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13 days of midnight
Luke Manchett is 16 years old with a place on the rugby team and the prettiest girl in Year 11 in his sights. Then his estranged father suddenly dies and he finds out that he is to inherit six million dollars! But if he wants the cash, he must accept the Host. A collection of malignant ghosts who his Necromancer father had trapped and enslaved! Now the Host is angry, the Host is strong, and the Host is out for revenge! Has Luke got what it takes to fight these horrifying spirits and save himself and his world?
ISBN 9781408337462
Publisher Orchard Books, 2015
Hunt, Leo
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13th reality, The: Blade of shattered hope
Tick and his friends are still trying to work out how to defeat Mistress Jane, but when there are 13 realities from which to draw trouble, the battle is 13 times as hard.
ISBN 9781742998381
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Dashner, James
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13th reality, The: Hunt for dark infinity
Tick, Sophia and Paul have agreed to work with Master George as realitants, protecting the 12 realities from Reginald Chu and his desire for total domination of all the realities. But Mistress Jane, in her warped 13th reality, has other ideas. And when Chu decides he needs either Tick or Jane to fulfill his plans, the unlikely duo find themselves having to work together for the greater good. But what is it about Tick that has everyone, even Master George, determined to stop him?
ISBN 9781742998190
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Dashner, James
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13th reality, The: Journal of curious letters
Early in the twentieth century, scientists interested in quantum physics made a momentous discovery. Now, 13 year old Tick has received a letter that invites him to solve twelve clues in order to stop reality from 'splitting at the seams'. Along the way, Tick has to face up to some of his biggest fears and suspend his disbelief. The obvious reward might be saving many lives, but the unexpected rewards include seeing how awesome his dad really is and making some real friends for the first time in his life.
ISBN 9781742994789
Series 13th reality series (1 of 99)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Dashner, James
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48 hours: The Medusa curse
International antiquities fraud and Computer Crime come together in Sydney. Can Jazz and Phoenix save their friend's father and themselves from some very dangerous people?
ISBN 9781743629765
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Lord, Gabrielle
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48 hours: The vanishing
Jazz always wanted to be a detective, and now she has no choice! Her best friend Anika has been kidnapped over a 20 year old mystery. Can the annoying school rebel help her link the clues, within the first 48 hours?
ISBN 9781743629758
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Lord, Gabrielle
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Ace of Shades
Enne Salta is a naive young lady with strengths yet to be revealed. Lost and alone in a new city which is rife with criminal gangs and corruption, Enne is in a desperate search for her lost mother. Along the way she finds out incredible truths about her mother and her family background, whilst discovering untold strengths. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781489256560
Publisher Harlequin, 2018
Foody, Amanda
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After the lights go out
What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice? Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water. One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. All communication is cut. No one knows why. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760297299
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Wilkinson, Lili
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After-room, The
Benjamin and Janie are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. But, they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster and sinister forces are circling. The advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels them into danger and towards the land of the dead. When their friend, Jin Lo, washes up on a remote island and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China, they must somehow reach her to help.
ISBN 9781925240627
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Meloy, Maile
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Afterlight
Since her parents died, Sophie Teague's life has fallen apart. She's just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start. But, Eve, a beautiful ghost, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to be her hands, eyes and go-to girl to tie up loose ends. Dealing with the dead might just involve the greatest sacrifice of all. Dark, thrilling and unrelentingly eerie. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925240498
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Lim, Rebecca
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Agatha Christie graphic novel series
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Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Various
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Agathas, The
Welcome to Castle Cove - a town cursed with missing girls, bad boyfriends, family secrets and some very steep cliffs. Last summer, Alice Ogilvie's basketball-star boyfriends Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared fro five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve's girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice's ex-best friend. And it doesn't look like Brooke will be coming back... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781460762455
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
Glasgow, Kathleen & Lawson, Liz
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Alex Rider graphic novels series
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Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (5 books)
Various
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Alex Rider series
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Series Alex Rider series (12 books)
Various
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Aliens, ghosts and vanishings: strange and possibly true Australian stories
Have you heard these most bizarre tales from around Australia? Did a UFO drag a family's car off the road in the middle of the outback? How did rocks rain from the sky in WA? And what became of the prime minister who went into the surf and was never seen again? Explore the strangest tales, most incredible encounters and creepiest urban legends in Australia's history. Read about the investigations and weigh up the facts, do you believe the official explanations for these weird and wonderful events?
ISBN 9781925324969
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Tarakson, Stella & Morden, Richard (ill)
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All fall down
After her mother's death, Grace is sent to live with her grandfather, a powerful United States Ambassador. Grace believes her mother was murdered and that, one day, she will find the killer and make him pay. But, nobody believes her so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather or her new friends on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780545654746
Series Embassy Row series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2015
Carter, Ally
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All I ever wanted
RULE NUMBER ONE: I will not turn out like my mother. Mim wants to be anywhere but home -- in a dead suburb and with a mother who won't get off the couch. She's set herself rules to live by, but she's starting to break them. In nine days she'll turn seventeen. What she doesn't know is that her life is about to change forever. And when it does, the same things will look entirely different. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781921758300
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Wakefield, Vikki
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All our hidden gifts
Maeve Chambers does not have any special gifts. That is, until she finds a dusty old pack of tarot cards. She finds herself able to give readings with uncanny accuracy. When she reads for an ex-friend, a strange card appears and begins a series of events that ensure Maeve faces her inner demons and a power much older and more powerful than even the cards have proven to be.
ISBN 9781406393095
Publisher Walker Books, 2021
ODonoghue, Caroline
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All that impossible space
Lara Laylor is 15 and is struggling to find her sense of self. She's always been seen as Ashley's best friend or Hannah's sister. When hher History teacher Mr Grant gives her the assignment of researching the mystery of Adelaide's Somerton Man, she is instantly transported into another world. Lara becomes a detective as she tries to find out who this mysterious man was and why he died, anonymously, on a beach. As Lara researches, she is able to ignore some of the toxic friendships and crushes happening around her. However, she needs to grow up eventually and solve her own mysteries too. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780734419637
Publisher Lothian Books, 2019
Morgan, Anna
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All that's left in the world
James is living his post-apocalyptic life in a well stocked cabin in the woods. He is more prepared than most, but, like many, has not come to terms with the loss of loved ones. Andrew shows up badly injured at his door after getting caught in a bear trap, and James feels obliged to help him. Their two stories become entwined as they must leave the comfortable cabin to go on a dangerous journey south, encountering pockets of people rebuilding society in ways which sometimes proves deadly. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781444960167
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2022
Brown, Erik J
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All the light we cannot see
For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth. In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780007548699
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2015
Doerr, Anthony
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And the ocean was our sky
"Call me Bathsheba." The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.
ISBN 9781406383560
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Ness, Patrick & Cai, Rovina (ill)
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Antonio S and the mystery of Theodore Guzman
Antonio lives with his parents in the tower of an old house. In the same area lives a recluse actor called Theodore Guzman. Antonio draws him out by presenting a play. In turn, Guzman leads Antonio into the magical world of theatre.
ISBN 9781864484090
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Hirsch, Odo
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Apothecary, The
In 1952, after her parents are identified as communists, Janie must move from Los Angeles to the safety of London. The war has ended but it's a tense time, and Janie is uncomfortable at her new school. She notices Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy, who dreams of becoming a spy. When his father, an apothecary, is kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie are embroiled in a plot involving real espionage and nuclear threats.
ISBN 9781921758171
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Meloy, Maile
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Apprentices, The
It's two years since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary's defiant son who stole her heart. Benjamin has been experimenting with a new formula, allowing him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When a mystery threatens them all, Janie, Benjamin and their friend, Pip, are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while trying to unravel the mystery.
ISBN 9781922147141
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Meloy, Maile
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Arc of a scythe series
Any three 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 Arc of a scythe series (3 books)
Shusterman, Neal
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Are you watching?
Jessica has been accepted to star in a YouTube reality program where one day a week, she is filmed from wake up until midnight. She and four other applicants are chosen and allocated their days, Monday-Friday. Jess is the Monday star. Her 'hook' is that her mother was the first of 13 women murdered by a serial killer dubbed the The Magpie Man and Jess has vowed to catch him. This show is just the exposure she needs.
ISBN 9780241367421
Publisher Penguin, 2020
Ralph, VIncent
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Ark angel
Alex Rider is in hospital, recovering from a rifle shot that had been aimed at his heart. The complications begin when a fellow patient is targeted for an abduction.
ISBN 9780744583243
Series Alex Rider series (6 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Horowitz, Anthony
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As happy as here
Evie, Lucy and Gemma are all in hospital for different reasons, and find themselves in a ward together. Despite a rocky start, they gradually become friends. When one of them witnesses a crime from the window, all three band together to solve the mystery and help build each others happiness while doing so. A coming of age novel for anyone in that space between childhood and adolescence.
ISBN 9780734419231
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2019
Godwin, Jane
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Astonishing colour of after, The
What is the colour of love or loss? After an unimaginable tragedy turns her life upside-down, Leigh embarks on a quest that is partly physical, partly magical, and entirely transformative. An artist by calling, Leigh's story is illuminated in colours of all shades and meaning. As she journeys into her family's past and discovers a cultural identity she never knew, she finds the answers she was looking for, and even answers she didn't know she needed. This book deals with issues of grief, suicide and healing. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781510102965
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Pan, Emily X R
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Astrologer's daughter, The
Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid. But Avicenna has inherited her mother's gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne's disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city's dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780648468608
Publisher The High street publishing company, 2019
Lim, Rebecca
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Aurora cycle series
Any three 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 Aurora cycle series (3 books)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Aurora rising
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty's squad isn't even his biggest problem. That'd be Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl he's just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
ISBN 9781760295738
Series Aurora cycle series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Aurora's end
Is this the end? What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course. Wait... Not. So. Fast. When we last saw Squad 312, they were working together seamlessly (aka freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally. But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the team has one last chance to rewrite theirs. Maybe two. It's complicated. Cue Zila, Fin and Scarlett (AND MAGELLAN!) making friends, making enemies and making history? Sure, no problem. Cue Tyler, Kal and Auri joining forces with two of the galaxy's most hated villains? Um, okay, yeah. That too. Actually saving the galaxy, though? Now that will take a miracle. The squad you love may be out of time, but are they out of luck? Find out in the epic finale to the bestselling and award-winning Aurora Cycle series!
ISBN 9781760295752
Series Aurora cycle series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Bad magic: A Skulduggery Pleasant graphic novel
'A small town in the middle of Ireland, a string of unexplained deaths and a monster on the loose. Better call in the experts. When Skullduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain drive into Termoncara, they discover a town with a drak past and a people haunted by darker secrets. There is a creature stalking the streets - a creature who delights in cruelty, who feeds off the little hatreds, who grows stronger with every drop of blood spilled. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780008585785
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2023
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Landy, Derek & Holden, P.J. & Soffe, Matt
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Ballad for a mad girl
Grace is a risk taker and never one to say no to a dare. So when she is challenged to walk "the pipe" at a local disused quarry, she accepts the challenge. But partway along the pipe, she has a supernatural experience she just can't explain. No one believes she has been hearing the voice of Hannah since walking the pipe, because Hannah is dead. As Grace sinks deeper into a decades-old local mystery, she herself starts to fear she is becoming a Mad Girl. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925355291
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Wakefield, Vikki
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Barnaby Grimes series
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Series Barnaby Grimes series (4 books)
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: curse of the night wolf
Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and high-stacking around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is swept up in a world of crooked doctors, poor and ill-advised patients, strange tonics and very expensive furs.
ISBN 9780385611886
Series Barnaby Grimes series (1 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2007
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: legion of the dead
In Dickensian times, people were terrified of being buried alive, so they were left in their coffin with a wire, attached to a bell, tied to the little finger. Anyone still alive could wiggle their finger to summon help. One night, Barnaby takes a shortcut through a graveyard and is horrified to hear the tinkling of little bells.
ISBN 9780552556262
Series Barnaby Grimes series (3 of 4)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: phantom of blood alley
Barnaby Grimes delivers letters and packages all over London. In the competitive world of early photography, the rewards are immense but so are the risks. After an experiment goes disastrously wrong, Barnaby finds himself on the trail of a mad chemist with a talent for disappearing into thin air.
ISBN 9780385611947
Series Barnaby Grimes series (4 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: return of emerald skull
After collecting a strange parcel from a deserted ship in the fog of the docks and delivering it to the local schoolmaster, Barnaby thinks he's earned a moment to sit on the rooftops and eat his favourite pasty. But, he soon realises that all is not well at the school.
ISBN 9780385751285
Series Barnaby Grimes series (2 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2008
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Batman: Nightwalker
Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal's getaway - disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase. Sentenced to community service in Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city's most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City. She's a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce's name is next on their list.
ISBN 9780141386836
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Lu, Marie
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Begin, end, begin: A #loveOzYA anthology
Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.
ISBN 9781460752319
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
Binks, Danielle (ed)
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Belles, The
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favourite, the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognised as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie, that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined.
ISBN 9781473223974
Publisher Orion, 2018
Clayton, Dhonielle
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Big four, The
Poirot, the Belgian detective, again finds himself plunged into a world of intrigue when an uninvited stranger, coated in dust from head to foot and with a gaunt face, stands staring at him and then collapses in his doorway. Poirot must uncover the truth and solve the mystery of the piece of paper the stranger clutched with figure 4s scribbled over it. Beautifully illustrated by Alain Paillou.
ISBN 9780007250653
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Big game
Thirteen year old Oskari is sent into the Finnish wilderness, armed only with a bow and arrow, to survive in an ancient test of manhood. But, he stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airliner. Terrorists have shot down the President of the United States. To survive, this improbable duo must trust each other and become a team capable of overcoming the danger that is imminent.
ISBN 9781909489943
Publisher Chicken House, 2015
Smith, Dan
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Black
Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. She can't wait to leave quiet, little Dainsfield, where she's known only as Black due to her name. But, there's another reason. Everyone says Black is cursed. Three friends have died in tragic accidents. Now, it's easier to be on her own. When her formal date ends up in intensive care, the gibes and rejection escalate. Black is in danger. She has to fight for her life, find help when uncertain of who to trust, and strike out at the superstition and hysteria.
ISBN 9781925324976
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Ferris, Fleur
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Blood on the microphone
Saffie Grundig decides to find out about her older sister, Ruby, and the secrets she is keeping. What's really going on at the sleazy Comedy House where Ruby has a cleaning job. Saffie, assisted by retired TV actor, Sarge, begins her investigations.
ISBN 9780734401700
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Bone, Ian
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Blurred man, The
The man in the photo is so blurry it's impossible to make out what he really looks like. The Diamond Brothers - Tim, the world's worst private detective, and his wise-cracking younger brother Nick - have been hired to find the blurred man.
ISBN 9780744590661
Series Diamond Brothers series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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Borderland
Jono, a city-born Indigenous teenager is trying to figure out who he really is. Life in Brisbane hasn't exactly made him feel connected to his Country or community. After graduating, Jono and his friend Jenny score gigs at the Aboriginal Performing Arts Centre and an incredible opportunity comes knocking - interning with a documentary crew. Their mission? To promote a big government mining project in the Queensland desert. The catch? The details are sketchy, and the land is rumoured to be sacred. But who cares? Jono is stoked just to be part of something meaningful. Life takes a turn when they land in Gambari, a tiny rural town far from the city. He's haunted by an eerie omen of death, battling suffocating panic attacks, and even experiencing visions of Wudun - a malevolent spirit from the Dreaming. What's the real story behind the gas mining venture? Are the documentary crew hiding something from Jono? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760802646
Publisher University of Western Australia Press, 2023
Akhurst, Graham
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Boundless sublime, The
Ruby's younger brother has died and her family is torn apart. Ruby feels his death so personally that she has shut herself off from her usual world. When she meets Fox, an idiosyncratic but gentle loner, Ruby is drawn into his special, little community. Fox seems to understand what she's going through and offers her a chance to find peace. But, Ruby discovers that he lives in a terrifying, secretive cult community that is far from the ideal world she expected. Gripping, confronting read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760113360
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Wilkinson, Lili
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Boy in the burning house, The
Ruth Rose, wild stepdaughter of the local preacher, believes he caused the disappearance of Jim Hawkin's father. Investigating the mystery puts both teenagers in mortal danger. A harrowing story with strong language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780374408879
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Wynne-Jones, Tim
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Burnt
This book includes three stories, The shortest horror story every written, The monkey's ear and Burnt.
ISBN 9781841213682
Series Horowitz horror series (7 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Can you keep a secret
An historical, political thriller set in Melbourne during the Depression in the 1930s. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780525458401
Publisher Dutton Children's Books, 2001
Pausacker, Jenny
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Caraval
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781473629158
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2017
Garber, Stephanie
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Carry on
Simon Snow might be the worst Chosen One ever, at least according to his roommate, Baz. And Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he could also be right. Most of the time, Simon can't make his wand work, he mostly can't find his mentor, and there's a magic-eating monster causing mayhem. Baz would be loving it, except he hasn't even bothered to come back to school for the final year. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. You think you've read this book before, but you haven't. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781250135025
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
Rowell, Rainbow
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Case of the bizarre bouquets, The
When Sherlock Holmes' right-hand man, Dr Watson, goes missing everyone is in shock. Enola Holmes, Sherlock's sister, is determined to investigate and find Watson. With her knowledge of floral language, she notices the arrangements delivered to Mrs Watson are symbols for death. Enola is a resourceful sleuth who needs to use her courage, wits, and cunning to solve the mystery before it is too late, all the while avoiding discovery by her brother.
ISBN 9781760637415
Series Enola Holmes series (3 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Springer, Nancy
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Case of the cryptic crinoline, The
Enola Holmes's lonely London days are shaken up when her dear landlady, Mrs. Tupper, is kidnapped! As Enola pursues clues in her search for Mrs. Tupper, she finds that Florence Nightingale and her own brother - Sherlock Holmes - are involved. Soon Enola finds herself jumping out of windows, deciphering a mysterious code, and putting her hidden dagger to use - and she won't rest until poor Mrs. Tupper is safe at home!
ISBN 9781760637422
Series Enola Holmes series (5 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Springer, Nancy
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Case of the diamond shadow, The
Daisy and George find themselves caught up in a world of mystery and glamour when they try to unmask the jewel thief before it's too late.
ISBN 9780733323300
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Masson, Sophie
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Case of the disappearing duchess, The
As Enola searches for the missing Lady Blanchefleur del Campo, she discovers that her brother Sherlock is just as diligently searching for Enola herself. He needs her help to decipher a message from their long-lost mother. Sherlock, Enola, and their brother, Mycroft, must solve a triple mystery: What has happened to their mother? And to Lady Blanchefleur? And what does either have to do with Mycroft, who holds Enola's future in his hands?
ISBN 9781760637439
Series Enola Holmes series (6 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Springer, Nancy
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Case of the left-handed lady, The
Enola is hiding from her brothers in London. Her mother is still missing, from book one, and while she is trying to work out what has happened to her mother, she hears about the disappearance of a young girl and knows that her bag of tricks, so well developed thanks to the lessons provided by observing her big brother, will help her solve the case.
