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Hash This title is usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.

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A-Z of convicts in Van Diemen's Land
In the first half of the nineteenth century, seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land. This is an enthralling journey through the personal histories and daily lives of the men, women and children who played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of the newly established colony.
ISBN 9781922079343
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2014
Barnard, Simon
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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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About a girl
Anna is afraid she must be unlovable until she meets Flynn. Together, the girls swim, eat banana cake, laugh and love. Some days, Flynn is unreachable. On other days, she's at Anna's door. When Anna discovers Flynn's secret, she wonders if she knows her at all. Includes mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742371443
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Horniman, Joanne
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Abraham Lincoln: from pioneer to president
Abraham Lincoln is fondly remembered as an American President with an unwavering sense of justice and willingness to fight for his beliefs. Follow Lincoln's journey from humble beginnings as a poor Illinois rail splitter to his election as America's 16th President, and into the dark days of the Civil War leading to his tragic assassination.
ISBN 9781402733963
Series Sterling biographies series (17 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Phillips, Ellen Blue
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Abundance of Katherines, An
Colin has an IQ around 200 and no social skills and Hassan understands people and social etiquette stuff so their friendship is the perfect balance. When the nineteenth of Colin's girlfriends (all called Katherine) breaks up with him, the boys decide a road trip is in order. When they end up in Gutshot, Tennessee, they meet a mother and daughter who provide all of the necessary ingredients for some problem solving to occur.
ISBN 9780141346090
Publisher Penguin USA, 2012
Green, John
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Across the wall
A collection of thirteen short stories providing an eclectic mix of Garth Nix's writing spanning several years. Included are an Old Kingdom story, an Arthurian legend, a war story, a western, a traditional tale with a twist and a very funny, choose-your-own-adventure spoof.
ISBN 9781741147018
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Nix, Garth
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Act of faith
In 1960 England, Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father's strong opinions lead to take a stand against the army. She takes refuge in Amsterdam with an elderly printer, who is brave enough to print topics which stir religious intolerance. This results in a dangerous journey to help him escape certain death for his books.
ISBN 9780732292805
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Gardiner, Kelly
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Adam Spencer's world of numbers
If you love numbers and like to laugh, then you'll enjoy finding out the crucial role that numbers play in our understanding of sport, space, computers, cooking, and a whole lot in between. This book decodes barcodes, explains why we say 'as sixes and sevens' when we're discombobulated, shows how many people you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common, and why the number seventy is weird and what can be done about it. A whole lot more weird and wonderful stuff.
ISBN 9781921134869
Publisher Xoum Publishing, 2015
Spencer, Adam
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The
A classic story of slavery and a runaway boy's exploits. Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunken father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. When Huck's dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave, Jim. They face trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law. Through it all, the friends stick together.
ISBN 9780192824417
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1999
Twain, Mark
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The
Out of his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street stalks a figure who causes criminals to quake in their boots and rush from their dens of iniquity. This collection of twelve mysteries reveals the clever mind of the brilliant consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he works with his sidekick, Dr Watson.
ISBN 9780141034355
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
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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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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The
On the banks of the Mississippi, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. One fateful night, they witness a murder and the boys swear never to reveal their secret. They run away to be pirates and search for hidden treasure. But, Tom gets trapped in a cave with the murderer.
ISBN 9780141321103
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Twain, Mark & Peck, Richard (intr)
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Nazis are still invading Poland and Felix joins a group of partisans who are targeting the Nazis troops. Felix becomes the doctor's assistant, until he is left to fend for himself, at the same time as becoming a surrogate parents to both Jewish and German young children.
ISBN 9780670075447
Series Felix series (4 of 5)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Gleitzman, Morris
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CJ was one of the popular, cool kids at his old school. Now, everything has changed. He is known as Callum, banished to the country to live with grandparents he has never met and who don't seem to want him there. Things are no better at school but worse still is the secret that Callum carries with him night and day.
ISBN 9781742031125
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Lawson, Sue
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After January
School is over for Alex Delaney and he's waiting for his tertiary offer which is only seventeen days away. The waiting is killing him. He's not expecting much from January, just bodysurfing and TV, but mainly waiting. So, he's not ready for the girl who cuts past him on a wave. January is about to change.
