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1000-year-old boy, The
Alfie Monk is like any other pre-teen, except he's 1000 years old and can remember when Vikings invaded his village and he and his family had to run for their lives. When he loses everything he loves in a tragic fire and the modern world finally catches up with him, Alfie embarks on a mission to change everything by finally trusting Aidan and Roxy enough to share his story, and enlisting their help to find a way to, eventually, make sure he will eventually die.
ISBN 9780008256944
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Welford, Ross
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13 days of midnight
Luke Manchett is 16 years old with a place on the rugby team and the prettiest girl in Year 11 in his sights. Then his estranged father suddenly dies and he finds out that he is to inherit six million dollars! But if he wants the cash, he must accept the Host. A collection of malignant ghosts who his Necromancer father had trapped and enslaved! Now the Host is angry, the Host is strong, and the Host is out for revenge! Has Luke got what it takes to fight these horrifying spirits and save himself and his world?
ISBN 9781408337462
Publisher Orchard Books, 2015
Hunt, Leo
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13th reality, The: Blade of shattered hope
Tick and his friends are still trying to work out how to defeat Mistress Jane, but when there are 13 realities from which to draw trouble, the battle is 13 times as hard.
ISBN 9781742998381
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Dashner, James
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Abhorsen
Beneath the earth, a malignant force lies waiting, greedy for freedom from its ancient prison. As the Old Kingdom falls once more into a realm of darkness and terror, the people look desperately to the Abhorsen, the scourge of the Dead, to save them. Yet Abhorsen Sabriel is lost, missing in Ancelstierre.Only Lirael has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. Final book in the Old Kingdom trilogy.
ISBN 9781741750201
Series Old kingdom series (3 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Nix, Garth
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Ace of Shades
Enne Salta is a naive young lady with strengths yet to be revealed. Lost and alone in a new city which is rife with criminal gangs and corruption, Enne is in a desperate search for her lost mother. Along the way she finds out incredible truths about her mother and her family background, whilst discovering untold strengths. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781489256560
Publisher Harlequin, 2018
Foody, Amanda
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Adventures of Sir Roderick the not-very brave, The
Roderick doesn't want to be a knight. When Queen Emily sends her knights on a grand quest, Sir Roderick wants to stay behind. Reluctantly, he ventures forth beyond the Forest of Gilderang (filled with fearsome creatures) to the Circle of Mountains, home to giant cockroaches. En route, he meets an invisible girl, a talking bear and the most famous sorcerer in the land.
ISBN 9781742614038
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2014
O'Loghlin, James
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Afterworlds
Darcy, a budding author, arrives in New York City, to live her dream life as a published author of a novel, 'Afterworlds'. Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld', a place between the living and the dead, to survive a terrorist attack. The stories intertwine and one reality becomes the other. A challenging read; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143572046
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Westerfeld, Scott
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Airborn
Fifteen year old Matt works as a cabin boy aboard the Aurora,a luxury airship that is part passenger cruise ship. When wealthy Kate and her chaperone come aboard, Matt discovers that she is determined to prove her grandfather's claims that he saw strange creatures flying in the sky in the area the year before. His diary describes them as huge, furry beasts with batlike wings and sharp claws. A storm forces the damaged Aurora to set down on a seemingly deserted island.
ISBN 9780340878576
Series Airborn series (1 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Oppel, Kenneth
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Airborn series
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Series Airborn series (3 books)
Oppel, Kenneth
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Akhenaten adventure, The
John and Philippa discover they have super-human powers as young djinn. Mum sends them off to urbane, snobby Uncle Nimrod to learn their full powers in exotic Egypt. This places them in extreme danger. Incidental strong language in context.
ISBN 9780439959513
Series The children of the lamp series (1 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Kerr, P B
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Alanna: the first adventure
In Alanna the first adventure, Alanna wants to become the first female knight so she poses as a boy and takes her place among the pages at the palace.
ISBN 9780590197960
Series Song of the lioness series (1 of 5)
Publisher Yearling, 1999
Pierce, Tamora
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All the stars and teeth
In the Kingdom of Visidia, each island has its own unique form of magic. As princess of Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her whole life learning to control the ruling family's dangerous soul magic. Amora is determined to rule fairly and justly, and grows frustrated as her father, the King of Visidia, continues to exclude her from the politics of her future kingdom. She has also spent her entire life preparing for the performance of soul magic that will prove her suitability to rule. But on the night of her performance, Amora loses control of her soul magic and is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with a mysterious pirate, who promises to help her in exchange for Amora's assistance reclaiming his stolen magic. As Amora travels the seas, she learns things in her kingdom are not quite what they seem to be, and it's not just her crown that is in danger, but her entire kingdom. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250307781
Publisher St Martin's, 2020
Grace, Adalyn
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Allied
Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia's violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces. But it's not only Em who is upset by Olivia's increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia's army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760290665
Series Ruined series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Tintera, Amy
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Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents, The
Maurice the cat and his friends, a motley group of rats, have gained super intelligence overnight and quickly start scamming human villages with a Pied Piper of Hamelin ruse.
ISBN 9780552552028
Publisher Corgi Books, 2004
Pratchett, Terry
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Amber amulet, The
Twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness?
ISBN 9781742379982
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Silvey, Craig
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Amber spyglass, The
In the third of the Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will, whose fates are bound together, are separated. They must find each other for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs.
ISBN 9780439943659
Series Dark materials series (3 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Pullman, Philip
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Amulet of Samarkand, The
The magicians rule London, not altogether harmoniously. One magician's plot to take power, the hint of a resistance movement and a young apprentice magician's first magical exploits have this book moving at a fast pace.
ISBN 9780552550291
Series The Bartimaeus trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2004
Stroud, Jonathan
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Ancient hero, The
When Zelder translates three ancient spells she becomes the target of the sinister swordsman called the stalker. She and her brother, would-be swordsman Corram, must cheat death to stop the whole world being destroyed.
ISBN 9780734406576
Series Quentaris chronicles series (15 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
McMullen, Sean
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And the ocean was our sky
"Call me Bathsheba." The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.
ISBN 9781406383560
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Ness, Patrick & Cai, Rovina (ill)
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Angel fever
In Quentaris, a beautiful, young man is saved from attack by Eely who everyone thinks is unattractive and simple-minded. The young man has lost something and Eely helps him find it and begins to realise the importance of inner beauty.
ISBN 9780734406897
Series Quentaris chronicles series (16 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Carmody, Isobelle
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Angel mage
The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long believed dead, has woken from her century long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer, Simeon the doctor, Dorotea the mage, and Henri, one of the Cardinal's clerks...and take them into utmost danger. Set in an alternative seventeenth century where angels can be summoned to do the bidding of those with a talent for magic, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic. Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760630904
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Nix, Garth
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Anger of angels, The
Giovanna's father is the Jester in Duke Ubertini's palace. When, at the Duke's insistence, Giovanna's dad performs a new play, a play in which he mocks the Prince of the neighbouring land, he sets in motion a series of events that puts the lives of Giovanna and her new friend, Raffaele, in grave danger. In this alternate reality Renaissance Italy, we learn that words have a powerful and long-lasting impact.
ISBN 9781760650605
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Jordan, Sherryl
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Ariel, Zed and the secret of life
Ariel's writer mother sends misbehaving characters to an island school for Rebellious Characters. This summer, she sends Ariel and Zed. A cast of eccentric characters includes an insomniac Sleeping Beauty. A tale of action and self-discovery.
ISBN 9781865082639
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
Fienberg, Anna & Gamble, Kim (ill)
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Artemis Fowl
Villainous twelve year old, Artemis Fowl, holds a leprechaun to ransom and gets more than he bargained for.
ISBN 9780141312125
Series Artemis Fowl series (1 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis complex
Artemis has frequently used high-tech fairy magic to mastermind the most devious criminal activity of the new century. Now, at a conference in Iceland, Artemis has gathered the fairies to present his latest idea to save the world from global warming. But Artemis is behaving strangely - he seems different. Something terrible has happened to him.
ISBN 9780141328041
Series Artemis Fowl series (7 of 12)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl and the last guardian
Is this armageddon time for artemis fowl . . . Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen. If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers - or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl? Yes, it's true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl's four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world?
ISBN 9780141344331
Series Artemis Fowl series (8 of 12)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl and the lost colony
From an island stuck in time comes an army of vindictive imps bent on destroying humans. Teenage genius, Artemis Fowl, must stop the demons who have sworn revenge on humans. He uses his wit and sarcasm in this tale of murder and deceit.
ISBN 9780141382692
Series Artemis Fowl series (5 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl and the time paradox
Artemis Fowl, that magnet for trouble, with fairy ally, Captain Holly Short, by his side must successfully complete this mission to save his gravely ill mother. He must travel back through time and steal the cure from the clutches of a young criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl. It will take all Artemis' ingenuity to foil himself.
ISBN 9780141383347
Series Artemis Fowl series (6 of 12)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl series
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Series Artemis Fowl series (12 books)
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Artemis Fowl: the Arctic incident
In this sequel, Artemus embarks on a daring plan to fight the Lower Elements and to rescue his father.
ISBN 9780141312132
Series Artemis Fowl series (2 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl: The Arctic incident graphic novel 2
Artemis Fowl has always resented going to school, preferring instead to plot his next crime. So when the young criminal genius learns that his father is being held prisoner by the Russian Mafiya, he cuts class and braves the sub-zero temperatures of the Arctic Circle to rescue him.
ISBN 9780141325866
Series Artemis Fowl series (2 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2009
Colfer, Eoin & Donkin, Andrew & Rigano, Giovanni (ill) & Lamanna, Paolo (ill)
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Artemis Fowl: the eternity code
Artemis promises his father that he'll stop his law-breaking ways but he is up for one last, tiny crime. Unfortunately, Artemis doesn't count on the operation being a total failure. Artemis is set up and forced to enlist the help of his faerie friends.
ISBN 9780786819140
Series Artemis Fowl series (3 of 12)
Publisher Miramax Kids, 2003
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl: The eternity code graphic novel 3
Artemis Fowl is going straight...as soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career. But his last job plan goes awry, leaving his loyal bodyguard, Butler, mortally injured. Artemis's only hope of saving his friend is to enlist the help of his old rival, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. It is going to take a miracle to save Butler, and Artemis's luck may have just run out.
ISBN 9781423145776
Series Artemis Fowl series (3 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2013
Colfer, Eoin & Donkin, Andrew & Rigano, Giovanni (ill) & Lamanna, Paolo (ill)
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Artemis Fowl: The graphic novel 1
For the first time, rabid fans will be able to see what Foaly's tin hat looks like; discover just how "Beet" Root got his name; and of course, follow their favorite criminal mastermind as he plots and connives in action-packed, full-color panels.
ISBN 9780786848829
Series Artemis Fowl series (1 of 12)
Publisher Hyperion Books, 2007
Colfer, Eoin & Donkin, Andrew & Rigano, Giovanni (ill) & Lamanna, Paolo (ill)
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Artemis Fowl: the opal deception
Opal Koboi, pixie and archenemy of the fairies, is under close surveillance lying in a coma. This is just a treacherous plot and Artemis Fowl, the brilliant criminal mastermind, although now devoid of faerie knowledge, must save the day.
ISBN 9780141381695
Series Artemis Fowl series (4 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl: The opal deception graphic novel 4
Evil pixie, Opal Koboi, is back and she's more dangerous than ever. This time she doesn't just want power over the fairy People - this time she wants the humans too. Captain Holly Short is the only fairy with a hope of stopping her, but as Holly knows, it takes one genius criminal mastermind to fight another. But the 14-year-old genius that Holly is thinking of doesn't even remember that fairies exist. How is she going to convince Artemis Fowl to help her stop Opal? Gold usually does the trick, and this time is should be no different. Or is Artemis changing?
ISBN 9780141350271
Series Artemis Fowl series (4 of 12)
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Colfer, Eoin & Donkin, Andrew & Rigano, Giovanni (ill) & Lamanna, Paolo (ill)
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Ash princess
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside. Then, one night the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
ISBN 9781760555504
Series Ash princess series (1 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Topics / Displacement /
Sebastian, Laura
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Ash princess series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Ash princess series (3 books)
Sebastian, Laura
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Ashling
As head of Obernewtyn's Farseeker Guild, Elspeth Gordie must travel to the lowlands to seal an alliance between Obernewtyn and the rebel forces that oppose the totalitarian Council. Yet, her dreams call her to a completely different purpose. Elspeth must destroy what remains of the weapons that brought unimaginable chaos, death and mutation to her world. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140271515
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (3 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Carmody, Isobelle
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Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, The
The universal understanding is that goblins are blood thirsty, uncivilised monsters, and elves are artistically refined and polite. Be prepared for a confrontational truth as Brangwain Spurge, elfin emissary, is catapulted across the Bonecruel Mountains into the goblin territory of Tenebrion. His mission is to infiltrate and spy on the evil goblin government under the pretence of delivering a gift, and return alive.
ISBN 9780763698225
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Anderson, M.T. & Yelchin, Eugene
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Astonishing colour of after, The
What is the colour of love or loss? After an unimaginable tragedy turns her life upside-down, Leigh embarks on a quest that is partly physical, partly magical, and entirely transformative. An artist by calling, Leigh's story is illuminated in colours of all shades and meaning. As she journeys into her family's past and discovers a cultural identity she never knew, she finds the answers she was looking for, and even answers she didn't know she needed. This book deals with issues of grief, suicide and healing. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781510102965
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Pan, Emily X R
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Avenged
A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her. Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together have devised a plan that will rebuild Ruina to its former glory. But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn't mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760290658
Series Ruined series (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Tintera, Amy
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Bad magic: A Skulduggery Pleasant graphic novel
'A small town in the middle of Ireland, a string of unexplained deaths and a monster on the loose. Better call in the experts. When Skullduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain drive into Termoncara, they discover a town with a drak past and a people haunted by darker secrets. There is a creature stalking the streets - a creature who delights in cruelty, who feeds off the little hatreds, who grows stronger with every drop of blood spilled. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780008585785
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2023
Topics / Graphic novels /
Landy, Derek & Holden, P.J. & Soffe, Matt
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Ballad of songbirds and snakes, The
Coriolanus Snow from the once powerful and revered family is a poverty stricken and starved college student about to graduate. He has one shot to earn his way into university - win the Hunger Games! He's been given the lowliest tribute from the lowliest district to mentor and try to have survive the games. She needs to kill all 23 other contestants to be the Victor. Triumph means a shot at recovering the Snow legacy and building towards a powerful career, failure is unthinkable. And now Coriolanus is falling for his tribute. What extremes is Coriolanus Snow prepared to go to for his triumph and what price is he prepared to pay. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781743836811
Series Hunger Games series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2020
Collins, Suzanne
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Banished
While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story - and to remember how to get home. Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated. Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?
ISBN 9781492636021
Series Storytellers series series (3 of 3)
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2018
Schow, Betsy
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Bartlett and the city of flames
When Bartlett, Jacques le Grand and Gozo emerge from the Margoulis Caverns into daylight and the heat of the stonefields, little do they realise that they are about to embark on a wonderful adventure.
ISBN 9781865081168
Series Bartlett series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett and the forest of plenty
Bartlett and his companions are on an expedition to discover what lies beyond the great Gircassian Rift. They look down on a huge expanse of trees and young Gozo sees - or does he - a flash of white.
ISBN 9781865084657
Series Bartlett series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett and the ice voyage
The first adventure of Bartlett. The young queen is sent presents from every corner of her seven kingdom's but not the present she wants. Bartlett, the explorer, is the man to help her.
ISBN 9781582347974
Series Bartlett series (1 of 4)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2003
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett and the island of kings
Stranded on a volcanic island, Bartlett and his companions find people under the sway of the Machan, the holder of the true book. They have five days to unravel the riddle before they must climb the volcano and never come back.
ISBN 9781741141115
Series Bartlett series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Hirsch, Odo
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Any five titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top of the screen.
Series Bartlett series (4 books)
Hirsch, Odo
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Battle for Quentaris
A lifesize statue of two warriors is accidentally uncovered beneath the Old Tree Questhouse. In trying to learn more about it, Nisha unwittingly gives it powers, which will almost bring about the destruction of Quentaris.
ISBN 9780734409959
Series Quentaris chronicles series (28 books)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2008
Pryor, Michael
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Beast child
Twins Lenis and Missy Clemens have found their freedom aboard the airship, Hiryu. In their search for the mercenary Karasu, Missy must decide whether the safety of an entire nation is more important than her own sense of right and wrong. The bizarre connection that binds the twins begins to unravel and, when they meet a young boy from the past, the twins must decide to embrace their destiny or be torn forever apart.
ISBN 9781864719796
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Chandler, Ben
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Beautiful, The
As Celine Rousseau escapes Paris to 1872 New Orleans, she is hoping for escape and a better future. What she gets is attraction to the glitzy underworld and the members of La Cour des Lions. New Orleans is not all it seems and with a serial killer following her footsteps and her heart betraying her head, Celine is entering a world that may be her downfall. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781529368154
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2019
Ahdieh, Renee
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Beka Cooper series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Beka Cooper series (3 books)
Pierce, Tamora
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Bellmaker, The
Vicious Foxwolf, a fox who long ago discovered the body of a wolf and skinned it to wear as his own, is holding Mariel and Dandin captive. The pair are at the mercy of the evil despot and have only one hope of survival.
ISBN 9780441003150
Series Redwall series (7 of 22)
Publisher Ace, 1996
Jacques, Brian
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Beneath Quentaris
Nisha is a young, untrained fire magician in the beguiling city of Quentaris. Nisha is troubled by her erratic powers. While trying to harness them, she stumbles into the city beneath the city - Lower Quentaris
ISBN 9780734405562
Series Quentaris chronicles series (24 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Pryor, Michael
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Betrothed, The
When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked -- and thrilled. After all, she's grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king's attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.
ISBN 9780008158835
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Cass, Kiera
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Beyond the deepwoods
Abandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig is brought up by woodtrolls. One night, Twig does what has never been done before, he strays from the path. He finds a nightmare world, but is driven on to discover his true identity.
ISBN 9780552545921
Series The Edge chronicles series (1 of 11)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Billy Thunder and the night gate
Rage is desperate to find the healing magic that will save her mother. Her quest leads her to Valley, a strange, dark place where witches and wizards lurk.
ISBN 9781740933971
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Carmody, Isobelle
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Black cauldron, The
The evil death-lord Arawn is threatening the peaceful land of Prydain. Taran, the pig-keeper and hero of the Chronicles, must help find and destroy Arawn's powerful black cauldron, which creates an army of warriors who cannot be killed as they have no life. Taran must overcome the huntsman of Annuvin and the enchantresses, Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch, to fulfil his mission and protect Prydain.
ISBN 9781409515067
Series The Chronicles of Prydain series (2 of 5)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2011
Alexander, Lloyd
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Blazewrath games
Lana Torres has always dreamt of playing for her native Puerto Rico in the Blazewrath Games, a dangerous relay of dragon riders fighting and racing for glory. When the cup is jeopardised by the Sire, a legendary dragon cursed into human form, Lana finds herself navigating an International conspiracy and a world that's deadlier than her beloved sport.
ISBN 9781645670797
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2020
Ortiz, Amparo
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Bloodhound
Beka Cooper is finally a Dog, a fully fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus's streets. Delving deep into the gambling world, it won't be enough for Beka be her usual terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals and to be a Bloodhound.
ISBN 9781862918023
Series Beka Cooper series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Pierce, Tamora
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Blue djinn of Babylon, The
John and Phillipa must retrieve the Solomon Grimoire, an object that gives its user power over all djinns. They travel from New York to Istanbul, only to walk straight into a sinister trap. John must embark on an epic journey and still may not be able to save Phillipa. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs.
ISBN 9780439959506
Series The children of the lamp series (2 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Kerr, P B
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Blue sword, The
Living in the desert country of Damar, shared by the Homelanders and the secretive magical Hillfolk, orphaned Harry Crewe is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk king. He intends to train her in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men.
ISBN 9780141309750
Publisher Penguin Putnam, 2002
McKinley, Robin
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Blue window
Five siblings find themselves in a dizzying new world after falling through a mysterious cobalt window one December morning. Can it be real? Or are the group stuck in a bizarre collective dream?
ISBN 9780763660369
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Gewirtz, Adina Rishe
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Boggle hunters: Game on
Sam comes from a family of boggle hunters, although he is unaware of this when he is sent to stay with his English relatives. Computer games are Sam's passion and he cannot believe his eyes when he receives an invitation to become part of the role-playing game, 'Grim's castle'. Parallel stories ensue with Sam being led through a dangerous game and cousin Jenny searching for her missing parents. Fantasy and magic weave throughout this exciting quest.
ISBN 9781741698510
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Masson, Sophie
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Bone witch, The
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch. She puts all her energy into becoming an asha. But dark forces are encroaching, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to make a difficult choice about how to use her power.
ISBN 9781492652786
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2017
Chupeco, Rin
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In the Dominions, the dead linger, violent and unpredictable, unless a bonesmith severs the ghost from its remains. For bonesmith Wren, becoming a a ghost-fighting warrior is a chance to solidify her place in the noble House of Bone and impress her frequently absent father. But when sabotage causes Wren to fail her qualifying trial, she is banished to the Border Wall, the last line of defense against a wasteland called the Breach where the vicious dead roam unchecked. Determined to reclaim her family's respect, Wren gets her chance when a House of Gold prince is kidnapped and taken beyond the Wall. To prove she has what it takes to be a valkyr, Wren vows to cross the Breach and rescue the prince. But to do so, she's forced into an uneasy alliance with one of the kidnappers - a fierce ironsmith called Julian from the exiled House of Iron, the very people who caused the Breach in the first place -and the House of Bone's sworn enemy. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781399722353
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2023
Preto, Nicki Pau
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Book of dragons, A
Fantasy tales of make-believe appear before your eyes.
ISBN 9780816728794
Publisher Lioncrest, 1990
Green, Roger Lancelyn
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Book of dust, The: La Belle Sauvage
Malcolm Polstead's life in the pub beside the Thames is safe and happy enough, if uneventful. But during a winter of unceasing rain the forces of science, religion and politics begin to clash, and as the weather rises to a pitch of ferocity, all of Malcolm's certainties are torn asunder. Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change his and Lyra forever. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780857561084
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Pullman, Philip
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Book of three, The
Taran, a lowly Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs for adventure. When the magical pig, Hen Wen, disappears, Taran embarks on a death-defying quest to save her from the evil Horned King. His perilous adventures bring Taran new friends, an irritable dwarf, an impulsive bard, a strange hairy beast and the hot-headed Princess Eilonwy. Together, they face many dangers.
ISBN 9780440407027
Series The Chronicles of Prydain series (1 of 5)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 1999
Alexander, Lloyd
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Book of whispers, The
In Tuscany, 1096 AD, Luca sees demons. He keeps quiet about what he sees to avoid another exorcism. He also has dreams that sometimes predict the future. When Luca dreams his father's murder, he vows to stop it coming true. Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in a convent, Suzan has a vision of a boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. He will take her on an adventure that leads to places beyond their understanding. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925355512
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Starr, Kimberley
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Borderland
Jono, a city-born Indigenous teenager is trying to figure out who he really is. Life in Brisbane hasn't exactly made him feel connected to his Country or community. After graduating, Jono and his friend Jenny score gigs at the Aboriginal Performing Arts Centre and an incredible opportunity comes knocking - interning with a documentary crew. Their mission? To promote a big government mining project in the Queensland desert. The catch? The details are sketchy, and the land is rumoured to be sacred. But who cares? Jono is stoked just to be part of something meaningful. Life takes a turn when they land in Gambari, a tiny rural town far from the city. He's haunted by an eerie omen of death, battling suffocating panic attacks, and even experiencing visions of Wudun - a malevolent spirit from the Dreaming. What's the real story behind the gas mining venture? Are the documentary crew hiding something from Jono? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760802646
Publisher University of Western Australia Press, 2023
Akhurst, Graham
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Boy who disappeared, The
Rodney has powers to be a 'switcher' who can travel between parallel worlds. One world is highly developed and the other is almost medieval. The story follows the adventures across both worlds.
ISBN 9780734408921
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Milton, Wendy
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Boy who lost fairyland, The
When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Red Wind, he becomes a changeling-a human boy-in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate, while attending school and learning about human kindnesses - and un-kindnesses.
ISBN 9781472112828
Series Fairyland series (4 of 5)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2015
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Breaking dawn
Isabella Swan marries Edward Cullen and honours her commitment to become a vampire. The birth of their child places the Cullen family in great risk from the governing elite. Once again, Bella must look to her best friend, Jacob Black, for an unlikely allegiance which may save the day. Explores the consequences of power, the nature of love and loss, and the self-knowledge that comes from the journey into adulthood. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780316067928
Series Twilight saga series (4 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2008
Meyer, Stephenie
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Brisingr
Unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner. Eragon must now make choices, choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, and involve unimaginable sacrifice.