ISBN 9781760637392
Series Enola Holmes series (2 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Springer, Nancy
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Case of the missing marquess, The
If you love a mystery and know who Sherlock Holmes is, then you will love this story of his lesser known 14 year old sister, Enola. When her mother vanishes, she calls on her older brothers to help her solve the mystery. However, instead of helping, they start talking about ridiculous things like needlepoint lessons and new frocks. Enola realises she will need to disappear herself if she is going to find her mother.
ISBN 9781760637385
Series Enola Holmes series (1 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Springer, Nancy
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Case of the peculiar pink fan, The
Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it's too late - but she doesn't know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting down clues all over London until she finally discovers the awful truth: Lady Cecily is being held prisoner! Enola must risk her own freedom and join forces with her brother, the famed Sherlock Holmes, to free Cecily. Can Enola trust her brother, and can they save Cecily in time?
ISBN 9781760637408
Series Enola Holmes series (4 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Springer, Nancy
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Cat at the wall, The
On Israeli's West Bank, a cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house that has just been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty until the cat realises that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. This is no ordinary cat and she wonders what to do. When the boy's teacher comes looking for him, tensions rise quickly and, as Israeli tanks approach, the cat realises she must diffuse the situation.
ISBN 9781760112448
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Ellis, Deborah
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Catch a falling star
It's 1979 and the sky is falling. Skylab, that is. Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world's first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories. Things twelve-year-old Frankie thought she'd forgotten. Things her mum won't talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... did he? Does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. And while the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her own eyes on Newt. Because if anyone's going to keep him safe, it's her. It always has been. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters and spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn't the only thing heading straight for calamity.
ISBN 9781925381207
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
McKinlay, Meg
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Catching Teller Crow
Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her - and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what's her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven't been seen since the fire? As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another. Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760631628
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Kwaymullina, Ambelin & Kwaymullina, Ezekiel
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Catfishing on CatNet
I know quite a lot about people. Let's start with you. Obviously, I know where you live. I know where you are right now. I know where you buy your clothes and where you eat for lunch. I know what all your fandoms are, who your OTPs are and where you wish you could go on vacation. Lots of people have gadgets that pretend to be an AI. Those gadgets are listening all the time, day and night to everything people say around it. They're not really AIs. But if they listen to you, then so can I. I know you all so well. And sometimes... Sometimes I wish somebody knew me. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250165084
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Kritzer, Naomi
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Catwoman: Soulstealer
When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has . . . Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141386898
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Maas, Sarah J
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Cemetery boys
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250250469
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2020
Thomas, Aiden
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Chasing the valley
Danika Glynn is used to struggling to survive. When the tyrannous king launches an attack on her city, she risks her life in a daring escape and joins a crew of refugees, who seek Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. Danika also grapples with her burgeoning magical abilities and, when she meets the mysterious Lukas, she must balance her feelings against her crew's safety.
ISBN 9781742759548
Series Chasing the valley series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Series Chasing the valley series (3 books)
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Chasing the valley: Borderlands
Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley and trying to evade the king's most lethal hunter. They must cross the smugglers' territory, the Borderlands, which are lawless and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika seeks the smugglers' help and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly. But, it is Lukas who hides the most dangerous secret.
ISBN 9781742759562
Series Chasing the valley series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2014
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Chasing the valley: Skyfire
Danika Glynn and her crew of refugees finally reach the Magnetic Valley. But, they don't know whether it will provide the safe refuge and land of freedom they imagine. When a runaway girl is shot down before their eyes, Danika and her friends realise that this new land is no paradise. They must try to fit in at all costs, even if revealing their secrets will mean a death sentence.
ISBN 9780857981721
Series Chasing the valley series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Cinderella is dead
It's 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over. Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she's tiny until the night she's sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball are forfeit. But Sophia doesn't want to be chosen - she's in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia's night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella's tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world ...
ISBN 9781526621979
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2020
Bayron, Kalynn
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City of orphans trilogy series
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Series City of orphans trilogy series (3 books)
Jinks, Catherine
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Clockill and the thief, The
Sin is dying. He has been poisoned by his blue blood. The traitor who poisoned him has escaped and is set on revenge. The Covert Operations Group (COG) tasks Sin, his friend Zonda Chubb and their frenemy Velvet Von Darque with recapturing the traitor WHATEVER THE COST. They must battle skypirates and the terrifying CLOCKILL to complete their mission. Can Sin survive long enough to save his friends, himself and the day?
ISBN 9781760651206
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Ward, Gareth
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Conference of the Birds, The
A fragile peace. An apocryphal warning. Chaos waiting in the heart of the storm. With his dying words, H - Jacob's final connection to his grandfather Abe's secret life - entrusts Jacob with a mission: Deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor, save the future of all peculiardom. But with only a few bewildering clues to follow, time is running out. With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman's story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the newest installment of the beloved, #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780241320914
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Riggs, Ransom
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Crimes of Grindelwald, The: The original screenplay
J.K. Rowling's five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all nonmagical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
ISBN 9781408711705
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Rowling, J K
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Cross my heart and hope to spy
Thank heavens, Macey knows something about boys to guide the girls through the labyrinth of lies and deception that young people use to protect themselves. Life is complicated for the girls of the famous, secret spy school when boys appear on the premises and the girls are sure they are not to be trusted. Cammie must decide if Zach is the real thing even though she is still very confused after Josh.
ISBN 9780734410801
Series The Gallagher girls series (2 of 6)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Carter, Ally
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Cruel prince, The
How do you go from living a perfectly normal suburban life with your family to finding out your mother was once married to a powerful and violent warlord fairy and your sister is half fairy too? What happens when you are taken away to live with this man's family in the fairy world - how do you survive when you have no fairy powers or qualities to protect you. What happens when you meet the dangerous and cruel Prince of Fairies who seems to particularly resent you living in his world? And can you ever grow to love the man who is your father in the fairy world. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781471407277
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2018
Black, Holly
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Cry blue murder
Celia and Alice share their secrets, hopes and increasing horror via email about the killer on the loose, abducting schoolgirls just like Celia. As the police scramble to investigate, who can the teenage girls trust.
ISBN 9780702239267
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Kane, Kim & Roberts, Marion
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Cry of the karri
When Aiden is lost in the forest, he is drawn into the mystery of a boy who disappeared in the same forest two years before.
ISBN 9781865084015
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Broome, Errol
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Cupid's arrow
Fleur's recurring nightmare is being hunted through a dark forest by a sinister archer. When her mother inherits a fabulous book collection, they travel to France together. They are in the heart of King Arthur country, steeped with mystery and hidden wealth. Fleur meets Remy, the boy of her dreams, and it's love at first sight. But, Fleur's nightmare is just about to begin. Strong language in context and mature themes. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741664379
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Merlin, Isabelle
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Curds and whey mystery, The
Miss Muffet, yes the one in that nursery rhyme, doesn't have one problem - she has thousands, all of them with 8 legs. Harry Pigg is on the case and unfortunately he hates spiders, but he needs the work.
ISBN 9780007364039
Series Third Pig Detective Agency, The series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Burke, Bob
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Curse of the King, The
The Curse of the King chronicles the adventures of Jack McKinley and his friends as they face their greatest challenge yet the long-lost Statue of Zeus. In their struggle to undo what's been done and unlock the secrets of this Wonder of the Ancient World, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles, and face down their own destiny to save themselves and the world from destruction.
ISBN 9780062070500
Series Seven wonders series (4 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Lerangis, Peter
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Cut out, The
Fero isn't a spy. But, he looks exactly like Troy Maschenov, a ruthless enemy agent. What starts out as mistaken identity quickly turns into a complicated and dangerous plan. Fero is recruited to fight for his country. He has to impersonate Troy, enter enemy territory, hunt down a missing agent and bring her home in time to prevent a devastating terror attack. Hastily trained, loaded up with gadgets and smuggled across the border, Fero discovers the truth about espionage. Getting in is easy. Getting out alive is hard.
ISBN 9781760111984
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Heath, Jack
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Damned, The
Fleeing Paris for a new start in New Orleans, Celine Rousseau hoped it would be a safe place. Before long she was drawn into the dark underbelly of the city and the La Cour des Lions. As she struggles with her memories and an uneasy feeling there is something she needs to recall, Celine's dreams are troubled. While Sebastien, cursed and changed forever, struggles with his own new identity and what he has lost because of it. Broken treaties and new truths bring danger to this pair and their future. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781529368376
Publisher Penguin USA, 2021
Ahdieh, Renee
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Dangerous waters
Joshua and his cousin, Zoe, see two men fighting and hear a gunshot. The police believe the murder is linked to armed robberies in the area. The cousins decision to investigate places them in danger.
ISBN 9780734404671
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Blake, Bronwyn
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Daughter of the burning city
Sorina is 16 and lives in the travelling city of Gomorrah - famous for it's talent shows, jynx-workers and criminality. She's the daughter of the 'Proprietor' and therefore due to inherit control over the city. This inheritance takes a deadly turn when members of her 'illusion' family start dying. Will Sorina find the killer before more of her illusions are taken from her and what will she do when she discovers the truth of how close to her the killer is? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781489242068
Publisher Harlequin, 2017
Foody, Amanda
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Day one
Jinx and MacKenna are thrown into survival mode as they fight their way across a war-torn country to rescue their little brother Charles. They will question themselves, their ideas and the integrity of everyone around them, before they get to the bottom of the political conspiracy that caused the civil war. Their only hope for survival, and rescuing Charles, might be following Dr. Doomsday's Guide.
ISBN 9781867209874
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Devos, Kelly
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Death on the Nile
Poirot, the amazing Belgian detective, is on vacation. But, some dirty business finds him as he falls foul of a murder on a Nile River steamer, followed quickly by two obviously connected murders. An elegant setting for a very sophisticated group of players, with an ingenious plot and some clever deduction on the part of our hero. Plus, a little romance on the side for glamour. Beautifully illustrated by Frank Leclercq.
ISBN 9780007250585
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Deathless girls, The
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin. On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts. They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781510106918
Publisher Orion, 2019
Millwood Hargrave, Kim
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Deep secret
Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike that even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes and the twins' lives change for ever. Deep secrets are uncovered and desires, love and grief rise to the surface.
ISBN 9781783449026
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2020
Doherty, Berlie
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Deep water
It's been three months since Henry disappeared and Chloe wants answers as badly as Mason wants her to just back off and leave him alone. The evidence mounts and friendships are tested in this gripping YA thriller set in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
ISBN 9781760877286
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Epstein, Sarah
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Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel, The
For as long as she can remember, Pepper Stark has wanted one thing: to join her father, the Captain, aboard the magnificent RMS Aquitania on a voyage to New York. She has never been allowed to set foot on her father's ship - until now. From the decadent food to the star-studded passenger list, travelling First Class on Aquitania is every bit as glamorous as Pepper had imagined. And most dazzling of all is American stage sensation Perdita West, wearing the world-famous Saffron Diamond around her neck. When the priceless jewel disappears mid-voyage, Pepper unexpectedly finds herself entangled in the crime.
ISBN 9781922400673
Publisher Affirm Press, 2021
Greenberg, Nikki
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Diamond Brothers series
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Series Diamond Brothers series (8 books)
Horowitz, Anthony
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Diamonds
Mama, if I was to dig a hole in our garden, would I find a diamond? No, darling, there are no diamonds here. Where are diamonds, then? Oh, in other countries. In Africa for example ... A powerful parable that explores how the desire for endless riches perpetuates chains of inequality and corruption.
ISBN 9781760877040
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Greder, Armin
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Doctor Who: Thirteen doctors 13 stories
A new version of this much-loved anthology features an exclusive, new tale - written by Naomi Alderman, author of The Power - that will star the Thirteenth Doctor, as she battles to save the universe with her three close and trusted friends. Other authors featured are: Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Neil Gaiman, and Holly Black.
ISBN 9780241356173
Publisher Puffin UK, 2019
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Dogs, The
Cameron and his mum have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that's what Cameron has been told. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, in the middle of nowhere, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren't possible. Soon, he's questioning everything he thought he knew and, even, his sanity. Cameron must uncover the dark secrets buried in the past, before they tear him apart.
ISBN 9780143572596
Publisher Penguin, 2015
Stratton, Allan
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Don't judge a girl by her cover
When Cammie visits Macey in Boston to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president, they get trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them. Cammie can't shake the memory of Boston and even the Gallagher Academy doesn't feel safe. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every corner as Cammie and her friends struggle to find out who is after Macey.
ISBN 9780734410818
Series The Gallagher girls series (3 of 6)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Carter, Ally
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Door that led to where, The
AJ Flynn is seen as a lost cause but he still manages to get a job in a lawyer's office. In the office records, he finds a key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth. He is determined to find the door that fits the key. An amazing journey back in time not only helps solve the mystery of the key but helps solve a series of crimes, including murder, in Victorian London. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781471401114
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2015
Gardner, Sally
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Dorothy must die series
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Series Dorothy must die series (5 books)
Paige, Danielle
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Dr Huxley's bequest: A history of medicine in thirteen objects
A mysterious bequest sends Rosy and Jaz on a race against time to identify thirteen strange and wonderful objects - which turn out to tell the story of medicine, from the superstitions of ancient Egypt to the modern-day ethical dilemmas of genetic testing. Can unicorns cure leprosy? What secrets of the brain did Michelangelo conceal in his Sistine Chapel paintings? Did a zombie discover the cure for scurvy? Does homeopathy actually work? Why did an Australian scientist decide to drink dangerous bacteria? Is grapefruit evil? Did the bumps on Ned Kelly's head predict his fate? And how exactly did parachuting cats save a village from the plague?
ISBN 9780648165132
Publisher FitzOsborne Press, 2018
Cooper, Michelle
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Eagle strike
Alex Rider survives a bullfight, a high-speed bicycle chase through Amsterdam and even being the target in a human video-game, only to face his most disturbing challenge yet.
ISBN 9780744590579
Series Alex Rider series (4 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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Eagle strike: The graphic novel
Relaxing in France, reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider is finally able to feel like any ordinary fourteen year old. But, a sudden, ruthless attack on his hosts plunges him back into violence and mystery. Alex is determined to track down his friends' attackers, even if he must do it alone. But, it leads to a long-buried secret and a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined. Alex has ninety minutes to save the world.
ISBN 9781406318777
Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (4 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Johnston, Antony & Kanako (ill) & Yuzuro (ill)
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Echo after echo
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it's easy to say yes. But it's hard not to be distracted when there's a death at the theater, and then another, especially when Zara doesn't know if they're accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It's hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It's hard not to fall in love. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780763691646
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2017
Capetta, Amy Rose
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Eglantine: a ghost story
Allie and her family move into a new home. The last thing they expect is an unwanted guest. But Bethan's room seems to be inhabited by a ghost who writes on the walls. Layers of paint, experts on psychic phenomena and Feng Shui don't help.
ISBN 9781741146585
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Jinks, Catherine
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Eleanor Jones is not a murderer
Eleanor Jones has just started at her ninth high school in less than five years. Since she and her mum are always moving on, Eleanor likes to stay on the outer, to stay invisible. So maybe it's just bad luck that the very first person she talks to at Cooinda Secondary College, Angus Marshall, is stabbed and left for dead the same day. The last message on Angus's phone is from Eleanor Jones. After being interviewed by the police, Eleanor realises they don't have all the facts and decides to investigate. In trying to understand what happened to Angus, Eleanor inadvertently becomes involved with an eclectic group of fellow students - all of whom have their own reasons to want to solve the mystery. As they slowly unravel Angus's secrets, Eleanor discovers the true meaning of friendship - and uncovers a danger lurking at the heart of the town...
ISBN 9781761342417
Publisher Penguin, 2023
Doak, Amy
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Embassy Row series
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Series Embassy Row series (3 books)
Carter, Ally
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Endless night
The gothic tale of Michael Rogers, likeable, charming and unable to settle, who secretly marries a young, American heiress, Ellie. Together, they build Michael's modern and exotic dream house but evil encroaches on their isolated paradise. There may be supernatural forces at work or it may be Michael's paranoia, but it is a dark and scary tale. Beautifully Illustrated by Frank Leclercq.
ISBN 9780007275335
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2008
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Endsister, The
Meet the Outhwaite children. There's teenage Else, the violinist who abandons her violin. There's nature-loving Clancy. There's the inseparable twins, Oscar-and-Finn, Finn-and-Oscar. And then there is Sibbi, the baby of the family. They all live contentedly squabbling in a cottage surrounded by trees and possums...until a letter arrives to say they have inherited the old family home in London. Outhwaite House is full of old shadows and new possibilities. The boys quickly find their feet in London, and Else is hoping to reinvent herself. But Sibbi is misbehaving, growing thinner and paler by the day, and she won't stop talking about the mysterious endsister. Meanwhile Almost Annie and Hardly Alice, the resident ghosts, are tied to the house for reasons they have long forgotten, watching the world around them change, but never leaving. The one thing they all agree on - the living and the dead - is never, ever to open the attic door...Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741750652
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Russon, Penni
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Enola Holmes and the black barouche
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of her more famous brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. But she has all the wits, skills, and sleuthing inclinations of them both. When a young professional woman, Miss Letitia Glover, shows up on Sherlock's doorstep, desperate to learn more about the fate of her twin sister, it is Enola who steps up. It seems her sister, the former Felicity Glover, married the Earl of Dunhench and per a curt note from the Earl, has died. But Letitia Glover is convinced this isn't true. The Earl's note is suspiciously vague and the death certificate is even more dubious, so Enola goes undercover, soon finding out that this is not the first of the Earl's wives to die suddenly and vaguely - and that the secret to the fate of the missing Felicity is tied to a mysterious black barouche that arrived at the Earl's home in the middle of the night.
ISBN 9781761065255
Series Enola Holmes series (7 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Springer, Nancy
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Enola Holmes and the mark of the mongoose
Enola Holmes is a young girl from the 1890's trying to solve a mystery case before her brother Sherlock solves it first. A fast past mystery full of historical notes about friendships, disguises and sibling relationships.
ISBN 9781761180613
Series Enola Holmes series (9 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Springer, Nancy
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Series Enola Holmes series (7 books)
Springer, Nancy
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Erasure initiative, The
A girl wakes up on a bus, but has no memory of how she got there and what she's doing there. There are other passengers too and it soon becomes obvious that they don't have any memories either. Then begins a series of tests where the passengers decide the outcome. At first the tests seem harmless enough but soon it becomes obvious the passengers are doing more than making judgements on imagined scenarios - in fact the tests become a case of life or death. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760525057
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Wilkinson, Lili
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Euphoria kids
Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire. Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they're connected to the magic that's all around them. There's a new boy at school, a boy who's like them and who hasn't yet found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760685850
Publisher Echo Publishing, 2019
Evans, Alison
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Everything is changed
Jake and Alex. Best mates. One terrible mistake. Two lives that will never be the same. Told in reverse, this powerful and gritty novel moves through the wreckage of a broken friendship, back to the moment when everything changed.
