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12879

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Agent Nomad: Eleventh hour, The
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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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 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 6)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2009
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (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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Amina: through my eyes
Amina lives with her family in Somalia, a country that has endured drought and civil war for decades. Amina's father is betrayed and arrested. His artwork is seen as 'un-Islamic' and Amina no longer knows who she can trust. Food is scarce, her mother is pregnant and her grandmother ill. Amina must find a way to survive.
ISBN 9781743312490
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Powers, J L & White, Lyn (ed)
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Angel 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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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 two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Anne of Green Gables series (10 books)
Montgomery, L M
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4016

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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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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
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Palacio, R J
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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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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 (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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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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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
Easy to read adventures that time travel to some of the most intereting historical events to meet real people. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Battle boy series (15 books)
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
No book cover.
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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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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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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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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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Birthday book: an illustrated treasury of stories and poems, The
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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Moloney, James
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Code name series (3 books)
Harvey, Jacqueline
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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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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
Pacy, exciting stories set in full colour comic-style layouts, with football (soccer) focus. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Colour graffix series (4 books)
Laird, Elizabeth & Hazelwood, Pauline (ill)
No book cover.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diva series
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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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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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5646
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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42897
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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7036
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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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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5064

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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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6974
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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112
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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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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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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New
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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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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Ellyse Perry series
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Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Various
No book cover.
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 - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Masson, Sophie & White, Lyn (ed)
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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 (13 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2006
Snicket, Lemony
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1609
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 (6 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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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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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

New
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
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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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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125
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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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 NEW SERIES 2018 (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 NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2014
Janu, Tamsin
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Figgy series NEW SERIES 2018
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Series Figgy series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Various
No book cover.
43460

New
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 NEW SERIES 2018 (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Janu, Tasmin
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New
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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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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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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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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1932
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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929
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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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
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Helliar, Peter & Vamos, Lesley (ill)
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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 (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Musgrove, Marianne
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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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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's 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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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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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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New
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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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

New
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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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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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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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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172
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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14293
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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Grimstones, The series
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Series Grimstones, The series (4 books)
Asphyxia
No book cover.
28483
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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12372
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)
No book cover.
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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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, The series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Asphyxia
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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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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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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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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 (8 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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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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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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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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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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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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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 9780868969879
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Lohse, Wendy & Sands, Jenny (ill)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Kerenza, a new Australian
In 1911, Kerenza's da (father) can no longer get work as a miner in Cornwall. She doesn't want to leave her village and take a ship to Australia but Kerenza can be brave for her dad's sake. Where he sees a farm, Kerenza and her Mam see endless mallee scrub, flies and hard work. It's almost too much to bear but the Mallee has its own beauty, and family and new-found friends might just make it her home.
ISBN 9781742990606
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2015
Hawke, Rosanne
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Kingdom of silk series
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Series Kingdom of silk series (6 books)
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
No book cover.
49427
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 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2006
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series
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Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
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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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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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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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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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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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
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Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (3 books)
Dunbar, Fiona
No book cover.
7985
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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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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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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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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4098

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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 (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Beikoff, Katrina
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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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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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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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36943
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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8675
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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6492
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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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, The series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Asphyxia
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Mosquito Advertising series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Mosquito Advertising series (3 books)
Hunter, Kate
No book cover.
24893
Mosquito Advertising: Blade brief, The
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: Crunch campaign, The
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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Mosquito Advertising: Parfizz pitch, The
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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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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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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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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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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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, The series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Asphyxia
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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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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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265
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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My girragundji
A young Aboriginal boy has a secret spirit that he calls his girragundji. The girragundji protects him from tight situations.
ISBN 9781864488180
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1998
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori Monty
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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 two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series My life Tom Weekly series (5 books)
Bancks, Tristan & Gordon, Guss (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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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 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2003
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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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
A funny, heart-warming and honest look at school, family, friends and the things that really matter. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series 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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2992

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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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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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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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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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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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38228
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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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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Our Australian girl series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen. Although written by different authors, the series themes are similar and there are a large number of titles.
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Pung, Alice & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
No book cover.
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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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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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4456

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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
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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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 6)
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: Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, The
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
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Rippin, Sally
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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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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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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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Quizzical series
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Series Quizzical series (3 books)
Davidson, Leanne
No book cover.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8033
Roman quests, The: Archers of Isca, The
Britannia AD 94. On the run from the Emperor Domitian, fifteen year old Fronto has joined the Roman army in order to find security and structure. He wants to be a good soldier but, when his younger sister, Ursula, is captured by a Druid called Snakebeard, Fronto must decide whether or not to leave the army to rescue her. Desertion is punishable by death.
ISBN 9781510100268
Publisher Orion, 2016
Lawrence, Caroline
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Roman quests, The: Escape from Rome
In Rome in AD 94, the evil Emperor Domitian is busy killing those he suspects of being disloyal to him. When soldiers arrive to seize Juba's family home, his parents help him and his siblings to escape. They travel to their uncle's house in distant Britannia, on the edge of the known world, The children have never been outside on their own or done anything for themselves, having depended on slaves all their lives. Juba's daunting quest is to avoid capture and death, to find a safe haven and save the children.
