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1918
The planes kept flying low above them. The signal rang out and they surged forward through the smoke. Thousands of men screaming and yelling, their line was kilometres wide. Behind them came Monash's tanks, those huge, new mobile machines. They smothered the land, flattening the crops and then any wire left standing.
ISBN 9781743622513
Series Australia's great war series (5 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Gleeson, Libby
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9/11 report, The: a graphic adaptation
The United States was completely unprepared for the shocking act of terrorism when hijacked planes flew into New York's twin towers on 11 September 2001. This ia a graphic representation of The 9/11 Report, which gives the background to the attack and analyses the response of the federal agencies involved.
ISBN 9780809057399
Publisher Hill & Wang, 2006
Jacobson, Sid & Colon, Ernie (ill)
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A-Z of convicts in Van Diemen's Land
In the first half of the nineteenth century, seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land. This is an enthralling journey through the personal histories and daily lives of the men, women and children who played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of the newly established colony.
ISBN 9781922079343
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2014
Barnard, Simon
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Able
Dylan Alcott has never let his disability get in the way of what he wanted to achieve. His family treated him no differently to any other kid, and it was the best thing they ever did. Growing up, Dylan always had a positive attitude to life. So when he discovered sport, he'd have a go at anything and could always be found at the centre of the action, giving his best and playing to win. Then he tried wheelchair basketball and tennis and was hooked. Fast forward ten years or so, and the now three-time Paralympic gold medallist, Order of Australia recipient, world No 1 tennis champion, Logie winner and philanthropist combines elite sport with a love for music. But Dylan's greatest passion is changing the way those with disabilities are perceived, and to inspire young people - whether they have disabilities or are able-bodied - to achieve their dreams. It's a passion that drives him every day of his life. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733340550
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2019
Alcott, Dylan
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Adam Spencer's world of numbers
If you love numbers and like to laugh, then you'll enjoy finding out the crucial role that numbers play in our understanding of sport, space, computers, cooking, and a whole lot in between. This book decodes barcodes, explains why we say 'as sixes and sevens' when we're discombobulated, shows how many people you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common, and why the number seventy is weird and what can be done about it. A whole lot more weird and wonderful stuff.
ISBN 9781921134869
Publisher Xoum Publishing, 2015
Spencer, Adam
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Albert Einstein
This fascinating biography details the life and achievements of Albert Einstein, a scientist and mathematician who made significant contributions to the field of physics. Einstein's famous Theory of Relativity changed the world's understanding of space and created a whole new kind of science to study cosmology.
ISBN 9780778782094
Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Publisher EK Books, 2020
Croy, Anita
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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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Amazing facts about Australia's early explorers
Australia's early explorers were an odd bunch. Some were incredibly brave, others extremely foolhardy. Some formed friendships with Aborigines and respected their rights and traditions, others treated them very badly. Some gained fame and fortune, others lost their lives. All had a thirst for discovery.
ISBN 9781741932959
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2008
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts about Australia's early settlers
Australia is home to both an ancient, Indigenous culture and a young European influence. While their coexistence has been far from peaceful, both groups have proven to be tenacious, resourceful and resilient. Australia is the only country founded solely to contain convicts.
ISBN 9781741933185
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2009
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts about Australian birds
Australia is one of the best places to watch the unique bird families that share our natural and urban environments. Find out how they evolved, how they survive and adapt in the face of human progress, and how they interact with each other.
ISBN 9781741933017
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2008
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts about Australian wildlife conservation
Australia has unique, ancient landscapes, plants and animals. Humans have not always realised how incredible the natural wealth is and have exploited the environments, greatly affecting the flora and fauna. Australia has one of the worst extinction rates in the world but it's not too late to save our wild places.
ISBN 9781741932973
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2009
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts 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 Amazing facts series (7 books)
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Among believers: Pictorial journey, A
Among Believers explores the richness and diversity of the world's mainstream religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism. More than 350 remarkable photographs document worship and the rites of passage rooted in a country's culture, religious festivals, feasts and fasts, meditation, education, sacred foods and places of pilgrimage.
ISBN 9780992324018
Publisher World religions photo library, 2016
Osborne, Christine
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Ancestry: Stories of multicultural ANZACS
Australians from a wide range of cultural backgrounds served together during the First World War. They wore the same uniform and experienced the same conditions and hardships. For many, wartime service gave them the equality that was not available in Australian society, either before or after the war. These stories about multicultural ANZACS draw on the Australian War Memorial's diverse collection, and include private records, photographs, works of art and relics.
ISBN 9780992583927
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2015
Siers, Robyn & Walker, Carlie
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Animal heroes
Short stories about animals involved in Australian armed conflicts, from WWI to more recent times. The animals display bravery under fire, mateship and loyalty, the same attributes shown by the ANZACs.
ISBN 9780143003809
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Hill, Anthony
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Anna the goanna and other poems
A colourful, engaging picture book containing a collection of poems about living in an Aboriginal community.
ISBN 9780855753443
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000
McDougall, Jill & Taylor, Jenny (ill)
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Anzacs at Gallipoli, The: a story for Anzac Day
A simply written, moving account of Australian and New Zealand soldiers' dramatic experiences at Gallipoli, which includes extracts from their letters and diaries, along with graphic photographs. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780734400703
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Pugsley, Chris & Lockyer, John
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Art, land, story
A look at some of the traditions from which Indigenous art has come, with an emphasis on the continuous links between Indigenous art, place and The Dreaming. It shows the extraordinary diversity that has always been a feature of Australian Indigenous art.
ISBN 9781876288419
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (4 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Nicholls, Christine
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Ask no questions
With a third of Australians born and around half with one parent born overseas, migration stories are a crucial part of our national experience. In her verse novel, Ask No Questions, Eva Collins writes spare affecting lines about her own experience as a teenager when her parents decided to emigrate from Poland to Australia. She captures the loss and gain, grief and celebration with great poignancy. Simply written but deeply moving, Ask No Questions is accessible poetry that is particularly suited for young adult readers.
ISBN 9781922571342
Publisher Puncher & Wattmann, 2022
Collins, Eva
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Atlas of abandoned places
From rusting rocket ships to crumbling opulent palaces belonging to former dictators, this atlas journeys across fifty remarkable sites across the world. No longer in their heyday, these sites are abandoned and eerily different to what they once were. Each site has its own story to share.
ISBN 9781784726928
Publisher Octopus, 2022
Smith, Oliver
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Atmospheric
Talking about the weather used to be small talk. Now, it's the hottest topic on Earth. We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere yet, most of the time, we ignore it. Our atmosphere is treated as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing the Earth's climate. In small chunks, this book cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it.
ISBN 9781925126372
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2016
Wilkinson, Carole
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Australia's great war 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 Australia's great war series (5 books)
Gleeson, Libby
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Australia's greatest inventions & innovations
Imagine a world without wi-fi or clothes lines or lawnmowers or Vegemite or dual-flush toilets or even mousetraps. Weird, huh? These are just a few of the many inventions that have been created by clever Australians to solve some of life's difficult problems. Suitable for Stage 2 and Stage 3.
ISBN 9781742755649
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Cheng, Christopher & Knight, Linsay
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Australian backyard explorer
Australian history joins with science to bring the world of the explorer to life. Each chapter contains an historical section plus a related project and some quirky but interesting facts. Trying to stay alive and keeping an eye on the weather are just as applicable today as they were two hundred years ago. Tales of tragedy, conflict and death, loyalty, amazing perseverance and wonderment.
ISBN 9780642276841
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2009
Topics / STEM /
Macinnis, Peter
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Australian backyard naturalist
Ever wondered what all those tiny bugs are that you see when you look very closely at a rosebud on a rosebush? Ever wanted to be able to identify a bird just from hearing its song? Want to learn how to keep a pet ant lion? All that and more is to be found within this informative book. Features personal accounts from the author's experiences with many of the species mentioned.
ISBN 9780642277428
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2012
Macinnis, Peter
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Australian bushrangers
This history of bushranging in Australia gives details about many bushrangers.
ISBN 9781864362848
Publisher New Holland Australia, 1998
Coupe, Robert
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Awesome, Australian art for contemporary kids
Describing contemporary artworks and the intentions of the artists. The relevance of these works for today's kids is revealed.
ISBN 9781877004209
Publisher Craftsman House, 2003
Cree, Laura Murray
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Basketball
Indiana Pacer, Chris Mullin, introduces this fascinating new guide to basketball. He draws on his wealth of experience in America's National Basketball Association to show beginners all aspects of the game.
ISBN 9780751328059
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2000
Mullin, Chris
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Be the one
Emmy Award-winning ABC News chief national correspondent and Nightline co-anchor, Byron Pitts shares the heartbreaking and inspiring stories of six young people who overcame impossible circumstances with extraordinary perseverance. This book is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781442483835
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Topics / Biography /
Pitts, Byron
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Beach they called Gallipoli, The
This book is about Gallipoli, the place, and what happened on Gallipoli Beach, from the ANZACS first landing in April to their retreat in December 1915. Images, memorabilia, illustrations and photographs enrich the recount of the months that followed the landing. Includes images that may trouble some readers. A challenging read; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732292263
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2014
French, Jackie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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Becoming
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerising storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780241334140
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Obama, Michelle
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Becoming (adapted for younger readers)
What's important is our story, our whole story, including those moments when we feel a little vulnerable . . . Michelle Robinson started life sharing a bedroom with her older brother Craig, in their family's upstairs apartment in her great-aunt's house. Her parents, Fraser and Marian, poured their love and energy into their children. She would go on to become Michelle Obama, the inspirational First Lady of the United States of America. Now adapted for younger readers, with new photographs and a new introduction from Michelle Obama herself, this memoir tells a very personal, and completely inspiring, story of how, through hard work and determination, the girl from the South Side of Chicago built an extraordinary life. Usually read by students inn years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780241531815
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Topics / Biography /
Obama, Michelle
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Becoming Buddha: the story of Siddhartha
Find out how Prince Siddhartha grew in knowledge and enlightenment to become Buddha, one of the greatest religious influences on the world.
ISBN 9780734407726
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Stewart, Whitney & Rippin, Sally (ill)
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Benjamin Franklin: revolutionary inventor
Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. He was a scientist who experimented with electricity, a diplomat who served as envoy to France and negotiated peace with England, a mapmaker, printer and writer. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and established America's first hospital.