ISBN 9780375826726
Series Inheritance Cycle series (3 of 4)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Paolini, Christopher
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Brotherband series
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Series Brotherband series (9 books)
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: Return of the Temujai
In a battle of Skandians vs Temujai, the brotherband are facing their most formidable enemy yet. The Heron brotherband are home in Skandia - but their usually peaceful country is in danger. The Temujai have never given up on their ambition to claim Skandia for their own. The ruthless warriors from the Eastern Steppes waited a number of years after the Skandians thwarted them last time - with the help of the legendary Rangers of Araluen - but now they're on the move. The Skandians are concentrating their defences on the one pass through the mountains, and they're ready for battle - but what if the Temujai can find another way down to the coast? Erak sends Hal and his crew to investigate. And stop the Temujai - whatever it takes.
ISBN 9780143785941
Series Brotherband series (8 of 9)
Publisher Penguin, 2019
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: Scorpion mountain
King Duncan has a mission for the Heron brotherband. An assassination attempt on his daughter was foiled but the killers won't be satisfied until they have completed their task. The Herons team up with Ranger Gilan to track the killers across the deserts of Arrida and infiltrate their mountain lair. But, a seaside battle is looming and the Herons are called upon to help an old friend of Araluen in his fight.
ISBN 9781742759364
Series Brotherband series (5 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro
When the Heron brotherband become the Skandian duty ship to the Kingdom of Araluen, they're excited at the challenges ahead. The Herons eagerly set off for the trip - with an unexpected new crew member aboard. An enemy from their past returns, throwing the Herons into a quest to free captured Araluans from the slave market in Socorro. Even with the help of an Araluan Ranger, the task may be too much.
ISBN 9781742759340
Series Brotherband series (4 of 9)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The Caldera
Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandias greatest warrior. But an unexpected visitor arrives with a request Stig, Hal and the brotherband cannot refuse, a rescue mission of epic proportions. Pirates have kidnapped the son of the Empress of Byzantos, a city-state far to the south. The brotherband sets sail to recover the boy, only to find that the pirates fortress seems impenetrable, sitting atop towering cliffs above the deep lagoon, the caldera, of a volcanic crater.
ISBN 9780857980137
Series Brotherband series (7 of 9)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2017
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The ghostfaces
In a massive storm, the Brotherband crew are blown onto land so far west that Hal can't recognise it from any of his maps. Eerily, the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a feeling they're being watched. When a massive bear appears, advancing on two children, the crew rescues them and the local Mawagansett tribe finally reveal themselves. But, the peace is short-lived. The Ghostfaces, a ruthless, warlike tribe are returning to steal and destroy. The Herons gear up to help their new friends repel an invasion.
ISBN 9780399163579
Series Brotherband series (6 of 9)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2016
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The stern chase
Pirates have stolen the Skandians' best ship and it's up to Hal and the Heron brotherband to find them in the unputdownable ninth adventure in the New York Times bestselling series. Outnumbered but determined, the Herons are ready for action. The scene is set for an epic battle at sea . . . For years now, the Skandians have been the guardians of the Stormwhite Sea, stopping piracy wherever they find it. But there are some who don't like the Skandians' new role. When their enemies strike at the heart of Hallasholm, damaging every ship and stealing the pride of the fleet, there is one hope. Hal's ship, the newly rebuilt Heron, was being repaired so the attackers didn't find her. Hal and the Heron brotherband - along with the Oberjarl, Erak - set off to find Wolfwind. But when they discover the thieves are using Wolfwind to plunder ships and towns and blame the Skandians, Hal realises the pirates have a more sinister plan.
ISBN 9781761043062
Series Brotherband series (9 of 9)
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Flanagan, John
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Buried moon, The: And other tales of bright young women
All of the seven tales in this collection have one thing in common. They are stories of young women who face darkness and danger, but who prevail against the odds because of the brightness of their spirit and the strength of their resolve. The Moon is saved from the bog by the courage of those who love her bright light... Fenella stays silent for seven years and weaves cloth from nettles to save her brothers... Nastia must learn to survive alone in the land of the midnight sun... Jiayang, daughter of the Emperor of China, devises an impossible quest for her unwanted suitors...Jennet holds fast to her beloved, despite the cruel enchantments the Faery Queen casts upon him... Sofiya outwits the Tsar and so wins his love and respect... Molly Whuppie outwits a giant and saves her sisters... These stories of bright young women will remind readers of their own inner radiance, which gives them power to illuminate the whole world.
ISBN 9780648400004
Publisher Serenity Press, 2019
Forsyth, Kate & Carrington, Lorena (ill)
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Set in middle America in the 1950s, Sarah and her father have hired a belligerent dragon of Russian heritage to clear their land. His arrival signals the beginning of a destiny that spirals beyond anyone's control. This story explores race, sexuality, gender stereotypes and how dragon power can be used for good or for evil. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406375503
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Ness, Patrick
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Caraval
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781473629158
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2017
Garber, Stephanie
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Carry on
Simon Snow might be the worst Chosen One ever, at least according to his roommate, Baz. And Baz might be evil and a vampire, but he could also be right. Most of the time, Simon can't make his wand work, he mostly can't find his mentor, and there's a magic-eating monster causing mayhem. Baz would be loving it, except he hasn't even bothered to come back to school for the final year. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. You think you've read this book before, but you haven't. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781250135025
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
Rowell, Rainbow
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Castle of Llyr
It's time for Eilonwy, Princess of the Royal House of Llyr, to become a lady, although she'd much rather seek adventures with pig-keeper, Taran. With his faithful companions, Taran must negotiate the lair of the giant cat, Llyan, and the cavern of the King of Stones in his quest to win back Eilonwy before he loses her to the feeble Prince Rhun or, worse still, to the clutches of the evil enchantress, Achren.
ISBN 9781409515074
Series The Chronicles of Prydain series (3 of 5)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2011
Alexander, Lloyd
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Cat dreamer, The
When visitors arrive in Quentaris and stay, dark and strange rumours of sacrifice emerge and people start disappearing. Igorik, with the help of a mysterious cat, takes it upon himself to investigate.
ISBN 9780734407627
Series Quentaris chronicles series (9 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Carmody, Isobelle
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Catalyst, The
For eighteen years, the world has been divided into the magically Gifted and the non-magical Ashkind. Rose Elmsworth's identity is far more dangerous. At fifteen, she has earned herself a place alongside her father in the Department, a brutal law-enforcement organisation, run by the Gifted to control the Ashkind. But, an old enemy is threatening to start a catastrophic war and Rose faces a challenging choice and a test of her loyalties. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781444794670
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2015
Coggan, Helena
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Catwoman: Soulstealer
When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has . . . Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141386898
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Maas, Sarah J
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Cemetery boys
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250250469
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2020
Thomas, Aiden
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Changeover, The
Laura has premonitions and senses what is about to happen. She is encouraged to 'change over' and become a witch so that she can help save her brother from an evil spirit. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780007155019
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
Mahy, Margaret
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Chanters of Tremaris series
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Series Chanters of Tremaris series (4 books)
Constable, Kate
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Charmed life
Everyone says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother, Eric, better known as Cat, is not so keen for he has no talent for magic at all.
ISBN 9780007118519
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2001
Jones, Diana Wynne
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Chasing the valley
Danika Glynn is used to struggling to survive. When the tyrannous king launches an attack on her city, she risks her life in a daring escape and joins a crew of refugees, who seek Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. Danika also grapples with her burgeoning magical abilities and, when she meets the mysterious Lukas, she must balance her feelings against her crew's safety.
ISBN 9781742759548
Series Chasing the valley series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Chasing the valley series
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Series Chasing the valley series (3 books)
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Chasing the valley: Borderlands
Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley and trying to evade the king's most lethal hunter. They must cross the smugglers' territory, the Borderlands, which are lawless and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika seeks the smugglers' help and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly. But, it is Lukas who hides the most dangerous secret.
ISBN 9781742759562
Series Chasing the valley series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2014
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Chasing the valley: Skyfire
Danika Glynn and her crew of refugees finally reach the Magnetic Valley. But, they don't know whether it will provide the safe refuge and land of freedom they imagine. When a runaway girl is shot down before their eyes, Danika and her friends realise that this new land is no paradise. They must try to fit in at all costs, even if revealing their secrets will mean a death sentence.
ISBN 9780857981721
Series Chasing the valley series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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Children of blood and bone
Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. Zelie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781509871353
Publisher MacMillan, 2018
Adeyemi, Tomi
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Children of the lost, The
Mark and Lily have been banished from Agora, the ancient city-state where everything is for sale, memories, emotions and even children. Lost and alone they discover Giseth, a seemingly perfect land where everyone is equal and possessions are unknown. Lily believes they will find the secret of their entwined destiny. But paradise comes at a price.
ISBN 9780141330129
Publisher Penguin, 2010
Whitley, David
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Chinese Cinderella: the mystery of the Song Dynasty painting
Following a fall, and in hospital where Chinese Cinderella sees a copy of an ancient painting. She is haunted by vivid dreams that seem strange, yet somehow familiar, recalling a life lived eight hundred years ago during the Song Dynasty. Hypnosis is used, leaving open the concept of reincarnation.
ISBN 9781741146363
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Mah, Adeline Yen
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Chronicles of ancient darkness series
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Series Chronicles of ancient darkness series (5 books)
Various
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Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 1: eighth grade bites
Thirteen year old Vladimir Tod is half human and half vampire. Only two people know his secret, his best friend, Henry, and his mother's friend, Nelly, who raised him after the death of his parents in a mysterious house fire. Vlad finds his father's diary and realises that his parents were murdered, and that he may be next in line. Includes vampiric violence. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143205142
Series Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series (1 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Brewer, Heather
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Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 2: ninth grade slays
By the start of the second book, Vlad knows that the strange newcomer to town, Otis, was really a vampire and also his uncle. Otis has gone away, leaving Vlad to practise his increasing vampiric skills. Life at Bathory High School has its downsides but Vlad still has his best friend, Henry, to watch his back. Includes vampiric violence. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143205159
Series Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series (2 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Brewer, Heather
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Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 3: tenth grade bleeds
Vlad has just discovered he may be the Pravus, destined to rule over vampires. Life at Bathory High School is getting complicated. D'Ablo wants his father's journal and he is being stalked by Ignatius, a bounty hunter, who seeks his death. As well, Vlad's best friend, Henry, is angry and backing away from him. Vampiric violence included. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143205166
Series Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series (3 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Brewer, Heather
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Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 4: eleventh grade burns
Vladimir discovers that it will be his reluctant destiny to wreak havoc on humans. Life at Bathory High School becomes more complicated as Eddie Poe attempts to 'out' Vlad as a vampire in the school newspaper. Vlad is gaining super strength and is the target of Dorian, a powerful vampire, and D'Ablo who wishes to usurp his position. Includes vampiric violence. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143205173
Series Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series (4 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Brewer, Heather
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Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 5: twelfth grade kills
In the final book in this series, Vlad Tod is about to turn eighteen and his destiny as Pravus awaits him. He is determined to use his powers for good, in defiance of a prophecy which foretells a massacre at his hands. Although not all the characters emerge unscathed, readers will enjoy the suspense and action. Includes vampiric violence. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780525422242
Series Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series (5 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Brewer, Heather
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Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series
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Series Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series (5 books)
Brewer, Heather
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Cinder
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, and she's also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
ISBN 9780141340135
Series Lunar Chronicles series (1 of 6)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Meyer, Marissa
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Cinderella is dead
It's 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over. Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she's tiny until the night she's sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball are forfeit. But Sophia doesn't want to be chosen - she's in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia's night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella's tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world ...
ISBN 9781526621979
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2020
Bayron, Kalynn
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City of ashes
Clary Fray is dragged deeper into New York's terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the start and now the fate of the world rests on Clary's shoulders. She must master her new-found powers and control her feelings for a boy who can never be more than a friend. Graphic violence relating to humans, vampires and werewolves. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406318494
Series Mortal instruments series (2 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Clare, Cassandra
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City of bones
It's after dark in New York and Clary Fray is seeing things. She has witnessed a stabbing but the victim vanishes. Clary discovers she can see supernatural beings that no one else can. She is drawn into an invisible war between ancient forces and the secretive Shadowhunters. She learns that her mother is mysteriously connected to these strange events. Graphic violence relating to humans, vampires and werewolves. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406307627
Series Mortal instruments series (1 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Clare, Cassandra
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City of fallen angels
Simon is having trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city, only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they'd won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406328660
Series Mortal instruments series (4 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Clare, Cassandra
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City of glass
Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide whether to fight with or against the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders. Jace and Clary's feelings have deepened and they must decide whether to pursue the love that they know is forbidden. Includes graphic violence relating to humans, vampires and werewolves. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406322873
Series Mortal instruments series (3 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Clare, Cassandra
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City of heavenly fire
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons? When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781481426305
Series Mortal instruments series (6 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Clare, Cassandra
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City of lost souls
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith's magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace's soul. Shea is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781442416864
Series Mortal instruments series (5 of 6)
Publisher Margaret K McElderry, 2012
Clare, Cassandra
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Clair de lune
Clair-de-Lune has lived with her grandmother since her mother died. She lives a sheltered life until she meets Bonaventure, a brave talking mouse, who takes Clair-de-Lune on adventures of which she had only dreamed.
ISBN 9780143300007
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Golds, Cassandra
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Clariel
Clariel, the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, dreams of a simple life. But, there's a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, her parents want her to marry a killer and a plot is brewing against the old King Orrikan. Clariel finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. She must avoid the temptation of power to escape marriage and save the King.
ISBN 9780061561559
Series Old kingdom series (4 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2014
Nix, Garth
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Clash of the sky galleons
Quint is travelling with his father, Wind Jackal, on a mission to track down and bring to justice Turbot Smeal, the man who started the fire that killed their family. Wind Jackal is consumed by his desire to capture Smeal and his judgement is flawed. His actions endanger the lives of his crew and his son.
ISBN 9780385607216
Series The Edge chronicles series (9 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2006
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Clockwork angel
Miss Tessa Gray, tricked into the clutches of the Dark Sisters preparing her for an evil destiny with The Magister, begins a nightmarish adventure as she tries to rescue her weak brother, Nate. Set in a 19th century London world of vampires, warlocks, shadowhunters and terror, where nothing is as it seems. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406328813
Series Infernal devices series (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Clare, Cassandra
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Clockwork Prince
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street, and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781481456012
Series Infernal devices series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Clare, Cassandra
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Clockwork princess
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray. Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Will and Jem, will do anything to save her. As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain's clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army? The tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781481456036
Series Infernal devices series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Clare, Cassandra
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Cobra king of Kathmandu, The
After several mysterious deaths, John and Philippa try to discover the secret of a powerful talisman before it falls into the hands of the malevolent cult of the Nine Cobras and Guru Masamjhasara. They face great danger on their harrowing journey through Nepal and northern India.
ISBN 9780439670241
Series The children of the lamp series (3 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Kerr, P B
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Cold fire
Daja, a smith-mage, and her teacher spend the winter in Kugisko. A series of fires suggest the work of an arsonist and Daja is impressed by the heroic efforts of the firefighter, Bennet; but Daja's world is about to be turned upside-down. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780590396561
Series The circle opens series (3 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2003
Pierce, Tamora
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Cold iron
Tattercoat's only friends include Pug, the gooseherd, and Malkin, the serving maid. They devise a way to smuggle Tattercoat in to a birthday ball from which her grandfather has excluded her.
ISBN 9780733605833
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1998
Masson, Sophie
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Colossus rises, The
Jack must lead a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs, which, when combined together, can save their lives. The challenge: the orbs have been missing for a thousand years, lost among the ruins and relics of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. First stop: The Colossus of Rhodes, where they realise that there's way more at stake than just their lives.
ISBN 9780007515035
Series Seven wonders series (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Lerangis, Peter
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Conference of the Birds, The
A fragile peace. An apocryphal warning. Chaos waiting in the heart of the storm. With his dying words, H - Jacob's final connection to his grandfather Abe's secret life - entrusts Jacob with a mission: Deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor, save the future of all peculiardom. But with only a few bewildering clues to follow, time is running out. With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman's story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the newest installment of the beloved, #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780241320914
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Riggs, Ransom
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Coraline
There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.
ISBN 9780061139376
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2002
Gaiman, Neil
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Coraline: graphic novel
Coraline is an explorer, discovering everything she can about the area around her family's new home. A door In their flat seems to go nowhere but Coraline enters an alternate world that, at first, is full of interesting things. However, the dangerous creature there, called the other mother, intends to keep her forever. When Coraline's parents are kidnapped into the other world, she sets off on a mission to rescue them.
ISBN 9780060825454
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2009
Topics / Graphic novels /
Gaiman, Neil & Russell, P Craig (ill & adapt)
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Corydon and the island of monsters
The first book in a trilogy retelling the Greek myth of Medusa. Young Corydon is driven out of his village because of his unusual appearance and put on display as a monster, with other classical beasts, in a travelling freak show.
ISBN 9780689875380
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2006
Druitt, Tobias
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Cress
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
ISBN 9780312642976
Series Lunar Chronicles series (3 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2014
Meyer, Marissa
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Crimes of Grindelwald, The: The original screenplay
J.K. Rowling's five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all nonmagical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
ISBN 9781408711705
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Rowling, J K
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Cruel prince, The
How do you go from living a perfectly normal suburban life with your family to finding out your mother was once married to a powerful and violent warlord fairy and your sister is half fairy too? What happens when you are taken away to live with this man's family in the fairy world - how do you survive when you have no fairy powers or qualities to protect you. What happens when you meet the dangerous and cruel Prince of Fairies who seems to particularly resent you living in his world? And can you ever grow to love the man who is your father in the fairy world. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781471407277
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2018
Black, Holly
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Curse of ash & embers, A
Gyssha Blackbone, the evil witch of Black Oak Cottage, is dead, killed by her kin, Aleida Blackbone. She has left behind a curse, and the evil monsters she constructed still lurk amongst the trees. A young servant girl unwittingly has been called into service of Aleida only to discover a cursed mistress and an angry warlock who are more powerful than Elodie could ever have imagined. But who sent the letter offering the position to Elodie, and now that she's here, is danger and power better than the home she left where her step father terrorised her and treated her as a slave? All Elodie knows is that her new mistress needs her, Aleida is weak from the curse and the warlock will destroy them both if they do not repay the dead witch's debt. It is not long before Elodie is battling terrors that she could never have imagined existed, both her and Aleida standing together against unspeakable evil that only they can stop.
ISBN 9781460756331
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Spurrier, Jo
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Curse of kings
Oland is a lowly servant who lives in fear for life, until one day he finds a letter from a long-dead king, warning him to run for his life and accept a quest to restore a shattered kingdom.
ISBN 9780007335770
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Barclay, Alex
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Curse of the Gloamglozer, The
Quint is the son of a sky pirate captain. He arrives in Sanctaphrax at the request of Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, who needs an apprentice he can trust to carry out a series of important tasks. Just how important, Quint is about to find out as he and Linius's only daughter, Maris, are plunged into the midst of a terrifying adventure.
ISBN 9780552554251
Series The Edge chronicles series (4 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2001
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Curse of the King, The
The Curse of the King chronicles the adventures of Jack McKinley and his friends as they face their greatest challenge yet the long-lost Statue of Zeus. In their struggle to undo what's been done and unlock the secrets of this Wonder of the Ancient World, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles, and face down their own destiny to save themselves and the world from destruction.
ISBN 9780062070500
Series Seven wonders series (4 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Lerangis, Peter
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Curse so dark and lonely, A
It's a tale as old as time, but not quite as we know it...Prince Rhen of Emberfall has been cursed to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year until a girl falls in love with him- a challenge made all the more difficult when he transforms into a bloodthirsty monster hell-bent on destruction. Harper's life has been far from a fairytale- her mother is dying, her father has disappeared and she and her brother have resorted to a life of crime in Washington, DC to try to repay the debts their father created. Despite her intelligence and determination, she's used to being overlooked because of her cerebral palsy. When she's pulled into the magical world of Emberfall, she's quick to ensure she's taken seriously- but will she be willing to help break the curse in this modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast?
ISBN 9781408884614
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2019
Kemmerer, Brigid
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Damned, The
Fleeing Paris for a new start in New Orleans, Celine Rousseau hoped it would be a safe place. Before long she was drawn into the dark underbelly of the city and the La Cour des Lions. As she struggles with her memories and an uneasy feeling there is something she needs to recall, Celine's dreams are troubled. While Sebastien, cursed and changed forever, struggles with his own new identity and what he has lost because of it. Broken treaties and new truths bring danger to this pair and their future. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781529368376
Publisher Penguin USA, 2021
Ahdieh, Renee
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Dance with fate, A
Despite her brother leaving for the Otherworld, Liobhan, a young warrior bard is determined to complete her training as an elite fighter on Swan Island. She is devastated when her comrade Dau is injured and loses his sight in a training bout. Blamed by Dau's family, she agrees to accompany him home to Oakhill as a bondservant for one year. But Oakhill is a place of dark secrets. Dau battles demons of despair whilst the vicious Crow Folk threaten both worlds. It will take a great deal of skill and a touch of the uncanny to give them hope of survival. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760784225
Publisher MacMillan, 2020
Marillier, Juliet
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Dandelion fire
Henry York discovers that he is a seventh son with the gift of second sight, an ability to tune into the hidden nature of people and objects. He will use this gift to combat the rising strength of the witch of Endor whose evil is all encompassing.
ISBN 9781741664218
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Wilson, N D
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Dangerous spaces
Athena finds a box covered with green material. Inside it, she sees a dream world which draws her and her cousins in.
ISBN 9780140363623
Publisher Puffin NZ, 1993
Mahy, Margaret
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Dark angels
Thirteen year old Wolf is escaping from the abbey which has been his home and prison for the last eight years. Scrambling up over the wild and haunted ridge known as Devil's Edge, he has a strange encounter and the creature he discovers will change his life for ever.
ISBN 9780007214891
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Langrish, Katherine
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Dark Heir
The Dark King has risen. Only a handful of heroes remain. The Hall of the Stewards is in ruins. Pursued by dark forces, Will and his allies must travel to the heart of the ancient world, forging new and dangerous ties, and revealing the shocking secrets of the past. But Will is carrying a dark secret of his own - his true identity. As the ancient world threatens to return, can Will and his friends fight their fate? Or will the truths they learn tear their world apart? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781760875763
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Pacat, C.S.
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Dark is rising series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Dark is rising series (5 books)
Cooper, Susan
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Dark is rising, The
The Dark and the Light are ancient enemies. In book two in the series of five, the Dark has chosen this time to begin its ascent.
ISBN 9780689829833
Series Dark is rising series (2 of 5)
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 1999
Cooper, Susan
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Dark materials series
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Series Dark materials series (3 books)
Pullman, Philip
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Dark rise
The ancient world of magic is no more. Its heroes are dead, its halls are in ruins and its great battles between Light and Dark are forgotten. Only the Stewards remember. For centuries they have kept vigil, sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns. Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run in London, pursued by the men who killed his mother. When an old servant urges him to seek out the Stewards, Will is ushered into a secret world, where he must train to fight for the Light in the oncoming war. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760875749
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Pacat, C S
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Dark tide, The
Lina lives in a world where her city must give a sacrifice each year to the neighbouring witches. This year Lina's sweetheart has been selected and will die in the sacrifice. In an attempt to save him Lina offers herself instead. What follows is a race against time to convince the witches to find another sacrifice. Will Lina succeed and what happens when Lina's starts to question her love?
ISBN 9781760894726
Publisher Penguin, 2020
Jasinska, Alicia
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Darkening, The
The Storm is a deadly force that surrounds the city and curses everyone in it. Vesper Vale and her ex-revolutionary father must evade both the storm and the queen's soldiers by using dangerous experimental magic. When her father is captured, Vesper must find a way to infiltrate the elite squad of soldier-sorcerers, lead by the powerful Prince Valca. When Vesper learns there's more at play within the deadly Storm, she must risk everything to fight - including her heart. This book contains adult themes, including depictions of death and violence. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781529354874
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2022
Mara, Sunya
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Daughter of the flames
A sweeping fantasy chronicling a courageous girl's sometimes violent fight for freedom in a world ravaged by war and religious fanaticism. Tackles themes such as religion and terrorism as well as unconventional love. Usually read by students in Year 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406308617
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Marriott, Zoe
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Day of the djinn warriors, The
John and Phillipa are trying to determine why the valuable jade collections in museums all over the world are disappearing. An aging curse has been placed on their father and another wicked spell has awakened the terracotta soldiers of China. The twins must stop the mysterious terracotta warriors, rescue their parents and save the world before it's too late.
