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7013
12 Screams of Christmas, The
The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. For the first time ever, it's a Goosebumps Christmas! Kate Welles doesn't want to be special. She just wants to play the lead in her school's Christmas play. Her annoying "friend" Courtney is constantly getting in the way of that. Can you even call someone a "friend" if all they do is make fun of you and ruin everything all of the time? But Kate has to get along with Courtney or else neither of them will be allowed to take part in The 12 Screams of Christmas. Kate and Courtney's teacher decides they need to find a special place to rehearse. A certain house with a special history. The kind of place that Kate would normally be pretty frightened to go into. The kind of place that gives new meaning to the term: Christmas Spirit.
ISBN 9780545627771
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Stine, R L
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52 Mondays
For Anna, the quest to find the most beautiful doll she has ever seen is the most important thing in the world. But it's only one of the adventures to be had growing up in 1960s Australia. Was it really such a short time ago that there were no computers, no mobile phones... no seatbelts? That milk was delivered to your front door every morning, and animals lived in tiny concrete cages at the zoo. Anna and her family celebrate birthdays and Passover, navigate friendships, illness, surprises and mishaps - all the lessons that come with growing up. And through it all, Anna never loses sight of her dream: to find an antique doll to love and treasure.
ISBN 9781760523480
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Ciddor, Anna
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Accidentally Kelly Street
A new family arrive at a new house on a new street in a new neighbourhood. Being new can feel lonely, but on Kelly Street the neighbours are warm and welcoming, and small acts of kindness go a long way. Soon enough, strangers have become friends, and a new house becomes a home.
ISBN 9781922848055
Publisher Affirm Press, 2022
Stewart, Briony
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Adventures of Catvinkle, The
A cat and dog can't be friends. When a pampered cat is forced to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. But if Ula the dalmatian can just keep Catvinkle talking, maybe she can stick around long enough for the sparks to fizzle. A heartwarming story about finding a best friend.
ISBN 9780143786368
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Perlman, Elliot & Stitzel, Laura (ill)
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Adventures of Nanny Piggins, The
Nanny Piggins, the world's most glamorous flying pig, runs away from the circus and goes to live with the Greens as their nanny. The Green children, Derrick, Samantha and Michael, fall in love with her instantly. Who could not fall in love with a Nanny whose only job qualifications are her astonishing ability to be fired out of a cannon and her amazing ability to make chocolate cake, sometimes both at the same time?
ISBN 9781741663167
Series Nanny Piggins series (1 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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Agent Nomad: The eleventh hour
Spies. Secrets. Sorcery. Natalie Palladino was a normal fifteen-year-old, at a normal school, about to face a normal maths test. Now her codename is Nomad, and she's training to become a secret agent for HELIX. No one can know that sorcery exists. No one can know that HELIX protects humanity from the Inductors. And no one can know that Nomad is a Witness, with a dangerous magical gift. The Inductors are hunting her. If they find her, they will kill her. But there's a traitor inside HELIX, and only a Witness can identify them. The problem is, Nomad hasn't mastered her powers. She can't levitate, fight or wield magic like her fellow recruits. If she's the only hope to stop a sorcerous bomb being detonated, the world is in trouble. The eleventh hour is coming . . .
ISBN 9780143780151
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Alex: Through my eyes
Thirteen-year-old Alex lives on a drought-affected property in South Australia with his mum, his dad, his kelpie dog Tangi and colt Jago. For years it hasn't rained enough for them to put a crop in. And while all the farmers in the area are suffering, Alex's dad is struggling more than most. As the drought stretches on, Alex helps his mum with the farm work while longing for the father he once knew. When Bonnie moves in on the neighbouring property with her camel-training family, even feral dogs and a missing classmate cannot stop the newfound friends' passion to make a difference to the environment and their community. Will Alex's dad recover - and will the rains ever return?
ISBN 9781760877002
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Hawke, Rosanne & White, Lyn (ed)
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All about Anna and Harriet and Christopher and me
Disasters seem to happen when Anna goes to visit her cousins every Saturday.
ISBN 9780733611483
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Hathorn, Libby
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All four quarters of the moon
Peijing and Biju find themselves in a new and very different country with their mum, dad and grandmother. While all family members must come to terms with the new and strange place, the girls find friends and a community at school, something the adults do not have to help them adjust. The family are faced with many kinds of change and each member will respond in their own way to these changes.
ISBN 9781760899554
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Marr, Shirley
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All the colours of paradise
Since his arrival at the Kingdom of Silk, Perry Angel has learned a lot about love. Apart from dressing up as Superman, Perry's favourite thing is drawing. But, then, something happens and Perrry's friends are worried he might never draw again. Mr Kadri from the Colour Patch Cafe understands that, sometimes, there are no words to describe feelings and announces a new category in the annual art exhibition.
ISBN 9780733325830
Series Kingdom of silk series (4 of 7)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2009
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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All's faire in middle school
Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind- she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.
ISBN 9780525429999
Publisher Penguin USA, 2017
Topics / Graphic novels /
Jamieson, Victoria
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924190

New
Allergic
At home Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they're expecting and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer but when she goes to select one on her birthday she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet?
ISBN 9781761128523
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2021
Topics / Graphic novels /
Lloyd, Megan Wagner & Nutter, Michelle Mee (ill)
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Always Jack
Jack's life is pretty good until things get complicated. Nanna is getting wobblier, his face goes red when he thinks about Anna and Mum and Rob's wedding is taking over the world. Then, his Mum gets breast cancer and the world starts spinning while his mum and family go through the whole experience of her illness.
ISBN 9780732290207
Series I am Jack series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Gervay, Susanne & Wilcox, Cathy (ill)
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Amal unbound
Twelve-year-old Amal loves learning and dreams of becoming a teacher. Then something unimaginable happens. After an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, she is forced to work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. At the opulent and corrupt Khan estate, Amal realises she will have to find a way to work with others in order to bring about change, and to achieve her dreams.
ISBN 9781925773026
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Topics / Displacement /
Saeed, Aisha
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Amina's voice
Amina and her best friend are starting year six and changes are happening around Amina which worry her. Her best friend now wants to change her Korean name to an English name and wants to hang out with one of the popular girls. Amina feels like she is losing her closest friend and wonders if she must also change to keep her friend. Events happening around her cause her to see both the challenges and rewards of being Pakistan American.
ISBN 9781481492072
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017
Khan, Hena
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Amina: through my eyes
Amina lives with her family in Somalia, a country that has endured drought and civil war for decades. Amina's father is betrayed and arrested. His artwork is seen as 'un-Islamic' and Amina no longer knows who she can trust. Food is scarce, her mother is pregnant and her grandmother ill. Amina must find a way to survive.
ISBN 9781743312490
Series Through my eyes series (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Powers, J L & White, Lyn (ed)
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Angel creek
There are only two things that Jelly likes about the new house on Rosemary Street, the old apricot tree and the creek over the back fence. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek's dark waters. At first, they think it's a bird but it's a baby angel with a broken wing. Jelly decides to keep it. But, she soon discovers that you can't just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won't be missed.
ISBN 9781921758058
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Rippin, Sally
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Angel: through my eyes
The gripping tale of a teenage girl who has been separated from her family in the typhoon ravaged city of Tacloban in the Philippines. Battling looters, rubble, water damage, and the underlying fear that her family has been lost to the typhoon, Angel is desperate to find them again.
ISBN 9781760113773
Series Through my eyes series (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Daniel, Zoe & White, Lyn (ed)
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Anisa's alphabet
For many refugees the alphabet represents the start of a new language and a new future, but Anisa's Alphabet is different. A poignant and highly imaginative telling of one girl's story which will appeal to children and adults alike. Come with Anisa, and see things through her eyes. In this picture book, Anisa takes the reader though the alphabet, describing her journey from an unnamed war-torn country to a refugee camp, then on to an overcrowded boat towards supposed freedom and security.
ISBN 9781925227574
Publisher MidnightSun Publishing, 2020
Dumbleton, Mike & Simmerville, Hannah (ill)
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Anne of Green Gables
Adopted by an elderly brother and his spinster sister who live on a Canadian island, Anne delights in her new life and friends in this enduring classic.
ISBN 9780439295772
Series Anne of Green Gables series (1 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Montgomery, L M
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Anne of Green Gables series
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 Anne of Green Gables series (10 books)
Montgomery, L M
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Applesauce weather
When the first apple falls from the tree, siblings Faith and Peter know that it is applesauce weather. And that means that Uncle Arthur should be here. It seems like he needs a little more time to grieve. This is the first year without Aunt Lucy after all. This is a heartfelt tale about the strength and love of family and the power of a good story.
ISBN 9780763675769
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2016
Frost, Helen & Bates, Amy June (ill)
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Ariki and the giant shark
Ariki is not like the other children on Turtle Island. She belongs heart and soul to the sea, where she plays all day with the dolphins and turtles. One day, a giant shark appears and the fishermen are too afraid to go out. Without fish the people will starve - and only Ariki can save the day!
ISBN 9781406369793
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Davies, Nicola & Kinnear, Nicola (ill)
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As fast as I can
Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to compete at the Olympic Games one day. So when Vivian discovers she has a talent for cross country running, she's excited her Olympic dream might come true. But then a family illness is uncovered and all of Vivian's plans begin to unravel. Can she keep her hopes alive? Or will she be stopped in her tracks?
ISBN 9780702262814
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2020
Tangey, Penny
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As old as time
When Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle's mind -- memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.
ISBN 9781484707289
Series Twisted tales series (11 books)
Publisher Disney Press, 2016
Braswell, Liz
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Aster's good, right, things
I can't let go of them - the good right things - because if I do I'll turn into a cloud and float away, and a storm will come and blow me to nothing. Eleven year old Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn't think she is gifted al all. If she was, her mother would not have left. Each day Aster must do a good right thing a challenge she sets herself, to make someone's life better. Nobody can know about her things, because then they wont count. Then she meets Xavier, who has his own special mission. When they do these together, Aster feels free but if she stops doing her good right things will everything fall apart?
ISBN 9780648492573
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Gordon, Kate
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Astonishingly good stories
A lovestruck merpig, a peppermint-stick Parthenon, a vegetarian spider and so much more! From R.A. Spratt, bestselling author of Friday Barnes and Shockingly Good Stories, comes this collection of twenty terrific stories featuring Greek myths and fractured fairytales as told by Nanny Piggins (the world's most glamorous flying pig), a mystery investigated by Friday Barnes (girl detective) and a series of tales so tall they will give you altitude sickness. This book will delight children from four to one hundred and four. Just the thing for reading at bedtime, when you're supposed to be doing your homework or when you've been chased up a tree by an escaped rhinoceros and you're waiting for the zookeeper to arrive.
ISBN 9780143779261
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2022
Spratt, R A
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Attack of the beastly babysitter
A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story. Rats! You're too old for a baby-sitter. But your mum hired one anyway. And that's the good news. The bad news is the baby-sitter works for a company called KidScare. So what do you do? If you like to play games, meet Dare. He knows some killer games -- but if you lose, you'll never go home again. Forget about playing nice! Or maybe you'd rather go to the Fun Zone. Look out! Will you drown in the Bottomless Ball Pit? Will you find your way out of the Tomb of the Unknown Rat? Just one bit of advice: Whatever you do, don't eat any of that stuff marked "Switch Cheese"! The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!
ISBN 9780590934855
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Stine, R L
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Attack of the Jack
A Goosebumps SlappyWorld story. Devin and his sister Violet are visiting their Uncle Jack for the summer. He lives in an old house by the seashore. Devin and Violet discover a locked trunk. A pirate's chest. They lift the lid slowly-and see that it's filled with antique jack-in-the-boxes. Huh? One box is hidden under the others, covered in dust. It plays an odd unpleasant song. Up pops a very ugly, mean-looking puppet. "Thanks for letting Sailor Jack out!" he rasps, bouncing on his spring. Devin and Violet now face new and troubling questions: Will Jack return them to their uncle? Just how much is a pirate's promise worth?
ISBN 9781338068368
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Stine, R L
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Audition, The
Harper McCoy has danced since she could walk. It is her passion and her talent. When her parents move her across the country, she needs to say goodbye to her friends and her dance team and start again. Her new dance team are not that welcoming and Harper wonders if she will ever be good enough for them.
ISBN 9781460753774
Series Maddie Ziegler Presents series (1 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Ziegler, Maddie
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Auggie & me
Three different characters - Julian, the bully, oldest friend Christopher and classmate, Charlotte - give an insight into how August (Auggie) Pullman, a facially disfigured boy, touched and transformed their lives. A companion book to Wonder.
ISBN 9780552574778
Series Wonder series (4 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Palacio, R J
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August & Jones
Eleven-year-old Jones Kirby has just moved to Sydney from her farm in country New South Wales. She's missing her alpacas and wide-open paddocks and can't get used to her family's tiny city apartment. She's also worried that her vision is blurry - she lost her eye to cancer as a toddler. Could it be another tumor? Enrolling at her new school, Jones meets shy, awkward August Genting. He loves fun facts, the library and knitting as much as Jones loves rock climbing and being outdoors. Who would have thought they'd become fast friends? At home, August's parents are fighting. And for Jones, the news from the doctor is not good. To cheer themselves up, the pair hatch a brilliant plan: the August and Jones Must-See Bucket List. Together, this brave duo will set out to meet a rare monkey, run across the Harbour Bridge and even climb Australia's highest mountain."
ISBN 9780734420350
Publisher Lothian Books, 2022
Harry, Pip
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Augustin and the hot air balloon
Augustin is a poor boy who lives in a barn. Celine is a rich girl who lives in a mighty palace. They are both adventurous. Their world's collide during a one of their daring adventures which lands them in a world of terrible trouble and dangerous secrets. David Metzenthen has combined fact with fiction to create a story of wonder, mystery and excitement.
ISBN 9781925804966
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2022
Metzenthen, David
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Australia's neighbours: Indonesia
Indonesia is the world's largest island country, with 17,508 islands, of which about 6,000 are inhabited. Find out what life is like in Indonesia. Discover Indonesia's ethnic diversity and how people live, work and play. Learn about the events that shaped this fascinating country.
ISBN 9781925630060
Publisher Redback Publishing, 2018
Hinchey, Jane
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Baby business
Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing - it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to.
ISBN 9781925768671
Publisher Magabala Books, 2019
Seymour, Jasmine
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Baby-sitters club, The: Boy-crazy Stacey (graphic novel)
Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all of her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters. Mary Anne doesn't like it one bit! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart?
ISBN 9781338304510
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (7 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2019
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Galligan, Gale (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Claudia and mean Janine (graphic novel)
Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and The Baby-sitters Club than her homework, feels like she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, gets straight As, and even takes college-level courses! But when something unexpected happens to the most beloved person in their family, will the sisters be able to put aside their differences?
ISBN 9780545886222
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (4 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Telgemeier, Raina (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Claudia and the new girl (graphic novel)
Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks shes wasting her artistic talent with the BSC. When Claudia starts spending more time with Ashley and missing BSC meetings, it becomes clear that Claudia has to make a decision... one of them has to go!
ISBN 9781338304572
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (9 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2021
Martin, Ann M & Epstein, Gabriela (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Dawn and the impossible three (graphic novel)
Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. While she's still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she's eager to accept her first big job. On top of all that, Dawn wants to fit in with the other members of the BSC, but she can't figure out how to get along with Kristy.
ISBN 9781338067118
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (5 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2017
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Galligan, Gale (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Good-bye Stacey, good-bye (graphic novel)
Stacey McGill is moving back to New York. That means no more Stoneybrook Middle School, no more Charlotte Johanssen, and worst of all ... no more Baby-sitters Club. Stacey's friends are crushed when they hear that Stacey's moving, especially Claudia. Stacey was her first best friend. What kind of going-away present is good enough for someone so special? How will the BSC go on without Stacey?
ISBN 9781761122279
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (11 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2022
Martin, Ann M & Epstein, Gabriela (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Kristy and the snobs (graphic novel)
Kristy's mother got remarried and their family moved to the ritzy neighbourhood across town. The other members of the Baby-sitters Club think it's a good opportunity to get some new business, but the kids who live nearby aren't very friendly. They criticize Kristy's clothes and make fun of the BSC. And, worst of all, they laugh at Louie, Kristy's pet collie, who's getting old and not feeling well. These kids are total snobs but if anyone can put them in their place, it's the Baby-sitters Club!
ISBN 9781761122262
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (10 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2021
Martin, Ann M & Epstein, Gabriela (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Kristy's big day (graphic novel)
Kristy's mum is getting married, and Kristy is going to be a bridesmaid! The only problem? Fourteen kids are coming to town for the wedding. Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, and Mallory think they can handle it, but that's before they spend a week changing nappies, stopping arguments, solving mix-ups, and planning activities. It's the biggest job the Baby-Sitters Club has ever had, but they'll work together to make sure Kristy's big day is a success!
ISBN 9781338067613
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (6 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2018
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Galligan, Gale (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Kristy's great idea (graphic novel)
Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up - cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbours, prank calls - you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.
ISBN 9780545813860
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (1 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Telgemeier, Raina (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Logan likes Mary Anne (graphic novel)
It's the first day of a new school year, and while Mary Anne doesn't know what to expect from the eighth grade, she's looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. One thing she definitely doesn't expect is to meet Logan Bruno, who just moved to Stoneybrook! Logan has a dreamy southern accent, he's awfully cute... and he might be interested in joining the BSC. But the baby-sitters aren't sure if Logan would make a good club member, so they send him on a job with Mary Anne as a test. Logan and Mary Anne hit it off, but Mary Anne isn't sure of where their friendship could go. Life in the Baby-sitters Club has never been this complicated - or this fun!
ISBN 9781338304541
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (8 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2020
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Galligan, Gale (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: Mary Anne saves the day (graphic novel)
When The Baby-sitters Club gets into a huge fight, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to eat by herself in the school cafeteria, figure out how to make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father. But the worst happens when she finds herself in a baby-sitting emergency and can't turn to her friends for help. Will Mary Anne solve her problems and save The Baby-sitters Club from falling apart?
ISBN 9780545886215
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (3 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Telgemeier, Raina (ill)
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Baby-sitters club, The: The truth about Stacey (graphic novel)
Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends - Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they're the BSC - and they will deal with whatever's thrown their way... even if it's a rival baby-sitting club!
ISBN 9780545813891
Series The baby-sitters club (graphic novels) series (2 of 7)
Publisher Graphix, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Martin, Ann M & Telgemeier, Raina (ill)
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Bad beginning, The
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits to outsmart a distant relative who is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. A story of misery.
ISBN 9780064407663
Series Series of unfortunate events series (1 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Snicket, Lemony
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Bad girls
Mandy has been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. She can't believe it when cheeky, daring Tanya wants to be her friend. But, Mum thinks Tanya is not a suitable friend and, when Tanya shoplifts, there is trouble ahead.
ISBN 9780440863564
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Wilson, Jacqueline
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Ballad of Melodie Rose, The
When Melodie Rose is abandoned on the steps of Direleafe Hall, she realises she must be a ghost. Strangely, she is not sad. With the three other ghostly girls who haunt the school and a gloomy crow on her shoulder, Melodie has never felt more at peace. Finally, she has a place to call home. So when the Lady in White arrives with plans to flatten the beloved school, Melodie Rose must act fast to save all she holds dear. But what can one powerless ghost do?
ISBN 9780702263217
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2021
Gordon, Kate
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Ballet shoes
Three orphaned sisters are sent to ballet school for training and are determined to make their name famous.
ISBN 9780140300413
Publisher Penguin, 1984
Streatfeild, Noel
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Banjo Tully
Banjo Tully hasn't ever given much thought to climate change. But when he meets 'conservation nut' Mai Le - after the worst drought in living memory puts his future in jeopardy - Banjo sets out on an 800-kilometre solo horse ride. It's a journey that could not only save his family's farm, but also change the planet.
ISBN 9781925804904
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2021
D'Ath, Justin
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Barlay
Sometimes, grown-ups tell scary stories to teach kids a lesson. And, sometimes, those scary stories turn out to be true. Sarah, Jay and Rene find out the hard way what sort of tale their Nan's Woordatj story is when they wander off into the bush, despite her warnings.
ISBN 9781921696114
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Battle boy 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 Battle boy series (15 books)
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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Battle of the jade horse
Battle of the Jade Horse Author: Alison Lloyd Hu and Ren are friends during the second century in China. Their families come from different social classes and each must make choices that may hurt their friendship. How will their friendship be able to survive?
ISBN 9780143305774
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Lloyd, Alison
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Beach sports car
When Annie's dad promises her a beach sports car, she imagines a bright red hotrod with racing car stripes. But, it will take a lot of work to turn Dad's battered old bomb into the car of Annie's dreams. Then again, hard work can sometimes make the rewards seem so much sweeter.
ISBN 9781921696060
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Oxenham, Darlene & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Beast
Eleven year old Jamie, a fearful boy, confronts his biggest fear, the class bully. Through his ordeal, he comes to realise that, while magic can't stop bad things from happening, intelligence and courage can.
ISBN 9781862911468
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1992
Wild, Margaret
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Beast of Hushing Wood, The
Ziggy Truegood feels a threatening presence in her tiny town of Hushing Wood, which is deepened by a recurring nightmare she has. When Raffi, an exotic young boy, and his grandfather come to town Ziggy's fears intensify. Unfortunately, her own wise and knowledgeable grandfather is ill, unable to help her. She wonders are the pair there to save her or to hunt her?
ISBN 9780143309178
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Wang, Gabrielle
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Becoming Brianna
Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not!). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organise a party, and juggle drama at school and home? As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it's all worth it...
ISBN 9780062894533
Series Emmie & friends series (4 of 4)
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2020
Libenson, Terri
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Beginner's guide to revenge, The
At just thirteen, Romola has changed school five times and always has trouble making friends. By chance, she meets Sebastian and they help each other resolve some serious feelings of injustice. Romola is having trouble with some friends who are being mean to her and Sebastian is missing his dad. If someone did something very hurtful to you and you had a perfect way to pay them back, would you do it? Romola and Sebastian have to make just such a decision.
ISBN 9781742750866
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Musgrove, Marianne
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Begone the raggedy witches
Mup was an ordinary girl, so she thought, until the day her aunty died. That night she sees witches following the car home from hospital, and the next morning there are reports of a helicopter disappearing, which later reappears with one of its passengers missing - her dad! Now Mup, Tipper (her little brother) and Mam must set off on a rescue mission. Mup's life is suddenly turned upside down as she enters another world full of rhyming ravens, colour, witches, and wild magic. What other adventures await her as she begins this quest to find her father?
ISBN 9781406366020
Series The wild magic trilogy (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Kiernan, Celine
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Being Jack
Jack is in Year 6 now and still loves his photography, surfing and crazy family. Things are going well for him, particularly at school where he isn't bullied any more. But, he notices that his best friend, Christopher, is starting to miss school, hiding out and avoiding everyone. When a football match turns ugly and Jack and Christopher witness some unfair dirty play, they know that, again, the bullying has to stop.
ISBN 9780732296148
Series I am Jack series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2014
Gervay, Susanne & Wilcox, Cathy (ill)
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Berani
Ari and Malia are both students in Indonesia, but one comes from a wealthy family and the other from a farming family in a small village. Both of them find themselves tied up in moral and ethical dilemmas where their actions, while so clearly right to them,, will not be popular with family or friends. Knowing the right thing to do does not mean it is an easy choice.
ISBN 9781761068027
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2022
Kadarusman, Michelle
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Beverly, right here
Beverly Trapinski has buried her beloved dog. One of her three friends has suddenly moved away without a goodbye. Her father is long gone and her mother does not seem interested in what Beverly does. It is August, 1979 and it seems that the only thing for Beverly to do is leave town. At age 14, she finds herself in a new town with a job clearing tables, but she knows this is not enough. If she can only open her heart a little, she will find that the small town is full of people who need a little more in their lives too.
ISBN 9781406391633
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
DiCamillo, Kate
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Bill rules
Bill and Matty are the best of friends and neighbours which leads to exciting adventures and, sometimes, more than a little trouble. When Bill learns that his father is coming home from jail, his world is tipped upside down. Worries start to mount but Matty has an idea to help Bill. But life doesn't always go according to plan.
ISBN 9780702238482
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Fensham, Elizabeth
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Billie and the parent plan
Billie's mum is getting married to a bald, old man. Billie doesn't fit in with her uncool stepfather and her posh stepsister and would rather live with her best mate, Archie. A funny book about Billie's valiant attempts to resist her new family.
ISBN 9780746067550
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Bryant, Ann
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Billionaire boy
Joe Spud is the richest twelve year old because his father reinvented toilet paper and became rich. He owns a racing car and a crocodile, but the one thing he can't buy is a friend. When he changes schools, he encounters twin bullies, a greedy lunch lady and new friends.
ISBN 9780007445349
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Walliams, David
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Bindi
Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She's not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell. A new year starts like normal - school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn't gone to plan! There's a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!
ISBN 9781925936667
Publisher Magabala Books, 2020
Saunders, Kirli & Leffler, Dub (ill)
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Birdbrain
When seven strangers arrive at a small Australian caravan park to tell Hadley Boggs that her dad is the long lost heir to the kingdom of Ludrovia, she can hardly believe it. Soon Hadley jets off to an exciting new life where she is a princess and meets dancing goats. But then she discovers the president's secret deal to sell the country to a cheese loving billionaire. She knows she must act. But can she save Ludrovia before everything turns to fondue?
ISBN 9781460759219
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
Hawkins, Kelli Anne
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Birthday book, The: An illustrated treasury of stories and poems
A collection of fact and fiction, some extracts and some complete works, with a common theme of birthdays. Illustrations by Quentin Blake add a lovely dimension.
ISBN 9780224083607
Publisher Jonathan Cape, 2008
Morpurgo, Michael (ed) & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Birthday boy
Sam Green can't wait until his eleventh birthday. He is really looking forward to it and wishes it was his birthday every day. At first, it's quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. But sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for ....
ISBN 9780008200510
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Baddiel, David & Field, Jim (ill)
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Bit of a hero, A
Tom is finding it hard to come to terms with the death of his father, a firefighter, who lost his life trying to save a child. Life just gets worse when a bully joins his class at school and Mum meets a new man. Tom wonders whether he can find the courage within himself to stand up to the bully, and to accept the many changes in his life.
ISBN 9781842709092
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2009
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Phinn, Gervase
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Black brother, black brother
Sometimes, 12-year-old Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbing him "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter-skinned brother, Trey. When he's bullied and framed by the captain of the fencing team, "King" Alan, he's suspended from school and arrested for something he didn't do. Terrified, searching for a place where he belongs, Donte joins a local youth center and meets former Olympic fencer Arden Jones. With Arden's help, he begins training as a competitive fencer, setting his sights on taking down the fencing team captain, no matter what. As Donte hones his fencing skills and grows closer to achieving his goal, he learns the fight for justice is far from over. Now Donte must confront his bullies, racism, and the corrupt systems of power that led to his arrest.
ISBN 9780316493802
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020
Parker Rhodes, Jewell
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Black Cockatoo
Mia rescues a dirrarn black cockatoo, and faces her biggest challenge yet when she chooses to care for the bird, knowing it is her totem animal. Mia feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until she explores the fragile connections of family and culture and discovers her own inner strength.
ISBN 9781925360707
Publisher Magabala Books, 2018
Merrison, Carl & Hustler, Hakea & Leffler, David (ill)
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Black Lotus, The
Ghost, Cormac and Kate are junior recruits of the Black Lotus, an underground school for ninjas. When a powerful weapon is stolen, the three of them must battle through sixteenth-century Japan and present-day New York to stop a power-hungry shogun from destroying the city. Betrayal and the testing of friendships combine in a battle for world supremacy.
ISBN 9781909489929
Publisher Chicken House, 2015
Fanning, Kieran
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Black tengu
The Samurai Kids are finally back in Japan. But not at their ryu in the Tateyama Mountains. Instead, Sensei has taken them to the snowy lands of Ezo - the place of his birth. The place where Sensei must face his demons and right the terrible wrong that has tormented him. Will Niya have the courage to help Sensei as he promised? Is Sensei really a black Tengu?
ISBN 9781922077622
Series Samurai kids series (8 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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Black warrior
Everyone close to Roxy has been cursed and the monster Tigon has been unleashed on her hometown. Lanternwood's only hope is for the ninja and samurai clans to join forces. Among the chaos, Roxy can't shake the urge to find the father she has never met.
ISBN 9780732294557
Series Roxy Ran series (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2014
Hall, Tiffiny
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Bleakboy and Hunter stand out in the rain
Some things are too big for a boy to solve. Eleven year old Jesse is tackling many problems in life, especially fitting in to a new school. He must confront the school bully and try to come to terms with many other issues like whaling, poverty in Africa and, of course, parents. Luckily, he meets Kate who has curly black hair, braces, an infectious smile and needs Jesse's help.
ISBN 9780702250163
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2014
Herrick, Steven
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Blossom
Lottie is excited when a lost little girl arrives on her doorstep. Lottie, who only has Uncle Bobby in the world has always wanted a sister. Blossom isn't like other kids. She doesn't speak and is obsessed with her flower, refusing to go anywhere without it. Everything changes when Blossom gets sick and is taken away to hospital. Lottie with her friends must do whatever it takes to rescue her.