ISBN 9781510100237
Publisher Orion, 2016
Lawrence, Caroline
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799
Rooftoppers
Sophie, on a search for her mother, believed to be dead, travels to Paris and discovers a secret world.
ISBN 9780571280599
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2013
Rundell, Katherine
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Roxy Ran series
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Series Roxy Ran series (3 books)
Hall, Tiffiny
No book cover.
41514

New
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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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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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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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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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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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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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 woes. He keeps having strange and troubling dreams, and someone is stalking them.
ISBN 9781741662528
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Van Os, Joanne
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9955
Secrets in the Tingle Forest
The book follows twelve year old Sharni on a journey into the Tingle Forrest. It is exactly a year since Sharni's father died in a horrific forestry incident and she is still in deep mourning. Sharni blames her mother for her father's death.
ISBN 9781863683715
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2003
Schofield, Louise
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2972
Secrets we keep, The
Clem Timmins has lost it all, her house, her possessions and her clothes. Now living in a tiny flat with her dad, she has to go to a new school, far from what she knows. On Clem's first day, she meets Ellie and, to fit in, Clem reveals a secret she immediately regrets sharing. When Clem receives a letter she doesn't want to read, it becomes clear that she can't run from her past forever, especially when the truth appears right in front of her face.
ISBN 9780702254215
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Weetman, Nova
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Series of unfortunate events
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Series Series of unfortunate events (13 books)
Snicket, Lemony
No book cover.
1231
Shahana: through my eyes
Shahana is almost fourteen and has not known a life of peace. She lives near the Line of Control, the border, patrolled by Pakistani and Indian soldiers, that divides Kashmir.Her parents are dead and Shahana must leave school to look after her younger brother and grandfather. 'Freedom fighters' from both sides roam, looking for food, children to recruit and worse. And, other dangers lurk from within her own community.
ISBN 9781743312469
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Hawke, Rosanne & White, Lyn (ed)
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7151
Shape, The
Julia's life is overshadowed by the death of her little sister. From her forbidden treehouse, Julia can see everything and she hides secret treasures there. In her house, there are secrets too but Julia can't figure them out by herself.
ISBN 9781865083537
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
Bates, Dianne & Rippon, Sally (ill)
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5018
Ship of dolls
Eleven year old Lexie Lewis, who lives with her strict grandparents, is desperate to rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Francisco. Lexie seizes the chance by writing the best letter to accompany her school's doll to San Francisco, as part of the 1926 friendship program in the Hinamatsuri festival. In her efforts, Lexie must overcome many obstacles and make the most difficult decision of her life.
ISBN 9780763670030
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Parenteau, Shirley
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Shop at Hoopers Bend, The
Eleven-year-old Jonquil Medway is a girl with more than an unusual name. Quil's parents died in a car accident when she was a baby and she now goes to boarding school. She spends her holidays with an aunt - or at camp, which is where Quil is heading when she decides to get off early at a train stop called Hoopers Bend. There is something magical about the shop at Hoopers Bend, and it draws Quil and Bailey into an unlikely friendship as they join to fight to save the shop from developers.
ISBN 9781460753668
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
Rodda, Emily
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New
Short
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer she'll realise how big she is inside, where it counts. This is the summer she gets cast as a munchkin in a production of The Wizard of Oz. Through some new friendships, and her turn in the spotlight, she finds that she may not be as tall as everyone else, but she more than deserves to hold her head high.
ISBN 9781743816516
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Goldberg Sloan, Holly
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Shoutykid series
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Series Shoutykid series (5 books)
Mayle, Simon & Catlow, Nikalas (ill)
No book cover.
4909
Shoutykid: How Harry Riddles got nearly almost famous
My name is Harry Riddles and I live with my parents, my evil sister and my twin baby brothers in Cornwall. But, my dad has this crazy idea to take us sailing round the world. I guess swimming with dolphins, learning to scuba dive and climbing volcanoes could be pretty cool. But, I want to win the school Battle of the Bands competition and get Jess to go out with me. I can't do that if I'm stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean.
ISBN 9780007531905
Series Shoutykid series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Mayle, Simon & Catlow, Nikalas (ill)
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41515
Shoutykid: How Harry Riddles made a mega amount of money
Ok, here's the deal. My school is running out of money and might even have to close, but then my friend Jessica told everyone I could raise the mega-bucks and keep it open! But Ed Bigstock was like, "Harry's just a dumb gamer! The only thing he knows how to save is his last score!". But Bigstock's the real doughnut here, and I'll show him and everybody else- right after I finish playing (and slaying) at the new World of Zombies Run! game.
ISBN 9780008158927
Series Shoutykid series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2017
Mayle, Simon & Catlow, Nikalas (ill)
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2497
Shoutykid: how Harry Riddles made a mega-amazing zombie movie
Ten-year-old Harry has an older sister who is a constant source of irritation and a father who is a film writer, currently in a slump, so finances are extremely tight. To add to this, Jessica is the new girl at school to whom he is too shy to speak and online bullies in has favourite game. Harry's claim to fame is his computer gaming and his love of Zombies, which he decides to combine and make an animated movie.