ISBN 9781407103655
Series The children of the lamp series (4 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Kerr, P B
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Deathless girls, The
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin. On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts. They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781510106918
Publisher Orion, 2019
Millwood Hargrave, Kim
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Deep water
When her mum suddenly disappears, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village with her Dad, where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village's dark, disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she's not who, or what, she thought she was. And, the only way to save her family from a bitter curse is to embrace her incredible, new gift, however impossible it seems.
ISBN 9781409586104
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Hersey, Lu
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Deeplight
On the jumbled streets of the island of Lady's Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something restless stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brace enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous...
ISBN 9781529014570
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Hardinge, Frances
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Defy the sun
Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda has joined the underground revolutionaries and they are determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for their people. Nico is one of those ruling Imperi and has just been named heir to the most powerful man aboveground. Nico and Veda are childhood friends and possibly more but their people are at war with eachother. Veda becomes a hostage. The whole island will burn unless Nico and Veda can come together and rip everything apart. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781250154774
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2020
Fleck, Jessika
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Desolations of Devil's Acre, The
The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face. Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned. After a narrow getaway from a blood-thirsty hollow, Jacob and Noor reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children in Devil's Acre. The Acre is being plagued by desolations - weather fronts of ash and blood and bone - a terrible portent of Caul's amassing army. Jacob and his friends will face deadly enemies and race through history's most dangerous loops in this thrilling page-turner, the final adventure in the beloved Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780241320945
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Riggs, Ransom
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Disappearance of Ember Crow, The
Ember Crow is missing. To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But, Ashala doesn't realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat, her own past. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921720093
Series The Tribe series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Doctor Who: Thirteen doctors 13 stories
A new version of this much-loved anthology features an exclusive, new tale - written by Naomi Alderman, author of The Power - that will star the Thirteenth Doctor, as she battles to save the universe with her three close and trusted friends. Other authors featured are: Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Neil Gaiman, and Holly Black.
ISBN 9780241356173
Publisher Puffin UK, 2019
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Doctor Who: Time Lord fairy tales
WE ARE ALL STORIES, IN THE END... Fifteen tales of ancient wonder and mystery, passed down through generations of Time Lords. Dark, beautiful and twisted, these stories are filled with nightmarish terrors and heroic triumphs, from across all of time and space. Usually read by students in year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781405920025
Publisher Puffin UK, 2015
Richards, Justin & Wardle, David (ill)
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Doomwyte
On a moonless night, two rats follow hypnotic lights into the forest, never to be seen again. Such is the power of the Doomwytes, sinister ravens led by the deadly Korvus Skurr. When the creatures of Redwall Abbey go in search of a fabled treasure, they do not suspect Skurr and his ravens are vying for that very treasure.
ISBN 9780141384375
Series Redwall series (20 of 22)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Jacques, Brian
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Dorothy must die
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062280671
Series Dorothy must die series (1 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2014
Paige, Danielle
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Series Dorothy must die series (5 books)
Paige, Danielle
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Dragon and her boy, The
Stick lives in the city of London with his other gutterling friends, performing on the streets for food and money. When children start disappearing, including some of Stick's friends, he starts to investigate. Unexpectedly, this leads him to discover a grumpy dragon trapped in a tunnel underneath London. Will helping her escape and find a new home cause him to disappear, too? Or can the dragon help him to find his friends?
ISBN 9781510107120
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2021
Chrimes, Penny & Szabo, Levente (ill)
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Dragon dawn
At less than 1000 years old, Danzi is a young dragon. He should be hibernating for winter but has an obligation to deliver an inheritance to the family of his old Dragonkeeper's family. His duty is interrupted when he rescues a man from some brutal soldiers. It is a dangerous time for a dragon to be without a keeper.
ISBN 9781742030623
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2008
Wilkinson, Carole
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Dragon skin
How to save a dragon: 1) Assemble equipment. Water, Weet-Bix, sugar, syringe, sticky tape, scissors. 2) Believe in everything. Pip never wants to go home. She likes to sit at the waterhole at dusk and remember Mika, her best friend. At home her mother's not the same since her boyfriend moved in. They don't laugh anymore and Pip has to go to bed early, turn off her light and pretend she doesn't exist. When she finds a half-dead creature at the waterhole, everything changes. She knows she has to save this small dragon and return it to where it comes from. But how?
ISBN 9781760526108
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2021
Foxlee, Karen
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Dragonlords of Quentaris
Hero Rad is still very immature and finds himself kidnapped and sold into slavery. Quentaris is invaded and nearly all of the citizens are forced to wear slave neck collars.
ISBN 9780734406200
Series Quentaris chronicles series (18 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Collins, Paul
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Dream walker, The
A wonderful work of magical realism from a debut Australian Author. The Dream Walker is the story of Lucy, 16 years old and desperate to escape her life in her small impoverished fishing village. But the year ahead will change not only Lucy but reshape her entire world. Framed by the stunning Northern Queensland setting this magical tale, equally sad and optimistic, with remarkably believable characters is a joy to read and a book that is difficult to forget. Contains mature themes, usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780734417473
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Carless, Victoria
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Dreamwalker
Ken's ambition was to be a comic-book artist using lifelike drawings and real stories. When he wakes from a dream, one of his characters claims to have imagined him. Ken must find who is the dreamer and who was the dream. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734403902
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Carmody, Isobelle & Woolman, Steven (ill)
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Drowned Wednesday
Yet another adventure for Arthur Penhaligon in his quest to find the third part of the Will and face the forces of the Trustees. During his adventure, he encounters a variety of creatures and enlists the help of a number of friends.
ISBN 9781741144413
Series Keys to the kingdom series (3 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Nix, Garth
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Earthsea series, The
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Series Earthsea series, The (5 books)
Le Guin, Ursula
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Series Earthsea series, The (5 books)
Le Guin, Ursula
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Eat the sky, drink the ocean
A collection of science fiction and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty exciting writers and artists from India and Australia. Dive into these stories and see how girls cope with the dangers of worlds gone mad. Every story is a journey and each story has its own magic. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743319789
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Murray, Kirsty (ed) & Dhar, Payal (ed) & Anita Roy (ed)
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Eclipse
Newborn vampires are terrorising the residents of Seattle and Bella again finds herself in grave danger. To help control the mounting chaos, Bella must try to bring the feuding vampires and werewolves together, and decide between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781905654369
Series Twilight saga series (3 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephenie
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Edge of extinction
The age of man is over, reintroducing dinosaurs to Earth was an unsurprisingly bad idea. while the Survivors rebuild a society in underground bunkers, some wonder if there is more to what's left than this? Sky Munday breaks free from her compound to face the surface, the dinosaurs and maybe even to find her missing father. Who will kill her first, her former compound community, or the reptilian predators above?
ISBN 9780008152895
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Martin, Laura
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Egg and spoon
Elena Rudina lives with her dying mother in the impoverished Russian countryside. One day, a train arrives carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an adventure begins that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince travelling incognito and a wise-cracking Baba Yaga, a witch who lives in a house perched on chicken legs.
ISBN 9780763672201
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Maguire, Gregory
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Eldest
As Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, travel to the land of the elves to further their training in the skills of the Dragon Rider, they experience new adventures. Meanwhile, Eragon's cousin, Roran, fights a new battle back home and the outcome may put Eragon in grave danger.
ISBN 9780385608695
Series Inheritance Cycle series (2 of 4)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Paolini, Christopher
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Ember queen
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo's blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers. Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way. With more at stake than ever, Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart's sister. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 & above
ISBN 9781760559113
Series Ash princess series (3 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2020
Sebastian, Laura
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Emergency rescue angel
Life has returned to routine for Mitch. Mostly. He's had to find a new kind of normal after his dad drowned saving a local kid. But now there's a new girl in Mitch's class and she's stirring things up. Her name is Max and she dresses a bit like a goth, and suddenly seems to be everywhere. One night Mitch sees Max and she looks different. She has ... big feathery wings. It turns out Max is an angel, but not quite how you'd imagine one. She is Mitch's emergency rescue angel, and just the kind of friend you want on your side when life gets tricky.
ISBN 9781760669263
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2020
Whittle, Cate
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Emperor mage
Because of her wild magic, which gives her a strong affinity with animals and the ability to heal them, Daine is part of a delegation sent to work out a peace treaty with a barbarous emperor whose beloved captive birds are deathly ill. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781416903376
Series The Immortals quartet series (3 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2005
Pierce, Tamora
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Empire of the waves: Voyage of the Moon Child
Pel Narine is on the edge of war and Anni Tidechild's world is on the brink of change. Uncertain about her past and fearful of the future, Anni lives a life of evasion, avoiding both her guardian, Wavelord Filip Able, and the voice that calls to her from the sea. When she meets Duck Knifetooth, the new friends are catapulted into unforeseen dangers -pirates, a giant, a mysterious ship and ancient creatures of the deep.
ISBN 9780143307549
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Richardson, Christopher
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Endgame: The complete training diaries
Before they were Players. Before the Calling. They trained to be selected as the one to save their ancient bloodline and win Endgame. In this collection of Training Diaries novellas, follow the Twelve (Marcus, Chiyoko, Sarah, Alice, Aisling, Baitsakhan, Jago, An, Shari, Kala, Maccabee and Hilal) through sacrifices and betrayals, broken hearts and broken bones, as they shed their normal lives and transform into the Players they were meant to be.
ISBN 9780007585342
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Frey, James
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Eon
Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But, he has a dark secret, living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye. When Eon is catapulted into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. Some violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670062270
Publisher Viking Children's, 2008
Goodman, Alison
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Eona
Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, thrust into the role of her country's saviour. Eona must find the strength to walk a deadly line between truth and justice, friendship and duty, and, most of all, her feelings for the king and Rat Dragoneye. Some violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732284947
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Goodman, Alison
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Equen Queen, The
A seemingly friendly sky-city appears to trade with Quentaris but all is not what it seems, and a dragon, its hatching egg and an equen all play their part in trying to save Quentaris.
ISBN 9781876462598
Series Quentaris chronicles series (28 books)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2008
Brugman, Alyssa
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Eragon
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. Perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But, when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realises he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. He sets off on a journey of magic, power, duty and destiny.
ISBN 9780552552097
Series Inheritance Cycle series (1 of 4)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2007
Paolini, Christopher
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Erebos
Nick finds himself caught between two worlds, playing a game on the computer that depends on his actions in real life.
ISBN 9781742379531
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Poznanski, Ursula & Pattinson, Judith (trans)
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Eternity's wheel
The heart-pounding conclusion to the InterWorld series, by award-winning writers Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves As the threat of FrostNight looms ever closer, Joey Harker seeks out more of his fellow Walkers across the Altiverse, training them as fast as he can. But even a solid team of recruits can't prepare Joey for the ultimate showdown with InterWorld's enemies, old and new. Joey never wanted to be in charge. But he's the one everyone is looking to now, and he'll have to step up if he has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Multiverse, and everything in between.
ISBN 9780007523504
Series Interworld series (3 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2015
Reaves, Michael and Reaves, Mallory
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Eulalia
Lord Asheye, the Badger Lord of Salamandastron, sees his own demise, prompting him to send a clever haremaid from the Long Patrol on a quest to find his successor. Meanwhile, Gorath, an orphaned warrior badger, has a vision of his own. A sword-wielding mouse tells him to follow a thief to Redwall. Complicating matters are Vizka Longtooth and his scurrilous Sea Raiders.
ISBN 9780141381619
Series Redwall series (19 of 22)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Euphoria kids
Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire. Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they're connected to the magic that's all around them. There's a new boy at school, a boy who's like them and who hasn't yet found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760685850
Publisher Echo Publishing, 2019
Evans, Alison
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Ever
When Kezi's mother's life is threatened, her father bargains with Admat, god of oaths, to spare her. He is unprepared for the consequences, that he must sacrifice Kezi, instead. Kezi finds hope in Olus, the Akkan god of the wind, who loves her and determines to save her. Together, they face seemingly insurmountable trials but, if both succeed, they will become immortal. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780061229626
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2009
Levine, Gail Carson
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Evil star
Five gatekeepers stand between humanity and supernatural chaos. Fourteen year old Matt has inner powers that are still beyond his control when he discovers another gatekeeper, Pedro. They face gun battles and kidnapping while experiencing the uglier side of Peru. Only when all the gatekeepers have found each other will they stop the black magic and unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286201
Series Power of Five series (2 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Horowitz, Anthony
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Evil star: the graphic novel
It began with Raven's Gate. But, it's not over, the enemy is stirring again. After defeating the Old Ones at Raven's Gate, Matt Freeman thought he could get on with his life. But, far away in Peru, a second gate is about to open. Only Matt has the power to stop the forces of darkness breaking through but, now, they know all about him. This time, they're going to destroy him first. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406311303
Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Lee, Tony & O'Connor, Lee (ill)
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Exile
There's something very wrong with me. When I wake up, I could be anyone! An angel in exile, Mercy is doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does. Now she "wakes" as unhappy teen Lela, a girl caring for a dying mother but never herself. As her shattered memory begins to return, Mercy remembers Ryan, the boy she fell in love with in another life, and Luc, the angel haunting her dreams. Will Mercy risk Lela's life to be reunited with her heart's true desire? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292003
Series Mercy series series (2 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2011
Lim, Rebecca
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Eye of the forest, The
When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.
ISBN 9780439932172
Series The children of the lamp series (5 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Kerr, P B
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Eyre affair, The
There is another 1985, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos can be regenerated and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of Jane Eyre. Thursday Next, a literary detective without equal, fear or botfriend, is on the trail of the villainous Hades who is kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340820476
Series Thursday Next series (1 of 6)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
Fforde, Jasper
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Factotum
Rossamund has exchanged the dangerous life of a lamplighter for Brandenbrass and an even more dangerous life as factotum to the aristocratic monsterslayer, Europe. He plunges headlong into the life of political manoeuvring, high society parties and well paid monster hunting. But rumours about her newfactotum place Europe in danger, and Rossamund and the Branden Rose face the ultimate battle against their enemies, the black-hearted schemers who would destroy them both.
ISBN 9781862916920
Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (3 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2010
Cornish, D M
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Fairest
Aza must save the kingdom of Ayortha and hopefully, win the love of the handsome prince. Possessed with a beautiful singing voice and an unusual gift, but bereft of popular beauty, Aza has been hidden in the shadows until she is drawn into palace intrigue by a jealous, insecure queen. An important lesson in true beauty and self-acceptance with all the treachery of Snow White. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780060734107
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2008
Levine, Gail Carson
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Fairest
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana's story is finally told. Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told, until now.
ISBN 9781250060556
Series Lunar Chronicles series (4 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2015
Meyer, Marissa
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Series Fairyland series (5 books)
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Fairytales for Wilde Girls
Isola Wilde sees lots of things others don't. But when a dead girl appears at Isola's window, full of threats, Isola needs help. Can her real-life friends and her brother-princes - magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises - protect her. Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl's demise... before the ghost steals Isola's last breath. Explores concepts for older readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742758510
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Near, Allyse
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Fall, The (The seventh tower 1)
In a land where sunstones provide the only light, Tal tries to save his family from social oblivion.
ISBN 9780439176828
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Nix, Garth
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: Illustrated edition
This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon - all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill.
ISBN 9781408885260
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Rowling, J K & Lomenech Gill, Olivia (ill)
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: The original screenplay
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone . . . This is the film script for the 2018 film.
ISBN 9780751574951
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Rowling, J K
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Farseekers, The
Elspeth must lead the Misfits in this sequel to the popular, Obernewtyn.
ISBN 9780141300986
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (2 of 7)
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Carmody, Isobelle
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Farthest shore, The
Ged, the archmage, now the greatest wizard of all Earthsea, has been warned that the world's magic is disappearing. Ged and his one companion, Arren, set out to close the hole in the world that is leeching out the light. They discover darkness, decay, decline and the loss of knowledge and power. Even the dead are mysteriously crossing over. They must rid the world of this insanity. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780689845345
Series Earthsea series, The (3 of 5)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2001
Le Guin, Ursula
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Fate
Bailey Morgan is a high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world but, as plain old Bailey, her life is falling apart. Then, she meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before long, Bailey is being drawn into a complicated, otherworldly web.
ISBN 9781741663044
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn
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Fearless
The second gothic novel in the Mirrorworld series sees Jacob Reckless facing death from the fairy's curse on the other side of the mirror.
ISBN 9781906427269
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2012
Funke, Cornelia
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Fellowship of the ring, The
First book of Tolkien's classic, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which the young hobbit, Frodo, is bequeathed a magical ring from his Uncle Bilbo and learns that he must take it into the land of the Dark Lord and cast it into the Cracks of Doom.
ISBN 9780007149216
Series Lord of the rings series (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
Tolkien, J R R
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Fierce September
Juno and the Taris inhabitants must leave their dying island for a wider life Outside. It is two year old Hera who saves the Taris people from the injury and death prepared for them by an underground group of protestors. Despite the hate campaign, the young people are entranced by the fashions, the technologies and, best of all for Juno, the freedom from extreme control. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781869793289
Series Juno of Taris series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Beale, Fleur
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Fifth quest, The
Rosie flirts with the value of friendship and the need to resist the surreal world of television. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143300014
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Oswald, Debra
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Fireborn: Twelve and the frozen forest
Twelve has lost so much. So she has spoken the pledge and now she is a Huntling. She has even given up her name to train in the art of fighting monsters and keeping the peace. She will not get to choose a new name until she has earned it. During training she finds it hard to make friends and feels like an outsider. But by following her instincts to do what she thinks is right when the one person who showed her kindness is taken by Goblins, she may lose everything.
ISBN 9780008394158
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Fowler, Aisling
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Firesong
The end of a long and dangerous journey for the Manth people as they leave the ruined Mastery to seek a new homeland. Sometimes violent and cruel but always compelling. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781740518024
Series Wind on fire trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2001
Nicholson, William
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First among sequels
Literary detective, Thursday Next, finds her Jurisfiction job has been downgraded. However, as this is fiction, jeopardy is never far away. Sherlock Holmes is killed and Miss Marple dies in a narratively inexplicable car accident, thus bringing both their series to an end. And, Thursday receives a death threat, clearly intended for her written self. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780340835753
Series Thursday Next series (5 of 6)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2007
Fforde, Jasper
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First test
Keladry wants to be accepted as a knight in the kingdom of Tortall in the first book of the series, Protector of the small.
ISBN 9780439968096
Series Protector of the small series (1 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Five fakirs of Faizabad, The
A modern fable about five fakirs who have been buried alive, an evil djinn, and a pair of globe-hopping twins who just can't get a moment's rest.
ISBN 9780545126588
Series The children of the lamp series (6 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2010
Kerr, P B
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Foretelling of Georgie Spider, The
Georgie Spider has foretold the end of the world and the only one who can stop it is Ashala Wolf. But, Georgie has also foreseen Ashala's death. As the world shifts around the Tribe, Ashala fights to protect those she loves from old enemies and new threats. Georgie can see the future but, in her fight to save Ashala, she must also try to change it. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781921720109
Series The Tribe series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Foreverland
Margaret is running away to Foreverland. She hopes she can escape all the changes in her life by living in this amusement park. It's tricky but how else do you get to sleep in a Haunted House? She meets another runaway, Jaime, who is just like her and teachers her how to live in Foreverland. But their secrets and true lives are slowly shared, and they need to make some big decisions.
ISBN 9781250763334
Publisher Imprint Publishing, 2020
Kear, Nicole C
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Forgotten prince, The
Thieves' Guild apprentice, Crocodile Sal, hadn't reckoned on royal and political intrigue, assassins, shape-shifters, betrayal, kidnapping gypsies, rift-world travel, trolls and murderous swamp creatures. She wonders what else can go wrong.
ISBN 9780734408822
Series Quentaris chronicles series (4 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Collins, Paul
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Foundling
Rossamund Bookchild is an orphan boy, saddled with a very unfortunate name. He dreams of joining the navy but, come the hiring season, Rossamund is instead offered employment as a lamplighter. Setting off alone, he encounters a variety of colourful characters and learns that the world is more complex and perilous than he was raised to believe. He meets Europe, a well-known fulgar or monster fighter.
ISBN 9781862916326
Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (1 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Cornish, D M
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Four dead queens
Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara's most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara's queens being murdered. With no other choices and on the run from her former employer, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, and together they race to discover who has killed the queens. But when dark secrets threaten their reluctant partnership and put everything at stake, Keralie and Varin must use all their daring to stay alive and untangle the mysteries behind the nation's four dead queens. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760524418
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Scholte, Astrid
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Freeglader
Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, Rook Barkwater and his colleagues, the librarian knights, must lead the escaping population to a new life in the Free Glades. But perils aplenty are ahead for the crowd, not to mention some goblins with plans of their own. A dramatic and exciting conclusion to the Rook Barkwater sequence.
ISBN 9780552554282
Series The Edge chronicles series (7 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2004
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Freya
Sara Vanadi, AKA Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war and death, finds herself combating the evil corporation, Finemdi, who are trying to entice the ancient gods and goddesses, seduce them with new powers and then use their godly strengths to achieve greatness in a modern world. Sara dedicates herself to fighting the evil company but she has to learn the ways of the new world first. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781250144188
Publisher St Martin's, 2018
Laurence, Matthew
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Fury
Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned. Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield. Ryan's love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her, now places Ryan in mortal danger. Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292027
Series Mercy series series (4 of 5)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Lim, Rebecca
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Gallant
Sixteen-year-old Olivia Prior is missing three things: a mother, a father and a voice. Her only companions are the ghouls she sees and her mother's journal, which captured a mind in turmoil. Until she receives a letter from an uncle she's never met, summoning her to his estate - Gallant. But when she arrives, she discovers her uncle is dead and the estate is empty, save for her cousin Matthew and the servants. Gallant is a house of secrets. Olivia searches for answers about her family, her past, she discovers a dark reflection of everything she knew, an ancient realm where ghosts take form and the dark master sits waiting for her... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781803360355
Publisher Titan Books, 2022
Schwab, V E
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Game of the goose, The
Three children pool their resources to buy a strange looking board game. As they begin the game, each child disappears inside it.
ISBN 9780670894383
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Gamers' quest
Inhabitants of a video game world, Tark and Zyra, are plunged into adventures involving dragons, princelings, magic, robots and laser weapons. Outside, as teenagers John and Tina, their lives are almost as exciting as they must help to save their world.
ISBN 9781876462864
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2009
Ivanoff, George
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Gap year in Ghost Town
Let's get this straight - ghosts are everywhere. And they're dangerous. This is why my family has hunted them for hundreds of years. The Marin family run a two-man operation in inner-city Melbourne. Anton has the ghost-sight, but his father does not. Theirs is a gentle approach to ghost hunting. Rani Cross, combat-skilled ghost hunter from the Company of the Righteous, is all about the slashing. Anton and Rani don't see eye to eye - but with a massive spike in violent ghost manifestations, they must find a way to work together. And what with all the blindingly terrifying brushes with death, Anton must use his gap year to decide if he really wants in on the whole ghost-hunting biz...
ISBN 9781760292768
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Pryor, Michael
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Series Gatekeeper series (4 books)
Blackburn, Richard
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Geis: A matter of life & death
The great chief matriarch is dying and has no heir. Drawing her last breath, she gives a final decree that, upon her death, there will be a contest to decide the one truly worthy to rule in her place. The rich, the strong, the wise and the powerful put forward their names in the hope of being chosen. When the night comes, only fifty souls are summoned. Fifty souls bound to the same fate. But, this is no ordinary trial. And, so begins the first task. Graphic novel.
ISBN 9781910620038
Publisher Nobrow, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Deacon, Alexis
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George's cosmic treasure hunt
Annie, aided by the research of her father, Eric (factual essays by Professor Stephen Hawking) and a computer genius, Emmett, travels to the edge of the galaxy. She is collecting a series of treasure hunt clues to unravel a mystery, which has been instigated by supposed alien interference of a robot probe on Mars.
ISBN 9780385613828
Series George's secret key to the universe series (2 of 5)
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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Series George's secret key to the universe series (5 books)
Hawking, Lucy & Stephen
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Ghost hunter
Winter is coming. Souls' Night draws near. Eostra, the Eagle Owl Mage, holds the clans in the grip of terror. Torak must leave the Forest and seek her lair in the Mountain of Ghosts, while Renn faces an agonizing decision. Wolf, their faithful pack-brother, must overcome wrenching grief. And in the final battle against the forces of darkness, Torak will make the most shattering choice of all.