ISBN 9781402732836
Series Sterling biographies series (10 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Higgins, Maria Mihalik
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Big book of numbers
If you love numbers, want to love numbers or just love to laugh and learn about the wonderful life we live, then this numbers book is for you. Discover primes, Pi, perfect numbers and how many ribs an elephant has.
ISBN 9781921134326
Publisher Xoum Publishing, 2014
Spencer, Adam
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Black snake: the daring of Ned Kelly
Offers historical insights, without glorification, into the life of the outlaw as told by characters present at the various events in Ned's life. Supported by archival photographs, press clippings and quotes from correspondence and other documents.
ISBN 9781876372934
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Wilkinson, Carole
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Black Summer: Stories of loss, courage and community from the 2019-2020 bushfires
The bushfire season of 2019 and 2020 was the most catastrophic on record and the loss of lives, homes, property, habitat and wildlife were unprecedented. ABC journalists were present during these crises and reported information and updates on the growing fires. They gathered the many stories which can help those in the future understand what happened with the hope that lessons can be learned. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733341328
Publisher ABC Books, 2021
Rowland, Michael (ed)
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Blood, sweat & steel
In 2012, Combat Engineer Curtis McGrath was serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan when, in the line of duty, he stepped on a land mine. Just months later, Curtis was up and walking on prosthetic legs, motivated by the opportunity to march with his unit in their welcome-home ceremony. Kayaking gave him a new sense of purpose and a year later, Curtis captained the Australian team at the inaugural Invictus Games in London, founded by Prince Harry for wounded, injured or ill veterans. Then, within four years of his injury, Curtis won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Now a ten-time world champion gold medallist, Curtis is passionate about the power of sport to transform lives, he's ready at last to share his extraordinary story, and how he has approached every setback and challenge with courage, resilience, humour and grit. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780733340789
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
McGrath, Curtis & Phelps, James
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Blue death, The
A doctor turns detective to solve a mystery around the cholera epidemic in London, 1854.
ISBN 9780340805718
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Allen, Judy
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Body talk: a power guide for girls
A self-help book for teenage girls providing advice about coping with bullying, alcohol, drug use, depression and sexual relations. Some coarse language used by girls to describe their feelings. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733618604
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Reid Boyd, Elizabeth & Bray, Abigail
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Body: bones, muscle, blood and other body bits
Highly informative, pocket-sized fact book on human anatomy and physiology. Contains an index, glossary, websites and reference section.
ISBN 9780751330786
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2001
Walker, Richard & Murphy, Gabrielle Dr
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Bone hunters: on the trail of the dinosaurs
There is a wealth of dinosaur information in this book, as well as accounts of the palaeontologists who made many of the famous discoveries.
ISBN 9781862913592
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Dedman, Stephen
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Book of absolutely useless lists
A chunky book, jammed full of fascinating, whacky and absurd facts and information, with a list for every day of the year. Useful information like seven objects to use as a paperweight; twenty characters more famous than their inventors; and, four runners-up who became more famous than the person who won.
ISBN 9780230700505
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Ardagh, Philip
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Book that made me, The
The Book That Made Me is a celebration of the books that influenced some of the most acclaimed authors from Australia and the world. A perfect collection of personal stories from fantastic authors such as Markus Zusak, Jaclyn Moriarty, Shaun Tan, Mal Peet, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Simon French, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell, Bernard Beckett, Ursula Dubosarsky, Rachael Craw, Sue Lawson, Felicity Castagna, Benjamin Law, Cath Crowley, Kate Constable, James Roy, Alison Croggon, Will Kostakis and Randa Abdel-Fattah. What stories inspired them, and made them who they are today? Read this book and find out! Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781922244888
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Ridge, Judith (ed)
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Boy: tales of childhood
Roald Dahl recounts his life as a child, growing up in England.
ISBN 9780141303055
Publisher Puffin UK, 1999
Dahl, Roald
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Brontide
Brontide is a coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound. The boys like to challenge themselves and the rules, and soon realise that not everything goes to plan. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925360929
Publisher Magabala Books, 2018
McPherson, Sue
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Business for beginners
Dive into the world of business with this lively introduction, whether you want to be an entrepreneur or a smarter consumer. With bright, infographic pictures, it describes how to start your own business, manage your money and beat the competition and explains global supply chains and interest rates. Includes links to websites to find out more.
ISBN 9781474940139
Series Usborne for beginners (99 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018
Bryan, Lara & Hall, Rose & Stover, Kellin (ill)
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Caesar's last breath
Each moment, we inhale and exhale sextillions of different molecules. Some of these molecules are undoubtedly the same molecules exhaled by Julius Caesar, the long extinct dinousaurs, and even some of the perfume molecules from Cleopatra. This book tells the story of our atmosphere, what it is made of, and how it came to be this way. Even though the science can be incredibly complex, the author clearyly explains just enough and in an entertaining way.
ISBN 9781784162931
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2017
Topics / Biography /
Kean, Sam
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Cat on the island
The true story of David and his father who came to Stephens Island, a remote and pristine New Zealand island, in 1894. They built a lighthouse to protect ships, chopping down the trees and demolishing the habitat of the birds. But worse than that, they also brought their pregnant cat and the island's tiny flightless wrens were wiped out in less than two years.
ISBN 9780207200700
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2008
Crew, Gary & Warden, Gillian (ill)
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Charles Darwin
Discover how Charles Darwin changed the world through science. This book explores why his discoveries went against the teachings of the Church in England. How Darwin learnt about animals and their change and evolution to survive. How Darwin's discoveries have changed our understanding of the world around us forever.
ISBN 9781925820706
Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Publisher EK Books, 2020
Croy, Anita
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Children of Willesden lane, The: A true story of hope and survival during World War II
A story about the strength of one young girl separated from her family during the 2nd World War and sent to live with strangers in England. While the war drags on over years and Lisa dreams of seeing her family again she clings to the one gift her mother told her to never loose, her music. Lisa's piano playing would go on and brighten the lives of all those around her in the darkest of times and her story reminds us not just of the power of music, but of the amazing resilience and humbling kindness of the human spirit. For anyone who enjoyed The Diary of Anne Frank.
ISBN 9781760630805
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Golabek, Mona & Cohen, Lee
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Children's house of Belsen, The
A true account of the author's time spent as a prisoner in Belsen concentration camp, 1943-1945. The fear and uncertainty of the time are depicted simply, focusing on the positives not just the horrors associated with this period and place. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781863682527
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2001
Verolme, Hetty
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China: land of dragons and emperors
Paper, gunpowder, silk, porcelain, stirrups for riding horses and many other wonderful and extraordinary things were first used in China. Read about the rise and fall of dynasties, the superstitions and beliefs of the people and the famous people who are part of the great story of China.
ISBN 9781741754674
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Mah, Adeline Yen
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Climate crisis for beginners
The climate crisis is real. It is already changing the world around us. This book will help you to understand how we know this to be true, and what effect it might have in the future. The GOOD NEWS is that we have a plan. But the big question still remains- will we choose to do it?
ISBN 9781474979863
Series Usborne for beginners (99 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2020
Prentice, Andy & Reynolds, Eddie
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Coming up for air
Tom Daley captured the hearts of the nation with his unforgettable medal-winning performance in the London 2012 Olympics. At the 2020 Games in Tokyo, he triumphed to win gold and became the most decorated British diver of all time. In this deeply personal book, Tom explores the experiences that have shaped him and the qualities to which he owes his contentment and success; from the resilience he developed competing at world-class level, to the courage he discovered while reclaiming the narrative around his identity, and the perspective that family life has brought him. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above
ISBN 9780008217914
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2021
Daley, Tom
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Comradeship: stories of friendship and recreation in wartime
Millions of Australians have been affected by war. Many servicemen and servicewomen have faced extraordinary dangers, while their loved ones waiting at home suffered months, and even years, of uncertainty. Yet, despite the difficulties, a strong sense of shared experience, friendship, and camaraderie often developed.
ISBN 9780987615107
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2017
Cusack, Kathleen & Hatherley, Brett (des)
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Cool coding
This book is the perfect addition to any home or school. Coding is a subject we all have questions about, and this handy little book is beautifully laid out to dip into - either to find the answer to a question or to browse. Written in neat little chunks with fun facts, colourful illustrations and careful definitions. There are even links and exercises to continue with once you've finished reading the book.
ISBN 9781843653233
Publisher Pavilion, 2017
Topics / STEM /
Hansen, Robert
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Crash: the search for the Stinson
In 1937, a Stinson aircraft crashed, leaving two survivors to be rescued.
ISBN 9781862913783
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Beck, Jennifer & Blacklock, Dyan
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Creforce: the Anzacs and the battle of Crete
In 1941, Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete, expecting to meet little resistance from the Allies. But, they were mistaken. Australian, New Zealand and Greek soldiers, and the people of Crete, battled for ten days and the bonds between the Anzac and the Cretans have lasted for generations. War violence included. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780646815763
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Tzobanakis, Stella
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Crime and detection
Includes nine amazing stories from serial murderers such as the Yorkshire Ripper to art forgers, kidnappers and Great Train Robbers.
ISBN 9780746088340
Series Usborne true stories series (9 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Harvey, Gill
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Cruising through calamity: Handling anxiety in anxious times
A book for anyone and everyone who finds themselves going through big change, hard times, bad luck or tough stuff. A book for right now, as it turns out. Cruising Through Calamity is a much-needed new book about helping people manage their emotions through big changes, hard times and big challenges.
ISBN 9781460759752
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Aisbett, Bev
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Curious: life hacks through maths
How can maths help you to kick the perfect penalty goal, win an argument, impress your friends and spot fake news? With easy-to-understand maths logic, simple psychology and engaging anecdotes from her own life, mathematician Lily Serna shows us that maths can unlock the secrets of the universe. She wants to help all of us - especially the maths phobic - embrace the maths that surrounds us and solve the most common problems of modern living - all without making us learn a single formula. Well, maybe just one or two friendly ones . . Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760781156
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Serna, Lily
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Dangerous days: the true story of a digger's great escape
At nineteen, Ern signs up for the army to fight with the ANZACs. By twenty two, he is a prisoner of war. Ern and his mates are determined to escape and join their comrades in war.