ISBN 9780702237652
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2009
Earls, Nick
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After the lights go out
What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice? Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water. One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. All communication is cut. No one knows why. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760297299
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Wilkinson, Lili
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After-room, The
Benjamin and Janie are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. But, they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster and sinister forces are circling. The advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels them into danger and towards the land of the dead. When their friend, Jin Lo, washes up on a remote island and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China, they must somehow reach her to help.
ISBN 9781925240627
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Meloy, Maile
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Since her parents died, Sophie Teague's life has fallen apart. She's just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start. But, Eve, a beautiful ghost, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to be her hands, eyes and go-to girl to tie up loose ends. Dealing with the dead might just involve the greatest sacrifice of all. Dark, thrilling and unrelentingly eerie. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925240498
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Lim, Rebecca
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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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Against the tide
Katie and Matt are champion ocean swimmers who love a challenge that will test their training and skills to the limit. Effi and Christie live in a different world which is intense, funny, often overheated and far removed from the beach. When these two worlds meet, in a blend of love and loss, violence and prejudice, only the strongest will succeed in swimming against the tide. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733322907
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Savvides, Irini
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Agatha Christie graphic novel series
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Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
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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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Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In an age when many dreamed of flying, it became his destiny. When a cruel and cunning betrayal destroys his family, Conor must win the race for flight to save his family and right a terrible wrong.
ISBN 9780141383354
Publisher Puffin UK, 2008
Colfer, Eoin
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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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Al Capone does my shirts
Moose Flanagan lives with his family on Alcatraz, a high security prison housing the notorious Al Capone, in the 1930s. His friend's plan to make money out of this backfires with serious consequences. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780747568988
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2004
Choldenko, Gennifer
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Al Capone shines my shoes
Matthew (Moose) Flanagan lives on the island of Alcatraz. His father is one of the guards. His older sister, Natalie, is autistic and, in an effort to protect her, Moose now owes prisoner 85, Al Capone, who has managed to secure her a place at a special school. The price Moose might have to pay reveals itself quite spectacularly.
ISBN 9781408801550
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2009
Choldenko, Gennifer
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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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When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. Mia must find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143206118
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Saliba, Sue
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Albert Einstein: the miracle mind
Albert Einstein's name is synonymous with genius. He revolutionised the way we understand the universe and paved the way for diverse technology such as lasers, cell phones, electron microscopes and DVD players. Follow Einstein's journey from his childhood through to his groundbreaking writings that won him the Nobel Prize.
ISBN 9781402732287
Series Sterling biographies series (9 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Topics / STEM /
Yeatts, Tabatha
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Alchemyst, The
Sophie and Josh Newman find their lives intertwined with Nicholas Flamel and the powerful book he protects, the Book of Abraham the Mage, that enables the holder to save or destroy the world.
ISBN 9780385612944
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (1 of 6)
Publisher Doubleday, 2007
Scott, Michael
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Alex & Eliza
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society's biggest events: the Schuylers' grand ball. Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious young colonel and General George Washington's right-hand man. When Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. A fictionalised version of what might have been, featuring figures from the Tony winning Broadway musical.
ISBN 9781509869978
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2017
de la Cruz, Melissa
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Alex Rider graphic novels 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 Alex Rider graphic novels series (5 books)
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Alex Rider 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 Alex Rider series (12 books)
Horowitz, Anthony
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Alexander Altmann A10567
Alexander is a Jewish boy during World War II and is being held in a camp. To survive, he toughens up and vows to make friends with nobody. He is given the job of caring for the soldiers' horses, where he is ordered to break in the commander's new horse, who is scared and damaged. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781922179999
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Zail, Suzy
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Alexander Graham Bell: giving voice to the world
Inspired by his nearly-deaf mother and a father who developed a 'visible alphabet' of all the possible sounds a human can make, Alexander Graham Bell spent most of his life trying to improve the way people communicated. His most famous invention, the telephone, has made him one of the most well-known names of all time.
ISBN 9781402732300
Series Sterling biographies series (3 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Carson, Mary Kay
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Aliens in the family
Jake helps her new step-sister and step-brother to protect an alien from another dimension.
ISBN 9780590448987
Publisher Scholastic US, 1994
Mahy, Margaret
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Aliens, ghosts and vanishings: strange and possibly true Australian stories
Have you heard these most bizarre tales from around Australia? Did a UFO drag a family's car off the road in the middle of the outback? How did rocks rain from the sky in WA? And what became of the prime minister who went into the surf and was never seen again? Explore the strangest tales, most incredible encounters and creepiest urban legends in Australia's history. Read about the investigations and weigh up the facts, do you believe the official explanations for these weird and wonderful events?