ISBN 9780702254161
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Weetman, Nova
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Five gatekeepers stand between humanity and supernatural chaos. Fourteen year old Matt has inner powers that are still beyond his control when he discovers another gatekeeper, Pedro. They face gun battles and kidnapping while experiencing the uglier side of Peru. Only when all the gatekeepers have found each other will they stop the black magic and unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286201
Series Power of Five series (2 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Horowitz, Anthony
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Exile
There's something very wrong with me. When I wake up, I could be anyone! An angel in exile, Mercy is doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does. Now she "wakes" as unhappy teen Lela, a girl caring for a dying mother but never herself. As her shattered memory begins to return, Mercy remembers Ryan, the boy she fell in love with in another life, and Luc, the angel haunting her dreams. Will Mercy risk Lela's life to be reunited with her heart's true desire? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292003
Series Mercy series series (2 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2011
Lim, Rebecca
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Extraordinary and unusual adventures of Horatio Lyle, The
Set in Victorian London, a former Special Constable who loves science and inventions must solve a case for her Majesty's government. Mystery, conspiracy and even a touch of the supernatural. Blasphemous language may offend some readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781904233787
Publisher Time Warner, 2006
Webb, Catherine
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A few years after rebel Tally Youngblood takes down the Specials regime, a cultural renaissance sweeps the world. Tech-heads flaunt their latest gadgets, kickers spread gossip and trends, and surge monkeys are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. Popularity rules, and everyone craves fame. Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is no exception. But Aya's face rank is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. Her only chance at stardom is to kick a wild and unexpected story. Then she stumbles upon a big secret. Aya knows she is on the cusp of celebrity. But the information she is about to disclose will change both her fate - and that of the brave new world. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781416951179
Series Uglies series (4 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2010
Westerfeld, Scott
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Fail safe, The
Everyone seems to know who Fero is, except Fero. He's either a ruthless boy soldier from Besmar or an innocent teen recruit from Kamau. Whatever, he's running out of time to decide. If he doesn't help a renegade spy steal a politician's briefcase, his two countries could end up in a full blown nuclear war, the kind that no one wins. Sequel to The cut out.
ISBN 9781925266078
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Heath, Jack
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Falcon's malteser, The
The world's worst private detective is saved by his little brother.
ISBN 9780142402191
Series Diamond Brothers series (1 of 8)
Publisher Puffin USA, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Fat man, The
Colin is pleased when an old school friend of his father appears in their small New Zealand town, as the man offers his dad a job. It seems, however, that the man has a mysterious hold over Colin's family. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141310176
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2000
Gee, Maurice
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Fearless
Powerful story of innocent, persecuted children, estranged from society. One special messianic child never gives up hope that they will be rescued. When mass conformity and degeneration replace hope and humanity, what would it take to overcome the absolute power of the oppressor? An allegory for the experiences of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Strong language used in context. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406308624
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Lott, Tim
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Fifth room, The
What if there was a secret organisation of the leading medical experts that allowed young medical students to carry human experiments out - on themselves? This is the premise of this psychological thriller. Miri is a gifted 17 year old medical student who is willing to test her theories on herself. But, who really is in control? What is Miri up against, and what has she got to loose? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742762548
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Rushby, A.J.
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Flip
One December night, fourteen year old Alex goes to bed. He wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country and it's the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. At breakfast, he doesn't know the family and, in the mirror, another face stares back at him. A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life, he may be trapped forever inside another person's body.
ISBN 9781406329896
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Bedford, Martyn
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Beth Millar has always lived in Deni. In a small rural town. Her biggest problem is telling her over protective and fiercly private father that she has a boy friend. Whey her father disappears into thin air, Beth discovers that he's not who she thought he was, in fact nothing is what she thought. Her family's secret past has caught up with them and now someone wants them all dead. Beth has been training for this moment her whole life without even knowing, but will it be enough to keep ahead of her hunters? Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143784326
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Ferris, Fleur
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Four dead queens
Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara's most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara's queens being murdered. With no other choices and on the run from her former employer, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, and together they race to discover who has killed the queens. But when dark secrets threaten their reluctant partnership and put everything at stake, Keralie and Varin must use all their daring to stay alive and untangle the mysteries behind the nation's four dead queens. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760524418
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Scholte, Astrid
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Fracture
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters by her best friend, Decker. By then, her heart had stopped beating and her brain had stopped working. Delaney is declared officially dead. Then, she starts breathing and the doctors are mystified. Outwardly, Delaney has completely recovered but she knows something is wrong. Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying.
ISBN 9781408817391
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2012
Miranda, Megan
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French confection, The
No sooner have they arrived in Paris than the brothers are up to their necks in danger. There's a nasty smell in the air and it's not the cheese. If Nick and Tim aren't careful, their dream holiday could end up being a nightmare from which they'll never wake up.
ISBN 9780744590395
Series Diamond Brothers series (4 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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Series Friday Barnes series (10 books)
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Friday Barnes Undercover
Friday is not running away. Yes, she did get on a train to Norway without telling anyone where she was going - but she had to help Binky. He may or may not have been attacked by a polar bear. Now he's facing court martial for dereliction of duty. Obviously, Friday had to drop everything and travel 3000 kilometres to solve the case. The fact that it's easier to handle her feelings for Ian Wainscott if there's a continent between them is just a coincidence. When Friday arrives in Oslo, there are so many mysteries to solve. Is someone trying to keep Binky and Princess Ingrid apart? How can a painting leave a museum when all the doors are sealed? And will Melanie persuade Friday to go to the royal ball without wearing a brown cardigan? If Friday survives her trip to the remote Global Seed Vault, we may find out.
ISBN 9781761043659
Series Friday Barnes series (10 of 10)
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Big trouble
Friday Barnes has a new case and it's personal. Her mother, a physicist, has been kidnapped. When a beautiful, rich, new student, Princess Ingrid of Norway arrives, Highcrest Academy is thrown into chaos. Despite heightened security, things start to go missing. And the Princess has her eye on Ian Wainscott. Friday must crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat and unmask the elusive thief.
ISBN 9780857986993
Series Friday Barnes series (3 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Bitter enemies
When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school's anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behaviour. Unfortunately, no one told the headmasters to stay out of mischief too! Which means Friday Barnes soon has a case to solve. But unravelling the truth isn't easy when the whole school is being forced to eat paleo because the cook is on a diet; her best friend's brother won't stop blubbering about the terrible boat accident he may or may not have caused; and Friday is being trailed by a mysterious admirer- or is it a stalker? Can Friday find the facts among the mayhem? She'd better. The fate of Highcrest depends on it!
ISBN 9780143784197
Series Friday Barnes series (7 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Danger ahead
Friday Barnes is forced to face her biggest fear, her own emotions. She must wave goodbye to Ian as he takes off to join his father in the Cayman Islands. But, when your dad is a white-collar criminal, family reunions never go to plan. Ian is kidnapped en route and it's up to Friday to rescue him. On her return to school, the Headmaster has a treat in store, a four-week camp for students to learn wilderness survival skills. Camp Courage is even worse than Friday imagined. All her book smarts aren't much help when she's got wood to chop, potatoes to peel and latrines to dig.
ISBN 9780857989956
Series Friday Barnes series (6 of 10)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Girl detective
When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to the most exclusive boarding school in the country. But, she is shocked to discover her new school is actually a hotbed of crime. Friday must solve the mystery of the disappearing homework and the Yeti in the school swamp. And Friday must work out why good-looking Ian Wainscott who seems to hate her, loves playing pranks on her.
ISBN 9781742759623
Series Friday Barnes series (1 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Last chance
Someone stole the Mona Lisa. Okay, it was over a hundred years ago, but a recently uncovered letter reveals that the thief forged a copy. That means that the painting in the Louvre now is a fake. And the real Mona Lisa could be anywhere! Friday Barnes needs to find the truth - and the real painting. She's going undercover as an art student, along with her partner-in-crime-solving, Melanie, and her staggeringly good-looking boyfrenemy, Ian. As they watch the comings and goings of France's most famous art gallery, they see some very strange things. Amid digital pickpockets, guerrilla graffiti and projectile perfume, Friday soon discovers that the Paris art scene is a hotbed of crime.
ISBN 9780143779247
Series Friday Barnes series (10 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2023
Spratt, R. A.
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Friday Barnes: Never fear
Friday's days at Highcrest are numbered! The new headmaster is turning everything upside down. Friday's irritatingly high IQ has her fast-tracked to graduation while a pair of incriminating pants puts Ian on the rocky road to expulsion. When a rumour emerges of embezzled gold stashed on the school grounds, Friday is determined to uncover the truth. But some big questions remain- Can she stay out of detention long enough to solve the mystery? Will Melanie survive without Friday to tell her what class she's in? And will Friday ever get that first kiss with Ian? With implosions and explosions everywhere, Friday Barnes will have to use her head and get a grip on her beating heart in order to find the gold that lies within.
ISBN 9780143784203
Series Friday Barnes series (8 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: No escape
It's two years later . . . Friday steps out of prison, a shell of her former self. She's still wearing the same brown cardigan, but she swears she's never solving mysteries again! Yeah right - who is she kidding? She can't suppress her brilliant deductive mind and is soon drawn back into the intrigues of Highcrest Academy. Then Uncle Bernie rings, pleading with Friday to fly to Italy and help him protect the Uffizi Galleries from a team of art thieves - and she can't say "no" to family. Even if it means travelling to the city where Ian, her ex-boyfriend/nemesis is living. Will Friday be able to protect Italy's finest artworks? Will Melanie stay awake long enough to help her? And will Ian still be as gorgeous as a Greek god and twice as annoying?
ISBN 9781760895761
Series Friday Barnes series (9 of 10)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2021
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: No rules
Friday Barnes has been deported to Switzerland. With their in-school detective gone, Highcrest Academy has descended into chaos. Someone's fired all the teachers and the Headmaster claims it wasn't him. When suspicion falls on Ian Wainscott, Friday won't stand by and let her favourite nemesis take the blame. Apart from probably being innocent, he's also seriously good-looking. Friday must try to save Ian's scholarship and find the pranksters before they bring down the school.
ISBN 9780857987013
Series Friday Barnes series (4 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: The plot thickens
Friday Barnes is being attacked on all counts. When she gets involved in her frenemy Ian Wainscott's family dispute, it appears her knack for uncovering the truth may ruin their friendship once and for all. No one said high school would be easy.
ISBN 9780857989932
Series Friday Barnes series (5 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Under suspicion
When Friday Barnes cracked the case of the mysterious swamp yeti, she didn't expect to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice. From a missing or not-so-missing calculator to the appearance of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her pork-pie hat in crimes. There's also a new boy called Christopher.
ISBN 9781742759647
Series Friday Barnes series (2 of 10)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Spratt, R A
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Fury
Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned. Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield. Ryan's love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her, now places Ryan in mortal danger. Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292027
Series Mercy series series (4 of 5)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Lim, Rebecca
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Gallant
Sixteen-year-old Olivia Prior is missing three things: a mother, a father and a voice. Her only companions are the ghouls she sees and her mother's journal, which captured a mind in turmoil. Until she receives a letter from an uncle she's never met, summoning her to his estate - Gallant. But when she arrives, she discovers her uncle is dead and the estate is empty, save for her cousin Matthew and the servants. Gallant is a house of secrets. Olivia searches for answers about her family, her past, she discovers a dark reflection of everything she knew, an ancient realm where ghosts take form and the dark master sits waiting for her... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781803360355
Publisher Titan Books, 2022
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Game theory
Jamie is a sixteen year old maths whiz. His wild, older sister, Summerlee, has dropped out of school. Tensions at home run high. With Jamie's help, Summerlee wins millions in a lottery and cuts all ties with the family. But, money can cause big trouble. When their younger sister is kidnapped for a ransom, Jamie thinks he can use game theory, the strategy of predicting an opponent's actions, to outfox the kidnapper and get Phoebe back. It's a very risky strategy. Mature themes and language. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760290153
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Jonsberg, Barry
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When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. As the hours tick by, the girls know the chance of Yin being found alive is becoming smaller and smaller. Everyone is affected by Yin's disappearance - even scholarship student Chloe, who usually stays out of Balmoral dramas, is drawn into the maelstrom. And when she begins to form an uneasy alliance with Natalia, the queen of Year Ten, things get even more complicated. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781922330482
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2021
Hall, Leane
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Gemina: The Illuminae files_02
Hanna, the commander's pampered daughter, and Nik, the reluctant member of a crime family, are struggling with life aboard the space station. When an elite strike team invades, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home from alien predators. And, there's a malfunction in the station's wormhole. Soon, Hanna and Nik are fighting to survive. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia, and possibly in the known universe, is in their hands. Mature read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925266573
Series Illuminae files series (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Genesis
A thrilling sci-fi in which Noah, and sixty-four members of his class are trapped in a computer simulation called Project Nemesis. There are no rules, except survival. The desperate survivors form into groups as the world rapidly descends into chaos and violence. Min and Noah, former friends, are now adversaries in the most deadly of games, where the consequences are more real than any of them know. Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781509869992
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Reichs, Brendan
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George and the blue moon
George and Annie are off on another cosmic adventure inspired by the Mars Expedition in the fifth book of the George's Secret Key series from Stephen and Lucy Hawking. George and his best friend, Annie, have been selected as junior astronauts for a program that trains young people for a future trip to Mars. This is everything they've ever wanted -- and now they get to be a part of up-to-the minute space discoveries and meet a bunch of new friends who are as fascinated by the universe as they are. But when they arrive at space camp, George and Annie quickly learn that strange things are happening -- on Earth as well as up in the skies. Mysterious space missions are happening in secret, and the astronaut training they're undertaking gets scarier and scarier...
ISBN 9781481466301
Series George's secret key to the universe series (5 of 5)
Publisher Doubleday, 2016
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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George and the unbreakable code
George and Annie are off on another cosmic adventure to figure out why strange things are happening on Earth in the fourth book of the George's Secret Key series from Stephen and Lucy Hawking. George and his best friend Annie haven't had any space adventures for a while and they're missing the excitement. But not for long, because seriously strange things have started happening. Banks are handing out free money, supermarkets aren't able to charge for their produce so people are getting free food, and aircrafts are refusing to fly. It looks like the world's biggest and best computers have all been hacked. And no one knows why... It's up to George and Annie to travel further into space than ever before in order to find out what--or who--is behind it.
ISBN 9781481466271
Series George's secret key to the universe series (4 of 5)
Publisher Doubleday, 2014
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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Series George's secret key to the universe series (5 books)
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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Get even
Get even follows four high school students , Bree, Olivia, Kitty and Margot who have nothing in common however someone wants to get revenge on them. This fast pace revenge story has lots of twists and turns and chapter cliffhangers.
ISBN 9780062260857
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
McNeil, Gretchen
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Ghost bird
Stacey and Laney are twins - mirror images of each other - and yet they're as different as the sun and moon. Stacey works hard at school, determined to get out of their small town. Laney skips school and sneaks out of the house to meet her boyfriend. But when Laney disappears one night, Stacey can't believe she's just run off without telling her. As the days pass and Laney doesn't return, Stacey starts dreaming of her twin. The dreams are dark and terrifying, difficult to understand and hard to shake, but at least they tell Stacey one key thing - Laney is alive. It's hard for Stacey to know what's real and what's imagined and even harder to know who to trust. All she knows for sure is that Laney needs her help. Stacey is the only one who can find her sister. Will she find her in time? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780702260230
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2019
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Ghost byte
Brendan finds himself accompanied by a ghost who communicates through his computer, further complicating his adolescent life. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780091829407
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Larkin, John
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Ghost flight
An aeroplane is discovered in the Amazon jungle. Will Jaeger; The Hunter, lead's a team of elite special forces on a desperate race which uncovers secrets and a conspiracy from Nazi Germany during World War Two. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781409156826
Publisher Orion, 2016
Grylls, Bear
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Girl from the sea, The
An intriguing summer adventure where thirteen year old Beau meets wild, irrepressible Lelee, a girl from the sea. Together with Beau's younger sister, they search in their boat for a box believed to contain a fortune, but smugglers are looking too. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143001126
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Aldridge, James
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Girl. Boy. Sea.
A young British boy called Bill narrowly survives the sinking of his yacht in a huge storm off the coast of Morocco. After many days alone at sea in a small boat he rescues another survivor, clinging for her life to a barrel. She is a girl called Aya, from the nomadic Berber tribe, whose migrant ship was destroyed by the same storm. Through endless days, a mere speck on the vast, empty sea - hungry, sunburned, and with no idea what will happen next - Aya recounts the tales of Shahrazad of the Arabian Nights, who told 1001 stories to quell the murderous desire of the Persian King. As hope of rescue begins to fade, from Aya's tales of magic, brave heroes, wily thieves, greedy kings and cruel sultans, they find the strength they need to stay alive.
ISBN 9781789541380
Publisher Zephyr, 2019
Vick, Chris
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Good hawk, The
Agatha has always been made to feel different because of the condition she was born with. Despite this, she patrols the sea wall with pride, even though there are some in her clan who question her right to be there. Jaimie is selected to be different. The clan choose a life path for him that may make him an outcast. He is a reluctant Angler, full of self doubt and afraid of the sea. When disaster strikes, the pair must embark on a terrifying journey to a land where forgotten magic and dark secrets lurk in every shadow. Everything has been taken from them What will they do to get it back?
ISBN 9781406385854
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Elliott, Joseph
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Grace and fury
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace - selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781444941951
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Banghart, Tracy
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Bod appears to be a very normal boy, except that Bod is short for Nobody Owens, and Mr and Mrs Owens are not his real parents. Since babyhood, he has been raised and educated by ghosts trying to protect him from the mysterious Jack who has already brutally stabbed Bod's whole family. No one is to be trusted. For mature readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780747594802
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2009
Gaiman, Neil
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Graveyard book, The: Graphic novel Volume 1
The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings - such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
ISBN 9781408858998
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gaiman, Neil & Russel, P. Craig (ill and adapt)
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Graveyard Book, The: Graphic novel Volume 2
The second volume of a glorious two-volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings - such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
ISBN 9781408859001
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gaiman, Neil & Russel, P. Craig (ill and adapt)
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Graveyard shift in ghost town
So many ghosts are haunting the streets of Melbourne. When a plague of Lingerers, Moaners, Thugs and Weepers descend, Anton Marin and Rani need to work overtime to keep the people safe and send the ghosts on their way. When his long lost Aunt reappears through a portal to the Elsewhere, Anton is unsure if he can trust her, even more so when he realises her connection to the blood thirsty Trespassers, The ragged Sisters.
ISBN 9781760523930
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Pryor, Michael
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Greek who stole Christmas, The
The brothers are hired to investigate a death threat made to world-famous pop singer and actress, Minerva. However, the Greek celebrity seems to have plenty of enemies so it is hard to prove who actually wants her dead.
ISBN 9781406304855
Series Diamond Brothers series (7 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Horowitz, Anthony
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Green rising
Hester, Theo and Gabrielle have absolutely nothing in common. Their families come from completely different walks of life. But when Gabrielle develops the ability to grow plants from her skin, the three find themselves thrown together as part of the global "Greenfingers" project. Together they have to fight the corporations who want to harness these powers for money and work together to create a Green Rising.
ISBN 9781406384673
Publisher Walker Books, 2021
James, Lauren
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Harp at midnight, The
When thirteen year old Andrew Ferguson goes to stay in an old house in Ireland, he is immediately plunged into the mysteries of Irish legend.
