girl warrior
Siki rises to the rare position of girl-warrior in an Apache tribe. She witnesses the horrors of the Indian wars against the Mexicans and the invading White Eyes. A sometimes violent and very honest story of courage, integrity, betrayal, love, hope and despair as Siki struggles to belong and learns the truth of her own story.
ISBN 9781406303315
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Landman, Tanya
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Archie's war
Archie's first hand experience of being in London during the Great War of 1914-1918 is told through his scrapbook.
ISBN 9781406304275
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Williams, Marcia
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At the sign of the sugared plum
It is 1665 and Hannah has come from the country to assist her sister in sweet making at the Sugared Plum sweet shop. The plague has also come to London so Hannah's life is now full of dangers as well as the sights and sounds of the crowded city.
ISBN 9780747561248
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2003
Hooper, Mary
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Australia's great war 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 Australia's great war series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Various
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Bakehouse, The
In New Zealand during World War ll, eleven year old Bert desperately wants the war to continue so that he can join up and use guns. An abandoned derelict bakery becomes a prospective bomb shelter for the family and Bert enjoys his role in setting it up. But, when the shelter becomes home to a deserter, Bert soon learns that the secrets and danger of war don't always stay at the front line.
ISBN 9781776570072
Publisher Gecko Press, 2015
Cowley, Joy
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Ballad of Les Darcy, The
Les Darcy, who lived from 31 October 1895 - 24 May 1917, was an Australian boxer. Though he was a middleweight, he held both the Australian Heavyweight and the Middleweight Championship titles in 1916 and has passed into Australian folk lore.
ISBN 9780732286361
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
FitzSimons, Peter
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Ballad of Lucy Whipple, The
Reluctantly taken to the diggings in California during the goldrush, Lucy wants to go back home to New England.
ISBN 9780064406840
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1998
Cushman, Karen
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Battle fatigue
A teenager is conscripted into the Vietnam War. He has to decide whether he will go, or whether he will dodge the draft by seeking asylum in Canada. The story also considers the effects of earlier wars on other members of the family and their influence on the younger characters.
ISBN 9781408826911
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Kurlansky, Mark
No book cover.
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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
No book cover.
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Battlefield: one boy's war
Barry Blacker is desperate to join the army like his older brother Jack, who is in a Japanese POW camp. He practises drills on the family farm in Cowra and spies on the Japanese prisoners in the camp nearby. When some of the prisoners escape, Barry's attempt to be a hero has devastating consequences.
ISBN 9781741695519
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Tucker, Alan
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Beautiful lie, A
In 1947, Bilal is shields his dying father from the truth about the violence that is threatening India and their formerly peaceful community. With determination and help from friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper. Bilal just wants his father to die in peace but that means Bilal has a complicated relationship with the truth.
ISBN 9781408805756
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Master, Irfan
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Becoming Billy Dare
When his mother dies, Paddy runs away from school and stows on a ship sailing to Australia. In his new land, Paddy is willing to try anything and has many jobs until he finally discovers what he really wants to do.
ISBN 9781865087351
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Murray, Kirsty
No book cover.
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.
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Best day of my life, The
In Jharia, India,Valli spends her days picking up coal and fighting with her cousins. Her family won't let her go to school and there's never enough food. When Valli discovers that her 'aunt' is a stranger who was paid to take her, she leaves Jharia and begins a new life, surviving on the streets of Kolkata. A chance encounter with a doctor may change her life but Valli must decide if she trusts enough to accept help.
ISBN 9781742379142
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Ellis, Deborah
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Between shades of gray
In 1941, fifteen year old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer. When the Soviet secret police invade her home and forcibly remove Lina, her mother and brother, they must fight for their lives. They are transported via cattle trucks from Lithuania to remote Siberia in a harrowing, violent journey. It is also a story of incredible courage and strength. Includes violence and cruelty. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143205418
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Sepetys, Ruta
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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.
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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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Black Jack Anderson
The infamous Black Jack Anderson, Australia's most notorious pirate, was a towering black American holed up with his evil-doing gang in the treacherous seas and islands off the south west coast of Australia. The fascinating details of his life and times; his mistresses, the treachery, bloodshed and escapes are as compelling as his personality, with his resourcefulness, power and passion.
ISBN 9780143005940
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Forrestal, Elaine
No book cover.
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Blitz
London is being bombed and children are evacuated to the country. Since his parents died, Martin can't stand being mothered and so he heads back to the city. But, London is not what he remembers, it's in flames and Martin is in danger.
ISBN 9780237534448
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2007
Orme, David
No book cover.
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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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Blood for blood
In 1950s Germany, the war is over but, for the resistance, the fight continues. Death camp survivor, Yael, who has the power to skinshift, to change her appearance at will, is on the run after shooting and killing Hitler. But, the truth of what happened is far more complicated and the consequences are deadly. As Yael and her comrades move into enemy territory, trying to turn the tide against the New Order, dark secrets reveal dark truths. Sequel to Wolf by Wolf. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781780622057
Publisher Orion, 2016
Graudin, Ryan
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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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Blue cat, The
It is the 1940s and for Columba and Hilda the war seems a long way away until Ellery appears at their school, unable to speak any English. Curiosity spurs Columba's search for knowledge and understanding counterbalancing Hilda's unquestioning nationalism as the war edges ever closer to Australia's shores. The sudden appearance of the blue cat brings with it an aura of mystery and uncertainty culminating in a dramatic journey to Luna Park.
ISBN 9781760292294
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Blue-eyed Aborigine, The
After the shipwreck of the Batavia off Western Australia in 1629, a cabin boy and a soldier were involved in a grisly, notorious mutiny. Most mutineers were hanged but the two men were marooned on the mainland, becoming Australia's first European settlers. No trace of them was ever found. Later European explorers reported seeing Aboriginal Australians with blue eyes. This novel suggests what might have happened in between. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781847800787
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2010
Hayes, Rosemary
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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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Book of whispers, The
In Tuscany, 1096 AD, Luca sees demons. He keeps quiet about what he sees to avoid another exorcism. He also has dreams that sometimes predict the future. When Luca dreams his father's murder, he vows to stop it coming true. Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in a convent, Suzan has a vision of a boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. He will take her on an adventure that leads to places beyond their understanding. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925355512
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Starr, Kimberley
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Book thief, The
It is 1939 in Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel has just buried her brother when she picks up a book, partially hidden in the snow by his graveside. This is her first act of book thievery and the beginning of a love affair with books and words. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down. A sombre theme that includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330423304
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Zusak, Markus
No book cover.
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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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Boy and the spy, The
Things have never been easy for Antonio, but now it seems like the war will never end. So when Antonio is caught up in the dangerous world of freedom fighters and spies, will it change his life or destroy him?
ISBN 9780143309284
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Arena, Felice
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Boy at the top of mountain, The
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave Paris to live with Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a household at the top of the German mountains. This is no ordinary time. It is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching. And, this is no ordinary house, it is the Berghof, Adolf Hitler's home. Pierrot is thrown into an increasingly dangerous world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.
ISBN 9780552573542
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Boyne, John
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Boy in the striped pyjamas, The
Bruno is the naive, nine year old son of the Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. Through his covert friendship with Shmuel, a young Jewish boy, Bruno becomes aware of the cruelty and suffering. A touching, disturbing story. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780385609401
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2006
Boyne, John
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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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Bridie's fire
Bridie starts a new life in a new country, a young, orphaned, Irish girl sadly separated from her brother. Working in the theatre on the Australian goldfields is a very hard life. Bridie finds a way to use her talents and meets her true love.
ISBN 9781865087276
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Murray, Kirsty
No book cover.
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Brief history of Montmaray, A
Sophie, the diarist, is sixteen and lives in a crumbling castle on the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her tomboy sister, her nearly perfect cousin and the completely mad King. She loves it. The war woes of Europe rage about them, sometimes terrifyingly touching their lives, as they struggle to survive. With love interests, humour, suspense and secrets. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781741663228
Series The Montmaray Journals series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Cooper, Michelle
No book cover.
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Brothers' war, The
Melody and Marshall are cousins whose family is torn apart when war is declared between the North and South factions of the Union. Melody's father and uncle both go to war but they enlist on opposing sides. Marshall assists his father by acting as a spy while Melody helps her father. Both sides are presented.
ISBN 9780753409725
Series My side of the story series (4 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Hermes, Patricia
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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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By royal command
Lucy works as a serving maid for Dr Dee, court magician and consultant to Queen Elizabeth 1. In return for saving the Queen's life, Lucy is told that she is to work as a spy for Her Grace. When Lucy hears unexplained cries in the house, she suspects Dr Dee of foul deeds to make money and curry favour with the Queen.
ISBN 9780747588856
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Hooper, Mary
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Cabinet of curiosities, The
When fourteen year old Lukas de Boodt is orphaned, his uncle takes him as an apprentice in Prague, a refuge for Europe's greatest alchemists and natural philosophers. The uncle is court physician to the reclusive, unstable Emperor, and also curator of his bizarre Cabinet of Curiosities, four halls full of wonders and scientific marvels. When Lucas learns of a sinister plot, his life is in great danger.
ISBN 9781408800461
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Dowswell, Paul
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Camel who crossed Australia, The
Bell Sing the camel has come from Pakistan to accompany Burke and Wills as they attempt to cross Australia from south to north, but Bell Sing yearns for water and freedom on a tough journey.
ISBN 9780732285432
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2008
French, Jackie
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Candles at dawn
An in-depth study of Gallipoli and what it meant to Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. A lesson in how futile war can be and the improbability of war if people from both sides really knew each other.
ISBN 9780956935274
Publisher Limelight Press, 2004
Ural, Serpil
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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
No book cover.
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Carrie's war
Carrie is evacuated to a Welsh mining town during the bombing raids on British cities in World War II.
ISBN 9780198312956
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1997
Bawden, Nina
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Cassandra's sister
In Austen's society, there are two outcomes to love. Either your heart is broken or your love is returned leading to a lifetime of child-bearing and preserve-making. Find out whether Jane Austen ever met her real life Mr Darcey.
ISBN 9781844281473
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Bennett, Veronica
No book cover.
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Catherine, called Birdy
Set in the Middle Ages, Catherine objects to marrying the rich suitors her father has arranged for her to meet.
ISBN 9780330397797
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Cushman, Karen
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Catherine, the great journey, Russia 1743
At fourteen, Prussian princess, Sophia, became Catherine the Great through an arranged marriage. Sophia writes about her home situation, the hardships of travel to Russia, her efforts to please the empress and her engagement.
ISBN 9780439253857
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Gregory, Kristiana
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Chains
This story follows two very different battles for independence, that of slave girl, Isabel, and the American War of Independence. Presents a realistic view of prejudice and slavery in 18th century America and includes some violence.
ISBN 9780747598657
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Anderson, Laurie Halse
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Chalkline
It's an ordinary morning at school in rural Kashmir when the silence of dawn prayers is ripped apart by gunfire. Freedom Fighters are raiding his village and Rafiq is the first boy to cross the chalkline into a life of brutality and violence. Rafiq's memory of his family has been all but obliterated by his forced training, indoctrination and terrorist actions and is unrecognisable as the boy who left the village. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406315172
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Mitchell, Jane
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Child of the May
A revolt against King John's rule, with characters including Robin Hood and his men.
ISBN 9780440415770
Publisher Yearling, 2000
Tomlinson, Theresa
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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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China coin, The
The horror of Tiannaman Square confronts Leah when she is searching for her ancient links in China.
ISBN 9780140347531
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Baillie, Allan
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Cleopatra VII: daughter of the Nile, Egypt 57BC
In an elegantly written royal diary, Cleopatra VII has recorded every rich detail from her tumultuous times including her frightening escape and the men that she loved.
ISBN 9780590819756
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Gregory, Kristiana
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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
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Series Coco Banjo series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Gemmell, N J
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Cue for treason
A simple but courageous boy and his friend resist treason and are loyal to their Queen and country. They are exposed to the real dangers of the streets of Elizabethan London.
ISBN 9780140302318
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 1973
Trease, Geoffrey
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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)
No book cover.
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Dangerous places
Will Kerwan is kidnapped in London during 1852. He is held hostage on a boat where he is made to work as a servant. He meets Runt and finds a best friend for life. They escape in Australia and make their way to the goldfields.
ISBN 9781741750881
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Charlton, Ann
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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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Diary of William Shakespeare gentleman
The world knows the name William Shakespeare, but what of the man behind the name- the husband, lover, son and poet? Was he happy with his riches? Who was the woman he truly loved? And could the acclaimed playwright put down his pen forever to become a gentleman? Written by Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French and based on new documentary evidence, this story is a fascinating glimpse into a life that might have been and a story that has never been told. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781460750575
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2016
French, Jackie
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Disgrace of Kitty Grey, the
Kitty has a comfortable life as a country milkmaid, working for a rich family in a great house. Life changes when her handsome man vanishes, leaving her with his 5-year-old sister. She is sent on an errand to London, where she is determined to track her man down, but her fate is literally snatched out of her hands and things spiral out of control.
