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Baboon king, The
Morengaru, a man divided against himself, who is an outcast in the wilderness, must live as an animal. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780440229070
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Quintana, Anton
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Bakehouse, The
In New Zealand during World War ll, eleven year old Bert desperately wants the war to continue so that he can join up and use guns. An abandoned derelict bakery becomes a prospective bomb shelter for the family and Bert enjoys his role in setting it up. But, when the shelter becomes home to a deserter, Bert soon learns that the secrets and danger of war don't always stay at the front line.
ISBN 9781776570072
Publisher Gecko Press, 2015
Cowley, Joy
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Ballad for a mad girl
Grace is a risk taker and never one to say no to a dare. So when she is challenged to walk "the pipe" at a local disused quarry, she accepts the challenge. But partway along the pipe, she has a supernatural experience she just can't explain. No one believes she has been hearing the voice of Hannah since walking the pipe, because Hannah is dead. As Grace sinks deeper into a decades-old local mystery, she herself starts to fear she is becoming a Mad Girl. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925355291
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Wakefield, Vikki
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Ballad of Cauldron Bay, The
Henni is looking forward to the Easter holiday at Cauldron Bay with her best friend, Zev, and some of the younger kids from Stella Street. She becomes jealous when her beach holiday is invaded by troubled teenager, Tara.
ISBN 9781741142556
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Honey, Elizabeth
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Ballad of Les Darcy, The
Les Darcy, who lived from 31 October 1895 - 24 May 1917, was an Australian boxer. Though he was a middleweight, he held both the Australian Heavyweight and the Middleweight Championship titles in 1916 and has passed into Australian folk lore.
ISBN 9780732286361
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
FitzSimons, Peter
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Ballad of Lucy Whipple, The
Reluctantly taken to the diggings in California during the goldrush, Lucy wants to go back home to New England.
ISBN 9780064406840
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1998
Cushman, Karen
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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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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 NEW SERIES 2020 (3 of 3)
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2018
Schow, Betsy
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Barnaby Grimes series
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Series Barnaby Grimes series (4 books)
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: curse of the night wolf
Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and high-stacking around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is swept up in a world of crooked doctors, poor and ill-advised patients, strange tonics and very expensive furs.
ISBN 9780385611886
Series Barnaby Grimes series (1 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2007
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: legion of the dead
In Dickensian times, people were terrified of being buried alive, so they were left in their coffin with a wire, attached to a bell, tied to the little finger. Anyone still alive could wiggle their finger to summon help. One night, Barnaby takes a shortcut through a graveyard and is horrified to hear the tinkling of little bells.
ISBN 9780552556262
Series Barnaby Grimes series (3 of 4)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: phantom of blood alley
Barnaby Grimes delivers letters and packages all over London. In the competitive world of early photography, the rewards are immense but so are the risks. After an experiment goes disastrously wrong, Barnaby finds himself on the trail of a mad chemist with a talent for disappearing into thin air.
ISBN 9780385611947
Series Barnaby Grimes series (4 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: return of emerald skull
After collecting a strange parcel from a deserted ship in the fog of the docks and delivering it to the local schoolmaster, Barnaby thinks he's earned a moment to sit on the rooftops and eat his favourite pasty. But, he soon realises that all is not well at the school.
ISBN 9780385751285
Series Barnaby Grimes series (2 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2008
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barrumbi kids, The
Dale and Tomias, live in the outback. They have a deep love for the wild, ancient land that is their home and move easily between their Aboriginal and white cultures, until someone turns up to spoil their last year at the community school.
ISBN 9781862914964
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Norrington, Leonie
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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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Bartlett series
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Series Bartlett series (4 books)
Hirsch, Odo
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Indiana Pacer, Chris Mullin, introduces this fascinating new guide to basketball. He draws on his wealth of experience in America's National Basketball Association to show beginners all aspects of the game.