ISBN 9780091838751
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Mor, Caiseal
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Harriet's ghost
Harriet's best friend at the ballet academy is suffering from an eating disorder. The ghost of a ballerina who died tragically young attempts to contact the girls to save Marianne from death.
ISBN 9780340881569
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Crowley, Bridget
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Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Rowling, J K
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Haunting of Lily Frost, The
When Lily Frost's parents move to a country town called Gideon, things are dire. Lily has left her best friend and knows no one. But, someone seems to know her and it isn't exactly welcoming. Lily is thrown into the path of cute local boy, Danny, but he's not giving anything away. It's up to Lily to make sense of the watery footprints on her floor and the cold air that constantly seeps into her bones.
ISBN 9780702250156
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2014
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Heart forger, The
Tea, a bone witch who can resurrect the dead, is done with her self-imposed exile. She now possesses all seven bezoars she needs to revive the powerful daeva. With the help of these terrible monsters, she can finally enact her revenge against the royals who wronged her and took the life of her one true love. Alliances and allegiances are shifting, and danger lurks in and out of the kingdom. But Tea's heart is set on vengeance, even if it turns her against her now-estranged brother, who supports her enemies. War is brewing, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781492635857
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2018
Chupeco, Rin
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Heartstream
Heartstream: The app that allows you to feel everything. Amy Becker is a star. She's used Heartstream to broadcast every moment of her mother's illness. It's the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable, and it's everywhere. On the day of her mother's funeral, she goes home to find a fan of hers in the kitchen. The woman has rigged the house, and herself with explosives - and she's been waiting to talk to Amy for a very long time. Amy is about to discover just how far true obsession can go. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406378184
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Pollock, Tom
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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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Hidden girl, The
When Melati Nelson wins a scholarship to an elite Melbourne high school, she buries her bad girl past. But after the school unfairly punishes her, a defiant Mel steals a diary from the school counsellor's office, only to discover a coded cry for help. The diary belongs to Devi, a young Indonesian girl who is being held by traffickers. Mel races against the clock, in a desperate journey that takes her from Melbourne to Java, to work out Devi's identity and where she's being held. Before long the pieces fall into place and Mel must put her own life on the line to save a girl she's never met. A gripping and original novel that explores privilege, responsibility, and the difficult and dangerous choices we are sometimes forced to make.
ISBN 9781760654788
Publisher Walker Books, 2022
Bassett, Louise
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His name was Walter
'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own...' The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read - right to the very end...
ISBN 9781460756188
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2018
Rodda, Emily
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Hive
Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known. Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling. A drip? It doesn't make sense. Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it. Curiosity is a hook. What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.
ISBN 9781760556433
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Betts, A.J.
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Ho ho ho mystery, The
Can Harry Pigg find and save Santa before it's too late. Why would anyone want to kidnap such a great guy.
ISBN 9780007364015
Series Third Pig Detective Agency, The series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Burke, Bob
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Hollow City: Second novel of Miss Peregrine's peculiar children
September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them - but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781594747359
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (2 of 5)
Publisher Quirk Books, 2015
Riggs, Ransom
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Hollowpox: The hunt for Morrigan Crow
Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her. But a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realises it's up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her - and everyone in Nevermoor - in more danger than she ever imagined.
ISBN 9780734418241
Series Nevermoor series (3 of 3)
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2020
Townsend, Jessica
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Hometown haunts
This #LoveOzYA anthology - the first to focus entirely on horror - unites a stellar cast of Australia's finest YA authors with talented new and emerging voices, including two graphic artists. The stories in this wide-ranging collection dig deep and go hard. While some are straight-up terrifying rollercoaster rides, others are psychologically rooted in our society's deepest fears and concerns: acceptance and fitting in, love and loss, desire and temptation, and the terror of a world threatened by catastrophic change -- and even collapse. From body horror to the supernatural, hauntings to transformations, and the everyday evil of humans to menacing outside forces, Hometown Haunts will have you glued to your chair... until you leap out of it! Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781743058640
Publisher Wakefield Press, 2021
Nwosu, Poppy (ed)
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Horowitz Horror
Short stories with twisted endings and horror themes including Bath night, Killer camera, Light moves, The night bus, Harriet's horrible dream, Scared, A career in computer games, The man with the yellow face and The monkey's ear.
ISBN 9780399244896
Series Horowitz horror series (1 of 8)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2006
Horowitz, Anthony
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Series Horowitz horror series (8 books)
Horowitz, Anthony
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Hound of the Baskervilles, The: Usborne Graphic Sherlock Holmes
Following the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, Sherlock Holmes is on the case, intent on finding out the truth behind the family's curse and the existence of the terrifying Hound of the Baskervilles. The new heir, Henry Baskerville, has already been warned against claiming his inheritance, will he be the next to fall prey to the family's curse or will Holmes be able to crack the case before there is more death? Based on the most famous of all Holmes' cases this graphic novel captures the terror and suspense surrounding the Hound and the curse that continues to hunt the Baskervilles.
ISBN 9781474938082
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018
Topics / Graphic novels /
Punter, Russell & Da Rold, Andrea (ill)
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House in the woods, The (Ghost hunter chronicles 1)
Clovis, Eve and Tom decide to play with a Ouija board in an abandoned house on Halloween night. What they encounter sends them on a race to discover who the ghost is and why it needs their help.
ISBN 9781839131141
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2021
Fielding, Yvette
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House with a clock in its walls, The
Lewis Barnavelt discovers there is a wizard in his family when he comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan. Experimenting with Uncle Jonathan's spells Lewis uncovers the mystery behind the ticking that can be heard throughout the house, sometimes loud sometimes quiet, sometimes slow, sometimes fast. It's an evil clock and it could destroy humankind. It is up to the Barnavelts to find where the clock is hidden in the walls - and stop it. Tick tock, a deadly clock... a terrifying race against time...
ISBN 9781848127715
Publisher Piccadilly Press, 2018
Bellairs, John
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How to hang a witch
The trials of high school start to feel like modern day witch hunt for Samantha Mather, who has all the wrong connections to Salem's past. To say Sam is unwelcome in Salem would be an understatement. She is the target of the Descendants, a mysterious group of girls whose ancestors were persecuted in the Witch Trials. Complicating her life further is Elijah, an inconveniently handsome resident ghost, and her cute new neighbour, Jaxon. When a centuries old curse is rekindled, Sam finds herself in the centre of it. Can she stop history repeating itself?
ISBN 9781406378795
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Mather, Adriana
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Hungry
In Thalia's world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working? Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It's a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a "privy" like her ever truly be part of a revolution? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250063083
Publisher MacMillan, 2018
Swain, H A
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Hunter's moon
Neil is a young gamekeeper. When his boss is mysteriously hurt, Neil is left to look after the woods and pheasants on his own. There have been rumours of a panther on the loose and Neil has to survive nights alone, before the truth is revealed by the light of the hunter's moon.
ISBN 9780237535247
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2008
Townsend, John
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I know what you did last Wednesday
Nick's got a bad feeling and it's not indigestion. It's a dangerous life being the younger brother of the world's worst private detective. Tim invites him to a school reunion on a remote island and the guests start dying one by one.
ISBN 9780744590388
Series Diamond Brothers series (6 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you
Behind the facade of a genteel, private school, the Gallagher Academy operates as a school for highly-trained spies. Girls are fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man with a stick of uncooked spaghetti. But, that doesn't stop these likeable teenagers obsessing about boys and experimenting with make-up and high heels. Cameron's life is even more complicated than that of the average teenager.
ISBN 9780734410795
Series The Gallagher girls series (1 of 6)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2008
Carter, Ally
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Ida
How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she's actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she has considered. How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she is discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760404383
Publisher Echo Publishing, 2017
Evans, Alison
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If blood should stain the wattle
It's 1972 in Gibber's Creek, and across the nation, the catchcry is, 'It's time'. As political ideals drift from disaster to the dismissal, it's also time for Jed Kelly to choose between past love, Nicholas, the local Labor member, and Sam from the Halfway to Eternity commune. It's time too for Matilda Thompson to face her ghosts and the life that took a young girl from the slums of Grinder's Alley to being the formidable matriarch of Gibber's Creek. During this period of extraordinary social change and idealism, modern Australia would be born. And although the nation would dream of a better world, it would continue to struggle with opposing ideas of exactly what that better world might be.
ISBN 9781460705933
Series Matilda saga series (6 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
French, Jackie
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If you tell anyone, you're next
Jayden Jones is missing. Everyone thinks he ran away. His best friend, Zoe Gale, knows they're wrong. Zoe's search leads her to The 17 - a secret group chat, used by anonymous teens to blackmail the powerless. To join, you have to put on a mask and record yourself completing a challenge. The challenges are always illegal. Sometimes dangerous. Maybe deadly. Who are The 17? What have they done to Jayden? And what will they do to silence Zoe? A rollercoaster of suspense and twists from the author of the Liars series.
ISBN 9781761292019
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2023
Heath, Jack
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Illegal
Ebo: alone. His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his sister.
ISBN 9781444941982
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Topics / Graphic novels /
Colfer, Eoin & Donkin, Andrew & Rigano, Giovanni (ill)
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Series Illuminae files series (3 books)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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When their planet, Kerenza, is attacked by an unknown enemy, Kady and Ezra are separated and evacuate in different space ships. A deadly virus is spreading in one ship, the lead ship's computer has gone rogue and the enemy is close. Through long distance communication, Kady and Ezra try to find out what went wrong. As gamers, hackers and video geeks, they have great skills but reconciling their hearts, amidst machines and software, proves much more difficult. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760113803
Series Illuminae files series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Impostors
Frey was raised to take a bullet. She's the body double for her twin sister Rafia - the precious heir of the first family of Shreve - and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father's many enemies. When Frey is sent in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor - as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760528249
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Westerfeld, Scott
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In your light
Lil and her sister Mella have always been close. But one day, after a fight, Mella goes missing. Four months later, and no sign of Mella, a mysterious girl named Alice turns up in Lil's life. In the midst of the worst storm in Welsh history, Alice and Lil work together to bring Mella home.
ISBN 9781471122941
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Grainger, Annalie
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Indigo Owl
As Scarlet Bergen leaves her home to be trained in her psychic Solitaire abilities at the Arcadia Institute she can't forsee how much her life will change. As she delves into the mystery surrounding her mother, more truths and conspiracies will be uncovered.
ISBN 9781743057322
Publisher Wakefield Press, 2020
Archbold, Charlie
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Intruder
Fourteen year old Kat Jones' life has been on hold since the death of her mother. When Kat is woken by an intruder looming over her bed, she is saved by her neighbour, Edwina, whom she believes betrayed her dying mother. And Kat certainly doesn't want Hercules, the world's ugliest guard dog, in her life. But, to stop the prowler, Kat will need to accept Edwina's help, develop friendships and learn to trust again.
ISBN 9780857983763
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Bongers, Christine
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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
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Island, The
Welcome to the Island. Where your worst fears are about to come true. A week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island is supposed to be the perfect holiday. When their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, this trip turns into a nightmare because someone on the island knows each of the group's worst fears. One by one they are becoming a reality. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780008240592
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2021
Taylor, C L
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It's not you, it's me
Holly Fitzgerald has inexplicably woken up inside the body of an LA teenager called trinity Byrne in 1980 - trapping Trinity in Holly's forty year old body back in Melbourne 2020. Mind. Officially. Blown. Holly finds herself navigating a brand new body, family and cute boy next door - not to mention rock band that might just make it, and potential kidnapper. Meanwhile, lies intersect with truth, hurtling both Holly and Trinity towards a dangerous fate as the connections between them grow deeper and stranger than either of them could have ever imagined. "
ISBN 9781760526078
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Williams, Gabrielle
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Jake Atlas and the hunt for the feathered god
Jake Atlas and his family are on the run. They're on a mission to stop the mysterious People of the Snake from hiding the secret of humankind. But the international police are chasing Jake and his family through one of the jungles of Honduras - one of the most dangerous places in the world. Can they make it out alive and discover the hidden mystery of human kind?
ISBN 9781406377712
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Jones, Rob Lloyd & Antonsson, Petur (ill)
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Jane Doe and the cradle of all worlds
When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home. But this ain't no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father's secrets. A man who has an army. With a pyromaniac named Violet and the enigmatic Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks ..
ISBN 9781760501815
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2018
Lachlan, Jeremy
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Just Henry
Set in post-war Britain in 1949, fourteen year old Henry has no friends and misses his war-hero father. He resents his stepfather and stepsister, and escapes by going to the cinema, his passion. When Henry develops an old camera film, he uncovers a mystery and events spiral until Henry's life resembles the drama of the big screen.
ISBN 9781405227575
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2008
Magorian, Michelle
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Kat Wolfe investigates
After a break-in at their London home, Kat Wolfe and her veterinary-surgeon mum decide it's time to move to the country. Dr Wolfe's new job in idyllic Bluebell Bay comes with a condition: they have to adopt Tiny, a huge, near-wild Savannah, who resists Kat's best attempts at cat whispering. When she starts a pet-sitting agency to make pocket money, her troubles escalate. The owner of her first client, an Amazon parrot, vanishes from his fortified, gadget-filled mansion, leaving a half-packed suitcase and a mysterious parcel. The only person who shares Kat's conviction that he's the victim of foul play is Harper Lamb, the American daughter of a palaeontology professor. A language and coding whizz, Harper is laid up with two broken legs thanks to her racehorse. What starts out as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. When all clues point to an army base, can they count on their unruly animal friends to save the day - and their lives?
ISBN 9781509871223
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
St John, Lauren & Guo, Beidi (ill)
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Kat Wolfe takes the case
When a landslide on the Jurassic Coast reveals a rare 'dragon' dinosaur, best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb are thrilled, especially when stars and scientists come flocking to sleepy Bluebell Bay. But after they begin investigating a suspicious death, events spiral quickly out of control for detectives Wolfe and Lamb. Worse still, Kat's wild cat is in trouble. Can they solve the mystery - and save the cat's life - before it's too late?
ISBN 9781509874217
Publisher MacMillan, 2019
St John, Lauren & Deamo, Daniel (ill)
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Key to fear, The
After a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, The Key took power. Under their rules, touching is forbidden, and books are banned. Break the laws, and face execution. Elodie, a young nurse, has been brought up to believe that The Key govern to keep people safe. Elodie obeys the rules she trusts the system. At least, Elodie used to - Aiden, a constant rebel, knows there is another side to The Key, a truth beneath the surface. Aiden wants to be free but freedom means questioning their motives. Aiden is on his last chance - When Elodie and Aiden's lives collide, the fallout will be devastating. Especially when they realise that rather than playing protector, The Key are playing God. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781838933999
Publisher Head of Zeus, 2020
Cast, Kristin
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Killer camera
Includes two macabre and twisted tales. Killer camera, in which everything Jamie photographs either breaks or dies, and Night moves, where Henry's new computer has a life of its own and gambles with the lives of others.
ISBN 9781841213668
Series Horowitz horror series (3 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Killing code, The
1943. World War II is raging across Europe and on the Pacific front. Kit Sutherland is hiding a huge secret when she is unexpectedly recruited to work as a young codebreaker at Arlington Hall, a US Signals Intelligence facility. When Kit's roommate doesn't return home from a dance, it sparks a search that ends in a gruesome discovery. And soon it turns into a horrifying pattern: Government girls are being murdered in Washington, DC. Kit joins forces with three other girl codebreakers, Dottie, Moya and Violet, and as they work to crack the killer's code, two things become terrifyingly clear: the murderer they're hunting is getting closer every moment... and Kit's own secret could put her in more jeopardy than she ever imagined. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760526535
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2022
Marney, Ellie
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Killing woods, The
Emily's dad is accused of killing a teenage girl in the woods. He has admitted to manslaughter, believing he was in a flashback from his army days. Emily is convinced of his innocence as she tries to untangle the events of that night. Things become even more uncertain when she comes into contact with Damon, the boyfriend of the dead girl. What really had been happening in the woods at night, what dangerous games had they been playing? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781906427726
Publisher Chicken House, 2013
Christopher, Lucy
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Killings at Kingfisher Hill, The
Renowned detective Hercule Poirot has been secretly summoned to an exclusive estate to solve the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport. With 2 confessions and an unexpected second body, Poirot will have to piece together a tangled web of clues before the real killer can be identified.
ISBN 9780008264536
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2020
Hannah, Sophie
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Kindred: 12 queer #loveozya stories
What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers, and the connections that form us. This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760651039
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Earp, Michael (ed)
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King Lear
Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him. Goneril and Regan, Lear's older daughters, give their father flattering answers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781107615380
Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 2015
Shakespeare, William & Bain, Elspeth & Amy, Nic & Wienand, Vicki (ed)
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Knightley & son
Darkus Knightley's father was London's top private detective until he went into a coma four years ago. Now, he has woken up to discover his thirteen year old son has inherited the family talent. With a bestselling book seemingly making people do terrible things, and clues pointing to the involvement of a shadowy organisation known as the Combination, Alan needs the help of his tweed-wearing, brainiac son to investigate.
ISBN 9781408838914
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gavin, Rohan
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Land of fences
There are lights on the horizon. Electricity. A return to civilization. Finn and Kas have been living in isolation, in hiding and by their wits for three years. Now they hope that at last they will find a life without danger, without threat and without the virus. But the tracking device beneath Kas's skin begins to buzz-she can't ignore that she is a Siley, a slave , and will never be free. When the search parties arrive they discover their new reality is a world divided by fences where they can't be together. But after everything they have been through, they are not about to play by the rules. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781925773583
Series Road to winter series (3 of 3)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2019
Smith, Mark
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Landscape with invisible hand
When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth, but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go - and what he's willing to sacrifice - to give the vuvv what they want.
ISBN 9780763699505
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Anderson, M. T
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Last Dingo Summer, The
Under the burnt timber of the church, the police have found the body of Merv Ignatious, the man who so viciously attacked Jed Kelly when she was fifteen, and tried to kill her and her unborn child in last year's bushfire. And also in the church, lie skeletons from many years ago.
ISBN 9781460753217
Series Matilda saga series (8 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
French, Jackie
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Lee Raven: boy thief
Lee Raven, boy thief, has stolen something he really didn't mean to. Now he faces a perilous flight through London and the murky sewers below as he tries to escape capture. Lee has stolen the Book of Nebo, a book that has existed for thousands of years and tells every story and legend known to man.
ISBN 9780141383644
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Corder, Zizou
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Left-handed booksellers of London, The
Eighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in search of her father. But before she can question crime boss Frank Thringley he's turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin. Merlin is one of the youngest members of a secret society of booksellers with magical powers who police the mythic Old World wherever it impinges on the New World - in addition to running several bookshops, of course! Merlin also has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who arranged the murder of his mother. Soon they become involved in an even more urgent task to recover the grail that is the source of the left-handed booksellers' power, before it is used to destroy the booksellers and rouse the hordes of the mythic past. As the search for the grail becomes strangely intertwined with both their quests, they start to wonder... Is Susan's long-lost father a bookseller, or something altogether more mysterious?