ISBN 9780007531882
Series Shoutykid series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014
Mayle, Simon & Catlow, Nikalas (ill)
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4919
Shoutykid: how Harry Riddles mega-massively broke the school
I live with my mum, my dad and my evil sister, Charlotte. My mum is having twins so either me or Charlotte will lose our bedroom. Dad's moaning that I should do more sport and not be just a gamer. I've joined the school football team although if we win anything it will be a miracle. I've written to some football stars to see if they can help and to a bunch of people who might take Charlotte off our hands.
ISBN 9780007531899
Series Shoutykid series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Mayle, Simon & Catlow, Nikalas (ill)
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Shoutykid: How Harry Riddles totally went wild
When he is packed off on a school trip for half term, Harry is less than thrilled. He had planned to spend his holidays shooting zombies, not kayaking, abseiling and perfecting his archery skills. Even worse than all the outdoor activities, Harry has been put in a dorm with his arch enemy, Ed Bigstock. And, if Ed finds out that Harry is afraid of the dark, he will have a whole lot more to deal with.
ISBN 9780008158880
Series Shoutykid series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Mayle, Simon & Catlow, Nikalas (ill)
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Sian, a new Australian
Sian is the unlucky, thirteenth child in a Welsh coalminer's family. Life is hard. Her mother died after giving birth to her and her father is grief-stricken. Sian's sister hatches a plan for a better life. It will involve a long ocean voyage but Sian is looking forward to a country where the sun shines and she can go to school, instead of picking coal scraps for pennies. The only problem is, no one must know about their journey.
ISBN 9781742990392
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Topics / Displacement /
Luckett, D
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Side by side in the beginning
One hundred years ago, AFL football was quite different. Footy grounds were rough and muddy, and the game was characterised by long, passing kicks. Jumpers were canvas cotton vests, laced up the centre, and shorts were long and worn with long socks. Caps and hats were often worn. These were tough times of war and depression. But, from the very beginning, Collingwood Football Club wanted to win.
ISBN 9780980794809
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2010
McMullin, N & Walters, Ainsley
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4275
Side by side shoulder to shoulder
It's 1935 and Tom is off with Grandpa to watch his favourite team at footy training. As they walk through the gates of Victoria Park, his grandfather removes his black and white Collingwood scarf and gives it to Tom. This scarf has been passed down through generations of Collingwood supporters.
ISBN 9780980794823
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2011
McMullin, N & Walters, Ainsley (ill)
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Simple things, The
Stephen is not keen to meet his great aunt Lola, who is turning eighty. He discovers she is not only very old but also grumpy and scary. When Stephen meets an unexpected friend, Allie, he shares the simple things in life, like fishing, cricket and climbing trees. A medical emergency with aunt Lola leads to a secret being revealed and Stephen wondering if he has also made another new friend, aunt Lola.
ISBN 9781743317242
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Condon, Bill & Norling, Beth (ill)
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29957
Single shard, A
Tree-ear has a dream. He has watched the master potter, Min, take a lump of clay and shape it into a thing of beauty. Tree-ear wants to perform the miracle too. But, an orphan like Tree-ear can't just walk up to a master potter and ask him to teach his craft. Tree-ear must prove he is worthy so he asks if he can work for him, without pay. Tree-ear has taken his first step but realising a dream can be very hard.
ISBN 9780702239373
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Park, Linda Sue
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Sisters
Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But, once Amara is born, things aren't quite what she expected. Amara is cute but she's also a cranky baby, who mostly prefers to play by herself. Over the years, their relationship doesn't improve much. When a baby brother enters the picture and something doesn't seem right between their parents, Raina and Amara realise they must work out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.
ISBN 9780545540605
Publisher Graphix, 2014
Topics / Graphic novels /
Telgemeier, Raina
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358
Sixth worry doll, The
A story reflecting the experience of immigration.
ISBN 9781863887465
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Dwyer, Christina
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359
Skating on sand
Being the youngest of three girls, Hannah often feels left out, especially when she so desperately wants to learn how to skate.
ISBN 9780140371611
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Gleeson, Libby
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55178
Slightly skewed life of Toby Chrysler, The
Toby Chrysler's mum has been missing for more than a month. His new friend, Ginger, has lost her dad. And everyone is looking for Toby. An abandoned red shoe and some map coordinates help them in their search for their parents.
ISBN 9780975074244
Publisher Celapene Press, 2009
Collins, Paul
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8937
Small change for Stuart
When ten year old Stuart moves to a new town at the beginning of the summer holidays, he expects to be bored. Soon, he is drawn into an intriguing adventure when he discovers his missing great uncle was an inventor and magician, who has left him the contents of his workshop, should he ever find it. There are clues and puzzles to solve but what starts as fun ends up as danger.
ISBN 9780385618007
Publisher Doubleday, 2011
Evans, Lissa
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3159
Small things
An ordinary boy in an ordinary world. This wordless picture book tells the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries but who learns that help is always close by.
ISBN 9781742379791
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Tregonning, Mel
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50129
Smarty-cat
Barry is more than just clever. He's a talking cat, a TV star and a quiz show champion. Barry is a cat in a million, a real smarty-cat.
ISBN 9780143302537
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Dawe, Bruce
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3890

New
Snot Chocolate and other funny stories
Very Yummy Stories.Stop your mum picking her nose, read the secret diary of a dog, catch a bus and then let it go, discover how one slice of toast can make you the most popular person in school, start wearing a crown and give up eating pig-nostril gruel, use a wrecking ball to defeat a bully, show your big sister the very scary secret in your wardrobe, unleash the awesome power of chips, live in a house that gets wiped clean more often than a bottom. Funny stories from a favourite Australian author, Morris Gleitzman.