ISBN 9781842551752
Series Chronicles of ancient darkness series (6 of 5)
Publisher Orion, 2009
Paver, Michelle & Taylor, Geoff (ill)
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Gifts
Orrec discovers he has inherited a power that he cannot control. It is the gift of undoing. His best friend Gry has the gift of calling animals. This is a story of friendship and problem-solving in an exciting and imaginary land. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781842551073
Publisher Orion, 2004
Le Guin, Ursula
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Gil's quest
Gilgamesh's story retold by Gil, himself, is a gripping blend of narrative, fantasy, history and myth, dating from around 2000 BC. It follows his quest for everlasting life which pits him against Enki the Shag and takes him to the end of the world.
ISBN 9780864615527
Publisher Koala Books, 2003
Morgan, Damian & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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Gilded wolves, The
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Severin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Severin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Severin will need help from a band of experts: an engineer with a debt to pay, a historian who can't yet go home, a dancer with a sinister past and a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artefact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
ISBN 9781250226204
Publisher Wednesday Books, 2018
Chokshi, Roshani
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Gimlet eye, The
Much has changed in the sky-city of Quentaris. With the Archon dead, dark forces have come into play. New faces are appearing, familiar ones vanishing, and the horrid Florian has claimed the throne. Then, as Quentaris slips quietly through a vortex into the watery world of the Yarka, Tab Vidler and her friends suddenly realise they are the city's only hope.
ISBN 9781876462772
Series Quentaris chronicles series (3 of 28)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2009
Roy, James
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Girl king, The
Lu and Minyi have always known their places as princesses of the empire - Lu, her father's favourite, is destined to be the first female emperor, while Minyi, her mother's favourite, is resigned to live in her shadow. When their father names their male cousin Set as heir, their lives will never be the same again. Betrayal, manipulation and unlikely alliances plague the royal sisters. While Lu fights to reclaim her birthright, Minyi's hidden powers are awakened. The effect could be cataclysmic. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781473223110
Publisher Orion, 2019
Yu, Mimi
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Girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making, The
September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland - well, of course, she accepts (mightn't you?). When she gets there, she finds a land crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes. But while she loses her shadow, her shoe and her way, she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides...
ISBN 9781780339818
Series Fairyland series (1 of 5)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2013
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Girl who fell beneath Fairyland and led the revels there, The
In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparations are underway for the annual Revels...but aboveground, the creatures of Fairyland are in no mood for a party. It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland, and she is excited to see it again; but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below... It spells certain disaster and September won't stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognizes all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realize what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.
ISBN 9781780338446
Series Fairyland series (2 of 5)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2011
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Girl who raced Fairyland all the way home, The
Quite by accident, September has been crowned as Queen of Fairyland - but she inherits a Kingdom in chaos. The magic of a Dodo's egg has brought every King, Queen, or Marquess of Fairyland back to life, each with a fair and good claim on the throne, each with their own schemes and plots and horrible, hilarious, hungry histories. In order to make sense of it all, and to save their friend from a job she doesn't want, A-Through-L and Saturday devise a Royal Race, a Monarckical Marathon, in which every outlandish would-be ruler of Fairyland will chase the Stoat of Arms across the whole of the nation - and the first to seize the poor beast will seize the crown. Caught up in the madness are the changelings Hawthorn and Tamburlaine, the combat wombat Blunderbuss, the gramophone Scratch, the Green Wind, and September's parents, who have crossed the universe to find their daughter...
ISBN 9781472112842
Series Fairyland series (5 of 5)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2016
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Girl who soared over fairyland and cut the moon in two, The
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
ISBN 9781472110015
Series Fairyland series (3 of 5)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2013
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Giver, The
The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
ISBN 9780007141425
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2003
Lowry, Lois
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Glass sword
Mare Barrow has Silver ability, the power to control lightning. As she makes her escape from Maven, the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare discovers she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, Mare sets out to recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But, Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Sequel to The red queen. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781409159353
Publisher Orion, 2016
Aveyard, Victoria
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Goldenhand
Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian, she's now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When she discovers Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious, she uses her powers to save him. But the attack has left Nicholas tainted with Free Magic, so together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek help at Lirael's childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier. Ferin, a young woman from the distant North, is travelling to meet them, bearing a warning from Lirael's long-dead mother about the Witch With No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must save the Old Kingdom from this great danger- and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
ISBN 9781741758634
Series Old kingdom series (5 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Nix, Garth
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Golem's eye, The
Two years on Nathaniel is fourteen and has a responsible position in Whitehall. He is very pleased with his progress until he has to track down the perpetuators of a series of violent occurrences in London. They are widely believed to be the work of members of the mysterious Resistance who are working to remove the magicians from government. However, Nathaniel isn't so sure and he needs Bartimaeus's help.
ISBN 9780552550277
Series The Bartimaeus trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2005
Stroud, Jonathan
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Good hawk, The
Agatha has always been made to feel different because of the condition she was born with. Despite this, she patrols the sea wall with pride, even though there are some in her clan who question her right to be there. Jaimie is selected to be different. The clan choose a life path for him that may make him an outcast. He is a reluctant Angler, full of self doubt and afraid of the sea. When disaster strikes, the pair must embark on a terrifying journey to a land where forgotten magic and dark secrets lurk in every shadow. Everything has been taken from them What will they do to get it back?
ISBN 9781406385854
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Elliott, Joseph
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Good omens
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon - both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle - are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780552176453
Publisher Corgi Books, 1990
Pratchett, Terry & Gaiman, Neil
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Grace and fury
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace - selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781444941951
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Banghart, Tracy
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Grandest Bookshop in the World, The
Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father. When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade - and himself - in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won't just lose Pa - they'll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.
ISBN 9781922419347
Publisher Affirm Press, 2021
Mellor, Amelia
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Grave robbers of Genghis Khan, The
As volcanoes begin erupting all over the world, spilling golden lava, the twins must go on a hunt for the wicked djinn who wants to rob the grave of the great Genghis Khan.
ISBN 9780545126601
Series The children of the lamp series (7 of 7)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2011
Kerr, P B
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Graveyard book, The: Graphic novel Volume 1
The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings - such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
ISBN 9781408858998
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gaiman, Neil & Russel, P. Craig (ill and adapt)
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Graveyard Book, The: Graphic novel Volume 2
The second volume of a glorious two-volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings - such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
ISBN 9781408859001
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gaiman, Neil & Russel, P. Craig (ill and adapt)
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Greenwitch
The Drew children combine with Great-Uncle Merry and Will Stanton to seek the Greenwitch and locate the stolen grail.
ISBN 9780140309010
Series Dark is rising series (3 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 1977
Cooper, Susan
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Grey king, The
Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is on a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
ISBN 9780689829840
Series Dark is rising series (4 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 1977
Cooper, Susan
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Grim Tuesday
Arthur Penhaligon's quest is to find the second piece of the Will and face the force of the lower house. He must save himself and the world. Arthur must embark on a number of underground escapades and he is racing the clock.
ISBN 9781741142549
Series Keys to the kingdom series (2 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Nix, Garth
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Harp at midnight, The
When thirteen year old Andrew Ferguson goes to stay in an old house in Ireland, he is immediately plunged into the mysteries of Irish legend.
ISBN 9780091838751
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Mor, Caiseal
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Harp of kings, The
Liobhan has always dreamed of being a Swan Island warrior. She is a talented musician with exceptional strength and fighting skills which make her the perfect candidate to be a warrior bard and spy. Whilst posing as travelling musicians, Liobhan and her brother Brocc, must find a precious harp that is an ancient symbol of kingship. If the harp is not played at the upcoming coronation the heir will not be accepted and the kingdom will be thrown into turmoil. They can trust no one. Is there a political plot to stop the prince from becoming King or is there something else, something otherworldly at work here? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760783297
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Marillier, Juliet
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Harry Potter and the cursed child
It was always difficult being Harry Potter. It isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth - sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
ISBN 9780751565355
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2016
Rowling, J K & Tiffany, John & Thorne, Jack
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Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is now broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves, and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy.
ISBN 9780747591078
Series Harry Potter series (7 of 7)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Rowling, J K
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Harry Potter and the goblet of fire
When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort's rampaging supporters and the terrifying Dark Mark appears against the night sky, it is obvious to Harry Potter that, far from weakening, Voldemort is getting stronger. Back at Hogwarts for the fourth year Harry is astonished to be chosen to represent the school in the Triwizard Tournament. The competition is dangerous, the tasks terrifying, and true courage is no guarantee of survival - especially with the Dark Lord's forces on the rise.
ISBN 9780747550990
Series Harry Potter series (4 of 7)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2000
Rowling, J K
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Harry Potter and the half-blood prince
In the midst of this battle between good and evil, Harry Potter is in his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Voldemort's power and followers are increasing day-by-day and danger is all around.
ISBN 9780747584667
Series Harry Potter series (6 of 7)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2006
Rowling, J K
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Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix
Harry and his friends are again pitted against the evil Lord Voldemort. The Order of the Phoenix must protect Harry and take on those who abuse their power in the Ministry of Magic. The bonds of wizardry and friendship are sorely tested.
ISBN 9780439358064
Series Harry Potter series (5 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2003
Rowling, J K
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Series Harry Potter series (7 books)
Rowling, J K
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Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Various
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Harry Potter: A history of magic
Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the record-breaking British Library exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and a team of brilliant curators. This gorgeous book takes readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Astronomy and Potions through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.
ISBN 9781526607072
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2019
British Library
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Haunting, The
A child begins to receive strange messages and learns about a family legacy.
ISBN 9780140363258
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Mahy, Margaret
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Heart forger, The
Tea, a bone witch who can resurrect the dead, is done with her self-imposed exile. She now possesses all seven bezoars she needs to revive the powerful daeva. With the help of these terrible monsters, she can finally enact her revenge against the royals who wronged her and took the life of her one true love. Alliances and allegiances are shifting, and danger lurks in and out of the kingdom. But Tea's heart is set on vengeance, even if it turns her against her now-estranged brother, who supports her enemies. War is brewing, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781492635857
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2018
Chupeco, Rin
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Heart of danger
Juno and her family arrive at their new home But, when Hera senses danger, they move back to New Plymouth and Fairlands School. Juno is reluctant to return to Fairlands, where Hilto's son goes, and where the handsome Ivor makes her uncomfortable and confused. When Hera is taken by mysterious strangers, Juno must use her special mind powers to save her sister. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781869795436
Series Juno of Taris series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Beale, Fleur
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Hidden knife, The
Vicky was the daughter of a great warrior, Kathleen, who had escaped the clutches of the queen. She was protected by gargoyles and the people who loved her mother. After an unexpected turn, she needs the help of those people more than ever. She is sent to the school her mother went to: Corvis, and finds new friends and secrets to her past. Can she repair the wrongs that have been made in the past and will she have to do it all alone?
ISBN 9780593406007
Publisher Penguin, 2021
Marr, Melissa
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High king, The
Death Lord Arawn has stolen the black sword Dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom. At the request of Prince Gwydion, Taran rallies old and new friends to raise an army to march against Arawn's terrible warriors. Together, they must battle through a frozen wasteland to Mount Dragon, where a deadly confrontation awaits and Taran's true destiny will at last be fulfilled.
ISBN 9780746068380
Series The Chronicles of Prydain series (5 of 5)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2011
Alexander, Lloyd
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High Rhulain
Tiria Wildlough is an otter maid touched by the paw of Destiny. Her tale is an adventure which takes her from Redwall Abbey, across the wild Western sea to the mysterious Green Isle. There she will fulfil an ancient prophesy.
ISBN 9780141381916
Series Redwall series (18 of 22)
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Jacques, Brian
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Hilda and the bird parade
Finding herself lost on the streets of Trolberg, Hilda befriends a talking raven. Together, they encounter all manner of bizarre creatures, from outcast Trolls to ferocious Salt Lions and deadly Rat Kings. Maybe, the city isn't so boring after all. As the pair try to find their way home, it becomes clear that the amnesiac raven has an important mission to attend to, if only he could remember what it was. A graphic novel.
ISBN 9781909263062
Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2013
Topics / Graphic novels /
Pearson, Luke
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Hilda and the black hound
Hilda meets the Nisse, a mischievous but charismatic bunch of misfits who occupy a world beside but, also, somehow within our own, and where the rules of physics don't quite match up. Meanwhile, on the streets of Trolberg, a dark spectre looms. A graphic novel.
ISBN 9781909263185
Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2014
Topics / Graphic novels /
Pearson, Luke
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Hilda and the midnight giant
Hilda finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis, where her mother, an architect, has been offered a prestigious job. During Hilda's daily one-and-a-half hour trek to school, she looks for ways to stall her mother's decision. She conspires with the beings of the mystical Blue Forest to delay the inevitable. But, we don't know whether they will they help or hinder her. And, more importantly, we need to know who is the mysterious giant that turns up at night. A graphic novel.
ISBN 9781909263796
Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Publisher Nobrow, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Pearson, Luke
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Hilda and the stone forest
Hilda and her mum have relaxed into city life now, but Hilda is starting to shirk her responsibilities and has enough magical friends and tricky ways that it's easy for her to defy her mother's wishes. After a daring escape attempt, the pair find themselves on the other side of the wall, furious with each other and forced to embark on a dangerous adventure through the land of the trolls.
ISBN 9781909263741
Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Publisher Nobrow, 2016
Topics / Graphic novels /
Pearson, Luke
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Hilda and the troll
While on an expedition to illustrate the magical creatures of the mountains around her home, Hilda spots a mountain troll. As she sketches, Hilda nods off but, when she wakes, the troll has totally disappeared. Even worse, Hilda is lost in a snowstorm. On her way home, Hilda befriends a lonely wooden man and narrowly avoids getting squashed by a lost giant. A graphic novel.
ISBN 9781909263147
Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2013
Topics / Graphic novels /
Pearson, Luke
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Hilda graphic novel series
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Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Pearson, Luke
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Hildafolk
Hilda is sitting in her tent, listening to the thunder passing overhead, when she hears a bell. As she hurtles towards the vanishing tinkling sound, Hilda unwittingly embarks on an adventure into strange worlds, ruled by magical forces. A graphic novel.
ISBN 9781907704048
Series Hilda graphic novel series (6 books)
Publisher Nobrow, 2010
Topics / Graphic novels /
Pearson, Luke
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His name was Walter
'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own...' The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read - right to the very end...
ISBN 9781460756188
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2018
Rodda, Emily
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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series
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Series Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series (5 books)
Adams, Douglas
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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, The
The hilarious saga of a pair of Earth refugees who stumble on the meaning of life after the planet is destroyed. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780330491198
Series Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series (1 of 5)
Publisher Pan Macmillan London, 2002
Adams, Douglas
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Hobbit, The
In this classic story, hobbits are small but heroic people who live in The Shire in Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives in Bag End, goes on a quest with the wizard, Gandalf.
ISBN 9780006754022
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Tolkien, J R R
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Hollow City: Second novel of Miss Peregrine's peculiar children
September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them - but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781594747359
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (2 of 5)
Publisher Quirk Books, 2015
Riggs, Ransom
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Hollowpox: The hunt for Morrigan Crow
Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her. But a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realises it's up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her - and everyone in Nevermoor - in more danger than she ever imagined.
ISBN 9780734418241
Series Nevermoor series (3 of 3)
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2020
Townsend, Jessica
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Horror handbook, The
A humorous guide to the world of vampires, witches and monsters. What happens to a vampire when he dies? How does somebody become a werewolf? How can you protect yourself from witches? All of these questions and more are answered in this book, which will finally give you all the information you ever wanted to know about ghosts, zombies, monsters and all kinds of creepy-crawly creatures. Full of tips, anecdotes and trivia, and delightfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Paul van Loon's book is a fun and fascinating reference book for all fans of scary stories and things that go bump in the night.
ISBN 9781846884177
Publisher Alma Books Ltd, 2016
van Loon, Paul & Scheffler, Axel (ill)
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Hour of the bees
While her friends are enjoying their summer holidays, twelve year old Carol is helping her parents move the grandfather she's never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But, his crazy stories, about a healing tree, a green-glass lake and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years drought, begin to fascinate her. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible and what it means to be true to her roots.
ISBN 9781406368154
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Eagar, Lindsay
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House in the cerulean sea, The
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren't the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250217318
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2020
Klune, T J
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House of many rooms, The
When the Princess and her band of followers are pursued by the Hollow Men, Saul is drawn into their conflict.
ISBN 9780732024208
Publisher Louis Braille Audio, 2000
Pryor, Michael
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House with a clock in its walls, The
Lewis Barnavelt discovers there is a wizard in his family when he comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan. Experimenting with Uncle Jonathan's spells Lewis uncovers the mystery behind the ticking that can be heard throughout the house, sometimes loud sometimes quiet, sometimes slow, sometimes fast. It's an evil clock and it could destroy humankind. It is up to the Barnavelts to find where the clock is hidden in the walls - and stop it. Tick tock, a deadly clock... a terrifying race against time...
ISBN 9781848127715
Publisher Piccadilly Press, 2018
Bellairs, John
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Hunger Games series
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Series Hunger Games series (3 books)
Collins, Suzanne
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Hunger games, The
A terrifying reality TV show selects twelve boys and twelve girls, forcing them to compete live. There is only one rule, kill or be killed. Katniss is horrified when her younger, gentle sister is selected and volunteers in her place. She faces violent events that she does not believe she can survive. Includes cruelty and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781407109084
Series Hunger Games series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Collins, Suzanne
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Hunger games, The: catching fire
Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games, a terrifying fatal reality TV show. However, the Capitol want revenge for her trickery and change the rules so that she must compete for a second time. There will be twice as many opponents, all having won past games. Includes cruelty, violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781407109367
Series Hunger Games series (2 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Collins, Suzanne
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Hunger games, The: mockingjay
Katniss Everdeen has survived the deadly arena of the Hunger Games but, in retaliation for her rescue, President Snow has ordered the destruction of District 12. A new and deadly battle has begun. Some violent scenes are graphically described, requiring more mature readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781407109374
Series Hunger Games series (3 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Collins, Suzanne
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Hush, The
Chester is searching for clues about his father and why he disappeared. But, when he's caught illegally connecting with the Song as he plays his beloved fiddle, Chester is sentenced to death. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to their will. Susannah knows the secrets of The Hush, where there is no music, only deadly Echoes that will steal your soul, and she has plans for Chester.
ISBN 9780857985668
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Melki-Wegner, Skye
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I am Alice
Alice is the most powerful witch the county has ever seen. She may one day be the most evil. But Alice is also the best friend -and true love- of Tom Ward. Together they work to defeat the Fiend -the world's greatest evil- once and for all. They have nearly everything they need, all except a blade hidden in the Dark, the Fiend's domain. So Alice ventures there to find it. She faces the most terrifying creatures in existence. And she once again battles old enemies who bear grudges: Bony Lizzie, Bloodeye, and more. And there's something Tom didn't tell her. To vanquish the Fiend, Tom must sacrifice the person he loves most. Alice is hunting for the very blade that will eventually kill her.
ISBN 9780061715136
Series Wardstone chronicles series (12 of 13)
Publisher Greenwillow, 2013
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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I am Grimalkin
One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin. Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong. For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side, as she is hunted herself by creatures of darkness set on revenge. Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her?
ISBN 9780370332055
Series Wardstone chronicles series (9 of 13)
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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I am not Starfire
Seventeen-year-old Mandy, daughter of Starfire, is NOT like her mother. Starfire is gorgeous, tall, sparkly, and a hero. Mandy is NOT a sparkly superhero. Mandy has no powers, is a kid who dyes her hair black and hates everyone but her best friend Lincoln. To Starfire, who is from another planet, Mandy seems like an alien, like some distant angry light years away moon. Everyone thinks Mandy needs to go to college and become whoever you become at college, but Mandy has other plans. Mandy's big plan is that she's going to move to France and...do whatever people do in France. But then everything changes when she gets partnered with Claire for a school project. Mandy likes Claire (even if she denies it, heartily and intensely). A lot. How do you become the person you're supposed to be when you don't know what that is? How do you become the person you're supposed to be when the only thing you're sure of is what you're not? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781779501264
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2021
Tamaki, Mariko, Yoshitani, Yoshi (ill)
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If you're reading this, it's too late
The Midnight Sun has been waiting five hundred years for the homunculus, a man-made man, to rise, and now the evil Ms Mauvais and Dr L are going to throw Cass and Max-Ernest to the sharks unless they tell them where he is.
ISBN 9781741755893
Series Secret series (2 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Immortals, The
Nate Quarter, a young, lowly lamplighter in the phraxmines of the Eastern Woods, is propelled on an epic journey of self-discovery that encompasses tournaments, battles, revolutions and a final encounter with the Immortals themselves. The final tale in the Edge Chronicles series.
ISBN 9780385607223
Series The Edge chronicles series (10 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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In hollow lands
A group of teens are abducted into the land of the Korrigans. The human world continues to search for the group, who have now been separated into the two worlds. The heroic journeys of all the characters are akin to those journeys of the literature of old.
ISBN 9780340854426
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Masson, Sophie
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In the hand of the goddess
Alanna participates in her first war, battles against Jonathan's evil uncle, Duke Roger, meets the Great Mother Goddess and experiences first love, all the while maintaining her guise as a boy.
ISBN 9780679801115
Series Song of the lioness series (2 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1990
Pierce, Tamora
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In the monkey forest
Miki is entrusted to return a piece of embroidered fabric and a silk ribbon to Aiko and inherits a bossy little pixie called Nameless. Miki must unravel clues from the past to save the day.
ISBN 9780143302162
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Meehan, Kierin
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Infernal devices series
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Series Infernal devices series (3 books)
Clare, Cassandra
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Infinity Cage, The
Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. But they have both been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . . The end is approaching for the TimeRiders. In a final effort to prevent time travel destroying history, Liam and Maddy jump forward to 2070 to confront the enigmatic Waldstein and prove once and for all if he is friend or foe. What they discover is more shocking than anyone could have imagined and soon the TimeRiders are on one final mission - back to Biblical times to save the whole of humanity . . .
ISBN 9780141337203
Series TimeRiders series (9 of 6)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Scarrow, Alex
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Inheritance
Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And the real battle, confronting Galbatorix, still lies ahead. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.
ISBN 9780385616492
Series Inheritance Cycle series (4 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2011
Paolini, Christopher
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Inheritance Cycle series
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Series Inheritance Cycle series (4 books)
Paolini, Christopher
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Inkdeath
Life in the Inkworld has been far from easy. With Dustfinger dead and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn. Even Elinor, left alone in the real world, believes her family to be lost between the covers of a book. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781905294718
Series Inkheart series (3 of 3)
Publisher Chicken House, 2008
Funke, Cornelia & Bell, Anthea (trans)
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Inkheart
Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has not read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. One night, a stranger comes to their door and forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret about the power of storytelling. Standby as what happens in the imagination becomes real. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781904442219
Series Inkheart series (1 of 3)
Publisher Chicken House, 2004
Funke, Cornelia & Bell, Anthea (trans)
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Series Inkheart series (3 books)
Funke, Cornelia & Bell, Anthea (trans)
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Inkspell
Although a year has passed since the adventures of Inkheart, Meggie can't forget the extraordinary events and the characters that transformed her life. Now she dreams about getting inside the enchanted world of the book. But, Meggie needs to be careful about what she wishes for. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781904442837
Series Inkheart series (2 of 3)
Publisher Chicken House, 2006
Funke, Cornelia & Bell, Anthea (trans)
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Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, The
Injured, vulnerable and with her powerful sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine which will pull secrets, about her tribe of illegals, from her mind, into the hands of a powerful Chief Administrator. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921720086
Series The Tribe series (1 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Into the crooked place
The Crooked place is Creije, a city built on the black market trade of magic, where buskers sell their charms and potions to customers yearning for the true magic that no longer exists because of the murder of Crafters. Tavia is one such busker, and along with Wesley, second only to the Kingpin, they must save their city from a sinister magic that has hit the streets. They team up with two other crooks, Karam and Saxony, and together they must defeat the Kingpin who will plunge their city into chaos and darkness. And perhaps new magic exists after all, perhaps Crafters are closer than they think.
ISBN 9781471408441
Publisher Bonnier Publishing Australia, 2019
Christo, Alexandra
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Iron hand
Book 1 ends with George having to make a choice between going back to his ordinary world or staying and helping Edie. High on the rooftops, an unseen gargoyle is watching them hungrily, waiting for the moment when it can unfold its stone wings and pounce. The thing on the roof knows that nothing is over, nothing is finished.
ISBN 9780340911655
Series Stoneheart series (2 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2008
Fletcher, Charlie
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Iron raven, The
Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool, King Oberon's right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before. With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck's longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten. Filled with myths and faery lore, romance and unfathomable dangers,
ISBN 9781867208327
Publisher Harlequin, 2021
Kagawa, Julie
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Islands of Chaldea, The
Aileen is convinced she'll never become as magical as her Aunt Beck. But when her wise woman aunt is set a seemingly impossible rescue mission, Aileen soon realises she might be more special than she thought.