ISBN 9780732287511
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Brough, Ernest
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Dark dreams: Australian refugee stories
Australian refugee stories is a unique anthology of essays, interviews, and stories written by children and young adults. The stories are the finest of hundreds collected through a nationwide schools competition in 2002. The essays and stories represent many different countries and themes. Some focus on survival, some on horrors, some on the experiences and alienation of a new world. This book is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above, and contains stories featuring difficult and potentially confronting subjects and experiences.
ISBN 9781862546295
Publisher Wakefield Press, 2004
Dechian, Sonja (ed) & Millar, Heather (ed) & Sallis, Eva (ed)
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Deadly Australians
Information about some deadly Australians, that is, some great Indigenous people who are successful, talented, outstanding and cool. They include Bronwyn Bancroft, Fabri Blacklock, Uncle Charles Moran, Darlene Johnson, Jimmy Little, Linda Burney and Charles Davidson who have achieved in art, politics, music and other fields.
ISBN 9781865045054
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (7 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Craven, Rhonda & Wilson-Miller, James
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Death: the horror of the plague, The
Thomas Timewell is sixteen, living in England in 1828, where body-snatching is rife, cut-throats are about and terrible novelists are absorbing the lives of wealthy women with nothing better to do. Contains some horror and mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742030739
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Braxton-Smith, Ananda
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Decision: Stories of leadership in the services
We all make decisions every day that shape the lives we lead. In times of war, decision-making can take on a greater significance. Many Australians over the past century of service have demonstrated leadership with the decisions they have made.
ISBN 9780994477569
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2017
Cole-Adams, Jennet & Gauld, Judy, Hatherley, Brett (des)
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Diary of a young naturalist
About a teenager, for teenagers. Dara's is an extraordinary voice and vision, a celebration of beauty and wonder with a powerful connection wot the natural world. 'Spring light and warmth are spreading across the mountains and into me. I have embraced the darkness but now this feeling of light is intoxicating, explosive and alive.
ISBN 9781922330000
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2020
McAnulty, Dara
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Dig 3ft NW: the legendary journey of Burke and Wills
In 1860, Robert Burke, accompanied by William Wills and a party of explorers, was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent from south to north. A few months later, a tree bore a strange carving, Dig under 3 ft NW. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead. A compelling account of a journey that was in trouble even before it began.
ISBN 9781921351723
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2008
Murgatroyd, Sarah
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Double dangerous book for boys, The
Read this book if you like short chapters, facts, activities and quizzes. Whether it is building a flying machine, discovering the world's greatest speeches, doing maths puzzles, learning sign language, reading quotes from Shakespeare or mastering the Rubik's cube, this book has it all and more.
ISBN 9780008332983
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2019
Iggulden, Conn & Iggulden, Hal
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Dr Karl's little book of climate change science
How is carbon dioxide related to climate change and what can we do to help the Earth? Dr Karl explains how we can help to reduce emissions and who the major players are in the changes taking place in our world. Companies and governments have known about the impacts of carbon dioxide on our planet for years, but what steps have they taken to reduce the carbon our atmosphere holds? The answers to these questions and many more can be found in this easy to read text giving us insight into climate change science!
ISBN 9780733341298
Publisher ABC Books, 2021
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Dr Karl's random road trip through science
Dr Karl is on a mission to track down Awe and Wonder in the Universe. Why do wombats poo cubes? Do fish drink water? What nearly destroyed humanity on Halloween 2015? How do you use an incinerating toilet? Find out why we've sent a spacecraft with Dr Karl's name on it to kiss the Sun, whether cannibalism is nutritious, how birds fly when they're asleep and much more. So strap in and get ready for a random ride through everything, from atoms to rogue planets and everything in between, including the Big Question - why does spaghetti always break into three parts? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733340321
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2019
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Dr Karl's short back & science
Settle in for some cutting-edge scientific snippets and comb through some of the greatest scientific conundrums of our age. Find out what's killing half the bacteria on Earth every two days, why mole rats don't get cancer, why scientists are running around naked in the Antarctic, how a toilet seat helped to end the First World War, and lots, lots more.
ISBN 9781743533345
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2015
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Dr Karl's surfing safari through science
Dr Karl is surfing the Universe for all that's gnarly, awesome, weird and wonderful. Why is sharpening a pencil in space a risky business? What makes a sunset red and not blue? How far would the Earth's viruses reach if you laid them end to end? Which animal grows an anus every time it needs to poo? Find out how spiders can fly and count, whether 5G networks are safe, why we're running out of sand, and the answer to the Question on Everyone's Lips - how to make the best coffee. Plus loads more, including pop-up Karl holograms! So take a surfing safari with Dr Karl and get ready to Hang Ten - or wipe out. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733340338
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Draw buildings and cityscapes
This book offers an exciting and interesting approach to drawing buildings and cityscapes. It includes detailed, step-by-step instructions and useful advice on composition and drawing techniques.
ISBN 9780713669718
Publisher A & C Black, 2004
Schwarz, Hans
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Draw wild animals
Specialist instruction book that will appeal to students interested in art and drawing. Step-by-step instructions and examples included.
ISBN 9780713669640
Publisher A & C Black, 2005
Brown, David
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Dreamtime at the 'G
A Year 8 student and a Year 10 student meet with Aboriginal AFL players at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to interview them about their profession as elite footballers. Topics include training, racism in sport, rewards and coaching.
ISBN 9780975686195
Publisher Indij Readers, 2007
Hayes, Alinta & Nelson, Andrew
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Economics for beginners
Nobody has everything they need, all the time - so how can we make do with what we have? Economics is all about understanding the choices we make to solve this problem. With bright infographics, this informative book describes why markets are so important, how businesses work out what to sell, and how governments choose how to run a country. Includes Usborne Quicklinks to specially selected websites for more information.
ISBN 9781474950688
Series Usborne for beginners (99 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2020
Bryan, Lara & Prentice, Andy & Mariani, Federico (ill)
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En pointe
En Pointe is the real-life story of how an aspiring ballerina became an inspiring young actor after overcoming a life-threatening illness. Miracles really can happen, even if they're not the ones you asked for. This book contains references to medical procedures and mental health themes, and is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925700756
Publisher Pantera Press, 2019
Bayliss, Chloe
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Enchanted island: stories from Shakespeare, The
Excerpts from some of the most well-known Shakespearean plays are compiled in this book.
ISBN 9780435121006
Publisher Heinemann, 1981
Serraillier, Ian
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Escape
Locked doors, high prison walls and barbed wire are formidable enough obstacles but many escaping prisoners also face savage dogs and armed guards who shoot to kill. From Alcatraz to Devil's Island, this book tells the extraordinary tales of men who risked their lives for their freedom.
ISBN 9780794519827
Series Usborne true stories series (10 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul
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Every picture tells a story
Artworks from the National Gallery of Australia convey the history and development of Australian culture. Each double page spread features an aspect of our heritage, including the first Australians, convicts, the gold rush, explorers, a love of the beach and the diversity of the land.
ISBN 9780980354034
Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2008
Ross, John & Booth, Anne
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Extreme pets
Fascinating facts about some very unusual animals and insects in a magazine style book. Each animal has its own report card with a rating out of ten on the animal's coolness, friendliness and ease of care.
ISBN 9780439829489
Publisher Scholastic US, 2006
Harrington, Jane
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Extreme planet: exploring the most extreme stuff on Earth
A whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, widest, thinnest, coolest, scariest, smelliest things on the planet. It's all here!
ISBN 9781743214107
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2012
Dubois, Michael & Hilden, Katri
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Faeries
A finely illustrated presentation of myths and legends of the world of faerie magic.
ISBN 9781862055582
Publisher Chrysalis Books Group, 2000
Froud, Brian & Lee, Alan
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Fascinating history of your lunch, The
An entertaining book about food origins, which covers the development of sandwiches and other familiar lunchbox items including soft drinks and chocolate.
ISBN 9780207197505
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2001
French, Jackie
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Favourite classic writers
Find out what inspired writers such as J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis and Louisa May Alcott to write their classics.
ISBN 9780750242851
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Gamble, Nikki
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Fight for Planet A
Most Australians know that climate change is real, but many don't know what to do about it and feel powerless. In Fight For Planet A, Reucassel shows it isn't as scary as we think, and we can make a difference to help protect the world for future generations. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, with practical day-to-day changes. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780733341335
Publisher ABC Books, 2020
Reucassel, Craig
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Fires: ten tales of dramatic blazes in history
Ten short stories about some of the worst fires in history, two with a strong environmental content. They include fires from the great fire in London in 1666 to the fire of the Chenobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
ISBN 9780143302186
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Lloyd Kyi, Tanya
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Footy Lady, The: The trailblazing story of Susan Alberti
No tragedy and no challenge has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and, was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into women's football. This is a story of passion, generosity and a woman who will inspire you to take on the seemingly impossible and triumph.
ISBN 9780522872576
Publisher Melbourne Press, 2017
Asher, Stephanie
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Fromelles: Australia's bloodiest day at war
The first shots were fired at eleven am on 19 July 1916. The Battle of Fromelles lasted less than twenty-four hours and, when it was over, more than five thousand Australian soldiers had been killed, wounded or taken prisoner. More soldiers died at Fromelles than in the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Almost a century later, the attention of the world has once again turned to Fromelles. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781742031767
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2011
Wilkinson, Carole
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Galileo Galilei
This fascinating biography details the life and achievements of Galileo Galilei, an artist and scientist who made significant contributions to so many fields of science that he is known as the father of modern science. Galileo developed the process of investigation of the natural world, called the scientific method, that the world's scientists still follow today.
ISBN 9780778782193
Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Publisher EK Books, 2020
Croy, Anita
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Gallipoli: The landing
In graphic novel format, the truth about the assault on Gallipoli in 1915 is revealed. Rather than being a botched attack, planned by indifferent British generals, the Gallipoli campaign was carefully thought out and included an amphibious attack on the beach by ANZAC officers.
ISBN 9781742231570
Publisher NewSouth Publishing, 2014
Dolan, Hugh & Gardiner, Mal
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George's cosmic treasure hunt
Annie, aided by the research of her father, Eric (factual essays by Professor Stephen Hawking) and a computer genius, Emmett, travels to the edge of the galaxy. She is collecting a series of treasure hunt clues to unravel a mystery, which has been instigated by supposed alien interference of a robot probe on Mars.