ISBN 9780143309222
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2016
Gleitzman, Morris
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21138
Somewhere else
George has no interest in exploring the world. He's far too busy at home baking fine pastries. That's what he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures. But, George's friend, Pascal, digs a little deeper.
ISBN 9780670078851
Publisher Viking Children's, 2016
Gordon, Gus
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859
Star
Star and her mum used to manage. Now mum's old friend Charlie has moved in and life is topsy-turvy. Star knows she wants a horse and needs a new best friend. But how is that going to happen when no one is listening to her?
ISBN 9781862919815
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2012
Bateson, Catherine
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Star of the show
Aimee is tired of playing second fiddle to Serena Sweetmay, who it seems, can do no wrong and is great at everything. Aimee is determined to outdo Serena when her class is asked to present the school Christmas play.
ISBN 9780702235795
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Hilton, Nette & Stewart, Chantal (ill)
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5359
Stay well soon
Stevie has a lot of dreams - more friends at school, better drawing pencils and a pony. When her brother becomes sick, her world is filled with trips to the hospital, where she becomes friends with Lara, an older girl who has cancer.
ISBN 9780702249945
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Tangey, Penny
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7912
Stella by starlight
In 1932, ten year old Stella lives in the segregated South of the United States. Some stores she can go into, others she can't. Some folks are right pleasant, others less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and the Klu Klux Klan hasn't bothered them for years. But, one late night, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come. As Stella's community and her world are upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. She learns that ashes don't necessarily signify an end.
ISBN 9781442494985
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Draper, Sharon M
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12413
Stella by the sea
Stella wants a private property that she can call her own, a cubbyhouse with an ocean view. A little advertisement in the newspaper changes her life.
ISBN 9780143300663
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2003
Starke, Ruth
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Stuff happens series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Stuff happens series (12 books)
Valentine, James & Beck, Adrian (ill)
No book cover.
16860
Stuff happens: Luke
Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff, at school, at home, with sport and with mates. For Luke, it happened on public speaking day.
ISBN 9781760141592
Series Stuff happens series (12 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Valentine, James & Beck, Adrian (ill)
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33584
Stupendously spectacular spelling bee, The
India Wimple is a brilliant speller. When her family tries to convince her to enter the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee competition, India is reluctant. She remembers the stage fright she got in the school play and she certainly doesn't want to repeat that experience. And, there's also Summer Millicent, who's determined to win and isn't afraid to step on anyone who gets in her way.
ISBN 9781925324822
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Abela, Deborah
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5347

New
Summerlost
It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what's left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They're just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.
ISBN 9780141371047
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Topics / Displacement /
Condie, Ally
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Sunny side up
Sunny Hathaway is eleven years old, an only child, an introvert, a dog lover and part-owner of Pizza-a-Go-Girl, home made pizza delivery service. And, one summer, everything and everyone in her life changes including one step-dad, two siblings, one best friend, one sworn enemy and one long lost grandmother.
ISBN 9781741752366
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Roberts, Marion
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Super Jack
In the school holidays, Mum tells Jack and his annoying, younger sister, Samantha, that all the family are going on a holiday to the Gold Coast. Family means Nanna, sort-of-step dad Rob and his son, Leo, as well as Jack's friend, Anna.
ISBN 9780207199189
Series I am Jack series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
Gervay, Susanne & Wilcox, Cathy (ill)
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Surface tension
When Cassie and Liam start swimming at the lake, neither of them realises the dark secrets that lie beneath. As summer heats up, the water level gets lower and lower, and a shocking truth is slowly uncovered.
ISBN 9781921720284
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
McKinlay, Meg
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Swashbuckler
Peter's saviour from the school bullies is an unlikely hero dressed in a cape who speaks in old-fashioned English. An exciting, heart-warming story about bringing the truth out in people. A realistic stories with non-stop action.
ISBN 9780702228254
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1995
Moloney, James
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Swimming on the lawn
Farida lives with her family in Khartoum, Sudan. For Farida the 1960s are a time of fun and adventure, from riding the train to a remote village by the remains of Nubian pyramids to seeing the twirling dancers of the Mawlid festival. But as columns of black smoke rise on the horizon, can Farida's happiness last?
ISBN 9781925164855
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2017
Hamid, Yasmin
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Take it easy, Danny Allen
When the family farm is repossessed by the bank, Danny has no alternative but to accept his parents' decision to move to the city and start a new life. But life in the city frightens Danny and he has difficulty adjusting and making friends. A runaway dog helps Danny to adjust.
ISBN 9780330423731
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Cummings, Phil
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Tarin of the Mammoths: Clan of wolves
Tarin's quest to save Mammoth Clan seems increasingly out of reach. Badly injured while fleeing the savage Boar Clan, Tarin and the twins face certain death as the harsh Winter descends. But an unexpected refuge not only saves their lives but offers new friends, and Tarin finally realises his greatest wish. When Spring comes, will Tarin have the strength to leave and continue his dangerous journey?