ISBN 9781742991641
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Janu, Tamsin
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Blueberry pancakes forever
Winter has fallen in the world of story and Tuesday's typewriter lies silent. Far away in the Peppermint Forest, Vivienne fears she will never again feel the touch of the sun. When the mysterious Loddon appears in Vivienne's treehouse, he brings terrible danger. Without warning, Tuesday is swept up into the world of story as she has never seen it before. In this forbidding and unfamiliar place, and without her beloved dog, Tuesday becomes Loddon's captive and has to muster all her resources to survive.
ISBN 9781760110451
Series Tuesday McGillycuddy series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Banks, Angelica
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Blunders, The
The Blunders are the most blundersome family in the blundering history of blunderdom. They live in Blunder Hall. When the Blunders are about to lose their home, how will they come together to save it?
ISBN 9780008614393
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2023
Walliams, David & Stower, Adam (ill)
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Bob
Livy has visited her maternal grandmother before, on her farm outside of Melbourne, Victoria - but, she was only five years old then, and she can't seem to remember much. Ten year old Livy returns from the USA to visit again, with her family and new baby sister Beth-Ann. Her grandmother shows her around, reminding her of all the fun they had last time she stayed, but only Livy seems to recall a 'wrong chicken'...
ISBN 9781925603590
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Mass, Wendy & Stead, Rebecca
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Book of chance, The
Chance is in Year 7 and thinks she has it all - a loving mother, dog Tiges, best friend and almost-sister next door. But when a reality TV team makes over her house, she discovers newspaper cuttings from the past that cause her to question the world as she knows it and everyone in it. Then she finds herself caught between two realities, identities and worlds. Face-to-face with the truth, Chance has a very difficult decision to make, which almost splits her in two. This powerful story explores what is true and what is fake in today's world. And while Chance is all about the truth, she ponders whether "Maybe being truthful was really just a big lie".
ISBN 9781760651367
Publisher Walker Books, 2021
Whiting, Sue
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Book of hopes, The: Words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children's writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson. Stories to make you smile, poems to make you laugh, and plenty of hope for everyone! Available from https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/
ISBN 9780852295298
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2020
Rundell, Katherine (ed)
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Bored: Evie dreams big
Evie lives on Turtle Place, and she's bored. She is making plans, actual plans, to build her own house. Only, it seems that everyone else that lives on Turtle Place has an opinion they'd like to share. Frog and Milo want to build something totally different. Mr Santos is grumpy, Mrs Katz is spying on her, her sister is the most annoying person in the world, and her parents don't believe in her. But she has a plan, and she dreams big.
ISBN 9780733342066
Publisher ABC Audio - Enterprises, 2023
Stanton, Matt
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Boss of the pool
Required to accompany her mother, who works at a hostel for the disabled, Shelley is more than a little unhappy. Eventually, she chooses to teach Ben, who is mentally disabled and very fearful of the water, how to swim.
ISBN 9781862916401
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Klein, Robin
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Bowl full of peace, A
Grandmother's bowl has been passed from mother to daughter over generations. It sits on the table each evening between Sachiko's family who are grateful for the food they eat. One day soldiers arrive and planes begin flying overhead telling the people war is coming to the seaside town. The family and community are suddenly devastated at the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the effects follow the survivors for years to come. Later, when father returns to the rubble, grandmother's bowl is found miraculously in one piece. This true story was put together over several interviews with the real owner of the bowl who wanted to tell her family story of resilience, devastation and the quest for peace.
ISBN 9781541521483
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Stelson, Caren & Susaka, Akira (ill)
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Boy at the back of the class, The
At the back of the class there was an empty chair, but then one day a new boy arrives. Everyone wants to know more about this boy. He disappears at break times, he speaks no English and he is really good at soccer. Alexa and her friends learn that Ahmet has a big problem so they set about trying to help. They devise a plan, but what happens when they try to follow through with the plan?
ISBN 9781510105010
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Rauf, Onjali Q
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Boy who sailed ocean in an armchair, The
Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is all at sea. In the middle of the night, his dad has run away with him and his brother, Billy. They've left everything behind, including their almost-mum, Pearl, who gives great hugs. Their father tells them they need not contact Pearl, not even to say goodbye, and that they're starting at a new school after their holiday. Becket just wants is his family to be whole again. With lots of stories, one thousand paper cranes and a snail, Beckett is determined to make his wish come true.
ISBN 9781409576327
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Williamson, Lara
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Boy who stepped through time, The
When Perry steps into a crumbling ruin while on holiday in France, he is not expecting to be transported back 1700 years to Roman times. While he hunts desperately for a way home, he must blend in as a slave, even if it means eating mice for dinner! Gradually, Perry is caught up in the fascinating world of grand Villa Rubia and a life he could never have imagined. But when he makes a new friend, he thinks he might already know her terrible fate. Perry is faced with an impossible choice: to find his way home or stay and guard his friend's life and risk being trapped in the past forever!
ISBN 9781760526443
Publisher Murdoch Books Australia, 2021
Ciddor, Anna
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Boy with wings, The
Tunde is different. His friends are different too. But there is something amazing about to happen to Tunde. Wings! And an impossible mission. Could he be the only one who could save the Earth? Luckily, he has the support of his friends and family but will they all be able to fly in the face of danger?
ISBN 9781529077315
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2021
Henry, Lenny & Ferrell, Keenon (ill)
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Boys without names
Eleven year old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village to find work in the big city, Mumbai. When a stranger promises Gopal a job, he jumps at the offer. But Gopal has been deceived. In a stuffy sweatshop, he and other boys are forced to work for no money, little food and without talking. Late one night, when Gopal shares kahanis, or stories, he realises that storytelling may help their survival, and escape.
ISBN 9780061857621
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2010
Sheth, Kashmira
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Brand new boy
The new boy is certainly strange. He is very polite and knows a lot of things in a very proper way. He is also amazing at soccer, but there is something odd about him. It could be the people who are always watching him and won't let him do things like eat chips. It could be that George just needs a chance to get away with the other kids and play if his minders only let him.
ISBN 9781406358087
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Almond, David & Altes, Marta (ill)
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Bravelands 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 Bravelands series (3 books)
Hunter, Erin
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Bravelands: Blood and bone
A great evil has risen... and must be defeated. A murderer now leads the animals of the plains. The other animals believe he is the real Great Father, but the elephant Sky and baboon Thorn know the truth. While Sky leads her herd in a desperate search for Bravelands' rightful leader, Thorn is forced to flee his old troop to escape certain death. And the lion Fearless, once their friend, waits for his chance to strike down one tyrant, but may be led astray by another. The balance of Bravelands is about to shatter-unless predator, prey, and scavenger unite as one.
ISBN 9781460756294
Series Bravelands series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Hunter, Erin
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Bravelands: Code of honor
The code of the wild has been broken. The elephant leader known as Great Mother has been murdered. And Bravelands is on the edge of chaos. Now a young baboon, elephant, and lion must come together to discover the truth - before the fragile balance of Bravelands is destroyed forever.
ISBN 9781460756287
Series Bravelands series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Hunter, Erin
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Bravelands: Shifting shadows
A false leader has been destroyed - but Bravelands is still in grave danger. The animals of Bravelands believed Stinger's death would bring them peace; but no Great Parent has stepped forward, and now the animals are caught in a perilous state of imbalance. Thorn grapples with a burden he may not have the strength to bear, while Sky yearns for the comfort of the Great Spirit - and wonders if an unthinkable act has driven it from Bravelands forever. After an ally is put in grave danger, Fearless blames himself, and his desperate thirst for revenge grows stronger. Now, with a mysterious threat lurking in their midst, all members of the Great Herd must find the strength to walk the right path, or risk the end of Bravelands forever.
ISBN 9781460756300
Series Bravelands series (4 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2019
Hunter, Erin
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Bravelands: The spirit-eaters
The Great Spirit has returned to Bravelands, and the baboon Thorn hopes to guide Bravelands to peace as its Great Father. But a pack of rogue wolves has begun to target the Great Herd, threatening to shatter that peace before it's even begun. Torn between her desire to help the new Great Father and the urge to rejoin her herd, Sky must choose between duty and family, while Fearless frantically searches for Titan-even as he begins to suspect the rogue wolves of knowing the secret of the lion's whereabouts, and the motive behind his vicious crimes.
ISBN 9781460756317
Series Bravelands series (5 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2020
Hunter, Erin
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Bravo Billy
Thirteen year old Billy is passionate about his guitar and his favourite band.
ISBN 9780207198342
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2000
Arena, Felice
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Bridget, a new Australian
During the Irish potato famine, Bridget's family has been turned out of their home and their only refuge is the workhouse, where living conditions are hard and the food sparse. For Bridget and her sister, Maeve, their one chance is to take a ship to a new country and become Australians. They must survive the journey then face the many challenges that await them in a new, far away land.
ISBN 9781742990989
Series A new Australian series (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Moloney, James
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Brilliant ideas of Lily Green, The
Twelve-year-old Lily Green has brilliant ideas. She loves concocting unusual beauty products -- sure, they're often disasters, but every inventor has to start somewhere! And her family's salon seems like just the place. If only it still had customers... When Lily accidentally mixes up a string of wild and wonderful gloop from the mysterious plants in her neighbour's garden, she thinks she's struck gold. Her products work like magic, and she's sure they'll save the failing salon. But are Lily's creations as enchanting as they seem?
ISBN 9781760503659
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2019
Sibrerry, Lisa
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Bring it on
Sarah loves to crack jokes, but no one at her new school is laughing, not even her first day buddy Hanh. Even worse, no one at Milsborough West Primary surfs and that's Sarah's favourite thing in the world! Sarah is a big fan of Aussie Rules football, but she has never played. Will coach Shawna let Sarah join the Flyers and be part of the team?
ISBN 9781760409470
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2017
Stanley, Jo
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Brocky's bananagram
Matt Brock and his friend write a message on a banana which is to be shipped out from his dad's plantation. What a surprise when they receive a reply.
ISBN 9781865045788
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Metzenthen, David
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Bronze and Sunflower
In China, during the Cultural Revolution, Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the country. Life is lonely and isolated until she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the village boys. The pair becomes inseparable. When Bronze's family agrees to take Sunflower in, she is overjoyed and Bronze has got the sister he always wanted. But, life is hard and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves.
ISBN 9781406348460
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Wenxuan, Cao & Wang, Helen (trans)
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Bungawitta
The town of Bungawitta is so dry that the youngest resident, Glory-Alice, has only ever seen rain on television. The residents have to work out how to bring people to the dying town, where the sun always shines.
ISBN 9781862918337
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Rodda, Emily
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Burnt stick, The
An Aboriginal boy is removed from his mother, despite her desperate efforts to disguise his fair skin by rubbing him with charcoal from a burnt stick.
ISBN 9780140369298
Publisher Penguin, 1996
Hill, Anthony & Sofilas, Mark (ill)
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Buzzard breath & brains
The funny and moving sequel to, Swashbuckler. When the principal's prized rose garden is vandalised, Rex and Tony, get the blame. But it is a set-up, and Tony is ""making enquiries"". Rex discovers a dilemma, a new friend and even netball.
ISBN 9780702229565
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1998
Moloney, James
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Callback, The
After a successful first competition, twelve-year-old Harper is eager to impress in Dance Starz. But not everyone is impressed with the new girl. Thanks to a chance conversation, Harper lands a part in the school musical to help polish her stage presence and make new friends but not all of the Dance Starz team are thrilled with her new distraction so close to their next big competition - especially since they are going up against their archrivals, The Belles. Can Harper figure out how to shine and find her balance, onstage and off?
ISBN 9781460753781
Series Maddie Ziegler Presents series (2 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Ziegler, Maddie
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Callie
A reissue combining two books, Callie's castle and Callie's family. Callie's castle is already on the PRC booklist with ID 67. You can read Callie's family using the ID number 1034. Callie is an ordinary child living in an extraordinary old house. She is bitterly disappointed when she is just one month too old at twelve to be able to go to Denmark with her dad as no-one can afford the adult fare she now needs.
ISBN 9780732289218
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Park, Ruth
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Calling of Jackdaw Hollow, The
When Jackdaw Hollow is orphaned by a lightning strike, he is taken in by the headmistress of Direleafe Hall. Even though he grows up with her love and care, he feels undeserving, as if the universe made a mistake in sparing him. As he searches for the reason he survived the storm, he befriends Angeline, a wildling girl who knows where her destiny lies - the circus. But when he goes too far in trying to find his own calling, will he lose sight of what's most important?
ISBN 9780702263484
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2022
Gordon, Kate
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Camp
Olive and Willow are off on a two week summer camp. They plan to do everything together, but with so many new people and activities, the two girls are pulled in different directions. Willow is not as confident as Olive and relies on her for comfort. Olive wants to try all the things camp has to offer. This puts an enormous strain on their friendship which may not last the summer camp.
ISBN 9781760654924
Publisher Walker Books, 2022
Topics / Graphic novels /
Miller, Kayla
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Captain Mack
Danny has a difficult time at school. The school bully picks on him and Danny's friend, Captain Mack, still thinks that he is a POW and wants to return home.
ISBN 9780702231070
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1999
Roy, James
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Caravan at the edge of doom, The: Foul prophecy
Twelve year old Harley just wants a normal life, but it is her destiny to be a Legendary Hero in the Land of the Dead. Now it is time for Harley to travel back through the Portal of Doom and rescue her best friend, battle with a massive fish and solve a mysterious prophecy. This is an incredible adventure including a dangerous toilet and a perilous rescue.
ISBN 9781405298292
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
Beckett, Jim & Muza, Olia (ill)
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Cardboard kingdom
With a lot of cardboard, tape and imagination, the neighbourhood has become transformed into a kingdom of magic, mayhem, heroes and villains. Everyone has a role to play!
ISBN 9781524719388
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2019
Topics / Graphic novels /
Sell, Chad
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Care and feeding of a pet black hole, The
Stella Rodriguez learns the hard way that caring for a black hole can be a rather complicated thing. They are fantastic at swallowing stuff - all the stuff she no longer wants around, like scratchy sweaters and her brother Cosmo's annoying toy. More importantly Stella finds that she can get rid of other things, things that remind her of her dad, who died recently, things that remind her to be sad. It's gets even more interesting when the black hole accidentally swallows something far too precious to lose and Stella has to go deep inside on an epic, interstellar adventure to save her whole world. Who knew that have a pet black hole could be so much trouble?
ISBN 9781471170188
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Topics / Displacement /
Cuevas, Michelle
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Cartboy and the time capsule
Hal Rifkind wonders why he can't have the easy life he craves - a room of his own, time to play video games with his best mate Arnie and most of all, surviving grade six. Instead he has to share his room with his twin baby sisters, is only permitted 15 minutes of video games on weekends and he has a year-long history assignment to complete.
ISBN 9781743314807
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Campbell, L.A.
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Cat mummy, The
Verity is devastated when Mabel, her adored cat, dies. School lessons about the Ancient Egyptians lead Verity to attempt to honour Mabel with an Ancient Egyptian mummification. Verity's mum died during childbirth and her dad and grandparents have avoided speaking to her about it, but now it is time to talk.
ISBN 9780440864165
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Wilson, Jacqueline & Sharratt, Nick (ill)
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Catch me if I fall
Brother and sister Ashley and Aiden share a special bond as identical twins. While much of the world has been drastically changed by environmental catastrophe, they live a privileged life thanks to the work of their scientist mother. When Aiden comes to Ashley's rescue he is hurt and their life gets turned on its head.
ISBN 9781760877613
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Jonsberg, Barry
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Caterpillar summer
Cat seems to be the only one to be able to understand, calm, and even find her lilttle brother Chicken when he is having a meltdown. Since the death of their father, Cat takes on the role of a parent more and more as her mother spends more time at work. When a job opportunity arises for their mum, Cat and Chicken find themselves spending the summer with grandparents they've never met on an island they have never visited before. It might be terribly awkward or it might be a chance to come together as a family.
ISBN 9781526606266
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2019
McDunn, Gillian
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Catland
Having to stay with her Dad, his new wife and two stepdaughters when her mum goes to India is not as bad as Rose first thinks. Her stepmother is mounting a campaign against cats and a neighbour who has lots of them. Rose finds a solution.
ISBN 9780143302018
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Starke, Ruth
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Center of gravity
Tessa has always been anxious, but it's become worse since her mother died a few months ago. To calm herself down she cuts out photos of missing kids from milk cartons and keeps them in a file. It helps her feel like she's not alone. Her friends are drifting away. Then worst of all, Tessa's dad announces suddenly that he's getting married - and that his fiance is pregnant. His fiance's parents gift them a house at the beach, and Tessa must move. As Tessa navigates new friendships with a group of misfit boys and a new stepmother, she realizes she must let go of old friends and old habits if she wants to regain control of her life.
ISBN 9781250763075
Publisher MacMillan, 2021
Grimes, Shaunta
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Certain music, A
In 1823, a young, lonely girl spends much of her time hiding in the Vienna Woods. She spies an old man, a composer, and they form an odd friendship which develops through their mutual love of music. A story of how she triumphs over difficult circumstances and how people can help each other.
ISBN 9781741663334
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Walters, Celeste & Spudvilas, Anne (ill)
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Charlotte and the starlet
Charlotte is a thirteen year old girl with aspirations of joining the Junior Olympic Equestrian Squad. She loves riding and knows she is good but nothing has prepared her for the dirty tricks that other competitors have up their sleeves.
ISBN 9781741661248
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Warner, Dave
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Chicken's curse, The
Felix works for the general, but not for much longer! He escapes the generals camp and runs straight into Livia. When they realise, they are both heading to Rome, they decide to travel together, along with a sacred chicken, that has also left the general's camp. The journey takes them across several lands, with many adventures and new people, both good and bad. Will the sacred chicken help to get them to their final destination or will he be side-tracked by his love of cake?
ISBN 9781760525569
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Watts, Frances
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Chime seekers, The
Yanni resents being a big brother but when his baby sister is stolen by an evil faerie, Yanni must race against time before she is lost forever. Battling goblins and dodging potentially fatal faerie trickery, Yanni, with the help of his cousin Amy, discovers that courage, trust and love can be powerful weapons against the darkest evil.
ISBN 9781406391190
Publisher Walker Books, 2021
Montgomery, Ross
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Chocolate wishes
Lulu scales new heights with her enchanted recipe book and now is challenged by an international arch villain.
ISBN 9781843626893
Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Dunbar, Fiona
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Chook called Harry, A
There are ten chooks in the chook house and Chris collects the eggs every day. When his favourite chook, Happy Harry, stops laying, Chris's Dad says that she's not pulling her weight and will have to go. Chris must work out a way to save her. Some derogatory language used in context.
ISBN 9780143303473
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Gwynne, Phillip & Denton, Terry (ill)
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36171
Cicada summer
Two years ago, Eloise's mother died and, over time, sadness has taken her voice. Her father, preoccupied with grandiose schemes that allow him to run from his own grief, ignores what is happening with Eloise's quietness. When Eloise meets Anna, a girl from another time, things begin to change as Eloise finds the peace and safety she needs to heal.
ISBN 9781741758283
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Constable, Kate
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Clarice Bean series
Spunky 12-year-old Clarice Bean Tuesday and her adventures at home and at school! 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 Clarice Bean series (8 books)
Child, Lauren
No book cover.
846207
Clarice bean: Think like an elf
Join the one and only Clarice Bean and 'Think Like an Elf' in this irresistible and spectacularly sparkling Christmas story from the inimitable Lauren Child.
ISBN 9780008470845
Series Clarice Bean series (8 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2021
Child, Lauren
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Class full of lizards, A
It's the first day back at school and I've already got three questions: 1. When is my family's disgusting diet going to end? 2. How will I finish my group project on time? 3. Why is my best friend Alex suddenly not talking to me? If that's not bad enough, the classroom is overrun with lizards. At least things can't get worse, right?
ISBN 9781760877378
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Hart, Alison
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Clean break
Em and her siblings are devastated by their dad's departure. Em escapes to a fantasy world with the help of a reindeer glove puppet.
ISBN 9780385608350
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Wilson, Jacqueline & Sharrat, Nick (ill)
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Click
Olive is a popular and happy year five girl with lots of friends, but when she finds herself on the outside of several groups formed to enter the school's talent show, she feels resentment and is hurt at being left out. With some good advice from her aunt, she decides she can do an act on her own and finds a new level of confidence in herself.
ISBN 9781328707352
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2019
Topics / Graphic novels /
Miller, Kayla
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Code name Mr Right
Penelope, known as Snot, thinks she has found the perfect man for her mum. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780734405944
Series Code name series (1 of 3)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Code name 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 Code name series (3 books)
Harvey, Jacqueline
No book cover.
17473
Code name: rescue
Penny takes her friend Kimi with her to visit her Dad and his girlfriend in Japan. During their trip, the girls each receive a strange and magical doll, a Daruma. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780734407610
Series Code name series (3 of 3)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Harvey, Jacqueline
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17472
Code name: unwanted
Penelope is thrilled her mum has married her perfect man. But mum and the new step-dad have some surprises in store for Penelope that might not be so pleasant. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780734406743
Series Code name series (2 of 3)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Colour graffix 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 Colour graffix series (4 books)
Laird, Elizabeth & Hazelwood, Pauline (ill)
No book cover.
25277
Coming home
Gemma watches her dad as he sits alone in his tangled garden. She doesn't understand why he seems so sad. Gemma's dad is experiencing depression and Gemma wonders what she might be able to do to help him.
ISBN 9781921633775
Publisher Wombat Books, 2012
McGuiness, Sharon & Melville, Shannon (ill)
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660480
Competition, The
Harper and her fellow DanceStarz are bound for New York to compete in Nationals. This is what they have worked so hard for. Between preparing for the biggest opportunity of her life, competing against fierce rivals, and balancing new friendships with old, this trip may not be all that Harper has wished for.
ISBN 9781460753798
Series Maddie Ziegler Presents series (3 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2019
Ziegler, Maddie
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35699
Con-nerd
Connor is under extreme pressure. At home, his mother has his future planned so as to bring honour to the family. This means a selective high school, with coaching after school to pass the tests, and then a career as a doctor. Anything less is unthinkable, including Connor's real talent of drawing manga style characters and making his own comic books. Then, there's his classmates' perception that he's a nerd.
ISBN 9780143304869
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Phommavanh, Oliver
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846084
Cooking club detectives, The
The local community centre is about to be shut down. All the clubs and classes are held here for the kids after school. Erin has just moved in and has started exploring her new community. She quickly makes new friends at school and joins a cooking club held at the local community centre. The news of it closing is terrible for them all. Is there anything they can do to save it? Who and why would they be shutting down such an important centre to the community? Maybe Erin and her friends can get to the bottom of it!
ISBN 9781789543605
Publisher Head of Zeus, 2021
Jozefkowicz, Ewa
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Cool code, The
Zoey has been homeschooled her entire life. So when her parents announce it's time for her to attend the local school, she's terrified about how she'll cope. In an attempt to fit in, Zoey develops an app called the Cool Code with a cute llama avatar that will tell her everything from what to say to what to wear based on pop culture algorithms she's uploaded. But when the app gives her ridiculous advice, awkwardness and hilarity ensues. With a few upgrades and a bit of debugging from the coding club, the app actually works. Zoey becomes really popular... and gets her pulled in all kinds of directions, including away from her real friends.
ISBN 9780358549314
Publisher Clarion Books, 2022
Topics / Graphic novels /
Langeland, Dierdre & Mai, Sarah (ill)
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660320
Corner park clubhouse: The secret life of Lola
When lifelong friends Lola, Belle, Maisie and Sophia reunite at their beloved Corner Park Clubhouse for the winter school holidays, Lola has a great idea: they'll enter the local drama competition! It's the perfect way to spend as much time together as possible, and there are prizes for best actor, director and sets. As an artist, Lola's determined her sets will win - but there's just one problem. She can't figure out what to paint, or even how to get started. And that's because of something that happened at her super sophisticated art school last term ... something Lola can't discuss with anyone. Not her bestie, Belle, who's brought her new friend Matilda home for the holidays. Not Maisie, who's always busy with gym. Not Sophia, who's focused on her secret crush. And not even her cool older sister, Tally, who's at a conference in New York. With no-one to turn to but herself, can Lola figure out how to get her creativity back - before it's too late?
ISBN 9781760504038
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2019
Bell, Davina
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Cosmic
Liam is not your usual twelve year old boy. For a start, he is man-size and is always being mistaken for his father. This is Liam's opportunity and his greatest dilemma. Yesterday, he was just a kid, now he is stuck in space, perhaps forever, with hilarious results. But, the greatest lessons he learns are about fatherhood.
ISBN 9780330440868
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Boyce, Frank Cottrell
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Council of mirrors, The
In the final volume in the Sisters Grimm series, Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms and their friends must face off against the Master to decide the fate of Ferryport Landing -- and the world. When Mirror fails to escape the barrier using Granny Relda's body, he turns to his plan B: killing all the Grimms so that the magical barrier collapses. In the meantime, Sabrina has gathered the other magic mirrors as advisors on how to deal with their mortal enemy. They tell her to join forces with the Scarlet Hand against Mirror, in exchange for offering all the citizens of Ferryport Landing their freedom. This final chapter is the end of the road for several beloved characters, but the conclusion is sure to satisfy devoted fans of the series.
ISBN 9781419701863
Series Sisters Grimm series (9 of 7)
Publisher Harry N Abrams Inc, 2012
Buckley, Michael & Ferguson, Peter (ill)
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Countdown to yesterday
James' family is changing, and he doesn't like it. He wants to travel back in time and live in one of his favourite memories, but which one will he choose? How will he choose? And can his new friend Yan really build a time machine? What would you do if you had six memories to go back to? How would you choose?
ISBN 9781761340598
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2024
Marr, Shirley
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Crenshaw
When Jackson's father becomes ill and cannot work, the family is struggling to pay the rent or buy food. When it seems they could lose everything and face homelessness, Crenshaw, Jackson's imaginary cat, comes back into his life to help them.
ISBN 9780007951185
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2015
Applegate, Katherine
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Crocodile Jack
Jack is surprised but delighted when his big brother, Tom, invites him to go fishing. Of course, there's a catch. Jack is just the right size to fit through the shed window to borrow Dad's favourite fishing lure. There's also another job for Jack, he's to be the lookout to spot crocodile bubbles while Tom and his mate fish for barramundi.
ISBN 9780143305958
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Norrington, Leonie & Denton, Terry (ill)
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Crossover
"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious novel of family and brotherhood.
ISBN 9781328575494
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2019
Alexander, Kwame
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Cupid cakes
Lulu's best friend, Frenchy, wants Lulu to play cupid to her own dad and Frenchy's mum. Lulu cooks up the Cupid Cakes recipe. Disaster strikes when everyone starts falling in love with the wrong person.
ISBN 9781843626886
Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Dunbar, Fiona
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846189
Curiosities, The
With the Curiosities, a whole world of wonders and possibilities awaits... Miro wakes one morning to find the world isn't quite the way he thought it was. When the Curiosities choose Miro as the one they nest on, Miro is led to discover all the marvels waiting in the shadows where no-one else looks. Sometimes though, the Curiosities can make Miro feel alone and invisible in the darkness. But perhaps Miro isn't as alone as he thinks...
ISBN 9780734417848
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2021
Fraillon, Zana & Lesnie, Phil (ill)
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Dads have no shame
Sarah is unhappy as she has to help her Dad with a garage sale. When their neighbour sets ups his own garage sale, the battle is on to see who will get the most customers. Sarah is really embarrassed as she watches just how far Dad will go to win.
ISBN 9780143301783
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Faulkner, Carol & Rogers, Gregory (ill)
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Danny Allen was here
Danny, his brother and sister and their friend, Mark, get up to all sorts of hilarious, hair-raising mischief. But, Danny and his family must face the biggest challenge of all, life without their farm.
ISBN 9780330422949
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Cummings, Phil
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87322
Danny the champion of the world
Danny loves his life with his dad in the little gypsy caravan. His dad never runs out of wonderful stories. When Danny discovers his father' s secret, he' s off on the adventure of a lifetime, involving an hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition, and a daring plot to get the better of the horrible Mr Victor Hazell.
ISBN 9780141322674
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2007
Dahl, Roald & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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24009
Darcy Moon and the deep-fried frogs
Darcy Moon is an ordinary girl with ordinary problems. She's low on cash and low on the necessary street cred to fit in with the cool crowd. But, Darcy's life is about to take a great leap forward. When a freaked-out frog asks for help, it's up to her to fix the food chain, save the swamp and prove that money can't buy everything.
ISBN 9781922089717
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2014
Carvell, Catherine
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Darius Bell and the crystal bees
The disappearance of bees heralds huge changes on the Bell estate. Without bees, there won't be honey or, more importantly, cross-pollination of the fruit and vegetables, which Mr Fisher and his family sell in order to survive. Darius comes up with a complex plan that involves an enthusiastic teacher. But, Darius must deliver fabulous costumes to the school principal so that the school can win a highly contested parade.