ISBN 9780385613828
Series George's secret key to the universe series (2 of 5)
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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George's secret key to the universe 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 George's secret key to the universe series (5 books)
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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Get coding 2! Build five computer games with HTML and JavaScript
Learn to code five fun computer games in this essential beginner's guide for kids using the popular programming languages HTML and JavaScript. From Mario to Minecraft, discover the basic concepts behind computer games such as loops, ticks, scores, graphics and AI. Then follow the easy step-by-step Game Builds, and learn how to code five ground-breaking games, including Noughts and Crosses, Snake and Table Tennis. Short and simple explanations are given alongside examples of code and there is a supporting website if you get stuck.
ISBN 9781406382495
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Whitney, David & Beedie, Duncan (ill)
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Girl with the butterfly tattoo, The
The butterfly is a symbol of transformation. It reminds us that we are all able to change. We can make choices and we are in control. We can choose to replace the messages that shout 'You are not enough' - not hot enough, thin enough, talented enough, popular enough. This story encourages girls to question the limiting messages our culture keeps pushing: that a girl's greatest worth is her looks, and beauty comes in only one size and shape. It inspires and empowers girls to find their strength and be true to their own hearts and minds.
ISBN 9781742752556
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc, 2012
Miller, Dannielle
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Girling up: how to be strong, smart and spectacular
Mayim Bialik talks about what it means to grow up - puberty, friends, education, stress - no topic is off limits. In her friendly voice, she talks about what her tween and teen years were like and how to handle your own struggles through these changes.
ISBN 9780399548604
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Topics / Biography /
Bialik, Mayim
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Glory garage, The
A collection of stories about young women's experiences and dilemmas growing up as Lebanese Muslims in Australia. Humorous and empathetic insight into one of our diverse cultural groups, explaining customs and breaking down stereotypes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741146493
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Jamal, Nadia & Chandab, Taghred
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Goal: how football conquered the world
Football can be traced to ancient times. Read how the rules have changed, when football was banned and where football was played. The index will help you find when world cups were held and who played and about FIFA and famous players.
ISBN 9781742031576
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Chambers, Catherine
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Going solo
Following on from Dahl's childhood experiences, explored in his autobiography, Boy, this book tells the hilarious and true stories of his experiences working for Shell Oil in Africa and becoming a fighter pilot during World War II. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141365558
Publisher Penguin, 2016
Dahl, Roald & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Good dog
This is a book for anyone who has loved a dog and known their love in return. It uses real life situations to show how a dog can improve our mental and physical health as well as our quality of life. With each story, it becomes more and more obvious how dogs can support us, comfort us and even save our lives. Drawing on science, research and in depth personal interviews, this book demonstrates that the dog-human bond is the most extraordinary cross-species friendship on the planet.
ISBN 9781460758892
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Leaver, Kate
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Great Australian girls
The biographies of twenty-three remarkable and diverse women who started on the paths to their exceptional lives while they were still girls.
ISBN 9780733307584
Publisher ABC Books, 1999
Geason, Susan
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Great Barrier Reef, The
In the waters where Australia meets the vast Pacific Ocean, grows the world's most famous reef. Schools of fish dart among the colourful corals, octopuses hide in dark corners and sharks patrol the clear waters above. Welcome to the Great Barrier Reef. In this stunning, illustrated guide, discover the plants and animals that live in this vast underwater trove.
ISBN 9781912497812
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2021
Scales, Helen & Feng, Lisk
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Greatest Gatsby, The: a visual book of grammar
Grammar comes alive with stylistic images and typography. A visual journey through the world of grammar, with explanations of the rules and structures we use every day.
ISBN 9780670078684
Publisher Viking Children's, 2015
Riddle, Tohby
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Growing up Aboriginal in Australia
What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation - on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning coastal and desert regions, cities and remote communities. All of them speak to the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect. This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781863959810
Publisher Black Inc, 2018
Heiss, Anita (ed)
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Growing up African in Australia
People of African descent have been in Australia for at least 200 years, having arrived here in many different ways- directly from the continent; via the Caribbean, the Americas and the United Kingdom; making the journey to Australia over one generation, or several. What is it like to grow up African in Australia? This anthology showcases diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile cultural and sporting identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning regions, cities and generations. All of the pieces call for understanding, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect. Growing Up African aims to defy, question or shed light on the many stereotypes that currently exist about the vibrant extended African community in Australia. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760640934
Publisher Black Ink Press, 2019
Beneba Clarke, Maxine & Yussuf, Ahmed & Magan, Magan (eds)
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Guarding Eden
The personal stories of twelve ordinary people, so concerned about climate change that they altered their lives to do something about it. Some were involved behind the scenes, researching or writing, while others decided to go public in campaigns, blockades, rallies and a hunger strike. They come from all walks of life. There's a nurse, a musician, an insurance broker, a teacher, a lawyer and a vet.
ISBN 9781760112356
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Hart, Deborah
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Happiest man on Earth, The
Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country. Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best possible life. He now believes he is the 'happiest man on earth'. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760980085
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Jaku, Eddie
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Hatchet: the truth
Gary Paulsen has used his experience, learning the secrets of survival in the remote northern wilderness, to write the Hatchet novels, in which a man crash lands and has to struggle to stay alive. The true-life experiences behind his books.
ISBN 9780330483629
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Paulsen, Gary
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Hatshepsut: the lost Pharaoh of Egypt
Hatshepsut was the eldest daughter of Tuthmosis I, a pharaoh who ruled Egypt. Her mother was Queen Ahmose. Explore the mystery surrounding her life and her reign. You can decide if she was a strong ruling pharaoh or a power-hungry princess.
ISBN 9781742030135
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2008
Wilkinson, Carole
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Head book, The
A quick-fix guide to general knowledge and trivia. Everything you needed to know, and maybe didn't even know to ask, explained with wit and clarity. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330363211
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Marsden, John
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Health=life
Find out some of the things being done to create a healthier future for Australia's Indigenous people and to overcome the impacts of past events. Read how health is linked to history, life experiences and the environment, as well as to medical treatment.
ISBN 9781865045047
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (3 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Jennings, Karen & Cunningham, Joan
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Heavy as a mountain
A WWII Japanese airman in the two greatest battles fought on Australian soil, shamed by his capture, faces a dilemma - uphold the honour of his family or risk the life of his young wife? Duty is heavy as a mountain, death as light as a feather. He conceals his true name to protect his family. Suicide is a possibility, but he's drawn away from his military indoctrination by experiences with ordinary Australians, drawn towards living out his own individuality. But the young bride he left behind had vowed she would kill herself if he died. He could write to tell her he lives, but would that reveal his cowardice, shame his family? A tale of the Australian WWII experience, seen through the eyes of this deeply troubled man.
ISBN 9781925995114
Publisher Booktopia Editions, 2020
Connolly, Vincent
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Hell ship
For more than a century and a half, a grim tale has passed down through Michael Veitch's family: the story of the Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants - mostly Scottish victims of the clearances and the potato famine. Hoping for a better life in Australia. Three months later, a ghost ship crept into Port Phillip Bay flying the dreaded yellow flag of contagion. Deadly typhus had erupted, killing a quarter of the passengers and leaving many more desperately ill. Sharks followed the ship. Panic stuck Melbourne. James William Henry Veitch was the ship's assistant surgeon, on his first appointment to sea. Annie Morrison was a volunteer who helped him. Michael Veitch is their great-great grandson and Hell Ship is a well researched narrative which brings to life the hardships and horrors endured by those who came by sea to seek a new life in Australia. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760630843
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Veitch, Michael
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Heroes next door
Samuel Johnson and Hilde Hinton, along with their late sister, Connie, have raised more than ten million dollars for cancer research. In this book, they have written a collection of simple stories about ordinary Australians who have faced extraordinary circumstances. All of these regular people, people you would meet on the street, have found reasons to stay positive and focused on believing in the power of kindness and positive thinking. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733646362
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2020
Johnson, Samuel & Hinton, Hilde
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Heroes: Australians at their best
Australia's great heroes at their most decisive moments.
ISBN 9781876580131
Publisher Phoenix Education, 2001
Baillie, Allan
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Hidden figures
Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as 'Human Computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these women used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women'sd rights movement, 'Hidden Figures' interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.
ISBN 9780008201326
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
Topics / Biography /
Shetterly, Margot Lee
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History of cricket, A
Cricket is a worldwide sport, which is even played on ice. Discover where it began, how the rules were created, who was the man behind the famous Lords ground in England and how Australia was the country to invent one day internationals.
ISBN 9781742030586
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Chambers, Catherine
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History of fashion, A
A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of how fashion has changed and evolved over thousands of years. From animal skins worn by the very first people, to flapper dresses, flares and other modern fashions in the 20th century.
ISBN 9781474924931
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Bone, Emily & Cowan, Laura
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Homelands and frontiers
Tracing the clashes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Europeans who tried to move them from their land. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862913875
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Tucker, Alan
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Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
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Horrible histories: Bloody Scotland
Tells the story of the Scots, from the desperate Dark Ages to the terrible 20th century. It provides facts on cool kings, cruel kings, mean queens and wise women. Find out about William Wallace, Braveheart and gory Scottish ghost stories.
ISBN 9780590543408
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1998
Deary, Terry & Myers, Christopher (ill)
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Horrible histories: Cut-throat Celts
Discover the wild warriors who fought the Roman army with swords and spears while collecting human heads. If this bloodthirsty book isn't nasty enough for you, you must be a cut-throat Celt yourself.
ISBN 9781407139203
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: The angry Aztecs
Discover all the foul facts about the Angry Aztecs, including why the Aztecs liked to eat scum, when the world is going to end and their horrible habit of drinking live toads in wine. Filled with foul facts, terrible timelines and a grisly quiz.
ISBN 9781407104256
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: The awesome Egyptians
This book is packed with quizzes, facts and ghastly details of the lives, habits and customs of the ancient Egyptians.
ISBN 9780439944038
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Hepplewhite, Peter & Brown, Martin (ill)
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Horrible histories: The groovy Greeks
The hip and fabulous Greeks hung out over two thousand years ago. Meet horrible heroes, suffering slaves and foolish philosophers. Find out about the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax.