ISBN 9780751328059
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2000
Mullin, Chris
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Batman: Nightwalker
Returning home from his lavish eighteenth birthday party, Bruce Wayne stops a criminal's getaway - disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase. Sentenced to community service in Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, he encounters some of the the city's most dangerous and mentally disturbed criminals. Among these, Bruce meets the intriguing Madeleine who has ties to the Nightwalker gang that is terrorizing Gotham City. She's a mystery Bruce has to unravel but can he trust her? The Nightwalkers target the rich, and Bruce's name is next on their list.
ISBN 9780141386836
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Lu, Marie
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Battle fatigue
A teenager is conscripted into the Vietnam War. He has to decide whether he will go, or whether he will dodge the draft by seeking asylum in Canada. The story also considers the effects of earlier wars on other members of the family and their influence on the younger characters.
ISBN 9781408826911
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Kurlansky, Mark
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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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Battlefield: one boy's war
Barry Blacker is desperate to join the army like his older brother Jack, who is in a Japanese POW camp. He practises drills on the family farm in Cowra and spies on the Japanese prisoners in the camp nearby. When some of the prisoners escape, Barry's attempt to be a hero has devastating consequences.
ISBN 9781741695519
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Tucker, Alan
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One hero lost in a raging tsunami. One sign pointing to a deadly battle. One day left until the end of...everything. With Sydney plunged into underwater chaos, the DARE winners are suspected of being responsible. After escaping from security officers, they must race to their final destination- Felix Scott's mega-ship Infinite Horizon- and decode one last deadly sign. If they don't get this right, then it's game over- not just for them, but for the whole world. The DARE winners will have to use their wits to stop The Signmaker. But after a mind-blowing secret is revealed in Antarctica, they're in for a heart-stopping final face-to-face battle with a unimaginable enemy. Who will live and who will die?
ISBN 9781743628072
Series The Seven signs series (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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Be prepared
Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range - Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
ISBN 9781626724457
Publisher First Second, 2018
Topics / Graphic novels /
Brosgol, Vera
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Be the one
Emmy Award-winning ABC News chief national correspondent and Nightline co-anchor, Byron Pitts shares the heartbreaking and inspiring stories of six young people who overcame impossible circumstances with extraordinary perseverance. This book is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781442483835
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Topics / Biography /
Pitts, Byron
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Beach they called Gallipoli, The
This book is about Gallipoli, the place, and what happened on Gallipoli Beach, from the ANZACS first landing in April to their retreat in December 1915. Images, memorabilia, illustrations and photographs enrich the recount of the months that followed the landing. Includes images that may trouble some readers. A challenging read; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732292263
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2014
French, Jackie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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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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Beatle meets Destiny
Beatle normally doesn't go out on Friday the thirteenth but this is an exception. And, then, there's the attractive girl wearing sunglasses and reading a book. Not only is her name Destiny but her surname is McCartney, and since his real name is John Lennon, and for a whole lot of other spooky reasons, it seems destined that they will be together. But Beatle already has a girlfriend. Some language in context. Usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780143011491
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Williams, Gabrielle
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Beautiful lie, A
In 1947, Bilal is shields his dying father from the truth about the violence that is threatening India and their formerly peaceful community. With determination and help from friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper. Bilal just wants his father to die in peace but that means Bilal has a complicated relationship with the truth.
ISBN 9781408805756
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Master, Irfan
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Beautiful mess
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925498547
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Christian, Claire
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Beautiful monster
Tessa needs to be perfect, the perfect daughter, with the perfect marks and the perfect body. But, there is a fine line between being in control and being controlled, in Tessa's effort to achieve perfection. Contains mature themes and some language in context. Usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781921361982
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
McCaffrey, Kate
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Beauty is in the walking, The
Everyone thinks they know what Jacob O'Leary can and can't do, and they're not shy about telling him either. But, no one, not even Jacob, knows what he's truly capable of. When a shocking and mystifying crime leaves his small country town reeling, and fingers start pointing at a young Muslim boy at his school, Jacob is convinced the police have accused the wrong guy. He's determined to prove it, and himself, to everyone. Challenging book; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732299941
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Moloney, James
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Because of you
Tiny is an eighteen-year-old girl living on the streets of Sydney, running from her small-town past. She finds short-term accommodation at Hope Lane - a shelter for the homeless - where she meets Nola, a high school student on volunteer placement. Both girls share their love of words through the Hope Lane writing group. Can they share their secrets, too? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702259777
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2017
Harry, Pip
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Because you'll never meet me
There are truths you can only tell a stranger, and this friendship is the strangest. Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet, because if they ever did, one of them will most certainly die. As recluses from society, they develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, disturbing past, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.