ISBN 9781925324969
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Tarakson, Stella & Morden, Richard (ill)
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All creatures great and small
The life of an English country vet is revealed in the funny and sad situations that James Herriot finds on his rounds.
ISBN 9780330250498
Publisher St Martin's, 1998
Herriot, James
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All fall down
After her mother's death, Grace is sent to live with her grandfather, a powerful United States Ambassador. Grace believes her mother was murdered and that, one day, she will find the killer and make him pay. But, nobody believes her so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather or her new friends on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780545654746
Series Embassy Row series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2015
Carter, Ally
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All fall down
Christobel, fourteen and heiress to a fortune, is bored and lonely until she decides to dress as a boy and rescue her servant's son who has been kidnapped. It becomes a dangerous game set in the crime and disease-ridden slums of The Rocks.
ISBN 9781877003868
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2005
Geason, Susan
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All in the blue unclouded weather
A collection of interlinked stories set in the late 1940s in an Australian country town which focus on the four young Melling sisters. Each story links the girls and their friends together in a variety of domestic events and problems. The stories present a nostalgic feel for the post-war years. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780140349825
Publisher Penguin, 1992
Klein, Robin
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All the light we cannot see
For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth. In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780007548699
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2015
Doerr, Anthony
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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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All too much
Samira wants to do well, her parents want her to do well, her teachers want her to do well, but the pressure is starting to tell. Can her friends rescue her when it all gets too much? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781472934079
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Cotterill, Jo
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All we know
All Arkie knows is that things are changing, the vacant block of land is being built on and everyone is talking about going to high school.
ISBN 9780207153594
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 1987
French, Simon
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
ISBN 9780007534944
Series Divergent series (3 of 4)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Roth, Veronica
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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.
ISBN 9781760290665
Series Ruined NEW SERIES 2020 (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Tintera, Amy
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Amazing and bizarre - ten wonderfully weird stories
A collection of ten, strange stories, including one about a person who swam so much, he grew fins.
ISBN 9780440407058
Publisher Yearling, 1992
Matthews, Penny (comp)
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Amazing facts about Australia's early explorers
Australia's early explorers were an odd bunch. Some were incredibly brave, others extremely foolhardy. Some formed friendships with Aborigines and respected their rights and traditions, others treated them very badly. Some gained fame and fortune, others lost their lives. All had a thirst for discovery.
ISBN 9781741932959
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2008
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts about Australia's early settlers
Australia is home to both an ancient, Indigenous culture and a young European influence. While their coexistence has been far from peaceful, both groups have proven to be tenacious, resourceful and resilient. Australia is the only country founded solely to contain convicts.
ISBN 9781741933185
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2009
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts about Australian birds
Australia is one of the best places to watch the unique bird families that share our natural and urban environments. Find out how they evolved, how they survive and adapt in the face of human progress, and how they interact with each other.
ISBN 9781741933017
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2008
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts about Australian wildlife conservation
Australia has unique, ancient landscapes, plants and animals. Humans have not always realised how incredible the natural wealth is and have exploited the environments, greatly affecting the flora and fauna. Australia has one of the worst extinction rates in the world but it's not too late to save our wild places.
ISBN 9781741932973
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Publisher Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 2009
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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Amazing facts series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Amazing facts series (7 books)
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
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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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Amazing mind of Alice Makin, The
Twelve year old Alice Makin is living in a tiny flat in post-war London where many people's homes have been destroyed. Reggie and the man he calls his grandfather come to live upstairs. Alice and Reggie become friends and realise that they share a special talent for making things that they think happen. This is not their only connection and as the story unfolds Alice learns about who she really is.
ISBN 9781904442325
Publisher Chicken House, 2008
Shea, Alan
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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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Amelia Earhart: a life in flight
Amelia Earhart's sense of daring was evident from a very young age. She knew the risks of flying but was eager to promote women's abilities and to contribute to the world around her. She became the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her sudden disappearance over the Pacific remains one of aviation's most haunting, unsolved mysteries.