ISBN 9780007549207
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014
Jones, Diana Wynne
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Isles of the Gods, The
Selly has saltwater in her veins. So when her father leaves her high and dry in the port of Kirkpool, she has no intention of riding out the winter at home while he sails to adventure in the north seas. But any plans to follow him are dashed when a handsome stranger with tell-tale magician's marks on his arms commandeers her ship under cover of darkness: He is Prince Leander of Alinor, and he needs to cross the Crescent Sea without detection so he can complete a ritual on the sacred Isles of the Gods. Selly has no desire to escort a spoiled prince anywhere, and no time for his entitled demands or his good looks. But what starts as a leisure cruise will lead to acts of treason and sheer terror on the high seas, bringing two countries to the brink of war, two strangers closer than they ever thought possible and two dangerous gods stirring from centuries of slumber... Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781761180064
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Kaufman, Amie
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Jane Doe and the cradle of all worlds
When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home. But this ain't no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father's secrets. A man who has an army. With a pyromaniac named Violet and the enigmatic Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks ..
ISBN 9781760501815
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2018
Lachlan, Jeremy
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Jatta
Jatta is a princess in the kingdom of Alteeda but her life is no fairytale. When Jatta was three, her mother was slain by werewolves and, now, at furteen, she has discovered that the werewolves left their curse on her and she will transform into a wolf on the full moon. With her brother, she bravely resists a dark lord and grows in confidence, resourcefulness and bravery to overcome the evil.
ISBN 9781741693126
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Hale, Jenny
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Joel Billings series
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Series Joel Billings series (3 books)
Hawke, Rosanne
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Julius & the soul-catcher
It's 1838 and London is gripped by orchid fever. Charles Darwin's diary turns up in Higgins's bookshop, closely followed by two ex-body snatchers and a peculiar fellow with small teeth. Julius wonders what's in the diary and whether it has something to do with the terrifying painting of an orchid it contains. Before he knows it, Julius is spinning through time and parallel realms in a race to rid London of the soul-catcher and a future too horrible to imagine.
ISBN 9781925240177
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Hehir, Tim
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Julius & the watchmaker
When Julius Higgins isn't running from Crimper McCready and his gang of bullies, he's working in his grandfather's bookshop in Ironmonger Lane. That is, until Jack Springheel, a mysterious clock collector, appears looking for the fabled diary of John Harrison, the greatest watchmaker of all time. Julius becomes a thief and a runaway, and makes a deal with Springheel that he will live to regret. And, all before he finds out that Harrison's diary is really an instruction manual for making a time machine.
ISBN 9781922079732
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Hehir, Tim
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Juno of Taris
Juno lives in an enclosed society, a scientific experiment, struggling to survive by clinging to conventions and rules for the common good. Juno yearns for knowledge and freedom, bringing her unfavourable attention and death threats. Duplicitous and political intrigue surround her. A sensitive and rich story that explores the human condition, our wants and needs. Some strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741662979
Series Juno of Taris series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Beale, Fleur
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Juno of Taris series
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Series Juno of Taris series (3 books)
Beale, Fleur
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Kane Chronicles, The: Survival Guide
Packed with brand new material this deluxe, lavishly illustrated guide teaches readers how to compile secret messages, read hieroglyphics, and recite ancient magic spells. Featuring enough information and extras to satisfy current fans and budding Egyptologists alike, this guide will cast a spell on readers of all ages.
ISBN 9780141345086
Series The Kane Chronicles series (4 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2012
Riordan, Rick
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Kane Chronicles, The: The Red pyramid
Gods and pharaohs of ancient Egypt mingle with the teenage protagonists in this fast-paced series. Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them, Set, has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe, a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
ISBN 9780141384955
Series The Kane Chronicles series (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Kane Chronicles, The: The throne of fire
Gods and pharaohs of Ancient Egypt mingle with the teenage protagonists in this fast paced series. Carter and Sadie Kane, descendants of the magical House of Life, command certain powers. But now a terrifying enemy--Apophis, the giant snake of chaos--is rising. To destroy him the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra--a feat no magician has ever achieved.
ISBN 9780141335667
Series The Kane Chronicles series (2 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Riordan, Rick
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Keepers' daughter, The
Ten years ago, the leader of the Shadowmen killed many of the Keepers, the teachers and bearers of ancient knowledge threatening his barbaric rule. Rebellion is flaring again and Nyssa and her uncle, descendants of the Keepers, must flee in search of the other half of a strange tattoo on Nyssa's skull.
ISBN 9781905294947
Publisher Chicken House, 2009
Arbuthnott, Gill
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Keeping place, The
After a kidnapping, Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits are forced to join the rebellion against the oppressive Council, using their extraordinary mind powers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140295795
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (4 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Carmody, Isobelle
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Keys to the kingdom series
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Series Keys to the kingdom series (7 books)
Nix, Garth
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Kindred: 12 queer #loveozya stories
What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers, and the connections that form us. This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760651039
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Earp, Michael (ed)
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King's fool, The
Perry Brightfield discovers her true heritage as the saviour of a threatened fantasy realm, and is groomed for her role by becoming a court jester.
ISBN 9780733318863
Publisher ABC Books, 2006
Holohan, Amanda
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Kurs of Atlantis, The
Caz and Simon are on a quest to find the lost city of Atlantis. They encounter many perils and adventures. When they think they have survived the very worst that could happen, they realise that an even greater danger awaits them.
ISBN 9780734407269
Publisher Lothian Books, 2004
Brooks, Karen R
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Lady Friday
Arthur Penhaligon has defeated four of the seven Trustees but his week is getting worse and worse.
ISBN 9781741145892
Series Keys to the kingdom series (5 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Nix, Garth
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Lady knight
Kel has achieved her ultimate ambition - she is a knight of Tortall. But now she must fulfil a knight's duty and fight for her country against the Scanran invasion.
ISBN 9780439963565
Series Protector of the small series (4 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Lake at the end of the world, The
Two children are living in a community in an underground cave because The Counsellor has dropped toxic waste on the earth above.
ISBN 9780140379389
Publisher Penguin, 1995
MacDonald, Caroline
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Lamplighter
Rossamund Bookchild is now a lonely, apprentice lamplighter at Winstermill, half-way through his training. His life is enlivened by the arrival of Threnody, a female wit (a lahzar or monster-hunter) who wants to train as a lamplighter, solely to spite her mother.
ISBN 9781862916883
Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (2 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2009
Cornish, D M
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Last of the sky pirates, The
Fifty years after the floating city of Sanctaphrax was swept away, the Edgeworld has changed for the worse. Cruel shrykes are in control and slave labour is endemic. When a young apprentice knight-academic, Rook, sets out on a perilous journey through the Deepwoods, he meets a mysterious stranger living with the banderbears and is propelled right into the middle of a dangerous adventure, challenging the dark might of the Guardians of the Night.
ISBN 9780552554268
Series The Edge chronicles series (5 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2002
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Laws of magic, The series
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Series Laws of magic, The series (6 books)
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: blaze of glory
Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. Usually, he is also brilliant at magic until he mucks up a spell that nearly kills him. With his best friend, George, Aubrey becomes involved in a dangerous political situation, where the lives of the king, the prince and his own father are threatened.
ISBN 9781864718621
Series Laws of magic, The series (1 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: heart of gold
On his after-exams holiday in neighbouring Lutetia, Aubrey is hoping to bump into Caroline and find a cure for his condition. But, his family and the king all ask him to help them with various tasks, involving him and his friend, George, in magic, mystery and espionage.
ISBN 9781864718638
Series Laws of magic, The series (2 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: hour of need
Instead of clearing his name in Albion, Aubrey is pursuing his enemy, Dr. Mordecai Tremaine, deep into the heart of enemy territory. He uncovers a hideous combination of electrical science, golem manufacturing and soul-shattering magic which will bring the world far closer to the edge of the abyss. Alone, reviled and hunted, this is Aubrey's last chance to save the world. If he doesn't, there might not be a world left to save.
ISBN 9781741663105
Series Laws of magic, The series (6 of 6)
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: moment of truth
The war has finally erupted, sending Albion and the continent into chaos. Aubrey, George and Caroline are brought into a top-secret espionage unit and sent to investigate a mysterious, magical facility on the Gallia-Holmland border. They uncover a factory about to unleash a horror that could soon win the war. The only way to save thousands of lives could cost Aubrey his friends, his family, his reputation and even his life.
ISBN 9781741663099
Series Laws of magic, The series (5 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: time of trial
After Aubrey narrowly escapes the worst fate he can imagine, he realises he must confront his nemesis. With George and Caroline he travels to Holmland, the home of Dr Tremaine and the heart of hostile territory, only to face magical conundrums, near-death experiences, ghosts, brigands and enemies on their own ground.
ISBN 9781741663082
Series Laws of magic, The series (4 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: word of honour
Aubrey and his friend, George, are invited by Aubrey's Prime Minister father on a trip, on a top-secret submersible. The magical attack that cripples the vessel, sending it to the bottom of the sea, is just the start of a series of plots to destroy Albion. Once again, Aubrey's magical skills are tested to the full.
ISBN 9781864718645
Series Laws of magic, The series (3 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Pryor, Michael
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Left-handed booksellers of London, The
Eighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in search of her father. But before she can question crime boss Frank Thringley he's turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin. Merlin is one of the youngest members of a secret society of booksellers with magical powers who police the mythic Old World wherever it impinges on the New World - in addition to running several bookshops, of course! Merlin also has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who arranged the murder of his mother. Soon they become involved in an even more urgent task to recover the grail that is the source of the left-handed booksellers' power, before it is used to destroy the booksellers and rouse the hordes of the mythic past. As the search for the grail becomes strangely intertwined with both their quests, they start to wonder... Is Susan's long-lost father a bookseller, or something altogether more mysterious?
ISBN 9781760631246
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Nix, Garth
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Legend of Luke, The
A chance meeting with a hedgehog maid who is visiting Redwall Abbey reveals to Martin, the Warrior, a glimpse of the early life and family he can scarcely remember. He sets forth from the Abbey to seek the truth about the father he barely knew.
ISBN 9780099266051
Series Redwall series (12 of 22)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Jacques, Brian
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Legend of the Rift, The
Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his friends have fought shoulder-to-shoulder in an almost impossible mission to recover the lost Loculi hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They have defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited Ancient Babylon, outfoxed legions of undead, and battled one of history's most powerful kings to recover four Loculi, but these successes have come at a price. Friends have been lost, ancient artifacts destroyed, and the very powers they've developed will soon overwhelm them. With a new threat to their mission developing, time is quickly running out to find the last of the lost Loculi.
ISBN 9780062070531
Series Seven wonders series (5 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2016
Lerangis, Peter
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Library of souls: The third novel of Miss Peregrine's peculiar children
The Library of Souls is the thrilling conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Jacob, who has discovered a new ability, Emma Bloom a girl with a powerful gift of fire and Addison MacHenry, a dog who can find lost children are battling to follow the trail of their friends and beloved Miss Peregrine. They will journey to Devil's Acre, the worst slum of Victorian England times, where the future of all Peculiar Children will be decided. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781594748400
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (3 of 5)
Publisher Quirk Books, 2015
Riggs, Ransom
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Lintang and the brightest star
A prophecy has been spoken. A monster has awoken. As the conquering hold of the United Regions continues to spread, time is running out for Lintang, Captain Shafira and the crew of the Winda to find allies in their quest for peace. But when they arrive in war-torn Kaneko Brown, the local rebels are too scared to help. The Vierzans have summoned a category ten mythie that devours the star of anyone who dares stand against them. Worse, the mythie has been prophesied to mean the end of Captain Shafira. Lintang must find a way to stop the most dangerous mythie in the guidebook or she'll lose her beloved captain forever.
ISBN 9780143788331
Series Lintang series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Moss, Tamara
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Lintang and the Forbidden Island
The time has come to visit the forbidden island of Allay. But first Lintang needs to find her captain, and it seems the only way to get to the Winda is to join - then escape - the Vierzan navy. Only then will Captain Shafira set sail for Allay, where the crew of the Winda must uncover what really happened to the country's missing ruler. When disaster strikes, and Lintang is separated from her captain again, she and her friends must sneak through the heart of Allay, battle terrifying new mythies and overcome Captain Shafira's enemies to return to where they belong. Lintang was left behind once. She won't let it happen again.
ISBN 9780143783459
Series Lintang series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Moss, Tamara
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Lintang and the Pirate Queen
Lintang dreams of having adventures on the High Seas. When a deadly mythie attacks the same day the infamous Captain Shafira visits her island, Lintang gets her chance, defending her village with the bravery that earns her a place on the pirate queen's ship. But they've barely left the island when Lintang discovers her best friend, Bayani, has stowed away. Telling Captain Shafira means betraying her friend, but keeping Bayani's secret risks everything...including their lives.
ISBN 9780143783435
Series Lintang series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Moss, Tamara
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Lintang series
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Series Lintang series (3 books)
Various
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Lioness rampant
Accompanied by the legendary Shang Dragon, Alanna must attempt the impossible - recover the fabled Dominion jewel. And she must work fast. Tortall is in terrible danger. Roger Conte is back.
ISBN 9781862917361
Series Song of the lioness series (4 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Pierce, Tamora
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Lirael, daughter of the Clayr
Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr, abandoned by her mother and ignorant of her father's identity. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possible futures, that is the birthright of the Clayr. She must undertake a desperate mission against an ancient evil that blocks the Sight of the Clayr and threatens to break the boundary between Life and Death itself.
ISBN 9781741750195
Series Old kingdom series (2 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Nix, Garth
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Littlest Bigfoot, The
How would it feel to find out that there was another world out there, a world beneath the world, hidden away like the secret caramel centre of a chocolate or a pearl tucked in an oyster's shell? A world where Alice could be accepted, even loved? To know that the world existed, but that she could never go there, that the doors would always be locked against her...Millie didn't want to think about it.
ISBN 9781481470742
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2016
Weiner, Jennifer
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Lives of Christopher Chant, The
Christopher's destiny, by virtue of his possession of nine lives, is to be the next Chrestomanci, a position of awesome magical responsibility, but he rebels against it.
ISBN 9780688163655
Publisher HarperCollins US, 1998
Jones, Diana Wynne
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Loamhedge
What secrets lie in the ruins of Loamhedge? When young haremaid Martha Braebuck arrived at Redwall Abbey, she was unable to walk - and no beast knows why.
ISBN 9780141312828
Series Redwall series (16 of 22)
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Jacques, Brian
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Lockwood & Co series
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Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood & Co: The creeping shadow
After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781484709672
Series Lockwood & Co series (4 of 5)
Publisher Hyperion Books, 2016
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood & Co: The empty grave
Join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it? Will Lockwood ever reveal more about his family's past to Lucy? Will their trip to the Other Side leave Lucy and Lockwood forever changed? Will Penelope Fittes succeed in shutting down their agency forever? The young agents must survive attacks from foes both spectral and human before they can take on their greatest enemy in a climactic and chaotic battle. And to prevail they will have to rely on help from some surprising--and shadowy--allies. Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists, and frights. The revelations will send readers back to Book 1 to start the series all over again.
ISBN 9781484798577
Series Lockwood & Co series (5 of 5)
Publisher Hyperion Books, 2017
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood & Co: The whispering skull
Anthony, Lucy, and George of Lockwood & Co are searching for the mysterious Dr Bickerstaff to find the secret of communicating with the dead. A rival agency also wants the commission and the search becomes a challenge. The loser must publicly admit defeat. A fearsome phantom seems a real challenge until the whispering skull that Lucy has brought along becomes the key to saving life, limb and friendships.
ISBN 9780857532664
Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Publisher Doubleday, 2014
Stroud, Jonathan
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Lockwood and Co: The screaming staircase
Psychic Investigation Agencies have sprung up everywhere to deal with a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. Ambitious agent, Lucy Carlyle, arrives in London, hoping for a notable career. Instead, she joins the smallest most ramshackle agency, run by charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When a case goes horribly wrong, the agency must salvage its reputation. This means spending the night in a haunted house and trying to escape alive.
ISBN 9780552566780
Series Lockwood & Co series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2014
Stroud, Jonathan
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Long patrol, The
As Tammo dreams of joining the Long Patrol, the legendary army of fighting hares that serves the Lady Cregga Rose Eyes, the brutal reality of a battle with Damug Warfang's battalion of savage Rapscallions fast approaches.
ISBN 9780441005994
Series Redwall series (10 of 22)
Publisher Ace, 1999
Jacques, Brian
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Lord Brocktree
Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes, and is determined that the fortress should be his.
ISBN 9781862301450
Series Redwall series (13 of 22)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Lord of the rings series
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Series Lord of the rings series (3 books)
Tolkien, J R R
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Lord Sunday
Arthur Penhaligon must complete his quest to save the Kingdom he is heir to.
ISBN 9781741145915
Series Keys to the kingdom series (7 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Nix, Garth
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Lost in a good book
Thursday Next, literary detective and registered dodo owner, hears the disturbing news that her husband of one month drowned thirty-eight years ago. Someone, somewhere, sometime is responsible. To find out, Thursday heads back into fiction, where lost Shakespearian manuscripts, narrative loopholes and woolly mammoth migrations await. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780142004036
Series Thursday Next series (2 of 6)
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Fforde, Jasper
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Lost in Babylon
After defeating the Colossus of Rhodes and capturing the first of the Loculi, their friend Marco has disappeared. With no leads, no clues, and no one else to turn to, the kids have no choice but to trust Professor Bhegad and the Karai Institute again as they head off to Babylon in search of the next orb.
ISBN 9780007515059
Series Seven wonders series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014
Lerangis, Peter
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Lost in the Never Woods
It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town's children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers' mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road . . . Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy's help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what's waiting for her in the woods. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250313973
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2021
Thomas, Aiden
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Lost soul atlas, The
Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other. But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife. With just a handful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him, he tries to piece together what happened, and to find his way home . . .
ISBN 9780734419934
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2020
Fraillon, Zana
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Lucien
Young Lucien, the little boy Silvermay raised as her own, must be freed of his magic. It's not just for his sake, as Lucien might destroy the whole kingdom.
ISBN 9780732292058
Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Moloney, James
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Luminaries, The
Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal -- and restore her family's good name. Or die trying. But in order to survive, Winnie enlists the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie's ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for. Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781250194046
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2022
Dennard, Susan
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Lunar Chronicles series
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Series Lunar Chronicles series (6 books)
Meyer, Marissa
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Lurkers, The
A disturbing tale of strange and dangerous beings beyond the physical world. When fourteen year old Verity sees a weird, semi-visible figure, her brother tells her it is a harmless Lurker. But Lurkers feed on human imagination and this one is using her brother to become more solid and independent. Verity must fight to save her brother's mind.
ISBN 9780746070659
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2006
Butler, Charles
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Magic steps
Fourteen year old Sandry, a weaving mage, discovers that a young boy has magical powers and begins training him. Together they fight the terror of assassins using 'unmagic' and are drawn into a world of murder and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780590396059
Series The circle opens series (1 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2002
Pierce, Tamora
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Magisterium: The bronze key
Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world. But, now, the chaos is fighting back. After the shocking death of one of their classmates, Call, Tamara and Aaron must use the powerful magic they've been taught and risk their lives to track down the killer. But, magic is dangerous. In the wrong hands, it could bring terrible destruction and reveal the deadliest secret of all.
ISBN 9780552567701
Series Magisterium series (3 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2016
Black, Holly & Clare, Cassandra
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Magisterium: The copper gauntlet
Callum Hunt's summer break isn't typical, especially when he discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and his companion, Havoc, a wolf. Call escapes to the magical world of the Magisterium but the Alkahest, a copper gauntlet capable of separating magicians from their magic, has been stolen. In their search, Call and his friends attract some dangerous foes and discover an even more dangerous truth.
ISBN 9780552567718
Series Magisterium series (3 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Black, Holly & Clare, Cassandra
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Magisterium: The golden tower
Think you know magic? Think again. The final instalment of the epic series from bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. A generation ago, powerful mage Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle. It came at a cost. Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up just yet . . .
ISBN 9780552567756
Series Magisterium series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2018
Black, Holly & Clare, Cassandra
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Magisterium: The iron trial
Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and learn about the world of magic. But, not Callum. He's been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician, so he tries his best to do his worst - but fails at failing.
ISBN 9780857532503
Series Magisterium series (3 books)
Publisher Doubleday, 2014
Black, Holly & Clare, Cassandra
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Magisterium: The silver mask
A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to -- and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he's broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine's plan is suddenly in his hands . . . and he must decide what to do with his power. In this spellbinding fourth book of the Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take us beyond the realm of the living, and into the dangers of the dead.
ISBN 9780545522380
Series Magisterium series (4 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2017
Black, Holly & Clare, Cassandra
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Malice: you can't escape
When Luke goes missing, his friends are dragged into the terrifying world of Malice, the underground comic. The evil Tall Jake takes children into a fantasy world where they can really die. It takes heroes like Seth and the loyalty of Kady to survive the violent, brutal comic-book pages. Be prepared to be very scared.
ISBN 9781407103945
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Topics / Graphic novels /
Wooding, Chris & Chernett, Dan (ill)
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Map of Days, A
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery - a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe's double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited - truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine's time loop. Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom - a world with few ymbrynes, or rules - that none of them understand. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141385914
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (4 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Riggs, Ransom
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Beyond the edge of the map
Quinn Freeman may have won the race around the world, but when a new enemy appears he must travel beyond the edge of the map once more. Quinn is back! He finished his race around the world and is living a quiet life on the family farm, until he discovers that the King's enemies want to capture him. Quinn is forced to go on the run, taking to the high seas once more. Can he survive when he is double-crossed and left for dead?
ISBN 9780734417749
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (4 of 3)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Tait, A L
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Breath of the dragon
Quinn, Ash, Zain and the crew of the Libertas are racing against the clock to get back to Verdania before the King's deadline. Quinn is trying to complete the first map of the whole world, while Zain must bring back enough treasure to satisfy the King. And, they're trying to win the race to the end of the world while enemies are trying to stop them from getting back at all.
ISBN 9780734415813
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (3 of 3)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2015
Tait, A L
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Prisoner of the Black Hawk
Farm boy turned reluctant adventurer, Quinn, continues his voyage into the unknown, as the race to map the world continues. When the Libertas docks in an exotic jungle port, Quinn is captured by the ruthless Gelynion explorer, Juan Forden. On board Forden's ship, the Black Hawk, Quinn struggles to outwit his captors, makes new enemies and unexpected allies, and encounters bloodthirsty pirates.
ISBN 9780734415790
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (2 of 3)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2015
Tait, A L
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Mapmaker chronicles, The: Race to the end of the world
The King wants a map of the world. But, everyone knows that if you sail too far in either direction, you would fall off the edge into the jaws of a fire-breathing dragon. With reluctant adventurers, a ship captained by a slave and a mysterious sea monster, Quinn has a fight on his hands just to survive.
ISBN 9780734415776
Series The Mapmaker Chronicles series (1 of 3)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2014
Tait, A L
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Mariel of Redwall
Mariel is a young mousemaid who finds protection at Redwall Abbey after being caught in a sea storm. Mariel has no idea of her identity, which turns out to be vital in the battle against the evil sea rats.
ISBN 9780380719228
Series Redwall series (4 of 22)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1993
Jacques, Brian
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Marlfox
When the strange creatures begin to appear in Mossflower Woods, it is clear that evil is abroad. A kidnapping and a cunning raid to steal the beautiful Redwall tapestry confirm the worst, that Redwall is under threat.
ISBN 9780099264361
Series Redwall series (11 of 22)
Publisher Red Fox, 1999
Jacques, Brian
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Martin the Warrior
Badrang the Tyrant has his eyes set on ruling over his own empire and will do anything to make sure that his ultimate fantasy is fulfilled. Little does he realise that the quiet, nameless mouse he is holding captive will one day grow to be the legendary Martin the Warrior.
ISBN 9781862301436
Series Redwall series (6 of 22)
Publisher Red Fox, 1993
Jacques, Brian
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Master of the grove
After their home is destroyed in an attack, Derin's father is missing and Derin travels across the world to look for him. His quest leads him into the conflict between the people of the mountains and the people of the plains. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780317696349
Publisher Puffin USA, 1998
Kelleher, Victor
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Mastiff
Beka and her partner, Tunstall, are put on the biggest case of their lives. They are on the trail of kidnapping evil-doers who murder anyone that gets in their way or possesses any information about them or their organisation. Murder and treason are afoot, and Beka will be dealing with greedy nobles, a rising religious cult and a hunt throughout the kingdom that will either make her career, or end her life.