ISBN 9781408862629
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015
Thomas, Leah
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In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerising storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780241334140
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Obama, Michelle
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Becoming Aurora
Sixteen year old Rory (Aurora) is at the crossroads in her life. While her gang plans its next move in a racially motivated turf war, Rory refuses to reveal their names and takes the rap for an attack on the local immigrant community. She is sentenced to community care in an aged care facility. There, she meets resident and ex-boxer Jack, an encounter that leads her to Essam, a young migrant boxer, who will challenge her prejudices and force her to address the mistakes of her past. Some violence. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702254208
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Kasmer, Elizabeth
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Becoming Billy Dare
When his mother dies, Paddy runs away from school and stows on a ship sailing to Australia. In his new land, Paddy is willing to try anything and has many jobs until he finally discovers what he really wants to do.
ISBN 9781865087351
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Murray, Kirsty
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Becoming Buddha: the story of Siddhartha
Find out how Prince Siddhartha grew in knowledge and enlightenment to become Buddha, one of the greatest religious influences on the world.
ISBN 9780734407726
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Stewart, Whitney & Rippin, Sally (ill)
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Becoming Kirrali Lewis
In 1985, Kirrali Lewis, a young Aboriginal teenager, leaves her home town in rural Victoria to begin a law degree in Melbourne. Adopted at birth by a white family, Kirrali doesn't question her cultural roots until a series of life-changing events force her to face up to her true identify. Her decision to search for her biological parents sparks off a political awakening that no one sees coming, least of all Kirrali.
ISBN 9781922142801
Publisher Magabala Books, 2015
Harrison, Jane
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Bee-man of Orn, The
The Bee-man is happy with his lot until he learns from a Junior Sorcerer that he was once something else and has been transformed. But what was he? The Bee-man sets out on a quest to discover the answer.
ISBN 9781844285068
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Stockton, Frank R & Lynch, P J (ill)
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Been here all along
Gideon always had a plan. His plans include running for class president, leading the yearbook committee and having his choice of colleges. They do not include falling head over heels for his best friend and next-door neighbour, Kyle. Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings and social acceptance as captain. Then both Ruby and Gideon start acting weird...Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781250100658
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2016
Hall, Sandy
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Before you forget
Year Twelve is not off to a good start for Amelia. Art is her world, but her art teacher hates everything she does; her best friend has stopped talking to her; her mother and father may as well be living in separate houses; and her father is slowly forgetting everything. Even Amelia. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143574071
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Lawrinson, Julia
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Begin, end, begin: A #loveOzYA anthology
Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.
ISBN 9781460752319
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
Binks, Danielle (ed)
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The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. The Darwinists will need it now they are at war with the Austrian Clanker powers. Alek, heir to the Austrian throne, is posing as a commoner while Deryn Sharp, a girl, is posing as a boy in the British Air Service. Despite their different philosophies, the pair unite aboard the airship Leviathan, hoping to end the war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670073047
Series The Leviathan trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Westerfeld, Scott & Thompson, Keith (ill)
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Being Bee
Bee isn't about to change just because her dad is going to remarry. However, when Jazz starts living with dad earlier than expected, Bee knows things will change whether she likes it or not. An unlikely source helps her come to terms with the situation.