ISBN 9781760631246
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Nix, Garth
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Liars series
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Series Liars series (5 books)
Heath, Jack
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Liars: Armageddon
This is not a threat. I have no demands. This is a statement of fact. Leave...or die. Jarli has lost a day. His missing memories may reveal the identity of Viper who just announced a plan to DESTROY the town of Kelton. Meanwhile, Doug is trapped in Vipers hidden prison. Hes been given up for dead by his family and friends...but he has a daring plan to ESCAPE. Jarli and his friends are close to unmasking Viper, but the master criminal has spies everywhere. Can Jarli tell his friends from his enemies in time to thwart Vipers final, terrible scheme? The TRUTH wont set them free...
ISBN 9781742993430
Series Liars series (5 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Heath, Jack
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Liars: Lockdown
Jarli and his friends are trapped in a hospital, held hostage by the villainous Viper and his venomous crew of armed mercenaries. Can Jarli outwit Viper and help his friends escape? A thrilling edge of your seat read.
ISBN 9781742993423
Series Liars series (4 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Heath, Jack
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Liars: No survivors
Life had just begun to settle down for Jarli. After his Truth App went viral and set the mysterious crime lord Viper against him, he's been trying to lay low. But when a small plane crashes into one of his schoolmate's house and all of the crew and passengers have disappeared, his life is thrown into chaos once again as he tries to unravel the mystery behind the crash - and protect his life!
ISBN 9781742761930
Series Liars series (2 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Heath, Jack
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Liars: The set up
Jarli is attempting to have a normal life, but it's hard when you've created the Truth App, which can tell when someone is lying by analysing their voice. When Jarli and his best friend enter a robobattle, he's approached by government bodyguards for the Minister of Defence. They want Jarli to appear at a press conference to prove the Minister isn't lying but then Jarli is framed for a crime he didn't commit, and someone has hacked the truth app, making it impossible to prove his innocence. Jarli will have to rely on his friends and quick thinking to clear his name and save his life!
ISBN 9781742993416
Series Liars series (3 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Heath, Jack
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Liars: the truth app
THE TRUTH APP is the latest craze in the town of Kelton. It listens to everyone around you and tells you if they're lying. When the app goes viral, its teenage creator, Jarli, becomes famous overnight. But being a celebrity can be dangerous. Especially when you've just exposed everyone's deepest, darkest secrets. Now everyone is out to get Jarli. Kids at school. Teachers. The police. Even his own family. And the secret network of criminals based in Kelton have just added Jarli to their hit list. The TRUTH doesn't always set you free...
ISBN 9781743817766
Series Liars series (1 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Heath, Jack
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Library of souls: The third novel of Miss Peregrine's peculiar children
The Library of Souls is the thrilling conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Jacob, who has discovered a new ability, Emma Bloom a girl with a powerful gift of fire and Addison MacHenry, a dog who can find lost children are battling to follow the trail of their friends and beloved Miss Peregrine. They will journey to Devil's Acre, the worst slum of Victorian England times, where the future of all Peculiar Children will be decided. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781594748400
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (3 of 5)
Publisher Quirk Books, 2015
Riggs, Ransom
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Life of Pi
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780156027328
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Martel, Yann
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Lifel1k3
On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans--will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves...and learn the truth about secrets of her past. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760295691
Series Lifel1k3 series (1 of 99)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Kristoff, Jay
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Series Lifel1k3 series (99 books)
Kristoff, Jay
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Lintang and the brightest star
A prophecy has been spoken. A monster has awoken. As the conquering hold of the United Regions continues to spread, time is running out for Lintang, Captain Shafira and the crew of the Winda to find allies in their quest for peace. But when they arrive in war-torn Kaneko Brown, the local rebels are too scared to help. The Vierzans have summoned a category ten mythie that devours the star of anyone who dares stand against them. Worse, the mythie has been prophesied to mean the end of Captain Shafira. Lintang must find a way to stop the most dangerous mythie in the guidebook or she'll lose her beloved captain forever.
ISBN 9780143788331
Series Lintang series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Moss, Tamara
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Lintang and the Forbidden Island
The time has come to visit the forbidden island of Allay. But first Lintang needs to find her captain, and it seems the only way to get to the Winda is to join - then escape - the Vierzan navy. Only then will Captain Shafira set sail for Allay, where the crew of the Winda must uncover what really happened to the country's missing ruler. When disaster strikes, and Lintang is separated from her captain again, she and her friends must sneak through the heart of Allay, battle terrifying new mythies and overcome Captain Shafira's enemies to return to where they belong. Lintang was left behind once. She won't let it happen again.
ISBN 9780143783459
Series Lintang series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Moss, Tamara
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Lintang and the Pirate Queen
Lintang dreams of having adventures on the High Seas. When a deadly mythie attacks the same day the infamous Captain Shafira visits her island, Lintang gets her chance, defending her village with the bravery that earns her a place on the pirate queen's ship. But they've barely left the island when Lintang discovers her best friend, Bayani, has stowed away. Telling Captain Shafira means betraying her friend, but keeping Bayani's secret risks everything...including their lives.
ISBN 9780143783435
Series Lintang series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Moss, Tamara
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Series Lintang series (3 books)
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Lockwood & Co series
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Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood & Co: The hollow boy
As a supernatural outbreak baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests against the psychic agencies, Lockwood and Co continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. A new haunting in an old school involves bloody handprints and the appearance of a glowing boy. But, ghosts seem to be the least of their concerns when living assassins attack during a carnival in the centre of the city.
ISBN 9781101917374
Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood & Co: The whispering skull
Anthony, Lucy, and George of Lockwood & Co are searching for the mysterious Dr Bickerstaff to find the secret of communicating with the dead. A rival agency also wants the commission and the search becomes a challenge. The loser must publicly admit defeat. A fearsome phantom seems a real challenge until the whispering skull that Lucy has brought along becomes the key to saving life, limb and friendships.
ISBN 9780857532664
Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Publisher Doubleday, 2014
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood and Co: The screaming staircase
Psychic Investigation Agencies have sprung up everywhere to deal with a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. Ambitious agent, Lucy Carlyle, arrives in London, hoping for a notable career. Instead, she joins the smallest most ramshackle agency, run by charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When a case goes horribly wrong, the agency must salvage its reputation. This means spending the night in a haunted house and trying to escape alive.
ISBN 9780552566780
Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2014
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lost in the Never Woods
It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town's children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers' mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road . . . Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy's help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what's waiting for her in the woods. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250313973
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2021
Thomas, Aiden
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Lost soul atlas, The
Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other. But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife. With just a handful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him, he tries to piece together what happened, and to find his way home . . .
ISBN 9780734419934
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2020
Fraillon, Zana
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Luminaries, The
Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal -- and restore her family's good name. Or die trying. But in order to survive, Winnie enlists the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie's ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for. Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781250194046
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2022
Dennard, Susan
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Malice: you can't escape
When Luke goes missing, his friends are dragged into the terrifying world of Malice, the underground comic. The evil Tall Jake takes children into a fantasy world where they can really die. It takes heroes like Seth and the loyalty of Kady to survive the violent, brutal comic-book pages. Be prepared to be very scared.
ISBN 9781407103945
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Topics / Graphic novels /
Wooding, Chris & Chernett, Dan (ill)
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Malvolio's revenge
An English theatre troupe travelling in the New Orleans area, in a world of voodoo, black magic and gangsters, are dragged into a suspenseful mystery that involves murder, blackmail and intrigue. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340883648
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Masson, Sophie
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Man in the water, The
When 16-year-old Shaun discovers a dead body in the lake of a quiet mining town in outback Queensland, he immediately reports it to the police. But when he returns to the site with the constable, the body is gone. Shaun's father drowned a few years ago, and now his mum and the authorities questions whether he saw a body at all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780702262524
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2019
Burton, David
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Map of Days, A
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery - a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe's double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited - truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine's time loop. Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom - a world with few ymbrynes, or rules - that none of them understand. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141385914
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (4 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Riggs, Ransom
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Marvels, The
After surviving a shipwreck in 1766, Billy Marvel finds work in a London theatre. His family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jarvis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an eccentric uncle in London. A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives interconnect.
ISBN 9780545448680
Publisher Scholastic US, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Selznick, Brian
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Matilda saga series
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Series Matilda saga series (5 books)
French, Jackie
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Mercy
Mercy wakes on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business... Or thinks they do. But Mercy has a secret life. She is an angel, doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does, in an effort to resolve a cataclysmic rift between heavenly beings. In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is presumed dead. When another girl is also taken, Mercy knows she has to act quickly and use extraordinary powers to rescue her, even if it means exposing her true identity. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732291990
Series Mercy series series (1 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Lim, Rebecca
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Series Mercy series series (5 books)
Lim, Rebecca
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Messenger bird, The
Tanmar's older brother is dead, her mum's gone away and her dad avoids talking about the things that really matter. Plagued by nightmares about her brother, Tamar has no interest in school or friends. When she discovers an old handwritten sheet of music and plays the tune, Tamar meets gifted violinist, Nathaniel, a man from her house's past. She is unwittingly drawn into a journey through time and music.
ISBN 9780702238826
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Hawke, Rosanne
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Messenger, The
When a piece of glass angel smashes in front of him, Chris doesn't take any notice. Not even when a stranger tells him it's a warning. But, when Chris and his girlfriend are trapped on the moors, strange things start to happen.
ISBN 9780237543358
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2012
Townsend, John
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Messenger, The
Ed Kennedy is nineteen. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. When he receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it, Ed becomes the messenger. A cryptic journey with laughter, fists and love. Adult themes and strong language, used in context, may offend some readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330363884
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2002
Zusak, Markus
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Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
An horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, and a strange collection of very curious photographs, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. One of them was his grandfather. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781594746031
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (1 of 5)
Publisher Quirk Books, 2013
Riggs, Ransom
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Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Riggs, Ransom
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Missing
Mackenzie's world has been turned upside down with the disappearance of her mother following a scientific journey photographing bats in Panama. Her father's sudden and rash decision for Mackenzie to join him in searching for Maggie where she was last seen becomes even more unsettling when he becomes ill and Mackenzie must decide what to do when she comes across some potentially helpful information.
ISBN 9781760650032
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Whiting, Sue
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Mister Creecher
Suitable for mature readers. We follow the growing relationship between a young pickpocket and 'the creature', as together they pursue the elusive Dr Frankenstein. Set in 1800s London.
ISBN 9781408827987
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Priestley, Chris
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Mixing it
Fatimah is a devout Muslim. Steve has never given much thought to faith. Both are in the street the day a terrorist bomb explodes and their lives are changed forever. While their families are breaking down barriers, the terrorists have another target in mind. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781845074951
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2007
Hayes, Rosemary
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Monarchs, The
The Ravens sorority are witches. They need to protect themselves and their secret. After the last semester's disaster, they are determined to restore the balance and get back to being the ruling sorority on campus. When magic starts to go wrong, and a rival sorority is gaining power, their future could be in jeopardy. Scarlett, Vivi and their sisters need to protect their coven and Westerly from an unknown evil.
ISBN 9781529363883
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2022
Morgan, Kass & Paige, Danielle
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More Horowitz horror
Short stories with twisted endings and horror themes including The hitchhiker, The sound of murder, Burned, Flight, Howard's end, The elevator, The phone goes dead, Twist cottage and The shortest horror story ever written.
ISBN 9780399245190
Series Horowitz horror series (2 of 8)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2007
Horowitz, Anthony
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Mountain arrow
Pandora has returned to her village. She is haunted by both her failure to bring her friend home and the vision she has seen of the last few days, The Burning, when creatures swarmed the city. How did these creatures come into being in the first place? Are the last remnants of humanity really safe from them? The River People and the Mountain People have survived for another season. But at what cost? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925227741
Publisher MidnightSun Publishing, 2020
Hennessy, Rachel
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Munmun
In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute - and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don't ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter - there's no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760523596
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Andrews, Jesse
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Murder at the vicarage
Colonel Protheroe, the much-loathed magistrate of St Mary Mead, has been found shot through the head. It isn't his murder that raises eyebrows, it's the scandalous secrets his death exposes. Miss Marple has her work cut out to find the right trail to the killer who obviously has something to hide. Beautifully illustrated by Norma.
ISBN 9780007274604
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2008
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Murder in Mesopotamia
When the wife of the expedition leader of a large archaeological dig in Mesopotamia starts receiving letters from her dead husband, she is terrified. When she turns up dead in a room that nobody could have entered, it is up to Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, and the nurse to find the answer. Beautifully illustrated by Chandre.
ISBN 9780007275304
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2008
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Murder in velvet
13 year old Grace loves her new charity shop coat. It is perfect! Except for one tiny thing. When she wears it, she sees visions of the previous owner's life....and their murder! Grace and her best friend, Suzy, decide to investigate but digging up the past reveals secrets some people want kept hidden. Can Grace solve a fifty-year-old murder or will she become the killer's next victim?
ISBN 9781922326836
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2023
Wynne, Sarah & Barrett, Laura (ill)
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Murder of crows, A
When Ben's Dad leaves home, Ben and his Mum move to the country to find a better life. Their neighbour, Luke, bullies Ben remorselessly about his city ways and his pet crow, Joe. When Luke threatens to hurt Joe, the crows take their own revenge.
ISBN 9780237534455
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2007
Bates, Penny
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Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The
The murder of a wealthy widow in a small English village leads Hercule Poirot into a strange mystery involving a determined, curious spinster, the local doctor and a wide range of suspects. All have possible motives and mysterious, sinister relationships. Beautifully illustrated by Bruno Lachard.
ISBN 9780007250615
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Murder on the links, The
By the time Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, receives Monsieur Renauld's urgent plea, the millionaire has been stabbed to death and is lying in a newly dug grave on the golf links adjoining his estate. The suspects are many - the ignored wife, the embittered son and the demanding mistress. The police think they have the culprit but Poirot begs to differ. Beautifully illustrated by Marc Piskic.
ISBN 9780007250578
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Muse
Mercy is an angel, exiled from heaven, and when she wakes in the body of nineteen-year-old Irina, Mercy discovers that she is one of the world's most infamous supermodels on the verge of a very public breakdown. Against the glamorous background of Milan's opulent fashion world, Mercy continues her increasingly desperate search for Ryan Daley, the mortal boy she remembers falling for in a past life. But this time, Mercy's memories and powers are growing ever stronger - and she begins to doubt the pleas of her dream lover, Luc, as more of her mysterious past is revealed. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292010
Series Mercy series series (3 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2011
Lim, Rebecca
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My father's shadow
Kaya is completing her HSC when she is woken in the middle of the night by her mother. They are to pack immediately and go to their holiday home in the Blue Mountains. Her father is not coming back, after giving evidence against some dangerous criminals in court. Months later, they are still in hiding and the mysteries are multiplying. Kaya is not sure who to trust: her mother'd new friend, the policeman or her new friend, Eric, from the local store. She is also recovering from memory loss caused by PTSD after a chilling encounter with the criminals. She is seeing a psychologist in an attempt to recall the evidence she might have to give in a forthcoming trial. Will she remember - and what dangers will her memories lead to? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925936704
Publisher Magabala Books, 2019
Topics / Aboriginal content /
Jones, Jannali
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Mystery of the blue train, The
Aboard the luxurious Blue Train running from London to the Riviera, a pampered millionaire's daughter, Ruth Kettering, is found murdered and her expensive jewels stolen. There is talk of the infamous jewel thief, the Marquis, but Poirot's suspicion falls closer to home and Ruth's unhappy marriage. The Belgian detective is not to be trifled with. Beautifully illustrated by Marc Piskic.
ISBN 9780007250608
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Mystery of the colour thief, The
After a frightening car accident, Izzy's mum is in a coma. Her family is in pieces. Her best friend at school has dumped her. And her nightmares are haunted by a shadowy man stealing all the colours from her world. She's trying so hard to be brave, but Izzy thinks everything is her fault. Then she meets her new neighbour, Toby, paralysed after a skateboarding accident, and together they find a nest of cygnets who need rescuing. Particularly the odd one out, called Spike. Will saving Spike save Izzy? Will she and Toby solve the mystery of the colour thief and bring hope and happiness back to Izzy's life? Written with insight, compassion and empathy - an authentic story about real life and how to survive it.
ISBN 9781788546492
Publisher Zephyr, 2018
Jozefkowicz, Ewa
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Mystery of the ruby glasses, The
Shey can't resist exploring the locked room in Uncle Ruben's house. Looking through a pair of antique opera glasses, Shey is transported to a strange land depicted in one of Ruben's paintings where there are lots of clues to be followed.
ISBN 9780734408044
Publisher Lothian Books, 2007
Cripps, Lindsay
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Name of this book is secret, The
Two eccentric classmates deduce a range of cryptic clues from a magician's notebook which allow them to solve a kidnapping and set to rest a story of displacement.
ISBN 9781741754315
Series Secret series (1 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Necropolis
The evil corporation, Nightrise, has amassed an immense amount of power and the devastating force of the Old Ones is about to be unleashed around the globe. To stop this from happening, Matt and three of the Gatekeepers head to Hong Kong to meet the final Gatekeeper, a girl named Scarlet, whose fate is inextricably joined to their own.
ISBN 9781406321081
Series Power of Five series (4 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Horowitz, Anthony
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Ned's circus of marvels: The darkening king
The Armstrongs are both predator and prey, hunting for clues to help them fight the Darkening-King, while constantly watching their backs. This time it's not just the world of the Hidden searching for them: the Josser world is intent on capturing the family too. Leading the search is the curious Mr Fox and his agents in grey, and they've found an ally who knows Ned's every move. As the world of the Hidden begins to fall apart, its horde of Demons and Darklings threatens to spill out of the shadows at any moment. With his trusty mouse and Familiar, Lucy and George, Ned must travel from the snow-swept forests of Siberia to the cliffs of Dover in a desperate attempt to rally allies for a final stand. Fearsome enemies will become allies and old allies enemies, as Ned prepares himself for the final battle.
ISBN 9780008124588
Series Ned's circus of marvels series (3 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Fisher, Justin
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Nemesis
Unbeknownst to them both, Min and Noah share a terrible secret. Each year, on their birthday, they are murdered by a man in dark sunglasses and a black suit. This has happened every birthday since their tenth. No one will believe them. After all, they're always found safe and sound without injury of any kind. Now, with the world in the path of a killer asteroid, will they be able to put aside their differences and solve the mystery of their own murders before something even more terrible happens? Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781509860302
Publisher MacMillan, 2017
Reichs, Brendan
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Never say die
Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can't fight the past especially when it holds a deadly secret.
ISBN 9781406377057
Series Alex Rider series (11 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Horowitz, Anthony
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Nevermoor series
Any three 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 Nevermoor series (3 books)
Townsend, Jessica
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Neverwhere
Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of. When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door, she's on the run from two assassins in black suits and she comes from London Below. His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth and an Earl who holds Court in a Tube train. It is strangely familiar yet utterly bizarre. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781472234353
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK,
Gaiman, Neil
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New kind of dreaming, A
Jamie Riley is on probation and has arrived in desolate Port Barren. It's a mysterious town with a number of dark secrets, a strange assortment of people and a number of unsolved crimes, Jamie's arrival leads to a number of unexplained events, culminating in a heroic journey through the desert, which brings the truth of these ghastly events to light. Includes adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702232282
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Eaton, Anthony
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Newt's emerald
After the Newington Emerald is stolen at the height of a conjured storm, eighteen year old Lady Truthful Newington goes to London to search for the magical heirloom. But, as a well-bred young lady cannot hunt the metropolis for a stolen jewel, she has to disguise herself as a man. Lady Truthful is soon caught up in a dangerous adventure where she must risk her life, her reputation and her heart. Her father's life and even the fate of England may depend upon her recovering the Newington Emerald.