ISBN 9781402751578
Series Sterling biographies series (23 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2009
Jones, Victoria Garrett
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Amelia Westlake
Harriet and Wilhelmina couldn't be more dissimilar. Harriet has the perfect life - she's dating the perfect girl, has been elected prefect, is the apple of her teachers' eye, and is an overachiever. Will, on the other hand, has gained the ire of her teachers and lands more detentions than she does accolades. But when both girls witness a teacher harass a fellow student, the two form an unlikely partnership to shed light on the many problems of the exclusive Rosemead Grammar. To protect their identities, they create Amelia Westlake, and as they work together they begin to question their distance from each other...Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760127152
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2018
Gough, Erin
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American born Chinese
When Jin Wang starts at a new school, he's the only Chinese-American student. He just wants to be an all-American boy. Danny is popular and great at basketball but his obnoxious Chinese cousin's annual visits are a disaster, ruining his reputation at school. The Monkey King is the most powerful monkey on earth and his story is one of the greatest Chinese fables.These three apparently unrelated characters come together with an unexpected twist. Graphic novel. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781596431522
Publisher First Second, 2006
Yang, Gene Luen
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Among ants, between bees
An anthology covering a wide range of human experiences.
ISBN 9780732948412
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1998
McFarlane, Peter
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Among believers: Pictorial journey, A
Among Believers explores the richness and diversity of the world's mainstream religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism. More than 350 remarkable photographs document worship and the rites of passage rooted in a country's culture, religious festivals, feasts and fasts, meditation, education, sacred foods and places of pilgrimage.
ISBN 9780992324018
Publisher World religions photo library, 2016
Osborne, Christine
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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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Anacaona, golden flower, Haiti 1490
Beginning in 1490, Anacaona keeps a record of her life as a possible successor to the supreme chief of Xaragua, as wife of the chief of Maguana and as a warrior battling the first white men to arrive in the West Indies, ravenous for gold.
ISBN 9780439499064
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Danticat, Edwidge
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Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess, Russia 1918
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.
ISBN 9780439129084
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Meyer, Carolyn
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Ancestry: Stories of multicultural ANZACS
Australians from a wide range of cultural backgrounds served together during the First World War. They wore the same uniform and experienced the same conditions and hardships. For many, wartime service gave them the equality that was not available in Australian society, either before or after the war. These stories about multicultural ANZACS draw on the Australian War Memorial's diverse collection, and include private records, photographs, works of art and relics.
ISBN 9780992583927
Publisher Dept of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial, 2015
Siers, Robyn & Walker, Carlie
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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 band played Waltzing Matilda
Eric Bogle's famous but depressing anti-war song about the Battle of Gallipoli was written in 1971, inspired by the Vietnam War and the lukewarm response of the Australian public to the returning soldiers. It explores the futility of war with haunting power. The accompanying illustrations are graphic and certainly do not glorify war. A timely story for every generation.
ISBN 9781743317051
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Bogle, Eric & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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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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Angel of Kokoda
Kari knows a lot about his jungle home but he doesn't know why there is fighting in the village of Kokoda. When Kari finds a wounded Australian soldier, he knows he cannot leave him. They must retreat along the Kokoda Track with the enemy following.
ISBN 9780734411280
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2010
Wilson, Mark
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Angela and Diabola
Angela is the angelic twin and Diabola is the opposite, a pair of twins who can drive their normal parents, the Cuthbertson-Joneses, to distraction. Angela is perfect but, that Diabola, she could just be wicked or she may be a genius.
ISBN 9780006753001
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1998
Banks, Lynne Reid
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Mary and her sister, Jane, always longed to be carried off by a handsome poet. The reality of life with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron is a combination of romance and tragedy. Adult themes around their liberated behaviour may offend some readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780744559866
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Bennett, Veronica
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Anila's journey
Menace and mystery lie in wait for Anila Tandy who secures a job drawing birds for an English naturalist, travelling on a river boat up the Ganges River. Anila will use this journey to search for her father, missing for years and presumed dead. Anila must test herself in the man's world of India, in the late 1700s.
ISBN 9781406306590
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Finn, Mary
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Animal farm
A classic allegory in which the animals take over Manor Farm from their drunken master and all seems to be perfect as everyone is equal under the Seven Commandments. Circumstances change as the pigs become more equal than the others. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141187389
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Orwell, George
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Animal heroes
Short stories about animals involved in Australian armed conflicts, from WWI to more recent times. The animals display bravery under fire, mateship and loyalty, the same attributes shown by the ANZACs.