ISBN 9781408827611
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2013
Hooper, Mary
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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 pool, The
Twelve-year-old Tally, a thoughtful child, deeply loved by her father and two aunts, attends Delderton, a progressive boarding school. At the cinema, Tally learns about the small country of Bergania, whose King refuses to bend to Hitler's demands. So, when Delderton is invited to Bergania, Tally insists they attend. In Bergania, the children witness the king's assassination and must help young prince Karil escape to safety.
ISBN 9781447265658
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2014
Ibbotson, Eva
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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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Dream land
All her life, Safina's parents have dreamed of returning to Grandpa's native village in Crimea. But, exchanging their sunny Uzbekistan house for a squalid camp is more like a nightmare for twelve year old Safi. She wonders whether this strange land can ever become home. A compelling story about the Crimean Tatars' struggle to reclaim the land from which they were exiled in the Second World War.
ISBN 9781406307658
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Hyde, Lily
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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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Eagle of the east
Ardavan is a young Parthian soldier whose mother was a Roman. After the disastrous Battle of Carrhae, many Roman soldiers lie dead on the battlefield and the survivors must serve Parthia as mercenaries. Able to communicate with both sides, Ardavan is raised to a special position where he and the beautiful Shara must survive in a world of intrigue and plots. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862917071
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Lawrence, L S
No book cover.
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Eagle of the Ninth, The
A young officer in Roman Britain sets off to discover what happened to the Ninth Legion, a legion that disappeared in the mists.
ISBN 9780192750457
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2000
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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Education of Little Tree, The
A classic story set in the 1930s about an orphaned boy who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents in the mountains of Tennessee. His education is not formal but an ancient native wisdom and way of life.
ISBN 9780712672696
Publisher Vintage/Ebury (Random House), 2000
Carter, Forrest
No book cover.
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Egg and spoon
Elena Rudina lives with her dying mother in the impoverished Russian countryside. One day, a train arrives carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an adventure begins that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince travelling incognito and a wise-cracking Baba Yaga, a witch who lives in a house perched on chicken legs.
ISBN 9780763672201
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Maguire, Gregory
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Eleanor, crown jewel of Aquitane, France 1136
Eleanor, fourteen, oldest daughter of the Duke of Aquitaine in France, is next in line when her father's only legitimate son dies in 1136. She knows she will be married off. Eleanor wants to marry for love but that appears impossible.
ISBN 9780439164849
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Gregory, Kristiana
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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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Elisabeth, the princess bride, Austria-Hungary 1853
Although not the most influential European royals, Elisabeth is still fascinating. As she begins her diary, the fifteen year old reveals her true passions, the outdoors, her family's home called Possenhofen, poetry, her pets, her father and horseback riding.
ISBN 9780439266444
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Denenberg, Barry
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Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544
Daughter of a fallen queen, young Princess Elizabeth lives a complicated and dangerous life. She fears her father's famous temper but loves him dearly, she loves her brother Edward, heir to the throne, but doesn't like her older sister Mary, who torments and conspires against her.
ISBN 9780590684842
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Lasky, Kathryn
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Elli: coming of age in the Holocaust
Ellie's recount of harrowing experiences in a concentration camp. Taken at thirteen years of age, from her beautiful home and imprisoned in Auschwitz and Dachau as part of Hitler's final solution, she emerges a year later, looking like a sixty year old.
ISBN 9780812963274
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1983
Jackson, Livia Bitton
No book cover.
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Elvis and his pelvis
Not quite the full life story of Elvis Presley, told in chronological order and with humour, including some of his 'lost diary'.
ISBN 9780439997560
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2001
Cox, Michael & Reeve, Philip (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 (6 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Masson, Sophie & White, Lyn (ed)
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Endless steppe: growing up in Siberia, The
It is 1942 and Ester and her family are arrested as capitalists by Stalin. For the next five years, they live in exile in the endless wasteland of Siberia.
ISBN 9780064405775
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1995
Hautzig, Esther
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Escape by sea
Sara, a strong and resourceful young woman, escapes with her father from Carthage by sea to face the hostile Roman navy and pirates. The naval tactics, medicine and international relations of the third century, and the insights into trades such as jewellery and sword-making, are an exciting backdrop to their perilous voyage and the political intrigue they encounter. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862917699
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Lawrence, L S
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Escape from war
Frank lives in London and when his father is drafted and his neighbourhood is bombed, Frank is evacuated to the countryside. There, he meets a German Jewish girl named Hannah and learns how much is at stake in the war with Nazi Germany.
ISBN 9780753457948
Series My side of the story series (1 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Riordan, James
No book cover.
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Escape to Eaglehawk
Overseers, superintendents and gaol bullies make the lives of boys transported to Van Diemen's Land in the 1830s miserable, even dangerous. Determined not to be stuck at Point Puer, Sam and Jemmy find plans can so easily go wrong.
ISBN 9780958016407
Publisher Otto Books, www.vashtifarrer.com, 2002
Farrer, Vashti
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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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Eventual poppy day
Living one hundred years apart, two seventeen year old men are artists and share a love of painting. In 1915, Maurice enlists to fight in World War l and his story allows us to see the brutality and futility of war, as well as the friendship and loyalty that develops. A century later, it is Maurice's diary, preserved in a tin box, that saves his deeply-troubled nephew, Oliver, from entering a downward spiral.
ISBN 9780732299514
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Hathorn, Libby
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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)
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Falconer's knot, The
Chiara's family can no longer afford to keep her so she is given to the Poor Clare's nunnery. Silvano has been accused of a brutal murder and must take refuge in the nearby friary. When two more murders occur, Chiara and Silvano attempt to solve the crimes.
ISBN 9780747589006
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Hoffman, Mary
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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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Felix series NEW SERIES 2018
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Felix series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Gleitzman, Morris
No book cover.
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Fever 1793
In 1793, fourteen year old Mattie hates getting out of bed and being nagged by her mum. Her friend, Polly, comes down with yellow fever. The disease starts to spread through the city, and even Mattie has to get serious as the panic spreads.
ISBN 9780340854099
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Anderson, Laurie Halse
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Fireshadow
A German teenager is sent to a prisoner of war camp in the bush near Perth. From a position of pride and resistance he finds a new sense of self. Sixty years later another adolescent is escaping from the tragedy of a dead sibling and finds the ruins of the camp. As he reflects on his guilt he meets a girl and her grandfather on a pilgrimage back to the site of the POW camp.
ISBN 9780702233814
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Eaton, Anthony
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FitzOsbornes at war, The
When the Nazis attacked, Sophie FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home. But, now that war has come to England, nowhere is safe. Sophie fills her journal with tales of wartime, while desperately waiting for news of her brother, last seen flying over enemy territory. But, hope springs up in surprising places, and love blooms unexpectedly.
ISBN 9781742750323
Series The Montmaray Journals series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Cooper, Michelle
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FitzOsbornes in exile, The
As nations scramble to avert war, Sophie FitzOsborne and her eccentric family shelter in England. In keeping with high society expectations, Aunt Charlotte wants to marry off Sophie and Veronica. Toby is charming and lazy, Henry is driving the governess mad and Simon and Veronica's battle of wills continues. Sophie tries to keep her family together, when everything is falling apart. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781741663747
Series The Montmaray Journals series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Cooper, Michelle
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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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Flying a flag for Hitler
True story of an eleven year old girl growing up in Nazi Germany who despite her youth is aware of the evils of propaganda and is proud of her family's survival skills and resilience.
ISBN 9780340902684
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Emmerich, Elsbeth
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Flying through Clouds
It's not easy being a teenage boy growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Glebe in the 1930s. It's even harder when your dream is to become an aviator, your parents are dead against it, and your girlfriend's father is the School Principal. But Joe has even bigger challenges he must face and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his dream. He has come up with a plan and won't let anyone stand in his way.
ISBN 9780995386501
Publisher Griffin Press, 2017
Morgan, Michelle
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Forge
Curzon joins the American army, fighting for independence against the British. As well as the hardships of soldiering, Curzon lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave, passing for free. Then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge against her will. They have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom. Includes some violence.
ISBN 9781408803806
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Anderson, Laurie Halse
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Freedom swimmer
During China's 'Great Leap Forward', Ming survived the famine that killed his parents. He now lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields. As part of a Communist Party re-education program, a group of city boys arrives, unused to hard labour and village life. Despite his reservations and their differences, Ming befriends a boy called Li and, slowly, they form a bond over evening swims and shared dreams. As the bitterness of life under the Party begins to take its toll, Ming and Li begin to imagine the impossible, freedom.
ISBN 9781760113414
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Chim, Wai
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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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Gallipoli story, The
At Gallipoli, in 1915, the courageous ANZACs faced the brave Turks in the First World War. Instead of adventure and glory, they meet the sheer brutality of war. Emotional quotes about separation from family, harrowing experiences and loss of friends.
ISBN 9780143001430
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Carlyon, Patrick
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Gatekeeper series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Gatekeeper series (4 books)
Blackburn, Richard
No book cover.
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Gatekeeper, The
While visiting Stonehenge, a young woman accidentally falls back in time to the year 1347. She becomes actively involved in the life of the people, trying to change things for the better leading to trouble and adventure. Also published as 'The guardian of the gate'.
ISBN 9781921118548
Series Gatekeeper series (1 of 4)
Publisher Zeus Publications, 2006
Blackburn, Richard
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Ghost boy
Froggy traces his family history with the ghostly help of Tad, who perished in the smallpox epidemic of 1881.
ISBN 9781740519892
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Pulman, Felicity
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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 like me, A
In a Victorian farming community, Emmie's mother takes on Bertha to help with the chores and the two girls become friends. Emmie discovers Bertha's terrible secrets and their lives intertwine. Based on true events and containing adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143011484
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Matthews, Penny
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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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Girls are best
For as long as history has been recorded, girls haven't had much of a look in amongst all the great men we remember. But that doesn't mean they weren't there. And it doesn't mean that they didn't achieve great things, come up with wonderful inventions or win battles. Read the history of her-story.
ISBN 9780385615242
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Toksvig, Sandi
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Glass collector, The
In Cairo, fifteen year old Aaron makes a living gathering garbage. But, Aaron has dreams of a better life, which includes Rachel who looks after the ponies that pull the stinking garbage carts. Aaron's skill at sorting glass is the only thing that keeps him alive. His mother is dead and his stepfather and stepbrother bully him. Aaron makes a choice that changes his life. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780732291532
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Perera, Anna
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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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Gold
Australia's gold rushes of the nineteenth century produced tremendous wealth and population growth for the struggling Australian colonies. People from all walks of life made the perilous journey to the goldfields, returning either fabulously wealthy or demoralised and broke. It was a time of huge political, social and cultural change. Includes diaries, journals, letters, official reports, newspaper articles of the time. A challenging read. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781741669251
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Hill, David
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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
No book cover.
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Goldsmith's daughter, The
As an Aztec maiden, Itacate is destined to a lifetime of submission and domestic drudgery until the Spanish invaders come and violently turn her world of savage blood sacrifices and cultural boundaries upside down. Her strength of character, great skill in her father's profession and her love for a young invader help her endure tragedy and hardship in a harsh adult world.
ISBN 9781406307078
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Landman, Tanya
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Goodbye, Mr Hitler
My name is Johannes and this is the story of how an evil ogre named Hitler swallowed Frau Marks, Helga and I. But we survived. Now we need to learn how to live, and love again. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781460751299
Series The Hitler trilogy NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2017
French, Jackie
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Goodnight Mister Tom
William is evacuated to the countryside during the bombing of English cities in World War II. Mr Tom takes him in and turns his sad life around.
ISBN 9780141329703
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Magorian, Michelle
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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)
No book cover.
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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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Guantanamo boy
Fifteen year old Khalid isn't too excited about visiting his family in Pakistan but his Mum and Dad want him to go with them. For Khalid, a living nightmare begins. He is kidnapped and forced to go to a place no teenager should ever see, a place where torture and terror are considered normal.
ISBN 9780732288952
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Perera, Anna
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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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Hell and high water
In eighteenth century Devon, Caleb, travels with his father, living off the earnings from their Punch and Judy show. When his father is wrongly arrested for stealing and transported to the Colonies, Caleb is left alone. After a desperate journey in search of an aunt he's never met, he receives a strange, cold welcome. Then, a body washes up on the nearby beach and Caleb is caught up in a terrifying net of lies and intrigue. Soon, he and his new family are in mortal danger.
ISBN 9781406366914
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Landman, Tanya
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Heroes of Tobruk
When World War II is declared in 1939, Peter and his friend, Tony, put their ages up and enlist in the Australian army. Written as diary entries, giving a gripping and informative insight into their experiences in the Middle East, particularly at Tobruk. Provides a clear picture of the challenges and horrors of war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741690774
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Mulligan, David
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Hexenhaus
In 1628, Veronica and her brother flee for their lives into the German woods after their father is burned at the stake. At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Scottish maid Katherine is lured into political dissent after her parents are butchered for their beliefs. In present-day Australia, Paisley navigates her way through the burning torches of small-town gossip after her mother's new-age shop comes under scrutiny. A powerful historical novel about three young women caught in the hysteria of their own times.