ISBN 9780143309383
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Sandhu, Jo
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Telling lies
Against the background of paranoia, fear and betrayal that is German-occupied France in 1942, a defiant French family decides to help Paul, a downed New Zealand airman. If they are to hide him, smuggle him to safety and survive, they must weave a web of lies.
ISBN 9781869509347
Publisher HarperCollins NZ, 2012
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Glensor, Tricia
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Tender moments of Saffron Silk, The
Everyone knows that Saffron Silk has a talent for pretending to be someone else, but when the firebirds rage inside her head, and it hurts even to breathe, Saffron barely has the energy to be herself.
ISBN 9780733329838
Series Kingdom of silk series (6 of 6)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2012
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Teresa, a new Australian
During the war, Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island. But, life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life and apply to migrate to Australia. But, after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school. She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her nanna, back in Malta, proud of her.
ISBN 9781742990941
Series A new Australian (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Abela, Deborah
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Terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket, The
The Brockets are normal and respectable, and they hate anyone who is different. When Barnaby is born, he's certainly not ordinary. He defies the laws of gravity and floats. Barnaby is desperate to please his parents but he just can't keep both feet on the ground. The Brockets decide Barnaby must go. Betrayed and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a special hot air balloon and begins a magical journey with extraordinary new friends.
ISBN 9780857531476
Publisher Doubleday, 2012
Boyne, John & Jeffers, Oliver (ill)
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Tessa
Tessa wants a puppy to keep her company and protect her from her neighbour. Tessa leaves brochures lying around the house for her mother to notices but she's not sure it works. Perhaps her Mum has other ideas.
ISBN 9780734406095
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Lawson, Sue
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The Caddy kids series
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Series The Caddy kids series (3 books)
Various
No book cover.
24449
There may be a castle
On Christmas Eve, eleven year old Mouse, his mother and two sisters are travelling to his grandparents. It's snowing, visibility is bad, and the car crashes off the road. Mouse is thrown from the car and, when he wakes, he's not in his world any more. So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards. There's terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known. But, as the cold grows, Mouse's quest becomes more important than ever.
ISBN 9781848668621
Publisher Quercus Children's Books, 2016
Torday, Piers
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This morning I met a whale
Michael loves an early morning walk along the Thames River to see the water birds. One day, he is surprised to spot a whale in the river. He thinks he must be dreaming when he can hear the whale's thoughts. The whale has come on a long and difficult journey to pass on a very special message to a child. Michael has to try to help deliver the message.
ISBN 9781406306460
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Morpurgo, Michael & Birmingham, Christian (ill)
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Three way street
A realistic novel told by twelve year old Aggie who lives in Melbourne with her mother, siblings and new dog, Bruce.
ISBN 9780140317763
Publisher Penguin, 1984
Nicholls, Bron
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Tiff and the trout
Tiff Porter lives in a tiny, mountain town. She loves trout fishing and her best friend, Cass. As winter approaches and the seasons change, so life will change for Tiff. A challenging read involving a family break-up with some strong language.
ISBN 9780141306575
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Metzenthen, David
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Toilet kid, The
Matt, also known as The Tuckshop Kid, is back. He's lost weight, he's healthier and he has a fabulous girlfriend, Kayla. It all seems great but then there's Kayla's catty girlfriend, Tash, and his old, best friend who isn't his friend at all any more. Matt gets talked into doing something terrible, spying on Kayla, and she finds out. But, Kayla has a terrible secret and maybe Matt is the one who can help her.
ISBN 9780702237171
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2009
Flynn, Pat & Jellett, Tom (ill)
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Tom Weekly: My life and other failed experiments
ISBN 9780143781615
Series My life Tom Weekly series (5 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Bancks, Tristan & Gordon, Guss (ill)
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Tom Weekly: My life and other stuff I made up
I'm Tom Weekly. This is a nail-biting - make that toe-biting - thrill ride through my life. This is where I pour out whatever's inside my head. Like the time a bloodthirsty magpie out to get me. Or when I had to eat Vegemite off my sister's big toe. And don't forget the day I ate 67 hot dogs in ten minutes. My life gets a bit weird sometimes but that's how I roll. Top 3 reasons to read this book: 1. Cures for nits 2. Hover underpants 3. Instructions for teleporting
ISBN 9780143790082
Series My life Tom Weekly series (1 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Bancks, Tristan & Gordon, Guss (ill)
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Too much trouble
When African refugees, Emmanuel and Prince, are sent to live with their uncle, he finds them too much to handle and throws the brothers out. Twelve year old Emmanuel knows that he must look after his younger brother. These were his father's last words to him. Without food or money, the boys turn to petty crime to keep themselves alive. And, that's when things start to spin out of control.
ISBN 9781847802347
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
Avery, Tom
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3991
Too small to fail
Oliver's parents own their own bank so he has everything a Year Five boy might want. Everything, that is, except the small dog in the local pet shop, which he's not allowed to have. When a mysterious woman buys the puppy and threatens to harm it if Oliver can't return her thousands of dollars, he hatches a plan which includes sixteen camels.
ISBN 9780143306429
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Gleitzman, Morris
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Toppling
John is obsessed with dominoes, spending hours setting up lines until a small push causes them to fall as they should. When John's friend, Dominic, is diagnosed with cancer, John and his friends' worlds fall apart. They find ways to support Dom through his illness and gain understanding from an unlikely source.