ISBN 9780143003809
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Hill, Anthony
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Animals Robert Scott saw: an adventure in Antarctica
In 1901, Robert Scott made his first trip to Antarctica. This is the incredible story of Scott's adventures and the animals he saw along the way.
ISBN 9780811849180
Publisher Chronicle Books, 2008
Markle, Sandra
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Anna and the swallow man
On 6 November 1939, Anna's father had to go away for a few hours. He left shortly after eleven o'clock and did not come back again. Seven year old Anna is locked out of the apartment and alone. She is hungry and scared, and unsure who she can trust or who she can turn to. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552575270
Publisher Corgi Books, 2016
Savit, Gavriel
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Anna at war
As life for German Jews becomes ever more dangerous, Anna's parents make the desperate decision to send her to England. But the war follows her to Kent, and soon Anna finds herself caught up in a web of secrecy and betrayal. How can she prove whose side she's on when she can't tell anyone the truth? But actions speak louder than words, and Anna has a risky plan.
ISBN 9781788004718
Publisher Nosy Crow Ltd, 2019
Peters, Helen
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Anna the goanna and other poems
A colourful, engaging picture book containing a collection of poems about living in an Aboriginal community.
ISBN 9780855753443
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000
McDougall, Jill & Taylor, Jenny (ill)
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Anne Frank
Anne Frank is a young Jewish girl in Germany when Adolf Hitler rose to power and began his program to eradicate Jewish people. Anne and her family are forced to take refuge in a small annexe for two years.
ISBN 9780099409762
Publisher Red Fox, 2007
Poole, J & Barrett, A (ill)
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Another night in Mullet Town
Life for Jonah and Manx means fishing for mullet at the lake, watching their school mates party on Friday night and wishing they had the courage to talk to Ella and Rachel. But, their lakeside town is being sold off and, now, life doesn't seem so simple. Manx holds a grudge against the wealthy blow-ins from the city and Jonah just wants his parents to stop arguing. One memorable night at the lake will change everything. A verse novel.
ISBN 9780702253959
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Herrick, Steven
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Ant colony, The
A strange assortment of misfits and losers live at number 33. Runaway Sam has disappeared there, Bohemia's mum is between boyfriends again and Old Isabel acts like she owns the place. The owner, Sleezy Steve, is always trying to squeeze in one more tenant. Maybe their concern for Bohemia, the most caring of them all, can teach these people to care. Strong language used in context and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780007283590
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Valentine, Jenny
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Antonio S and the mystery of Theodore Guzman
Antonio lives with his parents in the tower of an old house. In the same area lives a recluse actor called Theodore Guzman. Antonio draws him out by presenting a play. In turn, Guzman leads Antonio into the magical world of theatre.
ISBN 9781864484090
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Hirsch, Odo
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Anzac tale, An
What the friends first thought would be an adventure soon turns to disaster. The day after landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, more than 2000 Anzacs are dead. As the campaign drags on, life for Wally and Roy becomes a battle of endurance against a plucky enemy, a hostile landscape, flies, fleas, cold and disease.
ISBN 9781921504532
Publisher Working Title Press, 2013
Starke, Ruth & Holfeld, Greg (ill)
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Anzacs at Gallipoli, The: a story for Anzac Day
A simply written, moving account of Australian and New Zealand soldiers' dramatic experiences at Gallipoli, which includes extracts from their letters and diaries, along with graphic photographs. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780734400703
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Pugsley, Chris & Lockyer, John
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Apache: girl warrior
Siki rises to the rare position of girl-warrior in an Apache tribe. She witnesses the horrors of the Indian wars against the Mexicans and the invading White Eyes. A sometimes violent and very honest story of courage, integrity, betrayal, love, hope and despair as Siki struggles to belong and learns the truth of her own story. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406303315
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Landman, Tanya
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Apostle bird, The
Set in the Western Australian goldfields in the 1930s, Neil describes the sometimes violent life on the diggings. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733605253
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Disher, Garry
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Apothecary, The
In 1952, after her parents are identified as communists, Janie must move from Los Angeles to the safety of London. The war has ended but it's a tense time, and Janie is uncomfortable at her new school. She notices Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy, who dreams of becoming a spy. When his father, an apothecary, is kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie are embroiled in a plot involving real espionage and nuclear threats.
ISBN 9781921758171
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Meloy, Maile
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Apple tart of hope, The
Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope.