ISBN 9780702254253
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
McWatters, Nikki
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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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Highwayman's curse, The
On the run from the redcoats, the two young highwaymen, Will and Bess, find themselves in Scotland, blamed for a murder they did not commit. They are captured by smugglers and become embroiled in religious hatred and revenge that goes back for generations. Will and Bess will have to make decisions and choices that will test their courage to the limit.
ISBN 9781406303124
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Morgan, Nicola
No book cover.
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Highwayman's footsteps, The
William de Lacy, the high born son of a gentleman, is on the run for stealing money and a horse. These are hanging offences and Will and the mysterious Bess must be resourceful and brave enough to survive an eighteenth century highwayman's life.
ISBN 9781406303117
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Morgan, Nicola
No book cover.
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Hired girl, The
Fourteen year old Joan Skraggs yearns for real life and true love, just like the heroines in her beloved novels. But, there is little hope for adventure, beauty or art on a farm in Pennsylvania, where the work never ends, looking after her father and three brothers. When she can't take any more, Joan escapes to the city, finding a kitchen maid's position in a Jewish household. Here, she grows as a person and her strict religious upbringing is tempered, as she learns more about her employers' beliefs and world events.
ISBN 9781406361407
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Schlitz, Laura Amy
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Hitler's daughter
While waiting for the school bus, Mark, Anna, Ben and Little Tracey tell each other stories to pass the time. One of these stories is about Heidi, a mystery daughter of Adolf Hitler in Germany, during World War II.
ISBN 9780060086534
Series The Hitler trilogy NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
French, Jackie
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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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Horned helmet
A novel set in Viking Britain. Beorn, a fugitive from Iceland, is adopted by a powerful Viking warrior.
ISBN 9781855493582
Treece, Henry
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Horrible histories series
A light-hearted look at the trivial, unusual, gory and unpleasant events that have occurred throughout 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 Horrible histories series (34 books)
Various
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Horrible histories: 20th century, The
Discover all the foul facts about the Twentieth Century, including who shocked the world by showing her knickers, how two monkeys and a dog became astronauts, and why a posh London restaurant served stewed cat.
ISBN 9781407111926
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Phiilip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Angry Aztecs, The
Discover all the foul facts about the Angry Aztecs, including why the Aztecs liked to eat scum, when the world is going to end and their horrible habit of drinking live toads in wine. Filled with foul facts, terrible timelines and a grisly quiz.
ISBN 9781407104256
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Awesome Egyptians, The
This book is packed with quizzes, facts and ghastly details of the lives, habits and customs of the ancient Egyptians.
ISBN 9780439944038
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Hepplewhite, Peter & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Blitzed Brits
Find out if you could have survived in the Blitz when all of London and many other English cities were bombed heavily and constantly. You might be the sort of person who would remember to always have a gas mask with you or who actually liked the meals that can be made with rationed food. You might even want to escape mum and dad for a bit but maybe not for six years. A sad time in history still had its funny moments.
ISBN 9781407103433
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill) & Sheppard, Kate (ill)
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Horrible histories: Bloody Scotland
Tells the story of the Scots, from the desperate Dark Ages to the terrible 20th century. It provides facts on cool kings, cruel kings, mean queens and wise women. Find out about William Wallace, Braveheart and gory Scottish ghost stories.
ISBN 9780590543408
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1998
Deary, Terry & Myers, Christopher (ill)
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Horrible histories: Cut-throat Celts
Discover the wild warriors who fought the Roman army with swords and spears while collecting human heads. If this bloodthirsty book isn't nasty enough for you, you must be a cut-throat Celt yourself.
ISBN 9781407139203
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Dark knights and dingy castles
Discover all the foul facts about dark knights and dingy castles, including why one nutty knight chopped off his own finger, the revolting truth about a gong-farmer's job and what went on in gruesome castle garderobes.
ISBN 9781407111834
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Deadly days in history
The most horrible book yet. Take a whirlwind tour through the most dreadful, disastrous and deadly days in the whole of horrible history, from the grim Great Fire of Rome to the vile St Valentine's Day Massacre, leaving the gory bits in and the boring bits out.
ISBN 9781407121451
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2013
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: England
Discover all the foul facts about England, including which monk tried to pinch the devil's nose with a pair of tongs, why some people in the Middle Ages ate dove droppings, and which English king was accused of being a werewolf.
ISBN 9781407110417
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: France
Discover all the foul facts about France, including which king thought he was made of glass, why French bread was once made from broken tiles and bricks, and how to play hopscotch like a French highwayman.
ISBN 9781407111841
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Frightful first World War and the woeful Second World War, The
Find out how a pair of old socks gave away top secrets, how sniffing your own wee could save your life in the First World War, why wearing white knickers could get you killed in the Second World War. The First World War was meant to last four months but ground on for four grim years. The Second World War gives you the dire details about the snow-bound cities under siege and fly-infested jungle trenches.
ISBN 9780439973311
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Gorgeous Georgians, The
From poor hygiene and terrible food to a country overrun with body snatchers and thief-takers, the poor old Georgians didn't stand much of a chance in a country run by unsuitable politicians and less than stable monarchs.
ISBN 9781407104195
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Groovy Greeks, The
The hip and fabulous Greeks hung out over two thousand years ago. Meet horrible heroes, suffering slaves and foolish philosophers. Find out about the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax.
ISBN 9780590132473
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1995
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible Histories: Incredible Incas
The incredible Incas may have built South America's greatest civilisation but they could be very icky indeed. The poor prisoners who pulled up their huge pyramids were likely to experience a very painful death. But, things weren't much better for your average Inca. Find out how a bucket of stewed pee could make you beautiful, why servants ate the emperor's hair and what chilling fate awaited their child sacrifices.
ISBN 9781407104270
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill) & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Ireland
Discover all the foul facts about Ireland. Find out why wax models were captured and made Prisoners of War, which warriors went to battle naked, and how to make yourself invisible.
ISBN 9780439014366
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2000
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Knights
Terry Deary reveals the horrible history of knights - all the gore and more. Readers should forget the fairy tales from days of old when knights were supposed to be bold and damsels were always in distress, and brace themselves for the terrible truth about the cold-blooded killers. From Arthur and his mythical knights to warrior kings and cruel crusades there are foul facts on a whole host of nasty knights plus dire details of the weapons they used and the rotten rules of knight fights.
ISBN 9780439955775
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2006
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Loathsome London
Go underground to discover London's putrid past. Take a trip to the terrifying Tower and then dip into the River Thames, London's largest toilet. Find out the ten worst ways to make a living in the city and the most disgusting way to die. History has never been so horrible.
ISBN 9780439959001
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Measly Middle Ages
Travel back into the measly Middle Ages, where the world was full of wild women, mad monks, naughty knights and crazy kings and queens. Discover a genuine jester's joke, why chickens had their bottoms shaved and what ten year old treacle was used for. History with the nasty bits left in.
ISBN 9780439944014
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible Histories: Pirates
Reveals the terrible truth behind the lousy pirate legends and lies, so forget the brave heroes swinging from masts and the handsome young men sailing the seven seas for this is history as it's most horrible. Readers can decide who was the baddest of the bunch in the top ten of putrid pirates, discover why the women pirates were just as wicked as the men and learn to talk the patter of a Pirate. Plus there are foul facts on the ships they sailed, the punishments they suffered and the rules they lived by.
ISBN 9781407164335
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2016
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Plague and peril
It's 1348 and the shadow of the Black Death is descending over England. Geoffrey Copton returns from the war in France, only to find himself caught up in a plot to rob and kill an innocent man. Will Geoffrey and his friend Meg manage to save the day, or will the dastardly plotters get away with the gold ...and with murder.
ISBN 9781407109565
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Rotten Romans, The
Life in ancient Rome from Nero to Boudicca includes gory games, rotten recipes and lots of frightening facts.
ISBN 9780590031523
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1997
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Rotten rulers
Readers can discover all the foul facts about Rotten Rulers, including who gave the job of high priest to a donkey, who choked to heath while eating a crow and who celebrated victory by eating his enemy's head.
ISBN 9781407111902
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Rowdy revolutions
Discover all the foul facts about rowdy revolutions, including which Chinese emperor was overthrown by his mum, why one revolution made ugly people very scared indeed and what Count Dracula was really like.
ISBN 9781407111919
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horrible histories: Ruthless Romans
Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Ruthless Romans, including which emperor enjoyed eating camel's heels, who were the terrible twins who founded Rome and which evil emperors made murder a sport.
ISBN 9781407104249
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Savage Stone Age, The
Discover all the facts about the Savage Stone Age including what they used instead of toilet paper, why a hole in the skull is good for headaches, and how to make a Stone Age mummy.
ISBN 9781407139227
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2014
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Slimy Stuarts, The
This is a sickening story which started when gibbering King James I took the throne. Find out why some slimy Stuarts ate toads, snails and fleas; why people wore fish on their feet, and which king picked his nose and never washed his hands. Also find out the gruesome truth about ghastly Guy Fawkes, the tragic tales of women accused of witchcraft and the ever-present threat of the perilous plague.
ISBN 9780590134828
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1996
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Smashing Saxons, The
Find out the terrible truth about the pillaging people who bashed the Brits but got nobbled by the Normans, including who got cow pats as Christmas presents or why wearing a pig on your head was lucky. Read on for foul facts on disgusting diseases and ghastly graves.
ISBN 9780439012713
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2000
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (Ill)
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Horrible histories: Stormin' Normans
Discover all the foul facts about the stormin' Normans, including why Norman knights slept with a dolly, which pirate hung up his eye-patch and became a saint, and why Crusader ships were defended with barrels of wee.
ISBN 9781407104300
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Terrible Tudors, The
History has never been so horrible. Foul facts about the cruellest kings and meanest queens ever to rule England. Find out about the terrible tale of an awful axeman, why Henry VIII thought he'd married a horse and brush up your knowledge of Tudor torture.
ISBN 9780439977050
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1993
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: USA, The
Discover all the foul facts about the USA, including which president was so scared of electric switches that he slept with his light on, why cowboys declared war on sheep and how to have a civil battle.
ISBN 9781407111858
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2010
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Vicious Vikings, The
Packed with frightening facts about the vile invaders from the North and their savage enemies, including such legendary warriors as Fat-thighs, Oaf, and Stinking.
ISBN 9780590498494
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1998
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Vile Victorians, The
They may have looked all prim and proper but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch, who could be vicious and violent and villainous. Discover the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and about stag hunting in Paddington Station. History with the nasty bits left in.
ISBN 9780439944045
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Villianous Victorians
Readers can discover all the foul facts about the villainous Victorians, including why burglars were scared of bogies, which poet said he ate an ape and how a snick fadger might kiddy-nap your spangle.
ISBN 9781407104317
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: Wicked words
Discover how to be very rude without anybody knowing, some murky Medieval jokes and what to say if someone calls you mundungus, hackum or Jabbernowl.
ISBN 9781407111933
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2011
Deary, Terry & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Horses for King Arthur
Alexa, the headstrong teenage daughter of a landowning family in 475 England, dreams of breeding fine horses. When she meets Artorius, a boy who dreams of victory, fighting the barbarians from horseback, Alexa finds allies to help extricate herself from her mother's plans. She finds herself in an uncertain, bloodthirsty world, where life has little value when measured against power and wealth. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862919198
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Lawrence, L S
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Hotaka: a novel
When the tsunami strikes the Japanese coastal town of Omori-wan, the effects are utterly devastating. Three years later, much of what happened on that day is still a mystery and Hotaka finds himself increasingly haunted by memories of his best friend, Takeshi. When strong-willed Sakura initiates a controversial anti-seawall movement, there is danger at every turn for Hotaka and his friends. As the town and its people struggle to rebuild their lives, can Hotaka help Omori-wan look to the future- and can he let go of his past? A powerful and moving story about one boy caught up in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
ISBN 9781760113766
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Heffernan, John
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House that was Eureka, The
Two tales twist together at 203 Liberty Street, Newtown. In 1985, sixteen year old Evie and her family move into a new home, which appears to be haunted. Evie dreams of running footsteps, shouting voices and loud banging. Fifty years previously, during the Great Depression, Lizzie and her family live at number 203. Her family faces eviction and the local communist movement barricades the house. The final chapters reveal the connections between the past and the present. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781922147189
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Wheatley, Nadia
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India dark
In 1910, thirteen year old Poesy Swift has the opportunity to join a travelling performance troupe, she's excited about seeing the world and leaving her drab life in Melbourne. But, the trip heads to India instead of America and, as India simmers with the tension of a crumbling Empire, the troupe is gradually torn apart by ill fortune, sickness and tension. Based on the true story of the Lilliputian Opera Company.
ISBN 9781741758580
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Murray, Kristy
No book cover.
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Invention of Hugo Cabret, The
Hugo is an orphan, clock keeper and thief, living in a Parisian railway station at the turn of the nineteenth century. The story, in words and pictures, includes the invention of the earliest moving pictures and automatons. A hidden message from a dead father is the key to this spellbinding mystery.