ISBN 9780590132473
Series Horrible histories series (34 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1995
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill)
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How animals work
Burrow underground with a mole rat, join a brown bear on a fishing expedition, witness a honeybee dance and take flight with a flock of flamingos. Explore the incredible animal kingdom and find out how animals move, communicate, hunt and feed in their natural habitats.
ISBN 9781405351928
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Burnie, David
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How to be a world explorer: your all-terrain training manual
This book will teach you everything you need to know to venture through all the landscapes on Earth as well as through the air, over the seas and under the waves. Soon you'll have no excuses - get out there and explore!
ISBN 9781743214091
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2012
Levy, Joel & Hancock, James Gulliver
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A thought-provoking way of looking at world history and our place within it. About 10,000 years ago marks a major turning point in the history of life on Earth for humankind as people settled down and built towns and cities. Importantly, during this period, they began to record their activities and achievements. But 10,000 years ago is difficult to imagine - what if our calendar were condensed into just 100 days, where each day equals 100 years? How many days ago were the first cities built? When did the population explosion happen? When did we decide to write things down and when did books appear? Did writing change the way we share ideas? This book asks questions big and small, leaving readers wondering if all the changes have been for the better, and what does it mean for our future.
ISBN 9780008599287
Publisher Farshore, 2023
McCann, Jackie & Cushley, Aaron (ill)
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Inconvenient truth, An
Exposes global warming and the effects and dangers we face from climate changes. Photographs depicting victims of natural disasters may be distressing to some.
ISBN 9780747590965
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Gore, Al
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Incredible body (Stephen Biesty's)
An exciting and adventurous way to find out how the body works by following two tiny explorers through arteries, veins, bones and organs.
ISBN 9780751358414
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 1998
Biesty, Stephen & Platt, Richard (ill)
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Incredible science
A friendly science book depicting simple experiments for all sorts of scientific facts and figures.
ISBN 9780413519993
Publisher Penguin NZ, 2005
Topics / STEM /
University of Auckland (pub)
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Instructions for a teenage Armageddon
Teenage years can sometimes feel like a battleground. There are so many confronting issues from fears of failure, confidence, self-worth or identity to the inevitable friendship challenges. This survival guide from 32 influential and witty women will include advice you will need to survive the battle. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781526364319
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2021
Day, Rosie
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Into the volcano
Volcano researcher and photographer Donna O'Meara describes what it is like to be right there when a volcano erupts and hot lava, scalding steam and acidic ash are falling all around you.
ISBN 9781553376934
Publisher Kids can press, 2005
O'Meara, Donna
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Iron in the blood: convicts and commandants in colonial Australia
Australia's colourful, violent convict past vividly recreated to show that prison settlements were some of the most brutal places in the world. The darker side of our history raises many questions about crime, punishment, use and abuse of power.
ISBN 9781862914247
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2002
Tucker, Alan
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It's elementary: putting the crackle into chemistry
Everything you see and touch is made of one or more of the over ninety discovered elements like oxygen, platinum and ytterbium. This book is packed with things to learn and explore and the extraordinary ways in which the elements affect our lives.
ISBN 9781405318570
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2007
Winston, Robert
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Just soldiers
Stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things during the Great War, 1914-1918. In 1914, Australia had a population of fewer than 5 million, yet 300,000 from all walks of life volunteered to fight. Through these stories, based on fact, the author has endeavoured to capture the essence of those who served Australia. As in life, not all were heroes.
ISBN 9780958162548
Publisher ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee QLD Incorporated, 2004
Kelly, Darryl
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Kimberley warrior: the story of Jandamurra
The story of Jandamurra and the struggle for justice by the Bunuba peoples in the late 19th century.
ISBN 9781863738613
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Nicholson, John
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Know it all
If you love facts, information, records and trivia, this book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know, with its lists of the weirdest beetles, the fastest jet aircraft, the scariest sharks, the least intelligent dinosaurs and much more.
ISBN 9781405355339
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Baines, Francesca (ed)
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Kokoda track: 101 days
A fascinating account of the battle for the Kokoda Track in 1942 where 550 men of the 39th Militia Battalion slowed, and eventually stopped, the advance of 6000 experienced Japanese troops across the massive Owen Stanley Ranges.
ISBN 9781876372965
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Macinnis, Peter
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Kokoda: Teen edition
Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to impassable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the enemy. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia, in which a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them.
ISBN 9780734417435
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2016
FitzSimons, Peter
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Kon-Tiki expedition, The
The story of a four thousand, three hundred nautical mile expedition by raft across the Pacific Ocean.
ISBN 9780671726522
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 1990
Heyerdahl, Thor
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Leonardo Da Vinci's life of invention
Discover the fascinating life of Leonardo Da Vinci and his many interests and talents. From the Mona Lisa to his flying machines, Da Vinci's work includes some of the most famous, and quirky, pieces in history.
ISBN 9781843654988
Publisher Pavilion, 2022
WIlliams, Jake
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Let's dance
Along with art, music and song, dance is an important part of Indigenous Australian culture. Dance has always been used to tell a story. NAISDA College is a great place to start to learn about Indigenous culture and dance.
ISBN 9781865044941
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (2 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Park, Louise
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Letters to the Earth
We are facing a global emergency. Temperatures are rising. Mass species extinction has begun. The time for denial is over. It is time to act. This book contains letters from all of us: parents and children; politicians and poets; actors and activists; songwriters and scientists. They are letters of love, loss, hope and action to a planet in crisis. They are the beginning of a new story. They are an invitation to act.
ISBN 9780008374440
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2020
Morris, Jackie
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Life on our planet, A
The Earth is the most remarkable life-support system imaginable, constructed over millions of years. As biodiversity has declined the planet's stability has also. To restore our planet, we must restore biodiversity. We must rewind the world.
ISBN 9781529108279
Publisher Penguin, 2020
Attenborough, David
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Living on stolen land
Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler present. A perceptive and thoughtful examination of the colonial contextual history of Australia. It pulls apart the myths at the heart of our nationhood, and challenges Australia to come to terms with its own past and its place within and on Indigenous Countries. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925936247
Publisher Magabala Books, 2020
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Loveability: An empowered girls guide to dating and relationships
Not into you? Too into you? What happens when feelings aren't mutual? When to stay and when to go? Can't handle the heartbreak? Or maybe just sick of being single? In this guide, Dannielle Miller and Nina Funnell will help you navigate your way through the often complex world of relationships. Their combination of professional expertise and personal stories delivers a book that is like the best chat you could ever have with your friends, filled with good advice that is smart, but also warm, funny and never judgemental. And determine your love-ability with the help of quizzes, Q&As, compatibility tests and true love checklist.
ISBN 9780732296469
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2014
Miller, Dannielle & Funnell, Nina
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Magic of reality, The
Throughout history, people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions. These fantastical myths are fun but they don't really answer the questions. With its scientific method explanations of space, time, evolution and more, this book presents the real story of the world, and shows that its awe-inspiring beauty and thrilling magic far exceed those of the ancient myths. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780593066126
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc, 2011
Dawkins, Richard & McKean, Dave (ill)
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Maralinga's long shadow
Yvonne Edwards, a highly respected Aboriginal artist and community leader, was just six years old when the first bombs of the nuclear tests at Maralinga were detonated in Australia in 1956. The tests continued until 1963 and their consequences profoundly affected her family and the community.
ISBN 9781760290177
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Mattingley, Christobel
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Maybe tomorrow
In this story of reconciliation and courage, Boori is determined to carry on his late brother's tradition of storytelling and performing. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742372440
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
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Meet me at the intersection
Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as seen through each author's unique, and seldom heard, perspective. With works by Ellen van Neerven, Graham Akhurst, Kyle Lynch, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Olivia Muscat, Mimi Lee, Jessica Walton, Kelly Gardiner, Rafeif Ismail, Yvette Walker, Amra Pajalic, Melanie Rodriga, Omar Sakr, Wendy Chen, Jordi Kerr, Rebecca Lim, Michelle Aung Thin and Alice Pung, this anthology is designed to challenge the dominant, homogenous story of privilege and power that rarely admits "outsider" voices. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925591705
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2018
Lim, Rebecca & Kwaymullina, Amberlin (ed)
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Mighty Murray, The
Australia's greatest river system now and then, with many stories about the people who lived on or in the Murray Valley. Includes archaeological finds, Aboriginal legends, riverboat traders and dam engineers.
ISBN 9781865085654
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2002
Nicholson, John
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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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Moon: Apollo 11 and beyond
The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and, since prehistoric times, it has been an object of fascination. Even after man has walked on the moon, it has retained its romantic appeal. The fortieth anniversary of the Moon landing provides an opportunity to look at that historic journey and to view the Moon from historic, scientific, artistic, literary and musical angles.
ISBN 9780199116911
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2009
Stewart, Ross
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My polar dream
Jade Hameister is a truly remarkable Australian. At fourteen she decided on a goal: To be the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat-Trick. In this book you will be taken on her journey as she travels through polar lands hostile to human life and accomplishes something truly remarkable. An inspirational true story that might very well change your perspective on the limits on what is possible.
ISBN 9781760554774
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Hameister, Jade
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Mysterious ruins: lost cities and buried treasure
From the True Stories series, here are tales of hidden treasure and lost temples deep in the rainforests.
ISBN 9781864482478
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1996
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Ned Kelly: The man behind the mask
The tale of Ned Kelly told as never before. Readers will enjoy not only the tale of the Kelly Gang and those who sought to imprison them but the faithful recreation of historical landscape on which this most amazing of stories was played out. Beautiful full colour illustrations bring the story to life and the addition of period newspaper clips make this a valuable study for readers of all ages with an interest in bushrangers or Australian history.
ISBN 9781742234496
Publisher NewSouth Publishing, 2016
Dolan, Hugh
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Nelson Mandela: father of freedom
South Africa's famous freedom-fighter struggled for race equality all his life and won. He became president of the people he helped to free and, in so doing, earned love and respect worldwide. It concludes with his life in retirement.
ISBN 9780750233200
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Adi, Hakim
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Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words and phrases
Written by Aunty Fay Muir, an Elder and Traditional Owner of Boon Wurrung Country. She is the senior linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages in Melbourne. This collection of definitions, words and phrases is titled Nganga, which is defined on page 84 as "a word from Boon Wurrung language, meaning to see and understand".