ISBN 9780702235665
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Bateson, Catherine
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Being Bindy
This is what happens when your worst enemy, who used to be your best friend, threatens to become your sister. Bindy makes some tough decisions as she faces adolescence and the problems caused by her parents' new relationships. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741142181
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Brugman, Alyssa
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Being here
Sixteen year old Carly is interviewing Leah Cartwright for her local history project. Leah resists, determined to tell her own story of a lonely child on an isolated farm, whose only escape is in the world of books. Carly is drawn into the story about Leah's present, past, secrets, an unlikely boy who changes everything, and a rich imagination that rescues her from a grim reality. Includes some violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742373850
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Jonsberg, Barry
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Being Miss Nobody
Rosalind wants to talk, she really does, but the only place she can is home. At school or anywhere in public, no matter how badly she wants to, her words get stuck and refuse to come out. Unsurprisingly, this has had a big impact on her life and as a consequence, she has no friends. You can imagine how tough it is for her, then, when she starts in Year 7 at Manor High. Pretty much instantly she is the target of bullies and her life becomes even more miserable than it already was. But a new therapist, and her little brother's total faith in her, lead Rosalind to becoming Miss Nobody - an online voice for the nobodies, the victims, the sad kids. And, at first, this seems to be a real step forward in her fight to be 'normal'. But then Miss Nobody's fame starts to morph into something more sinister. Is Miss Nobody actually just as much of a bully as the real bullies?
ISBN 9781474927277
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Winter, Tamsin
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Beka Cooper series
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Series Beka Cooper series (3 books)
Pierce, Tamora
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Belles, The
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favourite, the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognised as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie, that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined.
ISBN 9781473223974
Publisher Orion, 2018
Clayton, Dhonielle
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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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Bend it like Beckham
A novelisation of the film screen play in which a young Indian girl's talent for soccer is discovered. The issues, of cultural expectations of girls and the problems of living between two cultures, are raised.
ISBN 9780340860946
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Dhami, Narinder
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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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Beneath the surface
Trying to understand his haunting nightmares, Dr Trotter returns to Preston, where he grew up, to the watertower, where he played as a child. The mystery lies beneath the surface of the deep, still waters. Dark sequel to 'The Watertower'. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733619328
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Crew, Gary & Woolman, Steven (ill)
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Benjamin Franklin: revolutionary inventor
Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. He was a scientist who experimented with electricity, a diplomat who served as envoy to France and negotiated peace with England, a mapmaker, printer and writer. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and established America's first hospital.
ISBN 9781402732836
Series Sterling biographies series (10 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Higgins, Maria Mihalik
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Benny & Babe
Benny and Babe are unlikely friends who decide to go into business together, but they need to avoid the bullying of Furty Howlin. Their business of scavenging fishing tackle leads to a very dangerous encounter.
ISBN 9780143300564
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Colfer, Eoin
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A translation of the classic, Anglo-Saxon epic of warriors, dragons and monsters composed between the 7th and 10th centuries. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780571203765
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2000
Heaney, Seamus
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Beowulf: graphic novel
Gareth Hinds' Beowulf is a beautiful graphic novel, with some violent scenarios, remaining true to the classic Norse saga about Beowulf. He tackles a dragon with tragic consequences leaving questions about the real cost of his sacrifice. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780763630232
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2007
Topics / Graphic novels /
Hinds, Gareth (adapt)
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Best ballgirl, The
When Kristen discovers that her tennis hero, Maggie Stephenson, is playing in a tournament at her tennis club, she is desperate to be chosen as one of the ballgirls. But, her arch rival, Sally, looks set to sabotage Kristen's chances of appearing on centre court and to steal the guy that she likes a lot.
ISBN 9780143305743
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Flynn, Pat
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Best day of my life, The
In Jharia, India,Valli spends her days picking up coal and fighting with her cousins. Her family won't let her go to school and there's never enough food. When Valli discovers that her 'aunt' is a stranger who was paid to take her, she leaves Jharia and begins a new life, surviving on the streets of Kolkata. A chance encounter with a doctor may change her life but Valli must decide if she trusts enough to accept help. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742379142
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Ellis, Deborah
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Better Nate than ever
Thirteen year old Nate Foster doesn't enjoy his life. He is nothing like his sporty brother, his strict parents seem to be close to divorce and he's bullied about his weight and sexuality (Nate is currently undecided). With his love of Broadway musicals, Nate grabs a chance to escape when he hears about an audition. As his naive plan disintegrates, Nate stays just one step ahead of disaster while keeping his sense of humour.