ISBN 9780439813785
Publisher Scholastic US, 2007
Topics / Graphic novels /
Selznick, Brian
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Invisible war, the
While treating a patient with dysentery, Sister Annie Barnaby encounters a strain of lethal bacteria. As the invaders journey deep into her gut, the resident microbes must fight to survive and Annie's life hangs in the balance. Enter the phage, a deadly viral predator, ready to wage war to protect their host. Created by an expert team of scientists, artists, educators, writers and historians, The Invisible war is a story like no other.
ISBN 9780992587253
Publisher Scale free network, 2016
Wild, Ailsa & Hutchings, Ben (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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Isabel, jewel of Castilla, Spain 1466
Isabel strives to remain on good terms with her controlling half-brother, King Enrique, and her younger sibling, the rebel King Alfonso in this tale of romance. As matches are made and broken, the princess finally weds the man of her choice.
ISBN 9780439078054
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Meyer, Carolyn
No book cover.
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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
No book cover.
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Ivy
Ivy, a common, laudanum addict living with thieves and scoundrels, is a stunner, a term for an artist's model and beauty. After embarking on a life of crime in London, she is sold out by her adopted family and falls victim to a pre-Raphaelite painter's jealous mother. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780192754318
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2008
Hearn, Julie
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Jaguar warrior
Atl has been a Temple slave for six years but now he is imprisoned in a box, waiting to be sacrificed to the Serpent-Sun god. When the Spanish lords attack the temple, Ichtaca releases Atl to run to the next town to ask for help. Now he is free, Atl must decide whether to deliver the message or save himself.
ISBN 9781921529290
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Fussell, Sandy
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Jahanara, princess of princesses, India 1627
Jahanara, favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and the most beloved of his four wives, writes about family jealousies, court intrigues, and war strategies, as well as the extravagant lifestyle of her royal family.
ISBN 9780439223508
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Lasky, Kathryn
No book cover.
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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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Joan of Arc: the story of Jehanne Darc
Through a mixture of narrative and historical sources, the extraordinary life of Joan of Arc is detailed from her childhood in the small village of Doremy to her eventual burning at the stake, at the tender age of 18. The story follows Joan's quest to have the Dauphin crowned as the true King of France and the English invaders defeated.
ISBN 9781921167003
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Wilkinson, Lili
No book cover.
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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
No book cover.
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Journey to Eureka, A
Llewelyn Jones is a twelve year old boy who journeys to Australia to find his convict mother and uncle. He ends up on the goldfields at the time of The Eureka Stockade. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780733617676
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Greenwood, Kerry
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Journey to Jamestown
Elias, an apprentice barber-surgeon, sets sail for Jamestown Colony. There, he meets a Pamunkee Indian girl training to be a medicine woman and dream reader. They forge a friendship, sharing their medical knowledge, regardless of the war around them.
ISBN 9780753457962
Series My side of the story series (2 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Ruby, Lois
No book cover.
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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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Just a girl
Determined, passionate and privileged, Elizabeth was born into a world where she felt she didn't belong and had to fight to survive. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed by her father, Henry VIII. Elizabeth competed with her two half-siblings for love and the British throne as Queen Elizabeth 1. In the gilded corridors of the royal palace, enemies she couldn't see and those bound to her by blood, plotted to destroy her.
ISBN 9780702238802
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Caro, Jane
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Just a Queen
Just a girl to those around her, Elizabeth is now the Queen of England. She has outsmarted her enemies and risen above a lifetime of hurt and family betrayal. Elizabeth is surrounded by men who give her advice and compliments but may be hiding daggers and poison behind their backs. Elizabeth must use her head and ignore her heart to be the queen her people need. But, this may lead her to betray a fellow queen.
ISBN 9780702253621
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2015
Caro, Jane
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Kaiulani, the people's princess, Hawaii 1889
Kaiulani details her lavish wardrobe, her pet peacocks, and her unusual friendship with the shy, sweet writer Robert Louis Stevenson. When she leaves her beloved islands to attend boarding school in 1889, Kaiulani makes the best of it.
ISBN 9780439129091
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2001
Emerson White, Ellen
No book cover.
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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)
No book cover.
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Kazunomiya, Princess of heaven, Japan 1858
Princess Kazunomiya is the half-sister of the Emperor of Japan. She relates, in her diary and in poems, the confusing events occurring in the Imperial Palace in 1858, including political and romantic intrigue.
ISBN 9780439164856
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Lasky, Kathryn
No book cover.
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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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Kristina, The Girl King, Sweden 1638
King Gustav II Adolf desperately wanted a son to become his heir. Upon his daughter's birth, the king declared she would be treated as a boy and, someday, be King of Sweden. Kristina describes learning fencing and horseback riding.
ISBN 9780439249768
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2003
Meyer, Carolyn
No book cover.
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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
No book cover.
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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
No book cover.
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Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, warrior of the south AD 531
The diary of sixteen year old Lady of Ch'iao Kuo is a remarkable adventure set in Southern China in the sixth century. A born leader, Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, also known as Princess Redbird, is both courageous and keenly intelligent.
ISBN 9780439164832
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Yep, Laurence
No book cover.
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Lady of Palenque: flower of Becal, Mesoamerica AD 749
The lady of Palenque is the thirteen year old daughter of King Hanaab Pacal. She embarks on a gripping and pivotal journey to meet her husband-to-be, who is a stranger to her. A keen observer and storyteller, the princess records her own steps into adulthood, as she faces countless obstacles along the way.
ISBN 9780439409711
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Kirwan, Anna
No book cover.
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Last Anzacs: lest we forget, The
The personal stories of the last eighteen surviving veterans of the Gallipoli campaign. Almost ninety years after the commencement of World War I, we still support a march in honour of the ANZACs and respect their spirit.
ISBN 9781920731366
Publisher Intl Specialised Book Services, 2003
Stephens, Tony & Siewat, Steven
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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)
No book cover.
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Let me whisper you my story
Rachel is German and Jewish. With the outbreak of World War II, her life is changed. The family is forced to move from their comfortable home into cramped housing and, when the Nazis arrive, they don't know what is to become of them. But, Rachel's father gives her instructions that save her life. He also tells her not to speak.
ISBN 9780732288587
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
Simons, Moya
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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)
No book cover.
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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)
No book cover.
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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)
No book cover.
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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 lower than the angels, A
Gabriel is apprenticed to a stonemason, a cruel master. When the opportunity presents itself, he runs away to join a troupe of travelling mystery players.
ISBN 9780192717801
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1998
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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Little paradise
In Melbourne, in 1943, Mirabel is seventeen. She's leaving school, designing drsses and falling in love. Then, fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered and JJ is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai and travels through great danger to find her true love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143011477
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Wang, Gabrielle
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Little piece of ground, A
Karim and his seventeen year old brother, Jamal, live with their family in Ramallah, Palestine under Israeli military occupation. During the war, Karim meets Hopper, a teenager living in a refugee situation and, together, they fight to claim a little piece of ground for their sporting matches. Yet, even this is claimed by Israeli tanks and the boys experience a fight for their lives.
ISBN 9780330437431
Publisher MacMillan, 2003
Laird, Elizabeth
No book cover.
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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
No book cover.
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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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Long walk, The
In 1931, a family's mother falls ill and their only hope is to reach their father working on the Great Ocean Road. The children set off on a long journey, with only a pram filled with their belongings, meeting all types of people on the way.
ISBN 9780733617669
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Greenwood, Kerry
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Longest war, The
Told from the perspective of the elder of two daughters, this novel deals with the emotional struggle of an ex-Vietnam War nurse, and the ongoing impact of the war on her family.
ISBN 9780141303246
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Topics / Australians at war /
Antle, Nancy
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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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Loyal creatures
They were loyal creatures, the men and horses of the Australian Light Horse. But war doesn't always pay heed to loyalty. This is the powerful story of a young man's journey towards his own kind of bravery.
ISBN 9780670077427
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Gleitzman, Morris
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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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Lyddie
Lyddie is a survivor of hard times in a nineteenth century American cotton mill.
ISBN 9780140373899
Publisher Puffin USA, 1995
Paterson, Katherine
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Macbeth and son
Luke lives in Australia with his mother and stepfather, Sam. Lulach lives in 9th century Scotland with his mother and stepfather, Macbeth. Knowing Macbeth to be a peaceful king, Luke wonders why Shakespeare made him a villain.
ISBN 9780207200342
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
French, Jackie
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Machine gunners, The
Chas finds a crashed German bomber plane with a machine gun intact. During 1941, he and his friends believe that they can help the war effort in England.
ISBN 9780330397858
Publisher Pan Macmillan London, 2001
Westall, Robert
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Mahtab's story
Mahtab's family live in Herat in Afghanistan amongst the ever present Taliban. They decide to leave everything they hold dear behind and journey secretly to Australia via Pakistan and Indonesia. This is an amazing story of struggle and hope for a better future.
ISBN 9781741753349
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Gleeson, Libby
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Malini: through my eyes
In the closing, catastrophic stages of Sri Lanka's civil war, Malini and her sister are separated from their parents, who are forced to act as human shields. Malini and Banni travel inland, through jungles and unsafe territories, seeking refuge with their grandfather in his village.They will need to stay alert for soldiers from all sides and work out who to trust.
ISBN 9781743312551
Series Through my eyes (6 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Hillman, Robert & White, Lyn (ed)
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Marie Antoinette, princess of Versailles, Austria-France 1769
The fictionalised diary of an adolescent Maria Antoinette beginning shortly before her arranged betrothal to Louis Auguste, the future and last king of France. Her diary includes descriptions of life at Versaille and an epilogue concludes the story.
ISBN 9780439076661
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1999
Lasky, Kathryn
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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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Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen without a country, France 1553
Mary, the young Scottish Queen, is sent a diary from her mother in which she records her experiences living at the court of France's King Henry II as she awaits her marriage to Henry's son, Francis.
ISBN 9780439194044
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Lasky, Kathryn
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Matilda saga 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 Matilda saga series (5 books)
French, Jackie
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Matilda saga 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 Matilda saga series (5 books)
French, Jackie
No book cover.
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Maybe
Maybe Gabriek, Anya and Felix will escape the revenge Gogol's brother Zliv intends. Maybe they will evade a lynch mob still angry at the displaced Jews. Maybe Felix's medical abilities will provide the solution for a better new life on the other side of the world. Maybe Felix will have to leave his friends behind.
ISBN 9780670079377
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Gleitzman, Morris
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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 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)
No book cover.
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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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Messenger: the legend of Joan of Arc
You may have heard of Joan of Arc. She had a short but inspirational life, fighting for freedom during the One Hundred Years War between France and England. She was a farm girl who became the leader of an army of men. Joan had an unflinching faith in God and in herself, and was prepared to risk everything for freedom and independence. She became the patron saint of France.
ISBN 9781406336153
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Topics / Graphic novels /
Lee, Tony & Hart, Sam (ill)
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Midnight
This is the story from World War I of Guy Haydon and his horse, Midnight, as they enlist with the army, travel across the world and play a starring role in a great cavalry charge.
ISBN 9781921977718
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Greenwood, Mark & Lessac, Frane (ill)
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Midwife's apprentice, The
In 14th century England, Alyce is taken from a life on the streets to be an apprentice to a village midwife.
ISBN 9780330398312
Publisher MacMillan, 2002
Cushman, Karen
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Milad: the voyage to Ophir
Milad decides to go on one sea voyage to save his family's fortunes and embarks on a journey where he will find sea-battles, pirates, treasure, spies, perils and love. As part of a Phoenician fleet in the service of King Solomon, he experiences danger on the high seas and in deepest Africa, but he also finds the truest of friends in unexpected places.
ISBN 9781741691153
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Anhar, Nazam
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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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Million shades of grey, A
Thirteen year old Y-Tin is an elephant trainer. His life revolves around Lady and the other elephants in their small herd. But, this is Vietnam in 1975 and, now that the American forces are gone, the North Vietnamese threaten the Dega people of the Central Highlands. When the feared attack comes, Y-Tin is captured. He must risk his life and save his elephants by fleeing into the jungle.
ISBN 9781847388230
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2010
Kadohata, Cynthia
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Minna's quest
Men and women prove their worth in this exciting adventure. Minna, a Briton and a blacksmith's daughter, raises a sickly foal, commandeered by her brother, Cerdic, when he joins the soldiers. As bloodthirsty pirates plan to waylay the tiny Roman outpost, Cerdic and Minna risk all so that she can find reinforcements to save all their lives and that of her beloved defender, Theo.
ISBN 9780746078815
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Peyton, K M
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Moon at nine
With the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, the very conservative, religious government controls every facet of life. Fifteen year old Farrin must keep quiet about her mother's political activities and lavish lifestyle. When Farrin meets funny, outgoing Sadira and they fall in love, the relationship takes a dangerous turn. It is against the law to be gay, the punishment is death. Some violence, usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760111977
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Ellis, Deborah
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Moon over Manifest
It's the Great Depression, and Abilene and her dad have moved around a lot, just trying to survive. Abilene is sent to stay in Manifest, a small town in Kansas, where her dad lived as a boy. When Abilene discovers a box of mementos under the floorboards, she begins to solve many mysteries about her Dad's past and the town of Manifest, and to come to terms with her own personal questions.