ISBN 9781921977015
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2018
Muir, Aunty Fay & Lawson, Sue
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Not-for-parents: The travel book
The world is a very large place and this book concentrates on the really interesting bits to create a snapshot of what each country is like. In this book there are the epic events, amazing animals, hideous histories, funky foods and crazy facts that make the world's 200 countries so fascinating.
ISBN 9781742204963
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Dubois, Michael, Hilden, Katri & Price, Jane
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Off to war: soldier's children speak
The collected voices of children with a parent who is a soldier. Their stories are sad, scared, funny, angry and loving as they speak about how war has shaped their lives, and their feelings and experiences when a parent is away for long periods of time.
ISBN 9781741756791
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Ellis, Deborah
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On hope
In On Hope, one of the lead organisers of the Australian Climate strike, 17-year-old Daisy Jeffrey shows how ordinary people are fighting back and demanding we address climate change to help save our planet. Daisy was at the centre of a movement that joined people together to drive change. She reveals what prompted the action, what she and her friends believe and why she is choosing hope over indifference and standing up to speak truth to power.
ISBN 9780733644665
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2020
Jeffrey, Daisy
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On the Horizon
Based on the lives of soldiers at Pearl Harbor and civilians in Hiroshima, this verse novel contemplates humanity and war. Lois Lowry draws from her own memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan to look back at history through a personal lens. It contains poems about individual sailors who lost their lives on the USS Arizona and about the citizens of Hiroshima who experienced unfathomable horror.
ISBN 9780358668077
Publisher Clarion Books, 2020
Lowry, Lois
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Outlaw son: the story of Ned Kelly
Described as a kind and gentle man, who was also a bank robber, thief and murderer, Ned Kelly is Australia's most famous bush ranger.
ISBN 9781742030784
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Hunt, Paula
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Papunya School book of country and history
A unique and fascinating account, from an Indigenous perspective, of the history of Western Desert communities.
ISBN 9781865085258
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Wheatley, Nadia & staff & students of Papunya School
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Peopling of Australia, The
From the very early days of Australia, the people shared the land with dangerous beasts and began to develop a culture and traditions.
ISBN 9780207170379
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1990
Trezise, Percy
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Perfectly imperfect stories
Meet 29 icons, including pop star Ariana Grande, Hollywood icon The Rock, sporting hero Serena Williams, and even royalty - Prince Harry - and discover how they have dealt with mental health issues to live inspiring lives. Whatever you are going through, learn why it is ok to not be ok with these perfectly imperfect stories.
ISBN 9781916180536
Publisher Magic Cat Publishing, 2020
Potion, Leo & Strumpf, Ana
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Personal best
An anthology of stories about a range of sports written by two authors from Australia and New Zealand.
ISBN 9781863307741
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Duder, Tessa & McFarlane, Peter
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Plantastic! A to Z of Australian plants
Plantastic! presents 26 of Australia's most unique and incredible native plants. Discover and identify native plants found in your local park, bushland or even your own backyard. With its perfect balance of fun facts, activities, adventurous ideas and gorgeous illustrations Plastic! will prove just how fantastic Australia's native plants really are.
ISBN 9781486313211
Publisher CSIRO, 2021
Clowes, Catherine & Gyan, Rachel (ill)
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Postcards
Lucy's parents drag her off around Australia to learn about Indigenous Australian culture. She sends lots of letters back home to her friend, Jess. Just as well Jess kept them and put them in this book because they are full of interesting stories and information about various places from Fraser Island to Karratha, and from Darwin to Ceduna.
ISBN 9781865044903
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (1 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Hall, Beth & Lau, Karen
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Prehistoric giants: the megafauna of Australia
Step back to a time when giant goannas and marsupial lions stalked the Australian bush. Imagine herds of two-tonne animals roaming the plains and flocks of flightless ducks, bigger than emus, striding across the shallow, inland sea. This book reveals an Australia when humans shared the land with giants.
ISBN 9780980381320
Publisher Museum Victoria, 2009
Clode, Danielle
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Race to the pole
An exciting retelling for younger readers of the desperate Antarctic bids, by Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen, to be first to the South Pole.
ISBN 9780340785058
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Hooper, Meredith
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Rachel Carson
Discover how Rachel Carson changed the world through Science. How she discovered that chemicals were changing the natural world. What she did to warn people about the poisoning of our planet. Why she loved the natural world and what she thought it could teach us. How her discoveries have changed our understanding of the world around us forever.
ISBN 9781925820690
Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Publisher EK Books, 2020
Croy, Anita
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Really short history of nearly everything, A
An entertaining and accessible look at the how and who of scientific discovery; the wonder and mysteries of time and space; the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used; the crackpot theories which held sway and the extraordinary, accidental discoveries which advanced whole areas of science.
ISBN 9780385614801
Publisher Doubleday, 2008
Bryson, Bill
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Series Reconciliation - for older students series (7 books)
Various
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Red haze: Australians and New Zealanders in Vietnam
A balanced view of the Vietnam War is presented but it does not tell the whole story, nor does it pretend to. For mature students, the book has evocative and harrowing descriptions of war, the role of the allied soldiers and the tactics of the Vietcong. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781876372958
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Davidson, Leon
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Return of the Word Spy
The Word Spy returns to take you on a dazzling journey through the strange and wonderful world of words. Discover hidden and silent languages, the secrets of grammar, dying and newborn words, and crack a code along the way.
ISBN 9780670073542
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Dubosarsky, Ursula & Riddle, Tohby (ill)
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Sachiko: A Nagasaki bomb survivor's story
August 9, 1945, began like any other day for 6 year old Sachiko. Her country was at war, she didn't have enough to eat. At 11:01 am, she was playing outdoors with four other children. Moments later, those children were all dead. An atomic bomb had exploded just a half mile away. A true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and her long journey to find peace.
ISBN 9781467789035
Publisher Carolrhoda Books, 2016
Stelson, Caren
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Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Croy, Anita
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Sea adventures
A collection of true maritime adventures across the seven seas with maps of the voyages. Contains the true life stories of danger, daring and saltwater including Francis Drake's first voyage across the Pacific Ocean.
ISBN 9780794521950
Series Usborne true stories series (16 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Brook, Henry
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Secrets of the Sphinx
Large, well-illustrated book with historical information and intriguing facts about the sphinx, the origin of its craftsmen, the Rosetta Stone and Atlantis.
ISBN 9780590098472
Publisher Scholastic US, 2005
Giblin, James Cross & Ibatoulline, Bagram (ill)
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Shackleton's endurance: An Antarctic survival story
In 1914, Shackleton set out to chart the Antarctic continent. It was a journey fraught with setbacks and challenges. The ship, Endurance, becomes locked in the ice and when it begins to sink the men are forced to make camp on the ice floes. These are unstable subject to cracking and separating. The crew must journey through perilous conditions to find safety and the security of land. Battling hunger, exhaustion and fluctuating weather conditions the crew finally make it to Elephant Island where the crew separate in the hope of bringing help to rescue them. But with WW1 raging this proves challenging. An inspiring journey of perseverance, hope and courage.
ISBN 9781760526092
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Grochowicz, Joanna
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Shakespeare for everyone
'Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.' William Shakespeare. Meet William Shakespeare and understand how he became the world's greatest playwright. This step-by-step journey through his plays and poetry makes the genius of his writing accessible to readers everywhere.
ISBN 9781913520465
Publisher Magic Cat Publishing, 2022
Roberts, Emma & Tanat Jones, Sarah (ill)
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Shirt front: a short and amazing history of Aussie Rules
From the first bounce to a future timeline and everything in between, including the tallest, the shortest, the best and fairest, this book covers just about everything you would ever want to know about the game of Aussie Rules.
ISBN 9781876372668
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Hunt, Paula
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Sick as: bloody moments in the history of medicine
Fascinating historical aspects of medicine presented in an unusual and exciting format.
ISBN 9780949714688
Publisher Roland Harvey Books, 2000
Jennings, Gael & Harvey, Roland
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Side by side
Investigates the relationship between Aboriginal people, British colonists and European missionaries.
ISBN 9781862913110
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Tucker, Alan
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Singing bones, The
Seventy five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm are wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptural works. Wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants, ruthless witches, and tales of love, betrayal and magical transformation provide the inspiration for the stunning sculptural works.
ISBN 9781760111038
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Tan, Shaun & Pullman, Philip (foreword) & Zipes, Jack (intro)
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Sir Isaac Newton
Discover how Sir Isaac Newton changed the world through Science. Find out what he learnt about gravity. Why his 'laws of motion' are so important to us. How he came up with a new type of maths. How his discoveries have changed our understanding of the world around us forever.
ISBN 9781925820713
Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Publisher EK Books, 2020
Croy, Anita
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Sister secrets
Follow the highs and lows of Cate and Bronte Campbell's long journey towards Olympic glory. Gain insight into their motivation, mental toughness, and the balance between life and elite-level swimming.
ISBN 9781760525910
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Campbell, Cate & Campbell, Bronte
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Slam your poetry
No props. No music. No costumes. Just you, your words and a mic-you've got two minutes to make the crowd scream your name. Miles Merrill, spoken word artist and founder of Australian Poetry Slam, and award-winning teacher Narcisa Nozica will take you from novice to spoken word superstar in no time. Twenty years after Merrill introduced poetry slams to Australia, there's a national competition with a live audience of 20,000 people! With tips from stars of the Australian poetry slam scene, including bestselling author Maxine Beneba Clarke, this book will inspire you to slam your own poetry, Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742236094
Publisher NewSouth Publishing, 2020
Merrill, Miles & Nozica, Narcisa
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Songs of a war boy
From the family farm at the age of 6, to the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army, to Law school in Western Sydney, Deng Adut has undertaken a remarkable journey. Songs of A War Boy is his story, filled with adventure, heart break, and bloodshed, but also with resilience, compassion, and persistence. Deng recounts his experiences as a child soldier in Sudan, and his fight for education and for justice in Australia. A powerful, important book, this memoir is a must read for every Australian.
ISBN 9780733636523
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2016
Adut, Deng Thiak & McKelvey, Ben
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Spies
Ten thrilling true stories about spies and espionage. Contains tales of stealth and deception, every bit as daring as the fictional escapades of James Bond, but far more deadly as the real life spies risk capture, torture and execution.