ISBN 9781742376837
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Hirsch, Odo
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Darius Bell and the glitter pool
The Bell family's ancestors were showered with honours, gifts and grants of land. In exchange, they have bestowed a Gift, every twenty-five years, on the town. Now, it's Darius's father's turn but there is no money for an impressive gift. When an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, Darius thinks he might have found the answer.
ISBN 9781741757163
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Hirsch, Odo
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659189
Days of in between, The
It's the last summer of the 1970s, and as 12-year-old Toby heads to the coast on a longed-for summer holiday, he finds himself almost invisible to his newlywed father and step-mum. Toby's loneliness lifts when he meets Tara, the daughter of the local shark fisherman, who is dealing with family issues of her own. A terrifying incident on the old wharf begins a dramatic chain of events within the small coastal town -- revealing secrets and creating ripples through both Toby's and Tara's families. A lyrical novel of the joys of childhood, friendship, facing truths, the trials of growing up... and the days of in between.
ISBN 9781760662523
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Fenton, Peter Valentine
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35048
Dead certain
Max has a plan. A plan to help out his favourite uncle one last time. Dad will probably ground him and he won't be able to go to Thomo's go-kart party but Max knows exactly what he has to do. In fact, he's dead certain.
ISBN 9781921529900
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Gould, Sally
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Deadlands, The: Hunted
When the Fallen Star struck, some dinosaurs survived, but grew alert. They learnt to speak. To dream. To wage war. As the last dinosaur kingdoms continue to fight, Eleri, the disgraced son of a prince, is banished to the merciless Deadlands for saving an enemy soldier. To survive the dangers of the scorched desert he joins a herd of other young exile. But when Eleri and his fellow misfits discover the horrific truth behind the war, the unlikely heroes must do all they can to save their kingdom from a secret plot that could destroy them all.
ISBN 9781529516241
Publisher Walker Books, 2023
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Dear Greta
This was meant to be Alice's year to shine. But things are already going wrong. School. Friends. Family... Through her letters to Greta Thunberg, Alice finds herself opening up about her life..and starts to believe that she can make a difference - a big one.
ISBN 9781761043789
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Poshoglian, Yvette
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Dear Sweet Pea
Patricia is called Sweet Pea by everyone except for Daisy Mae, the eccentric old lady who lives in between Sweet Pea's two houses. When her parents decided to separate, Sweet Pea's mother thought it would be a great idea for her dad to move in two doors up and decorate her new bedroom at dad's exactly the same as the one she's always known and loved at home. It probably wasn't as great an idea as her mum thought. With the town gossiping about the reasons for her parents' divorce, a few too many misunderstandings with her best friend, and trying to succeed at the secret mission crazy old Flora Mae has given her, Sweet Pea might not be feeling too sweet at all.
ISBN 9780062977267
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2019
Murphy, Julie
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Derek Dool supercool: Going viral
Derek is on a mission to go viral. After all, what is more super cool than being an internet hit? The only problem is thinking of a super cool viral idea, nothing is working out as expected. But Derek is not one to give up, he is determined to achieve viral victory- even if it's the last thing he does.
ISBN 9781760892968
Publisher Penguin, 2020
Beck, Adrian & Edgar, Scott (ill)
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Diary of a minecraft zombie: Bullies and buddies
Zack is busy with Creepy, Steve and his ghoulfriend, Sally Cadaver. He doesn't have time, or the guts, to deal with the new kid at school, a giant Zombie called Mutant, who teams up with Mike Magma, the school bully. Will Zack and his friends survive a dodgeball game against Mike and Mutant?
ISBN 9781743811511
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Zombie, Zack
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Diary of a minecraft zombie: Scare of a dare, A
Twelve-year old Zack is a Minecraft Zombie with four great friends, an annoying younger brother, endless tests at Scare School and a Zombie sweetheart to impress. When his biggest schoolyard rival dares him to touch an Iron Golem, Zack needs to find out whether he has the guts to touch the Golem and impress the girl.
ISBN 9781743811504
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Zombie, Zack
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Diary of a wimpy kid 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 Diary of a wimpy kid series (15 books)
Kinney, Jeff
No book cover.
1019786

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Diary of a wimpy kid: No brainer
Up until now, middle school hasn't exactly been a joyride for Greg Heffley. So when the town threatens to close the crumbling building, he is not too broken up about it. But when Greg realises this means he is going to be sent to a different school to his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, he changes his tune. Can Greg and his classmates save their school before it is shuttered for good? Or is this the start of a whole new chapter for Greg?
ISBN 9780143778448
Series Diary of a wimpy kid series (18 of 15)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2023
Kinney, Jeff
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Diary of a would be-princess
Jillian James burning ambition is to belong to the popular Princess Group. They accuse her of being a dork because she sits next to Nigel. In a rocky ride through year five, Jillian learns that being a Princess isn't the only thing in life worth achieving, and that true friends can come in different shapes and sizes.
ISBN 9781865047799
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Green, Jessica
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Different boy, A
'The ship was a towering fortress looming over the pier. Anton stared enviously at the emigrants lining up in front of the wide gangplank. Heading off on a voyage to a land of peace and plenty. Leaving the land of broken buildings and crushed hopes behind. Looking forward to sunshine and steaks. How he wished that he was one of the lucky ones.' Loosely based on Paul Jennings' journey to Australia as a 'ten pound Pom', the story of Anton, who escapes from an orphanage and successfully stows away on a boat headed for the land of 'sunshine and steaks' has a timeless reality of its own. It is a tale of loss, guilt, mistaken identity and taking risks but also surprisingly heartwarming and heartbreaking.
ISBN 9781760523503
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Jennings, Paul & Kelly, Geoff (ill)
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Different sort of normal, A
The true story of one girl's journey growing up autistic, and the challenges she faced in the 'normal' world.
ISBN 9780241508794
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2021
Balfe, Abigail
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Diva series
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 Diva series (6 books)
Lawson, Sue
No book cover.
12425
Do-wrong Ron
Ron is a gentle, well intentioned boy who always seems to do the wrong thing at the wrong time or the right thing at the wrong time or the wrong thing at the right time, until he befriends Charlie, a guinea pig, and Isabelle, his new neighbour.
ISBN 9781865086613
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Herrick, Steven & Magerl, Caroline (ill)
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40736
Dog gone
Ish's dog is gone. Vanished in a country town. Mum's on holiday, Dad's in Sydney and Ish and his bossy sister, Molly, are staying with Gran. There are no clues, only something mysterious and ghostlike in the town's graveyard. Then, a bully from the local school starts to blackmail Ish. He thinks things can't get any worse. But, he's wrong.
ISBN 9780980448450
Publisher Avant Press, 2010
Poustie, Carole
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Dog, Ray, The
Twelve year old Daisy has just died in a car crash. But, in a twist of fate and through a heavenly bureaucratic mistake, Daisy ends up in the body of a dog. She may now be inhabiting a dog's body but, inside, Daisy is still very much Daisy - bouncy, loyal, positive and energetic. Daisy's only thought is to somehow reunite with her parents, who she knows will be missing her. This is how she meets Pip, a boy who is homeless and on his own journey.
ISBN 9781471403194
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2015
Coggin, Linda
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Doldrums, The
Archer B Helmsley is a dreamer who lives in a house full of curiosities and his overprotective mother. His famous grandparents vanished while exploring an iceberg in Antarctica. Archer is lonely until he meets Oliver, more of a worrier than a warrior, and Adelaide, a mysterious Parisian girl with a wooden leg. Together, they plan to embark on a rescue mission to Antarctica. If only Archer's mother would let him leave the house.
ISBN 9780062320940
Publisher Greenwillow, 2015
Gannon, Nicholas
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5755
Dollmaker of Krakow, The
Karolina is a doll, and when the dollmaker of Krakow needs her the most, she leaves her Land of the Dolls to enter the human world and give him what he needs - love, friendship and courage. This a holocaust story that represents Polish fairy tales, kindness and love and the beautifully imperfect magic that only the very best humans have the potential to weave.
ISBN 9781406375633
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Romero, R M
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Dolls of hope
Chiyo Tamura is a young Japanese girl who is afraid of shaming her family through her impulsive actions. When her sister is chosen to marry a wealthy and important man, she is sent away from her simple country life to an exclusive boarding school for wealthy young girls, and is told to emulate the manners of the wealthiest of them all, Hoshi. But when Chiyo is invited to attend a special event that includes the arrival of the Friendship Dolls from America, she must face many personal challenges in order to protect the dolls from a jealous Hoshi but still retain the honour of herself and her family. A story that teaches the value of friendship and of being true to yourself, in a time where prejudice can cause division and strife.
ISBN 9781536200263
Series Friendship dolls series (2 of 3)
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2015
Parenteau, Shirley
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Dolls of war
In 1941, eleven-year-old Macy James lives near the Oregon coast with her father, the curator of a small museum. Miss Tokyo, one of 58 exquisite Friendship Dolls given to America by Japan in 1926, is part of the museum's collection and one of Macy's most treasured connections to her mother who recently passed away. However, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour, Macy discovers the ugly side of prejudice and fear in many of her neighbours, as they demand the doll and all it represents, be destroyed and she is the only one left standing up for Miss Tokyo, her mother's memory and the hope of forgiveness.
ISBN 9780763690694
Series Friendship dolls series (3 of 3)
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Parenteau, Shirley
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Don't breathe a word
Mackenzie and Tahlia have lived with their grandfather since their parents died. Lately, Grandpa hasn't been himself and people are starting to notice. They try to hide his irrational behaviour but Mackenzie must make some difficult choices to protect those she loves.
ISBN 9781741662962
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Musgrove, Marianne
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614603
Don't follow Vee
Vee is an Instagram star, thanks to her Mum, who has been posting pics of her life since she was born, on her Chronicles of Vee account. But, as Vee approaches her thirteenth birthday, she might be just about ready to say stop and get her privacy back. Unless... there's a really good reason to stay online. Vee, and her social media crazy friends, need to make some big decisions, and time is running out.
ISBN 9780143505747
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
Phommavanh, Oliver
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Double time
Ellyse is bursting with excitement. She's been invited to try out for a new youth soccer academy, along with her friends, Hu and Jamie. But, that's not the only thing. Cricket season has started again and there's both the school and club competitions to play. Ellyse is certain she can do it all. That is, until she finds herself in danger of disappointing everyone around her. But, Ellyse doesn't want to have to choose between cricket and soccer.
ISBN 9780143781301
Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Clark, Sherryl & Perry, Ellyse
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43443
Dr Boogaloo and the girl who lost her laughter
Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind...Music! Blue was no ordinary girl. For starters, her name was Blue. But what was truly extraordinary about Blue was the fact that she hadn't laughed for 712 days. Not a hee hee, a ho ho or even a tiny tee hee. According to Dr Boogaloo, music can cure anything. But no laughter was definitely a case for alarm. Can Dr Boogaloo compose a cure before Blue loses her laughter forever?
ISBN 9780143782599
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Nicol, Lisa
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Dragon with a chocolate heart, The
All Aventurine wants to do is explore the world outside of her family's mountain cave. However, as a young dragon, her tough scales haven't fully developed yet, so the outside is too perilous (or so her family says). She is determined to fly on her own and prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all- a human. But when that human tricks her into drinking an enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl- no sharp teeth, no fire breath, no claws. Still she's the fiercest creature in these mountains, and now she's found her true passion-chocolate!
ISBN 9781408880319
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Burgis, Stephanie
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Drama queen
It seemed a good idea at the time. An overnight stay at a dairy farm to do an outside broadcast sounded like a lot of fun. Skye and I were having a great time but, if you asked Coco, it was the worst two days of her life. She really earned her new nickname, Drama Queen.
ISBN 9781921167706
Series Diva series (7 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Lawson, Sue
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Drawn onward
From the masterful pen of multi-award-winning Meg McKinlay and dynamic new illustrator Andrew Frazer, Drawn Onward explores shifting perspectives and the inner voice. The text is a palindrome that takes readers from the glass half empty - 'There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all' - to the glass half full- 'You can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.'
ISBN 9781925164848
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2017
McKinlay, Meg and Frazer, Andrew (ill)
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Dream of seas, A
Set in Bondi, a boy moves from the country to the city following the death of his father.
ISBN 9780091830212
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1995
Norman, Lilith
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Dream riders: Frankie
Frankie's dream of owning a horse becomes more of a nightmare when it turns out to be a shaggy disobedient pony. Now she will never fit in with the girls in her new town, especially Violet. If only her new friend Shannon, the horse whisperer, can help her then all of her dreams may come true.
ISBN 9781760650513
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Bloom, Laura & Blackadder, Jesse
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Dream riders: Kai
Without a saddle or a bridle, all that's left is the truth. Kai thinks he doesn't care about horses- until he meets Monty, the little Brumby who the dream riders rescue and bring back to The Pocket. But Kai has to go back to the city, so Kai's sister finds a way for Monty to come too. There's a lot for them to learn together about friendship and fitting in. And when Monty faces his biggest challenge yet, Kai needs to draw on everything he's got to make sure Monty doesn't have to do it alone.
ISBN 9781760652029
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Bloom, Laura
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35460
Dropping In
Sticks and Ranga live on the same street, go to the same school and love skateboarding and PlayStation. When new kid James arrives in his wheelchair, Sticks isn't sure they can be friends. But, Sticks quickly discovers that while Cerebral palsy stops James from doing some things, it hasn't dulled his sense of humour, and he's pretty brainy, too. The one thing James can't do is skateboarding. But, a beat-up old couch, a couple of skateboards and a steep hill might solve the problem.
ISBN 9781925162219
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2015
Havel, Geoff
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22985
Drought
I remember when rain stopped, When day by day the water dropped, All across a sun-bleached land, Drought spread its withered, deadly hand.
ISBN 9781743817599
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
French, Jackie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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783576
Drum roll please... it's Stevie Louise
Meet Stevie Louise. She is an entrepreneur (that's like a business person), an entertainer (obviously), and an extrovert on the inside (wait, is this a thing?). Stevie has a BRILLIANT PLAN. She's going to have fun, make money, and most importantly, make sure the Brooke Street kids stay best friends forever. Then a new neighbour arrives and threatens to derail all Stevie's plans. And then real disaster strikes. But the show must go on. After all, Stevie is a professional.
ISBN 9781760526412
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Hennessy, Tanya & Hedstrom, Leigh (ill)
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660743
E-boy
Ethan is supposed to be doing regular teenage things. He is not supposed to be in hospital getting a brain tumour removed by Gemini, a high-tech android doctor. But just as the operation begins, the building is hit by an unusual bolt of lightning.
ISBN 9781760877521
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Do, Anh
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4945
Earth to Daniel
I felt like a visitor from another planet instead of a normal human being who actually belonged on planet Earth. Daniel has moved and has to start at a new school. And to make matters worse, his mum is his new school principal! As if things are not bad enough, when his dad goes overseas, his mum starts to act really strange and does some really embarrassing things. Daniel wonders if this has anything to do with an illness that she had a long time ago. His mum needs help and it looks like Daniel has to be the one to save her.
ISBN 9781408883013
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Rees, Gwyneth
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890147

New
Eddie Albert and the amazing animal gang: The curse of the smuggler's treasure
Eddie and best friend Flo are spending the Easter holidays on the Romney Marshes with Aunt Budge and all his animals - Butch the dog, Bunty the hamster and pirate goldfish Dan and Jake. When the terrible Rancid Twins arrive in town, set on uncovering the secret mystery of the smugglers' treasure, Eddie and Flo are drawn into a thrilling new adventure. Eddie must use his ability to speak to animals to enlist the help of two elegant alpaca, a friendly sheep called Doris and a famous film-star rabbit to save the day and reveal a treasure of epic proportions.
ISBN 9780008446871
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2022
O'Grady, Paul
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696282
Eddy Popcorn's guide to parent training
The school holidays have started and Eddy Popcorn is grounded until his homework is finished. Faced with no beach and no mates Eddy puts all his energy into writing a helpful book for kids 'Eddy Popcorn's guide to parent training'!
ISBN 9781743834022
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2020
White, Dee & Johnston, Benjamin (ill)
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846055
Egg marks the spot
Skunk and Badger both find themselves in difficult situations with careless friends and family. Skunk suggests they go on a rock finding expedition to take their minds off their troubles, and to try and find a very special rock to complete Badger's collection. A simple camping trip gets complicated quickly by Skunk's giant backpack and a very special chicken with a very big secret.
ISBN 9781760877057
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Timberlake, Amy & Klassen, Jon (ill)
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660623
Eight princesses and a magic mirror
Mirror, mirror on the wall...what makes a princess excellent?' The magic mirror is the thread that connects the worlds of ten very different Princesses after an enchantress flings her magic mirror into the universe. Ten short stories. Ten very unusual Princesses. Ten Princesses who are brave enough to be themselves. The answer to the question is not what you expect it to be.
ISBN 9781788541152
Publisher Head of Zeus, 2019
Farrant, Natasha & Corry, Lydia (ill)
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Eleanor, Elizabeth
Eleanor finds her grandmother's diary in the old schoolhouse where she did her lessons.
ISBN 9780141303024
Publisher Penguin, 1998
Gleeson, Libby
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Elementals trilogy
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Series Elementals trilogy (99 books)
Kaufman, Amie
No book cover.
750994
Elizabella breaks a leg
It's the end of the year and everything is changing at Bilby Creek. Elizabella and her gang are about to become seniors, cousin Isabeth comes to stay and Toddberry (or "Todd" as he insists on being called now) gets a girlfriend! Not to mention huge news from Minnie which could turn everything upside down. With all that going on, there may be just enough room for another Elizabella prank or two before the curtains close on Year Four... After an excursion to the theatre, Elizabella is determined to put on a play at school. And while Mr Gobblefrump agrees, he insists on a budget of exactly zero dollars. Can she pull it off? With a little help from her friends, you never know. Good luck, Elizabella - or "Break a leg" as they say!
ISBN 9781760652555
Series Elizabella series (4 of 4)
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Norton Lodge, Zoe & Norton Lodge, Georgia (ill)
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Elizabella series
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Series Elizabella series (4 books)
Norton Lodge, Zoe & Norton Lodge, Georgia (ill)
No book cover.
Ellyse Perry series
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Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Various
No book cover.
903362
Elsewhere Girls
Cat and Fanny live in Sydney but more than one hundred years apart. Cat has started a new school and is struggling with the commitment needed for her early morning swim sessions. Fanny, who dreams of being a champion, is struggling to get more time in the pool. A mysterious switch in the cool water of Wylie's ocean baths leads them to adventures and a new understanding of themselves.
ISBN 9781922330451
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2021
Gale, Emily & Weetman
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569196
Embassy of the dead
When Jake Green meets a spooky old bloke in a dark alley one evening, a series of unfortunate events is set in motion. Jake is given a box containing a severed finger, which summons a grim reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void, and now they are running for their lives - even though Stiffkey, the spooky old bloke, is already dead. Now that he can see and speak to ghosts, Jake finds himself the leader of a strange little gang - Stiffkey the undertaker, Cora - the hockey stick wielding poltergeist, and Zorro the ghost fox. They have one mission - get the finger to the Embassy before the baddies can find it and use it to unleash hell on earth while keeping ahead of Mawkins, the grim reaper. Will they make it in time and avoid everlasting damnation in the void?
ISBN 9781510104556
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Mabbitt, Will
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11011
Emilio: through my eyes
For Emilio Garcia Lopez, it's an ordinary school day in Mexico City. But, when his police-officer cousin arrives, flanked by a tall man in the uniform of the Federal Police, Emilio's long nightmare begins. Emilio's mother has been kidnapped in broad daylight by unidentified criminals, who appear to know a great deal about her business and who have mistaken her for a wealthy businesswoman.
ISBN 9781743312476
Series Through my eyes series (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Masson, Sophie & White, Lyn (ed)
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Emmie & friends series
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Series Emmie & friends series (4 books)
Libenson, Terri
No book cover.
6497
End, The
The last book in the series about the Baudelaire orphans. Includes a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous birdcage and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.
ISBN 9780064410168
Series Series of unfortunate events series (13 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2006
Snicket, Lemony
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Ersatz elevator, The
The three Baudelaire orphans go to live in the penthouse of the trend-following Jerome and Esme Squalor, who adopt the children because orphans are "in." Despite the Baudelaires' resourcefulness, both Olaf and the Quagmires elude the authorities due to the obtuseness of adults who, until it is too late, deny that terrible things can happen.
ISBN 9780064408646
Series Series of unfortunate events series (6 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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Evie and Rhino
On a stormy night off the coast of southern Australia, a ship transporting a cargo of exotic animals tosses and turns in enormous seas. Rhino senses they are in grave danger... Not far away, ten-year-old Evie and her grandfather shelter in their crumbling, once-grand old home. They know too well how deadly storms can be. When all is calm, Evie treks over the dunes to the sea and makes a discovery that will change her life, and Rhino's, forever. Will the tragedies of their pasts finally be put to rest?
ISBN 9781760654207
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2022
McMullin, Neridah & Hicks, Astred (ill)
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Evie and the animals
Evie is a girl with a special talent! She can talk to the animals! But whens she sets the school rabbit free she gets into big trouble. She promises her dad she won't talk to the animals anymore. But one day 'missing' posters for all the animals in her neighbourhood start popping up all over the streets. With the help of Granny Flora, Evie uses her magical gift to find out who is behind the disappearances.
ISBN 9781786894311
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Haig, Matt & Gravett, Emily (ill)
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9687
Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The
The summer of 1899 is hot in eleven year old Calpurnia Tate's sleepy, Texas town. She begins a nature diary and, intrigued by an invasion of large, yellow grasshoppers, spends more time with her remote and cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. When they are about to make an amazing discovery, the reality of Callie's situation catches up with her. She's a girl, expected to cook and clean and sew.
ISBN 9780312659301
Publisher Henry Holt & Co, 2011
Kelly, Jacqueline
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833005
Exit through the gift shop
Anahita Rosalind Ghorban-Galaszczuk (yes, that really is her name but you can call her Ana) is discovering that life is absurd. As if dying of cancer at the age of 12.5 isn't bad enough, she still has to endure daily insults from her nemesis, Alyssa (Queen Mean) Anderson. Ana's on a wild roller-coaster of life and death, kindness and cruelty, ordinary and extraordinary. And she's got a few things to do before she exits . . .
ISBN 9781760983512
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2021
Master, Maryam
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41564
Extreme girls
Girls Stuff TV is going extreme. Jetboating sounds good, now add TV cameras, sound crew and a co-host who would love to see Mickey take a swim. Mickey's commitment to the show is tested as she tries to keep her head above water.
ISBN 9781921167713
Series Diva series (8 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Lawson, Sue
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5169
Extremely weird thing that happened in Huggabie Falls, The
Kipp Kindle and his friends Tobias Treachery and Cymphany Chan live in Huggabie Falls, the weirdest town on Earth. Weird things happen all the time - that's normal. But when an extremely weird thing happens Kipp and his friends know that something is wrong. They embark on a fast-paced, action-packed, hilarious adventure to find out what is making everything turn normal, and to return the weirdness to Huggabie Falls.
ISBN 9781925603484
Series Huggabie Falls series (1 of 3)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Cece, Adam & Weldon, Andrew (ill)
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7762
Fairy four-eyes
A star ballerina doesn't want to wear glasses with her tutu or dance with the only boy in ballet class who is new and who has become the teacher's favourite.
ISBN 9780143302773
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Matthews, Penny & Quay, Emma (ill)
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5078
Fall, The
Sam is staying with his crime reporter father as he recovers from a knee operation when he is woken shortly after 2am by loud voices arguing in the flat above. Curious he opens the window to hear more clearly when suddenly a man-sized shape falls the six floors to the garden below. Sam goes to his dad's room to wake him, only to discover that he is gone. Fearful that it may be his father lying in the garden he struggles on his crutches downstairs only to discover that there is no one there. But someone is watching Sam and now Sam is in danger too.
ISBN 9780143783053
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Bancks, Tristan
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718072
Family
Family. Listening. Sharing. Learning. Connecting. Heart and home. Family. Family is a thoughtful contemplation for all to learn the different ways that family makes us whole. This beautifully illustrated children's picture book shows everyone that "family" can be about heart and home; an endless sky; stories and songs. It "learns" us how to be with each other and with Country. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and this remarkably simple story teaches us all, that family can be many things.
ISBN 9781925936285
Publisher Magabala Books, 2020
Muir, Aunty Fay & Lawson, Sue & Seymour, Jasmine (ill)
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Family from one end street, The
Set thirty years ago, a dustman's large family all had various ways of entertaining themselves, despite the family's lack of money.
ISBN 9780141329673
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Garnett, Eve
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3534
Famous
Mrs Pavlich tries to convince Sophie that being famous isn't a job but Sophie and several other students don't think this is right. After all, they have seen plenty of people who are famous for doing nothing in particular. When Sophie gets a chance to go on her favourite TV game show, Mega Match, and gets close to winning, she has to make a choice.
ISBN 9780143304685
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Lawrinson, Julia
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1657
Fat and juicy place, The
At the back of Jack's school is a special place. He can't tell anyone except his mate, Lizard, about all the things that can happen there. When Jack meets the mysterious Birdman, he learns secrets about the past that he just can't tell anyone.
ISBN 9780207167867
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 1992
Kidd, Diana
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942779
Feylawn Chronicles book 1: Book of fatal errors, The
Without mistakes, there wouldn't be stories. Rufus doesn't make mistakes, he makes fatal errors. But when Rufus and his cousin, Abigail, become dangerously entangled in the world of the mischievous and immortal feylings and their battle against greedy goblins with an evil plan, any move he makes might be his final fatal error - or his most spectacular beginning.
ISBN 9780374301194
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020
Slater, Daska
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903265
Fifth quarter, The
Lori discovers a love for basketball even though she is not very good. She decides that she wants to put in some practice and become a more important part of her year 5 basketball team. When another girl in her school also shows the same interest, Lori is not sure if she is trying to take something from Lori, or if her intentions are good. For fans of basketball and graphic novels.
ISBN 9781250244185
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2021
Dawson, Mike
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10763
Figgy and the President
Figgy and Nana love to talk about their future. Nana wants to be President of Ghana. Deciding on a career isn't as easy for Figgy but, then, she lands the role of a lifetime as an actress in a film. When Figgy's Mama shows up, sick and expecting a baby, and Nana's father takes him away, Figgy has more important things to think about, and some growing up to do.
ISBN 9781742991559
Series Figgy series (3 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2016
Janu, Tamsin
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2396
Figgy in the world
Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in the whole country has that name. The other is that her Grandma Ama is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy can't do much about her name but she can do something for Grandma Ama. She will go to America and bring back the medicine and Kwame, her special goat, will go with her.
ISBN 9781742990453
Series Figgy series (3 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2014
Janu, Tamsin
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Figgy series
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Series Figgy series (3 books)
Various
No book cover.
43460
Figgy takes the city
Figgy and her friend Nana win scholarships to attend school in Ghana's big city Accra. The city is exciting and full of adventures and new friends, but Figgy and Nana also find a city that is sad and scary.
ISBN 9781742992006
Series Figgy series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Janu, Tasmin
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35563
Fighting stingrays, The
Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates - loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays. In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy. Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.
ISBN 9780143784104
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Mitchell, Simon
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44754
Finale
'Diva TV' is down to five contestants, the cameras are rolling and tensions are high.
ISBN 9781921167218
Series Diva series (4 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Lawson, Sue
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568870
Finch
For years, Audrey has always believed she is destined to be alone. Even her younger sister calls her 'Nerd Girl'. However, her life is about change forever following her family's relocation to a vineyard in outback Australia. Upon arrival, Audrey meets a mysterious boy named Finch, who seems to understand her like no one else. There's just one problem, no one in the town even knows Finch exists.
ISBN 9781760650759
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Matthews, Penny
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1063
Finding Serendipity
In search of Serendipity, Tuesday and her faithful dog Baxterr find themselves on a very dangerous mission. They enter the magical world where stories come from, a mysterious and unpredictable world, full of real danger and heart-stopping adventure. Tuesday will need all her wit, courage, perseverance and imagination in order to get to The End and be reunited with the people she loves.
ISBN 9781743310311
Series Tuesday McGillycuddy series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Banks, Angelica
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45469
Firefly code, The
Living a normal life on Firefly Lane, Mori and her friends are safe and have never had to question anything or wonder about how their lives came to be. This all changes when Ilana moves into town - a girl that seems so perfect yet acts so strangely sometimes. Mori and her friends become curious about Ilana and what her background is. Secrets are revealed and decisions must be made.
ISBN 9781681195278
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Blakemore, Megan Frazer
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136
Five times dizzy
A Greek family run a deli in Newtown in Sydney, but Ya Ya, the grandmother, is homesick for Greece.
ISBN 9780733606168
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Wheatley, Nadia
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71225
Flitterwig
Ella meets an emotionally unstable pixie and discovers she is the only one who can save the magical kingdom of Magus.
ISBN 9781741690866
Series Flitterwig series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Cullen, Edrei
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Flitterwig series
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Series Flitterwig series (3 books)
Cullen, Edrei
No book cover.