ISBN 9781444011159
Publisher Orion, 2014
Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore
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Apprentices, The
It's two years since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary's defiant son who stole her heart. Benjamin has been experimenting with a new formula, allowing him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When a mystery threatens them all, Janie, Benjamin and their friend, Pip, are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while trying to unravel the mystery.
ISBN 9781922147141
Series The Apothecary trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Meloy, Maile
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Archie's war
Archie's first hand experience of being in London during the Great War of 1914-1918 is told through his scrapbook.
ISBN 9781406304275
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Williams, Marcia
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Arctic Zoo
Georgia and Julius meet in an adolescent mental health unit and in a flashback format we gradually find out about the events that led them to both be there. This novel explores highly believable political events in London and Nigeria and explores how Georgia and Julius both ended up in way deeper than they liked. This story is focused on social media and how its impact influences us all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781471408328
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2019
Muchamore, Robert
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Are you seeing me
Nineteen-year-old twins, Justine and Perry, embark on a holiday to North America. Perry has a brain condition that can cause him to become distressed and behave in inappropriate ways, and after the death of their father, Justine has become his sole carer. This trip will mark a shift in their relationship, towards independence, and an opportunity for their absent mother to atone for past mistakes.
ISBN 9780857984739
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Groth, Darren
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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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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
Aristotle is angry and self-doubting, with a brother in prison. Dante is self-assured, with an unusual way of viewing the world. They would seem to have nothing in common. But, as the loners spend time together, a special bond develops. Through their friendship, Ari and Dante learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. Adult themes and language. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781442408937
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2014
Saenz, Benjamin Alire
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Ark angel
Alex Rider is in hospital, recovering from a rifle shot that had been aimed at his heart. The complications begin when a fellow patient is targeted for an abduction. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780744583243
Series Alex Rider series (6 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Horowitz, Anthony
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Arnie Avery
Lately, nothing is going right for thirteen year old Arnie. Ever since it happened, his family, especially his mother, has been behaving strangely. At school, he is accused of cheating and now Jacko has challenged him to a fight. He has to get his life sorted out and deal with what happened.
ISBN 9781921529726
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Walker, Sue
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Around the world in 80 days
One evening, while relaxing at his gentleman's club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets that he can travel the entire globe in 80 days. The unflappable Englishman is determined not to lose this extraordinary wager as he sets off for Dover with his not so cool-headed, French manservant, Passepartout.
ISBN 9780141035871
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Verne, Jules
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Arrival, The
The Arrival gives us great insight into the process of leaving your homeland and trying to find a new place in the world. The journey can be frightening, inspiring and emotional for all displaced persons. Many stories are told through Tan's illustrations.
ISBN 9780734406941
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2006
Tan, Shaun
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Art of taxidermy, The
Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands - Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does. And her mother? Lottie's mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925603743
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Kernot, Sharon
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Art, land, story
A look at some of the traditions from which Indigenous art has come, with an emphasis on the continuous links between Indigenous art, place and The Dreaming. It shows the extraordinary diversity that has always been a feature of Australian Indigenous art.
ISBN 9781876288419
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (4 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Nicholls, Christine
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Artemies 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
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 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. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141383347
Series Artemis Fowl series (6 of 12)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Colfer, Eoin
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Artemis Fowl 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 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 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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As you like it
Shakespeare's As You Like It can appear bright or sombre in performance: a feast of language and a delight for comic actors; or a risk-taking exploration of gender roles. This updated edition provides an account of what makes this popular play both innocent and dangerous. There is a section on recent critical, stage and film interpretations of the play, an updated reading list and a new appendix on an early court performance of As You Like It in 1599. Mapping the complexities of the play's setting - a no man's land related to both France and England, the edition also includes detailed commentary on its language and an analytical account of performance. The text is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780521732505
Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 2010
Shakespeare, William & Hattaway, Michael (ed)
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As you like it: graphic novel
An unconventional love story transposed to modern-day China where rural and urban worlds collide, following the trials and tribulations of the characters from court to country in their quest for love. Graphic (Manga) novel with authentic Shakespearean text. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780955816901
Series Manga Shakespeare series (8 of 9)
Publisher SelfMadeHero, 2008
Shakespeare, William & Appignanesi, Richard (adapt) & Kutsuwada, Chie (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 NEW 2020 (1 of 99)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Topics / Displacement /
Sebastian, Laura
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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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Astrologer's daughter, The
Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid. But Avicenna has inherited her mother's gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne's disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city's dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780648468608
Publisher The High street publishing company, 2019
Lim, Rebecca
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At Ardilla
Jen returns to Ardilla, a well-loved, old holiday home, and struggles to understand the changing relationships between families and friends. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141312675
Publisher Penguin, 2001
Rubinstein, Gillian
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At the sign of the sugared plum
It is 1665 and Hannah has come from the country to assist her sister in sweet making at the Sugared Plum sweet shop. The plague has also come to London so Hannah's life is now full of dangers as well as the sights and sounds of the crowded city.