ISBN 9781760112653
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Nix, Garth
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Night bus, The
Three stories in one book - The night bus, The hitchhiker and The man with the yellow face - including the scariest passengers on the Halloween night bus, the hitchhiker harbouring the deadly secret and the mysterious man replacing Peter in Peter's passport photo.
ISBN 9781841213729
Series Horowitz horror series (4 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Night circus, The
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. There are contortionists, performing cats, carousels and illusionists - all the trappings of an ordinary circus. But this is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the reveurs - the dreamers. And who is the sinister man in the grey suit who watches over it all? Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who, at the behest of their masters, are forced to test the very limits of the imagination - and of love. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780099554790
Publisher Penguin, 2012
Morgenstern, Erin
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Night in question, The
Last October, Alice Ogilvie's ex-best friend, Brooke Donovan, was killed - and if it weren't for Alice's unlikely alliance with Iris Adams, and the complete works of Agatha Christie, the wrong person would almost certainly be sitting in prison for the crime. The Castle Cove police aren't exactly great at solving crimes. Which is why, on the night of the annual dance, Alice decides to explore Levy Castle - the site of one of Castle Cove's most infamous deaths. Classic film star Mona Moody died there almost a century ago, and Alice is pretty sure the police got that investigation wrong too. But before she can dig deeper, she walks right into the scene of a new crime: Rebecca Kennedy, on the ground in a pool of blood and another of Alice's ex-friends - Helen Park - standing over her. The Castle Cove police think it's an open and shut case, but Alice and Iris know that to understand the present, sometimes you need to look to the past. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781460764268
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2023
Glasgow, Kathleen & Lawson, Liz
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Night rise: the graphic novel
Fourteen year old twins, Scott and Jamie, possess extraordinary powers. When Scott is kidnapped and Jamie is framed for murder, they must use the powers to survive. But, when Jamie is catapulted into the past, to face the horror of the Old Ones, he learns that he is one of the five Gatekeepers, standing in the way of eternal chaos. The brothers must fight the evil and win. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406316612
Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Lee, Tony & Dobbyn, Nigel
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Night vision
Viola can't go out in the sun. If she does, it will kill her. Even fluorescent lights can do her harm. So, her parents invest in night vision goggles and let her roam the nearby forest at night for fun. When Viola sees something that she will not ignore, she has a choice to make. But, choices come with consequences and hers may have dangerous implications. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743317662
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
West, Ella
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Nightrise
Fourteen year old twins, Scott and Jamie, have extraordinary powers. When Jamie, framed for murder, tries to rescue the kidnapped Scott, he is catapulted thousands of years into the past to fight a horrifying and violent battle. As one of the five Gatekeepers, he joins in a seemingly doomed stand against the massed forces of evil and black magic. Not for the faint-hearted. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286218
Series Power of Five series (3 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Horowitz, Anthony
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Nightshade
Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.
ISBN 9781406395877
Series Alex Rider series (13 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Horowitz, Anthony
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Nightshade revenge
Alex Rider must again rely on his wits, courage and intelligence when a new villain emerges and his life is turned upside down. The evil Nightshade cult is out for revenge and has Alex in their sights. Danger is everywhere as Alex fights to survive.
ISBN 9781529517422
Series Alex Rider series (14 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2023
Horrowitz, Anthony
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Nobody real
Marcie is a real human girl. Almost 18, she has had her fair share of problems and bad decisions. When her imaginary friend Thor reappears after 8 years, Marcie has to work out whether she still needs Thor to guide her now that she is approaching adulthood. And Thor needs to figure out who he is without Marcie to keep him in existence. Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9780008168384
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Camden, Steven
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None shall sleep
It is 1982 and the FBI studies serial killers in order to know how they operate, why they do the things they do and more importantly how to spot the clues and be able to catch them. But how do you study teenage serial killers? Which teenage serial killers are willing to talk to the FBI professionals? That's where teenagers Emma and Travis come into play. Both victims of serial killers in their own ways, they've been asked to take part in a program of interviewing young serial killers and trying to help study them. But what happens when they get caught up in an active case, what happens when they get caught between two serial killers? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760877309
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Marney, Ellie
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Oasis
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father's archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends ... and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit. With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed, until they discover the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality starts to shift around them, they question what's real and what's a mirage. The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other and they start to wonder if they are really saved. While it was easy to walk into the oasis, it might be impossible to leave. A supernatural thriller.
ISBN 9781250124265
Publisher Imprint Publishing, 2020
De Becerra, Katya
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Oblivion
Having escaped from Hong Kong, the five gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to re-group and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle.
ISBN 9781844286232
Series Power of Five series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Horowitz, Anthony
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Obsidio: The Illuminae files_03
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza, but who knows what they will find seven months after the invasion? With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken. Usually read in years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925266726
Series Illuminae files series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Once upon a time: Regina rising
Sixteen-year-old Regina seeks romance, adventure, and approval. Of course, getting approval from a mother like Cora is next to impossible. For Regina, friendships have always been a rare commodity. Could it be that Regina has finally found a true friend? Or is it too good to be true? As Regina struggles to find her own identity and create her own destiny, she discovers that her fate might just be to become everything she despises.
ISBN 9781785659539
Publisher Titan Books, 2018
Toliver, Wendy
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One of us is back
Ever since Simon died in detention, life hasn't been easy for the Bayview Crew. First the Bayview Four had to prove they weren't killers. Then a new generation had to outwit a vengeful copycat. Now, it's beginning again. At first the mysterious billboard seems like a bad joke: Time for a new game, Bayview. But when a member of the crew disappears, it's clear this 'game' just got serious - and no one understands the rules. Everyone's a target. And now that someone unexpected has returned to Bayview, things are starting to get deadly. Simon was right about secrets - they all come out in the end. And Bayview has a lot it's still hiding. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780593485019
Publisher Penguin, 2023
McManus, Karen M.
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One of us is lying
On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141375632
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2017
McManus, Karen. M.
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One of us is next
Bayview High is just about recovered from the death of gossip king Simon Helleher a year ago. Now there's a new copycat in town who isn't ready to forget him just yet. A school-wide game of Truth or Dare seems fun, right? But this game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, but accepting the dare could be dangerous - or even fatal. The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it's too late... Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780241376928
Publisher Penguin, 2020
McManus, Karen
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Only the good spy young
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn't know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that's exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organisation dead set on kidnapping her. Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie "The Chameleon" can't hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers, or even her own heart.
ISBN 9781423128205
Series The Gallagher girls series (4 of 6)
Publisher Hyperion Books, 2010
Carter, Ally
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Ordeal by innocence
Wealthy Rachel Armstrong was struck on the back of the head by a heavy, iron poker and died instantly. Everything points to her estranged, adopted son, Jacko. His alibi that he was picked up by a stranger cannot be confirmed. Jacko is sentenced and dies in prison. But, one day, the stranger returns and the case is reopened because Jacko couldn't have done it. Beautifully illustrated by Chandre.
ISBN 9780007275311
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2006
Topics / Graphic novels /
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Out of sight, out of time
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan-an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers that months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie's summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It's a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
ISBN 9781423147947
Series The Gallagher girls series (5 of 6)
Publisher Hyperion Books, 2012
Carter, Ally
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Pasta detectives, The
Rico is unusual. His head gets mixed up but Rico is brilliant at noticing little things - like the strange goings-on in the next apartment block. When his new and only friend, the gifted, anxious Oscar is kidnapped, Rico gets a chance to put all his special skills to the test in a violent, dangerous adventure.
ISBN 9781906427276
Publisher Chicken House, 2010
Steinhofel, Andreas & Wells, Steve (ill)
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Peculiar, The
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. Bartholomew Kettle and his sister live by these words. They are Peculiars, half-human, half-faery, and hated by both. But, one day, when a mysterious lady magically whisks away a little boy, Bartholomew forgets the rules. And gets himself noticed.
ISBN 9780007498857
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Bachmann, Stefan
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Penalty, The
As the city of San Juan pulses to summer's sluggish beat, its teenage football prodigy El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without trace. Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist, is reluctantly drawn into the mystery. As a story of corruption and murder unfolds, he is forced to confront a bitter history of slavery, and the power of the occult. Includes some adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406309362
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Peet, Mal
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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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People might hear you
An arresting story about a strange and sinister religious sect called The Temple and how Frances discovers its secrets. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140366297
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1993
Klein, Robin
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Phone goes dead, The
Includes two macabre and twisted stories, The phone goes dead, in which David seems to have a hotline to heaven and hell, and Bath night, in which the Victorian bath tub presents Isabel with more of a blood bath than a bubble bath.
ISBN 9781841213644
Series Horowitz horror series (5 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Pocketful of eyes, A
Beatrice May Ross, otherwise known as Bee, is in her element working at the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History. But, her summer job is full of surprises. For starters, there's a dead body, a mysterious benefactor, a large stuffed tiger and a pocketful of glass eyes. Bee must sift through the clues to discover whether a murder has been committed.
ISBN 9781742376196
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Wilkinson, Lili
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Point Blanc
Two of the world's most powerful men, both of whom had sons at Point Blanc Academy, meet 'accidental' deaths. Fourteen year old Alex Rider, reluctant M16 spy, must infiltrate the academy as a pupil to find the truth.
ISBN 9780744559712
Series Alex Rider series (2 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Horowitz, Anthony
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Point Blanc: the graphic novel
Two of the world's most powerful men, both of whom had sons at Point Blanc Academy, meet 'accidental' deaths. Fourteen year old Alex Rider, reluctant M16 spy, must infiltrate the academy as a pupil to find the truth.
ISBN 9781844281121
Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (2 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Kanako (ill) & Yuzuro (ill)
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Portraits of Celina
Following the death of her father, Bayley's family is not coping, with her sister's rebellious behaviour and her brother feeling guilt about his role in the accident. Bayley is trying to keep things together for everyone. Mum decides a move to an old family home in the country is best, where there is the 40 year old unsolved disappearance of Bayley's cousin, who is using Bayley to seek revenge. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781922077479
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Whiting, Sue
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Power of Five series
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Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Various
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Power of Five series
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Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Various
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Pretties
Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted. But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold. Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9780689865398
Series Uglies series (2 of 4)
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2005
Westerfeld, Scott
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Princess plot, The
Jenna is excited to be chosen to act in a movie about a princess, amazed when her mother gives her permission to fly off for the filming and confused when she realises she is the spitting image of the missing Princess of Scandia.
ISBN 9781905294541
Publisher Chicken House, 2009
Boie, Kirsten
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Public enemy number two
Thirteen year old Nick Diamond is in prison, framed for a jewel heist. Nick finds himself sharing a cell with public enemy number one, Johnny Powers. Nick's only chance of clearing his name is to nail the Fence, a master criminal.
ISBN 9780142402184
Series Diamond Brothers series (2 of 8)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Pureheart
When her grandmother dies, Deirdre is left alone in a crumbling block of flats. Looking out the window one misty night, she sees a boy who seems familiar. Together, he and Deirdre must discover the secret of the old building, before it collapses and the secret is lost forever.
ISBN 9780143204275
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Golds, Cassandra
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Rain fall
A missing neighbour, a mysterious boy, a murder? Fifteen year old Annie is off to her basketball game in her sleepy New Zealand town when she sees a raincoat floating down the river. This starts a chain of events that will rock Annie's world. Police want to investigate her neighbour for murder, but before they can, he blows up his own house and goes on the run. Strangers come to town, including a dark-haired cowboy with the most amazing horse Annie has ever seen. As her world begins to crumble around her, Annie sets out to uncover the secret that could rip her small community apart.
ISBN 9781760296834
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
West, Ella
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Ranger's apprentice series
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Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice, the Royal Ranger: Escape from Falaise
Will and Maddie are imprisoned at Chateau des Falaises. Baron Lassigny is scheming to recruit them as spies for hire, but Maddie raises the stakes when she challenges Lassigny's garrison commander to a duel on horseback. Will is horrified - especially when he realises the treacherous baron won't fight fair. If Maddie can survive the duel, they still need to escape the heavily guarded chateau and rescue the kidnapped prince they were sent to retrieve. It will take all their ingenuity, courage and determination to triumph this time - and to solve the mystery of who betrayed them.
ISBN 9781760890476
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2021
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice, the Royal Ranger: The missing prince
King Philippe of Gallica appeals to King Duncan for help. His son is being held hostage by a power-hungry baron, and Philippe wants Duncan to send a Ranger to rescue the boy. Will and Maddie are perfect for the task. Travelling as father and daughter to allay suspicion, they will pose as entertainers to infiltrate the Chateau des Falaises, where the prince is being held. But travelling through Gallica has its own risks: armed bandits, wild weather and even a mysterious follower all have to be faced and overcome. Will they ever find the prince? And if they do, how will they rescue him from the evil Baron Lassigny?
ISBN 9781760890452
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2020
Flanagan, John
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Rats of Wolfe Island, The
In this eerie mystery, Eddie Haite becomes involved in monitoring the behaviour of radiation-affected rats on a remote tropical South Pacific island. Their roles appear reversed and the man who runs the lab seems to be going slowly mad.
ISBN 9780734404411
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2002
Horsfield, Alan
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Raven's gate
Matt thinks he has trouble when the police catch him for a not so petty crime but that is nothing compared to when he is rescued by a supposedly do-gooding guardian. The darkest, black magic is unleashed and Matt begins to understand that he is not only different, but that it is up to him, alone, to escape the torture of these cruel, violent, supernatural forces and to stop them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286195
Series Power of Five series (1 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Horowitz, Anthony
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Raven's gate: the graphic novel
Sent to Yorkshire on a rehabilitation programme, Matt finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy of witchcraft and murder, and that he, alone, stands between the forces of evil and the annihilation of humanity. Featuring striking, high-contrast black-and-white art, this distinctive graphic novel captures the requisite brooding atmosphere. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406306477
Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Lee, Tony (adapt) & O'Connor, Lee (ill) & Reardon, Dom (ill)
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Raven's song, The
Shelby and her best friend Davey live quiet low-tech lives in a closed community, in a world healing itself after a global pandemic that had an unimaginable impact on humanity. When they climb through a hole in the perimeter fence to venture into the surrounding jungle, they find the past and the present about to collide to threaten the future. It will take all of Shelby's daring and determination to ensure the past does not repeat itself.
ISBN 9781761065798
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2022
Fraillon, Zana & MacDibble, Bren
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Ravens, The
At first glance, The Ravens seem like typical sorority sisters. These girls are the most admired at Westerly College. Looks can be deceiving, and these are not just girls but a coven of witches. With a new intake of Littles and a painful secret returning to haunt them, the girls will need to put rivalry aside to save a fellow sister.
ISBN 9781529363838
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2020
Morgan, Kass & Paige, Danielle
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Ready player one
It's 2044, and the world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality- OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout it. For years, millions have struggled to attain this prize. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780099560432
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Cline, Ernest
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Red cardigan, The
Evie sees things. She's wary of the other kids at school- she doesn't want them to see her drawings or know how different she is...what would they say? She tries hard to block it all out and pretends to be normal, just like every one else. But a missing girl is trying to tell Evie something. A girl who is very persistent, who will not give up. A girl who once wore the red cardigan Evie now wears. As much as she tries, Evie can no longer ignore the question that demands an answer...who is the girl in the red cardigan? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780759320291
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Burke, J. C.
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Risk
Taylor and Sierra have been best friends their whole lives. But, Taylor's fed up because Sierra always gets what and who she wants. So, when Sierra asks her friends to cover for her while she meets Jacob, a guy she's chatted to online, Taylor 's refuses to show any interest. But, Sierra doesn't come back for one, two, three days. When Taylor finally tells Sierra's mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.
ISBN 9780857986474
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Ferris, Fleur
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Road to winter series
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Series Road to winter series (3 books)
Smith, Mark
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Robin Hood: Hacking, heists and flaming arrows
Robin is a skilled archer but when his archery gets him in trouble with the leader of the town gangsters, he heads for the Sherwood Forest to stay alive. However, unlike his classic counterpart, this twenty-first century Robin uses his computer hacking skills to steal from the rich and give to the poor.
ISBN 9781471408618
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2020
Muchamore, Robert
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Rogue
There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I'd chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely. Hayley has gone rogue. She's left everything she's ever known - her friends, her bees, her whole world - all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of the underwater home she was forced to flee. But what is this new world she's come to? Has Hayley finally found where she can belong? Or will she have to keep running?
ISBN 9781760556440
Publisher MacMillan, 2019
Betts, A J
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Russian roulette
When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin, Yassen Gregorovich, Alex was thrust into the world of international espionage and vowed revenge. Yet, years ago, it was Alex's father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become. In some ways, Alex and Yassen are mirror images of each other but they are mortal enemies.This is Yassen's story. A journey down a darkened path.
ISBN 9780399254413
Series Alex Rider series (10 of 12)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2013
Horowitz, Anthony
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S.T.A.G.S.
When Greer MacDonald is one of a select few invited to a weekend of hunting, shooting and fishing at historic Longcross Hall by the mysterious Henry De Walencourt she cannot believe her luck but things may not all be what they seem. It does not take long for the students to realise that there is something more sinister afoot at Longcross than simply the dark corridors and animal heads hanging in every room. In fact their very lives might be at stake! A thriller full of twists and turns for lovers of The Hunger Games. Includes mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781471406768
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2017
Bennett, M A
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Sassycat: the night of the dead
Sassycat is lightning fast and beautiful but, so conceited. She places her human carer, Rebecca, in great danger of being possessed by evil ghosts. Sassycat must stop thwarting the local pets and become a team player to protect Rebecca. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862916708
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2005
Harland, Richard
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Scared
Three sinister stories with chilling twists, including Scared, where the countryside hates Gary as much as he hates it; A career in computer games, in which Kevin's computer seems to break all the rules, and Howard's end, that might be heaven or hell.
ISBN 9781841213705
Series Horowitz horror series (6 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Scorpia
Alex Rider is determined to find out more about his father. He travels to Italy where he manages to infiltrate the world of Claudia Rothman, a member of the crime organization, Scorpia.
ISBN 9780744583236
Series Alex Rider series (5 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Scorpia rising
Alex Rider wants his life back. But, when you're the world's most successful spy, there's only one way out. One bullet. One life. The ends starts here.
ISBN 9781406333879
Series Alex Rider series (9 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Horowitz, Anthony
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Scorpia: The graphic novel
Teenage spy, Alex, travels to Venice to discover the truth about his past. But, the truth lies with a criminal organisation known as Scorpia, and Alex must make a choice to work for MI6 once more or betray everything he believes in.