ISBN 9781406361537
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Federle, Tim
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Between shades of gray
In 1941, fifteen year old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer. When the Soviet secret police invade her home and forcibly remove Lina, her mother and brother, they must fight for their lives. They are transported via cattle trucks from Lithuania to remote Siberia in a harrowing, violent journey. It is also a story of incredible courage and strength. Includes violence and cruelty. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143205418
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Sepetys, Ruta
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Between the lives
Sabine is an eighteen year old caught between two lives. Her life in Wellesey is the almost perfect world, a place of glamorous friends, all you could want and a doting boyfriend. Her other life in Roxbury is less than perfect and here she is considered by many as a rebel, out of place. Every twenty-four hours on the stroke of midnight, Sabine moves between worlds. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732296261
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2013
Shirvington, Jessica
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Beyond the bright sea
Crow was just a baby when she was tied into a boat and pushed out to sea. When she washes up onto a tiny island, there are just 3 clues to her origin; a birthmark in the shape of a feather, a ruby ring and a sea-soaked letter with just a few cryptic words remaining. 12 years later, when a mysterious fire appears across the ocean, Crow starts to wonder who she is and where she came from. Crow will set out on a remarkable treasure hunt, and discover what it truly means to be a family. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552574303
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Wolk, Lauren
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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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Big book of numbers
If you love numbers, want to love numbers or just love to laugh and learn about the wonderful life we live, then this numbers book is for you. Discover primes, Pi, perfect numbers and how many ribs an elephant has.
ISBN 9781921134326
Publisher Xoum Publishing, 2014
Spencer, Adam
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Big dry, The
With each year of drought the heat became worse. The lawns and crops withered and died. Buildings began to crumble and collapse, and more people left the city. George and his little brother, Beeper, become worried when their father fails to return from a trip to town for food and fuel. Fear for the safety of their dad quickly becomes a fight for their own survival in the hot and brutal conditions. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732297633
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Davis, Tony
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Big four, The
Poirot, the Belgian detective, again finds himself plunged into a world of intrigue when an uninvited stranger, coated in dust from head to foot and with a gaunt face, stands staring at him and then collapses in his doorway. Poirot must uncover the truth and solve the mystery of the piece of paper the stranger clutched with figure 4s scribbled over it. Beautifully illustrated by Alain Paillou.
ISBN 9780007250653
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviera, Francois (adapt)
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Big game
Thirteen year old Oskari is sent into the Finnish wilderness, armed only with a bow and arrow, to survive in an ancient test of manhood. But, he stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airliner. Terrorists have shot down the President of the United States. To survive, this improbable duo must trust each other and become a team capable of overcoming the danger that is imminent.
ISBN 9781909489943
Publisher Chicken House, 2015
Smith, Dan
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Bill Gates: computer legend
In 1995, Bill Gates launched Microsoft Windows, a computer program now used by people at work and at play all around the world. As head of Microsoft, he is the richest man in the world and aims to be the largest benefactor in history.
ISBN 9780750238830
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Barton-Wood, Sara
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Billy the kid
Billy doesn't think or act his age. His memories of his days as a Chelsea striker and his interests keep him younger than he seems.
ISBN 9780007105472
Publisher Collins, 2002
Morpurgo, Michael
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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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Binna Binna man, The
A young Aboriginal boy is travelling back to his home on the mission to attend the funeral of a cousin.
ISBN 9781865080710
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
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Birdie in the sky
Birdie and her dad love being up in the sky in their Tiger Moth plane, Peggybelle. That is, until a terrible accident makes it a matter of life and death, and Birdie finds herself flying the plane alone.
ISBN 9780143305903
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Mason, Prue
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Birds of a feather
Year 6 schoolgirls must deal with issues of bullying.