ISBN 9780385738835
Publisher Delacorte Press, 2010
Vanderpool, Clare
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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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Mozart question, The
A moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music. When Lesley is sent to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi, she is told that she can ask him anything at all -- except the Mozart question and that presents no problem at all because she has no idea of what that means.
ISBN 9781406306484
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Morpurgo, Michael
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My Australian story: A different sort of real, the diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne, 1918-1919
As the horrors of the First World War are drawing to a close, an influenza pandemic has arisen that will kill more people around the world than the Great War. Charlotte McKenzie, assisting the doctor, finds herself experiencing first hand the effects of this devastating disease. This is Charlotte's diary, written in post World War I Melbourne in 1918.
ISBN 9781865043838
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Greenwood, Kerry
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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: Gallipoli
Victor March is 14 years old and looking for adventure. He lies about his age and enlists in the 10th Battalion to fight in the Great War. He is among the first soldiers to land at Anzac Cove in 1915 and his world will forever change.
ISBN 9781742836935
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Tucker, Alan
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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: Kokoda
During World War II, Archie's two brothers are fighting the Japanese in the jungles of New Guinea. In his diary, Archie records how Townsville becomes a base for the pacific campaign, as the Australian coastline reels under Japanese bombs. Archie also records his own battle against the local bully.
ISBN 9781743622056
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Tucker, Alan
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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: Plagues and federation, the diary of Kitty Barnes, The Rocks, Sydney 1900
Kitty wrote her diary living in the slums of the Rocks in 1900. She describes the harsh experiences of her surroundings and details of life in early twentieth century Sydney.
ISBN 9781865042664
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Farrer, Vashti
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My Australian story: Refugee, the diary of Ali Ismail, Woomera, 2001-2002
The Taliban in Afghanistan are seeking out young boys to become fighters. Fourteen year old Ali is smuggled out on a small boat. After a gruelling journey, Ali is rescued and transferred to Woomera Detention Centre in the Australian desert.
ISBN 9781865049199
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Sunderland, Alan
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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: Surviving Sydney Cove, the diary of Elizabeth Harvey, Sydney, 1790
Life in the early days at Sydney Cove is told through the diary of a young girl.
ISBN 9781865042671
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Alexander, Goldie
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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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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: The rum rebellion, the diary of David Bellamy, Sydney Town, 1807-1809
David Bellamy is afraid. He fears the strange new land of New South Wales, its inhabitants and its wild creatures. He fears his relatives who have taken him in and the swearing, cursing Governor Bligh. And then, on Anniversary Day, 26th January, 1808, David and his new friends, Kitty and Ralph, are on the streets of Sydney Town when the military march on Government House.
ISBN 9781865043623
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Gleeson, Libby
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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 Australian story: Who am I, the diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937
Mary is ten when she begins to write in her diary. She documents her life as an Aboriginal child who was taken from her natural parents and raised by a non-Aboriginal foster family. Mary doesn't fit in and starts to question why.
ISBN 9781865043616
Series My Australian story (31 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Heiss, Anita
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My Gallipoli
From the shores of Anzac Cove and beyond, the Gallipoli peninsula was the place where thousands of men fought, suffered, endured or died during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their nurses and their families, Gallipoli means something different.
ISBN 9781921504761
Publisher Working Title Press, 2015
Starke, Ruth & Hannaford, Robert (ill)
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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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My side of the story 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 My side of the story series (6 books)
Various
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My story: Agincourt, Jenkin Lloyd, France 1415
Jenkin Lloyd is fourteen and about to embark on the adventure of his life when he goes off to war, as an archer, for King Henry V to fight against the 60,000 strong French troups at Agincourt. Jenkin knows there is not much chance of surviving the day.
ISBN 9780439982665
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2003
Cox, Michael
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My story: flying ace, the story of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic. This courageous pilot disappeared in terrible weather conditions after flying out of Australia. She believed women must attempt the same challenges as men.
ISBN 9781740330770
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2000
Bull, Angela & Forsey, Chris
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My story: hunger, the diary of Phyllis McCormack, Ireland 1845-1847, The
When the potato blight strikes Ireland, fourteen year old Phyllis McCormack goes into service to help feed her family.
ISBN 9780439997409
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2001
Drinkwater, Carol
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My story: Spy smuggler, Paul Lelaud France 1942-1944
Now Paul Lelaud has turned fourteen years old, he can escape from his Nazi sympathising teacher, Monsieur Armignac. He desperately wants to do something to free France of the Germans so his Uncle Maurice takes him into the French Resistance.
ISBN 9780439968843
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Eldridge, Jim
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My story: U-boat hunter, Peter Rogers, HMS Arum 1939-1945
Peter is the son of a merchant sailor during the Second World War whose father survives a bombing by a German U-Boat. This motivates Peter to be more actively involved in the English war effort.
ISBN 9780439959384
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Perrett, Bryan
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My story: war nurse, the diary of Kittly Langley, 1939-1940
Kitty is a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse stationed at Standhaven military hospital. She doesn't know if she has it in her to nurse the young wounded soldiers coming in from France but they desperately need her help.
ISBN 9780439959025
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Reid, Sue
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Nanberry: black brother white
In 1789, the new colony in Sydney is established. Nanberry is an Aboriginal boy who is raised by Surgeon John White and witnesses the struggles of the colonists to survive in the wilderness. Follow Nanberry and his white brother as they make their way in the world, as well as the young convict woman who becomes a lady in her own right.
ISBN 9780732290221
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
French, Jackie
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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 (6 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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Ned Kelly's secret
Hugo and his father have come to Australia to research life in the gold fields. When the coach they are travelling on is bailed up by a bushranger, they decide to find out all they can about bushrangers. Little does Hugo know that when he befriends fifteen year old Ned Kelly, he is much closer to bushrangers that he expected. His comfortable travels with is father are about to lead to exciting and dangerous places.
ISBN 9781742830322
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Masson, Sophie
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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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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)
No book cover.
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Night of the burning
Sisters, Devorah and Nechama, are two of Isaac Ochberg's orphans who have survived the Night of the Burning in Domachevo, Poland, in 1920. With courage and hope, the sisters travel to South Africa for a better life and a desire to find safety and a family that might love them.
ISBN 9780747590514
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Press Wulf, Linda
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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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Nine open arms
The Boons, a large, motherless family, are always on the move. Their father, a dreamer, takes risks that never pay off. When the family moves to an isolated house, Fing and her sisters sense the house and adjacent cemetery have a macabre past. They defy their strong-tongued grandmother to explore the cellar and a curious hole in the hedge. The house has its secrets and, somehow, they are linked to the family.
ISBN 9781743315859
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Lindelauf, Benny & Nieuwenhuizen, John (trans)
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No safe place
Three teenagers flee their homes for different reasons and are desperate to get to England. They entrust their lives to a people smuggler and quickly learn that he can't be trusted. Follow each of their journeys as they seek asylum. Based on the true experiences of children caught up in the refugee jungle of Calais and striving to find a place for themselves in the world. Includes adult themes and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742374109
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Displacement /
Ellis, Deborah
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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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Nostradamus prophecy, The
When Nostradamus prophesises a great massacre, only Catherine de' Medici, mother of the young French King, Charles, pays heed to the dire warning. But, the soothsayer also has a message for Melisande, the minstrel's daughter. Upon his death, Nostradamus entrusts her with fulfilling his final prophecy.
ISBN 9780552557214
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Breslin, Theresa
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Number the stars
A story of the determination of the people of Denmark to protect their Jewish friends from the Nazis in World War II.
ISBN 9780732250911
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1994
Lowry, Lois
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Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, Africa 1595
Presents the fictional diary of thirteen year old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess, who loves to hunt and hopes, one day, to lead her kingdom against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders.
ISBN 9780439112109
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
McKissack, Patricia
No book cover.
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Once
Felix is hidden by his Jewish parents in a Catholic orphanage during the Nazi invasion of Poland. He runs away to find his parents and lands in the middle of the Holocaust.
ISBN 9780143301950
Series Felix series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Gleitzman, Morris
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Once and future king
A legend of King Arthur set in the 13th century.
ISBN 9780006483014
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1996
White, T H
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One half from the East
When Obayda's father loses a leg in a bomb explosion, the family is forced to move from Kabul to a small village. Life is very different and her father rarely leaves his room. To bring luck to the family, Obayda's aunt suggests dressing her as a boy, a bacha posh. Now, she is Obayd. Life in this in-between place is confusing until Obayd meets Rahim, another bacha posh. They can explore on their own, climb trees and play sports. But, their transformation and newfound freedoms can't last forever.
ISBN 9780062572196
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2016
Hashimi, Nadia
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One thousand hills
Agabande, Rwanda, April 1994. Pascal and the children in his small village play with the toys they make, go to school and church, and do their chores. But, there are whispers and looks, messages of hate on the radio, and people are leaving. Pascal's simple but happy world is about to change forever. As a ten year old, co-author Noel Zihabamwe actually lived through these atrocities.
ISBN 9781742990750
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Roy, James & Zihabamwe, Noel
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Only a matter of time: a story from Kosovo
Drita, an Albanian, and Zoran, a Serb, become friends but this is Kosovo, and Serb-Albanian tension is rising. They find their families are now enemies and they are forced to meet in secret. They are about to begin a fight for their lives.
ISBN 9780750237338
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Ross, Stewart
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Ophelia: Queen of Denmark
Ophelia, daughter of Denmark's Lord Chancellor and loved by Prince Hamlet, is the girl who will be queen. While Hamlet's family stab, poison or haunt one another, feisty, intelligent and ambitious Ophelia plans a sensible rule, filled with justice and the making of delicious cheeses. Even if she has to pretend to be mad to make it happen, Ophelia will not let anything, not even howling ghosts, stand in her way.
ISBN 9780732298524
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
French, Jackie
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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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Orphans of the queen
Hilly and her brother, Egg, were promised sunshine, plenty of food and someone to look after them. When they arrived from England, they were separated. Hilly was sent to a cruel orphanage in Adelaide. Includes mature themes and some strong language.
ISBN 9780734405289
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Starke, Ruth
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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
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Out of the dust
Billie Jo describes the difficulties of rural life in Oklahoma during the dust storms of 1934 and 1935, the brutal reality of her mother's death, her own injuries and her father's illness. Billie Jo's story is dark and intriguing, with a trace of hope.
ISBN 9780590371254
Publisher Scholastic US, 1997
Hesse, Karen
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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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Parvana
This story depicts the injustice and brutality of life for a young girl under Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
ISBN 9781865086941
Series Parvana series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2002
Ellis, Deborah
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Series Parvana series (4 books)
Ellis, Deborah
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Parvana's journey
The gripping story of a young girl's journey in search of her family somewhere in war-ravaged Afghanistan, and of her courage and compassion in the face of many shocking hardships along the way.
ISBN 9780192752857
Series Parvana series (2 of 4)
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2002
Topics / Displacement /
Ellis, Deborah
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Parzival: the quest of the Grail Knight
Parzival meets three mounted men in armour and is determined to have adventures in the court of King Arthur.
ISBN 9780141305738
Publisher Penguin USA, 2000
Paterson, Katherine
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Passenger
New York violin prodigy Etta loses everything one night when she is pulled through time to 1776 to the midst of a fierce sea battle. Etta discovers that the powerful Ironwood family are looking for a long lost object that could remake the future, and they think Etta holds the clue to finding it. Along with the swashbuckling privateer Nicholas, who has his own painful history with the Ironwood family, Etta must embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents to piece together the clues and stay one step ahead of the Ironwood clan. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781460752043
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
Bracken, Alexandra
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Pattern of islands, A
The colonial governor gives his account of life on Kirabati and Tuvalu, two islands in the Pacific.
ISBN 9780719505652
Grimble, Arthur
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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)
No book cover.
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Pearlie's pet reacue
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)
No book cover.
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Pennies for Hitler
It's 1939 and George is the son of an English father and German mother. When a ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled to London in a suitcase, and then across the seas to Australia, to begin a life under a different name and with a new family, in order to survive.
ISBN 9780732292096
Series The Hitler trilogy NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
French, Jackie
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Peony lantern, The
When Kasumi leaves her remote village for the teeming city of Edo, her life is transformed. She has been chosen by a samurai to become a lady-in-waiting to his new wife. Kasumi is surprised as she has no skills for this role and, worst of all, she is always in trouble for speaking her mind. Surely, this will get her into trouble with her new mistress. When Kasumi learns of a secret that puts them both in danger, she must solve the mystery, behind the danger they face, in order to save herself and her mistress.
ISBN 9780733332920
Publisher ABC Books, 2015
Watts, Frances
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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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Pharaoh: the boy who conquered the Nile
Prince Narmer is fourteen, clever and handsome and, as his father's favourite, destined to be King of Thinis one day. But, when he is involved in a terrible accident that leaves him lame and horribly scarred, Narmer decides to leave his home to travel with the Trader, whose healing skills saved his life.
ISBN 9780207200823
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2007
French, Jackie
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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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Plague
The year is 1665 and the plague has come to the city of London. For apprentice Henry Harper, life will never be the same. His father has died of the plague, and his mother and brother have fled to the country. Now Henry is alone and he must find a way to escape from the city he loves, before he, too, is struck down.