138
Flour babies, The
Simon and his classmates have to take part in a science project that involves taking care of a six pound bag of flour - a pretend baby.
ISBN 9780140361476
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 1994
Fine, Anne
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750945
Fly on the wall
Henry Khoo's family treats him like a baby. He's not allowed to go anywhere without his sister/chaperone/bodyguard. His (former) best friend knows to expect his family's mafia-style interrogation when Henry's actually allowed to hang out at her house. And he definitely CAN'T take a journey halfway around the world all by himself! But that's exactly his plan. After his family's annual trip to visit his father in Singapore is cancelled, Henry decides he doesn't want to be cooped up at home with his overprotective family and BFF turned NRFF (Not Really Friend Forever). Plus, he's hiding a your-life-is-over-if-you're-caught secret: he's the creator of an anonymous gossip cartoon, and he's on the verge of getting caught. Determined to prove his independence and avoid punishment for his crimes, Henry embarks on the greatest adventure everrr. . . hoping it won't turn into the greatest disaster ever.
ISBN 9781760652654
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Lai, Remy
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12116
Follow that bus
Two bank robbers find more than they bargained for when they encounter a group of school children visiting a farm.
ISBN 9780099932208
Publisher Red Fox, 1992
Hutchins, Pat & Hutchins, Laurence (ill)
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864779
Following Frankenstein
Maggie has grown up without her father. He is alive but obsessed with finding the creation of Dr Frankenstein. When her father is forced to come back and care for Maggie, she becomes mixed up in his latest quest to find the monster. The adventure takes Maggie from continent to continent where she meets extraordinary people, both kind and cruel.
ISBN 9781788008440
Publisher Nosy Crow Ltd, 2021
Bruton, Catherine
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567911
Forest, The
A book about the journey of life, from our wide-eyes of childhood through the tangles and brambles, into our end.
ISBN 9781592702183
Publisher Enchanted Lion books, 2018
Bozzi, Ricardo & Lopiz, Violeta & Vidali, Valerio (ill)
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Forgotten pearl, The
When Chloe visits her Grandma Poppy, she learns just how close the Second World War came to destroying her family. In 1941, Poppy lived in Darwin, far from the war. When Japan attacked, everything Poppy held dear was threatened. Her brother was taken prisoner-of-war and her home town became a war zone. Poppy and her mother fled to Sydney, only to find that the danger followed them there.
ISBN 9781742753690
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Murrell, Belinda
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Four seasons of Lucy McKenzie, The
The painting of Spring was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers which covered the fields were dancing with the breeze. When Lucy comes closer, she hears a voice calling from the other side and reaches through the painting.
ISBN 9781743317020
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Murray, Kirsty
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846147
Fowl twins get what they deserve, The
For almost two years, Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye has been plotting revenge against the Fowl Twins. Teddy plans to give them exactly what they deserve, permanent death. When Teddy mounts a deadly attack on Myles from his weaponised jet, Beckett and Specialist Lazuli Heitz succeed in disarming the dircraft and causing an accident that kills Lord Teddy. But does it really? Ghosts, clones, missing mums and fairy magic all come into play in this explosive and utterly ridiculous showdown between the twins and their worst enemy.
ISBN 9780008475260
Series The Fowl twins series (3 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021
Colfer, Eoin
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3947
Frankie Fish and the sonic suitcase
What do you do when your cranky-pants grandad builds a time machine and accidentally deleted the whole family? If you're Frankie Fish, you race against the clock to fix it! Twelve-year-old prankster Frankie must team up with his grumpy grandad to save the family after the old man accidentally stops himself from marrying Nanna- and wipes out the whole family. It's all down to Frankie and Grandad to put the past back together again. But can a young prankster and an old crank ever get along? And will Grandad's wonky time machine ever get them home?
ISBN 9781760128494
Series Frankie Fish series (1 of 5)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Helliar, Peter & Vamos, Lesley (ill)
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Frankie Fish series
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Series Frankie Fish series (5 books)
Helliar, Peter & Vamos, Lesley (ill)
No book cover.
Frankie Foster series
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Series Frankie Foster series (3 books)
Ure, Jean
No book cover.
17347
Frankie Foster: fizzypop
Ten year old Frankie Foster wants to help, she loves fixing people's problems. But, her help is not always welcome because she can cause the odd total disaster and end up causing chaos.
ISBN 9780007362653
Series Frankie Foster series (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Ure, Jean
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24821
Frankie Foster: freaks out
Frankie thinks there is something wrong with her friend, Skye. She is determined to find out what is wrong and help her. She has an idea that writing some horoscopes (like those in the newspaper) might cheer her up. Will what they predict in their horoscopes and will they come true.
ISBN 9780007431625
Series Frankie Foster series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Ure, Jean
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29095
Frankie Foster: pick 'n' mix
Frankie Foster loves to help people and wants to be a social worker or maybe an aromatherapist when she grows up, She is happy when her mum suggests that a friend's daughter, Emelia, stay for a while as her mum has to go to hospital. Frankie finds out that agreeing to look after Emelia is a lot more work that she imagined and leads to some trouble with her best friends. Wherever Emelia goes, trouble seems to follow. Will Frankie be able to sort out her problems with her friends and keep her promise to help Emelia?
ISBN 9780007362677
Series Frankie Foster series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Ure, Jean
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12013
Frieda, a new Australian
Frieda, her sickly mother and her father travel from Germany to Australia, looking for a better life. Nervous and excited about Adelaide, a drought-stricken town with hordes of flies and barefoot children, Frieda is keen to make friends. But, as the First World War takes hold, the Germans are now seen as the enemy. Rumours begin to circulate that Frieda's father is a spy. Frieda has her own battles to fight. She begins to wonder whether she should change her name and hide all trace of her culture.
ISBN 9781742991146
Series A new Australian series (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Musgrove, Marianne
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Friendship dolls series
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Series Friendship dolls series (3 books)
Various
No book cover.
51994
Friendship matchmaker, The
At her school, Lara has a mission to help other children make and keep friends. Lara gives advice and rules for friendships, and is even writing a manual about it. When a new girl comes to school, everything starts to unravel. As Lara embarks on a competition to find a best friend for the most difficult client ever, she comes to see the true value and importance of friendship.
ISBN 9781862919204
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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569498
Front desk
Mia Tang is only ten years old. Her parents have moved their family from China to the USA in search of a better life. Only what they have found is hardship and discrimination. When Mia's parents get the opportunity to run a motel, Mia helps out on the front desk, cleaning and getting to know the longer term residents of the motel. Through kindness, her family starts to create community. But the big question - will Mia ever be allowed to use the motel's swimming pool?
ISBN 9781760650469
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Yang, Kelly
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11983
Funny kid get licked
With a canteen war, puppy smuggling and Redhill's first theme park to organise, it will need all of Max the Funny Kid's talents to solve this new adventure.
ISBN 9780733339479
Series Funny kid series (4 of 10)
Publisher ABC Books, 2018
Stanton, Matt
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771918
Funny kid next level
Grab your gaming gear and laugh your head off with the super-popular Funny Kid series! Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. A new video game has thrown Redhill Middle School into chaos. Will Max get the screen time he needs to dominate? Max is the funny kid and he's trying to beat Redhill's mystery pro gamer! Toilet snoozes, student protests, parent-teacher nights that go horribly wrong and an epic courtroom battle against Max's baby sister are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this Funny Kid adventure.
ISBN 9780733340895
Series Funny kid series (10 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2020
Stanton, Matt
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846103
Funny kid prank ninjas
Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. These school holidays Redhill is in chaos as Max and his friends are locked in an epic prank battle ... with each other! Max is the funny kid and his pranking powers are being put to the test! A movie-theatre ninja, toilet turbulence, shopping-mall disasters, cling-film mazes and an unimaginable Kid-Free Zone are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure.
ISBN 9780733340628
Series Funny kid series (10 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2021
Stanton, Matt
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583637
Funny kid prank wars
Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. As he and his classmates head off on a camping trip, the new boy, Tyson, decides to play some jokes of his own. Max is the funny kid...and now there's a prank war to be won! Monsters in the lake, smuggling ducks, dig-your-own toilets, capsizing canoes, absolutely not falling in love and beans that give you the runs are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new adventure.
ISBN 9780733335990
Series Funny kid series (3 of 10)
Publisher ABC Books, 2018
Stanton, Matt
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Funny kid series
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Series Funny kid series (10 books)
Stanton, Matt
No book cover.
1019780

New
Funny kid snowballs
Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy that can make it happen. When Max and his friends holiday at a ski resort for the rich and famous, Max realizes that everything he could ever need to be happy is all here in one place. He is determined to fit in quick smart. Max is a funny kid, but will his jokes work in the snow?
ISBN 9780733342004
Series Funny kid series (12 of 10)
Publisher ABC Books, 2023
Stanton, Matt
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Future friend
Pip is lonely and bored. She goes to virtual school on her G-Glasses. She only has a talking cat and parrot to hang out with, and she can't leave her LivingSpace due to the extreme heat and floods outside. Until the day that Pip explores a glowing ring in a lab and finds herself in a warehouse, in 2019. She meets boy-inventor Rahul -- who is also lonely and bored. Together, Rahul and Pip are no longer lonely. But they have a whole load of new problems like hiding talking animals from Rahul's parents and finding a way back to the future. And -- just maybe -- saving the world...
ISBN 9780008334222
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Baddiel, David
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1019623

New
Game on: Glitched
Discovering another app on their babysitter's phone, Liam sends the brothers travelling through time. Landing in earlier versions of their home town, they find themselves in the Stone Age, Roman times, the Middle Ages and prehistoric times with dinosaurs. To return to their own time , they're going to have to solve riddles whilst dodging woolly mammoths, jousting knights and every kind of disgusting bodily fluid you can think of. Can they survive the dangers, solve the riddles and get back before the phone battery dies, and they're stranded in another time forever?
ISBN 9781922539410
Publisher EK Books, 2023
Snape, Emily
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6346
George
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But, George knows she's a girl. She secretly calls herself Melissa and loves to read her hidden stash of magazines, with ads for lipstick and perfume. George desperately wants to win the role of Charlotte in her class production of Charlotte's Web so that her mum will finally see her as a girl, and accept that she's transgender. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan, not just to be Charlotte but to let everyone know who she is, once and for all.
ISBN 9780545812542
Publisher Scholastic US, 2015
Gino, Alex
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29439
George Parker goes global
George Parker and Chase Landon-Bond may attend the same Boarding School but there the similarity ends. George is scientific, cautious and a pyjama wearing nerd. Chase is popular, rich, carefree and impulsive. After his latest haircut goes seriously wrong, George sparks interest from the unlikely Chase. He sees George's potential in helping him complete a rescue mission. George doubts his abilities to help Chase but finds himself, time and again, getting the two of them out of tricky situations.
ISBN 9781760523466
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Metzenthen, David
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705202
Ghost
Running. That's all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons--it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems--and running away from them--until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?
ISBN 9781481450164
Publisher Atheneum books, 2016
Reynolds, Jason
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6390
Ghost in my suitcase, A
When Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she uncovers an incredible family secret. And with this secret comes danger and adventure. If Celeste is to save her family and friends, she must learn to harness her rare and powerful gift as a ghost-hunter.
ISBN 9780143303794
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Wang, Gabrielle
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669402
Ghost of Howlers Beach, The
Butter O'Bryan lives in a very small castle with his father and three aunts. Butter has been told there are ghosts at the nearby isolated Howlers Beach, but are there? How can the children Butter plays cricket with on the beach simply vanish? Who are these children and why do they refuse his help? Butter is certain they're hiding a secret and he's determined to uncover it.
ISBN 9781460757727
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2020
French, Jackie
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43758
Ghosts
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbour lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake and her own.
ISBN 9780545540629
Publisher Graphix, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Telgemeier, Raina
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903326
Giant
Minnie has never known any other home than her mostly quiet and comfortable community on the island she has lived her whole life. Despite Minnie having to endure some terrible pains due to a mysterious condition, her life is good and made safe by her caring servant who also happens to be a giant. Every child on the island has a giant servant who stays with them until the time comes when they must say goodbye- something Minnie is dreading but her giant, Speck, is dreading even more as this means she will be turned to stone and used for building material. To avoid this, Minnie runs away and sets off a series of events which has giant consequences for all on the island.
ISBN 9780008422462
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2023
Skinner, Nicola & Sorrentino, Flavia (ill)
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653175
Girl geeks: Game on!
As well as being a skater, Niki is a huge gamer and plays with a team in an online eSports league. The other girl geeks don't know much about gaming but Niki's enthusiasm is contagious! When the country's biggest eSports event opens up a junior comp, Niki can't wait to play. She signs up and meets her online friends for the first time - they're all boys and are shocked to discover she's a girl! An unexpected event occurs, which sees Niki in danger of not being able to play in the tournament. Will her girl gang come to the rescue and turn this game from off to on?
ISBN 9780143795063
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2019
Miles, Alex
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653173
Girl geeks: The hackathon
Hamsa's teacher has announced that their class will be doing their very own hackathon. A hack-a-what? thinks Hamsa. She doesn't know anything about tech or coding! Things get worse as Hamsa is split up from her best friends and put with Eve, the new girl, shy and studious Maggie and skateboarder Niki. Ugh - they're destined to fail! The girls need an idea - and fast. Can Hamsa and her team come up with the goods or will things fall apart as she plays it too cool for school?
ISBN 9780143795056
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2019
Miles, Alex
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751160
Girl of the southern sea
A gifted student, Nia longs to attend high school so she can follow her dream and become a writer. She has notebooks filled with stories she's created about the mythological Dewi Kadita, Princess of the Southern Sea. But her family has barely enough money for food, let alone an education, so Nia's days are spent running their food cart and raising her younger brother. Following a miraculous escape from a bus accident, Nia is gifted with good-luck magic. Or at least that's what everyone's saying. Soon their family business is booming and there might even be enough money to return to school. But how long can her good luck last? When a secret promise threatens everything she's hoped for, Nia must find a way to break the mould and write her own future.
ISBN 9780702262937
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2021
Kadarusman, Michelle
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567893
Girl on wire
She stands, motionless, as the cold breeze bites her cheeks. She stands for hours, but the girl on wire knows that she must begin. A story about courage and confidence while growing up.
ISBN 9780143787167
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2018
Estela, Lucy & Hurst, Elise (ill)
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50321
Girl who brought mischief, The
Ten year old Inge Maria comes to live on a tiny island in Denmark with her grandmother. She is strict and the villagers too think that girls should not run wild or speak too much. Inge tries to fit in but her fun loving mischief and mishaps start to change the way the villagers feel.
ISBN 9780733332005
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Nannestad, Katrina
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750728
Girl who stole an elephant, The
Chaya can talk her way out of anything, except stealing the Queen's jewels. Even if she had the best reasons the King did not want to know. She ends up escaping on the back of an elephant and leads her friends on a jungle adventure, where leeches lurk and revolution is stirring. This is where Chaya's most dangerous idea takes shape. Maybe she can leave her village a thief but return a hero.
ISBN 9781788006347
Publisher Nosy Crow Ltd, 2020
Farook, Nizrana
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14751
Girl, the dog and the writer in Rome, The
For the first ten years of her life, Freja and her mother Clementine have roamed the Arctic in search of zoological wonders. Happy, content, together. Freja and Clem. Clem and Freja. But now, everything is changing, and Clementine must send Freja away to live with her old friend Tobias, a bestselling crime writer and, quite possibly, the most absent-minded man on earth. Tobias is not used to life with a child, and Freja isn't used to people at all, but together they stumble into an Italian adventure so big that it will change things forever.
ISBN 9780733338175
Publisher ABC Books, 2017
Nannestad, Katrina
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101530
Girls at sea
Move over Diva competition, hello Girls Stuff TV. Mickey Farrell is coming to your screen.
ISBN 9781921167584
Series Diva series (6 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Lawson, Sue
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101529
Girls' stuff TV
Book 5 in the Diva series. Skye and Mickey discover they are the hosts of a new television program, Girls Stuff TV.
ISBN 9781921167577
Series Diva series (5 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Lawson, Sue
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579720
Girltopia
Nothing good was going to happen to Clara Bloom ever again. It was the end of the world! Her parents were separating and how was she going to cope? Little does Clara know that the crisis is much bigger than she thinks. For a person who hates getting into trouble and hates seeing others get into trouble Clara finds herself facing a whole lot of trouble! A mysterious illness has struck down every single man and boy in the city. Clara's Dad is away on a camping trip and she must break all the rules in a desperate mission to rescue him. With her friends, Izzy and Arabella, and a little help from social media, Clara realises that girls are in charge and it is up to the girls to find a way for everything to go back to normal.
ISBN 9781742994581
Series Girltopia series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Rogers, Hilary
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Girltopia series
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Series Girltopia series (3 books)
Rogers, Hilary
No book cover.
587906
Girltopia: Boss girl
For a person who hates getting into trouble and hates seeing others get into trouble Clara finds herself facing a whole lot of trouble! A mysterious illness has struck down every single man and boy in the city. The city, now in the grip of a strange virus, is known as Girltopia. Clara's dad is safe and her mum is working hard at the Department of Health to find a cure for the virus. The race is on and social media is the key to keeping everyone connected and informed. Clara starts receiving strange messages from a mysterious group called The Girlhoods. Times are hard and even more difficult for Clara and her bestie, Arabella, who have a secret to keep. Someone's life depends upon it! Girltopia is the story of a new and different world, where Clara has tough decisions to make about who to trust and who to protect. It is up to Clara to save them all!
ISBN 9781742994598
Series Girltopia series (2 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Rogers, Hilary
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659185
Girltopia: The girlhoods
Girltopia is a city run by women and girls and it's an amazing place. There's hardly any crime, transport is free, and lots of girls are getting a taste for change. Clara and her friends are now part of The Girlhoods, a rebel group who suspect that someone is behind the release of the virus that has affected the men and boys.
ISBN 9781742994604
Series Girltopia series (3 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Rogers, Hilary
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4081
Give peas a chance and other funny stories
Fourteen clever, funny tales, featuring a host of crazy characters. While Ginger and her dog organise the ultimate party, Wilton the worm meets Aristotle the nose germ in an unexpected location and Ben tries to save the world by not eating his vegetables.
ISBN 9780143302629
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Gleitzman, Morris
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24088
Going solo
School has changed since I went on 'Diva TV'. Now, even my best friends hang together without me.
ISBN 9781921167201
Series Diva series (3 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Lawson, Sue
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37699
Goldfish boy, The
Matthew likes everything to be very clean and stays safe in his room to keep away from germs. He watches his neighbours but hates going outside. When a toddler goes missing Matthew is the last person to have seen him alive. Can Matthew overcome his fears, turn detective and solve the crime?
ISBN 9781407170992
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Thompson, Lisa
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901583
Goodbye year, The
"It is the start of 2020 and Harper is excited about her final year at Riverlark Primary. But one by one things go wrong. Her best friends are made school captains and don't seem to have time for her anymore. Her parents take jobs overseas, so she is bundled to stay with her grandmother, who she hardly knows. Then Covid arrives bringing more things to worry about. Harper's special year is turning out to be nothing like she hoped it would be. And then there is the ghost. Who is the boy in the library? Why is he here? Will he help Harper find a way to be happy with her goodbye year?"
ISBN 9781922458599
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2022
Gale, Emily
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4251
Goodly and Grave: In a bad case of kidnap
Employed as the new boot girl at Grave Hall, Lucy Goodly is in a tough situation. Who will take care of her well-meaning, but gambling parents? How will she get back to her beloved home, and what is REALLY going on at Grave Hall? This is book one in the Goodly and Grave trilogy, featuring magic, exotic animals, adventure and kidnapped children.
ISBN 9780008183530
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Windsor, Justine
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Goosebumps series
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Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Stine, R L
No book cover.
7034
Goosebumps the movie: Night of the living monsters
THE GOOSEBUMPS MOVIE captures the chills, thrills, and giggles of Scholastic's original bestselling series. Zach, 16, has just moved from NYC to a creepy small town. He soon realizes his new neighbor, Hannah (also 16), is in danger. When he tries to rescue her, he accidentally unleashes the monsters created and brought to life by her writer father, R.L. Stine. Now it's up to Zach, Hannah, and Stine to get the monsters back in their books where they belong. Can they stop the monsters... for good? Packed with over 45 pictures from the movie!
ISBN 9780545822541
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Stine, R L
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7032
Goosebumps: The movie novel
They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, Goosebumps is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! In this retelling of the film, Zach has just moved from NYC to a creepy small town. He quickly becomes convinced his new neighbour, Hannah, is in danger. But when tries to rescue her, he accidentally unleashes the monsters
ISBN 9781407158150
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Stine, R L
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4755
Grace
Eleven year old Grace knows only one world of her mum, dad, twin brothers and the strict religious community they belong to. Her relationship with God is central to her life but Grace is also stubborn, outspoken and independent. When her dad is thrown out of the church for asking questions, Grace is torn between staying in the church and keeping her family together.
ISBN 9780670073900
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Gleitzman, Morris
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167
Grandma Cadbury's water world
Life is never dull with Grandma Cadbury, especially at a beach resort.
ISBN 9780733604720
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 1997
Bates, Dianne
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669467
Grandma Dangerous and the dog of destiny
Ollie's dad is missing but Grandma Dangerous is on the case. She has a hot air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says). But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're no just on a rescue mission. Grandma is on the run.
ISBN 9781408355060
Series Grandma Dangerous series (99 books)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Mitchell, Kita & Reed, Nathan (ill)
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669474
Grandma Dangerous and the egg of glory
A Priceless artifact has been stole from Russia- and Grandma Dangerous wants to find it. Nothing will stand in her way. Can Ollie and Grandma return the treasure and get back home, before the Politsiya catch them?
ISBN 9781408355503
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2019
Mitchell, Kita & Reed, Nathan (ill)
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Grandma Dangerous series
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Series Grandma Dangerous series (99 books)
Mitchell, Kita & Reed, Nathan (ill)
No book cover.
4357
Grandpa's great escape
Jack's Grandpa wears his slippers to the supermarket, serves up tinned tongue for dinner and often doesn't remember Jack's name. But, he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day.
ISBN 9780008135195
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Walliams, David & Ross, Tony (ill)
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Great Gilly Hopkins, The
Gilly is a foster child who lives in the hope that her beautiful mother will come and claim her.
ISBN 9780064402019
Publisher HarperTrophy, 2003
Paterson, Katherine
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Great switcheroo, The
Best friends Ray, Matty and Lurch are planning their best-ever prank to swap all their neighbours' pets. They think they will be legends but their efforts backfire.
ISBN 9780143302568
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Fusillo, Archimede & Vane, Mitch (ill)
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Series Grimstones series (4 books)
Asphyxia
No book cover.
846245

New
Gus and the starlight
Gus Able and her family are on the run, from her mum's ex-boyfriend and from desperate ghosts who want her mum's help. When they end up in a small town running an old drive-in movie theatre called the Starlight Gus hopes this is the fresh start they need. Despite living in a smelly old caravan, the Able family work hard to make the Starlight a success, but the current owner seems to be working against them. Gus wonders if this new town could be the forever home she's been wanting for so long.
ISBN 9781460760642
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2022
Carless, Victoria
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Guts
A late night stomach bug seems to stay with Raina long past the regular time period, and the doctors tell her nothing is wrong. Raina has growing fears about all sorts of areas of her every day life and these fears will not go away. Neither will her stomach bug. This is a biographical graphic novel about how our mind and body seem to work against us sometimes, and how talking about our problems can bring people together and lead to solutions.
ISBN 9781743832684
Publisher Scholastic US, 2019
Topics / Graphic novels /
Telgemeier, Raina
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H is for Happiness
Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to 'fix' all the problems of all the people (and pets) in her life.
ISBN 9781760527402
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Jonsberg, Barry
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Half a man
Michael has spent his life trying not to stare at his grandfather's scars. His grandfather's gruff manner and upsetting appearance always kept Michael from getting close. One summer, Michael must stay with his grandfather and he finally gets the courage to look directly at his grandfather and ask him to tell his story.
ISBN 9781406351330
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Morpurgo, Michael & O'Callaghan, Gemma (ill)
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Halfling
Danny finds caring for his disabled dad very draining. Day to day tasks are repetitive and boring. But, all of that changes when Danny's neighbour goes away and asks him to feed the tropical fish. Danny discovers a secret in his neighbour's house that will change his life forever. He doesn't know much about sea creatures but he's sure that what he finds is extremely rare and magical.
ISBN 9781406327298
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Lloyd, Rebecca
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Handful of blue, A
More than an approaching cyclone hangs over Jeremy's family. His parents are struggling to save the farm during a drought and he spends his time squabbling with his younger sister, fishing with his best mate and failing to stay out of trouble. Includes some colloquial language within context.
ISBN 9781869435615
Publisher Scholastic New Zealand, 2003
Ford, Vince
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Handkerchief map, The
Through letters written to loved ones, three characters reveal their most intimate thoughts about the conflict in World War II. Franz, a young Nazi soldier, has begun to question the rightness of the cause. Helga is a Russian girl, bent on joining the resistance. Susanna, a Jewess, has been separated from her husband and children, and condemned to the cruelty of a concentration camp.
ISBN 9781922120861
Publisher IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), 2014
English-Hawke, Kiri
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Harriet Bright in a pickle
Harriet dreams of being a poet. Paul Picklebottom is constantly making her life difficult. Luckily, her best friend, Melly, is always there to comfort her. But, Harriet gets into a pickle when she finds out her best friend has a secret that she won't share.
ISBN 9780330423496
Series Harriet Bright series (3 books)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Craig, Claire & Feddersen, Melanie (ill)
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Series Harriet Bright series (3 books)
Craig, Claire & Feddersen, Melanie (ill)
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180
Harriet the spy
Harriet spies on all the people in her neighbourhood and writes notes about them in her book.
ISBN 9780440416791
Publisher Yearling, 2001
Fitzhugh, Louise
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Harry and Hope
Hope lives with her mum in the Pyrenees. It's always been just the two of them until Frank, a free-spirited traveller, arrives with Harry, his stubborn rescue donkey. Hope and Frank form a close bond and she feels lost when Frank decides to move on. Frank was more than just mum's boyfriend and understood Hope better than her mother does. Hope promises to look after Harry and, slowly, another special bond is made.
ISBN 9780007512263
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Lean, Sarah
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Harry Kruize, born to lose
Harry Kruize is feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. His father has left, starting another family elsewhere and he is the target of bullying at school, leaving him friendless and lonely. A term-long class assignment involving the writing down of personal wishes and documenting how they might be fulfilled allows Harry to tell his innermost feelings. He has six seemingly impossible wishes ranging from a normal family life, a dog, a friend, a certain bully to stop using him as a punching bag and to be an author. All of these will never happen or will they?
ISBN 9781925272628
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2017
Collins, Paul
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Harry Miller's run
Liam just wants to go out running with his mates. It's not long till the Junior Great North Run. But, Mam needs him to help old Harry clear out his house. Harry knows a thing or two about running. He says when he was a lad, he ran twenty-one kilometres, from Newcastle to South Shields. This is the story of that day. Sweltering heat, clattering boots, briny sea air and the heavenly taste of ice cream.
ISBN 9781406362244
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Almond, David & Rubbino, Salvatore (ill)
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Hasina: through my eyes
The soldiers came at night. 'Run" her father shouts "And don't stop". Hasina races into the forest to hide with her cousin and brother. When they emerge some days later everything has changed and her family has gone. Hasina must fight to save her family amid the escalating conflict that threatens her world and her identity.
ISBN 9781760637286
Series Through my eyes series (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Aung Thin, Michelle & White, Lyn (ed)
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Hatched
A gothic fairytale about an unusual family, comprising a grieving mother, an exceptional child, a grandpa who is an eccentric apothecary and a domineering aunty. The arrival of a three legged baby from a giant blue egg is the tonic that Mama needs and a delightful distraction for Martha, who is trying to find her own special talent in the world.
ISBN 9781742376882
Series Grimstones series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Asphyxia
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Hats of Marvello, The
No matter how much Olive longs for a pet rabbit. it is never going to happen. Not when she lives in an Australian country town where most people think they are a pest. So imagine Olive's shock when she unexpectedly finds not one, but one hundred and one rabbits. And one of them can talk. How Olive will hide and protect the rabbits will be her greatest challenge and adventure. She is also preparing for the Year 5 play. At least she has her costume ready. But the old top hat she found in the local op shop is very odd and strange.
ISBN 9781460714645
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2023
Graham, Amanda & Naidu, Lavanya (ill)
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Haunted
When Georgia and her brother, Ned, are sent for a holiday on their relatives' farm, they are not happy. Ned makes friends with his cousin so Georgia explores the farm on her own, discovering an old homestead which she thinks will make a cool hideout. But, Georgia is not alone and is befriended by a mysterious girl, Lily, who is not what she seems. The children soon discover they are playing with fire.