ISBN 9781863304726
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Masson, Sophie
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Bite of the mango
By thirteen, Mariatu had experienced rape, genital mutilation, an unwanted pregnancy and witnessed the horrors of war in Sierra Leone. Both her hands were amputated when she was captured by rebel soldiers. Her honest and unembellished account of her life is inspiring with its hope for a better future and the great love that the survivors share. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741757750
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Kamara, Mariatu & McClelland, Susan
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Bitter chocolate
A gripping story of two boys whose lives are anything but carefree. Pascal and Kojo work on a cocoa plantation in West Africa and they desperately want to get back to their homes to see if their families are still alive. Global social issues of child soldiers and child labour are sensitively and realistically portrayed.
ISBN 9780747595021
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Grindley, Sally
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Blabber mouth: the play
This stage adaptation of Gleitzman's novel explores disabilities, friendship and families.
ISBN 9780868194219
Publisher Currency Press, 2004
Morris, Mary
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Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. She can't wait to leave quiet, little Dainsfield, where she's known only as Black due to her name. But, there's another reason. Everyone says Black is cursed. Three friends have died in tragic accidents. Now, it's easier to be on her own. When her formal date ends up in intensive care, the gibes and rejection escalate. Black is in danger. She has to fight for her life, find help when uncertain of who to trust, and strike out at the superstition and hysteria.
ISBN 9781925324976
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Ferris, Fleur
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Black Beauty
Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt, he is free to gallop in the fresh meadows with his beloved mother and their kind master. But, when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. But, Black Beauty is brave, with an unbreakable spirit and will.
ISBN 9780141321035
Publisher Puffin UK, 2008
Sewell, Anna
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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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Black dog gang, The
Set in The Rocks, Sydney, in the early 20th century. When Frankie first meets his new neighbour, Mickey Collins, he's not sure what to make of the scruffy, tough-talking ratbag. But, when he forms a gang, Mickey soon proves he's quick on his feet and good in a fight.
ISBN 9780143302148
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Newton, Robert
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Black dress, The: Mary MacKillop's early years
The story of Mother Mary MacKillop told from the perspective of MacKillop reminiscing on her death bed. The book details her life, from growing up in poverty in the Australian outback and the inspirations behind her decision to join the Convent and establish the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph.
ISBN 9781742031637
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Freeman, Pamela
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Black enough: stories of being young and black in America
Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renee Watson. Black is... three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds. Black is... Nic Stone's high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of. Black is... two girls kissing in Justina Ireland's story set in Maryland. Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more -- because there are countless ways to be Black enough. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062698735
Publisher Balzer & Bray, 2020
Zoboi, Ibi (ed)
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Black Jack Anderson
The infamous Black Jack Anderson, Australia's most notorious pirate, was a towering black American holed up with his evil-doing gang in the treacherous seas and islands off the south west coast of Australia. The fascinating details of his life and times; his mistresses, the treachery, bloodshed and escapes are as compelling as his personality, with his resourcefulness, power and passion. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143005940
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Forrestal, Elaine
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Black snake: the daring of Ned Kelly
Offers historical insights, without glorification, into the life of the outlaw as told by characters present at the various events in Ned's life. Supported by archival photographs, press clippings and quotes from correspondence and other documents.
ISBN 9781876372934
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Wilkinson, Carole
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Black water
When Farren's father goes missing at sea, all he wants is for his older brother to come home from the war in Gallipoli. But, when Danny returns, he has changed from the person Farren remembers. This is a story of two brothers' struggle to make their way in a difficult world. Mature themes and very strong language used in context throughout. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143005612
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Metzenthen, David
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An intense, electromagnetic pulse strikes earth, grinding the world to a halt. Holly wakes in the wreckage of a smashed car, next to her unconscious older brother. She sets out on a dangerous and violent quest to bring order to a world gone mad. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733611810
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Pryor, Michael
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Blackthorn's betrayal: honouring a warrior's pledge
Blackthorn's greatest desire, to become a Trahern warrior, is dangling within her reach. But, she must embark on a treacherous mission, deep into enemy territory, to infiltrate the Doane camp. She must locate the stolen daughter of Esil but the stakes are higher than she could ever imagine. As the mission takes a sinister twist, Blackthorn's instincts are put to the ultimate test.