ISBN 9780375814709
Series Beka Cooper series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2012
Pierce, Tamora
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Mattimeo
Slagar, the Fox is bent on revenge and determined to bring death and destruction to Redwall Abbey. His cunning and cowardly plan is to steal the Redwall children and Mattimeo, Matthias's son, is to be the biggest prize of all.
ISBN 9780099675402
Series Redwall series (3 of 22)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1990
Jacques, Brian
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Mayan Prophecy, The
Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . . When Maddy finally unlocks fragments of the secret that Becks has been holding on to, the TimeRiders start to piece together their true purpose. Racing through time to connect the clues, the team discover a Mayan tribe and an ancient relic provides a vital link to the past and future.
ISBN 9780141337197
Series TimeRiders series (8 of 6)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2013
Scarrow, Alex
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Melting stones
Four years have passed since Evvy left the streets of Chammur to begin her training as a stone mage. At fourteen, she's unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying.
ISBN 9781862918030
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Pierce, Tamora
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Mercy
Mercy wakes on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business... Or thinks they do. But Mercy has a secret life. She is an angel, doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does, in an effort to resolve a cataclysmic rift between heavenly beings. In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, an eighteen-year-old whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is presumed dead. When another girl is also taken, Mercy knows she has to act quickly and use extraordinary powers to rescue her, even if it means exposing her true identity. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732291990
Series Mercy series series (1 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Lim, Rebecca
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Series Mercy series series (5 books)
Lim, Rebecca
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Merryll of the stones
An exciting, modern story with elements from ancient mythology. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702222504
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1989
Caswell, Brian
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Metro winds
Includes five long stories and a novella. A girl is sent across the world to discover her destiny in the dark tunnels of the Metro. Another seeks a lost sister in a park where winter lasts forever. A young man fulfils a dying wish. A mother works magic to summon a princess for her son. A man seeks an ending to his story. An old man goes in search of his shadow. This is a world of desire and transformation, the real and the not real.
ISBN 9781865084442
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Carmody, Isobelle
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Midnight over Sanctaphrax
Twig, the young sky pirate captain who had dared to sail over the Edge, returned with his memory shattered and his crew flung far and wide. But, to recover his memory and take action, Twig must first find his lost crew. This means a dangerous journey back into the Deepwoods and beyond.
ISBN 9780552554244
Series The Edge chronicles series (3 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2000
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Midnight sun
Edward the Vampire loves Bella the human - we've followed the journey of Edward and Bella's love story through the 4 Twilight novels, now we can relive the journey through Edward's eyes. Find out how Edward felt when he first met Bella, find out how Edward fought to control his feelings both of love and violence. Midnight Sun also delves further into Edwards own history and how he came to be with the Cullen family. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780349003634
Series Twilight saga series (4 books)
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2021
Meyer, Stephenie
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Midsummer night's dream, A
A Midsummer Night's Dream opens with Theseus and Hippolyta planning their wedding, which takes place in four days. Egeus enters with his daughter, Hermia, and her two suitors, Lysander and Demetrius. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781107615458
Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 2014
Shakespeare, William & Buckle, Linda (ed) & Andrews, Richard (ed) & Gibson, Rex (ed)
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Mind master, The
Torrad discovers that he has an affinity with animals that allows him to control their minds. However, is his power strong enough to thwart the evil Psykhan's attempt to dominate human minds and become the ruler of Quentaris?
ISBN 9780734406569
Series Quentaris chronicles series (13 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Heffernan, John
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Ministry of pandemonium
Ben Harvester doesn't make friends easily, preferring to spend his time and his talent for drawing in graveyards. It is in one such cemetery that Ben discovers another of his gifts, the ability to see the newly-dead. He is drawn into a battle of good against evil, with grotesque creatures seemingly gaining the ascendency, while Ben is both the cause of the trouble and also its solution.
ISBN 9781847801906
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
Westwood, Chris
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Mirrormask
Raised in a family of circus performers, Helena has always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. When she is drawn into a strange and magical realm, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her not-so-ordinary life. Told in graphic novel style.
ISBN 9780747599869
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Topics / Graphic novels /
Gaiman, Neil & McKean, Dave (ill)
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Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
An horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, and a strange collection of very curious photographs, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. One of them was his grandfather. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781594746031
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (1 of 5)
Publisher Quirk Books, 2013
Riggs, Ransom
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Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Riggs, Ransom
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Mister Monday
Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death, but he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe but his world is not and Arthur must do what he can.
ISBN 9781741142136
Series Keys to the kingdom series (1 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Nix, Garth
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Mistress Masham's repose
Maria discovers a group of Lilliputians and must protect them from her governess and a cunning vicar.
ISBN 9781851497003
Publisher Antique Collectors Club, 2001
White, T H
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Monster Blood Tattoo series
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Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (3 books)
Cornish, D M
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Monster calls, A
The monster showed up just after midnight. But, it isn't the monster thirteen year old Conor has been expecting. He expected the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments for cancer. This monster is different, it's something ancient and wild, and tells Conor three stories. The monster wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor, it wants the truth. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406311525
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Ness, Patrick & Kay, Jim (ill)
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Monuments
All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn and Connor's life will never be the same again. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734419224
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2019
Kostakis, Will
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Mortal fire
Sixteen year old Canny has always been a little different and able to see something 'Extra'. When she joins her stepbrother to research a strange coal mine disaster, Canny discovers an enchanted valley with children who can perform a strange type of magic. With the help of the alluring Ghislain, Canny starts to untangle the mysteries of the valley, only to find out that its secrets are hers, too. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781877579530
Publisher Gecko Press, 2013
Knox, Elizabeth
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Mortal instruments series
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Series Mortal instruments series (6 books)
Clare, Cassandra
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Mossflower
A prequel to Redwall. Martin, the warrior, finds himself trespassing on the land of Verdagua, king of a thousand eyes and embroiled in a battle between good and evil against Verdagua's ruthless daughter, Tsarmina.
ISBN 9780441001866
Series Redwall series (2 of 22)
Publisher Ace, 1995
Jacques, Brian
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Mountain arrow
Pandora has returned to her village. She is haunted by both her failure to bring her friend home and the vision she has seen of the last few days, The Burning, when creatures swarmed the city. How did these creatures come into being in the first place? Are the last remnants of humanity really safe from them? The River People and the Mountain People have survived for another season. But at what cost? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925227741
Publisher MidnightSun Publishing, 2020
Hennessy, Rachel
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Muddle Earth
The Baron of Muddle Earth's only hope is an incompetent wizard, a boy, his dog, a cynical budgerigar, a not-very -big ogre and an intrepid silver teaspoon. Anything could happen in the land of pink, stinky hogs and exploding gas frogs.
ISBN 9780333947999
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2003
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris
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Mummy smugglers of Crumblin Castle, The
Orphaned twelve-year-old Hattie travels to the remote and mist-shrouded Fens to live with her Egypt-obsessed aunt and uncle. It is 1873 in England. Her aunt hosts ancient Egyptian mummy-unwrapping parties in London, aided by the mysterious and sinister Ravens. When the mummy supply unexpectedly runs out, the family embarks on a perilous and illegal search for more, a thousand miles up the Nile.
ISBN 9781760651930
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Rushby, Pamela & Pierce, Nelle May (ill)
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Murderer's ape, The
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.
ISBN 9781782691617
Publisher Pushkin Press, 2017
Wegelius, Jakob
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Murderer's apprentice, The
Like her father and mother, Merrith is apprenticed to become an assassin with the Murderers' Guild. But, Merrith is hopeless with a dagger and sword, inept at mixing poison and doesn't want to kill people. Her talent seems to lie elsewhere.
ISBN 9780734408006
Series Quentaris chronicles series (8 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Freeman, Pamela
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Muse
Mercy is an angel, exiled from heaven, and when she wakes in the body of nineteen-year-old Irina, Mercy discovers that she is one of the world's most infamous supermodels on the verge of a very public breakdown. Against the glamorous background of Milan's opulent fashion world, Mercy continues her increasingly desperate search for Ryan Daley, the mortal boy she remembers falling for in a past life. But this time, Mercy's memories and powers are growing ever stronger - and she begins to doubt the pleas of her dream lover, Luc, as more of her mysterious past is revealed. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292010
Series Mercy series series (3 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2011
Lim, Rebecca
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Museum of Mary Child, The
Heloise lives with her godmother in an isolated cottage and, next door, is a sinister museum dedicated to the memory of Mary Child. Visitors enter it with a smile but depart with fear in their eyes. When Heloise finds a doll under the floorboards, she keeps it against her godmother's advice. That's when the delicate truce between Heloise and her godmother begins to unravel.
ISBN 9780143304142
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Golds, Cassandra
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Nature of the beast, The
A community in Yorkshire, England, devastated by unemployment, has another problem to contend with. An unknown beast is roaming the moors.
ISBN 9780744543506
Publisher Walker Books, 1996
Howker, Janni
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Necropolis
The evil corporation, Nightrise, has amassed an immense amount of power and the devastating force of the Old Ones is about to be unleashed around the globe. To stop this from happening, Matt and three of the Gatekeepers head to Hong Kong to meet the final Gatekeeper, a girl named Scarlet, whose fate is inextricably joined to their own.
ISBN 9781406321081
Series Power of Five series (4 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Horowitz, Anthony
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Ned's circus of marvels: The darkening king
The Armstrongs are both predator and prey, hunting for clues to help them fight the Darkening-King, while constantly watching their backs. This time it's not just the world of the Hidden searching for them: the Josser world is intent on capturing the family too. Leading the search is the curious Mr Fox and his agents in grey, and they've found an ally who knows Ned's every move. As the world of the Hidden begins to fall apart, its horde of Demons and Darklings threatens to spill out of the shadows at any moment. With his trusty mouse and Familiar, Lucy and George, Ned must travel from the snow-swept forests of Siberia to the cliffs of Dover in a desperate attempt to rally allies for a final stand. Fearsome enemies will become allies and old allies enemies, as Ned prepares himself for the final battle.
ISBN 9780008124588
Series Ned's circus of marvels series (3 of 99)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Fisher, Justin
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Nevermoor series
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Series Nevermoor series (3 books)
Townsend, Jessica
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Nevermoor: The trials of Morrigan Crow
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day Morrigan is blamed for all local misfortunes from hailstorms to heart attacks. But as Morrigan awaits her fate a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to a magical city named Nevermoor. Morrigan discovers that she must contend for a place in a magical society called the Wundrous Society. The only problem is, Morrigan thinks she has no secret talents at all. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests.
ISBN 9780734418074
Series Nevermoor series (1 of 3)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Townsend, Jessica
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Neverwhere
Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of. When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door, she's on the run from two assassins in black suits and she comes from London Below. His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth and an Earl who holds Court in a Tube train. It is strangely familiar yet utterly bizarre. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781472234353
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK,
Gaiman, Neil
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New moon
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself, Edward Cullen. But, being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire but, as their daring relationship threatens everything, they realise their troubles are just beginning. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780316007696
Series Twilight saga series (2 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephenie
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New policeman, The
Mystical fantasy tapping into Irish culture and music that deals with the interesting concept of time leaking from the real world into the fantasy world and the impact on both. A musical score ends each chapter. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780370328232
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2005
Thompson, Kate
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Night circus, The
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. There are contortionists, performing cats, carousels and illusionists - all the trappings of an ordinary circus. But this is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the reveurs - the dreamers. And who is the sinister man in the grey suit who watches over it all? Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who, at the behest of their masters, are forced to test the very limits of the imagination - and of love. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780099554790
Publisher Penguin, 2012
Morgenstern, Erin
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Night rise: the graphic novel
Fourteen year old twins, Scott and Jamie, possess extraordinary powers. When Scott is kidnapped and Jamie is framed for murder, they must use the powers to survive. But, when Jamie is catapulted into the past, to face the horror of the Old Ones, he learns that he is one of the five Gatekeepers, standing in the way of eternal chaos. The brothers must fight the evil and win. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406316612
Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Lee, Tony & Dobbyn, Nigel
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Nightfall
On Marin's island, sunrise doesn't come every twenty-four hours - it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold. The shadows are growing long. The dark is rising. And soon it will be Night. Because Night is falling. Their island is changing. And something is stirring in the dark.
ISBN 9781471405730
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2016
Halpern, Jake & Kujawinski, Peter
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Nightmare in Quentaris
Although Quentaris is flourishing, strange events at the Old Tree Guesthouse are causing the once popular guesthouse to lose custom. Nisha and Tal, who feature in Quentaris in Flames and Beneath Quentaris, are soon on the trail of the problem, a shape-shifter who is stealing dreams.
ISBN 9780734407740
Series Quentaris chronicles series (7 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Pryor, Michael
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Nightrise
Fourteen year old twins, Scott and Jamie, have extraordinary powers. When Jamie, framed for murder, tries to rescue the kidnapped Scott, he is catapulted thousands of years into the past to fight a horrifying and violent battle. As one of the five Gatekeepers, he joins in a seemingly doomed stand against the massed forces of evil and black magic. Not for the faint-hearted. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286218
Series Power of Five series (3 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Horowitz, Anthony
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Nimona
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
ISBN 9780062278227
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Stevenson, Noelle
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Nine open arms
The Boons, a large, motherless family, are always on the move. Their father, a dreamer, takes risks that never pay off. When the family moves to an isolated house, Fing and her sisters sense the house and adjacent cemetery have a macabre past. They defy their strong-tongued grandmother to explore the cellar and a curious hole in the hedge. The house has its secrets and, somehow, they are linked to the family.
ISBN 9781743315859
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Lindelauf, Benny & Nieuwenhuizen, John (trans)
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Norse mythology
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman takes the Norse myths and gives them new life; from the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, he delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781408886809
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Gaiman, Neil
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North child
Rose is a North Child and superstition says that she will travel far from home and meet a lonely, icy death. Unaware of her fate, she makes a bargain with a mysterious white bear and is carried to a distant castle. But, once there, Rose unleashes a terrible curse and must embark on an epic journey to save the stranger who has stolen her heart.
ISBN 9781409540540
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2012
Pattou, Edith
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Northern lights
In the first of the Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra's friend Roger disappears. She and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him, leading them to the bleak splendour of the North where scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780439954617
Series Dark materials series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Pullman, Philip
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Oasis
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father's archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends ... and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit. With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed, until they discover the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality starts to shift around them, they question what's real and what's a mirage. The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other and they start to wonder if they are really saved. While it was easy to walk into the oasis, it might be impossible to leave. A supernatural thriller.
ISBN 9781250124265
Publisher Imprint Publishing, 2020
De Becerra, Katya
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Obernewtyn
Elspeth has enhanced mental abilities which she must hide in a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse.
ISBN 9780765342676
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (1 of 7)
Publisher Tor Books, 2003
Carmody, Isobelle
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Obernewtyn Chronicles series
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Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (7 books)
Carmody, Isobelle
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Obernewtyn Chronicles series
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Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (7 books)
Carmody, Isobelle
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Oblivion
Having escaped from Hong Kong, the five gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to re-group and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle.
ISBN 9781844286232
Series Power of Five series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Horowitz, Anthony
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Ogre downstairs, The
When a new stepfather, the ogre to the stepchildren, gives chemistry sets to both sets of children in the house, magic things start to happen.
ISBN 9780064473507
Publisher HarperTrophy, 2002
Jones, Diana Wynne
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Old kingdom series
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Series Old kingdom series (5 books)
Nix, Garth
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Oliver Nocturne series
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Series Oliver Nocturne series (5 books)
Emerson, Kevin
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Oliver Nocturne: blood ties
Thirteen year old Oliver is no ordinary New World vampire. Oliver believes that his own father, Sebastian, has been ordered to sacrifice him, and Oliver's brother, Bane, has been behaving very strangely indeed. He is yet to receive his demon to become an adult vampire.
ISBN 9781741693867
Series Oliver Nocturne series (3 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Emerson, Kevin
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Oliver Nocturne: the demon hunter
Oliver is no ordinary New World vampire. He dreads his special destiny, which will free vampires but wreak destruction on the world of humans. Another nail biting instalment in this gripping series. Puberty will see Oliver bond with his otherworldly demon to become an adult vampire.
ISBN 9781741693874
Series Oliver Nocturne series (4 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Emerson, Kevin
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Oliver Nocturne: the eternal tomb
Thirteen year old Oliver is no ordinary New World vampire. Oliver knows that the time is now at hand for the Anointment, where he will be given strength to receive his demon and become an adult vampire. For him, this will be no ordinary rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
ISBN 9781741693881
Series Oliver Nocturne series (5 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Emerson, Kevin
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Oliver Nocturne: the sunlight slayings
Thirteen year old Oliver is no ordinary New World vampire. He awaits a special destiny which will free vampires but wreak destruction on the world of humans. This is another gripping instalment which will keep you on the edge of your seat. He has not yet received his demon to become an adult vampire.
ISBN 9781741693850
Series Oliver Nocturne series (2 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Emerson, Kevin
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Oliver Nocturne: The triad of finity
This is the definitive ending to the Oliver Nocturne series, tying together story lines and details from the entire series and revealing the true nature of Oliver's destiny, published by the author as he originally envisioned it. Now, the series is complete.
ISBN 9780615472096
Series Oliver Nocturne series (6 of 5)
Emerson, Kevin
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Oliver Nocturne: the vampire's photograph
Oliver has a fairly normal childhood, for a vampire. He sleeps during the day, eats blood angel cakes for breakfast and goes to school at night. He meets Emalie and, soon, they are on a quest to uncover the dark truth of his origins and his special destiny. He is yet to receive his demon to become an adult vampire.
ISBN 9781741693843
Series Oliver Nocturne series (1 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Emerson, Kevin
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One dark throne
The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favour without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before- ones that put those around her in danger that she can't seem to prevent.
ISBN 9781509807734
Publisher MacMillan, 2017
Blake, Kendare
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One of our Thursdays is missing
It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld as all-out genre war is rumbling. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But, a week before the peace talks, where Thursday is to play peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions, she vanishes. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780670022526
Series Thursday Next series (6 of 6)
Publisher Penguin USA, 2011
Fforde, Jasper
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Only a monster
Every family has its secrets, the summer Joan Chang-Hunt goes to stay with her gran in London, she learns hers is bigger than most. The Hunts are one of twelve families in London with terrifying hidden powers. Joan is half-monster. And what's more, her summer crush Nick isn't just a cute boy - he's hiding a secret as well; a secret that places Joan in terrible danger.
ISBN 9781760878313
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2022
Len, Vanessa
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Oracle of the Morrigan
Sixteen year old Siobhan has travelled back in time to medieval Scotland, before fairies and humans were at war. Her task is to bring back one of the scattered rath stones so that the bloodshed can finally end. Watching the beginnings of the hostility between the Fey and humans, Siobhan breaks free of her own timidity and galvanises those around her to create alliances, rescue captives and recover the rath stone.
ISBN 9780786949748
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2008
Trent, Tiffany & Crilley, Paul
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Oracle, The
In a distant, desert land where servants of the god rule supreme, new Bearer, Mirany, receives visions which reveal the true heir to the kingdom. She must try to stop the corrupt High Priestess from seizing power. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340843765
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Fisher, Catherine
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Other side of the sky, The
On a planet with two moons there is the Below and the Skyland. Goddess of the Below is Nimhara and Prince of the Skyland is North. When North loses control of his glider and falls from Alciel to the Below, he is sure he will die. However, for Nimh, his arrival sparks certainty that he represents her destiny. And did we mention the cat? You're going to love the cat.
ISBN 9780062893338
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Kaufman, Amie & Spooker, Meagan
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Other wind, The
Earthsea is threatened by the return of the dragons and an invasion by the dead. But, it is Alder's desire to be reunited with his beloved dead wife that creates the greatest threat. Recognising this, Alder takes Sparrowhawk's advice and journeys to the Immanent Grove on Roke. His companions are Tenar, Tehanu, the young King Lebannen and the amber-eyed Irian, a dragon able to take the shape of a woman. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781842552117
Series Earthsea series, The (5 of 5)
Publisher Orion, 2003
Le Guin, Ursula
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Out of the blue
When angels start falling from the sky, it seems like the world is ending. But for Jaya the world ended when her mother died, two weeks before the first angel fell. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single angel has survived and, as the world goes angel crazy, Jaya's father uproots the family to Edinburgh, intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can't stand his obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother's sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she's determined to stay out of it. Then something extraordinary happens: an angel lands right at Jaya's feet, and it's alive. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781509853168
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Cameron, Sophie
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Outcast of Redwall
An escape into the snowbound winter night starts a life-long enmity between two young creatures - a badger and a ferret. By turns they become the hunter and the hunted, which stretches from the north to the east wastelands.
ISBN 9780091767211
Series Redwall series (8 of 22)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1995
Jacques, Brian
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Outcast, The
First in the Outcast Trilogy, this story introduces the chip-enhanced city dwellers of the future. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732257682
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1997
Bernard, Patricia
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Owl service, The
Three children find a mysterious set of dishes in an attic which sets off a chain of events from an ancient Welsh drama. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780007127894
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2002
Garner, Alan
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Page
Kel has passed her probationary year, and is now a fully-fledged page at the Tortall palace. But this hasn't made her year-mates any happier about training with a girl. In fact, the plotting and bullying is about to get worse.
ISBN 9780439968119
Series Protector of the small series (2 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Paladero: The riders of thunder realm
Joss, a mysterious boy with a tragic past, has only ever dreamed of being a Paladero. A cowboy knight of the Thunder Realm. Will he be able to complete his quest of crossing the savage lands to the doomed Ghost City of Vaal? With his fellow questors and his Raptor mount, Joss must complete this traditional rite of passage or die trying.
ISBN 9781760124700
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016
Lochran, Steven
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Paladin
Sam could never have imagined how one good deed would change his world. Finny knows a lot more about changing worlds than she has let on. Together, these two strange friends will find their true calling in a land far from their own, one where danger and magic go hand-in-hand.
ISBN 9781862918672
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2010
Luckett, Dave
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Paradise trap, The
When Marcus goes on a boring holiday to the beach, things quickly become much more interesting when he discovers his smelly old caravan has a hidden cellar, filled with amazing fantasy worlds.
ISBN 9781742375748
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Jinks, Catherine
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Pearls of Lutra, The
On the isle of Sampetra, Emperor Ublaz, also scarily known as Mad Eyes, sends his fearsome lizards and seascum on a murderous mission to Redwall.
ISBN 9781862302464
Series Redwall series (9 of 22)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Peculiar, The
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. Bartholomew Kettle and his sister live by these words. They are Peculiars, half-human, half-faery, and hated by both. But, one day, when a mysterious lady magically whisks away a little boy, Bartholomew forgets the rules. And gets himself noticed.
ISBN 9780007498857
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Bachmann, Stefan
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Perfect princess, The
Tab is caught up in the Battle of Begonias when she meets Azt, a mysterious stranger. Suddenly, she is helping him escape and also finding out about the Perfect Princess who left Quentaris years ago.
ISBN 9780734405869
Series Quentaris chronicles series (22 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Pausacker, Jenny
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Pica
When mean, self centred bully Luke meets Guy, he just thinks he's another weirdo to hate, but soon enough Luke finds out that Guy is not quite what he first seems. To begin with, he catches wild snakes with his bare hands and seems to have a way with animals that is just too intriguing for Luke to ignore. But what Luke discovers is that becoming friends with Guy could change his life, and indeed himself, in ways he never would have previously dreamed. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781783759286
Publisher Accent Press, 2016
Gardiner, Jeff
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Pirate kings, The
Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . . Relocated to Victorian London, the TimeRiders joy-ride back to 1666 to witness the Great Fire of London. In the ensuing chaos, Liam and their newest recruit, Rashim, find themselves trapped between the fire and the Thames. They escape onboard a river boat, only to be confronted by an unscrupulous captain with his heart set on treasures of the high seas . . . Can Liam and Rashim survive the bloodthirsty and barbaric age of piracy long enough to be rescued?
ISBN 9780141337180
Series TimeRiders series (7 of 6)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2013
Scarrow, Alex
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Pirates of Quentaris
When the sky pirates begin flying over the city, Kiall has an idea. If he can get on a pirate ship and sneak through the caves, he might be able to steal gold from the pirates.
ISBN 9780734408839
Series Quentaris chronicles series (3 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Clark, Sherryl
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Plague of Quentaris
On the last night of that Three Day Dark, some said they saw a shape in the starry sky. A black void, where no star shone. A void in the shape of a rat. Is this sign a foreboding of fantastical events to befall Quentaris? What part do the rat children, Lucien and Zoe, play in this horror? Is this the final calamity that will destroy the mighty city?