ISBN 9781921150821
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Orman, Lorraine
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Haunted school, The
He's hearing voices . . . from another world! Tommy Frazer's dad just got married. Now Tommy's got a new mom. And he's going to a new school -- Bell Valley Middle School. Tommy doesn't hate school. But it's hard making friends. And his new school is so big, it's easy to get lost. Which is exactly what happens. Tommy gets lost -- lost in a maze of empty classrooms. And that's when he hears the voices. Kids' voices crying for help. Voices coming from behind the classroom walls...
ISBN 9780439774758
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Stine, R L
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Haunter, The
Sammy Baker, 12, is a quiet kid who wishes he wasn't so shy and timid. He is frightened but eager to prove he can be brave. On Halloween night, he follows his friends to the Barlow House, an abandoned mansion on the edge of the woods. Just past midnight, he feels a cold tingle at the back of his neck. The cold seeps down, a heavy chill he has never felt before. Sammy doesn't realise that his body has been invaded by a ghost known as The Haunter. The Haunter takes over Sammy's brain and gives him instructions that he has to obey. But The Haunter's commands become more and more dangerous. And then life-threatening. And to his horror, Sammy realises The Haunter's goal-to turn Sammy into a ghost, too!
ISBN 9780545825450
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Stine, R L
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Heart and the bottle, The
Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder at the world around her. Then, one day, something happened that made the girl take her heart and put it in a safe place. However, after that, it seemed that the world was even emptier than before. It takes another little girl to demonstrate that life is there to be lived.
ISBN 9780007182343
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Jeffers, Oliver
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Heart of magic
Stacey wishes she could be more like her friend, Twyla. Twyla is confident, Stacey isn't. Twyla is daring, Stacey isn't. When a gypsy gives Stacey a gold heart pin, everything changes and Stacey starts behaving like the person she has always wanted to be.
ISBN 9781921150685
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Matthews, Penny
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Henry Hoey Hobson
Henry Hoey Hobson arrives at his sixth school, a small, Catholic school, to discover he is the only boy in his grade. There are three male misfits a year below him. Fatherless, friendless and non-Catholic, Henry earns a reputation as a vampire when ill-fitting braces make his mouth bleed.
ISBN 9781864719956
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Bongers, Christine
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Her perilous mansion
In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working - and bickering - side by side in the largely deserted rooms. But soon they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there's more at stake than just their jobs. Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it's too late?
ISBN 9781760877361
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Williams, Sean
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Here comes trouble
Nine year old Sam is always in trouble. He has a kind heart but more challenges than most children his age. After getting into trouble with the police, Sam thinks things can't get any worse. But, it seems that this is just the beginning.
ISBN 9780992523961
Publisher Dragon Tales Publishing, 2015
Bates, Dianne
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Here in the real world
Ware is looking forward to a summer with his lively grandmother instead of the loud and sweaty recreation centre where he is usually sent. However, after his grandma has an accident he finds himself sent back to the dreadful rec centre. Then he meets tough but secretive Jolene who brings him to an abandoned chuch which becomes a place of refuge, but this special place is threatened and Ware promises to save it. Can he be this hero in the real world?
ISBN 9780008371692
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Pennypacker, Sara
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Heroes of the secret underground
Twelve-year-old Louie lives with her brothers, Bert and Teddy, and their Hungarian grandparents, in the Majestic Boutique Hotel, an old-world establishment surrounded by magnolia trees and an aura of peace. But when Louie finds an old rose-gold locket covered in mysterious writing, she learns that it isn't just the magnolias her grandparents have carefully cultivated at the Majestic -with their peace and tranquility comes secrets they would prefer remain buried. As Louie and her brothers attempt to discover the truth, they are thrown back in time to 1944, into the middle of their grandparents' experiences in Nazi-occupied Budapest. The old locket holds the mystery of the young heroes of Budapest's secret Jewish underground, and the history Louie's grandparents want to keep hidden. And until it can be revealed, there can be no peace for anyone - in the past, present or future.
ISBN 9781460758335
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021
Gervay, Susanne
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Hope on the horizon
Author Onjali Q Rauf shares some of her favourite books and characters as she leads readers on a journey to better understand how our own actions, and the actions of others, can have great and positive effects on others. Navigating our world can be an adventure where even small acts of kindness can have an enormous impact.
ISBN 9781526364418
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2022
Rauf, Onjali Q & Lundie, Isobel (ill)
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Horse called Darling, A
Penny has to cope with the saddest moment in her life, involving her pony, Manny. Everyone is willing her to come back and compete in the next event. Hopefully, a horse called Darling will encourage her.
ISBN 9780143304692
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Stephens, Delwyne
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Horse called Elvis, A
Matt befriends an abused horse, Elvis, that touches the lives of his family struggling to stay together. Some coarse language and cruelty to animals in a realistic story of a father's efforts to overcome his own shortcomings for love of his children.
ISBN 9781865046105
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Heffernan, John
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Horse for Angel, A
Nell is surprised when her mum wants her to stay with her family in the country. While unpacking her bags she is startled by a large wild horse and a mysterious girl, which leads Nell on a mystery and a chance to discover secrets about herself.
ISBN 9780007455058
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2013
Lean, Sarah & Blythe, Gary (ill)
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Hostile hospital, The
The Baudelaire orphans are on the run after being accused of murder. They find themselves at Heimlich hospital, along with Count Olaf and his troupe, who are working to perform a 'cranioectomy'.
ISBN 9780064408660
Series Series of unfortunate events series (8 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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House that wasn't there, The
As Oak and Alder start school together, they can't imagine ever becoming friends. But the two of them soon discover a series of connections between them -- mysterious, possibly even magical puzzles they can't put together. At least not without each other's help.
ISBN 9780062937070
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
Arnold, Elana K
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House with chicken legs, The
Marinka lives with her grandmother Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga's job is to guide people through The Gate into their next life. Their house has a gate made of bones and chicken legs. A couple of times a year, the house stands up in the middle of the night and walks to another location. This sounds exciting, but Marinka longs to stay somewhere long enough to make real friends. Based in Slavic folklore, this novel is about finding your own way in life even when you think your destiny might be decided.
ISBN 9781474940665
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018
Anderson, Sophie
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How I learned to fly
Wilson Schlame loves to make Jack Johnson feel like a total loser. And Jack's had it. That's how he ended up down at the beach. In a creepy, old abandoned house. In the dark. Trying to hide from Wilson. But everything is about to change. Because Jack just dug up the coolest book. It's called 'Flying Lessons'. It tells how humans can learn to fly. Poor Jack. He wanted to get back at Wilson. But now that Jack's learned how to fly, things down on earth are getting really scary...
ISBN 9780439796200
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Stine, R L
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660538
How not to be popular
Maddie tries to be nice to everyone. Even weird, chicken-obsessed Tahlia. But she'd way prefer to hang out with the cool girls at school. The only problem is that they don't seem interested in her, at least not until Year 6 camp. That's when Maddie has a decision to make: how far will she go to be popular? Will she be able to live with the guilt when she finally has everything she's been hoping for?
ISBN 9781925563658
Publisher Wombat Books, 2019
Paterson, Cecily Anne
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How to be Prime Minister and survive grade five
When an everyday dad accidentally becomes Prime Minister it throws his family into a new world. One with new rules, and a new school. This is a challenge on its own. When he disappears, his daughters need to cover for him and get the opportunity to make some big decisions regarding their future.
ISBN 9780702265587
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2022
Fitzgerald, Carla
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How to make a movie in 12 days
Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery. Hayley Whelan has spent her whole life dreaming of making a horror movie - and not just the type of movie that kids make on their dodgy second-hand iPhones. When her grandma passes away, she inherits the money for a proper, grown-up camera. But before Hayley even calls 'Action!', strange things start happening... Someone is sabotaging Hayley's movie - but who? Why? And can Hayley finish her movie in time for the premiere? From Australia's brightest new middle-grade talent comes this love song to movies, friendship and the summer holidays.
ISBN 9781925870657
Publisher Affirm Press, 2019
Hardy, Fiona
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How to make friends with the sea
Pablo is homesick. He's only twelve years old, but he's lived in more countries than he can count. After his parents divorced, he and his mother have moved from place to place for years, never settling anywhere long enough to call it home. And along the way, Pablo has collected more and more fears: of dirt, of germs, and most of all, of the ocean. Now they're living in the Philippines, and his mother, a zoologist who works at a local wildlife refuge, is too busy saving animals to notice that Pablo might need saving, too. Then his mother takes in Chiqui, an orphaned girl with a cleft lip -- and Pablo finds that through being strong for Chiqui, his own fears don't seem so scary. He might even find the courage to face his biggest fear of all... and learn how to make friends with the sea.
ISBN 9780374311995
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020
Guerrero, Tanya
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How to speak dolphin
Lily's life seems to revolve around her half-brother, Adam, who has autism. She has little time for friends or activities. Her stepfather doesn't acknowledge that Adam needs to attend a special school and Lily has yet to get over the grief of losing her mother in a car accident. When Adam meets Nori, a young dolphin with cancer, they bond instantly. But, Lily wants to get real help for Adam and help Nori to regain her freedom, without betraying her family.
ISBN 9780545676052
Publisher Scholastic US, 2015
Rorby, Ginny
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774422
Huda and me
Left behind in Melbourne after his parents have to leave for Beirut unexpectedly, 12 year old Akeal finds himself, along with his six siblings, being held to the whims of an atrocious babysitter. Through the bold plans of younger sibling Huda, Akeal then finds himself roped into a courageous adventure with Huda travelling abroad as "unaccompeed" minors.
ISBN 9781760526023
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Hayek, H
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Huggabie Falls series
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Series Huggabie Falls series (3 books)
Cece, Adam & Weldon, Andrew (ill)
No book cover.
871673
I am Cody
Five year old Cody was asked, "How can you tell if someone is a boy or a girl, or both, or neither?' Cody's response was profoundly pragmatic. 'Well, it's not their hair or their clothes. It's actually in their heart. You can't just tell. They have to tell you.' This is Cody's story of opening her heart to her mum.
ISBN 9781922717702
Hat, Aggie & Tate, Crystal (ill)
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I am every good thing
I am a non-stop ball of energy. Powerful and full of light. I am a go-getter. A difference-maker. A leader. Step inside the mind of the confident narrator of this book! He is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and will see them through. He's creative, adventurous, smart, funny. A good friend. A superhero. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's often misunderstood. So, slow down, look and listen as he shows you who he really is ...
ISBN 9780525518778
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2021
Barnes, Derrick & James, Gordon C
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I am Jack
Happy-go-lucky Jack is good at photography, jokes, collecting detentions and grafting onions onto potato plants. He also shows students that they can win against bullying.
ISBN 9780207199059
Series I am Jack series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2000
Gervay, Susanne & Wilcox, Cathy (ill)
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I am Jack series
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Series I am Jack series (4 books)
Gervay, Susanne & Wilcox, Cathy (ill)
No book cover.
201
I am Susannah
Susie is devastated when her friend moves away and an old lady comes to live in Kim's old house.
ISBN 9780141306131
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Gleeson, Libby
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I survived the shark attacks of 1916
Chet Roscow is ten and feeling lonely living with his Uncle Jerry in a new town. When news stories about shark attacks on the coast come out, everybody thinks it is a great joke. On the east coast of America in 1916 no one had heard of anyone being attacked by a shark before. Chet and some friends trick each other by pretending to be sharks. But when Chet is attacked by a real shark in the creek he has to find someone who believes him, before it is too late.
ISBN 9780545206952
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Tarshis, Lauren & Dawson, Scott (ill)
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Icicle Illuminarium, The
Christmas has brought the Caddy children their fondest wish, their father. However, he is not the father they knew, having been deep in the Malaysian jungle as a prisoner of war. As he mends, news comes that their mother may not be dead. This sends team Caddy off on another adventure, only to find themselves drugged and held captive in a derelict and icy castle.
ISBN 9780857985675
Series The Caddy kids series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Gemmell, N J
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Ida B
Ida B and her parents have a great life on the orchard and homeschooling Ida B. But then, life goes to a million miles beyond wrong and Ida has to return to school.
ISBN 9780007234202
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
Hannigan, Katherine
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207
Illustrated mum, The
The story of Dolphin, a young girl, living with her mother's depression and a sister, Star, who is on the verge of adulthood. Both cope with living in a very dysfunctional household but their eccentric mum has real difficulties.
ISBN 9780440863687
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Wilson, Jacqueline
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Imaginary, The
Rudger is Amanda's best friend. He doesn't exist but nobody's perfect. Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend. That is, until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And, he's sniffed out Rudger. Soon, Rudger is alone and running for his imaginary life. A boy who isn't there will have trouble surviving without a friend to dream him up.
ISBN 9781408852460
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Harrold, A F & Gravett, Emily (ill)
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Indigo blue
Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown - the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex's classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn't care less about them...or so she tries to tell herself. As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. A curious discovery leads to the beginnings of a friendship, but it's Sam - the sailmaker's apprentice - and his mysterious ways that capture Alex's attention and force her to question what is real and what matters most.
ISBN 9780734418135
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Watson, Jessica
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Infamous
Tim Chambers has a secret. It all begins when there is a report of a sighting of a Tasmanian tiger and Tim has a plan that could make him famous. He has the best of intentions but things don't go at all according to his plan.
ISBN 9781875930036
Publisher Holy Angels, 1999
D'Ath, Justin
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Inkling
The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school, even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom so much more than they can say. Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. Then one night the ink of his drawings runs together - and leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything. Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple of chapters of his math book - not good! - and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school - also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with Ethan's story, which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too. For Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all wanted.
ISBN 9781406380583
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Oppel, Kenneth
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Invisible Emmie
Crushes. Humiliation. Drama. Middle school. This is the story of two totally different girls - quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie - and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands ...
ISBN 9780062484932
Series Emmie & friends series (1 of 4)
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2017
Libenson, Terri
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Invisible in a bright light
The stage is set. Take your seats. It's 1870 : in the Royal Opera House in a freezing city by the sea. Above is a chandelier, shaped like a galleon. It sparkles with the bright light of seven hundred and fifty candles. These lights are in memory of a vessel and its passengers who vanished without a trace. Oh no. It is falling. It splinters into a thousand tiny pieces. Celeste finds herself in the gutter of Time where she must play a terrifying game called the Reckoning to save those she loves.
ISBN 9781789544848
Publisher Head of Zeus, 2019
Gardner, Sally
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Is it true, Grandfather
Grandfather tells the story to the villagers of his first adventures in the cave when he was eight years old.
ISBN 9780333666814
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Lohse, Wendy & Sands, Jenny (ill)
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Island of beyond, The
Martin is eleven years old and thinks these summer holidays could not get any worse. His father drives him to the island where he spent this own summer holidays with his brother and in the care of an aunt. While Aunt Lenore and her brother Ned are not your average elderly and dotting relative. Everything about the Island of Beyond is not what you would expect. This includes tree climbing and canoeing new friend Martin makes named Solo. Martin learns about friendship and family and secrets this summer.
ISBN 9781467781169
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group, 2016
Atkinson, Elizabeth
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It's a girl thing
Mickey Farrell dreams of winning her country's singing competition but, when she is up against sneaky Coco Lamont, it's a real challenge.
ISBN 9781921167188
Series Diva series (1 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Lawson, Sue
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It's alive! It's alive!
A Goosebumps SlappyWorld story. Livvy and Jayden are the stars of their school's robotics team. Livvy is especially enthusiastic because her own mother works in a robotics lab and experiments with Artificial Intelligence. To impress her mom, Livvy and Jayden build a robot. Livvy wants to name their robot "Francine," but Jayden thinks that's too silly for their creation. Desperate to win, Livvy and Jayden "borrow" an Artificial Intelligence module. They soon realize they've made a terrible mistake. Francine has too much brain power. She's alive! And using this newly gained brain power to dream up a deadly contest!
ISBN 9781338223033
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Stine, R L
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23027
J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan: Graphic novel
A retelling that captures all of the magic and excitement of the original in a dreamily illustrated graphic novel that the whole family can enjoy. New readers of J.M. Barrie's classic tale won't be missing out on anything from the original novel in this faithful full colour rendition while returning readers will adore the new full colour illustrations that bring the tale to life as never before.
ISBN 9781780272900
Publisher Birlinn Ltd, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Stref (adapted and drawn) & Cramb, Fin (coloured)
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Jabber-Walking
Can you walk and talk at the same time? How about Jabberwalk? Can you write and draw and walk and journal all at the same time? If not, you're in luck: exuberant, blue-cheesy cilantro man Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, is here to teach you everything he knows about being a real-life, bonified, Jabberwalking poet! Jabberwalkers write and speak for themselves and others no matter where their feet may take them - to Jabberwalk is to be a poet on the move. And there's no stopping once you're a Jabberwalker, writing fast, fast, fast, scribble-poem-burbles-on-the-run. Scribble what you see! Scribble what you hear! It's all out there - vamonos!
ISBN 9780763692643
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Topics / Poetry /
Herrera, Juan Felipe
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Jack Fortune and the search for the hidden valley
An orphan child full of mischief, Jack lives with his crotchety widow aunt in eighteenth-century England. His naughtiness knows no limits, and when one day he goes a step too far, Aunt Constance decides that she's had enough: from now on, his bachelor uncle can take care of him. Uncle Edmund is in no way prepared for a boy with boundless energy and an impish streak - and anyway, he's off to the Himalayas to search for rare plants! But Aunt Constance is absolutely determined, and Jack's uncle has no choice - he will have to take the boy with him.
ISBN 9781846884283
Publisher Alma Books Ltd, 2018
Purkiss, Sue
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Jake Atlas and the tomb of the emerald snake
Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible (meets a squabbling family from the suburbs). Jake Atlas, Tomb Robber, Treasure Hunter and Trouble-Maker is a schoolboy with terrible grades and even worse behaviour. He has a way of causing trouble that drives people nuts especially his sister Pan. Now he and Pan are members of a super high-tech treasure hunting team searching for a lost tomb in the deserts of Egypt so they can save their parents from being turned into mummies by an evil cult.
ISBN 9781406361445
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Jones, Rob Lloyd
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Jamie: A joyful story of friendship, bravery and acceptance
Jamie Rambeau is a happy 11-year-old non-binary kid who likes nothing better than hanging out with their two best friends Daisy and Ash. But when the trio find out that in Year Seven they will be separated into one school for boys and another for girls, their friendship suddenly seems at risk. And when Jamie realises no one has thought about where they are going to go, they decide to take matters into their own hands, and sort it all out once and for all. As the friends' efforts to raise awareness eventually become a rooftop protest against the binary rules for the local schools, Jamie realises that if they don't figure out a way forwards, they might be at risk of losing both their friends forever...
ISBN 9781510110922
Publisher Orion, 2023
Topics / Gender identity /
Lapinski, L. D.
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Jamil's shadow
A young, orphaned boy keeps to himself, tending his herd of cattle and remaining apart from others in his small Turkish village. When a stray dog follows him home, Jamil finds that he can't get rid of it. A challenging read.
ISBN 9780141312101
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2001
Harris, Christine
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Jammer, The
Fred has moved around her whole life, one small town after another, and never minded starting over. She's always had her mum, her dad, and her love of roller derby. On the track she's Fred or Dead, the star jammer, a gun at smashing through a line of bodies and scoring for her team. But Fred's life has fallen apart, and now she can't imagine ever putting her skates on again. On a road trip to Melbourne with her dad, Fred meets a bunch of people who think they know what's best for her. And although Fred tries to avoid it, roller derby has a way of barging back into her life. A true jammer could push through anything, but Fred doesn't know who she is anymore. What do you do when the thing that could save you is the thing that hurts the most?
ISBN 9780702265426
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2022
Weetman, Nova
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Jedi Academy 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 Jedi Academy series (6 books)
Brown, Jeffrey
No book cover.
35607
Jehan and the quest of the lost dog
Jehan has lost his home and family in a devastating flood in Pakistan. Lost and stuck in a tree he hears a dog barking. Jehan rescues the dog, Lali, and he's no longer alone, but she keeps paddling away from him, swimming further into the floodwaters. So Jehan is forced to follow her, but will the dog's quest lead them to safety, and to their families? Or to more danger?
ISBN 9780702259609
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2017
Hawke, Rosanne & Stewart, Briony (ill)
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Jennie
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a cat? Peter is about to find out. Waking from a serious accident, he finds himself transformed into a snow white cat and is forced out onto the streets of London. But the life of a street cat is tough and Peter is struggling to survive. Then he meets Jennie - kind and streetwise, she befriends Peter and together they embark on an epic adventure. Will Peter have what it takes to survive this new world?
ISBN 9780007395194
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Gallico, Paul
No book cover.
2388
Jenny Angel
Jenny's little brother, Davy, is very ill and her mother says that no one will be able to keep him alive. But, Jenny thinks that as long as she watches over Davy, nothing can happen. An emotionally charged story about a young girl's courageous stand, and the uncertainty and beauty of life.
ISBN 9780140545258
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Wild, Margaret & Spudvilas, Anne
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Jo: An adaptation of Little Women (sort of)
With the start of eighth grade, Jo March decides it's time to get serious about her writing and joins the school newspaper. But even with her new friend Freddie cheering her on, becoming a hard-hitting journalist is a lot harder than Jo imagined. That's not all that's tough. Jo and her sisters - Meg, Beth, and Amy - are getting used to a new normal at home, with their dad deployed overseas and their mom, a nurse, working overtime. And while it helps to hang out with Laurie, the boy who just moved next door, things get complicated when he tells Jo he has feelings for her. Feelings that Jo doesn't have for him...or for any boy. Feelings she's never shared with anyone before. Feelings that Jo might have for Freddie. What does it take to figure out who you are? Jo March is about to find out.
ISBN 9780062875969
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2021
Topics / Graphic novels /
Gros, Kathleen
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Jodie: this is the book of you
Best friends Jodie, Rania and Deyana can't believe what they have found in the school library. A mysterious book that writes itself, just for them. Jodie's life is difficult enough. Her father is in a new relationship and Jodie is trying to get used to having a stepsister. The advice the book is giving Jodie is so confusing. She is perplexed about the ghostly writer and what it wants.
ISBN 9781742990101
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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Journey, The
To escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war, a family leaves their home and everything they know to embark on a very long journey,
ISBN 9781909263994
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Sanna, Francesca
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Julia and the shark
My name is Julia. This is the story of the summer I spent living in a lighthouse. The summer I almost lost my mum, and found a shark older than trees. Don't worry though, that doesn't spoil the ending ... Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer - her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark. But when her mother's obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope...
ISBN 9781510107779
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2021
Millwood Hargrave, Kiran & de Freston, Tom (ill)
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Julius Zebra 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 Julius Zebra series (3 books)
Northfield, Gary
No book cover.
5094
Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians
When Julius Zebra finds himself shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt with his trusty companions, little did he know he would soon finds himself mistaken for an Egyptian horse God, Heter. While he enjoys all the perks, there is a downside. What happens when the Egyptian people realise he is not really Heter but a Zebra? Follow the adventures of Julius, Brutus and their friends to see if they escape.
ISBN 9781406371802
Series Julius Zebra series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Northfield, Gary
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Just a dog
Mr Mosely isn't a purebred dog but he's just the dog that Corey and his family want. He is loyal, protective and loving. And, he is much more than that. He might well be the one thing that holds them all together.
ISBN 9781862918870
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2010
Bauer, Michael Gerard
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Just call me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy
Adam Butters discovers that before he was adopted his name was Ace, and that is a great name for a superhero. This amusing, heart-warming and heart-breaking story tells how Adam tries to find his birth mother and show her how she could love a him as a superhero. Things never go as planned and Adam has his work cut out for him.
ISBN 9781474921305
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Williamson, Lara
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Just Jaime
The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their read friends are. Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They've started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dressed and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF Maya ... right? Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their group. It's like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered?
ISBN 9780062851062
Series Emmie & friends series (3 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2019
Libenson, Terri
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Just one wish
Penny has moved to Australia from China and her English is very limited. She misses her friends and her cousin is determined to make her life miserable at their school. When Penny's grandmother gives her a magic Chinese pouch, Penny has just one wish to make things right.
ISBN 9780143304463
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Rippin, Sally
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Kensington Reptilarium, The
The Caddy kids, Kick, Scruff, Bert and Pin, are home alone and they're having the best time ever. Until a stranger arrives with news. This is the story of how four loud, grubby urchins from the Australian outback find themselves in London for the first peacetime Christmas after years of war. But their new guardian hates children. He prefers the company of the hundreds of snakes in his house, the Kensington Reptilarium.
ISBN 9780857980502
Series The Caddy kids series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Gemmell, N J
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Kensy and Max 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 Kensy and Max series (9 books)
Harvey, Jacqueline
No book cover.
846076
Kensy and Max: High voltage
After a tumultuous school term, a family holiday with sunshine, sleep-ins and Portuguese tarts is just what Kensy and Max need. And Granny Cordelia is adamant: there are to be no investigations while on vacation. But when strange incidents start piling up, the twins are torn between their loyalty and their nose for adventure. As all leads point to the annual E-Prix championship, Kensy and Max find themselves drawn into the middle of a menacing plot. High-powered sports cars are not the only dangers on the streets of Sintra. Someone wants Wolf Motors and the Formula E car race to go up in smoke, and they won't let anything - or anyone - get in their way.
ISBN 9781760898557
Series Kensy and Max series (8 of 9)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2021
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kerenza, a new Australian
In 1911, Kerenza's da (father) can no longer get work as a miner in Cornwall. She doesn't want to leave her village and take a ship to Australia but Kerenza can be brave for her dad's sake. Where he sees a farm, Kerenza and her Mam see endless mallee scrub, flies and hard work. It's almost too much to bear but the Mallee has its own beauty, and family and new-found friends might just make it her home.
ISBN 9781742990606
Series A new Australian series (5 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2015
Hawke, Rosanne
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Key to finding Jack, The
Flick adores her big brother and often sits with him in the evenings solving riddles he shares with her. She knows she will miss him when he goes on holiday to South America. Then, something happens, an earthquake! Right where her brother is meant to be. Flick is desperate to find him, when she uncovers a clue in his bedroom, she begins to unfold new mysteries about her brother that could possibly lead to his whereabouts. Will she find him in time? A compelling story that shares the special relationships between siblings and friends.
ISBN 9781800240421
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Jozefkowicz, Ewa
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660668
Kid who came from space, The
In a small village where everyone knows everyone, a girl goes missing on Christmas Eve. While the rest of the town is in a frenzy looking for the girl, her brother, Ethan secretly knows she is safe, but needs help getting home. With the help of his new friend, Iggy, and an oddly hairy and peculiar stranger, Ethan will go on an incredible journey to ger his sister home.
ISBN 9780008333782
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2020
Welford, Ross
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24757
Kindness club, The: Chloe on the bright side
Chloe Silver is good at looking at the bright side. But staying positive has been difficult since her parents divorced and she had to start at a new school. When Chloe is given the chance to try out for the exclusive It Girls Club, things are finally looking up again. Then Chloe is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and brainy Theo Barnes. Together they create an experiment that tests how people react to different acts of kindness, officially forming the Kindness Club. Lucy and Theo are fun to be around, and their new club means a lot to Chloe. But the It Girls don't want to share Chloe with anyone else. Can she find a way to be kind to all of her friends, and still stay true to herself?
ISBN 9781681195315
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Sheinmel, Courtney
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Kingdom of silk 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 Kingdom of silk series (7 books)
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
No book cover.
707969
Lampie
Lampie's job is to help her dad. He's unable to light the lamp in the lighthouse, so she has to do it for him. One stormy night she runs out of matches and the light goes out. A ship is wrecked on the rocks and Lampie is in disgrace. She is sent to be a maid at the Admiral's Black House. She arrives to the rumour that there is a monster at the top of the tower inside the house but what she finds is intriguing, but no monster. Along with a cast of mermaids and pirates, and set against a winswept coastal backdrop , Lampie has to fight to grow up and find her place in the world.
ISBN 9781782692621
Publisher Pushkin Press, 2017
Schaap, Annet
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Land of forgotten girls, The
Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates. Just like her mother always could. And Soledad has needed that escape more than ever in the five years since her mother and sister died, and her father moved Sol and her youngest sister from the Philippines to Louisiana. After her father leaves, all Sol and Ming have is their evil stepmother, Vea. Sol has protected Ming all this time, but then Ming begins to believe that Auntie Jove - their mythical, world-traveling aunt - is really going to come rescue them. Can Sol protect Ming from this impossible hope?
ISBN 9780062238658
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
Kelly, Erin Entrada
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Land of stories, The: A Grimm warning
Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother ...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council? When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle ...or for the secret that will change the twins' lives forever.
ISBN 9780349124391
Series The land of stories series (3 of 6)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Colfer, Chris & Dorman, Brandon (ill)
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Land of stories, The: An author's odyssey
Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?
ISBN 9780349132273
Series The land of stories series (5 of 6)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2017
Colfer, Chris & Dorman, Brandon (ill)
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Land of stories, The: Beyond the kingdoms
The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him . . . except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger. With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man's secret scheme: he possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains! So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it's too late?
ISBN 9780349124407
Series The land of stories series (4 of 6)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2016
Colfer, Chris & Dorman, Brandon (ill)
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Land of stories, The: The enchantress returns
Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.