ISBN 9781406341881
Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (5 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Johnston, Antony & Viecelli, Emma (ill)
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Scythe
In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly gleaned (killed) by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are 16 year old teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of gleaning and understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406379242
Series Arc of a scythe series (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Shusterman, Neal
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Secret adversary, The
Meet Tommy and Tuppence, two likeable 1920s' upper class detectives, in their globetrotting quest to locate their missing client and some very important papers. This is a devious plot that goes back to the sinking of the Lusitania. The story includes international intrigue, secret treaties, disguises and blackmail. Beautifully illustrated by Frank Leclercq.
ISBN 9780007274611
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2008
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt)
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Secret of Chimneys, The
Anthony Cade is looking for adventure and a bit of quick cash. The good-natured drifter accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds perfectly simple to deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count but the murder of someone shadowing Anthony leads to the discovery of dark deeds and terrible secrets at Chimneys, a rambling estate. Beautifully illustrated by Laurence Suhner.
ISBN 9780007250592
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviere, Francois (adapt) & Suhner, Laurence (ill)
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Secret series
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Series Secret series (5 books)
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Secret weapon
Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. This collection of seven thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider, and also includes three, brand new and action-packed adventures.
ISBN 9781406387476
Series Alex Rider series (12 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Horowitz, Anthony
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See how they run
For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother s murder. But, the truth has only made her a target. The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all. On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim. Love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive, and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury and death is a real threat. Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760153571
Series Embassy Row series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2016
Carter, Ally
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Self/less
Living in a walled city where every aspect of life is controlled, Teddy is unable to pursue her creative passions for risk of being Sanitised. When truths are revealed, Teddy finds herself living in a city under the city. A darker world where creativity is embraced but survival is everything. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760984892
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2021
AViVA
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Seven wonders series
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Series Seven wonders series (3 books)
Lerangis, Peter
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Seventh grade vs the galaxy
PSS 118 is just your typical school, except that it is a rickety old spaceship orbiting Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. Jack's dad used to be the science teacher, until he got fired for tinkering with the ship. Now Jack wants to get through the last day of school without anything going wrong.. But when the school is mysteriously attacked, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light speed engine and given Jack control of it. Jack catapults it hundreds of light years away and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. School hasn't just got out, it has gone clear across the galaxy. Now it is up to Jack and his friends to get everyone home.
ISBN 9781728423098
Publisher Carolrhoda Books, 2019
Levy, Joshua S
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Shadow
Premonition is a band hoping to make it big but they need somewhere to practise. Tom suggests the old warehouse but Billy has a bad feeling about it. Tom is angry, thinking Billy is putting it on but, as anger grows, a shadow falls over the band.
ISBN 9780744590050
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Waite, Judy
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Shadow bright and burning, A
Henrietta can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when, instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorising humanity. Her fellow trainees are handsome young men, eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city - and the one she loves?
ISBN 9780143784739
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Cluess, Jessica
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Shakespeare original plays mature reads
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Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Shakespeare, William & Bain, Elspeth & Amy, Nic & Wienand, Vicki (ed)
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Shatter City
Rafi's engagement party is the talk of the feeds. Her dress is spectacular and her fiance, Col Palafox, is charming. But Rafi and Col are both prisoners - with bomb collars around their necks. Surveillance dust records their every move, tracks every glance. And there will be deadly consequences if Rafi's father realises that it's Frey who stayed behind in Shreve, while Rafi escaped with the rebels. With help from the rebels, Frey and Col must try to reach the neighbouring city of Paz, where they hope to be safe. But Frey and Rafi's father has destructive plans even for the City of Peace. When the dust settles after the disaster he initiates, will Frey be able to find a way to survive? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760528256
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Westerfeld, Scott
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Shouting at the stars
Layla is a young singer who is just hitting the big time. But, with all of the excitement of her growing fame comes the eerie presence of an unknown heckler who begins to follow all her performances. She doesn't know who he is or why he's doing it. And, she just wants it to stop.
ISBN 9780237535230
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2008
Belbin, David
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Silver hand, The
"We can't wait three days. There is a man coming to kill us." A Man with a silver hand. It's 1918 and the Great War is entering its final phase. In Northern France, young Aimee has just found out that her mother is part of a spy network working with the British. After reluctantly befriending Marius, a young German boy who has been left behind by his countrymen, she must try and help him get back behind German lines while they evade a traitor she helped to discover.
ISBN 9781472961440
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2018
Deary, Terry
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'The discovery of a sorcerous map leads left-handed bookseller Merlin into great danger, requiring a desperate rescue attempt from his sister, the right handed bookseller Vivian, and art student Susan Arkshaw who is still struggling to deal with her own recently discovered magical heritage. The map takes the trio out of this world to a place maintained by deadly sorcery and guarded by monstrous living statues. To unravel the secrets of a murderous Ancient Sovereign, the booksellers must investigate centuries of disappearances and deaths.
ISBN 9781761180002
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Nix, Garth
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Sisters of the snake
Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive. When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical. A deal is struck to switch places -- but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.
ISBN 9780062985606
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Nanua, Sasha & Sarena
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Skeleton key
Trying to return to his normal life as a schoolboy, four weeks after his last MI6 adventure, Alex Rider is recruited right off the soccer field to check out some suspicious goings-on at Wimbledon.
ISBN 9780142401026
Series Alex Rider series (3 of 12)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Skulduggery Pleasant
Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture. Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.
ISBN 9780007241620
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (1 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2008
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant grimoire, The
As the Skulduggery Pleasant series nears its end (again), relive the adventure in this lavishly illustrated compendium of all things Skulduggery. Featuring a unique run-down of the books so far, it also includes an invaluable reference tool for the dizzying cast of characters, as well as bonuses, surprises, and a dark story all of its own. The Grimoire is an essential book for any Skulduggery fan.
ISBN 9780008472436
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant series
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Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 books)
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Apocalypse kings
A brand new Skulduggery Pleasant novella for World Book Day: a hilarious and thrilling standalone story in the internationally bestselling series - perfect for new readers, and essential for Skulduggery fans! Three ancient gods are freed from their prison with only one desire: to destroy the planet and everyone on it. To save us all, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain must go undercover in a Dublin school. Skulduggery has to blend in with the teaching staff, while Valkyrie has to pass for an ordinary schoolgirl. Above all else, no matter what happens, they both must act completely and utterly normal. We are so dead.
ISBN 9780008447441
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam
On a desperate journey to recover her sister's lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there's nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. With Abyssinia's grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror, and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the madness unfolds around him, as hidden enemies step into the light, and as Valkyrie is sucked into a desperate, lawless quest of her own, he has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be or die in the attempt.
ISBN 9780008295653
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (12 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2019
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: dark days
Valkyrie Cain must undertake a dangerous rescue mission to retrieve Skulduggery from a hellish dimension, ruled by the Faceless Ones. There's no time for her to take a breather afterwards, though. There's the matter of the Desolation Engine, a bomb that could wipe out thousands, that has fallen into the wrong hands
ISBN 9780007325955
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (4 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: death bringer
The death bringer has risen. Skullduggery has seven days to uncover the necromancers' secret before it is too late. The clock is ticking.
ISBN 9780007326044
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (6 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the wicked
Infected by a rare strain of magic, normal people are developing unstable magic powers, endangering their own and other peoples' lives. Their only hope lies with the Sanctuary, which has its own problems. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain must find out what's causing the infection and prevent the takeover of the Sanctuary by international sorcerers. And, normal teenager Kitana and her friends are infected and will tear the city apart unless they can be stopped.
ISBN 9780007480241
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (7 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: last stand of dead men
War has finally come between Sanctuaries and Skulduggery must team up with Valkyrie and the rest of the dead men to stop it.
ISBN 9780007489220
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (8 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Midnight
For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle, time and time again, by Skulduggery Pleasant's side, and always emerging triumphant. But now the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger, as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister in order to lure Valkyrie into a final confrontation. With Skulduggery racing to catch up and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has twelve hours to find Alice before it is too late. The clock is ticking!
ISBN 9780008284589
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (11 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2018
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: mortal coil
Skulduggery Pleasant is back and reunited with his original head. But, all is not well in the magical world. Foreign powers are conspiring to take over the Irish Sanctuary and, for another thing, Valkyrie has discovered she might be the sorceress set to destroy the world.
ISBN 9780007325993
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (5 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with fire
With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start appearing all over Ireland. With just about everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet.
ISBN 9780007257034
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (2 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2008
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection
Valkyrie Cain has been out of action for years, recovering from the war against her alter-ego Darquesse. But bad people still want to do bad things, and Skulduggery Pleasant is still there to stop them. So when Skulduggery learns of a plot to resurrect a terrifying evil, he persuades Valkyrie to join him for just twenty-four hours. But they need someone else. Someone inconspicuous, someone who can go undercover. Enter Omen Darkly. Not a warrior. Not a detective. And definitely not the chosen one.
ISBN 9780008219574
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (10 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2017
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: sceptre of the ancients
At the funeral of her gothic novelist uncle, fourteen year old Stephanie glimpses an overdressed, bespectacled figure hidden under a broad brimmed hat. When her uncle's will is read, she inherits a mansion and a fortune. She unites with the weird and witty skeleton, Skulduggery Pleasant, sighted at the funeral and joins forces with him to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
ISBN 9780007241637
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2007
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Seasons of war
To avert catastrophe, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are sent on a secret mission that takes them away from everything they know, to a forsaken land of magic and grim, unrelenting terror.
ISBN 9780008386252
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2020
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: The end of the world
A Skulduggery short story. Fifteen year old Ryan is running away from home, looking for escape and adventure. Ryan hasn't gone far before he is set upon by a bunch of scary, nihilistic punk-sorcerers who need him to set off a doomsday device that will destroy the planet and everyone on it. Skulduggery and Valkyrie only have a few hours to figure out what's going on, while saving Ryan and, incidentally, the whole world.
ISBN 9780007478125
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: The faceless ones
Third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series. If you've read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are. You can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get awfully sticky for our skeletal hero and his young sidekick.
ISBN 9780007302154
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (3 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Landy, Derek
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Sky village, The
In a future where wild beasts, humans and mechanical beings battle for control, two children, Mei and Rom, on opposite sides of the earth, connect through a mysterious journal that comes alive to reveal a powerful primal force and a frightening destiny. Mei and Rom must work together to overcome evil. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780763635244
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2008
Ashland, Monk & Nigel & Nentrup, Jeff (ill)
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Smart
Kieran finds the body of a homeless person floating in the Thames River. The police regard the death as an unfortunate accident but Kieran is obsessed with CSI and determined to find the murderer. Kieran's methodical note taking, his outstanding artistic abilities and unshakeable perseverance eventually provide many answers, not only to the murder but also to secrets in his own family.
ISBN 9781447272762
Publisher MacMillan, 2014
Slater, Kim
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Snakehead
Alone in Sydney, Alex is recruited by the Australian government to infiltrate an organised people-smuggling ring, the violent criminal underworld of the Snakeheads.
ISBN 9781406309355
Series Alex Rider series (7 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Horowitz, Anthony
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Snow laundry, The
The Administration has taken control of the country, and everything has changed for the city's homeless youth. Now they are forced to work in the Towers with no hope of escape. 17-year-old Ally works long, hard hours in the laundry and is resigned to her fate. She can even cope with the cruelty of the guards, because living in the Towers is still better than the tunnels where she used to live. But as lavish birthday preparations are in full swing for the Tower's charismatic overseer, Ally's boyfriend Bon, vanishes without a trace. In her desperate search to find him, Ally is caught up in a deadly plot by the Administration. And now she wasn't answers. What has happened to Bon? And why did he leave behind a drawing of a moth? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781460762080
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2022
Jakobsen, Mette
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Soldier boy
Drew isn't worried when his little brother, Martin, digs up a bone in the garden. Bu, Martin finds more bones in the shape of a hand, which then starts leaving spooky messages for Drew.
ISBN 9780237537272
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2008
Rooney, Anne
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Solitaire
My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year - before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people - I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that's all over now. Now there's Solitaire. And Michael Holden. I don't know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don't care about Michael Holden. I really don't. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 above. This novel depicts a number of mental health issues including depression, eating disorders and OCD. Please refer to the author's website for information about potentially triggering ideas and content.
ISBN 9780007559220
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2014
Oseman, Alice
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Some shall break
September, 1982: Three months after the showdown with Simon Gutmunsson in St Elizabeths Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Emma Lewis has retreated to college life in Ohio, and the support of her family and her therapist. But Emma has a unique gift for hunting killers, and the FBI wants her back. Travis Bell is on track to make a career in law enforcement. But the FBI unit's latest case is testing all his skills, and in Emma's absence, Travis has accepted help from Kristin Gutmunsson, Simon's eccentric twin sister, to track a dangerous new target. Compelled to prevent more tragedy, Emma reaches out once more to Simon Gutmunsson to save the copycat's next victims -- but as always, Simon knows more than he's telling... Can Emma and Travis conquer a killer in the most horrifying situation they've ever faced? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781761068010
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Marney, Ellie
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Someday
For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person's body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn't anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others. A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to --and what it's like to discover that you are not alone in the world. In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780525636595
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2019
Topics / Gender identity /
Levithan, David
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Song of the curlew
Luke Miggs wants more than small town life: the grind of chores on the family farm, playing lacklustre footy, beers with mates. Like maybe doing something about his crush on Amanda Hunt, a barmaid at the local pub who's smart, funny and ambitious. Or maybe playing footy in the big league. At eighteen it can't be too late, can it? There's his place in the Curlews, at least, although the team's little more than a bunch of battlers who play for the beers afterwards. If only they could take their footy seriously, like the reigning champions, the Little Reach Scorpions, who have dominated the competition for ten years. By the looks of this season, nothing is going to change. But when Adam Pride emerges from the night and tells the Curlews he wants to play for them, everything begins to change. A story of friendship, family, and coming of age, and how the choices of our past can come back to shape our future.
ISBN 9780648478935
Publisher Busybird Publishing, 2017
Zigomanis, Lazaros
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South by south east
Tim is broke. When a mysterious stranger offers him money for his overcoat, it seems like a stroke of good fortune. But there are worse things than being broke, being shot for one. The Diamond Brothers could soon share the fate of the stranger.
ISBN 9780744590371
Series Diamond Brothers series (3 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Special
Fern Marlow is alone, datawiped and in hiding. Her mobie says she's Delia Greene, a refuse sorter. Every day, she queues to work, to earn enough to stay alive. She dreams of the past and the life she's meant to be living, for those wealthy enough or lucky enough to be genetically designed. Her rescuers said her former life was a lie. They said they'd come back for her but they haven't. Fern doesn't know who to trust or believe. To save herself, Fern must answer the one question she can't face. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780857988072
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Blain, Georgia
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"Special Circumstances": The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary. And now she's been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more. Still, it's easy to tune that out -- until Tally's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780689865404
Series Uglies series (3 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2006
Westerfeld, Scott
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Spy Academy: The Peak
Nolan Hawker is invited to attend the Peak, the world's most dangerous school. There he learns to crack codes, fly planes and deceive enemies so he can someday infiltrate the deadly anarchist group, Swarm. But Swarm is already inside the Peak, and they have a plan - the kind that no-one walks away from. Does Nolan have what it takes to save his friends, his school, the world?
ISBN 9781761290473
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2024
Heath, Jack
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Stalking Jack the Ripper
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose is like no other 'lady' of her time. Living in London during the 1880s, she would rather sneak out to her forbidden uncle's laboratory to study forensic medicine than drink tea and discuss what is considered more polite conversation with whoever her father believes she should be socialising with. When Jack the Ripper brutally strikes, Audrey Rose and her uncle are thrown into the case, but things just don't add up. Does she know the killer? Can Audrey Rose stop him, or will her meddling put her right in line to be the next victim? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780316273497
Publisher Little Brown, 2016
Maniscalco, Kerri
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Stardust thief, The
Neither here nor there, but long ago... Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a thief who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land, at the cost of sacrificing all jinn. With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan's oldest son to find the artifact. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 & above
ISBN 9780316368865
Publisher Orbit, 2022
Abdullah, Chelsea
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Stars and smoke
Winter Young is a global pop sensation. Everybody wants tickets to see him. That's why a top-secret government organisation thinks he'll make the perfect spy. His target is infamous business tycoon and bad guy Eli Morrison. Because Morrison's daughter has just one birthday wish: a private concert with Winter Young. Winter must use his stardom to crack his target's inner circle and bring Morrison down. With him will be expert spy Sydney - and she is convinced Winter doesn't have what it takes. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780241646540
Publisher Roaring Book Press, 2023
Topics / Gender identity /
Lu, Marie
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Stars did wander darkling, The
Maybe Archie Coombes has been watching too many horror movies. All of a sudden, the most ordinary things have taken on a sinister edge: a penny on a doormat. A man in a brown suit under a streetlamp. the persistent sound of an axe chopping in the middle of the night. He keeps telling himself hat this is Seaham, a sleepy seaside town where nothing ever happens. Or at least nothing did, until his dad's construction company opened up the cliff beneath the old - some say cursed - Langdon Place. Soon, though, he and his friends can't deny it: More and more of the adults in town are acting strangely. An ancient, long-buried evil has been unleashed upon the community, and it's up to the kids to stop it before it's too late...
ISBN 9781760657192
Publisher Walker Books, 2023
Meloy, Colin
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Stegosaur stone
Three loyal teenagers witness a murder and theft of a priceless dinosaur fossil. They are not supposed to be in the National Park at night and are in great danger. An international crime gang is not going to let them get in its way.
ISBN 9781865046204
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Bernard, Patricia
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Stormbreaker
Fourteen year old Alex Rider's guardian dies in suspicious circumstances. Within days Alex goes from schoolboy to superspy. He must take up his uncle's mission and find out the truth behind multi-millionaire Herod Sayle's act of charity.
ISBN 9781844289301
Series Alex Rider series (1 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Stormbreaker: The graphic novel
Fourteen year old Alex Rider's guardian dies in suspicious circumstances. Within days, Alex goes from schoolboy to superspy. He must take up his uncle's mission and find out the truth behind multi-millionaire Herod Sayle's act of charity.
ISBN 9781844281114
Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (1 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Kanako (ill) & Yuzuro (ill)
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Storytellers series series
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Series Storytellers series series (3 books)
Schow, Betsy
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Superman: Dawnbreaker
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger, better than everyone around him. But he wasn't raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it's not like he's earned his powers . . . yet. Lately it's difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to step into the light to become the future Man of Steel?
ISBN 9780141386867
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
De La Pena, Matt
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Survival game, The
Mhairi is walking to Scotland. She has to get there, has to find safety in her grandmother's house. But all she has is a gun with no bullets and her precious identity papers. In this dystopian new world, the journey from the African continent to the top of the UK is fraught with danger. When Mhairi comes across a lone, mute boy she finds kindness within her to help him to safety as well, even though this could jeopardise everything she is working towards.
ISBN 9781444944525
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Singer, Nicky
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Take a life
Dom's almost there, the end is in sight and the Debt wants proof that Dom has what it takes to become one of them. Dom is desperate to be rid of his debt, but can he kill another person to prove himself. He is alone, so terribly alone.