ISBN 9780734407733
Series Quentaris chronicles series (12 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Crew, Gary
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Power of Five series
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Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Various
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Power of Five series
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Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Power to burn
When Roberto arrives in Italy from Australia, he discovers dark family secrets, la magia, the power that is feared and suppressed, a tragic story of love and icy revenge. He and Angelica must stop the curse spreading beyond their family into the world.
ISBN 9781865080918
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
Fienberg, Anna
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Princess of shadows
Tamaika undergoes a mysterious change after reading an ancient book. She uses her powers to fight the shadow monster who changes people into stone.
ISBN 9780734407993
Series Quentaris chronicles series (10 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Collins, Paul
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Prisoner of ice and snow
Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the crown prince. Her parents are outcasts from the royal court, her sister is banished for theft of a national treasure, and now Valor has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Demidova, a prison built from stone and ice. But that's exactly where she wants to be. For her sister was sent there too, and Valor embarks on an epic plan to break her out from the inside. No one has escaped from Demidova in over three hundred years, and if Valor is to succeed she will need all of her strength, courage and love. If the plan fails, she faces a chilling fate worse than any prison.
ISBN 9781408872758
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Lauren, Ruth
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Prisoner of Quentaris, The
Finegan, beloved King of the Leprechauns, decides to venture through the rift caves to assess this dangerous land for himself, where he is taken captive by angry giants
ISBN 9780734408877
Series Quentaris chronicles series (29 of 28)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
Ciddor, Anna
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Prometheus High: The books of the dead
A frantic rooftop race, alchemy lessons on the zepplin, a booby-trapped pyramid ... just the start of semester two at Prometheus High. Join Athena and Marceline on their mission to unearth Marceline's past. Does it have anything to do with the ancient monster on the airship and how far are they willing to go to reach their answers?
ISBN 9781761042263
Publisher Penguin, 2022
Wilson, Stuart
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Protector of the small series
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Series Protector of the small series (4 books)
Pierce, Tamora
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Ptolemy's gate
London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisors, seventeen year old Nathaniel and the theatrical impresario, Quentin Makepeace. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; believing that the only way to destroy the magicians is for an alliance between djinn and ordinary people.
ISBN 9780385608688
Series The Bartimaeus trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2005
Stroud, Jonathan
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Queen of hearts
This is not a story of happily ever after. Beneath each smile lies a secret, and Alice has not tumbled down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Not yet... Princess Dinah will one day become the Queen of Hearts. She longs for her father's approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into danger. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her enemies or she'll lose not just the crown - it will be off with her head.
ISBN 9780008175399
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Oakes, Colleen
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Queen's rising, The
Brienna has lived her whole life in the shadow of her dual heritage. Her Mother was Valenian, a society based around politeness, formality, and academic pursuits, while her father whose name she has never been told to protect her identity hails from the Queen's Realm of Maevana that values strength, bravery and battle prowess. Determined to escape the stigma of her heritage, Brienna strives to master her passion at the prestigious Magnalia House in Valenia and be chosen by a patron to secure her future. But Maevana has long suffered under the rule of a cruel king with no claim to the throne and Brienna's heritage holds the key to unseating this cruel despot.
ISBN 9780008245986
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Ross, Rebecca
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Quentaris chronicles series
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Series Quentaris chronicles series (28 books)
Various
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Quentaris in flames
When a fire is deliberately lit in the elf neighbourhood of Quentaris, Nisha and Tal get caught up in the action. They escape and must defend the city from a swarm of Zolka, insect-like creatures from the rift caves.
ISBN 9780734404695
Series Quentaris chronicles series (19 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Pryor, Michael
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Quillblade
Twins, Lenis and Missy, are slaves aboard the powerful airship, the Hiryu. Relentlessly pursued, they fly over the perilous Wasteland, where corrupted Demons lie in wait. When Lenis dreams of Apsilla, the Blue Dragon of the East, the airship captain decides to help the twins find Apsilla's daughter. The survival of the last Totem may be their only hope, if they find the dragon's egg in time.
ISBN 9781864719789
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Chandler, Ben
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Rakkety tam
Redwall Abbey must withstand the assault of a fearsome enemy searching for what he believes is his rightful inheritance. All that stands in his path is an adventure seeking Rakkety Tam. This is an epic tale of courage, war and comradeship.
ISBN 9780141381596
Series Redwall series (17 of 22)
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Jacques, Brian
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Ranger's apprentice series
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Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice, the Royal Ranger: Escape from Falaise
Will and Maddie are imprisoned at Chateau des Falaises. Baron Lassigny is scheming to recruit them as spies for hire, but Maddie raises the stakes when she challenges Lassigny's garrison commander to a duel on horseback. Will is horrified - especially when he realises the treacherous baron won't fight fair. If Maddie can survive the duel, they still need to escape the heavily guarded chateau and rescue the kidnapped prince they were sent to retrieve. It will take all their ingenuity, courage and determination to triumph this time - and to solve the mystery of who betrayed them.
ISBN 9781760890476
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2021
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's apprentice, the Royal Ranger: The missing prince
King Philippe of Gallica appeals to King Duncan for help. His son is being held hostage by a power-hungry baron, and Philippe wants Duncan to send a Ranger to rescue the boy. Will and Maddie are perfect for the task. Travelling as father and daughter to allay suspicion, they will pose as entertainers to infiltrate the Chateau des Falaises, where the prince is being held. But travelling through Gallica has its own risks: armed bandits, wild weather and even a mysterious follower all have to be faced and overcome. Will they ever find the prince? And if they do, how will they rescue him from the evil Baron Lassigny?
ISBN 9781760890452
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2020
Flanagan, John
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Ranger's Apprentice, The Royal Ranger: The Red Fox Clan
Most of the time, Maddie is an apprentice Ranger, learning archery, knife throwing, unseen movement and combat skills under the guidance of the legendary Will Treaty. For one month each year, though, she must return home and resume her identity as Princess Madelyn. Forced to keep her Ranger training a secret, Maddie finds castle life dull. But when she discovers clues to a devastating plot against the crown, she realises her family - and the peace they've worked so hard to achieve - could be in terrible danger. To save everyone at Castle Araluen, and her father's forces who are trapped by an enemy army in the north, Maddie must find out the truth. Who is the man in the red fox mask?
ISBN 9780143785903
Series Ranger's apprentice series (14 books)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Flanagan, John
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Rapunzel dilemma, The
Lily's had a charmed life and is off to London to pursue her dream of becoming a great actor. But, Lily finds that things don't always go her way at the London Drama Academy. Lily's got a secret that she's not sure how to handle. A room in one of the deserted towers makes a perfect refuge but Lily can't stay locked away forever. When she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change.
ISBN 9780143571087
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Kloester, Jennifer
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Raven's gate
Matt thinks he has trouble when the police catch him for a not so petty crime but that is nothing compared to when he is rescued by a supposedly do-gooding guardian. The darkest, black magic is unleashed and Matt begins to understand that he is not only different, but that it is up to him, alone, to escape the torture of these cruel, violent, supernatural forces and to stop them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286195
Series Power of Five series (1 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Horowitz, Anthony
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Raven's gate: the graphic novel
Sent to Yorkshire on a rehabilitation programme, Matt finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy of witchcraft and murder, and that he, alone, stands between the forces of evil and the annihilation of humanity. Featuring striking, high-contrast black-and-white art, this distinctive graphic novel captures the requisite brooding atmosphere. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406306477
Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Lee, Tony (adapt) & O'Connor, Lee (ill) & Reardon, Dom (ill)
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Ravens, The
At first glance, The Ravens seem like typical sorority sisters. These girls are the most admired at Westerly College. Looks can be deceiving, and these are not just girls but a coven of witches. With a new intake of Littles and a painful secret returning to haunt them, the girls will need to put rivalry aside to save a fellow sister.
ISBN 9781529363838
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2020
Morgan, Kass & Paige, Danielle
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Ready player one
It's 2044, and the world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality- OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout it. For years, millions have struggled to attain this prize. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780099560432
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Cline, Ernest
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Realms of the gods, The
Daine and her mentor are about to be killed when Daine's parents, who are gods, sweep the pair up into their domain. They are saved, but both Daine and Numair want to return to mortal regions to help their country fight against the deadly foes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780679882916
Series The Immortals quartet series (4 of 4)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1998
Pierce, Tamora
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Reckless
The love of an older brother and a girlfriend must be strong enough to overcome terrifying obstacles or Will is lost to them forever. This is Jacob's story, he is familiar with this treacherous, violent land full of intrigue, power-lust, violence, cruelty, fear, dangerous liaisons and dark secrets. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781905294855
Publisher Chicken House, 2010
Funke, Cornelia
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Red necklace, The
Yann Margoza, a gypsy boy with supernatural gifts, raised by a dwarf, Tetu, is pursued by the sinister, truly-evil Count Kalliovski who holds half the French aristocracy in his power. Yann meets Sidonie, the unloved daughter of the Marquis of Villeduval. Suddenly, all their lives, present, past and future are intertwined against the momentum and violence of the French Revolution. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781842556344
Publisher Orion, 2008
Gardner, Sally
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Red Queen
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite with god-like superpowers. When Mare Barrow begins work in the Silver Palace, she discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. This is a world of betrayal, lies and danger. Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781409155843
Publisher Orion, 2015
Aveyard, Victoria
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Red queen, The
The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computermachine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal. But, before she can embark on her quest, she must find a lost key. Although she has long prepared for this day, nothing is as she imagined.
ISBN 9780670076406
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (7 of 7)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Carmody, Isobelle
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Redwall
In this book from the Redwall series, the animal inhabitants of Redwall Abbey have to fight to stop the evil one-eyed rat warlord from taking control of their home.
ISBN 9780099512004
Series Redwall series (1 of 22)
Publisher Red Fox, 1990
Jacques, Brian
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Series Redwall series (22 books)
Jacques, Brian
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Regiment, The: Die Kompanie
When Jenny discovers that the virtual database holding vast quantities of gatekeeper knowledge has been corrupted, she sneaks back to medieval England to investigate. War, treachery and intrigue are raging in England and France. During these travels through time, one stranger intrigues her.
ISBN 9781921574764
Series Gatekeeper series (3 of 4)
Publisher Zeus Publications, 2009
Blackburn, Richard
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Reign of shadows
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead. But that doesn't stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized. With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9780062377654
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2017
Jordan, Sophie
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Rest of us just live here, The
It's not easy when the Chosen One goes to your school. The one who fights the zombies or the soul-eating ghosts or whatever new thing there is. Mikey just wants to graduate and find the courage to ask Henna out before school gets blown up, again. Sometimes, there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and you have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406331165
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Ness, Patrick
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Return of the king, The
Third story in Tolkien's classic fantasy, in which the forces of Gondor and Rohan must make a last desperate stand against the monstrous armies of the Dark Lord, Sauron. The fate of Middle Earth rests in the hands of two weary hobbits.
ISBN 9780007149230
Series Lord of the rings series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
Tolkien, J R R
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Return to Shalott
Against her better judgment, Callie is persuaded to re-enter her father's virtual reality program to save the life of Howell's friend. But instead of reversing recent events, Callie, her sister El and their friends find themselves back in Camelot.
ISBN 9781740517874
Series Shalott series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Pulman, Felicity
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Luxe Revelle, star of her family's fantastical show, knows the splendor is just an illusion. With Prohibition threatening their livelihood, her family struggles to make a living, watering down champagne and patching holes in their sequined costumes. So when the son of Charmant's wealthiest family makes her an offer - everything the Revelles need to stay in business, in exchange for posing as his girl and helping him become mayor - she can't refuse. The moment Jamison Port sets foot in Charmant, he can't shake the feeling of familiarity. An orphan with as few memories as gemstones, he's desperate to learn what happened to his parents. But as he delves into the island's secrets, he risks angering the wrong person and discovering a truth that just might break his heart. When Luxe and Jamison accidentally meet, the sparks that fly are more than her magical enchantments. But keeping secrets from powerful people is a dangerous game . . . one that could destroy them both.
ISBN 9780063323360
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2023
Smith, Lyssa Mia
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Revognase, The
Life in the city of Quentaris is never dull. Down in the caves, where rifts lead to magical other worlds, monsters are stirring. The city's two feuding families, the Blues and the Greens, have just held a battle in the market. There has been a duel between wizards and a burglary at the Order of Villains. And the Chief Soothsayer has just prophesied another disaster.
ISBN 9780734404954
Series Quentaris chronicles series (21 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Sussex, Lucy
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Rift, The
When the Rift opens, death follows. For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have protected its sacred creatures from the horrors released by the powerful Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with rare gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs with the other rangers. Meg Archer, an old friend, returns to Black Water Island after nine years only to discover that the Island is facing a new threat that no one is prepared for. Can Meg and Cal fight their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster? Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781760650025
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Craw, Rachael
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Rifts through Quentaris
Adyren, a junior archivist in the Great Library of Quentaris, loves to read about the adventurers who have come out of the Rift Caves alive to tell their stories of danger and excitement. She thinks her life is so dull by comparison until she is accused of not one, but three thefts.
ISBN 9780734407450
Series Quentaris chronicles series (11 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Brooks, Karen R
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Righteous, The
Only half-fey Arjun Desai can cross the realms to the Sylvan Vale to find a healer who can save his dear friend Odette. Leaving the tare between the realms open, he is oblivious to the fact that Pippa has observed his departure and followed him through in her quest to find Celine. The dangerous, duplicitous world on the other side of the gateway is no place for a sheltered mortal, especially one who is engaged and confused by feelings for a half-fey. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781529368413
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2021
Ahdieh, Renee
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Ring of Solomon, The: A Bartimaeus novel
This prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy sees the return of the sarcastic, chatty and mischievous djinni. Now, Bartimaeus is in Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. The great Bartimaeus may have finally met his match. He'll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and he runs into a fair bit of bother with King Solomon's magic ring.
ISBN 9780385619165
Publisher Doubleday, 2010
Stroud, Jonathan
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Rise of the Remarkables, The: Brasswitch and Bot
Victorian York is a prejudice society with a vendetta against aberrations. Wrench is a burgeoning Brasswitch. As she discovers her powers, she also discovers that being a Brasswitch can get you killed. When recruited by the department of Regulators, Wrench is drawn into a dangerously deceitful and deadly world.
ISBN 9781760652210
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Ward, Gareth
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River of royal blood, A
Born a princess but with a magick so frightening no-one can teach you how to use it. Born into a world that you could one day rule as queen, however to do so you will need to fight your sister in a battle to death. This is Eva's life. if she is to be Queen she needs to master her dangerous magick and kill her sister or be killed herself. Will her mother the Queen support her or her sister, will her absent father be her ally or her sister's? Can Eva trust the strange fairy hunter who has offered to tutor her in her magick and who is the khimaer prince who has appeared to 'protect her' and what can she do about her growing feelings towards him. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780525518587
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2019
Joy, Amanda
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Rogue crew, The
Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything-and everyone- in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey. From Salamandastron to the High North Coast, the brave hares of the Long Patrol team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue Crew to form a pack so tough, so rough, only they can defend the abbey and defeat Razzid Wearat once and for all.
ISBN 9780399254161
Series Redwall series (22 of 22)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2011
Jacques, Brian
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Ropemaker, The
The people of the Valley have been protected for twenty generations by a magic force. The spell is weakening, enemies are waiting. Tilja, her companions and an obstinate horse seek a man who can control the rope of time, the Ropemaker.
ISBN 9780330397131
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2002
Dickinson, Peter
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Rudigor's revenge
Jenny returns to the Middle Ages to prevent her friends dying in the Black Death, a plague that took the lives of one third of England's population. There is danger and great responsibility in returning. Jenny already abhors the filth, poverty and deprivation. True courage is found facing personal demons but more will be needed to avoid death at the hands of Rudigor, the malevolent wizard.
ISBN 9781921406522
Series Gatekeeper series (2 of 4)
Publisher Zeus Publications, 2008
Blackburn, Richard
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Ruined
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents' brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped. But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera's borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760290641
Series Ruined series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Tintera, Amy
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Series Ruined series (3 books)
Tintera, Amy
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Runemarks
Young Maddy Smith is despised and feared because of her runemark, showing she has magic powers. Since the war which destroyed the Norse Gods, the Order has taken hold, decreeing all magic should be banned. Maddy is befriended by a mysterious old man who asks her to journey into the earth to bring back the Whisperer, an oracle which foreshadows amazing changes to the balance between Worlds. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552555753
Publisher Corgi Books, 2007
Harris, Joanne
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Running with Ivan
Thirteen year-old Leo hates his new house, his new school and his new step-brothers. He wants to be somewhere else, far away. When he uncovers an old music box and turns its key, he is finds himself in Prague, amid whispers and fears of a second world war. But that war ended decades ago. There Leo meets Ivan, a Czech boy, and the two become friends. But when the war does come, the boys are imprisoned and have to frantically search for an escape. The search sens them running. Running against time. Running for their lives.
ISBN 9781460761335
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2023
Leal, Suzanne
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Sable quean, The
He appears out of thin air and vanishes just as quickly. He is Zwilt the Shade, and he is evil. Yet he is no match for his ruler, Vilaya the Sable Quean. Along with their hordes of vermin, these two have devised a plan to conquer Redwall Abbey. And when the Dibbuns go missing, captured one by one, their plan is revealed. Will the Redwallers risk the fate of their Abbey and all of Mossflower Wood to save their precious young ones from imprisonment? Perhaps Buckler, Blademaster of the Long Patrol, can save the day. He has a score of his own to settle. And fear not, these Dibbuns are not as innocent as they appear. After all, they're from Redwall.
ISBN 9780698118768
Series Redwall series (21 of 22)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2015
Jacques, Brian
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Sabriel
For many years, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But, her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing and, to find him, Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world where monsters stalk and fear prevails.
ISBN 9781741750188
Series Old kingdom series (1 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Nix, Garth
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Sailmaker
A fast-moving adventure story involving an escaped convict, bullying, boyish rivalries and ghosts. Joel struggles for self-control and self-confidence as he battles his own hyperactivity.
ISBN 9780702249723
Series Joel Billings series (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Hawke, Rosanne
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Salamandastron
Samkin, the squirrel, and Arula, the mole, must find Martin the Warrior's stolen sword or bad luck will continue to befall Redwall.
ISBN 9781862301412
Series Redwall series (5 of 22)
Publisher Red Fox, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Saving Thanehaven
Imagine if you discovered your whole world was actually in a computer. Noble is a knight who must fight everything he encounters in his quest to reach the castle and free the princess. But he's tired. Rufus comes along and turns his world upside down with his own ideas about how to get ahead: don't play by the rules. Suddenly, life is more interesting - and less painful - than ever before. But the new rules are harder to live by than the old ones.
ISBN 9781743317747
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Jinks, Catherine
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Scarlet
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She is trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
ISBN 9780312642969
Series Lunar Chronicles series (2 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2013
Meyer, Marissa
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Sea singer, The
March was born in April, just as the sun set. She is a singing baby, who never sleeps. The town of Kolkaper is on edge and the Town Council orders scientists to take her away to the Cave Forest, a place to study freaks like her. Acting quickly, March's parents send her to safety in a distant town. But, March's destiny lies in the town of her birth and she must return to save the city from itself.
ISBN 9781910939215
Publisher Accent Press, 2016
Dasgupta, Shome
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Secret series
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Series Secret series (5 books)
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Sending, The
Elspeth Gordie's search will take her where she never thought to go, and bestow upon her stranger companions than any she ever imagined. It will lead her far from her destination to those she believed lost forever. And, it will test her, as she has never been tested before.
ISBN 9780143567479
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (6 of 7)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Carmody, Isobelle
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Serpents of Arakesh, The
Abandoned as a baby, Adam feels there is nowhere he really belongs. When he wins the chance to test-drive a top-secret computer game, his luck changes. But, in the world he enters, the boundary between fantasy and reality breaks down.
ISBN 9781869504779
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
Jones, V M
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Seven wonders series
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Series Seven wonders series (3 books)
Lerangis, Peter
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Shadow bright and burning, A
Henrietta can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when, instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorising humanity. Her fellow trainees are handsome young men, eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city - and the one she loves?
ISBN 9780143784739
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Cluess, Jessica
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Shadow of the fox
Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers is able to call the great Dragon God from the sea and be granted one wish. The time is near and the pieces of the Scroll are desperately sought by those who would demand ultimate power. A humble, peasant girl holds the first scrap of the Scroll, a girl with a dangerous secret. Demons have burned Yumeko's home to the ground, killing the master who trained her to hide and use her kitsune shape-shifting powers. She escapes the temple and is thrust into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tasumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko realises quickly that he is under orders to find the scroll she carries...and to kill anything or anyone in order to do so, but she needs his help. Will her tricky kitsune ways be enough to keep her safe? A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781489267368
Publisher Harlequin, 2018
Kagawa, Julie
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Shadowblack
Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he's an even worse outlaw than he is a mage. It doesn't help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat. Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind. Her secrets pull them into a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder.
ISBN 9781471406133
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2017
De Castell, Sebastien
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Shadowcaster
A warrior princess risking her throne to end a lifelong war. A young enemy soldier questioning his role in a game of life and death. If they join forces under the shadow of a new threat, will they survive to lead the resistance? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062380982
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
Williams Chima, Cinda
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Shaedow master
Treachery, betrayal, greed and racism played out in a mythical, fantastical, medieval kingdom. Ora must confront the King's terrible secret, related to the pervasive Quickwater Lake. A lake, black and deadly as night, that demands sacrifice. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781865087382
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
D'Ath, Justin
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Shakespeare original plays mature reads
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Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Various
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Shalott
A fantastical story, the first in a trilogy linking the Arthurian legend with contemporary adolescent issues. Modern teenagers discover themselves when they travel back in time to the court of King Arthur.
ISBN 9781740517270
Series Shalott series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Pulman, Felicity
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Series Shalott series (3 books)
Pulman, Felicity
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Shalott: the final journey
When Guinevere summons Callie back to Camelot, Callie becomes trapped in time while her companions face Mordred on the bloody battlefield of Camlann. Callie's future depends on saving Ana but death waits in the darkness for them all unless Callie can first save herself.
ISBN 9781740518567
Series Shalott series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Pulman, Felicity
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Shark caller, The
Fourteen year old Isabel is returning to her birthplace in Papua New Guinea. She's eager to see her family again but there's a tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, has died in a freak diving accident. Things have changed since their last visit. Logging threatens the community's way of life and sharks no longer answer the ancestral song of the shark callers. The clan needs someone to undertake a traditional and perilous diving ritual. It must be a twin from the shark calling lineage. Izzy is the last twin.
ISBN 9780143780557
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Wolfer, Dianne
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Shatterglass
Kethlun Warder is a journeyman glass-blower mage with rare and uncontrolled lightning magic powers. Several mage combine their powers to try to solve a murder in this mystery fantasy. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780590396967
Series The circle opens series (4 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Shimmer
Accompanied by a talking possum and a tracker gnome, Colin and Grieve set out on a mad-cap and thrilling adventure to rescue the Shimmer. It is part of the stone of creation and has been stolen by power-mad, completely evil fairies.
ISBN 9780330421744
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2005
Deans, Kathryn
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Series Ship kings series (4 books)
McGahan, Andrew
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Ship kings: The coming of the whirlpool
Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes there to learn of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely sail at all, for fear they have been cursed.
ISBN 9781742376479
Series Ship kings series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
McGahan, Andrew
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Ship Kings: The ocean of the dead
At long last a captain of his own ship, Dow Amber is determined to venture beyond the final frontier, the still, stagnant waters of the Doldrums, in search of a New World. With Nell finally by his side, he is hopeful they can start again, far from politics, betrayal and war. But, none who have sailed the Ocean of the Dead have returned to tell the tale. Before long, an old enemy appears, bringing new dangers. The fleet will either sail to certain death or to glorious new life beyond the treacherous Doldrums. The final book in the Ship Kings series.
ISBN 9781760292188
Series Ship kings series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
McGahan, Andrew
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Ship kings: The voyage of the unquiet ice
Dow Amber has set sail at last upon the battleship, Chloe, but he wonders if an outsider and an enemy can ever truly belong in the Ship Kings' world. In the icy wastes, Dow must take his fate in hand, discover whether he is truly destined to be a mariner and determine whether the mysterious scapegoat girl, Ignella, is a friend or foe.
ISBN 9781742378220
Series Ship kings series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
McGahan, Andrew
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Ship kings: The war of the four isles
Dow Amber, an intrepid sailor, has been unhappily biding his time in the backwaters of the Twin Islands, while war rages on the high seas, between his brave, inventive rebels and the tyrannical Ship Kings. When an enemy sailor brings news of captured allies, Dow is driven to a daring escape plan. But, he doesn't realise the cost of escape and how troubling the thirst for revenge can become.