ISBN 9781907411786
Series The land of stories series (2 of 6)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2013
Colfer, Chris & Dorman, Brandon (ill)
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Land of stories, The: The wishing spell
When the twin's grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they are about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real. But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven't ended in this magical land; Godilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom,and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way?
ISBN 9781907411755
Series The land of stories series (1 of 6)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2012
Colfer, Chris & Dorman, Brandon (ill)
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Land of stories, The: Worlds collide
In this highly anticipated finale, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters - heroes and villains - are no longer confined within their world! With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy-tale world?
ISBN 9781510201361
Series The land of stories series (6 of 6)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2018
Colfer, Chris & Dorman, Brandon (ill)
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Last bear, The
April has a once in a lifetime chance to spend six months in the Arctic circle with her scientist father and no one else. She hopes this time alone with her father will help reconnect them after the sad death of her mother, but the work of a climate scientist in an age of melting ice caps is never ending. Bear Island has not had a polar bear in decades due to the loss of ice, but as April finds herself wandering further and further on the island, she meets an unlikely, unhealthy and unforgettable new friend.
ISBN 9780008411282
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Gold, Hannah & Pinfold, Levi (ill)
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Layla, Queen of Hearts
Layla is Griffin's best friend and he is determined to help Layla with her problem. She doesn't have a special person to take to senior citizen's day at school. The search for a suitable person leads to a new friendship.
ISBN 9780733318429
Series Kingdom of silk series (2 of 7)
Publisher ABC Books, 2006
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Leave taking
Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby's younger sister Leah. Together they sort through all of their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. Toby doesn't want to leave the only place he's called home. As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.
ISBN 9780702260117
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2018
Marwood, Lorraine
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Leaving the lyrebird forest
Alice loves the bush where she lives. She has a deep connection to a lyrebird who visits her 'every other day' and develops a close friendship to an elderly neighbour who loves the bush as much as she does. An amazing surprise discovery motivates her to make decisions about her future.
ISBN 9780734418432
Publisher Lothian Books, 2018
Crew, Gary & Laffan, Julian (ill)
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Left and right
Left and right are all around us. From our hands and feet to our eyes and ears, the notion of left and right is inescapable. Left and right control how we travel and play sport, and even how we eat. The vast extent of how this deceptively simple subject shapes our lives is revealed in the Left And Right book!
ISBN 9781742034430
Publisher Wild Dog Books, 2017
Hendry, Lorna
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Legends (including Anniversary & League of) 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 Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
587803
Lenny's book of everything
Lenny Spink is a watchful, caring, and sharp older sister to Davey, her sweet, charming and unusually big younger brother. She is ever mindful of the challenges and moods of her single parent mother, the curious lives of the various characters in her neighbourhood, and the dark reality which comes with her brother's rare disease causing him to grow at an unhealthy and alarming rate. The regular arrival of 'Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia' give Lenny and Dave a window to a broader world and feeds their imagination and curiosity.
ISBN 9781760528706
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Foxlee, Karen
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660777
Let it go
What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other? When a magical accident erases Anna and Elsa's memories, not only of magic but of each other, the sisters are separated for protection. But when Elsa unexpectedly finds herself as a young queen, mysterious magic begins to happen and questions of her past start to form. Will the sisters ever be reunited?
ISBN 9781743833148
Series Twisted tales series (11 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Calonita, Jen
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50474
Liar & spy
George is having trouble with some boys at school, his dad has lost his job and so his mum has started working all the time. They had to sell their house and move into an apartment. But, moving into the apartment block does bring one good thing - Safer, an unusual boy who lives on the top floor. He runs a spy club and is determined to teach Georges everything he knows.
ISBN 9780385737432
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2012
Stead, Rebecca
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Lighthouse kids, The
Ellie and Davey have lost their mother and have been sent to live with a grandfather. In his attic, they discover somethingthat beloged to their mother, This leads to an adventure, involving unscrupulous seal hunters and mysterious caves.
ISBN 9781863683463
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2003
Chase, Diana
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Lilli and her shadow
Lilli's family is moving from the bush to the city and Lilli is sure she'll be horribly lonely. She'll miss the mangoes, she'll miss her cousins and, most of all, she'll miss her Nan. But, Nan sends a special friend south with Lilli, a secret Shadow to look after her. And, Lilli discovers life in the city isn't so bad after all.
ISBN 9781921696053
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Dudgeon, Pat & Laura & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Lily and me
Moses Aaron tells the story of how he met Lily, a cancer patient in the Children's Hospital, and how he told her stories throughout her treatment.
ISBN 9780091830311
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Aaron, Moses
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23610
Lily in the mirror
Lily loves all things dark and mysterious. So, when she discovers a magic mirror in a locked room, it seems like a dream come true. With a new friend who needs her help and an older brother who needs to get a life, Lily will require all eleven fingers at her disposal, plus a hefty slice of Grandad's chocolate cake, to fix a long-forgotten mystery that's very close to home.
ISBN 9781925163872
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2016
Hayes, Paula
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4901
Lion drummer
Lulu dreams that, one day, she will be the lion drummer in the Chinese dragon parade. But, through years of tradition, the drummer has always been a male and Lulu is told that girls cannot learn the drums.
ISBN 9780143303138
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Wang, Gabrielle & McLean, Andrew
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Listener, The
When Gavin arrives at his grandmother's house, she is nowhere to be found. Thoughts of the football match he is missing and seeing his mates seem insignificant as he realises that he has to find her and soon. Heavy snow is falling and it is getting dark. A trail of footsteps in the snow provides a vital clue and help comes in an unexpected way.
ISBN 9781408122358
Series Colour graffix series (4 books)
Publisher A & C Black, 2010
Laird, Elizabeth & Hazelwood, Pauline (ill)
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Little brother
Vithy is in war-torn Cambodia searching for his only remaining family member, his older brother.
ISBN 9780143301745
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Baillie, Allan
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Little Manfred
Charley and her brother, Alex, are walking their dog, Manfred, on the beach when they meet two old men staring out to sea. They meet by chance and discover how the men are involved in their mother's past and where the name for their dog really came from.
ISBN 9780007339679
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Little wave, The
When a country class from remote Mullin have the opportunity to visit Manly beach, three very different outsiders discover themselves and each other. Noah, Lottie and Jack have to learn to value themselves, as they confront bullies, grief, mental illness, and poverty. This trip to the beach could be the beginning of beautiful friendships.
ISBN 9780702260476
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2019
Harry, Pip
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Little Witch: Secrets & spells
Courtney can't believe she is stuck in Mixton Bay for the summer with no friends, TV or pizza. When Courtney finds a mystical 'Book of Spells' with her name on the box, you could say that Courtney's boring holiday starts to get a whole lot more interesting. With the help of her new friend, Justice, and a special cat, Courtney's life is about to change forever.
ISBN 9781925520101
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2016
Darlison, Aleesah
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Living the confidence code
The inspiring true stories in this book, prove that no matter who you are or how old you are, nothing is out of reach when you decide to try. Reading each story motivates you to turn your thoughts into action: your dreams into reality. The best way to understand confidence and learn how to harness its secret powers is to see it in action for yourself. From Bali to Brazil, South Africa to Seattle, Australia to Afghanistan, these girls are pursuing their passions, struggling and stumbling, but along the way figuring out how to build their own special brand of confidence. The girls you meet in this book are change makers. We can all learn from their bravery and resilience.
ISBN 9780062954114
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021
Kay, Katty & Shipman, Claire & Riley, Jillellyn
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Locked out Lily
LIly requires regular hospital trips to treat a body which is failing her. This frustrates her greatly and also fuels her worry that the baby her mum is about to have will be easier to love and push Lily to the shadows. It is these shadows in her family home where Lily encounters the monstrous replacement parents who have a terrible plan for Lily. It is with great surprise that Lily discovers several animal companions to help her defeat the monsters in the shadows.
ISBN 9781471194849
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2021
Lake, Nick & Gravett, Emily (ill)
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Locket of dreams, The
Sophie falls asleep wearing a locket which belonged to her great-great-great-grandmother and is magically transported to 1858 to learn the truth about Charlotte Mackenzie, how she came to be in Australia and what happened to the family's priceless sapphire.
ISBN 9781741662917
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Murrell, Belinda
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Lola in the middle
Whether it is on the netball court, stuck between best friends arguing or parents fighting Lola always caught in the middle. How can she choose sides? Now that Lola has been made captain and her team looks like making the State Finals she has even bigger problems and choices to face. Her doctors say she might have to stop playing the game she loves and Lola's mother agrees that netball is not good for her health Lola feels like she's losing from all sides! Will she always be stuck in the middle or will she find a way to stand up for herself?
ISBN 9781925563900
Publisher Wombat Books, 2020
Paterson, Cecily Anne
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Lonely lighthouse of Elston-Fright, The
Flip Little is extremely proud of his family history - the official lightkeepers of Elston-Fright; the lighthouse keepers. When the light is missing, it is up to Flip to restore the protection the lighthouse has always offered to the people of the town. But, the light is not the only thing that goes missing! There are mysteries and secrets to uncover, and magic and magical beings to combat. But will help come from the most unexpected place? Can Flip and his friends Corpse and Girl save their friend and restore the lost magic before it's too late?
ISBN 9781761066795
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Carter, Reece
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Look both ways: a tale told in ten blocks
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy. Talking about boogers. Stealing pocket change. Skateboarding. Wiping out. Braving up. Executing complicated handshakes. Planning an escape. Making jokes. Lotioning up. Finding comfort. But mostly, too busy walking home. Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
ISBN 9781481438292
Publisher Atheneum books, 2020
Reynolds, Jason
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Looking after your mental health
Looking After Your Mental Health provides an informative and thoughtful exploration of mental health targeted at pre teens. It provides helpful, frank and sensitive discussion on a wide range of topics, from navigating friendships and relationships, to coping with changes at home, to safe use of the internet and the potential impact of social media. Looking After Your Mental Health is an introductory guide to mental health self care.
ISBN 9781474937290
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018
James, Alice & Stowell, Louie
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Lost whale, The
Though Rio is still a boy, he has been caring for his mother for as long as he can remember. When she has to go to the hospital for an extended period, Rio must go to stay with a grandmother he has never met in a small seaside town far away from home. Here he makes an unexpected connection to his mother and a new community when he finds a remarkable drawing of a grey whale in his mother's old bedroom.
ISBN 9780008412944
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2022
Gold, Hannah & Pinfold, Levi (ill)
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Lottery boy
Since his mother's death, Bully has lost his old life. Living rough in London with his dog, Bully can't imagine his future. But, one day, Bully finds a winning lottery ticket in the last birthday card his Mum ever gave him. It suddenly offers such hope. If only he can get to his prize on time. But, life is not that simple. Bully's struggle to survive just got a whole lot harder. They're after him on the streets, everyone wants a piece of him.
ISBN 9781406358292
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Byrne, Michael
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Lotterys plus one, The
Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down.
ISBN 9781509803194
Publisher MacMillan, 2017
Donoghue, Emma
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Lottie project, The
Miss Beckworth insists on calling her by her proper name, Charlotte, and makes her sit next to Jamie Edwards, the most stuck-up, boring boy in the class. Now they have to do a project on Victorian times. Charlie learns a lot about friendship, teachers and how lucky she is not to be living in Victorian times.
ISBN 9780440868538
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Wilson, Jacqueline & Sharratt, Nick (ill)
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Louis beside himself
When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air. Louis Beside Himself is a hilarious and companionable story about losing your words, finding your courage and arm-wrestling your way out of big trouble.
ISBN 9781742379944
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Fienberg, Anna
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Louisiana's way home
When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana's life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town - including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder - she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny's heads. But that is a story for another time.)
ISBN 9781406387544
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
DiCamillo, Kate
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Lucky Thamu
These school holidays, Eli is going by himself to visit his much-loved Thamu (grandfather), who lives near the goldfields. They're going camping and prospecting, and Eli will listen to Thamu's stories and learn about country. But, when they camp to speck for gold, Eli seems more interested in chasing a white rabbit.
ISBN 9781925161304
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2015
Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Tucker, Jaylon & Gibbs, Tracey (ill)
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Lucy in the leap year
Lucy's whole world is her home and her father and their life together.
ISBN 9781862912458
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1994
Wheatley, Nadia & Searle, Ken (ill)
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Lulu Baker trilogy 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 Lulu Baker trilogy series (3 books)
Dunbar, Fiona
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Luna Laboratorium, The
Armed with the knowledge that their mum might still be alive, the Caddy kids - Kick, Bert, Scruff and Pin - have vowed to find her. They'll comb the whole world if they have to. But, it seems that Mum's last-known location is closer to home. With bewildered Uncle Basti and their mysterious friend, Bone, determined to tag along, they set off for Sydney. Secret tunnels and outback misadventures await.
ISBN 9780857985699
Series The Caddy kids series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Gemmell, N J
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Lyle, Lyle, crocodile: The junior novelization
When shy twelve-year-old Josh Primm finds a singing crocodile in the attic of his new home in New York City, he never expects to find moonlight adventures, friendship and so much fun! But not everyone in the neighborhood takes kindly to Lyle the crocodile, and Josh has to find his inner courage and show everyone that Lyle is extraordinary. Josh and his parents must fight to keep Lyle as part of their family.
ISBN 9780358755432
Publisher Clarion Books, 2022
Warber, Bernard & Hapka, Catherine
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Maddie in the middle
Maddie Lee is in year six. Her best and oldest friend Katy is busy with school duties and music and scholarship plans, and Maddie feels lost and lonely. Then a new girl starts at school. Maddie wants more than anything to become friends with her. And she does. But Samara's friendship comes at a high price, with consequences Maddie could never have imagined.
ISBN 9781925815931
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2019
Lawrinson, Julia
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Maddie Ziegler Presents 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 Maddie Ziegler Presents series (99 books)
Ziegler, Maddie
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Magenta McPhee
Magenta is worried her about her dad. He hasn't moved on since the divorce. Magenta is trying to write her fantasy trilogy but, since she registered her father on an internet dating site, she has to spend time pretending to be him and replying to the emails he doesn't know he is receiving. Now, someone wants to meet him.
ISBN 9781741664089
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Bateson, Catherine
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Magic fair, The
The magic fair has a lot more than just fairy floss and fun rides, it has cakes that jump and pies that fly. Enter but beware. Kayla and her cousin, Phil, soon find out that not all the surprises are nice ones. When Phil is mean to Kayla, the fair takes matters into its own hands in a very unusual way.
ISBN 9781921696121
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Morgan, Sally & Gibbs, Tracey (ill)
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Magic misfits, The
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on. After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded illusionists. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. (Psst. Hey, you! Yes, you! Congratulations on reading this far. As a reward, I'll let you in on a little secret... This book isn't just a book. It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!)
ISBN 9780316355575
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2018
Harris, Neil Patrick
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Magic Misfits, The: The second story
In this second book, the story is focused on Leila, a girl who lives with her two dads who adopted her, above a magic store. When her parents gave her up as a baby, they gave her a key. She loves her dads, but she really wants to solve the mystery surrounding the key. A mysterious visitor might just be the reason she gets the chance.
ISBN 9781760501730
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2018
Harris, Neil Patrick
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16760
Making Jamie normal
Alex will be the coolest Year 9 student with the weirdest sister in Year 7 if she can't make Jamie 'normal' before she goes to high school. Jamie doesn't realise how lucky she is getting all this great advice. Some coarse language used in context.
ISBN 9780143302032
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Pershall, Mary K
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Mammoth mistake starring Olive Black
Meet Olive Black... ten year old superstar. Her latest movie, Mammoth Mistake, has just been released and she is riding the rollercoaster of fame and school. When she gets caught up with the biggest bully in showbiz, everything goes pear-shaped. Olive can't understand how her relationship with her best friend could go so wrong or why she can't fix things just like in the movies.
ISBN 9781925475548
Publisher Affirm Press, 2017
Miles, Alex & Guesne, Maude (ill)
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Marly and the goat
It's 1983 and there's excitement in Marly's house. Her grandparents have arrived from Vietnam and, soon, her mum will have a new baby. While Grandma tries to make Marly into a 'young lady', Grandpa digs up the backyard. When he brings home Agnes, a goat, the neighbours want it taken away. Things get dangerous and Marly must try to protect her grandpa and her pet.
ISBN 9780143308515
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Pung, Alice & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Marly walks on the Moon
It's 1983 and baby mania has struck Marly's house. She has a new baby brother and Marly never realised that a new baby would take up so much of everyone's time. The school concert is coming up and Marly's secret plan is to perform the Moonwalk, the dance she's been practising all year. But, no one is helping with her costume.
ISBN 9780143308522
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Pung, Alice & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Marsh and Me
There's a hill out the back of Joey's house. Hardly anyone goes there - it's not a beautiful place, just a covered-over old rubbish tip. But Joey likes it up there. It's his hill - somewhere he likes to go to wonder about life. He longs to be the best at something, to be a famous astronaut, or mountain climber, to stand out somehow. So when Joey discovers a tree house in an old peppercorn tree on the hill, he is annoyed that someone has invaded his special place. But he is also curious about who the intruder could be. But making contact isn't easy. The tree-house girl is wild and hostile and full of secrets. Joey needs to work out a way to win her over. And as he does, he finds a way to shine.
ISBN 9781925498011
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Murray, Martine
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Matilda
Matilda is an exceptional child with magical powers. Her parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the silly ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
ISBN 9780141314563
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Dahl, Roald
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Matty forever
Bill and Matty are neighbours and best friends. They share their deepest secrets and lean on each other when things aren't right at home. Bill misses his father and is having a hard time at his new school. Matty is realising that her family is not quite the same as everyone else's. When a new girl decides she wants Bill all to herself, Bill and Matty discover what true friendship means. Some derogatory language used in context.
ISBN 9780702237027
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2009
Fensham, Elizabeth
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Max Einstein: world champions
Twelve year old genius Max and her friends live for adventure. From racing across glaciers in Greenland and flying in a super fancy solar powered jet to Hawaii, they visit the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and hang out with a robot named Leo. Whenever there is a problem to solve, the friends work better together. But there is an evil group of the rich and powerful who will do whatever it takes to split them up, even as the planet is changing before their eyes. Max has one more surprise in her playbook and she needs her team around her to pull it off. Whoever said that kids can't save the world?
ISBN 9781529120172
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Patterson, James & Grabenstein, Chris
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May Tang: A new Australian
Born in the year of the snake, May Tang is a dreamer who will never be sensible and obedient like her elder sister Jie Jie or clever like her brother Peter. Her parents are worried by rumoured events in China, and May finds herself on her way to a new life in Sydney. It is so different that May wonders if she will ever be able to love her new country.
ISBN 9781742990743
Series A new Australian series (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Beikoff, Katrina
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Meet me at the moon tree
Carina and her family have moved to a new home. She is determined to find a moon tree. She promised her father and she is determined to keep that promise.
ISBN 9780702266171
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2023
Plozza, Shivaun
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Meeting Cezanne
Yannick's mother requires an operation so he will have to spend the summer with relatives in the South of France. Here, Yannick spends time with his aunt, uncle and beautiful cousin while working at their restaurant and discovering the beauties of the countryside made famous by Cezanne. One evening, Yannick accidentally destroys an art work by the world's greatest artist and must find a way to correct his terrible mistake.
ISBN 9781406351132
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Morpurgo, Michael & Place, Francoise (ill)
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Megan's journey
Thirteen year old Megan discovers her mother is still alive and living in Japan. Her mother has remarried a Japanese man who lives a traditional life and they have two children. Megan has difficult choices to make.
ISBN 9780975213582
Publisher Loranda Publishing, 2004
Keir, June
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Michaela Mason's big list of camp worries
A heartwarming story about a year 5 student who suffers from major anxieties. She is about to embark on the stage 3 camp of a lifetime but could think of nothing worse. She has created a BIG LIST of all the reasons why she should not attend. If that isn't enough, there is a drought in their hometown and Michaela is desperately encouraging everyone to save water. What if it never rains again? What if the town runs out of water and they won't be able to shower or wash their hands anymore? What if there are spiders at camp? What if an escaped prisoner breaks into camp? There are so many what ifs in life - how is Michaela Mason ever going to relax and enjoy life? Making lists is one way to help Michaela deal with so many challenges.
ISBN 9781743838761
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2021
Moses, Alexa
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Midnight children, The: A vanishing
Spooky things happen to Zac and Min after their father mysteriously disappears one day at breakfast time. Zac is chased in a mall by a strange man who runs on all fours and vicious snakes trap him in his bedroom. Min encounters spider-like creatures and a doll that sprints and steals. An old smelly man gives them a box with a finger bone inside. But much scarier oil-dripping things await them in this spine tingling book. Don't you dare scream.
ISBN 9789814914215
Series The Midnight Children series (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Halim, Tunku & Chitale, Parag (ill)
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Midnight children, The: Cemetery House
Be warned that this hair raising book is not for the faint hearted. Min is forced to move into the old and haunted Cemetery House where there is a ghost-boy waiting for her in the library. But Zac is chased by terrible creatures that drip oil and he can't get home. Zac and Min have to dig a body out of a grave. They also have a close encounter with a vampire. Don't you dare scream.
ISBN 9789814914222
Series The Midnight Children series (2 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Halim, Tunku & Chitale, Parag (ill)
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Midnight children, The: The moonlight world
The Yak-Yaks are on the war path and their awful king wants to eat Min who he is holding as a prisoner. Zac is desperately trying to rescue his sister but he has been tricked and is about to be flung down a rocky cliff by a ghastly spirit. Who are the Rising? Will they all be slaughtered in one last battle in the desert? Will Zac and Min's father ever be rescued? Be warned. Great excitement awaits you in this final book of the Midnight Children trilogy. Don't you dare scream.
ISBN 9789814914239
Series The Midnight Children series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Halim, Tunku & Chitale, Parag (ill)
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Migrants
A wordless picture book soaked in symbolism that shows the hardship, endurance and cost of forced migration. Migrants grapples with difficult themes that are left open ended to invite the reader to draw their own conclusions. Bright, detailed illustrations show the hope and courage of each individual character and why they take such a journey.
ISBN 9781776573134
Publisher Gecko Press, 2020
Wantanabe, Issa (ill)
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Mika and Max
Mika doesn't want to go away with her family for the weekend. It's lucky she does, though, because otherwise she never would have met Max, or stayed with him on the Magic Bus, or sung in public for the first time, or made a game-changing phone call, or swum through shark-infested waters, or discovered The Meaning of Life! And all on the one special day...
ISBN 9781760651145
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Bloom, Laura
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Mikki and me and the out-of-tune tree
Eleven-year-old Alberta Bracken is having a terrible summer. Her broken arm means she can't go boogie boarding at the local beath. Her friends are acting weird, and her little sister, Clementine, is being extremely annoying. So when budding filmmaker Mikki Watanabe invites Alberta to make nature documentaries about the private life of trees, Alberta is ready for action! But then they uncover the fate of their beloved pine grove and wonder...how do a couple of eleven-year-olds save a forest before it's too late?
ISBN 9781760526795
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2022
Roberts, Marion
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Millie Mak the maker
Nine-year-old Millie Mak has discovered she has a superpower! Using everyday objects, Millie turns them into something beautiful. Through her creativity and clever thinking, Millie also deals with different friendships, tricky family challenges and learning about her world. There are detailed instructions at the back of the book so you can make the special objects Millie creates, and best of all, nothing needs to be bought!
ISBN 9781460716090
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2023
Pung, Alice & Ng, Sher Rill (ill)
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Millions
When a bag full of money drops out of the sky, Damien and Anthony find they are very, very rich. Suddenly, the brothers can buy anything they want except for the one thing they really need. Winner of 2005 Carnegie Medal.
ISBN 9780330433310
Publisher MacMillan, 2004
Boyce, Frank Cottrell
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Milo and the restart button
Starting over is like pressing the reset button on a game that makes you lose all your points and wipes out any of the good stuff you've spent hundreds of hours learning. Surviving the year is all Milo has to do. Start to finish in one whole piece. But, it's not just a new school he's dealing with. It's a new house, a new neighbourhood, a whole new life. And, it's one without his mum in it.
ISBN 9780857071903
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2011
Silberberg, Alan
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Mimi and the blue slave
When grief strikes, you need an ally. For Mimi, that ally is Ableth, the wildly disobedient blue slave. He comes, he goes, he says and does whatever he likes, but he's always there when Mimi needs him most, offering his own brand of crooked wisdom.
ISBN 9781864719949
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Bateson, Catherine
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Ming & Flo fight for the future
Twelve-year-old Ming Qong is convinced that girls must have changed the world, even if they are rarely mentioned in history books. So when Ming gets the chance to go back in time, she imagines herself changing destinies from a glittering palace or an explorer's ship. Instead, she ends up in Australia in 1898, living a tough life as Flo Watson on a drought-stricken farm. Luckily, Ming is rescued by Flo's Aunt McTavish. Wealthy Aunt McTavish belongs to Louisa Lawson's Suffragist Society, who are desperately and courageously fighting for women's rights. And Ming is determined to get involved, to make a difference.
ISBN 9781460760208
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2022
French, Jackie
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Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane, The
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. He travels across the country, acquiring new owners and learning some valuable lessons.
ISBN 9780763625894
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2006
DiCamillo, Kate & Ibatoulline, Bagram (ill)
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Mirror
This innovative picture book is two stories designed to be read simultaneously. We experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families - one from inner city Sydney, Australia and the other from a small, remote village in Morocco, North Africa.
ISBN 9781406309140
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Baker, Jeannie
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Miss Understood
Lizzie is in trouble again. This time it was bad enough to get her expelled from school. Lizzie never sets out to make trouble but seems to find it without trying. She is willing to try her hardest to show she is worthy of returning to schools and knows that it will take a lot to prove this to her school principal.
ISBN 9781864718607
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Roy, James
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Molly and Pim and the millions of stars
Molly has a strange life. At dawn, her mama collects herbs and makes potions, and her house feels like a gypsy caravan. Molly wishes she could be more like her best friend, Ellen, who has a normal life. But, she is also drawn to Pim, who is inquisitive and odd and a little bit frightening. When Molly's mama makes a potion that has a wild and shocking effect, Molly and Pim look for a way to make things right.
ISBN 9781925240085
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Murray, Martine
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Money bags
Everyone knows that Brain Davis is the smartest kid at school but he certainly isn't the luckiest. When an attack of the hiccups leaves him speechless during his appearance on Quizzical, Brain must let his best mate, Ted, take the spotlight on the richest game. But, even Brain's expert coaching cannot inspire confidence in Ted and it seems as though the evil plans of Prescott Heath may succeed again.
ISBN 9781741788594
Series Quizzical series (2 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2009
Davidson, Leanne
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Monkey and me
Beanie, nicknamed due to hair loss during leukaemia treatment, is a normal, intelligent almost ten year old, getting up to mischief with the best of them. When Beanie, with his older brother's gang, explores the derelict Black Gate, an overhead thumping spooks them. Beanie discovers the cause - a chimpanzee. With the gang's help, in particular their new deaf, signing female member, he attempts to hide Malcolm with hilarious consequences.
ISBN 9780143308232
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Gilman, David
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Monster blood for breakfast!
For an athlete like Matt Daniels, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's also the most dangerous. That's because somebody is about to pull a mean prank. The recipe is simple: Just add gooey, green Monster Blood. As if Matt's problems weren't big and slimy enough, an invitation to HorrorLand is also on its way. Can Matt survive inside a terrifying scream park where trouble lurks behind every turnstile? Can YOU?
ISBN 9780439918718
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Stine, R L
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Monsters
Tildy knows there are monsters - lolling on her cushions, reading her books, hiding under her bed. They're everywhere! So why can nobody else see them? They make Tildy monstrously miserable, until the new boy comes to school. Hendrik knows there are monsters too, and he knows exactly what to do about them.
ISBN 9781760293369
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Fienberg, Anna & Gamble, Kim & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
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Moon bear rescue
A village opts to send a lost bear cub to a rescue sanctuary rather than sell it to a bear farm, where it would have died of chronic infections after being ""milked"" of bile for Chinese medicines, the plight of Asiatic black bears in Southern China.
ISBN 9780734409386
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
Dale, Kim
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Mortimer revealed
Martha Grimstone is determined to find out more about her father, Mortimer, whose death, when she was a baby, dominates the household. Her mother spends much of her time in the crypt, weeping over him. Martha and her baby brother create a potion in Grandfather's apothecary and, with the doll house, recreate the events of the night Mortimer died. A gothic fairytale about a very unusual family.
ISBN 9781742376899
Series Grimstones series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Asphyxia
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Mosquito Advertising series
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Series Mosquito Advertising series (3 books)
Hunter, Kate
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24893
Mosquito advertising: The blade brief
Katie is in trouble. Mosquito Advertising, the agency that she established, is taking up all her time and school seems boring and irrelevant. Katie promises to lift her game but things get complicated when the billionaire owner of an international airline offers Mosquito Advertising his account. Katie and her friends are flown to Sydney where everything seems just too good to be true.