ISBN 9781921529429
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Murphy, Sally & James, Rhian Nest (ill)
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Tracy Lacy for classy captain
Remember how I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN, well pretty sure, probably about 99.7% sure, that I maybe, nearly, might actually get through High School like a normal person? Well SHOCK, HORROR, its not going exactly as I planned . . . Its BETTER!' Tracy Lacy has made it to high school, and Tracy is the king, the queen, AND the star of the schoolshes going to be CLASSY CAPTAIN! (Go Tracy!) Alright, lets face it, it all goes to her head and its a COMPLETE DISASTER. The question is; will her friends stand by her this time?
ISBN 9781760275969
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Lacy, Tania & McDonald, Danielle (ill)
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Tracy Lacy is completely coo-coo bananas
I'm absolutely certain, well pretty sure, probably about 99.7% sure, that I maybe, nearly, might actually get through high school like a normal person. Follow the comedic horror of Tracy Lacy's discovery that her perfect plan for being normal is ruined, and the hilarious list of things to fix about herself, as she counts down the days to the start of high school. Is Tracy going to be able to overcome her completely coo-coo bananas-ness?
ISBN 9781760279820
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Lacy, Tania & McDonald, Danielle (ill)
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Trophy kid, The
Marcus is a future tennis star, with a solid forehand, a strong backhand, but his biggest asset is his mind. When Marcus learns he has to win the next state title or lose someone he loves, his mind is tested like never before.
ISBN 9780702238406
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Flynn, Pat
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Truly Tan
Tan and her sisters have moved to a country town. Tan is worried about fitting in at her new school, so she becomes a super-spy, but sometimes makes the wrong conclusions about what she has heard. The kids on a neighbouring farm show the sisters their hideout, complete with ghost.
ISBN 9780733331213
Series Truly Tan series (1 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2012
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
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Truly Tan series
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Series Truly Tan series (6 books)
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
No book cover.
35001
Truly Tan: freaked
Tan has never liked the old machinery shed. It's dusty and airless, full of dark secrets and junk. But, worse still, is the creepy portrait of an unnamed little girl, holding a china doll that looks downright malicious. When Great Aunt Aggie comes to stay, Tan discovers there's a whole lot more to the portrait than she ever imagined. There's a whole lot more to Great Aunt Aggie, too.
ISBN 9780733333187
Series Truly Tan series (4 of 6)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2014
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
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Truly Tan: hoodwinked
A new girl has come to Peppercorn Valley. Her name is Ophelia Crisp and she is Verity's cousin. I'm keeping a close eye on Ophelia. She is sullen and secretive and shrouded in mystery. She is up to something, I'm certain of it. My secret spy files are overflowing.
ISBN 9780733334115
Series Truly Tan series (5 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2016
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
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Truly Tan: jinxed
Dad has put an old tram in the back paddock which has just got to be full of secrets, maybe even haunted. Tan, the Secret Spy, can't wait to explore it but she is banned. She will have to use all her spy skills to enter it at her own risk.
ISBN 9780733331220
Series Truly Tan series (2 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
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Truly Tan: spooked
Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands. The 'stonies' (stone animal statues) around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. But who would steal them. What could the thief want with a stone emu or flamingo.
ISBN 9780733331237
Series Truly Tan series (3 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
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Truly Tan: Trapped
Way out in the country, Mrs Topple is Tan's closest neighbour. But Mrs Topple has gone on a cruise and Tan is in charge of security at the Topple cottage. Tan is also looking after the garden and watering the plants. But mostly she's in charge of security. Which is just as well because something suspicious is going on. A strange car has been coming and going and a shadowy figure has been spotted snooping around. And now Tan has noticed items moving around in the garden - on their own! As tensions mount, Tan decides a stake-out is in order. Little does she know she is walking straight into a trap.
ISBN 9780733334122
Series Truly Tan series (6 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
Storer, Jen & Robertson, Claire (ill)
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Truth cookie, The
Lulu is miserable now that her dad is going to marry the horrible Varaminta le Bone. A crazy book with a recipe for making truth cookies may help Lulu's dad see the step mum-to-be for who she really is.
ISBN 9781843625490
Series Lulu Baker trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2004
Dunbar, Fiona
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Tuckshop kid, The
Matt has a unique ability to help kids make the most of their lunch money at the tuckshop. He's not so good at making friends though. A funny story about friendship and fast food.
ISBN 9780702235672
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Flynn, Pat
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Tuesday McGillycuddy series
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Series Tuesday McGillycuddy series (3 books)
Banks, Angelica
No book cover.
429
Two hands together
Cultural and racist issues are explored in this story about a girl who befriends an Aboriginal family, who live next door.
ISBN 9780141307480
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Kidd, Diana
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430
Two weeks with the queen
Colin is trying to find the best cancer doctor in the world to treat his younger brother.
ISBN 9780330271837
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1990
Gleitzman, Morris
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795
Unfinished angel, The
In the ancient, stone tower of the Casa Rosa, life for one angel has been the same for as long as s/he can remember. Until Zola arrives. For neighbours who have been long-time enemies, children who have been lost and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives, beware. Zola and the angel are about to collide.