ISBN 9780237535223
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2008
Orme, David
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Plague, The
During the Plague in London in 1665, Rachel fears for her life and that of her missing cousin when, one day, he fails to return. Robert's side of the story is also told. Contains violence and gruesome facts in context.
ISBN 9780753413265
Series My side of the story series (5 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2006
Wooderson, Philip
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Playing Beatie Bow
Fourteen year old Abigail finds herself transported back to Sydney's Rocks area in the nineteenth century when she follows a mysterious girl, who appeared during a scary game with other children in the neighbourhood.
ISBN 9780140314601
Publisher Penguin, 1998
Park, Ruth
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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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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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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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Poppy
Poppy is fifteen, beautiful and clever but, in 1914, society has already carved out her destiny. She will become a servant at the big house. But, Poppy's life is thrown dramatically off course, through a forbidden love then her decision to tend the wounds of injured soldiers at war. As she experiences the best and very worst of humanity, Poppy will find an unexpected freedom and discover how to be truly her own person.
ISBN 9781408827628
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Hooper, Mary
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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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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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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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Poppy in the field
When Poppy learns that the love of her life is marrying someone else, she is devastated and volunteers her nursing skills overseas. But, the journey to Flanders is full of horrors, the hospital's Ward Sister is spiteful and the nurses are unfriendly. The dangers of frontline warfare soon make Poppy forget her own troubles and she finds that comfort for a broken heart can be found in the most unexpected places.
ISBN 9781408827635
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015
Hooper, Mary
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Prayer for Blue Delaney, A
In the fifties, Colm McCabe is sent from England to an Australian orphanage. He suffers terribly under the cruel nuns and brothers. His faith shines through as he searches for self and family. Strong language used frequently in context.
ISBN 9781865087368
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Murray, Kirsty
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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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Prisoner of night and fog
For Gretchen Muller, Hitler is her friendly uncle who has always been there for her and her family since the death of her father. But, as Hitler's hold over Germany strengthens, he will be forever changed in Gretchen's eyes. She will do anything to uncover the truth, with the help of a young Jewish reporter. Contains some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781472207845
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2014
Blankman, Anne
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Prisoners in the palace
Sixteen year old Liza expects to make her debut in 1830s London but, when her parents die, she is left penniless and must enter service. She becomes a maid to young Princess Victoria. Liza slowly adjusts to her new life and the temperamental, lonely princess. Liza befriends a young boy and a newspaperman to confront the public slander surrounding the princess. Includes some adult themes and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780811873000
Publisher Chronicle Books, 2010
MacColl, Michaela
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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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Racing the moon
In 1930s Glebe, Joe Riley has to be creative to make pocket money. He's watched his dad keep ahead of the law and he's sure that he can too. When his parents send him to a Catholic boarding school, Joe is homesick and lonely. He meets the darker side of human nature and is at odds with the school, especially Brother Felix. Expelled, Joe is sent to a reform school where life is tough. But, through working the land, Joe eventually finds inner strength, peace and true freedom. Mature themes. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743316351
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Morgan, Michelle
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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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Series Ramose series (4 books)
Wilkinson, Carole
No book cover.
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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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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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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
No book cover.
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Ratcatcher's daughter, The
In 1900, thirteen year old Issy McKelvie reluctantly leaves school to start her first job in an undertakers. She hates it but there's worse to come. Issy becomes an unwilling rat-catcher when the plague, the Black Death, arrives in Australia. She loathes the rats and her father's four yappy, snappy, hyperactive rat-killing terriers. But, when her dad becomes ill, Issy must join the battle to rid the city of the plague-carrying rats.
ISBN 9780732297138
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2014
Rushby, Pamela
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Red necklace, The
Yann Margoza, a gypsy boy with supernatural gifts, raised by a dwarf, Tetu, is pursued by the sinister, truly-evil Count Kalliovski who holds half the French aristocracy in his power. Yann meets Sidonie, the unloved daughter of the Marquis of Villeduval. Suddenly, all their lives, present, past and future are intertwined against the momentum and violence of the French Revolution.
ISBN 9781842556344
Publisher Orion, 2008
Gardner, Sally
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Red shoe, The
For three sisters growing up in Australia in the 1950s, the news is full of the Petrov affair and spies. Their ordinary lives are juxtaposed with their parents' marriage, their father's attempted suicide and the big events of the adult world.
ISBN 9781741142853
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Refuge
When a boat carrying a group of asylum seekers is sunk by a freak wave, Faris wakes from the shipwreck in an Australia he's always dreamed of. There are kangaroos grazing under orange trees and the sky is always blue. On a nearby beach, Faris meets a group of young people who have come from far different times and places.
ISBN 9780732296179
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
French, Jackie
No book cover.
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Revolution is not a dinner party
Ling lived a comfortable life with her parents until Comrade Li moved into their apartment. Her life changed dramatically at home and at school, and Ling soon feared for the lives of her family and friends. She endured extreme hardship just to survive, as she struggled to understand the Chinese cultural revolution. Her love for Chairman Mao and his teaching was tested to the limit.
ISBN 9780143303855
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Compestine, Ying Chang
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Ring of Earth, The
Jack Fletcher is on the run. With no sensei to guide him, he has just his wits and his swords against many new and unknown enemies. Kidnapped by ninja and led to their village deep in the mountains, Jack has no means of escape. The only question is who will kill him first - the ninja or samurai.
ISBN 9780141332536
Series Young samurai series (4 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Bradford, Chris
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Ring of fire, The
After a snowstorm forces him to take shelter, Jack enters a village in need of protection from raiding mountain bandits. Torn between moving on or helping, Jack is persuaded to stay and fight the villagers' cause. But, Jack is the first and only samurai to do so. Now, he must enlist other warriors to the villagers' aid before the bandits return to steal their harvest. No easy task when the reward is so little and he is a foreigner. If only he had his friends to call on.
ISBN 9780141332550
Series Young samurai series (6 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2011
Bradford, Chris
No book cover.
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Ring of sky, The
The Shogun has deemed that any Christian or foreigner discovered outside the bounds of an official trading port will be instantly put to death. For Jack, Nagasaki is within reach but the Shogun's samurai are closing in, with the help of Jack's old school rival, Kazuki, who has a score to settle. Jack must try to reach the city alive and find a ship bound for England.
ISBN 9780141339726
Series Young samurai series (8 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2012
Bradford, Chris
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Ring of water, The
Autumn, 1614. Bruised and battered, Jack Fletcher wakes up in a roadside inn wrapped only in a dirty kimono. He has lost everything, including his memory of what happened. Determined to discover the truth, Jack goes on a quest to retrieve his belongings, his precious swords, his friend Akiko's black pearl and, most important of all, his father's prize possession. Relying on his samurai and ninja training, Jack realises The Ring of Water is the key to his survival.
ISBN 9780141332543
Series Young samurai series (5 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2011
Bradford, Chris
No book cover.
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Ring of wind, The
Ambushed by the Shogun's samurai, Jack and his friends have only one hope of escape, the Seto Sea. But, with ferocious storms, man-eating sharks and ninja pirates at every turn, their chosen route is fraught with danger. A treacherous crew only adds to their problems as they flee south from a ruthless samurai sea lord. Unless Jack can harness the Ring of Wind, he and his friends are destined for a watery grave.
ISBN 9780141339719
Series Young samurai series (7 of 8)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2012
Bradford, Chris
No book cover.
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Ring through time, A
Alice's family is proud of their historical links to Norfolk Island and are amazed to find out when they move there that their ancestor is considered to have been a tyrant. Trying to prove them wrong, Alice unearths a previously unknown diary which provides an insight into the way of life in the penal colony during the 1840s including the conflicting attitudes towards the treatment of convicts.
ISBN 9780732294885
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Pulman, Felicity
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Something is terribly wrong. An evil sorcerer has figured out how to time travel and Jenny has to go back to the year 1347 to stop him. A dark wizard who could be far more dangerous than the sorcerer Rudigor. A wizard who is using the power of Jenny's beloved mentor Gwenelda in his evil schemes. Has Gwenelda turned to dark magic? Is she helping this wizard topple the entire Gatekeeper Fraternity? Jenny will stop at nothing to find out the truth, no matter how dangerous it gets. Even if it means risking her very life.
ISBN 9781927555729
Series Gatekeeper series (4 books)
Publisher Lachesis Publishing, 2016
Blackburn, Richard
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River charm, The
Millie lives in the bush with her mother and sister when, with the help of an old charm, she gains access to the past. There we meet Charlotte Atkinson, whose family is in danger of losing their beloved home, as well as their lives, due to marauding convicts, bushrangers and an abusive stepfather. The law is against Charlotte and her mother, but they're determined to survive.
ISBN 9781742757124
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Murrell, Belinda
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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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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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Roll of thunder, hear my cry
Being a coloured girl in America's South during the 1930s, teaches Cassie much about prejudice and hatred.
ISBN 9780140371741
Publisher Puffin UK, 1994
Taylor, Mildred D
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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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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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Rose for the ANZAC boys, A
War is being fought on an horrific scale in the trenches of France. It is a world away from sixteen year old Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. Desperate to do their bit and avoid the boredom of school, Midge and her friends start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined.
ISBN 9780732285401
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2008
French, Jackie
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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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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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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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Royal diaries series
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Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Various
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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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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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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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Sadako and the thousand paper cranes
In the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako's dying wish is to make one thousand paper cranes in accordance with the Japanese legend that says that the gods will grant the maker's wish to be well again.
ISBN 9781876289485
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Coerr, Eleanor
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Salem witch
The friendship between two children is greatly tested during the witch hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Elizabeth is an independent thinker, frightened by what she sees as a mass deception sweeping her town. George, the son of one of the trial judges, sees things very differently. Both sides are presented.
ISBN 9780753413272
Series My side of the story series (3 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2006
Hermes, Patricia
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Saving Rafael
In Germany, in World War II, Jenny's father is taken prisoner by the Americans and her brother is killed. When the mother of her Jewish friend, Rafael, is taken by the Gestapo Jenny's family hides him. The story traces the dangers facing Jenny and Rafael, and their eventual escape. Adult themes, violence, coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781842709184
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2009
Wilson, Leslie
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Scarecrow army: the Anzacs at Gallipoli
Part of the ANZAC story. Factual historical recollections are combined with a fiction to reveal the thoughts and feelings of the young soldiers and the horrendous conditions they endured and survived.
ISBN 9781876372606
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Davidson, Leon
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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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Life for Kit Lovell has not been easy. She never knew her father, a renowned sea captain who drowned after his ship sank. Kit's grandmother dies and she and her mother are evicted from their home in England. When Kit's mother agrees to marry a man she has never met, they embark on a treacherous and monotonous journey to the far flung colony of South Australia. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143204589
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Pluss, Nicole
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Secret of Nightingale Wood, The
This is the tale of story-loving Henrietta and her family who are struggling with illness in their new house by Nightingale Wood. Worse, Henrietta is starting to see mysterious figures and strange cats that seem to be calling her into the woods and beyond. What does it all mean and is it true what they say, does a witch really live in Nightingale Wood?
ISBN 9781910655030
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Strange, Lucy
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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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Secrets in the fire
Based on a true account of a young refugee girl's determination to overcome the loss of her legs in a Mozambique landmine accident. A deeply moving and unforgettable story.
ISBN 9781865081816
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
Mankell, Henning
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Sequin star, The
When Claire finds an old star-shaped brooch covered in sequins, it hurtles her back in time to 1932, when Australia was in the grip of the Great Depression. When she gets a job in a circus, Claire makes friends with Rosina, Jem and a boy called Kit. When Kit is kidnapped, the others must try to save him. But, Claire is wondering just who Kit and Rosina really are. One is escaping poverty and the other is escaping wealth.
ISBN 9780857982056
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Murrell, Belinda
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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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Shadows of time
An orphaned girl and an outcast Aboriginal boy become involved in a spiritual journey at the time of European settlement in Australia.
ISBN 9780091829506
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1994
Wrightson, Patricia
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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 (6 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Hawke, Rosanne & White, Lyn (ed)
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Shakespeare stealer, The
Set in and around London in the mid 1600s, Widge is ordered by his master to go to the Globe Theatre and copy Shakespeare's Hamlet.
ISBN 9780141305950
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Blackwood, Gary
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Shakespeare: the most famous man in London
London society supplied many inspirational ingredients for William Shakespeare, helping him become one of the greatest writers of the English language. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742030708
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Thompson, Tony
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Shaozhen
Shaozhen has no intention of staying in his remote and poor village in Henan and becoming a poor farmer. But when the worst drought in over sixty years threatens the entire village, he realises he must come up with a plan. And better yet, he needs the people of the village to support his plan if it is going to succeed!
ISBN 9781760113797
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Chim, Wai
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Shield maiden
No enemy may find this place; we hide it in mist and shadow...When King Alfred's great hall is destroyed by the Vikings, the king must flee with his family. But his daughter Aethelflaed knows that hiding in the marshes, far away from the battlefield, is the last thing she wants to do; can she fulfill her destiny and become a warrior princess, a shield maiden?