ISBN 9780702238833
Series Mosquito Advertising series (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Hunter, Kate
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Mosquito advertising: The crunch campaign
When the government announces it's banning soft drink advertising, Katie is furious. All Mosquito Advertising's work to save Parfizz has been for nothing. Katie decides to rewrite the rules and make ads for fruit as cool as ads for fizzy drinks. But, great ideas aren't always enough, especially when you're also dealing with paying clients, a missing kid, moody friends, shadowy enemies and a family set to triple in size.
ISBN 9780702239397
Series Mosquito Advertising series (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Hunter, Kate
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7563
Mosquito advertising: The Parfizz pitch
Katie Crisp has talent, it's just that the report card hidden in her room doesn't show it. School's out for another year and Katie is set to spend the summer lazing in her backyard. So, when she discovers that Parfitt's Family Soft Drink Company is about to be taken over by a corporate giant, leaving her mum out of a job, it's time to finally show everyone what she's made of.
ISBN 9780702237713
Series Mosquito Advertising series (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Hunter, Kate
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35554
Most important thing, The: Stories about sons, fathers and grandfathers
In this compellingly honest collection of stories, Avi introduces seven boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to. Luke sees the ghost of his father. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he's just met. And Ryan has some surprising questions for his potential stepfather. Each story shines a different light on the question, 'What's the most important thing a father can do for his son?'
ISBN 9781925381634
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Wortis, Avi & Wilkins, Sarah (ill)
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Most marvellous spelling bee mystery, The
India Wimple won the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and is now invited to London for an international spelling showdown. The town of Yungabilla join forces to help her and her family travel to London. India and her family are invited to Buckingham Palace and she meets old friends and new spellers. When some mysterious incidents threaten to jeopardise the finals, the group sets out to discover who is involved and why.
ISBN 9780143786689
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Abela, Deborah
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2194
Motormouth
Since Chris lost his best mate, Dave, cars are all he really cares about. Then Josh Carter moves to town. His dad is a famous racing car driver and everyone wants to be Josh's friend. But as Chris soon discovers, Josh is a bit of a motormouth, and that's where the trouble begins.
ISBN 9780143304432
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Clark, Sherryl
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8159
Mr Bean's definitive and extremely marvellous guide to France
Mr Bean gives advice on preparing for an overseas trip in the format of a scrapbook recording his trip to France. He provides advice on how to enjoy French food and art and even suggestions on how to mix important things together.
ISBN 9780747589570
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Driscol, Robin & Hease, Tony
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Mr Stink
Chloe is a lonely girl who has a difficult family life and a hard time at school. She meets the local tramp Mr Stink and befriends him. He is the one of the few people who have ever been nice to her. So when it gets cold and Mr Stink needs a warm place to stay, Chloe invites him to live in the garden shed unbeknownst to her parents. Chloe soon discovers that secrets are not so easily kept and have a way of leading to disaster!
ISBN 9780007279067
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Walliams, David & Blake, QUentin (ill)
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Mrs Whitlam
Marnie Clark adores horses and helps out at the local riding stables. She dreams of owning a horse but her Dad is out of work and the family is very poor. Through sad circumstances, Marnie is gifted Mrs Margaret Whitlam, a beautiful Clydesdale, who is bold, fearless and able to jump anything. From the very first ride, Marnie and Maggie get more adventure than they bargained for. Soon, Marnie is learning to negotiate newfound friendships, the pony club and how to stand up for what she believes in.
ISBN 9781925360240
Publisher Magabala Books, 2016
Pascoe, Bruce & Gibbs, Tracey (ill)
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31113
Mulberry tree, The
As soon as she saw the adorable thatched cottage Immy felt it calling deep within her. The house was perfect but it was the ancient, dark, fierce-looking mulberry tree standing outside in the garden that was drawing her in. There was a mystery in this house. The current owners refused to live there until their daughter had celebrated her eleventh birthday and the agent was reluctant to lease it to Immy's family. How could she convince her parents to move in? Escaping the cloud of problems that had haunted their life in Australia had they come to a whole set of new ones in the tiny village in Cambridgeshire, England? Would Immy, soon to be eleven, be safe in this house knowing the legend of the girls who went missing on the eve of their eleventh birthdays? How was the mulberry tree responsible for their disappearance? Would her family ever be whole again?
ISBN 9781760650292
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Rushby, Allison
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2954
Music school
Martha is at the Queen's Music Academy, where she is desperate to learn how to use her music to turn back the storms which threaten her home, but why won't the teachers let her play her own compositions.
ISBN 9781743316252
Series Grimstones series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Asphyxia
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6812
My best friend is invisible
Sammy Jacobs interest in ghosts and science fiction takes a turn for the worst when an invisible being inhabits his room and won't leave.
ISBN 9780439922203
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Stine, R L
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30982
My brother
When a grieving brother sets out to find his lost sibling, his quest takes him on an ethereal journey across land and sea. He visits fantastic, floating cities and medieval towns, vast open grasslands and eerie, silent forests. Eventually, he arrives in place of timeless beauty and light.
ISBN 9781921504853
Publisher Working Title Press, 2016
Huxley, Dee & Huxley, Oliver (ill) & Huxley, Tiffany (des)
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846120
My brother Ben
Luke and his big brother Ben spend the summer on the banks of Cabbage Tree Creek. Quiet Luke sketches birds, while Ben leaps off the Jumping Tree. The boys couldn't be more different but they share the same dream: winning a boat so they can explore the creek properly. Then Ben starts high school and the boys drift apart. When Luke catches Ben sneaking out at night, he knows his brother's up to something, but what? A timeless story of birds and boats and of brotherly love that is bigger than a wedge-tailed eagle, bigger than the sky.
ISBN 9780702263330
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2021
Carnavas, Peter
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642921
My culture and me
Feel the rhythm of the music, from your heart down to your feet. Enjoy the movements of melodies, as clapsticks keep a strong beat. This is my culture. This is me.
ISBN 9780143789376
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
Dreise, Gregg
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92409
My dad thinks he's funny
My Dad thinks he's funny. Whenever I say, 'I'm hungry', Dad says, 'Hello Hungry. Pleased to meet you.' My Dad thinks he's funny. But he's not. A book for anyone whose dad has made them laugh, or cringe.
ISBN 9781742031217
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Germein, Katrina & Jellett, Tom (ill)
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My dog doesn't like me
On his eighth birthday Eric is allowed to choose a puppy from the dog shelter. Ugly, so named because of a comment made by his sister, lives up to all of Eric's expectations for a little while but soon he realises that Ugly wants to be with mum, he is growing rapidly and becoming difficult to control as well as destroying everything he can get his mouth into.
ISBN 9780702250170
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2014
Fensham, Elizabeth
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936306
My Father is a Polar Bear
Andrew thinks he has seen his long lost father dressed as a polar bear on a show poster. The boys have so many questions and are understandably curious, so they try to find a way to get to the theatre and find out for sure if the polar bear is their dad.
ISBN 9781406365863
Publisher Walker Books, 2023
Morpurgo, Michael & Sala, Felicita (ill)
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My father is not a comedian
Claudia gets herself and her father into a predicament and has to help her father get out of it.
ISBN 9780141302089
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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49510
My life as an alphabet
Candice's home is a bit hard, with her baby sister no longer with them and her parents both depressed. Her only friend, Douglas Benson from Another Dimension, wants to leave and return to the universe he claims he came from. Her penpal is not returning any of her letters and she just doesn't know what to do about her teacher's lazy eye.
ISBN 9781743310977
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Jonsberg, Barry
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My life Tom Weekly 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 My life Tom Weekly series (5 books)
Bancks, Tristan & Gordon, Gus (ill)
No book cover.
8437
My name is Rose
Rose is a young Romany gypsy girl who travels around Romania and Europe in a caravan with her family. Her life is happy, playing music with extended family and friends, until Rose suddenly finds herself an orphan after a dreadful car accident.
ISBN 9781408814024
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Grindley, Sally
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927633
My strange shrinking parents
It goes without saying that we all believe our parents to be strange, but growing up while my parents were shrinking is definitely unusual. A heartbreaking and heart-warming story of the sacrifices parents make for their children.
ISBN 9781760761233
Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2022
Sworder, Zeno
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12339
Naming of Tishkin Silk, The
Griffin Silk lives in a loving home with his father, many colourful sisters and his grandmother, Nell. Until now, all the children have had home schooling but, because his mother has gone away, as has his baby sister, Griffin must attend the local school. Griffin finds school challenging until he meets Princess Layla, who helps him discover the courage to share his secret.
ISBN 9780733313141
Series Kingdom of silk series (1 of 7)
Publisher ABC Books, 2003
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Nanny Piggins and the accidental blast-off
Derrick, Samantha and Michael should be in school. Instead they find themselves in NASA's space shuttle, which Nanny Piggins manages to accidentally launch, blasting them all into outer space. This time she has gone too far! In this thrilling fourth instalment of her adventures, Nanny Piggins wrestles with a crocodile, bungy jumps off the roof using the elastic from Mr Green's underpants, staples chicken wire over their chimney to keep out Santa, captures an apricot danish-loving jewel thief and rescues her brother, Boris, from an onslaught of professional wrestlers.
ISBN 9781742753683
Series Nanny Piggins series (4 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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40859
Nanny Piggins and the daring rescue
Never fear, Nanny Piggins is here! When Mr Green rings from a tropical island, begging to be rescued, Nanny Piggins' first instinct is to say no. However, a principle is at stake. No-one kidnaps her employer - at least not without written permission from her. So Nanny Piggins sets out to save the hapless tax lawyer, and to do so she must first dabble in a spot of bungy jumping, deceive immigration officials wearing a fake moustache and seduce the President with her most powerful weapon - the dance of the seven cakes.
ISBN 9781742754970
Series Nanny Piggins series (7 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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35921
Nanny Piggins and the pursuit of justice
Nanny Piggins gets in trouble with the law after some illicit tight rope walking, and is sentenced to 5000 hours community service. But she isn't the type of pig to take her punishment lying down, not when there are old people to rescue, pirates to impersonate and a great big bus to borrow.
ISBN 9781864718164
Series Nanny Piggins series (6 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Sprat, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the race to power
In this riveting eighth instalment of Nanny Piggins' adventures, she sets out to thwart Mr Green's political ambitions by running for mayor herself. Her mission - to proudly fight for Liberty, Equality and Cake! Is democracy safe? Probably not. Will Nanny Piggins give everyone in the electorate diabetes from too much cake? Most likely. And along the way tremendous adventure abounds. Taking part in a diabolical fun run, being trapped in a sabotaged lift, faking seismic activity, safeguarding the local vacant lot and beating the world pole vault record is just the beginning.
ISBN 9781742754994
Series Nanny Piggins series (8 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Spratt, R A
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11710
Nanny Piggins and the rival ringmaster
In book five of her enthralling adventures, Nanny Piggins discovers some startling truths about the ruthless Ringmaster, provides counselling to a Molavadinian princess with pre-wedding jitters, inadvertently wins a Nobel Prize while impersonating her sister and catches up with her favourite 4-tonne friend, Esmeralda the forgetful elephant.
ISBN 9781742753782
Series Nanny Piggins series (5 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the runaway lion
With a runaway lion loose in the neighbourhood, Derrick, Samantha and Michael feel scared. Nanny Piggins feels like a slice of cake. And Boris feels like that lion looks strangely familiar. In this third action-packed book of adventures, Nanny Piggins tames a lion and a lion tamer. She revolutionises the sport of ski jumping, introduces hot-pink leotards to the local Neighbourhood Watch, demonstrates trapeze skills on a moving bus, plays badminton with a wok and teaches Shakespeare a thing or two about how to write a play. All while thwarting Mr Green's attempt to send her favourite children to Nicaragua (she does find it wearisome having to put him in his place constantly). And yet, somehow, she still finds time to bake lots and lots of cake.
ISBN 9781864719710
Series Nanny Piggins series (3 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins and the wicked plan
When Mr Green announces his diabolical plan - he has decided to get married - his children (Derrick, Samantha and Michael) are horrified. Especially when they discover his real motive - he wants to get married so he can sack their beloved nanny, Nanny Piggins. Obviously their father has to be stopped, and Nanny Piggins is just the pig to do it. Because you should never ever cross a flying pig. And so, in the process of ruining Mr Green's matrimonial prospects, Nanny Piggins and the children have many exciting adventures - including being blasted across Dead Man's Gorge with an armadillo, breaking into a maximum-security prison in search of Chinese food and fighting a Gypsy Queen over a pit of fire.
ISBN 9781741663174
Series Nanny Piggins series (2 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Spratt, R A
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Nanny Piggins series
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Series Nanny Piggins series (9 books)
Various
No book cover.
25061
Nanny Piggins' guide to conquering Christmas
Watch out Santa, Nanny Piggins is coming to town this Christmas! This is not a survival guide to Christmas. This is a guide to conquering the Yuletide season! That's right, it is time to take a stand - don't suffer through another year of brussels sprouts, gift-wrapped socks and slobbery kisses from great aunts who forget to put their teeth in. Take control of your Christmas and put the happy back in your holiday, using the handy hints, games and inspiring stories within this book.
ISBN 9780857980922
Series Nanny Piggins series (9 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Spratt, R A
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Nathan Nuttboard family matters
The arrival of a little known grandfather from Scotland makes life miserable for the Nuttboard family. Fergus McCrane is self-centred, overbearing and rude. Nathan is forced to give up his bedroom and share with his sister, Nadine, and Fergus dobs Narelle in for being at a pub instead of studying. Mum also doesn't get on with her father who has never forgiven Dad for marrying his daughter and taking her to Australia.
ISBN 9780702235474
Series Nathan Nuttboard series (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Eaton, Anthony
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Nathan Nuttboard hits the beach
Nathan is eleven years old with two sisters, one older and one younger. When the family goes camping, Paradise Bay doesn't quite fit its name. Nathan's father can't seem to catch any fish, the tent isn't up properly, the gas stove doesn't have a pipe and Nathan and his sister get swept out to sea. Depsite all this, Nathan learns how to surf, explores new relationships and learns to maintain often-difficult family relationships.
ISBN 9780702233401
Series Nathan Nuttboard series (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2002
Eaton, Anthony
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Nathan Nuttboard series
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Series Nathan Nuttboard series (3 books)
Eaton, Anthony
No book cover.
76043
Nathan Nuttboard upstaged
Grade seven is not going well for Nathan Nuttboard. His mother is filling his sandwiches with pet food, his friends are crazy, his teacher is full of 'interesting' ideas and, when he is publicly dumped by the most popular girl in the class, he reckons things can't get any worse. But then, he's unexpectedly and unwillingly cast as the lead actor in the school's end of year play.
ISBN 9780702236655
Series Nathan Nuttboard series (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2008
Eaton, Anthony
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Nell's Festival of Crisp Winter Glories
One night, while listening to Nell play the beautiful Tennessee Waltz, Perry thinks of the perfect way to bring his two favourite people together: he wants to put on a dance - a proper one with petticoats and posies and a real band. Perry shares his idea with his sisters, and before long the dance turns into a wonderful winter festival. But when something happens to Nell, will Perry's wish come true?
ISBN 9780733329845
Series Kingdom of silk series (7 of 7)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2013
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Nerdy dozen, The
Neil Andertol is a hero...Just not in real life. In video games, Neil - or as his online friends know him, ManofNeil - is a superstar. He's just one spot away from the top score on Chameleon, the cool new jet-flying game where the plane supposedly goes invisible at the highest level. But while ManofNeil can take out a whole squadron of enemy planes, regular Neil still gets picked on by the class bully. Until now. When Neil mysteriously wakes up at an undisclosed military base along with eleven other kids, he learns that Chameleon isn't just a game - it's the training simulator for a real fighter jet! Now the Air Force needs their help piloting the jets on a top-secret rescue mission. Can Neil put his gaming skills to the ultimate real-life test? Because this time Neil isn't just playing for points - he's playing to save the world!
ISBN 9780062272638
Publisher Harper, 2015
Miller, Jeff
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4759
New boy
Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. It's so different to South Africa. The food is strange and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang that he's learnt on the web. But, it's the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home.
ISBN 9780143308393
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2015
Earls, Nick
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New kid
As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds -- and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighbourhood friends and staying true to himself?
ISBN 9780062691194
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019
Topics / Graphic novels /
Craft, Jerry
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7170
Night of a thousand claws
A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story. A summer vacation on Cat Cay Island is turning into a nightmare as the reader's brother mysteriously vanishes and Katrina the Cat Woman sets out to make the reader the next Keeper of hundreds of evil mutant cats, in a scary adventure featuring more than twenty separate endings.
ISBN 9780590400343
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Stine, R L
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7003
Nightmare on clown street, A
Ray Gordon really likes the circus. His uncle, Theo, is a performer in Koko's Klown Academy and he invites Ray to come join him for the summer. At first, Ray's parents are reluctant-they know their son has a habit of getting himself into strange situations. But Ray manages to convince them that he'll be on his best behaviour. The circus itself is very cool. The clowns stay in their makeup all day and only go by their clown names. Ray becomes a clown-in-training named Mr. Belly-Bounce. But the longer he's there, the scarier things become. There are whisperings about a place called Clown Street and nobody, including Murder the Clown, wants to go there. Will Ray be able to survive the dark secrets of the circus?
ISBN 9780545627740
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Stine, R L
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650042
No ballet shoes in Syria
Eleven year old Aya has arrived in Britain with her mother and baby brother seeking asylum from Syria. A local ballet teacher notices Aya's talent and her fascination with the dance classes. While Aya finds friends and begins to settle into life in Britain, she and her family must fight for survival and to stay in the country.
ISBN 9781788004503
Publisher Nosy Crow Ltd, 2019
Bruton, Catherine
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7001
Nobody's boy
Ron's family is broken. He isn't able to live with his mum or dad. Now he's being fostered by his aunt who has three sons of her own. It's a chaotic, angry environment, and Ron isn't at all happy. When strangers, Rosie and Bob, offer to care for him, he jumps at the chance. It's the kind of home he's always dreamed of. There is only one thing missing. He aches to be with his dad.
ISBN 9780987255600
Publisher Celapene Press, 2012
Bates, Dianne
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81508
Noodle pie
Andy and his father, a Vietnamese former refugee, return to Hanoi for the first time in over twenty years. Andy experiences a real cultural shock as he feels very Australian and doesn't like being called by his Vietnamese name. Over time, Andy discovers a lot about his relatives, his father and himself, as he helps his dad tell them about his life in Australia.
ISBN 9781862917637
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Starke, Ruth
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62158
Not my sister
Lana's dad and Guy's mum are going to get married but Lana and Guy hate each other. After trying to sabotage the wedding so they don't have to live in the same house, their problems are solved in an unusual way.
ISBN 9780340866146
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Weeks, S
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6041
Notebooks of a middle-school princess
Twelve year old Olivia Grace considers herself to be totally average. Following her mother's death, Olivia Grace lives with her aunt and cousins, and has never met her father, although she has received letters from him. Olivia's world is turned upside down when the most popular girl at school attacks her for lying. But, rescue is at hand, in the form of a princess who whisks her away in a limousine.
ISBN 9781447280651
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2015
Cabot, Meg
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574230
OCDaniel
Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he's the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups-and hoping no one notices his strange habits-he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that he's crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn't just notice him: she seems to peer through him. Then Daniel gets a note: "I need your help," it says, signed, Fellow Star Child-whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him. With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.
ISBN 9781481455329
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2016
King, Wesley
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568903
Off the track
Harry is reluctantly hiking the Bibbulmun track with his mother, her friend Ana and Ana's daughter Deepika. at first all he thinks about are snakes, spiders and insects in the bush and no mobile phones. Then, just as he starts to enjoy himself Harry discovers that things can go really wrong in the bush.
ISBN 9781925591743
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2018
Burne, Cristy
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885149
Offline diaries, The: As told by Ade and Shanice
Ade is about to start at a new school. She is not happy with her stepdad for making them move. Shanice has been at the school for a year already. Since her mum died, she has been living with her dad and annoying older brother, spending most of her time outside school in her dad's hair salon. When Ade and Shanice meet in the salon, an instant friendship is formed. They start to chat online but offline is a whole other story. A universal story of friendship, falling out and unforgettable characters.
ISBN 9780008444785
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
Adegoke, Yomi & Uviebinene, Elizabeth & Andrews, Tequita (ill) & Burton, Ruthie (ill)
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7677
On Orchard Road
Jane's world has been turned upside down. She has a brand-new sister, and her family has moved to a small town, leaving behind everything she knows. She is sure that she will be miserable. But, a mysterious old lady, a curious boy and an amazing garden prove her wrong.
ISBN 9781921720291
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Edgar, Elsbeth
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12568
On the buzzer
Every year, the students compete to be the school's Sporting Legend, that is, the best out of eight sports. The first round was surfing, then cricket, tennis, and football. Now the kids are ready for a new round.
ISBN 9781921167942
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (6 of 19)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Panckridge, Michael
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19321
On track
Two brothers couldn't be more different. Shaun excels at everything, both in the classroom and on the field. His younger brother, Toby, has a stumbly, fumbly body and can't do anything well. He thinks Sports Day is the worst day of the year. So, Shaun can't understand why Toby gets a laptop or why he is now being trained by Toby's coach, and coming to an elite Athletics Camp. It's just not fair.
ISBN 9780702253737
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2015
Apel, Kathryn
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One dog and his boy
Hal really longs for a dog of his own but his rich parents are against the mess and disruption it would cause. When his father hires a dog from Easy Pets, Hal thinks all his dreams have come true. But, the dog has been hired just for the weekend and, when Fleck is returned, Hal plans to rescue the dog and run away. When Hal teams up with Pippa, who has released a whole lot of unhappy dogs from their cages at Easy Pets, a rollicking canine adventure begins.
ISBN 9781407124230
Publisher Marion Lloyd books, 2011
Ibbotson, Eva & Rentta, Sharon (ill)
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One perfect pirouette
Attending the National Ballet School has been Brynna's dream. When her parents move to Melbourne so that she can attend a top ballet school, Brynna wonders why she feels so awful about the move and why her brother is angrier than she has ever seen him. Her mother is working hard to keep the family afloat. For Brynna to realise her dream, something has to give.
ISBN 9780702238413
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Clark, Sherryl
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Onibi: Diary of a Yokai ghost hunter
Two travellers explore the small cities and towns of Japan's countryside. Curious about the many ghost stories of these areas, they acquire a special camera which promises to capture the images of the many unusual ghosts they hear about on their travels.
ISBN 9784805314968
Publisher Tuttle Publishing, 2016
Sento, Atelier
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Orchard Underground, The
'Pri Kohli was the first kid to live in Dunn's Orchard. He knows the town, and knows there are no mysteries or secrets. When Attica Stone arrives and he loses the last tree to make way for more housing estates, his life takes a dramatic turn. Pri and Attica search the forbidden Razzy Wood and discover more secrets and mysteries than they could have ever imagined.
ISBN 9781760500856
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2018
Larkin, Mat
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Order of time and Odin's door, The
Anastasia and Edward Upston knew it was strange when the orange light bathed the snow covered fields and dipped beyond the horizon. They knew it was strange that something so beautiful could signal the arrival of something so evil. They knew for sure that when mortals are caught between two bickering gods nothing good could come of it. Surviving the Viking Age may be the hardest thing the twelve year old twins ever have to do, if they can.
ISBN 9780648695462
Publisher Seaview Press, 2022
Southall, Scott P
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Orion lost
After a catastrophic Unknown Event leaves the colony ship Orion stranded deep in space, it's up to thirteen-year-old Beth and her friends to navigate through treacherous and uncharted territory and reach safety. But a heavily damaged ship, a mysterious alien species, space pirates, and an Artificial Intelligence which Beth suspects may be lying to her mean that getting home has never been so difficult. Hugely gripping, with incredible twists and a fast-paced, action-packed story, this is an unputdownable science fiction adventure - perfect for fans of Mortal Engines and Star Wars.
ISBN 9781788005920
Publisher Nosy Crow Ltd, 2020
Chisholm, Alastair
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705650
Orla and the serpent's curse
A spooky adventure set in Cornwall; Famous Five with a twist. A long-dead Cornish witch to thwart and a curse to stop - it's just another family holiday. Orla thought she was in for a relaxing break, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered a witch's ancient curse. After meeting a coven of suspicious old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla's arrival in Cornwall is no longer a coincidence. The curse is poisoning the land and destroying everything it touches, and Orla is the one person who can stop it. But she'll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts - Dave the dog.
ISBN 9781406388480
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Haslam, C J
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31734
Other brother
Kieran wants to fit in and be part of the in-group at school. He wants to be on the football team. But, then, his cousin Bon turns up. Bon doesn't know anything about fitting in. He looks different, he wears the wrong clothes and he says weird things. Even worse, Julia seems to prefer Bon's company to his. Kieran just wants to ignore Bon but, soon, he is forced to make a choice.
ISBN 9781921720833
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
French, Simon
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Other Christy, The
My name is Christy but nobody calls me that. In my class, there's another girl named Christie, who is popular and loud, and everyone likes her. I've become just the other Christy, the spare Christy. Just once, I'd like to be noticed and have a real friend. Someone I can bake treats for and who just gets me, and my weird, fussy Grandpa.
ISBN 9780143505723
Publisher Penguin, 2016
Phommavanh, Oliver
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767018
Other words for home
Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven't quite prepared her for starting school in the US and her new label of "Middle Eastern", an identity she's never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.
ISBN 9780062747815
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2021
Warga, Jasmine
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618348
Ottilie Colter and the master of monsters
Ottilie is back! The first and only girl to be chosen to be part of the Narroway Hunt. But there are new challenges ahead for her. The dredretches are getting worse, and they are getting inside the walls of Fort Fiory! Ottilie and her friends are trying to find out more about the hunt, only to find out that witchcraft may also be involved. No one is safe anymore and they need all the hunters they can get. Will they let the girls at the Fort fight too? Only Ottilie could convince them, but will they listen?
ISBN 9781760500900
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2019
Williams, Rhiannon
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Our Australian girl series
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Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Pung, Alice & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
No book cover.
751192
Over the moon
Fueled with a determination and passion for science, Fei Fei builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of the Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an adventure of a lifetime, discovering fantastical creatures in a whimsical land. Come along with Fei Fei on this adventure about moving forward, embracing the unexpected and the power of imagination.
ISBN 9780063002432
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2020
Shang, Wendy Wan-Long & Keane, Glen (ill)
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12349
Over the wall
The first round was surfing, then cricket, tennis and football. Now the kids are ready for a new round - soccer.
ISBN 9781921167935
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (5 of 19)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Panckridge, Michael
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660426
Paddy T. and the time-travelling trampoline
A trampoline portal into the future, a magic pencil that can write stories by itself, a trip down a hill that ends up being the holiday of a lifetime. Only the weird and wonderful can happen to Paddy T. in these seven wild action adventures.
ISBN 9781760523763
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
France, Adam & Zainal, Zahra (ill)
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Pages & Co series
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Series Pages & Co series (3 books)
James, Anna
No book cover.
903268
Pages & co: The treehouse library
Milo Bolt is ready to be the hero of his own story. With Uncle Horatio trapped in an enchanted sleep by the power-hungry Alchemist, he sets off with his new friend Alessia to find a cure and save them all. Their journey leads them to the magical treehouse, which is home to the Botanist who is the Alchemist's sworn enemy. Together they hunt for the cure. But the Alchemist will stop at nothing to unlock the powerful secrets of The Book of Books. Tilly, Pages & Co and the whole world of imagination are under threat as a battle for the fate of bookwandering is set in motion.
ISBN 9780008410858
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
James, Anna
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660387
Pages & co: Tilly and the lost fairy tales
Fairy tales change with each retelling. Tilly and Oskar discover that this unpredictability can be dangerous, but not as dangerous as some real life characters they meet on this new adventure. They will need to quickly work out who to trust if they are to save the fairy tales and find their way home.
ISBN 9780008229924
Series Pages & Co series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019
James, Anna
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13454
Paper planes
Twelve year old Dylan Webber lives in a small country town in outback Western Australia. When he discovers a talent for folding and flying paper planes, Dylan aims for the World Junior Paper Plane Championships. He is determined to create a plane to compete with the world's best. During his quest, Dylan makes unlikely new friends, clashes with powerful rivals and comes to terms with his family's past.
ISBN 9780143308744
Publisher Penguin, 2015
Worland, Steve
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43458
Paper planes: 25 superdynamic aeroplanes to make and fly
25 step-by-step paper aeroplanes for you to make. Clearly arranged, easy to follow and with lots of colour diagrams, this will be a popular book with kids from 7 years to 77 years.
ISBN 9781911163312
Publisher Pavilion, 2017
Topics / STEM /
Mitchell, David
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21946
Parent Agency, The
I wish I had better parents! Barry said a third time. And suddenly the entire room started to shake..... Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it is number 22 on the list of things he blames his parents for, after number 1: being boring. But there is a world where parents don't just have children. That's far too random. Instead, children are allowed to choose their parents. For Barry Bennett, this world seems like a dream come true. Only things turn out to be not quite that simple....