ISBN 9780143203759
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Creech, Sharon
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Unforgotten coat, The
Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates. They bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy, as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and Nergui were forced to return to Mongolia.
ISBN 9781406333855
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Boyce, Frank Cottrell
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5847
Us minus Mum
George and Theo's mum is brilliant. She tells great stories, can wave the fastest of anyone on the planet and, most importantly, she suggested they adopt a scruffy dog called Goffo. The boys also think she's invincible. But, they're wrong because Mum is ill, really ill. It's up to George and Theo to keep Mum smiling. This will probably, definitely involve wellies, shepherd's pie and Goffo's victory at the pet talent show.
ISBN 9780349124070
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Butler, Heather
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Vampire virus
Battle Boy 005 can't believe it. Professor Perdu is sending him on a mission with a Battle Gorl - BG001. She's a virus expert, and a know-it-all. Their mission is to find and destroy the virus dracs that are sucking the life out of the Battle Books. One bossy Battle Girl + hundreds of angry dracs = Battle Boy's toughest mission yet.
ISBN 9780330425872
Series Battle boy series (7 of 15)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018
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Series Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Johnson, Rebecca
No book cover.
45252

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Vet Cadets: Clever Chicks
Abbey, Hannah and Talika are new recruits at Willowvale boarding school's Vet Cadets program. Mrs Parry, their science teacher, has given each of the girls a chick to raise and train, but not everyone is happy about it! When a game of horseback hide-and-seek turns into a matter of life and death, rules are broken and the friends' courage is sorely tested. This time, a solution might be out of the Vet Cadets' hands...
ISBN 9780143782742
Series Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018 (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet cadets: Pudding in peril
Although all the year 7 girls are missing their families, life at Willowvale fills their days with learning about agricultural life and starting them on their pathways to eventually becoming veterinarians. When the local country fair comes to town, every girl must enter in both the creative and animal husbandry sections, causing much excitement and a fair amount of consternation. Abbey has nervously entered the technical cattle cutting competition only to find herself pitted against the impressive horsemanship and competitiveness of the boys from neighbouring Darrowby Agricultural College. Pudding, Talikas pony, falls ill and cooperation by all is necessary to save his life.
ISBN 9780143782728
Series Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018 (2 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet cadets: Saving Itsy Bitsy
Abbey, Hannah and Talika are ecstatic when Henrietta finally delivers twelve healthy piglets, but devastated to learn that there is also a thirteenth with little chance of survival. With the clandestine help from a couple of teachers, round the clock care is organised for Itsy. Meanwhile the girls must undertake their normal classroom studies, but it's a bit hard when you're taking care of a little piglet...
ISBN 9780143782735
Series Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018 (3 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet cadets: Welcome to Willowvale
To be accepted into the select vet cadet program at Willowvale Girls Grammar is both exciting and challenging. Roommates Abbey, Hannah and Talika have come from entirely different backgrounds, Abbey from an outback cattle station, Hannah from a local well-off show jumping family and Talika from an affluent Indian family. Very quickly, however, these differences disappear as the three become inseparable in helping each other cope with their insecurities, family pressures and school work, all the while combining to solve the problem of a predator attacking the school's sheep flock, and best of all riding their horses every day.
ISBN 9780143782711
Series Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018 (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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View from the 32nd floor
William lives on the thirty second floor of an apartment block with a clear view of the building opposite. He sees his neighbours' daily lives and worries about the loneliness of some of them. With his new friend, cakes and a dictionary of names, Williams plans to tempt his neighbours back into the world.
ISBN 9781922077295
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Cameron, Emma
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Visconti house, The
Laura's house is indeed puzzling. It's an Italian-style villa of the 1800s, built in a small country Victorian town, with a myth claiming it is haunted by the spirit of an elderly Italian man. Laura and Leon are outsiders and they both have secrets. Alienated by their classmates, the pair tackles the mysteries of her house and its former occupants.
ISBN 9781921529016
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Edgar, Elsbeth
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War that saved my life, The
Nine year old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted, club foot to let her outside. So, when Ada's little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to avoid the war, she escapes to join him. A new adventure begins for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman forced to take them in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan. And, Susan begins to love them both. But, wartime and Ada's cruel mother threaten the growing bond.
ISBN 9781925355642
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
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Wasim and the champ
Footie-mad Wasim and his team mates enter the local football competition. But, after an incident at the local mosque and a fight involving Wasim's older brother, the teams become split between white and Asian boys. Wasim and the surprise celebrity at the competition, an international boxing champion from their area, cleverly diffuse a tense situation.
ISBN 9781847800572
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
Ashley, Chris & Pankhurst, Kate (ill)
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21500
Wasim's challenge
Year Five are off to Snowdonia and Wasim Ahmed has been looking forward to it for months. He has vowed to participate in the Ramadan fast but keeps his fasting a secret. Lack of food and drink cause him to sit out the first day's activities. When a box of chocolates disappears, Wasim becomes prime suspect. Then, on a walk, the group gets lost and Wasim is in serious danger on the mountainside.
ISBN 9781847800565
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2010
Ashley, Chris & Pankhurst, Kate (ill)
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450
Web, The
Violet-Ann befriends a seven legged spider that she names, Sam.