ISBN 9781472918628
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Hill, Stuart
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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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Shrapnel
Gordon is growing up in World War II London. His older brother, Raymond, leaves home and becomes involved in secretive war work, or so he leads Gordon to believe. When Gordon finds a revolver hidden in his parent's house, he decides to track his brother down. But finding Raymond leads to much more than Gordon had bargained for as Raymond lures him into danger.
ISBN 9780552559300
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Swindells, Robert
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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 blade, The
France is in the dark days of the guillotine where the innocent and guilty are killed daily. Yann and his compatriots rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine and get them safely away to England. Count Kalliovski, supposedly dead, is plotting Yann's death. Against this terrible background, Yann yearns for his love, Sidonie, whom he believes is safe in London.
ISBN 9781842555972
Publisher Orion, 2009
Gardner, Sally
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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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Silver people: Tale from the Panama Canal, A
One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, connecting the world's two largest oceans. Creating a path of water where a mountain had stood is one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. But, thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day.
ISBN 9780702253294
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2014
Engle, Margarita
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Silver sword, The
The night the Nazis come to take their mother away, three children escape in a terrifying scramble across the rooftops. In the chaos of Warsaw, they have to learn to survive on their own. Their father's paperknife becomes their symbol of hope.
ISBN 9780099439493
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Serraillier, Ian
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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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Sing a rebel song
Twelve year old Maggie McAllister and her family are caught up in one of the most dramatic events in Australia's history, the Shearers' Strike. In 1891, trouble erupted between the Shearers' Union, the pastoralists and the government. Through her writing, Maggie plays her part in the Union's struggle although her friends do not see things the same way. Singing a rebel song may have heartbreaking consequences for Maggie.
ISBN 9781742991344
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Rushby, Pamela
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Slave girl
Exchange student Jenna has managed to get an appointment at New York's coolest hair salon, but when her teacher insists she stays at the boring Metropolitan Museum she stumbles into ancient Egypt.
ISBN 9780732294984
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Moses, Alexa
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Snake-stone, The
Although close to his adoptive parents, James has always wondered about his natural mother. Armed with only a small stone and a note scribbled on the back of an envelope as clues to her identity, James sets off to find his past.
ISBN 9780006740223
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1997
Doherty, Berlie
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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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Soldier boy : the true story of Jim Martin the youngest Anzac
This is the story of Jim Martin who enlisted in the Australian army at the age of fourteen to fight in World War I.
ISBN 9780141003306
Publisher Penguin, 2001
Hill, Anthony
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Soldier on the hill
A story about life in country Australia in World War II. Joey finds a Japanese soldier but no-one believes him.
ISBN 9780207196379
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1997
French, Jackie
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Soldier's heart
Charley Goddard goes to fight in the American Civil War.
ISBN 9780440228387
Publisher Laurel Leaf, 2000
Paulsen, Gary
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Sondok, princess of the moon and stars, Korea AD 595
In a series of messages placed in her grandmother's ancestral jar, a seventh century princess and future ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla vents her frustration at not being permitted to study astronomy because she is a girl.
ISBN 9780439165860
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Holman, Sheri
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At the end of the Second World War, Felix struggles to survive in Soviet controlled Poland. He must try to find basic necessities, such as shelter and food, and stay safe from the gangs of youths intent upon ridding Poland of the destitute Jews and Slavs, people who have come to seek refuge. Felix perseveres, always looking for the light at the end of the very dark tunnel and for justice to prevail.
ISBN 9780670078875
Series Felix series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Gleitzman, Morris
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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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Soraya the storyteller
Soraya, the storyteller, keeps her memories of Afghanistan alive while living in uncertainty under temporary protection in Australia. An ebony horse flies through her dreams helping her to find a strange land where she can be safe.
ISBN 9780734407092
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Hawke, Rosanne
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Stay where you are and then leave
Alfie's birthday is one he cannot forget, because it is the day World War I is announced. His life changes as his father enlists. Letters come, eagerly read between his mother, granny and himself. As the letters' cheerful tone changes, mother hides the letters and tells Alfie rather than reads what they contain. Then the letters stop and Alfie begins a mission of his own to find out the truth.
ISBN 9780857532947
Publisher Doubleday, 2013
Boyne, John
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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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Stone in my hand, A
Eleven year old Malaak is a Palestinian living in Gaza. She endures the hardships of living in an occupied territory, with soldiers and dangers ever present. Her father has disappeared and her mother raises the family, and keeps their Islamic faith. Malaak has a tame dove which helps her to deal with her sadness. Hamid, her brother, has his own, dangerous way to cope with repression and uncertainty.
ISBN 9780763647728
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2010
Clinton, Cathryn
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Strike
Set in Port Adelaide during the Depression, two friends are affected by the `wharfies' strike of 1928.
ISBN 9780091829179
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Harris, Christine
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Sultan's eyes, The
The year is 1648 and life in Venice is serene for Isabella and her friends Willem, Al-Qasim and Signora Contarini. Together they publish fine books like the controversial encyclopaedia, The Sum of All Knowledge. When a new Inquisitor declares war on free speech, they are forced to flee across the seas to the wondrous capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople.
ISBN 9780732294809
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2013
Gardiner, Kelly
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Sweet tea
Issues of racism, love and family grief will appeal to more mature readers.
ISBN 9780734403681
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2002
Ridden, Brian
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Sword and the circle, The
The beautifully written retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table.
ISBN 9780140371499
Publisher Puffin UK, 1994
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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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 Jahani, The: Daughter of nomads
Fourteen year old Jahani lives a peaceful life in her village in Pakistan. But, havoc is brewing in the Mughal Empire, with tyrants and war lords burning villages in their quest to rule. After an assassin strikes in a bazaar, Jahani discovers her life is not as it seems. With her mysterious protector, Azhar, she flees over treacherous terrain towards the fabled Qurraqoram Mountains. Surrounded by deceit and danger, Jahani does not know who to trust or what their destination will reveal. The story concludes in book 2, The Leopard Princess.
ISBN 9780702253935
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Hawke, Rosanne & Cornish, D M (ill)
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Tales of Jahani, The: Leopard Princess, The
First Moon of Autumn, 1662. After reuniting with the nomads, fourteen year old Jahani is finally home. With her red hair dyed black, she can travel through the Qurraqoram Mountains without fear of being captured. But, the tyrants and war lords who pursue Jahani will not rest in their battle for power. Before long, the nomads are attacked. To fulfil her true destiny, Jahani must try to discover a pathway to peace in the northern kingdoms. Sequel to Daughter of nomads and the conclusion to The Tales of Jahani.
ISBN 9780702254222
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Hawke, Rosanne & Cornish, D M (ill)
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Tank boys
As many others had done, Australian 16 year-olds Frankie and Taz lied about their ages to enlist for WWI, one envisaging the adventure of a lifetime, the other to assuage guilt about staying at home when his brothers have died in the war. On the German side, Richard, also 16, finds himself assigned in one of the first German tanks. The three are destined to meet in the same shelled out crater during history's first tank battle.
ISBN 9780857981301
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Topics / Australians at war /
Dando-Collins, Stephen
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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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Tempestuous voyage of Hopewell Shakespeare, The
Hopewell Shakespeare craves adventure and he joins the crew of a notorious buccaneer hunting for the Lost Island of the Lord of Alchemists where dreams come true. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340965917
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Masson, Sophie
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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 Hitler trilogy NEW SERIES 2018
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Series The Hitler trilogy NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
French, Jackie
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The Montmaray Journals series
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Series The Montmaray Journals series (3 books)
Cooper, Michelle
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The secret histories series NEW SERIES 2018
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Series The secret histories series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
French, Jackie
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Then
The second story of Felix and Zelda. They have escaped from the Nazis but now must survive the many people ready to hand them over for a reward. Thanks to the courage of a kind, brave woman they are able to hide for a time in the open, but Felix knows he has a distinguishing feature that identifies him as a Jew.
ISBN 9780670072781
Series Felix series NEW SERIES 2018 (5 books)
Publisher Viking Children's, 2008
Gleitzman, Morris
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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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They called me the Wildman
In 1880, Henricke Nelsen, a Swedish migrant, was put on trial and gaoled for vagrancy after hiding for fourteen years in the mountain ranges of Victoria. While in gaol, Nelson wrote his diary describing his life in Sweden, his migration to Australia and the personalities he met along the way. This is a captivating reconstruction of Nelsen's solitary life as told in his prison diary.
ISBN 9781741960679
Publisher Murdoch Books Australia, 2008
Hollingworth, Robert
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They came on Viking ships
Hekja's simple but happy life changes dramatically when her village is raided by Vikings and she is captured.
ISBN 9780207200113
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
French, Jackie
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This is my song
Teenage musician Rafael is sent to a Nazi concentration camp in World War II, where he pushes music to the side in his effort to just survive. 30 years later in Canada, he has a small family, where his daughter Annie struggles to find her place in the countryside. Another 30 years later, in Australia, Joe is uncertain about himself, his future and whether music fits in with him. Includes mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760276140
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Yaxley, Richard
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Tiger stone
In Java in the fourteenth century, the villagers are fearful of Mbah Merapi, the rumbling volcano that overshadows their lives. Kancil, the lowliest kitchen servant, knows the real danger is human but she is fatherless and mute. She will lose everything if her identity is revealed. But, Kancil must warn the villagers of the danger they are facing.
ISBN 9781742032399
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Mansell, Deryn
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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 brave the seas
Adam hears the tales of bravery even before the war broke out. As many did in that time he wanted to be a part of the war, not for the glory but as part of the Merchant Navy. The sea is his home and thus contains the highs and lows of any home. We follow Adam through real storms at sea along with political ones not of his making. Tempered by the sea he learns the value of trust and the friends that trust is found in and through.
ISBN 9781743313077
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
McRobbie, David
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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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To love a sunburnt country
It is 1942 and the world is at war. Sixteen year old Nancy Clancy is sent to Malaya to bring home her sister-in-law, Moira, and baby Gavin. Nancy's brother, Ben, is a soldier there. When Malaya is invaded, they are fortunate to escape but their ship is bombed, and they are stranded on an island where other colonial women are captured. The nightmare and horror of internment in a Japanese camp begins. Based on true events. Includes some violence and confronting tragedies.
ISBN 9781460750421
Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
French, Jackie
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To see the world
All his life, Jose has seen the tall ships sailing into Port Louis on the island of Mauritius, where he was born. As he watches them leave again, disappearing below the horizon, he dreams of one day sailing away with them - to see the world. He thinks about all the adventures he would have, the ships he would capture and the buried treasure he would find on faraway islands. But, when the Uranie arrives in 1817, Jose's life changes in ways that he had never imagined. Pirates, cannibals, storms and shipwrecks become harsh realities and Jose is forced to muster all his courage and intelligence to survive the dangers of shipboard life.
ISBN 9780642278494
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2014
Forrestal, Elaine
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To the boy in Berlin
Henni and Leo unravel a mystery around the holiday house Henni so enjoyed staying in at Cauldron Bay. Henni finds herself in great danger as she tries to discover what happened to the Schmidt family. Strong language may offend some readers.
ISBN 9781741750041
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Honey, Elizabeth & Brandt, Heike
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Tolpuddle boy
In 1834, six Dorset farm labourers were sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia. Their crime, setting up a friendly society to bargain for better wages to escape appalling poverty. The true story of the youngest Tolpuddle martyr, James Brine.
ISBN 9780340852033
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Brown, Alan
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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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Toro Toro
The suffering, loss and futility of war are shown through the intensity of one child's experiences of the outbreak of the Spanish civil war when grandfather, Antonito, recalls his life.
ISBN 9780007107186
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2002
Morpurgo, Michael
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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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Trouble at the mill
Two young friends are on opposite sides of a violent struggle between the workers at the mill, who have been driven to desperation by deprivation, and the owners of the mills trying to build successful businesses using modern technology.
ISBN 9780753413555
Series My side of the story series (6 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2006
Wooderson, Philip
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Truth about Peacock Blue, The
When Aster's brother dies, everything changes. Instead of marriage, she is sent to the high school in her brother's place. Aster is excited but, as a Christian, she is unprepared for the difficulties of attending a Muslim school in Pakistan. When Aster is accused of blasphemy, she is taken to jail. A social justice lawyer defends her and Aster's cousin starts an online campaign to free her. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781743319949
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Hawke, Rosanne
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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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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
No book cover.
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Tutankhamun's tomb
Two very different men share an ambition to discover a tomb that nobody else believes is there. It takes many years to locate the burial place of the boy king and many more to uncover the treasures hidden therein.
ISBN 9780439982382
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
MacDonald, Alan
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Under the hawthorne tree
Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. Three children are left to fend for themselves when tragedy strikes their family. They must find their great aunts.
ISBN 9780862782061
Publisher O'Brien Press, 2001
Conlon-McKenna, Marita
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Understudy's revenge, The
Millie Osborne is an errand girl for King's company, the famous troupe of actors who, beset by misfortune, have decided to put on a spectacular performance of Hamlet to announce their comeback. When mysterious Oliver Parry arrives to audition for Hamlet, Millie is intrigued and wonders why he is so secretive. She investigates and Millie uncovers secret identities, betrayal, lies, revenge and, perhaps, even murder.