ISBN 9781743315095
Series Ship kings series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
McGahan, Andrew
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Shiver
Sam and Grace come together one Autumn having loved each other for years at a distance. Now they must fight to keep each other as Sam is drawn back to being a wolf.
ISBN 9780545123266
Publisher Scholastic US, 2009
Stiefvater, Maggie
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Shiverton Hall
Arthur has been unexpectedly offered a scholarship to attend Shiverton Hall, a school steeped in tales of curses and evil. He has his reasons for wanting a fresh start, but upon arriving at the school, with its hidden labyrinth and scares hiding in the shadows, he would rather return home.
ISBN 9781408827789
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2013
Fennell, Emerald
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Silver blade, The
France is in the dark days of the guillotine where the innocent and guilty are killed daily. Yann and his compatriots rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine and get them safely away to England. Count Kalliovski, supposedly dead, is plotting Yann's death. Against this terrible background, Yann yearns for his love, Sidonie, whom he believes is safe in London.
ISBN 9781842555972
Publisher Orion, 2009
Gardner, Sally
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Silver tongue
George and Edie have returned to an empty, snow-bound London where the battle between the 'spit' and 'taints' continues and war is imminent. The Walker has been banished to the Outer Darkness but, to maintain 'the balance', a new Darkness has entered the world. George must face the Last Knight and win his final duel of the Hard Way. Edie and George delve into Edie's past, and her future.
ISBN 9780340911662
Series Stoneheart series (3 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2008
Fletcher, Charlie
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Silvermay
When she laid eyes on the strange couple, young village girl Silvermay, had no idea that her life would change so completely. All she knew was that the man was handsome and every girl in the town was looking at him. When the woman collapses, Silvermay is given the task of caring for her newborn child, and she is drawn into a voyage to save the child from a dark and bloody destiny, foretold in an ancient mosaic.
ISBN 9780732292034
Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Moloney, James
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Silvermay trilogy series
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Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 books)
Moloney, James
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Singer of all songs, The
An unconscious stranger, possessing his own magical chantments, has infiltrated Antaris. He throws Calwyn's world into chaos, leading her on a journey of discovery in this fantasy saga set in extraordinary lands. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781865088204
Series Chanters of Tremaris series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2002
Constable, Kate
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Single stone, A
Jena's life as leader of the line, gathering mica from deep inside the mountain, is hard. But, it is all she knows, accepting everything that her community leaders tell her. After an unfortunate accident, Jena discovers a small polished stone, which brings forth buried memories from her past. These memories disrupt everything and everyone around her.
ISBN 9781925081701
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
McKinlay, Meg
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'The discovery of a sorcerous map leads left-handed bookseller Merlin into great danger, requiring a desperate rescue attempt from his sister, the right handed bookseller Vivian, and art student Susan Arkshaw who is still struggling to deal with her own recently discovered magical heritage. The map takes the trio out of this world to a place maintained by deadly sorcery and guarded by monstrous living statues. To unravel the secrets of a murderous Ancient Sovereign, the booksellers must investigate centuries of disappearances and deaths.
ISBN 9781761180002
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2023
Nix, Garth
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Sir Thursday
Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But, only Leaf gets through the front door. Arthur is blocked because someone or something has assumed his identity and is taking over his life.
ISBN 9781741145885
Series Keys to the kingdom series (4 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Nix, Garth
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Sisters of the snake
Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive. When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical. A deal is struck to switch places -- but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.
ISBN 9780062985606
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Nanua, Sasha & Sarena
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Six crimson cranes
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, does not want to marry an oafish lord from the North whom she has never met, just because her father wills it. Distraught on the morning of her betrothal ceremony she loses control and accidentally reveals the forbidden magic that coursing through her veins which catches the attention of her stepmother Raikama, a sorceress in her own right. Raikama banishes Shiori and turns her six brothers into cranes warning that she should speak of this to no-one; for every word that escapes her lips one of her brothers will die. Penniless, voiceless and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers and uncovers a dark plot to seize her father's throne.
ISBN 9781529356755
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2021
Lim, Elizabeth
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Six of crows
Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Mathias and Nina are an unlikely band of misfits who agree to take on a ridiculously impossible mission. Their journey is gripping and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Can they achieve the impossible? Will they make it out alive? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781780622286
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2015
Bardugo, Leigh
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Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (13 books)
Landy, Derek
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Dead or alive
Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen return in the 14th and penultimate novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series - and their most epic test yet - In a matter of days, the world will change. Billions of lives will be wiped away in a final, desperate search for the Child of the Faceless Ones - she who is destined to bring about the return of humankind's ancient overlords. To prevent this, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have one last terrible option: the assassination of Damocles Creed. With protests stirring in the magical city of Roarhaven, with riots and revolutions on the horizon, Valkyrie must decide who she wants to be: the hero who risks everything for a noble ideal, or the killer who sacrifices her own soul for the fate of humanity. The decision must be made, and time is running out.
ISBN 9780008386313
Series Skulduggery Pleasant series (14 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Landy, Derek
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Skybreaker
Matt Cruse flies higher than he ever dreamed. The former cabin boy, now a student at the prestigious Paris Airship Academy, is on a two-week training tour with a run-down cargo airship. His captain sights a legendary ghost ship and Matt recklessly heads skyward in pursuit. The Hyperion, lost in a storm in the dawn of the aviation age, is rumoured to hold great wealth, and Matt is suddenly the only person on earth who knows her coordinates.
ISBN 9780340878583
Series Airborn series (2 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2005
Oppel, Kenneth
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Skyflower, The
Joshi is a disappointment to those around him. Born into the powerful Nibhelline family, he displays none of the proud fighting traditions of the Greens. He even prefers gardening and growing flowers to living up to the family name. So, when Joshi meets Abelha, the bee girl, and learns of the existence of a mysterious green flower, he finally has a chance to earn the respect of the Greens.
ISBN 9780734409331
Series Quentaris chronicles series (24 of 28)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
D'Ath, Justin
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Slaves of Quentaris
Yukin is captured by slaves and taken to Quentaris. He discovers that he has a power which he eventually uses to great effect.
ISBN 9780734405579
Series Quentaris chronicles series (23 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Collins, Paul
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Slaves of the mastery
It is five years later, and Kestrel's people have been enslaved. It is a strange set of circumstances that will lead to the overthrow of the Mastery. Sometimes violent and cruel but always compelling. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781740517560
Series Wind on fire trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Nicholson, William
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Slither
The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Ward -- the seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spook's last apprentice -- hasn't seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood. But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will take his two youngest daughters safely to their family in the south, then the eldest daughter, Nessa, is his. For Nessa the nightmare is just beginning. And when Slither and Nessa cross paths with the feared witch assassin Grimalkin, they will become unwitting players in the quest to stop the Fiend once and for all.
ISBN 9780062192349
Series Wardstone chronicles series (11 of 13)
Publisher Greenwillow, 2013
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Snow like ashes
When the Kingdom of Winter was conquered, its citizens were enslaved and left without magic or a monarch. Eight survivors are their only hope. Meira, orphaned during Winter's defeat, is training to be a warrior, and is desperately in love with Mather, her best friend and future king. She would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. When an ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic is discovered, Meira desperately wants to find it. But, in a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, the mission doesn't go as planned. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780062286925
Series Snow like ashes trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2014
Raasch, Sara
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Series Snow like ashes trilogy series (3 books)
Raasch, Sara
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Snow like ashes: Frost like night
With Angra trying to break through her mental defences, Meira desperately needs to learn to control her own magic. Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to find Meira, and, finally, tell her how he really feels. Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together, or lose everything. Final book in the trilogy. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780062286987
Series Snow like ashes trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2016
Raasch, Sara
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Snow like ashes: Ice like fire
The Winterians are free and Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Primoria's lost and powerful chasm of magic is unearthed, Theron sees this find as an opportunity. But, Meira fears the danger that so much magic poses. When the king sends them on a mission to discover the chasm's secrets, Meira plans to garner support to keep the chasm shut, even if it means clashing with Theron. As the web of power and deception pulls tighter, Meira begins to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780062427939
Series Snow like ashes trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2015
Raasch, Sara
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Snow White: a graphic novel
It's 1928 and the glitz and glam of show business in pre-Depression era New York City is in full swing. The lights are bright for financiers and those who entertain them, and life seems good in the big city. But, in one house, a little girl is sent away by her cold, ruthless stepmother. She does not return until it's too late. The market has crashed, her father is gone and her stepmother is even more desperate for wealth and attention.
ISBN 9780763672331
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2016
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Phelan, Matt
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Something rotten
Tired of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, literary sleuth, Thursday Next, packs up her son, Friday, to return to Swindon. Accompanied by the Danish prince, Hamlet, she finds herself coping with outlaw fictioneer, Yorrick Kaine, anti-Danish sentiment, the return of Swindon's patron saint and a seminal croquet tournament. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780143035411
Series Thursday Next series (4 of 6)
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Fforde, Jasper
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Song of the lioness quartet: 4 books in one
All four books in one.
ISBN 9780439968218
Series Song of the lioness series (5 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Series Song of the lioness series (5 books)
Pierce, Tamora
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Spell of undoing, The
This book leads you on a wild adventure when Quentaris, a replica of a city from the early 1300s, is lifted from its bedrock by the Spell of Undoing. A saboteur gets the spell wrong and, instead of unravelling the city's prosperity, it lifts the entire city, throws it into a vortex and hurls it through the rift maze and into another world.
ISBN 9781876462536
Series Quentaris chronicles series (1 of 28)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2008
Collins, Paul
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Spelled
Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day. Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks - like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future. Talk about unhappily ever after. Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
ISBN 9781492608714
Series Storytellers series series (1 of 3)
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2018
Schow, Betsy
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Spellslinger
Raised in a magic family, in a magic community, The son of the most powerful wizard faces an unspeakable challenge. His magic is fading. Can the mysterious stranger in town help him, or is she a spy trying to bring down the entire city. Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781471406119
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2017
De Castell, Sebastien
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Spook's apprentice, The
For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end and many apprentices have tried to take over. Some floundered, some fled and some failed to stay alive. Thirteen year old Thomas Ward is the last hope. He is the seventh son of a seventh son which means he has special gifts to fight evil. He must defeat Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the County.
ISBN 9781862308534
Series Wardstone chronicles series (1 of 13)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's battle, The
In Pendle, the witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure up an unimaginable evil. Tom Ward and the Spook need to avert the unthinkable. But, before they go, the Spook tells Tom to journey home to collect the trunks Mam left behind for him. But, dark family secrets are contained in the trunks which may place Tom's family in even greater danger.
ISBN 9781862308541
Series Wardstone chronicles series (4 of 13)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's blood, The
Time is running out for Thomas Ward. His final battle against the Fiend is drawing near, and the Spook's apprentice has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, the Fiend is set to send the greatest of his servants against him - Siscoi, a Vampire God more ferocious than anything he has yet faced. Tom must risk his life to prevent the evil beast from entering this world, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine...
ISBN 9781782952558
Series Wardstone chronicles series (10 of 13)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's curse, The
It's the job of the Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, to protect the County from the dark. But, deep in the catacombs below Priestown lurks the Bane, a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat. As they prepare to battle it, yet another deadly enemy emerges to threaten Tom and his master.
ISBN 9781862308558
Series Wardstone chronicles series (2 of 13)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's destiny
A dangerous few months lie ahead--ones which some of us will be hard-pressed to survive. Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland. But now war has consumed their own country, and Tom, his friend Alice, and the Spook must flee to Ireland. The dark rages strongly there. No one can be trusted. Can Tom defeat the creatures that hunt him most fiercely?
ISBN 9780062027566
Series Wardstone chronicles series (8 of 13)
Publisher Greenwillow, 2011
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's mistake, The
As danger increases, Tom is sent north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook who lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh. His training methods are harsh and cruel as he prepares Tom for grave dangers. When the Fiend sends his own daughter, the powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy Tom, Arkwright makes an error of judgement and leaves Tom to face his enemies alone.
ISBN 9781862303515
Series Wardstone chronicles series (5 of 13)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's nightmare
The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, have returned to the county after a long journey and a hard battle. But their troubles are far from over. Their home has been over-run by enemy soldiers. Tom, Alice and the Spook flee across the ocean to the island of Mona. It's on Mona that this small band fighting against the dark will face an old enemy grown terrifyingly powerful. Will they be able to vanquish an evil that crawls beneath the ground itself? At what cost? Will Tom and the Spook ever be able to return home?
ISBN 9780061715105
Series Wardstone chronicles series (7 of 13)
Publisher Greenwillow, 2010
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's revenge, The
"He's the seventh son of a seventh son. His name is Thomas J. Ward and he's my gift to the County. When he's old enough we'll send you word. Train him well. He'll be the best apprentice you've ever had and he'l also be your last." These were the words of Tom's Mam to the county Spook some years ago. As Tom, the Spook and their allies prepare to battle with the Fiend on a huge scale, to finally enact their revenge, it now remains to be seen whether Mam's declaration will come true.
ISBN 9781849414708
Series Wardstone chronicles series (13 of 13)
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Delaney, Joseph
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Spook's sacrifice, The
As the Spook's apprentice, Tom's first duty is to protect the County. But, Mam needs his help in Greece, her homeland. One of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return, bringing slaughter and devastation. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side, including Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches. Tom must find out what secret Mam is keeping from him and decide whether to go against everything the Spook has taught him.
ISBN 9780370329321
Series Wardstone chronicles series (6 of 13)
Publisher Red Fox, 2004
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Spook's secret, The
As the nights draw in, the Spook decides to travel to his winter house. His apprentice, Tom, hates the desolate place. There are feral witches in the cellar, menacing creatures stirring on the nearby moors and a sinister stranger threatening Tom's master. Many dangers will face Tom if his master's past and secrets are revealed.
ISBN 9781862308565
Series Wardstone chronicles series (3 of 13)
Publisher Red Fox, 2009
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Squire
Kel is physically and mentally preparing herself for the final test in the Chamber of the Ordeal, in which fourth year squires must successfully face their greatest fears before becoming knights.
ISBN 9780679889199
Series Protector of the small series (3 of 4)
Publisher Laurel Leaf, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Squire
Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It's the highest military honour in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, and as a member of the subjugated Ornu people, Knighthood is her only path to full citizenship. Ravaged by famine and mounting tensions, Bayt-Sajji finds itself on the brink of war once again, so Aiza can finally enlist in the competitive Squire training program. It's not how she imagined it, though. Aiza must navigate new friendships, rivalries, and rigorous training under the unyielding General Hende, all while hiding her Ornu background. As the pressure mounts, Aiza realizes that the "greater good" that Bayt-Sajji's military promises might not include her, and that the recruits might be in greater danger than she ever imagined. In this breathtaking and timely story, Aiza will have to choose, once and for all: loyalty to her heart and heritage, or loyalty to the Empire. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780062945846
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2022
Topics / Graphic novels /
Shammas, Nadia & Alfageeh, Sara (ill)
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Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a princess who became a legend. Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa is taking survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren't acting like themselves lately, and determined to uncover her parents' secrets, Leia starts down an increasingly dangerous path that puts her right under the watchful eye of the Empire. When Leia discovers what her parents and their allies are planning behind closed doors, she finds herself facing what seems like an impossible choice; dedicate herself to the people of Alderaan - including the make she loves - or the galaxy at large, which is in desperate need of a rebel hero.
ISBN 9781405288903
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Gray, Claudia
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Starclimber
Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Soon, the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. What began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.
ISBN 9780060850593
Series Airborn series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Oppel, Kenneth
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Stardust thief, The
Neither here nor there, but long ago... Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a thief who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land, at the cost of sacrificing all jinn. With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan's oldest son to find the artifact. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 & above
ISBN 9780316368865
Publisher Orbit, 2022
Abdullah, Chelsea
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Stars above: A lunar chronicles collection
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realise their destinies? With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
ISBN 9781250091840
Series Lunar Chronicles series (6 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2016
Meyer, Marissa
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Stars did wander darkling, The
Maybe Archie Coombes has been watching too many horror movies. All of a sudden, the most ordinary things have taken on a sinister edge: a penny on a doormat. A man in a brown suit under a streetlamp. the persistent sound of an axe chopping in the middle of the night. He keeps telling himself hat this is Seaham, a sleepy seaside town where nothing ever happens. Or at least nothing did, until his dad's construction company opened up the cliff beneath the old - some say cursed - Langdon Place. Soon, though, he and his friends can't deny it: More and more of the adults in town are acting strangely. An ancient, long-buried evil has been unleashed upon the community, and it's up to the kids to stop it before it's too late...
ISBN 9781760657192
Publisher Walker Books, 2023
Meloy, Colin
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Stars of Quentaris
Fire magician, Nisha Fairsight and her friend Tal, hear that a star has fallen from the heavens and taken another form. Archon, the ruler of Quentaris, is offering a reward of 100 gold royals to anyone who finds the fallen star. Nisha and Tal visit threatening rift worlds and sail a boat of fire to the skies in their quest for the missing star.
ISBN 9780734408815
Series Quentaris chronicles series (20 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Pryor, Michael
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Stepsister
Cinderella is about a girl who was bullied; Stepsister is about the bully. We all root for the victims, we want to see them triumph. But what about the bullies? Is there hope for them? Can a mean girl change? Can she find her own happily ever after? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781471407970
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2019
Donnelly, Jennifer
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Stolen children of Quentaris
This gripping fantasy tells the story of Garnet, Jasper and Moon Jewel, Quentaran children, stolen by Nordian traders to sell to the Trollantan rat people. The setting for this fantasy adventure series is the magical city of Quentaris, which is home to a Medieval-style human society, elves, dwarves, water and fire magicians, earth elementals and other amazing creatures who inhabit the fantastical Rift Caves outside the city.
ISBN 9780734408808
Series Quentaris chronicles series (6 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Crew, Gary
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Stone key, The
While still on her quest to track down and destroy the Beforetime weapon machines, Elspeth Gordie is captured by her old enemies, the Herder Faction. While incarcerated, she learns of a vicious plot to destroy the West Coast by plague. She must track down the deadly plague carrier to prevent a catastrophe. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670071340
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (5 of 7)
Publisher Viking Children's, 2008
Carmody, Isobelle
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Stoneheart
As twelve year old George walks out of the London Natural History Museum, he breaks the dragon statue guarding the entrance, unleashing an ancient evil that tries to hunt him down. George has disturbed the balance between the 'taints' and 'spits', the warring statues of London, and he and his companion, Edie, are thrust into a world of danger where nothing is quite what it seems.
ISBN 9780340911631
Series Stoneheart series (1 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2007
Fletcher, Charlie
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Series Stoneheart series (3 books)
Fletcher, Charlie
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Stones of Quentaris
When Jaq Coblin sees the sand men stealing a stone from the ancient Simesian Stairs, he becomes involved in a chase to find the magician whose aim is to destroy the city.
ISBN 9780734406194
Series Quentaris chronicles series (17 of 28)
Publisher Lothian Books, 2004
Pryor, Michael
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Stormchaser
Since his childhood in the Deepwoods, young Twig has always longed to soar above the forest canopy and explore the sky. Now a lowly crew-member on his father's sky pirate ship, the Stormchaser, his dream seems fulfilled. But, a much higher destiny awaits Twig as plots and treacheries bring the lofty city of Sanctaphrax to the point of disaster.
ISBN 9780552554237
Series The Edge chronicles series (2 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 1999
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Series Storytellers series series (3 books)
Schow, Betsy
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Street magic
Briar, a plant mage, accompanies his teacher to a barren land to help the farmers. While there he discovers the magical potential of a street urchin. Together, they fight rival street gangs and a wicked, noble woman. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780439979290
Series The circle opens series (2 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2002
Pierce, Tamora
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Subtle knife, The
In the second of the Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra meets up with Will, a boy from a different world, who is escaping from serious trouble. Together, they set off to find the most powerful weapon in all the worlds. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs.
ISBN 9780439951791
Series Dark materials series (2 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Pullman, Philip
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Superior Saturday
Arthur Penhaligon has wrested five keys from their immortal guardians, but acquiring the sixth key will be the greatest challenge he has faced to date. Will is one step closer to discovering the secret of his identity, the identity of The Architect, the complete Will of the House and the fulfilment of his fate. But, Superior Saturday has been planning how to thwart him for a thousand years.
ISBN 9780007175116
Series Keys to the kingdom series (6 of 7)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2009
Nix, Garth
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Swarm
Two strangers with new powers take to the dance floor at the Zeroes' underground nightclub. The Zeroes pursue them, only to discover that they're fleeing an even more sinister power-wielder, Swarm. If they are to stay safe, the Zeroes must learn all they can about this dangerous new player. But, each of the Zeroes has their own issues to deal with. It's up to Flicker to pick up the reins and lead the Zeroes into a terrifying showdown. Sequel to Zeroes. Mature themes. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925267242
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Westerfeld, Scott & Lanagan, Margo & Biancotti, Deborah
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Sword in the stone, The
A mythical story of Arthur and his quest led by Merlin, the sorcerer.
ISBN 9780006753995
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
White, T H
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Swords of Quentaris
Rad is a street lad who yearns to belong to the Thieves' Guild. More than anything he would love to be a guide to heroes journeying to the rift caves but he knows this is well beyond his capabilities. It's while Rad is watching out for the infamous skycrawlers that his chance to become anything he wants is offered to him.
ISBN 9780734404701
Series Quentaris chronicles series (20 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Collins, Paul
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Sylvie and the songman
Sylvie's beloved dog, Mr Jackson, has lost his bark. The birds have stopped singing. In the growing silence, her dad, her dear music-making dad, has disappeared. Sylvie and her best friend, George, are drawn into the nightmare world of the songman. Only they can save the earth from its terrible, voiceless fate.
ISBN 9780385611213
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2008
Binding, Tim & Barrett, Angela (ill)
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Taggerung, The
The nomad clan of Sawney Rath can feel their fortunes changing. The next great leader has been born within the walls of Redwall Abbey and Sawney Rath is determined to harness the power of this magnificent beast - the deadly Taggerung.
ISBN 9781862302457
Series Redwall series (14 of 22)
Publisher Raintree, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Taking of Jake Livingstone, The
Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people. Jake can't decide what's worse: being a medium, forced to watch the dead play out their last living moments on a loop, or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare. And now life as a medium is getting worse, as a powerful, vengeful ghost targets Jake, High school has become a different kind of survival game - one Jake is not sure he can win. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781839132506
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2022
Douglas, Ryan
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Tales from Earthsea
The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by the Earthsea novels--yet each stands on its own. It contains the novella "The Finder," and the short stories "The Bones of the Earth," "Darkrose and Diamond," "On the High Marsh," and "Dragonfly." Concluding with with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic, this collection also features two new maps of Earthsea.
ISBN 9780547773704
Series Earthsea series, The (5 books)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2012
Le Guin, Ursula
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Tales from the perilous realm
Four classic tales from the author of 'The Lord of the Rings'.
ISBN 9780007149124
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
Tolkien, J R R
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Tales of Jahani, The: Daughter of nomads
Fourteen year old Jahani lives a peaceful life in her village in Pakistan. But, havoc is brewing in the Mughal Empire, with tyrants and war lords burning villages in their quest to rule. After an assassin strikes in a bazaar, Jahani discovers her life is not as it seems. With her mysterious protector, Azhar, she flees over treacherous terrain towards the fabled Qurraqoram Mountains. Surrounded by deceit and danger, Jahani does not know who to trust or what their destination will reveal. The story concludes in book 2, The Leopard Princess.
ISBN 9780702253935
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Hawke, Rosanne & Cornish, D M (ill)
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Tales of Jahani, The: The leopard princess
First Moon of Autumn, 1662. After reuniting with the nomads, fourteen year old Jahani is finally home. With her red hair dyed black, she can travel through the Qurraqoram Mountains without fear of being captured. But, the tyrants and war lords who pursue Jahani will not rest in their battle for power. Before long, the nomads are attacked. To fulfil her true destiny, Jahani must try to discover a pathway to peace in the northern kingdoms. Sequel to Daughter of nomads and the conclusion to The Tales of Jahani.
ISBN 9780702254222
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Hawke, Rosanne & Cornish, D M (ill)
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Tales of the peculiar
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar - known to hide information about the peculiar world - first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141371658
Series Miss Peregrine's peculiar children series (5 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Riggs, Ransom
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Tamlyn
Silvermay has followed and assisted Tamlyn through many dangers to defeat the darkness of his soul and save baby Lucien from the evil magic inside of him. If Silvermay can save Tamlyn from himself, then together they may save Lucien from the horrors Coyle wants to inflict through Lucien.
ISBN 9780732292041
Series Silvermay trilogy series (3 books)