ISBN 9780207172458
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1992
Hilton, Nette
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What the raven saw
In a churchyard, the raven watches the comings and goings of everyone, making sure that peace and order are maintained. He keeps to himself, except during church services, when he sneaks into the building so he can listen to the hymns that he loves. The raven would be happy if everything stayed this way forever. Until a new, small grave is dug, an annoying pigeon arrives and a church member is up to no good.
ISBN 9781742757353
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Bound, Samantha-Ellen
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When friendship followed me home
Twelve year old Ben Coffin has never felt that he fits in. A former foster kid, he keeps his head down to avoid school bullies and spends his afternoons reading sci-fi books at the library. But, when Ben finds a scruffy, abandoned dog and befriends the librarian's daughter, Halley, he starts to feel he belongs in his own life. Then, everything changes and, suddenly, Ben is more alone than ever. But, with a little help from Halley's magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through other's eyes.
ISBN 9781925355499
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Griffin, Paul
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46550
Whippersnapper
Fourteen year old Gus lives and breathes basketball. When he's is in a terrible accident, Gus can't believe he's survived. But, he's woken up in the body of an old man and his own body is unconscious in intensive care. Now, he has a seventy year old wife, really bad taste in clothes, his friends don't recognise him and his family thinks he's crazy. Gus just wants to be fourteen again and play basketball.
ISBN 9780143306092
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Arena, Felice
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Whirlwind
A gothic fairytale about a whirlwind that refuses to be stomped on, two feisty Angora rabbits, and a disaster of exponential proportions that could be woven into something magnificent.
ISBN 9781743313008
Series Grimstones, The series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Asphyxia
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White Ninja
Roxy Ran is an ordinary girl who doesn't know anything about her ninja powers until she is confronted by school bullies. Jackson Axe introduces Roxy to the world of martial arts. Jackson and Roxy must find the Tiger Scrolls and unleash the powers of the White Warrior before the samurai do. In order to survive, Roxy must unleash her inner ninja.
ISBN 9780732294533
Series Roxy Ran series (1 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Hall, Tiffiny
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466
Window
A book without words showing the growth and development of a child and his environment. Superb collages tell the story.
ISBN 9780744594867
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Baker, Jeannie
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467
Winning back dad
A boy takes on a challenge to stop his father from being depressed after he has to sell his truck.
ISBN 9780744572919
Publisher Walker Books, 2000
Bone, Ian
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4646
Winning touch
Ellyse is dying to start touch footy again. Touchdowns are the best. But, with homework piling up and training every night of the week, it's all getting too much to handle. It looks like Ellyse is going to have to make some major changes. There's also the drama at school with her best friends, Jazz and Charlie. Their friendship seems to be falling apart. Maybe, getting selected for the regional touch footy team will help take Ellyse's mind off things. Or, maybe, that's just wishful thinking.
ISBN 9780143781288
Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Clark, Sherryl & Perry, Ellyse
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Wish pony, The
Ruby has had her mum and dad and best friend, Sarah, to herself for as long as she can remember. Now everything is changing because her mum is having a baby and her best friend has found a better friend. She wishes things could be back to how they were. Ruby learns that we must be careful what we wish for.
ISBN 9781741663242
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Bateson, Catherine
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Wonder
August Pullman just wants to be an ordinary ten year old. He does ordinary things and feels ordinary inside, but Auggie has a severe facial disfigurement. He's always been home-schooled as his parents try to protect him from dealing with the curious, derogatory looks and comments from outsiders. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted and be able to convince his classmates that, underneath, he's just like them.
ISBN 9780552565974
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2012
Palacio, R J
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Wonderling, The
Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We have just the solution for you! Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music.
ISBN 9781406370645
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Topics / Displacement /
Bartok, Mira
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25070
Wonderstruck
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline, both children set out alone to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, Ben's story is told in words while Rose's story is told in pictures.
ISBN 9780545027892
Publisher Scholastic US, 2011
Topics / Graphic novels /
Selznick, Brian
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World according to Warren, The
Warren is a guide dog for his blind mistress, Eleanor Rigby. He is fiercely aware of his own importance and nobility. See the world, especially busy inner city streets, through Warren's eyes, and also through various media, such as cinema advertising, comic books and dream states.
ISBN 9781920731212
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2007
Silvey, Craig & Martinez, Sonia (ill)
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Yinti: desert child
Yinti, an Aboriginal child, growing up in the Western Australian desert, has no contact with white people until the last chapter of the book.
ISBN 9781875641017
Publisher Magabala Books, 1992
Lowe, Pat & Pike, Jimmy (ill)
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Yirra and her deadly dog, Demon
Demon is a disaster zone, causing havoc wherever he goes. Yirra has to find a way to train Demon or she will be forced to give him away.
ISBN 9780733320392
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Heiss, Anita
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Zafir: through my eyes
Zafir has a comfortable life in Syria with his doctor father and journalist mother. But, everything changes after the Day of Rage, when Zafir's father is arrested, his mother is injured and their house is bombed. Zafir's cousin takes him in but, that too, becomes dangerous as the city becomes more and more besieged. Zafir fears that his family may never be reunited to live in peace again.
ISBN 9781743312544
Series Through my eyes - Natural disaster zones (7 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Mason, Prue & White, Lyn (ed)
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