ISBN 9780007554485
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2014
Baddiel, David
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22123
Parents are revolting, The
Terry and her little brother, Harry, always get exactly what they want from their parents. But, the situation changes drastically when Mum and Dad go on strike.
ISBN 9780143303077
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Katz, Danny & Vane, Mitch (ill)
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787107
Part of your world
Five years after the (twisted) events of the film, Ariel is now the queen of Atlantica, and Ursula is running Eric's kingdom on land. But when the sea witch threatens Atlantica once more, Ariel finds herself returning to a world (and a prince) she thought she'd left behind forever...
ISBN 9781368013819
Series Twisted tales series (11 books)
Publisher Disney Press, 2018
Braswell, Liz
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783577
Pawcasso
Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes eleven-year-old Jo, peering out the window of her house, bored and lonely. Astonished by the sight of an adorable basket-toting dog on his own, Jo follows Pawcasso, and when she's seen alongside him by a group of kids from her school, they mistake her for Pawcasso's owner. Excited to make new friends, Jo reluctantly hides the truth and agrees to let ""her"" dog model for an art class the kids attend. What could go wrong? But what starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows Great Dane-sized when animal control receives complaints about a dog roaming the streets off-leash. With Pawcasso's freedom at stake, is Jo willing to spill the truth and risk her new friendships?
ISBN 9781760526771
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Lai, Remy
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28050
Pax
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But, one day, the unimaginable happens. Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he wants to be with Pax. Despite the encroaching war, Peter strikes out on his own to reunite with his fox.
ISBN 9780008124090
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2016
Pennypacker, Sara & Klassen, Jon (ill)
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846079
Pax: Journey home
It's been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax must protect his litter of kits in a dangerous world. Meanwhile Peter, orphaned after the war, has left his adopted home and joined the Water Warriors, a group determined to heal the land from the scars of the war. When one of Pax's kits falls desperately ill, he turns to the one human he knows he can trust. And no matter how hard Peter tries to harden his broken heart, love keeps finding a way in. Now both boy and fox find themselves on journeys toward home, healing, and each other.
ISBN 9780008470289
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
Pennypacker, Sara & Klassen, Jon (ill)
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28003
Peacock detectives, The
The last time the peacocks, William Shakespeare and Virginia, went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues, write down all the important details in her Notebook for noticing and track them down. But the clues lead her in unexpected directions, and Cassie finds herself investigating a puzzling mystery about her family, searching for a missing friend, and facing her worst fear. And, in the middle of it all, she is working out how to be a writer.
ISBN 9781925603705
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Nugent, Carly
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2027
Pearl verses the world
At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl's poems don't. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was.
ISBN 9781921150937
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Murphy, Sally & Potter, Heather (ill)
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801163
Peeves
Steve (Slim) Pickings has debilitating worries but when they start actually coming alive, Slim in all sorts of trouble. Not only are they wreaking havoc on Slim's life, they are contagious ... the whole town is being taken over! Can Steve face his fears?
ISBN 9780008249120
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Van Waes, Mike
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4443
Penderwicks on Gardam Street, The
The Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Jane, Skye and Batty, are ready for an adventure but what happens isn't quite what they had in mind. When Mr Penderwick's sister, their Aunt Claire, decides it's time for him to start dating, it can only mean one thing, disaster.
ISBN 9780440868408
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Birdsall, Jeanne
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774379
Penguin bloom (young readers edition)
Sometimes stuff happens that you would do anything to try to avoid. But you can't. And that's what happened to us. Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom, a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a horrible accident that means she cannot walk. Sam's husband, mother and three young boys are struggling to adjust to their new life when an unlikely ally enters their world in the shape of a magpie chick they name Penguin. The birds arrival is a welcome distraction and ends up making a profound difference in their lives.
ISBN 9780733341670
Publisher ABC Books, 2021
Kunz, Chris
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New
Penny draws a best friend
Fifth grader and budding artist Penny Lowry has a multitude of worries - why does the cubby room always smell of farts? Why is my mum suddently acting like she has a secret? And why has my best friend ditched me for the most popular (and meanest) girl in school? Penny chronicles these and other questions in a journal she writes to her dog, Cosmo. Find out how Penny deals with her worries because there's a lot to be worried about in fifth grade, and even more to laugh about!
ISBN 9781922790248
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2023
Shepard, Sara
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1019790

New
Penny draws a school play
Penny Lowry is back with more worries and more challenges - what if I don't want a part in the school play? Why do we have to move to a new house? Why does everything keep changing? It's scary moving to a new house, especially one with a strange new neighbour and a bedroom with weird creaky sounds. Even scarier is the school play where everyone has to have a part - even Penny! Change is hard, but lucky for Penny, she has Cosmo the dog and good friends by her side.
ISBN 9781922790408
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2023
Shepard, Sara
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6134
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief: Graphic novel
Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporised my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt- and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea. Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?
ISBN 9780141335391
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Topics / Graphic novels /
Riordan, Rick & Venditti, Robert (adapt) & Futaki, Attila (art)
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Perry Angel's suitcase
It has taken Perry Angel almost seven years to find the place where he belongs. He arrives at the Kingdom of Silk one day on the 10.30 express, carrying only a small and shabby suitcase embossed with five golden letters. Perry won't let go of his suitcase.
ISBN 9780733322556
Series Kingdom of silk series (3 of 7)
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Peski kids, The: The mystery of the squashed cockroach
Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong. Along with Loretta, their stunningly beautiful yet sociopathic next-door neighbour, and Pumpkin, the world;s worst trained dog, they set out to catch the culprit. Together they are The Peski Kids.
ISBN 9780143788812
Series The Peski kids series (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Spratt, R.A.
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628095
Pie in the sky
When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he's landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn't speak English, and he's often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother has laid down one major rule: the brothers are not to use the oven while she's at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake elaborate cakes, they'll have to cook up elaborate excuses to keep the cake making a secret from Mama.
ISBN 9781760651626
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2019
Lai, Remy
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Pinballs, The
You can't always decide where life will take you especially when you're a kid. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled, somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again. But against her will and her better judgment, Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own lives.
ISBN 9780062881786
Publisher Harper, 1977
Byars, Betsy
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35606
Pip and Houdini
After the death of her guardian, Sully, Pip has finally found a family who are planning to adopt her- at least they were until Pip gets into trouble AGAIN. Pip is sure she won't find a home with a regular family. There's only one place she might belong, and that's with the mother she has never met. With her faithful dog Houdini by her side, Pip sets off to find out what has happened to Cass. It's a journey filled with colourful characters, including a musical young woman and a friendly surfer. As Pip draws nearer to Byron Bay, is she prepared for what she will find when she gets there?
ISBN 9781760296056
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Jones, J.C & Keys, Caroline (ill)
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Pippa's Island series
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Series Pippa's Island series (5 books)
Murrell, Belinda
No book cover.
587851
Pippa's Island: Camp Castaway
The students in class 5M are heading off to school camp. Pippa has never been away on camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! The Sassy Sisters look forward to five blissful days together exploring Shipwreck Island's beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with Olivia and the other girls. Mrs Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys' tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge. Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?
ISBN 9780143783725
Series Pippa's Island series (4 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippa's Island: Cub reporters
Pippa is settling in to her island home- she's even learning to surf. School is abuzz when Mrs Neill announces the launch of a new student newspaper. But how will Pippa, Meg, Charlie and Cici decide what to write about when the four friends have such different interests? A fashion photo shoot could be fun- if it weren't for bad weather, a naughty puppy and other disasters. Just when things couldn't get any worse, the cub reporters get a news scoop that could bring the whole town together at the Beach Shack Cafe. Cupcakes for everyone! Whose story will make the front page?
ISBN 9780143783688
Series Pippa's Island series (2 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Murrell, Belinda
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587846
Pippa's Island: Kira dreaming
Kira Cove Public School is hosting a talent quest. Cici, Meg and Charlie couldn't be more excited to perform, but Pippa gets butterflies at the thought of singing on stage. After a disastrous audition the girls get a second chance, but can Pippa find a way to smash her stage fright before the VIP concert? Meanwhile, at the Beach Shack Cafe a mysterious visitor is causing havoc when backs are turned. When Pippa finds a clue, she is determined to track down the mischievous cafe thief. Will Pippa sing with the Sassy Sisters?
ISBN 9780143783701
Series Pippa's Island series (3 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2018
Murrell, Belinda
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590531
Pippa's Island: Puppy pandemonium
Life can be hard when you're crammed into a tiny caravan with your noisy family. Pippa's looking forward to moving into their new home above the Beach Shack Cafe, but it's taking forever! Money is tight, too, and Pippa has her eye on a gorgeous new swimming costume. Luckily, Pippa has her Sassy Sisters to help. Together they come up with a plan to make some cash: Pippa's Perfect Pooch Pampering! Before long, Pippa has her hands full with adorable but pesky pups. What could possibly go wrong?
ISBN 9780143793267
Series Pippa's Island series (5 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Murrell, Belinda
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4456
Pippa's Island: The beach shack cafe
Pippa has just arrived at a new school, in a new town, and even living on a gorgeous island isn't cheering her up. Her arrival cause ripples at Kira Cove Primary School- but she soon starts to make friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici. Pippa's mum plans to buy a rustic old boatshed and start a bookshop cafe. Pippa worries they'll use all their money in this madcap venture- until her new friends come to the rescue to help get the grand opening back on track.
ISBN 9780143783671
Series Pippa's Island series (1 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Murrell, Belinda
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Playground
Read the true stories about the childhood of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compiled from memoirs and oral histories. Find out about getting bush tucker, going fishing, taking part in ceremony, playing games and having fun. The warmth of home, the love of family and the strength of community shine through every story. Eighty Elders, both past and present, have contributed their words or artwork.
ISBN 9781742370972
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Wheatley, Nadia (ed) & Searle, Ken (ill)
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7108
Please do not feed the weirdo
A Goosebumps SlappyWorld story. Robby and his sister Karla beg their parents to take them to a big carnival that has opened on the other side of town. They find themselves at a less-trafficked area at the back of the carnival. Inside a large penned-in area, they see a dejected-looking boy about their age sitting on the grass. A sign on the tall metal fence reads: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE WEIRDO. The kids are reluctant to disobey the sign, but the boy seems really nice. Karla hands him her cone through the fence. He thanks her very politely. He eats the ice cream, delicately at first, and then ...
ISBN 9781338068474
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Stine, R L
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Plenty: a place to call home
Maddy receives an unexpected and quite unpleasant tenth birthday present. The family is to move from their inner-city home to the country, to be closer to her rarely-visited grandmother, who is battling the early stages of dementia. Stories by her grandmother and her Sudanese refugee classmate help Maddy to realise the true meaning of home, family and belonging.
ISBN 9781742032429
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Braxton-Smith, Ananda
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52287
Plum puddings and paper moons
It's almost Christmas time in Cameron's Creek and it's a time for wishes, big and small. Scarlet, the oldest of the Rainbow girls, is not sure if wishes come true.
ISBN 9780733328664
Series Kingdom of silk series (5 of 7)
Publisher ABC Books, 2010
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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37914
Pocket rocket
All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics, you name it. But, now that she's in high school, playing sport and having fun don't seem so simple. There's more homework and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with debating. Then, her friends, Jazz and Charlie, don't invite her when they go rollerskating. To top it off, mean Ms Parkes won't let her on the school cricket team because she thinks Ellyse is too small.
ISBN 9780143781240
Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Clark, Sherryl & Perry, Ellyse
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Polly and Buster 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 Polly and Buster series (3 books)
Rippin, Sally
No book cover.
21483
Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster
In a world where witches can never be friends with monsters, Polly and Buster have managed to keep their friendship a secret. Until one day, when everything changes...
ISBN 9781760129019
Series Polly and Buster series (1 of 3)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Rippin, Sally
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846088
Pony
Silas and his father live a quiet life on the outskirts of a small farming town. Besides his father, Silas' only other friend is a loyal and often helpful ghost, Mittenwool. One day their peaceful life is disrupted when some men show up on horseback to take Silas' father away because they believe he can help them with a very big crime. Silas is faced with conquering his fears of the outside world as he sets out to find his father.
ISBN 9780141377056
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2021
Palacio, R J
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Pony question, The
Essie likes facts, and the fact is, she's left her love of horses behind her. She doesn't want a new horse and she certainly doesn't need one. Not with the price she would have to pay. That is a line she just won't cross. Except the universe has other ideas and there is a pony that needs her. This pony makes Essie face her past and her future. For the sake of the pony she must face difficult questions. In searching for answers she must decide if she can forgive the past.
ISBN 9781760651640
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Merchant, Jackie
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36815
Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend
In a country town, the kids in class 6A tell their stories. Mick, school captain and sometimes trouble-maker, wants to make the school a better place, while brother Jacob just wants to fly. Shy Laura hopes to fit in with a circle of friends, while Pete struggles to deal with his grandpa's sudden death. Selina obsesses over class comedian Cameron, while Cameron obsesses over Anzac biscuits and Pookie Aleera - whoever that is.
ISBN 9780702249280
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Herrick, Steven
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722868
Positively Izzy
Izzy is the dreamer. She loves acting and making up funny stories. The downside? She can't quite focus on schoolwork. Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there's more to her than just straight As. The girls' lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of the school talent show, which turns out ot be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.
ISBN 9780062484963
Series Emmie & friends series (2 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2018
Libenson, Terri
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15446
Prince of butterflies
A beautiful story about John Farrington, a boy who loved butterflies and grew into a man who saved them.
ISBN 9780152058548
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2002
Coville, Bruce & Clapp, John (ill)
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660384
Prince of ponies
War destroyed the worlds of two young girls decades apart. Their love of amazing stallions will draw them together, and bring peace to them both.
ISBN 9780008332310
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2019
Gregg, Stacy
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26143
Princess Parsley
Parsley Patterson's first year of high school is not turning out as she had expected. It's not only her name that's the problem. Parsley is targeted by Danielle and her mean group, and bullied about her hippie family and her Possum Creek address. But, just as she decides to keep her head down and try to ignore it all until it blows over, her father's announcement causes the spotlight to rest firmly again on Parsley.
ISBN 9781742991610
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Rushby, Pamela
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705669
Promise witch, The
Mam and Mup are trying to rebuild Witches Borough but the Earth is drying out and the land is dying. To add to their problems, Crows Mam is back and turning everything she touches to ashes. She is looking for Mup and wants her to take her to Mup's grandmother -- the old Queen. Will they be able to save Witches Borough and stop the Raggedy Witches? A true tale of friendship and bravery, with a thrilling ending to the story of Mup and her family.
ISBN 9781406373936
Series The wild magic trilogy (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Kiernan, Celine
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Quizzical series
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 Quizzical series (3 books)
Davidson, Leanne
No book cover.
5720
Radio boy and the revenge of Grandad
Radio Boy, Spike Hughes continues to broadcast to the world from his garden shed. When Grandad Ray comes to stay Spike invites him to join the radio show and he is an instant hit with the listeners, at first.
ISBN 9780008200596
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2018
O'Connell, Christian
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9322
Rain May and Captain Daniel
Rain May and her mum escape their old inner-city life for a dream house in the country. There are more than a few surprises in store like discovering a platypus or the fun of befriending eleven year old, Captain Daniel, who lives next door.
ISBN 9780702233371
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2002
Bateson, Catherine
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9094
Rainbow Valley
Anne Shirley has married Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children. The children discover a special place all their own, but they never dream of what will happen when a strange family moves nearby.
ISBN 9780553269215
Series Anne of Green Gables series (7 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1984
Montgomery, L M
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5925
Randall's wall
Randall has found that by building an invisible wall he can protect himself from the judgements of his classmates and his many problems at home. Inside his wall, he can dream and forget about his real life. Living in a house with no running water means Randall can't bathe so he is teased for smelling. One day, Randall makes a friend and slowly, frighteningly, his wall begins to crumble.
ISBN 9780689835582
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2000
Fenner, Carol
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5054
Rania: this is the book of you
The ghost girl has messages just for Rania, if only she could work out what they mean. Rania works hard at school, has great friends and is happy with her life. Rania is delighted when her favourite cousin joins her at school but now Andrea seems to be competing with her. There is so much going on that Rania struggles to know just what to do first.
ISBN 9781742990118
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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Raven Lucas series
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Series Raven Lucas series (3 books)
Harris, Christine
No book cover.
49401
Raven Lucas: Chinese whispers
Raven's dad is still missing and the search is taking her to Malaysia. An attempted theft, intruders and a boat ride into dangerous waters can not stop Raven from learning the truth about what happened to her dad.
ISBN 9781862919297
Series Raven Lucas series (3 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Harris, Christine
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47146
Raven's mountain
Raven's mother remarries and her new stepfather decides to take Raven and her older sister camping. They go to the mountain of his childhood and Raven is the first to climb to the peak. It's here that things go terribly wrong. The rock under Raven's feet cracks and she falls, crashing down over the edge of the cliff. When she finally comes to, no one answers Raven's calls.
ISBN 9781742374659
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Orr, Wendy
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812
Raymie Nightingale
When her father abandons the family, young Raymie Clarke hatches a plan. To gain her dad's approval and immediate return, she'll enter and win the Little Miss Central Florida Tyre competition. Raymie must do good deeds and learn to twirl a baton. She must also contend with the frequently fainting Louisiana and the fiery Beverley. As the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw them into an unlikely friendship, and challenge each girl to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
ISBN 9781406363135
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
DiCamillo, Kate
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618391
Real friends
Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in "The Group". Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are - and why finding them is worth the journey.
ISBN 9781626727854
Publisher Papercutz, 2017
Topics / Graphic novels /
Hale, Shannon & LeUyen, Pham (ill)
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6548
Red
Red can't remember the cyclone, doesn't remember her name, where she lived or who her parents are. Is there anyone left in Sydney she can trust to help her discover who she is and why she needs to get to Melbourne so urgently.
ISBN 9781741758535
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Gleeson, Libby
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3064
Red pencil, The
Twelve year old Amira's dream is to go to school. But, life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the terrifying Janjaweed militia arrives. They burn her village and unleash unspeakable horrors. Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey, on foot, to a refugee camp. Life is tough at the camp until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind and all kinds of possibilities. Verse novel about real events.
ISBN 9780316247801
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Topics / Displacement /
Davis Pinkey, Andrea & Evans, Shane W (ill)
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Red samurai
Roxy is the White Warrior. She has a crush she is keeping secret, the school bully to deal with plus there is her older sister. Differences between Roxy and Elecktra are easily seen and sibling rivalry becomes a catalyst for what is to come, affecting the immediate family but also the ninja and samurai community. There is an enemy lurking and it soon becomes clear that the White Warrior is about to meet her match.
ISBN 9780732294540
Series Roxy Ran series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2013
Hall, Tiffiny
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885986
Reluctant witch's guide to magic, A
Willa Birdwhistle does not want to be a witch. So when she is told she must choose a coven, she is certain it is a mistake. But it is not. She has only one year to learn how to control her wild magic or she will explode. During that year she faces magical books, an army of cats and a rogue witch who may cause total destruction. Can Willa master her magic and unravel a mystery to save her city, her friends and herself?
ISBN 9781761043994
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Plozza, Shivaun
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11382
Remarkable secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen, The
Aurelie's family owns, runs and performs on Bonhoffen's Seaside Pier. They have been there for decades but a developer is working to have the fair and the Bonhoffen's removed.
ISBN 9781741660951
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Abela, Deborah
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885539
Remarkably Ruby
Pride. Popularity . . . Poetry Middle school. Ruby and Mia are total opposites: Ruby is a little awkward, not a "joiner," and loves to write poetry. While Mia is type A, popular(ish), and wants to be class prez. They used to be friends. But now they have nothing in common anymore. . . . Or do they?
ISBN 9780063139190
Series Emmie & friends series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2022
Libenson, Terri
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15155
Remember me
A diary is a good way to get rid of the worries that clutter your mind. Amber needs a diary because her life is getting confusing. Her mum has remarried. Nothing feels the way it should any more, and nothing is ever simple.
ISBN 9781862915268
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Simons, Moya
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70580
Replay
Leo, a quiet boy nicknamed Sardine because he's the middle child in a boisterous family, is cast in the school play as an old woman. He discovers the journal his father kept at thirteen and finds out there's more to dad than he ever knew.
ISBN 9780747581864
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2005
Creech, Sharon
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751206
Rick
Rick is starting high school and is meeting new kids who we would like to get to know better, but his best friend from primary school, Jeff, is much less kind to people who are different than him. Rick is lucky to have people in his life who he can speak openly and honestly with about the questions he is having about himself as a young man, and about the importance of being true to what you know is right.
ISBN 9781338048100
Publisher Scholastic US, 2020
Gino, Alex
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3661
Rilla of Ingleside
Undreamed-of challenges await Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen.
ISBN 9780553269222
Series Anne of Green Gables series (8 of 10)
Publisher Laurel Leaf, 1985
Montgomery, L M
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660788
Rise of the Isle of the Lost
The Descendants are back again. Auradon is celebrating the annual Seaside Festival, but something goes wrong. King Titans trident has gone missing - through the magical barrier to the Isle of the Lost, where villains are kept in and magic is kept out. Once the rumour spreads, that a magical object is missing, everyone on the Isle of the Lost wants to get their hands on it, especially Uma, Mal's rival since childhood. The future of Auradon is in her hands. Will Mal and the others be able to save the trident before it falls into the wrong hands?
ISBN 9781742995861
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
De La Cruz, Melissa
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71245
Rising star
I've had a luxury limo ride and booked into the International resort but I'm worried about Coco Lamont, dance steps and hair gel.
ISBN 9781921167195
Series Diva series (2 of 6)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Lawson, Sue
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332
Rockhopper
Quentin is dominated by an overprotective mother, but he learns self confidence from Gus, a man with a past.
ISBN 9781863736787
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1995
Broome, Errol
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4921
Roman quests, The: Escape from Rome
In Rome in AD 94, the evil Emperor Domitian is busy killing those he suspects of being disloyal to him. When soldiers arrive to seize Juba's family home, his parents help him and his siblings to escape. They travel to their uncle's house in distant Britannia, on the edge of the known world, The children have never been outside on their own or done anything for themselves, having depended on slaves all their lives. Juba's daunting quest is to avoid capture and death, to find a safe haven and save the children.
ISBN 9781510100237
Publisher Orion, 2016
Lawrence, Caroline
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Roman quests, The: The archers of Isca
Britannia AD 94. On the run from the Emperor Domitian, fifteen year old Fronto has joined the Roman army in order to find security and structure. He wants to be a good soldier but, when his younger sister, Ursula, is captured by a Druid called Snakebeard, Fronto must decide whether or not to leave the army to rescue her. Desertion is punishable by death.
ISBN 9781510100268
Publisher Orion, 2016
Lawrence, Caroline
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799
Rooftoppers
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive - but "almost" means that it's not impossible. And you should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian, threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, they takes matters into their own hands and flee to Paris to look for Sophie's mother, starting with the only clue they have - the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers - urchins who live in the hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie's mother - but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?
ISBN 9780571280599
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2013
Rundell, Katherine
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Roxy Ran 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 Roxy Ran series (3 books)
Hall, Tiffiny
No book cover.
41514
Rules for stealing stars
Eleven year old Silly, the youngest of four sisters, is feeling ignored and lonely since their family has moved to her mother's childhood home in a desperate search for the peace her mother needs to stave off the sadness from her past. The house itself plays its part by sharing some of the family secrets through the power of magical wardrobes, each attuned to just a particular sister. However the wardrobes' powers are not always positive and it will take all four sisters working together to avoid the dreadful secrets from the past being repeated.
ISBN 9780062352736
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2017
Haydu, Corey Ann
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7748
Run, Pip, run
Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster, and that was only the beginning. With her beloved Sully in hospital and the welfare hot on her heels, Pip needs time, money and a place to stay. She's determined to stay one step ahead of Senior Constable Molly Dunlop. With help from her friends, including a psychic cat and a canine escape artist, Pip must survive on wits and luck to stay out of dreaded foster homes so she can help Sully get better.
ISBN 9781743319222
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Jones, J C
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Runaways, The
Grandpa hates being in hospital. He thinks only of the place he was happiest--the island where he used to live. He wants to go back, but they won't let him out of the hospital. So Gottfried Junior, his namesake, helps Grandpa make a plan to run away. They think of everything. Their deception is so complete that when Gottfried Junior finally decides to tell the truth, no one believes him.
ISBN 9781776572342
Publisher Gecko Press, 2019
Stark, Ulf & Crowther, Kitty (ill)
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903260
Runt
Runt, not so affectionately named by the town folk of Upson Downs, is a solitary stray who wreaks havoc on the town until he meets and befriends Annie, a known fixer. Annie and Runt work together to try to save the family farm but with complications at every turn, it may take more than a few jumps and hurdles to achieve this great feat.
ISBN 9781761067846
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2022
Silvey, Craig & Acton, Sara (ill)
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337
Sack, The
When Shane's dad loses his job, everything begins to change.
ISBN 9780140365580
Publisher Penguin, 1993
Mattingley, Christobel
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804795
Salih
Like a turtle, Salih carries his home on his back. He must cross a raging sea in search of a safe home. Salih paints his happiest memories and sends them as messages in bottles. Will someone find them and understand? Will Salih find a new home?
ISBN 9781925804645
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2021
Ahmad Zahri, Inda & Ryan, Anne (ill)
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Samurai kids 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 Samurai kids series (6 books)
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
No book cover.
341
Sarah, plain and tall
Sarah has come from Maine to live on the prairie farm to be mother to two children, but she misses the sea.
ISBN 9780744560169
Publisher Walker Books, 1998
MacLachlan, Patricia
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7196
Scary birthday to you!
A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story. Your birthday surprise is a weird entertainer who throws a "horror birthday." If you choose to open your presents, you're chased by crazed motorised toys, and if you choose to eat your cake, watch out -- it's crawling with bugs!
ISBN 9780590993906
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Stine, R L
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781958
Scoop McLaren: Waves of mystery
Scoop McLaren runs her very own online newspaper with the help of her Evie, her friend and roving reporter. Higgity Harbour is holding a top surfing competition and Scoop's friend, Fletcher, decides to enter. But strange things start to happen and Scoop finds herself sailing into uncharted waters of mystery and suspense. Who is trying to do anything and everything to stop Fletcher from winning? And why? Can Scoop and Evie solve this monster wave of a mystery or are they out of their depth?
ISBN 9781922326010
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2020
Castles, Helen
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596818
Scorch dragons
Anders and his sister Rayna have defied the odds. He has transformed into a wolf and she is a dragon and, somehow, they have to work together to try to stop the wolves and dragons from going to war... again.
ISBN 9781460755280
Series Elementals trilogy (2 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019
Kaufman, Amie
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977575

New
Sea glass
Cailin's holiday plans are ruined when she and her mum go to stay with her eccentric grandfather at Whitefoam Cove. She barely knows him and reminders of her father are everywhere. Then, just when Cailin and her grandfather are really connecting, disaster strikes.
ISBN 9781761111075
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2023
Fraser, Rebecca
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5735
Seahorse
Whenever they can, Jack and his family escape to Seahorse Bay. On one visit, Jack is excited to discover a sunken boat, not far off the coast. When he shows his father, they realise it's in pristine condition and decide to take on the challenge of salvaging it. When the mysterious boat is finally raised, the adventure begins.
ISBN 9781921248931
Publisher Magabala Books, 2015
Pascoe, Bruce
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6893
Secret agent grandma
A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story Will the Real Grandma Please Stay Alive! Your parents are going away so your super-cool grandma is coming to stay with you. But when you go to meet granny at the train station you start seeing double -- double grannies! There's one granny on the station platform. And another one writing in lipstick on the window of the train. Which one is your real grandma? If you think she's on the platform you find yourself face to face with a hideous monster! If you decide to jump on the train, you are surrounded by a group of angry aliens out to take over the world! The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!
ISBN 9780590847759
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Stine, R L
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27774
Secret cooking club, The
Twelve year old Scarlett is the star and the victim of her mum's popular blog. The butt of school jokes, she's eager to stay firmly out of the spotlight. So, when Scarlett discovers the kitchen next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital, she begins to bake from the hand written recipe book she finds. As more people find out and Scarlett's confidence grows, The Secret Cooking Club is formed. Scarlett's life changes forever.
ISBN 9781910655245
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Remington, Laurel
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660714
Secret friends
Rafaella is new to secondary school as is Lucy. Rafaella is a little different and unsure on how to make friends. In an awkward moment when meeting Rafaella, Lucy calls her a name which will stick with Rafaella and make it even harder for her to make friends. On their walks home from school they begin to form a friendship, and Lucy finds warmth and love in the home of Rafaella's family. However, Lucy keeps this friendship secret and it is only under the most terrible of circumstances that she realises the consequences of her decisions.
ISBN 9781529015409
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Laird, Elizabeth & Harris, Alleanna (ill)
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Secret of the lonely isles, The
Jem's world has been turned upside down by a family crisis, and then it gets worse. Along comes Ella, Jem's great-aunt, who's also a solo round-the-world sailor. She decides that what Jem, his sister, Maddy, and brother, Tyler, need is a sea change. Seasickness isn't the only thing that Jem adds to his list of wo