ISBN 9781741698138
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Masson, Sophie
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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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Vango: a prince without a kingdom
Fleeing from the police and more sinister forces on his trail, Vango must race against time to prove his innocence. His journey will take him to the furthest reaches of distant lands, and even into the sky where he will find refuge on board the Graf Zeppelin. But the threat of war is getting closer, and Vango must uncover the secrets of his past before everything is lost.
ISBN 9781406331509
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
de Fombelle, Timothee Ardizzone, Sarah (trans)
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Vango: between sky and Earth
Vango is about to enter the priesthood when he suddenly finds himself trying to avoid arrest and escape an assassin. Vango is no ordinary boy with an ordinary life - he has had all kinds of adventures since he was found washed ashore as a toddler on a tiny island off Sicily. Now on the run across Europe, will Vango discover the secrets of his mysterious past in time to figure out who is trying to have him killed - and why.
ISBN 9781406354010
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, Sarah (trans)
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Velvet
Velvet is an orphan who does scalding, back-breaking work in a Victorian steam laundry. She is desperate for a better life. When she is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, Velvet begins to work for her and is dazzled by the beautiful dresses and jewels. But, she soon realises that Madame is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's life is in danger. Some adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780747599210
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Hooper, Mary
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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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Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Green, Susan
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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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Victoria, May blossom of Britannia, England 1829
Precocious ten year old Princess Victoria, who keeps a diary about her daily life in the Royal Household, also pieces together the family tree and discovers she is next in line for the throne.
ISBN 9780439215985
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Kirwan, Anna
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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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Voicing the dead
In 1833, Jack Ireland is Captain's cabin boy, aboard the Charles Eaton as it sails from England to Australia. On its return journey, passing through the Torres Strait, the ship is wrecked, forcing the crew and passengers to abandon ship on two hand-made rafts. The horrifying events that follow are well documented but the passage of time allows a less sinister explanation. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925272055
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Crew, Gary
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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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War's end
Dad is finally on his way home from The Great War. Everyone, especially Mum, is excited and full of plans for the homecoming and the future. Twelve year old Nell barely remembers Dad but when Spanish Influenza hits Perth, delaying his return, Nell begins to understand the gap in the family his absence has created.
ISBN 9781741663662
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Bowen, Victoria
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Warrior Scarlet
In Bronze Age Britain, Drem must overcome his disability in order to pass the tribe's test to become a warrior.
ISBN 9780374482442
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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Way of the dragon, The
1613. Japan is threatened with war and samurai are taking sides. As the battles begin, Jack's warrior training is put to the ultimate test. His survival depends upon him mastering the secret sword technique of the legendary samurai Masamoto. First Jack must recover his father's prize possession from the deadly ninja Dragon Eye.
ISBN 9780141324326
Series Young samurai series (3 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Bradford, Chris
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Way of the sword, The
1612. One year of training in samurai school and Jack is in real trouble. He is struggling to prepare for the Circle of Three which tests courage, skill and spirit to the limit. At the same time, Jack is caught in a running battle with fellow student Kazuki and his gang. Also he knows his deadly rival could strike at any moment.
ISBN 9780141324319
Series Young samurai series (2 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2009
Bradford, Chris
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Way of the warrior, The
It's1611 and Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, his father and crew slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. Life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast.
ISBN 9780141324302
Series Young samurai series (1 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2008
Bradford, Chris
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Weetamoo: heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts, 1653
It is 1654 in New England, native land of Algonquin tribes, among them the Pocasset, Wampanoag, and Narrangansett people. The pilgrims, called Coat-men by the Wampanoag, have settled here in the natives' territory at Patuxit, a place that the Pilgrims have renamed Plymouth. Weetamoo's father, Corbitant, is sachem, or chief, of the Pocassets. He is mistrustful of the colonists and imparts his beliefs about them to his daughter, who is next in line to become chief. Weetamoo must learn the fundamental values and disciplines of a true Pocasset chief.
ISBN 9780439129107
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Smith, Patricia Clark
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What's so special about Dickens
Charles Dickens is one of the world's greatest novelists whose stories have been translated and adapted into plays, films, cartoons, musicals and television dramas. An engaging and witty exploration of the man behind the pen, what inspired him and four of his best-known novels; Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and David Copperfield.
ISBN 9781406302035
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Rosen, Michael
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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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When Jessie came across the sea
Beautifully depicts the migration of Jewish people to the United States.
ISBN 9780744540871
Publisher Walker Books, 1998
Hest, Amy
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When the hipchicks went to war
The sixties are in full swing and, for sixteen year old Kathy, it's all about miniskirts, the Beatles and her fab new boots. But, the world is rapidly changing, her brother is fighting in the Vietnam War and her best friend is protesting against it. When the chance comes to dance with an entertainment troop in Vietnam, Kathy slips on her boots and leaves her convent school. She soon finds the reality of war is no song and dance.
ISBN 9780734410917
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Rushby, Pamela
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When the lyrebird calls
When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme healthy food, and lots of hard work. Instead, Madeleine tumbles back in time to 1900, where the wealthy Williamson family takes her into their home, Lyrebird Muse. At a time when young girls have no power and no voice, set against a backdrop of the struggles for emancipation, federation and Aboriginal rights, Madeleine must find a way to fit in with the Williamson family's four sisters - beautiful, cold Bea; clever, awkward Gert; adventurous, rebellious Charlie; and darling baby Imo - as she searches desperately for a way home. Meanwhile, the Williamson girls' enchanting German cousin, Elfriede, arrives on the scene on a heavenly wave of smoke and cinnamon, and threatens to shatter everything... Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741758528
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Kane, Kim
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Whistling in the dark
Thirteen year old Joan's home in Liverpool is under threat from the Nazi's terrifying nightly air-raids. It is not an easy time to be a teenager, with sweet rationing, curfews and blackouts. When Joan encounters an army deserter lurking near their home, he seems to think she can help him. As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart.
ISBN 9781406360295
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Hughes, Shirley
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White ship, The
After the St Bartholomew Massacre in 16th-century France, a sea captain vows to sail until he finds a world without persecution. Centuries later, his ship is seen each sunset by a girl on an island, and is tugged off course by her cries of distress.
ISBN 9780207197987
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
French, Jackie
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Wicked warriors and evil emperors
Imagine that you're made a king at twelve. You have tons of gold, a network of spies and a million soldiers. You also have plenty of enemies. This is the incredible story of Zheng Ying, who in 221BC conquered all the states, unified them under one banner and declared himself the first Emperor. He was brilliant and brutal, and his legend has lived on for thousands of years. Includes cartoon style illustrations.
ISBN 9780143304340
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Lloyd, Alison & Denton, Terry (ill)
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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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Wings of Kitty St Clair, The
The St Clairs are an adventurous flying family in Victoria post First World War and Kitty is inspired to fly just like her mother. After the tragic death of Kitty's mother, everyone rallies to help with her pain.
ISBN 9780143004929
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Aldridge, James
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With a sword in my hand
Marguerite's father is desperate for a son. Instead, he's stuck with a feisty, stubborn daughter who refuses to behave like a lady. Shaking off the strict expectations of court life, Marguerite roams free, learning to ride, to fence and to outwit the boys. But, the count of Flanders has plans for his wayward daughter. Some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741758658
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
van Rijckeghem, Jean-Claude & van Beirs, Pat
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Within these walls
For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard and Fridays, when everyone comes together to celebrate Shabbat. But, the Nazis have a hold on Europe and have stepped up their discrimination and attacks on Jews. Miri's world closes in on her as she and her family are forced into the ghetto, where they must try to survive, against impossible odds. Based on true events.
ISBN 9781760152857
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Bavati, Robyn
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Wolf by wolf
Experimented on during her time in a concentration camp, Yael has the unique ability to skin shift, to change her appearance at will. Now, ten years on since the Nazis won the war, Yael has just one mission, to kill Hitler. To get close to him, Yael must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider, and win the legendary Axis Tour, an epic, long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo. Only the strongest and wiliest riders survive. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781780622026
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2016
Graudin, Ryan
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Wolf Hollow
All her life, twelve year old Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow, a quiet, small Pennsylvania town, still scarred by two world wars. But, when cruel and manipulative Betty Glengarry arrives in class, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner, Toby. As the community turns against him, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby and find Betty, before it's too late.
ISBN 9780552574297
Publisher Corgi Books, 2016
Wolk, Lauren
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Wood angel
Plain Kate lives in a time afraid of magic. She has a gift for carving 'lucky' wooden-charms and is known as Witch-Blade. Her unusual gift attracts dangerous attention in a place where witches are burned. When her village falls on bad times, suspicion falls on Kate and, scared for her life, she seeks the help of a mysterious stranger. In exchange for her shadow, the stranger will assist her, but Kate becomes part of a terrifying plan, darker than she ever dreamed.
ISBN 9781906427603
Publisher Chicken House, 2011
Bow, Erin
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Word hunters 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 Word hunters series (4 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Word hunters: Curious dictionary, The
Twins, Lexi and Al Hunter, have almost nothing in common, except their parents and their birthday. At school, Lexi hangs with the cool crowd while Al hides in the library reading about history, battles and faraway places. When the twins stumble upon an old dictionary, their world changes. They are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Their lives and the future of the world are at stake. Now, more than ever, they need to depend on each other to survive.
ISBN 9780702249457
Series Word hunters series (1 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word hunters: Lost hunters, The
Lexi and Al thought they had seen it all - time travel, epic battles, ancient cities on the point of collapse and vomiting rats. But, nothing has prepared them for the realisation that their missing grandfather is a word hunter too and has been lost in the past. Only Lexi and Al can save him. But,it will be very difficult to find someone in three thousand years of history.
ISBN 9780702249587
Series Word hunters series (2 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word hunters: Top secret files
Lexi, Al, Mursili, Will and Caractacus are back in new word quests and new adventures. There's all the behind-the-scenes information you have ever wanted to know about the words that make up the language we speak.
ISBN 9780702254024
Series Word hunters series (4 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
No book cover.
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Word hunters: War of the word hunters
The final battle is coming, the grey-robes are armed and dangerous and ready for war. Lexi, Al and their friends are as ready as they can be. The journey so far has been harder than they imagined. They have fought ancient warriors, searched long-lost cities for clues, and trained night and day for the moment when they face their arch enemy. They hope it is enough to defeat him and save the English language forever.
ISBN 9780702249594
Series Word hunters series (3 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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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
No book cover.
World War I tales 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 World War I tales series (4 books)
Deary, Terry
No book cover.
18411
Yankee girl
Alice Anne Moxley has moved to Mississippi in the deep South of America. The 'Yankee Girl' is taunted by the other girls at school but the first black student suffers much more. Alice wants to stand up for her but, at first, finds it is easier not to.
ISBN 9780746067499
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Rodman, Mary Ann
No book cover.
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Year it all ended, The
Armistice Day, 11 November, 1918 is also Tiney's 17th birthday and heralds a change for all. The family eagerly awaits the return of their only son and brother and mourns with friends and relatives of those who will not return. Life in Adelaide during the war has not been easy for families, but for those returning life will never be the same. The following years bring the Spanish flu epidemic, broken families and the beginnings of new ones.
ISBN 9781743319413
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Murray, Kirsty
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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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Young Nick's head
Young Nick faithfully records the ordinary human achievements that make extraordinary those of the company of the bark, 'Endeavour', on Captain Cook's first epic voyage.
ISBN 9780689835087
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2001
Hesse, Karen
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Young samurai 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 Young samurai series (8 books)
Bradford, Chris
No book cover.
Youngest Templar 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 Youngest Templar series (3 books)
Spradlin, Michael P
No book cover.
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Youngest templar, The
As a baby, fourteen year old Tristan was left at a monastery never knowing his parents. Joining the Knights Templar, Tristan is plunged into extraordinary adventures. His master entrusts Tristan with the legendary Holy Grail, instructing him to take it to Scotland. Tristan's enemies will do anything to claim the Grail.
ISBN 9780732290702
Series Youngest Templar series (1 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Spradlin, Michael P
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Youngest templar: trail of fate, The
Washed up on a foreign shore, Tristan is lucky to be alive. The Holy Grail, that the young Templar squire is safe-guarding, has saved his life yet again. Now lost in a strange land, he doesn't know if his friends have survived. Tristan's knack for getting into trouble is alive and well, and he is quickly drawn into a conflict.
ISBN 9780732290719
Series Youngest Templar series (2 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Spradlin, Michael P
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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 (6 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Mason, Prue & White, Lyn (ed)
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Zenna Dare
A secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia. When Jenefer moves to the old family home, she uncovers a secret from the past. She begins to wonder whether her great, great, great grandmother, a mother of nine, led a double life and what connection she had to Zenna Dare, the glamorous, young singer. Zenna Dare brings reconciliation in more ways than Jenefer could ever have imagined.
ISBN 9781925139037
Publisher Rhiza Press, 2014
Hawke, Rosanne
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Zlata's diary
In 1991, just before her eleventh birthday, Zlata began keeping her diary and it becomes a mirror of the war in Sarajevo.
ISBN 9780140374636
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Filipovic, Zlata
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