ISBN 9780747561248
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2003
Hooper, Mary
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Talking about the weather used to be small talk. Now, it's the hottest topic on Earth. We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere yet, most of the time, we ignore it. Our atmosphere is treated as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing the Earth's climate. In small chunks, this book cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it.
ISBN 9781925126372
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2016
Wilkinson, Carole
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Aurora burning
"Our heroes are back. Kind of. First, the bad news: an ancient evil - you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal - is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They've just got to take care of a few small distractions first. Like the clan of gremps who'd like to rearrange their favourite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who'll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then there's Kal's long-lost sister, who's not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion's most unforgettable heroes - and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well."
ISBN 9781760295745
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Aurora rising
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty's squad isn't even his biggest problem. That'd be Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl he's just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
ISBN 9781760295738
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
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Australia to Z
This striking alphabet book shows an Australia with many dimensions. As a country, it has a lot to offer but Australia needs to confront its history and current greed; to stop leaning on old cultural institutions and symbols; and to welcome and tolerate differences. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760113186
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Greder, Armin
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Australia's great war series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Australia's great war series (5 books)
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Australia's greatest inventions & innovations
Imagine a world without wi-fi or clothes lines or lawnmowers or Vegemite or dual-flush toilets or even mousetraps. Weird, huh? These are just a few of the many inventions that have been created by clever Australians to solve some of life's difficult problems. Suitable for Stage 2 and Stage 3.
ISBN 9781742755649
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Cheng, Christopher & Knight, Linsay
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Australian backyard explorer
Australian history joins with science to bring the world of the explorer to life. Each chapter contains an historical section plus a related project and some quirky but interesting facts. Trying to stay alive and keeping an eye on the weather are just as applicable today as they were two hundred years ago. Tales of tragedy, conflict and death, loyalty, amazing perseverance and wonderment.
ISBN 9780642276841
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2009
Topics / STEM /
Macinnis, Peter
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Australian backyard naturalist
Ever wondered what all those tiny bugs are that you see when you look very closely at a rosebud on a rosebush? Ever wanted to be able to identify a bird just from hearing its song? Want to learn how to keep a pet ant lion? All that and more is to be found within this informative book. Features personal accounts from the author's experiences with many of the species mentioned.
ISBN 9780642277428
Publisher National Library of Australia, 2012
Macinnis, Peter
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Australian bushrangers
This history of bushranging in Australia gives details about many bushrangers.
ISBN 9781864362848
Publisher New Holland Australia, 1998
Coupe, Robert
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Avalon High
Ellie is not looking forward to a year in a new home or attending a new school, Avalon High, whose students are not as they appear to be.
ISBN 9780330438322
Publisher MacMillan, 2005
Cabot, Meg
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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.
ISBN 9781760290658
Series Ruined NEW SERIES 2020 (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Tintera, Amy
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Awesome, Australian art for contemporary kids
Describing contemporary artworks and the intentions of the artists. The relevance of these works for today's kids is revealed.
ISBN 9781877004209
Publisher Craftsman House, 2003
Cree, Laura Murray
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Awful end
When both of Eddie's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow and smell of hot-water bottles, it's agreed that he should go to stay at Awful End with relatives. Sadly, the relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud.
ISBN 9780571203543
Series Eddie Dickens series (1 of 3)
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2000
Ardagh, Philip
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Azaria: A true history
What happens when the truth gets lost? Where wild animals and people meet, tragedy can strike. But when a tiny baby is stolen by a dingo, people simply cannot accept such a thing. Prejudice and gossip grip the nation, and the tragedy transforms into a fight for the truth. This is a true Australian story of innocence, ignorance, and the perils of mob thinking.
ISBN 9780648568407
Publisher Walker Books, 2020
Topics / Aboriginal content /
Coote, Maree
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