ISBN 9780746088227
Series Usborne true stories series (2 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul & Fleming, Fergus
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Squid, the vibrio & the moon, The
When he hatches from his egg, Sepio, a baby bobtail squid, is not able to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby. Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium, is determined to reach safety too. A picture book about the symbiotic relationship between a bobtail squid and a bacterium.
ISBN 9781486309894
Publisher Scale free network, 2019
Wild, Ailsa & Barr,Briony & Crocetti, Gregory
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Stand up for the future: A celebration of inspirational young Australians
Let's stand up and applaud the young Aussies who are using their voices and talents to change our world for the better. From soccer star Sam Kerr, conservationist Bindi Irwin, entertainer Jessica Mauboy to gender equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo, this is a book about young people, for everyone. Through activism, innovation, giving back and leading by example, these inspirational young Australians are building a brighter tomorrow for us all. Brought to life by colourful portrait illustrations, from local artists, this book showcases emerging Aussie talent, motivates with inspirational praise and encourages readers to take action to create positive social change. The future is bright!
ISBN 9780143794394
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
Topics / Aboriginal content /
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Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking's career was intrinsically tied to his impact on society. He wrote his book, A Brief History of Time, to explain physics not to just scientists, but to anyone who was interested. It made him one of the most famous scientists in the world. Later in his life, as a sufferer of ALS, Hawking became an inspirational story of living with disability, and chasing your dreams regardless. This colourfully illustrated, beautifully designed biography will captivate young readers and teach them what Hawking learned about black holes and time, how he discovered how the universe began, and why he believed that humans must live on other planets. Through his life, it gives an insight into how Hawking's discoveries have changed our understanding of the world around us forever!
ISBN 9781925820720
Series Scientists who changed the world series (6 books)
Publisher EK Books, 2021
Croy, Anita
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Series Sterling biographies series (29 books)
Higgins, Maria Mihalik
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Stoked real life, real surf
A lightweight but informative and accurate book comprising chapters that alternate between a humorous history of surfing and sensible advice from Dr Stoke. Excellent illustrations by Jeff Raglus further emphasise the humour.
ISBN 9781863737111
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1994
Parry, Glyn
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Stories for boys who dare to be different
100 stories, with fun illustrations, about men and boys who have done something unusual or unexpected to make the world a better place. A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess.
ISBN 9781787471986
Publisher Quercus Children's Books, 2018
Topics / Biography /
Brooks, Ben & Winter, Quinton (ill)
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Stories for kids who dare to be different: True tales of boys and girls who stood up and stood out
Boys will be boys and girls will be girls? Not in this book. More extraordinary true stories of amazing Boys and Girls, Women and Men, who broke the mould and changed the world for the better. Have the courage to be yourself, and your dreams might come true....
ISBN 9781787476523
Publisher Quercus Children's Books, 2018
Brooks, Ben
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Story of inventions, The
Find out the real-life stories of the bright sparks behind dozens of ideas and inventions. Includes a glossary of terms and a timeline.
ISBN 9780746070093
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Claybourne, Anna & Larkin, Adam (ill)
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Stressless
Fully illustrated, easy to follow and based on the latest medical science, StressLess is your go-to guide to identify and reduce your own stress and help others do the same. You will learn how to: Recognise the thinking patterns that lead to stress, Disentangle yourself from stressful activities, Relax using breathing, stretching, meditation and mindfulness, Do more with your time, Problem solve, and Nurture relationships. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760554224
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Johnstone, Matthew & Player, Dr Michael
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Sydney through time
A puzzling, historical account of Sydney's history to the year 2000.
ISBN 9780949714671
Publisher Roland Harvey Books, 1999
Heimann, Rolf
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Symphony for the City of the Dead
This is the thrilling true story of the life of Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovitch and the millions of Russians who lived during a time of great upheaval, horror and hardship at the hands of two of history's cruellest dictators; Stalin and Hitler. At a time of great despair, Shostakovitch' seventh symphony would become a symbol of great hope, and the story of how it comes to be shared with the world is nearly too incredible to be believed. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780763691004
Publisher Penguin USA, 2017
Topics / Biography /
Anderson, M T
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Technology in the time of ancient Egypt
Explores the use of technology in ancient Egypt including technology used in architecture, crafts, hobbies, transportation and ancient inventions.
ISBN 9780817248758
Publisher Raintree, 1998
Topics / STEM /
Crosher, Judith
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Teenage guide to friends, The
Friendships and peer groups can cause problems and upsets in your teenage years. People can be confusing- until you understand how different personality traits, stresses and emotions affect their behaviours. Yours too! This book is for anyone who wants to know how friendships work and what to do when they don't. You'll find positive advice on how to make and keep friends, as well as positive strategies to help you through the tough times and make you feel more confident.
ISBN 9781406369779
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Morgan, Nicola
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They took the children
In the past, thousands of Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their parents as part of Australian government policies over many decades. Families and communities were fractured and torn apart by those policies.
ISBN 9781876288136
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (6 of 7)
Publisher Working Title Press, 2007
Hollinsworth, David
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Three wishes
A disturbing but insightful collection of views from Israeli and Palestinian children, young adults who are surrounded by war. With honesty, they describe their life, families and feelings about the conflict and violence, and their hopes for the future. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741146325
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Ellis, Deborah
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To hope and back
As Lisa and Sol board the luxury ship MS St Louis in Hamburg Germany, they know they are heading for a safer place; a place where Jews don't have to wear a star or sit on a yellow bench. The passengers are optimistic for their fresh start in Cuba, but Hitler's propaganda has reached the country before them. The mood of the passengers darkens as their fate becomes less certain.
ISBN 9781743310632
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Kacer, Kathy
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To the top: The story of Everest
Contains historical and informative stories of various expeditions to Mount Everest. Many colour prints are incorporated into this rewarding and fascinating book.
ISBN 9781844287253
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Venables, Stephen
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Tobruk
The inspiring story of the Australian soldiers who held Tobruk in the Second World War. Even tanks and bombers could not conquer the spirit of these diggers. An illustrated, accurate and human account of the war and the people involved. It gives a face and personality to both the famous and powerful, and the brave foot soldiers. Very strong language used in context. A mature read that is not for the faint-hearted. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732289546
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2009
FitzSimons, Peter
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Tolkien bestiary
An exciting resource for fans seeking the inspirational source of Tolkien's beasts, flora and fauna.
ISBN 9780753704592
Publisher Bounty, 2001
Day, David
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Tough stuff
Stories of children famous for their talent, fortunes, protests, rebellion, prayers, heroism or just for hanging on through oppression and war, such as a young Genghis Khan, a seventeen year old maths professor, the wolf girls and a chess genius.
ISBN 9781864489293
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
Murray, Kirsty
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True desert adventures
Deserts are some of the wildest, most inhospitable places on Earth. Read the true stories about those whose quests and dreams resulted in heroism, bravery and, sometimes, death.
ISBN 9780746093719
Series Usborne true stories series (13 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Harvey, Gill
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True Everest adventures
A collection of true adventure stories on the dizzying peaks of the world's tallest mountain. Contains the true life stories of extreme cold, danger and exploration including the first expedition of Everest and stories of tragedy on the slopes.
ISBN 9780746093702
Series Usborne true stories series (14 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul & Bird, Glen
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True ghost stories
A spine-tingling collection of true stories exploring the supernatural world of spooks and spirits. Contains the true-life stories of restless souls, including the woman who came back to haunt her killer and encounters in the most haunted house in England. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746093733
Series Usborne true stories series (15 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul & Allan, Tony
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True polar adventures
A gripping collection of true stories of exploration and danger over the icy wastelands of Antarctica. Includes the fated expedition of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton's epic trek across the snow to save his crew trapped in the polar ice. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746089750
Series Usborne true stories series (12 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True stories of D-Day
Eleven thrilling, true stories of the world-shaping events of June 1944. Contains real life tales of courage and bravery during the struggle for the beaches of Normandy, from tank commanders to paratroopers, commando raiders to French Resistance fighters.
ISBN 9780746088203
Series Usborne true stories series (7 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Brook, Henry
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True stories of gangsters
A riveting collection of true stories exploring the shadowy underworld of organised, and not so organised, crime. Contains stories of famous gangsters from Al Capone's reign of terror over Chicago to the last stand of Ned Kelly in the Australian bush. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746089736
Series Usborne true stories series (4 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Brook, Henry
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True stories of heroes
Thirteen thrilling true stories of courage and heroism. From firefighters battling a blazing nuclear reactor to one housewife's brave defiance of the Gestapo, this book contains inspiring tales of extraordinary courage from everyday people.
ISBN 9780746088333
Series Usborne true stories series (3 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True stories of pirates
Incredible but true tales of the high seas, from the first pirates at the time of the Greeks and the Romans, to the years when pirates truly ruled the seas. Contains stories of hardship and brutality, bringing to life the flamboyant characters of the most famous captains and the men who set out to capture them.
ISBN 9780746089743
Series Usborne true stories series (11 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Lethbridge, Lucy
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True stories of the Blitz
A thrilling collection of true stories about the Blitz of 1940, for modern young readers. Recounts the fascinating stories of ordinary Londoners who experienced the Blitz, including firefighters, fighter pilots and children evacuated far from their families.
ISBN 9780746089729
Series Usborne true stories series (8 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Brook, Henry
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True stories of the First World War
Short stories examining the mysteries, misconceptions, tragedies and the personal costs of the First World War. A well-written book giving young readers a sense of the past in the context of one of the bloodiest battles ever fought. A great read and ideal for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9780746088326
Series Usborne true stories series (5 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True stories of the Second World War
Epic naval encounters between titanic warships, monumental battles involving hundreds of thousands of men and duels between lone snipers facing almost certain death. Dramatic and real life tales examine the tragedies and personal costs of the Second World War. For those who survived, it would remain the most intense and vivid experience of their lives.
ISBN 9780746088210
Series Usborne true stories series (6 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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True survival stories
From shark attacks and blazing airships to exploding spacecraft and sinking submarines, these are real life stories of people who have stared death in the face and lived to tell the tale.
ISBN 9780746088234
Series Usborne true stories series (1 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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Truth detective, the
Did you know that a toy spaceship can teach you about why prices keep rising? Or that a pooping cow can show you how to invest your pocket money? In a world of bamboozling headlines and dodgy data, it's hard to work out what's really going on. This book will show you how to develop your own truth detective skills by using the power of numbers and your own brilliant brain, asking questions and always being curious.