ISBN 9781742378626
Series The debt series (6 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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Take the key and lock her up
Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed. But, Grace Blakely knows the truth, there was one survivor, and that blood runs through her veins. The truth may cause a revolution and some are desperate to keep it a secret. To save herself, her family and the boy she loves, Grace must outmanoeuvre her foes and cut through the web of lies, despite the risks. If she wins, Grace will inherit a throne. If she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780545654951
Series Embassy Row series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2016
Carter, Ally
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Taking of Jake Livingstone, The
Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people. Jake can't decide what's worse: being a medium, forced to watch the dead play out their last living moments on a loop, or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare. And now life as a medium is getting worse, as a powerful, vengeful ghost targets Jake, High school has become a different kind of survival game - one Jake is not sure he can win. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781839132506
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2022
Douglas, Ryan
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Tales of the peculiar
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar - known to hide information about the peculiar world - first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141371658
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Riggs, Ransom
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Talking in whispers
Set in Chile, this political thriller takes the reader on a physical and emotional journey into a military coup. A powerful and disturbing novel about one boy's attempt to reveal the abuse of power and torture used by the state. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141300795
Publisher Penguin, 1998
Watson, James
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Tell, The
Rey Tanic is not like other 14 year olds. His dad is a mafia boss. His dad also in jail. When Rey's life explodes, every decision he makes will shape the rest of his life. How far does the apple really fall from the tree?
ISBN 9781760895945
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2020
Chatterton, Martin
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That stubborn seed of hope
A collection of ten gripping short stories about fear and hope. A boy helps his sister by disguising her birthmark on her first day of school. A seventeen-year-old awakens to find himself trapped in an elderly body. A teenage girl discovers her boyfriend has a life-threatening virus the day after they share their first kiss. A high school student tries to communicate to his hospitalised brother who is in a vegetative state. Brian Falkner serves up bite-sized tales of fear - fear of rejection, fear of dying, fear of disease, fear of the unknown, fear of exclusion, fear of being caught and fear of embarrassment - showing how that stubborn seed of hope hungers our darkest moments.
ISBN 9780702259692
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2017
Falkner, Brian
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The Apothecary trilogy series
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Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Meloy, Maile
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The debt series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series The debt series (6 books)
Gwynne, Phillip
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The Gallagher girls series
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Series The Gallagher girls series (6 books)
Carter, Ally
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Theft of sunlight, The
When her best friend's sister is snatched, Rae is determined to find answers. She travels to the royal court and unexpectedly begins serving the new princess. This alliance draws her deep into a dangerous quest for answers about the Snatchers. As each strand of the web is unravelled, Rae slips further into danger.
ISBN 9781471410376
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2021
Khanani, Intisar
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Theodore Boone
A high stakes murder trial includes a perfect murder, a faceless witness and thirteen year old Theodore as the only person who knows the whole truth.
ISBN 9781444714494
Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2010
Grisham, John
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Theodore Boone series
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Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Grisham, John
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Theodore Boone: The abduction
When Theodore's best friend, April, goes missing in the middle of the night, fear ripples through the town. The police run out of leads and Theo uses his legal and investigative mind to track her down.
ISBN 9781444714531
Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2011
Grisham, John
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Theodore Boone: The accused
Big trouble is brewing for Theodore Boone. While all of Strattenburg anxiously awaits the new trial of infamous murder suspect Pete Duffy, problems arise for their own kid lawyer. There's been a robbery and Theo is the accused. His reputation is on the line and, with the evidence building against him and dangerous threats looming, Theo will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence. Even if it means breaking a few rules.
ISBN 9780142426135
Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Publisher Penguin USA, 2013
Grisham, John
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Theodore Boone: The activist
Theodore Boone is back in action. All of Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue and Theo finds himself right in the thick of it. The county commission is fighting hard to change the landscape of the town and Theo is strongly opposed to the plans. But, when he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, no one, not even Theo, is prepared for the risks and potential harm. Torn between his conscience and the law, Theo will do whatever it takes to stand up for what is right.
ISBN 9780142423097
Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin USA, 2014
Grisham, John
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Theodore Boone: The fugitive
On a field trip to Washington, DC, Theo spots a familiar face on the Metro. He sees accused murderer and fugitive Pete Duffy, who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo's quick thinking helps bring Duffy back to Strattenburg to stand trial. But, now that Duffy knows who he is, Theo is in greater danger than he's ever been in before. Even when everything is on the line, Theodore Boone will stop at nothing to make sure a killer is brought to justice.
ISBN 9780147510181
Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Publisher Penguin USA, 2016
Grisham, John
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Theodore Boone: The scandal
Thirteen year old Theodore Boone knows every judge, police officer and court clerk in Strattenburg. But, even a future star lawyer like Theo has to deal with statewide, standardised testing. When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what's right.
ISBN 9781444763423
Series Theodore Boone series (6 books)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2016
Grisham, John
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Third pig detective agency, The
Harry Pigg, the only surviving brother from the Big Bad Wolf attacks, has set up business as a private in Grimmtown, only things aren't going too well. Down on his luck, with bills to pay and no clients in sight the outlook is poor. But then in walks local businessman Aladdin who needs someone to help him track down an old lamp.
ISBN 9781906321758
Series Third Pig Detective Agency, The series (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Burke, Bob
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Third Pig Detective Agency, The series
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Series Third Pig Detective Agency, The series (3 books)
Burke, Bob
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This book is not good for you
In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass's mum has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Senor Hugo. The ransom...the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it's too late. Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Senor Hugo's chocolate success. If you're tempted, take a taste, but just remember...this book is not good for you.
ISBN 9780316040853
Series Secret series (3 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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This camp is doomed: A Dennith Grange misadventure
A run-down camp in the woods with no phone reception and 10 students with untested powers- what could possibly go wrong? Something is definitely not right at Camp Buttress and who is the ghost that keeps appearing and what is he trying to tell them? Fionn, Celine and their friends together with their teachers try to solve the mystery- and survive.
ISBN 9781761047565
Publisher Penguin, 2023
Zobel, Anna
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This isn't what it looks like
Cass may be in grave danger. She's eaten the dreaded time travel chocolate. I won't even begin to tell you what trouble this delicacy has caused in the past. If only Cass could leave the past behind but it appears she is literally stuck in it. Meanwhile, Max-Ernest is worried for his best friend. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass's condition before it's too late and will he have what it takes to save the survivalist.
ISBN 9780316076241
Series Secret series (4 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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This monstrous thing
In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch's life shattered to bits. His brother, Oliver - dead. His sweetheart, Mary - gone. His chance to break free of Geneva -lost. Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead. But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair's horror further damages the already troubled relationship. Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay...
ISBN 9780062382788
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Lee, Mackenzi
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This mortal coil
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine. Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organisation with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back. There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141379272
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2017
Suvada, Emily
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Three of diamonds
Three books in one - The French confection, The blurred man, I know what you did last Wednesday.
ISBN 9780744583557
Series Diamond Brothers series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Thunderhead: Arc of a scythe
It's been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra's life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot. The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406379532
Series Arc of a scythe series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Shusterman, Neal
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Time stops for no mouse
Hermux, a watchmaker and an unlikely hero, finds himself in a world of danger and intrigue.
ISBN 9780141315126
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Hoeye, Michael
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Tinder
Soldier Otto Hundebis defies Death but walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire, pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves, whose master he becomes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781780621494
Publisher Orion, 2014
Gardner, Sally & Roberts, David (ill)
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Toby alone
Toby Lolness may be only one and a half millimetres tall but he is involved in a huge and harrowing fight for his life and the safety of his family. A thrilling tale of state control, betrayal, cruelty, heroism, friendship and survival in a violent, miniature world that is not for the faint-hearted. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406313154
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, S (trans) & Place, F (ill)
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Toby and the secrets of the tree
Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the centre of the Tree, moss and lichen invade the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner and mercilessly hunting the Grass People. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time, he's not alone. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406310146
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, S (trans) & Place, F (ill)
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Trash
Three friends are living on a heap of trash, a lifetime of sifting rubbish. One day they find something extraordinary. From that moment on they are hunted without mercy. But they can't run forever. The reality of a slum society in the modern world combined with an action packed mystery.
ISBN 9780385619028
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2010
Mulligan, Andy
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Twist Cottage
Two spooky stories including one about Twist Cottage, where all the previous owners have died in mysterious circumstances, and Harriet's horrible dream, the story of Harriet who is having a nightmare and doesn't seem to be able to wake up.
ISBN 9781841213743
Series Horowitz horror series (8 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Uglies
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780689865381
Series Uglies series (1 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2005
Westerfeld, Scott
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Uglies series
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Series Uglies series (4 books)
Westerfeld, Scott
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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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Undying
Mia and Jules are desperate to warn their home planet about the impending invasion from the Undying. They escape the Undying's ancient spacecraft, crash land back on Earth managing to avoid being killed, only to find that no one will believe them about the alien threat in orbit. When they realise that no one is going to take them seriously, they must take things into their own hands. All they need to do is escape the powerful International Alliance, avoid being killed by aliens, prevent a horrific plague, while racing across Europe to save the people they love...no pressure. Mature themes, Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760292164
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Kaufman, Amie & Spooner, Meagan
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United we spy
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organisation called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle's elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie -- and her country -- forever.
ISBN 9781423165996
Series The Gallagher girls series (6 of 6)
Publisher Hyperion Books, 2013
Carter, Ally
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Unwholly
Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa - and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp - people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed organs for transplanting might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished. Cam is made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds; he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles to find identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam's fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he will have to question humanity itself. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781442423671
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2013
Shusterman, Neal
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Unwind
Connor, Risa and Lev are running for their lives. Unwinding: the process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive. Unwinding is now a common, and accepted, practice in society. Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their 18th birthday, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780857079978
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2012
Shusterman, Neal
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Vanishing deep, The
A world of water is all seventeen-year-old Tempe has ever known. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water. Relics of the old world hold great value, so Tempe spends her days diving through drowned cities to scavenge anything of value to trade for notes. But it's not food or riches Tempe is after, but the chance to buy back her dead sister's life for 24 hours. But it's not a heartfelt reunion Tempe is after. Her sister died keeping a terrible secret, and she wants answers.
ISBN 9781760525576
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Scholte, Astrid
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Vanishing island, The: The chronicles of the black tulip
Bren Own was born and bred in a small port town. Map may appear to be dull and unadventurous to young Bren in 1599 before the arrival of a Dutch ship. A dying sailor and strange gift change his life forever. Bren will travel far and make new friends. There will be challenges and mysteries. There are codes and legends to unravel and danger in all corners. This is an adventure story set during the Age of Discovery.
ISBN 9780062221919
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Wolverton, Barry
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Vasilisa the wise and other tales of brave young women
Meet the brave young women from tales of yore...Vasilisa who must try to outwit the fearsome witch Baba-Yaga. Katie Crackernuts who sets out to save her sister from dark magic. Flora, the gardener's daughter, who marries a giant serpent to save a prince. Fairer-Than-A-Fairy, a princess who is kidnapped by an evil one-eyed enchantress. Lullala, in love with a prince cursed to be a lion by day and a man by night. Rosemary, a Scottish lass whose baby is stolen by the wicked faery folk of the Sidhe. Ursula, a princess replaced by a walking, talking automaton.These are not your usual passive princess, waiting forlornly for their prince to come.
ISBN 9780648103066
Publisher Serenity Press, 2018
Forsyth, Kate
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Very peculiar plague, A
Alfred is keen to give up bogling, since he almost lost his last apprentice, Birdie. When children start disappearing, Alfred and Jem join forces, waging an underground war. They even seek help from Birdie, dragging her away from the safe home with Miss Eames. Together they learn that there's only one thing more terrifying than facing a whole plague of bogles - and that's facing some of the sinister people from Jem's past.
ISBN 9781743313053
Series City of orphans trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Jinks, Catherine
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Very singular guild, A
The plague of child-eating bogles in London means that Ned's now working as an apprentice to Alfred, the bogler. Alongside Jem and Birdie, Ned must lure bogles out of their lairs so that Alfred can kill them. This means spending a lot of time in murky underground waterways - especially when Alfred is hired to stamp out a deadly infestation. But times are changing, as magic and folklore give way to the machine age.
ISBN 9781743313091
Series City of orphans trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Jinks, Catherine
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Very unusual pursuit, A
Monsters have been infesting London's dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That's why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs so that Alfred can kill them.
ISBN 9781743313060
Series City of orphans trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd,
Jinks, Catherine
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Waking Romeo
It's the end of the world. Literally. Time travel is possible, but only forwards. And only a handful of families choose to remain in the 'now', living off the scraps that were left behind. Among these are eighteen-year-old Juliet and the love of her life, Romeo. But things are far from rosy for Jules. Romeo is in a coma and she's estranged from her friends and family, dealing with the very real fallout of their wild romance. Then a handsome time traveller, Ellis, arrives with an important mission that makes Jules question everything she knows about life and love. Can Jules wake Romeo and rewrite her future? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760297152
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Barker, Kathryn
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Wanted
Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52: No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though...they should be worried. Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she's the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn't in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn't figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi's going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink. Not happening. No way in Spell.
ISBN 9781492635994
Series Storytellers series series (2 of 3)
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2017
Schow, Betsy
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We were liars
There are four friends, it is summer, they are on a private island, they have the freedom to come and go as they please... throw in true love and terrible lies and it's hard to distinguish fact from fiction. The truth will leave you cold, and when people ask you about it, make sure you lie. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above,
ISBN 9781760111069
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Lockhart, E
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What we all saw
Witches only exist in stories. Everyone knows that. But when four friends are caught in the woods at dusk, their worst nightmare may just become their reality.
ISBN 9781761045936
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Lucas, Mike
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When the ground is hard
Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school will be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. As they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and together they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. When a boy goes missing on campus, Adele and Lottie must work together to solve the mystery, in the process learning the true meaning of friendship. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760524814
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Nunn, Malla
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Wicked will rise, The
My name is Amy Gumm, and I'm the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me. My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger. Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down, and try to figure out what I'm really doing here. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062382214
Series Dorothy must die series (2 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Paige, Danielle
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Wild blue wonder
For Quinn and her siblings, Fern and Reed, summer means working as counselors at their family's summer camp, The Hundred, a place known for its magical feel. But last summer was different. Last summer they all fell in love with the same boy, their best friend Dylan. But six months later and everything has changed. The summer camp is empty and covered in snow, and Quinn, Fern and Reed aren't speaking to each other anymore. Something happened that summer that tore them apart, and their memories won't let them forgive. Maybe the lake monster is not the only monster in camp. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781509836055
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Sorosiak, Carlie
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Wilder girls
Raxter's School for Girls was meant to be the perfect place for young woman to receive an outstanding education. But when the Tox hits, leaving most of their teachers dead and their peers' bodies mutated, Raxter's becomes a living nightmare for Hetty, Reese and Byatt. Left to fend for themselves by the authorities, the surviving students of Raxters adhere to the strict quarantine designed to protect them from the wild and mutated beasts that roam the forest. When Byatt goes missing, Hetty is determined to do everything to bring her back - even if it means breaking quarantine and facing the horrors beyond Raxter's fence. Once outside though, she uncovers much more to the Tox and life at Raxter than she ever thought possible. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10, and above
ISBN 9781529021288
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Power, Rory
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Winter
Winter is 16. She has just returned to her family home. She has not been here since she was four years old, when both of her parents died within six months of each other. Some of the locals are happy to see her. Others are not. Her decision to return, to restore her family home, and to settle down is met with some joy and some hostility. Getting to the bottom of why people feel the way they do will reveal things about her past she might wish she had never known. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780330421843
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2005
Marsden, John
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Witness
Todd is running late for school when he witnesses a ruthless attack and robbery on Mr Wilson, a local shopkeeper. Something is vaguely familiar about the attacker and, when Todd finally recognises him, Todd's life and that of his friends are in danger.
ISBN 9780237529246
Publisher Evans Bros, 2005
Cassidy, Anne
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Wizards of once series
Any three 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 Wizards of once series (4 books)
Cowell, Cressida
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Wizards of once, The: Knock three times
Wish and Xar are outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and worst of all by WITCHES ... Can they find the ingredients for the spell to get rid of Witches before the Kingwitch gets his talons on the Magic-that-Works-on-Iron? Their next Quest is the most terrifying and treacherous of all ... and someone is going to betray them. Are you ready to KNOCK THREE TIMES?
ISBN 9781444941449
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2019
Cowell, Cressida
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Wizards of once, The: Never and forever
The No.1 bestselling series from the author of How to Train Your Dragon. Can Xar and Wish unite their worlds in time to save the Wildwoods? Will it be Never... or Forever? The final book in the magical The Wizards of Once series. Xar and Wish have found the ingredients for the Spell-to-get-rid-of-Witches. Now the Kingwitch is calling them to the lake of the lost. But first they must mix the potion in the Cup of Second Chances ... Can they defeat the hungry Tatzelwerm monster and escape with the cup? And will the spell be strong enough to lift the CURSE OF THE WILDWOODS... or will Witches reign FOREVER?
ISBN 9781444956627
Series Wizards of once series (4 of 4)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2020
Cowell, Cressida
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Wraith
It's been two years since Gia Basso witnessed archangels and demons waging war upon each other beneath the dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. Traumatised, Gia has been in self-imposed exile on the English coast.But the sudden reappearance of Mercy in her life, in a new and terrifying incarnation, draws Gia into a desperate struggle to locate Lucifer -- who holds Ryan Daley captive in order to keep him from Mercy, his beloved, forever. Tasked by the archangels to destroy Lucifer, and by Mercy to help her trace and free Ryan, Gia is pushed to the limits of human endurance as she traverses the earth -- with the help of friends old and new -- to do the impossible. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780648039228
Series Mercy series series (5 of 5)
Publisher The High street publishing company, 2017
Lim, Rebecca
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Wreck
Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. But things take an unexpected turn when Tamara arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is the mysterious note her attacker wants - and why is he willing to kill for it? A tragic boating accident five years ago holds the clue that could keep Tamara alive. But how can she find the truth when she can't tell who's lying?
ISBN 9780143784319
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Ferris, Fleur
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Wundersmith: The calling of Morrigan Crow
Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She's hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery - but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan's unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor? Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion...
ISBN 9780734418227
Series Nevermoor series (2 of 3)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Townsend, Jessica
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Yellow
Kirra's so-called friends bully her, her mother has taken to alcohol ever since her dad left them for another woman and, now, a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She'll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he makes her popular, gets her parents back together, and promises not to haunt her. But, things aren't so simple and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one. Mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143573333
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Jacobson, Megan
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Yellow brick war
My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because-just like Dorothy-I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz-and Kansas-is to kill her. And I'm the only one who can do it. But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don't find a way to close it Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it's up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062458421
Series Dorothy must die series (3 of 5)
Publisher Harper, 2016
Paige, Danielle
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You have to stop this
A class trip to the natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this crime, Cass and her friends go to work for the mummy exhibit's curator, only to be blamed when tragedy strikes. To clear their names the trio must travel deep into a land of majestic pyramids, dusty tombs, mysterious hieroglyphs, and the walking dead.
ISBN 9780316076272
Series Secret series (5 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Young unicorns, The
The Austin family find themselves endangered by the Alphabat gang's evil use of lasers.
ISBN 9780440999195
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc, 1980
L'Engle, Madeleine
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