ISBN 9781526364579
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2023
Harford, Tim & Mann, Ollie (ill)
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Tutankhamun
Howard Carter had spent five long years in the hot, dry desert, searching for the tomb of the Ancient Egyptian boy-king, Tutankhamun. But what he found when he ventured deeper and deeper into the tomb was gold and treasure beyond his wildest dreams.
ISBN 9780746060179
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2006
Harvey, Gill & McNee, Ian (ill)
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Ultrawild: An audacious plan for rewilding every city on Earth
Join maverick inventor Steve Mushin as he tackles climate change with an avalanche of mind-bending, scientifically plausible inventions to rewild cities and save the planet. Jump into his brain as he designs habitat-printing robot birds and water-filtering sewer submarines, calculates how far compost cannons can blast seed bombs (over a kilometer), brainstorms bio-materials with scientists and engineers, studies ecosystems, and develops a deadly serious plan for future cities. A tour-de-force of extreme problem solving for anyone who loves big ideas.
ISBN 9781760292812
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Mushin, Steve
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Usborne art ideas: drawing cartoons
Excellent book outlining the tips and techniques involved in creating cartoons. Includes links to a website for extra information, pictures and templates. Written in an easy to follow manner allowing even lesser artistic types to gain skills.
ISBN 9780746048429
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2002
Milbourne, Anna & McCafferty, Jan & MacKinnon, Catherine-Anne
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Usborne for beginners
Any five 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 of the screen.
Series Usborne for beginners (99 books)
Various
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Usborne true stories 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 Usborne true stories series (18 books)
Various
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Wanderings of Odysseus, The
Homer's magnificent epic poem, 'The Odyssey', brought to vivid life in an enthralling traveller's tale of the greatest voyage ever, with a spectacular cast of men, magicians and monsters.
ISBN 9780711208629
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 1995
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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War stories
This book recounts some of the most heroic, devastating and pivotal moments of World Wars l and ll. Stories range from those of the soldiers, sailors and airmen on the front line to those who faced the day-to-day hardships of life on the home front.
ISBN 9780746077610
Series Usborne true stories series (17 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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Way we work, The
Explore the human body from head to toe. Lots of interesting facts and details about how our bodies works for us.
ISBN 9781406322224
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Macaulay, David
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We are all Greta
Follow in Greta Thunberg's footsteps and join the global mission to save our planet from the effects of climate change.
ISBN 9781786276131
Publisher Laurence King Publishers, 2019
Giannella, Valentina & Marazzi, Manuela (ill)
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We are displaced
In this powerful and emotional book, Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai shares various stories of displacement, including her own. Part memoir, part communal storytelling, the book introduces readers to some of the incredible girls Malala has met on her many journeys and lets each tell her story -- girls who have lost their community, relatives and often the only world they've ever known, but have not lost hope, with dreams for a better, safer world. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781474610056
Publisher Orion, 2021
Yousafzai, Malala & Welch, Liz
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We are the rebels
Stories about The Eureka Stockade usually feature men and their roles in the rebellion. This book provides a whole new perspective, featuring the remarkable, vibrant women of Eureka, whose sheer determination shaped our national consciousness. This is their story and the story of the thousands of men, women and children who risked everything in their quest for gold.
ISBN 9781922182784
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Wright, Clare
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We are the weather makers
The Weather Makers has had a huge impact on our consciousness about climate change. It has changed minds and hearts. This book speaks to the school children who will inherit the new climate which their parents and grandparents have helped to create. Provides scientific examinations and some conclusions about climate change. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781921145346
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2006
Flannery, Tim
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Weapons of math destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy
Even though you may not see them, our world is filled with algorithms. Algorithms that decide what advertisements you will see, what opportunities you will be presented with, and what costs you will have to face during your lifetime. Education, insurance, loans, health, and justice, are all at the mercy of these opaque lines of code. Mathematician and former finance industry worker, Cathy O'Neil has lifted the lid to show what is going on beneath the surface of big data. A fascinating, and frightening, insight into powerful forces that shape our lives everyday.
ISBN 9780141985411
Publisher Penguin, 2017
O'Neil, Cathy
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Welcome to Country schools edition
Written by one of Australia's most prominent Indigenous voices, Welcome to Country is essential reading for every young Australian. The chapters cover prehistory, post-colonial history, language, kinship, knowledge, art, performance, storytelling, native title, the Stolen Generations, making a rightful place for First Australians and looking to the future for Indigenous Australia. This book is for the new Australian generations and works towards rectifying the wrongs of this country's past. You will quickly appreciate how lucky we are to be the home of the world's oldest continuing civilisation -- which is both diverse and thriving in Australia today.
ISBN 9781741176667
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2019
Langton, Marcia
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What Do YOU Think?: How to agree to disagree and still be friends
If you are the kind of person who... -Avoids disagreements because you don't want to fall out -Gets too embarrassed to say that you've changed your mind -Feels so overwhelmed that you don't know what to think ...then this book is for you. What do YOU think? will help young readers to discover what is influencing their ideas, from peer pressure to fake news. They'll learn how to form and change opinions, and how to debate their views with empathy. Readers will see how debates and disagreements can give you new ideas, stronger friendships, and help change the world for the better. I know you have loads of incredible thoughts and ideas and the world deserves to hear your voice. I want to know... what do you think?
ISBN 9781526364937
Publisher Wren and Rook Books, 2022
Syed, Matthew & Weeks, Kathy
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What goes on in my head
Your brain is the most complicated and mysterious part of your body. It contains more than a billion cells and, every second, billions of electrical signals dart between these cells, at speeds of more than four hundred kilometres per hour. Find out why you laugh, why your parents can read your mind and why you have strange or scary dreams.
ISBN 9781405353731
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Winston, Robert
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What makes you you
Find out what is DNA, why it is important and what we can do with it. Track it's discovery from Darwin's theory on evolution, to Mendel's experiments with pea plants, to modern gene research to treat blindness.
ISBN 9781408194065
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Topics / STEM /
Arbuthnott, Gill
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What you need to know now
If you've got a question, find out the answer. Lots of facts, stats and graphics about your world.
ISBN 9781405353717
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Fullman, J & Graham, I & Regan, S & Thomas, I
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What's Biology all about?
Discover what life is, how it works and why Biology is more exciting today then ever before...
ISBN 9781409547068
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2009
Maskell, Hazel et al
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What's Chemistry all about?
Discover how the universe is made up of tiny atoms, how they work and why chemistry is vital to our everyday lives.
ISBN 9781409547075
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2009
Frith, Alex & Gillespie, Lisa Jane
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What's Science all about?
Discover what's around you and how it works, from the tiniest particles to stars and planets, and even life itself.
ISBN 9781409547082
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2010
Topics / STEM /
Frith, Alex & Gillespie, Lisa Jane
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What's so special about Shakespeare
Someone somewhere is the world is reading, writing or quoting Shakespeare, acting in or watching his plays. An engaging and witty exploration of Shakespeare's life, the tumultuous times in which he lived and four of his plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, King Lear and The Tempest.
ISBN 9781406300369
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Rosen, Michael
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When words take flight
A collection of short stories by the 2012 finalists of The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer competition.
ISBN 9781743350492
Publisher D Publishing, 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer competition
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Wild West
A fantastic collection of true cowboy stories from the Old West. Contains stories of real life cowboys from Jesse James to Billy the Kid, the men who broke the law and those chasing them.
ISBN 9780746093740
Series Usborne true stories series (18 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Brook, Henry
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Wildlife of the world
Spectacular photographs and interesting facts bring you face to face with some of the most fascinating animals on Earth. Journey through scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole. Discover how these diverse and fascinating creatures feed, interact, mate, play and survive, and why it is important for them to survive.
ISBN 9780241186008
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2015
Packham, Chris (forward) & Dorling Kindersley
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Women in medieval times
A study of the role of women in Roman and medieval periods in history.
ISBN 9780872265691
Publisher McGraw Hill, 1999
MacDonald, Fiona
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Women of Camelot: queens & enchantresses at the Court of King Arthur
The stories of nine women of Camelot are illustrated and written in modern language.
ISBN 9780864154095
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Hoffman, Mary
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Woo's wonderful world of maths
Join Eddie Woo, award winning teacher and star of the Woo-tube channel) as he tells us how he came to love maths. Eddie mingles anecdotes with facts to bring the world of maths to life and make it fun, even for the most sceptical maths student. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760554217
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Woo, Eddie
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Word spy, The
Come with the Word Spy on an entertaining journey through the English language. Find out where the alphabet came from and what anagrams stand for. Make up your own palindromes and impress your friends by speaking Pig Latin. Includes cartoons, riddles and special codes to solve along the way. Lots of information that's fun to read.
ISBN 9780670072279
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
Dubosarsky, Ursula & Riddle, Tohby (ill)
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Wrecked: mysteries and disasters at sea
True stories about mysteries and disasters at sea.
ISBN 9781864480894
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1996
Bassett, Jan
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You are awesome: Find your confidence and dare to be brilliant at (almost) anything
This is a book for people who want to be awesome at something, but aren't sure how. Written by a two-time Olympian, who admits he wasn't born sporty, this book explains how to become successful at anything, it doesn't matter where you start or who you are. This is an exciting, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, and amusing book that every student will enjoy. What are your dreams? What do you want to be awesome at? Read this book and discover how you can be the best version of yourself.
ISBN 9781526361158
Publisher Wren and Rook Books, 2018
Syed, Matthew
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You can live on the bright side: The kids' guide to optimism
This book contains amazing tips, tricks, and strategies to gently encourage and explain how to rise above and find hope and support when things are tough. Feel lighter and optimistic about the future, and more confident, empowered, and inspired to live a happy and healthy life.
ISBN 9780648677031
Bell, Lucy & Hicks, Astred (ill)
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You must be skidding: the biggest losers of the car world
Whether it's a car with two, three or six wheels, with a motor scooter engine or a nuclear reactor, with the most stupid name or the most dodgy design,this book will tell you all you need to know about it. Featuring the lemons of the car world.
ISBN 9781741661675
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Davis, Tony & Nagle, Shane (ill)
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Young dark emu: A truer history
Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived - a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
ISBN 9781925360844
Publisher Magabala Books, 2019
Pascoe, Bruce
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