ISBN 9781921529030
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Pulford, Elizabeth
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Blackthorn: becoming a forest warrior
Alyana is determined, despite being female, despite being so young, to become a great Trahern warrior. When her father dies, leaving her orphaned, she flees the constraints of her religious uncle's household and lives rough and wild, hunting and fighting in the great forest. Then her worst fears are realised. It is far worse to be captured by her enemies, the Doane, than endure her previous loneliness and isolation.
ISBN 9781921529443
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Pulford, Elizabeth
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BLAKWORK is a powerful collection of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique through which the themes of great loss and the desire for a different future, emerge. Through her innovative and powerful poetic voice, Whittaker merges her own personal experiences with her research into Australian history and political decisions, to create a fearless and unsparing portrayal of the Australia presented through other interpretations; a portrayal that challenges the readers' understanding and invites them to rethink the identity and place projected onto the traditional custodians of the land. Usually read by students in year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925360851
Publisher Magabala Books, 2018
Whittaker, Alison
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London is being bombed and children are evacuated to the country. Since his parents died, Martin can't stand being mothered and so he heads back to the city. But, London is not what he remembers, it's in flames and Martin is in danger.
ISBN 9780237534448
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2007
Orme, David
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Blood for blood
In 1950s Germany, the war is over but, for the resistance, the fight continues. Death camp survivor, Yael, who has the power to skinshift, to change her appearance at will, is on the run after shooting and killing Hitler. But, the truth of what happened is far more complicated and the consequences are deadly. As Yael and her comrades move into enemy territory, trying to turn the tide against the New Order, dark secrets reveal dark truths. Sequel to Wolf by Wolf. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781780622057
Publisher Orion, 2016
Graudin, Ryan
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Blood on the microphone
Saffie Grundig decides to find out about her older sister, Ruby, and the secrets she is keeping. What's really going on at the sleazy Comedy House where Ruby has a cleaning job. Saffie, assisted by retired TV actor, Sarge, begins her investigations.
ISBN 9780734401700
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Bone, Ian
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Blood red road
Saba and her brother, Lugh, have spent their whole lives in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. When a monster sandstorm and four cloaked horsemen arrive, Lugh is captured and Saba embarks on an epic quest, in the lawless, ugly world outside Silverlake, to get him back. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781442429987
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2011
Young, Moira
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Blood sports: Fletcher Smith, sports P I
Fourteen year old Fletcher Smith is a sports private Investigator, working out of the Institute in Canberra. With his adult side-kick, Frank, he takes on a case to solve the kidnap of football coach, Kelvin Hunt.
ISBN 9781741690200
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Harlen, Jonathan
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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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Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen year old Finbar never gets the girl. When he notices that the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel, Finbar seizes the opportunity. He'll become a vampire. Or at least fake it. When he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he finds that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732292195
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Meaney, Flynn
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Blue cat, The
It is the 1940s and for Columba and Hilda the war seems a long way away until Ellery appears at their school, unable to speak any English. Curiosity spurs Columba's search for knowledge and understanding counterbalancing Hilda's unquestioning nationalism as the war edges ever closer to Australia's shores. The sudden appearance of the blue cat brings with it an aura of mystery and uncertainty culminating in a dramatic journey to Luna Park.
ISBN 9781760292294
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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Blue death, The
A doctor turns detective to solve a mystery around the cholera epidemic in London, 1854.
ISBN 9780340805718
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Allen, Judy
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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 fin
Snook joins his father on a tuna fishing expedition and disaster strikes.
ISBN 9780734401311
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Thiele, Colin
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Blue noise
Ash is drooling over a guitar when he meets Charlie Novak. One jam session later and Charlie convinces Ash to play in his band and Erin to be the keyboard player. Erin thinks Charlie is a fruit loop, with his weird hair and hyperactive rantings. Besides, she's a classical pianist and it'll never work.
ISBN 9781741663754
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Oswald, Debra
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Blue so blue, A
A sophisticated picture book in which a young artist goes in search of a particular shade of blue, the blue of his dreams.
ISBN 9781402721397
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2005
Dumont, Jean-Francois
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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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Blue-eyed Aborigine, The
After the shipwreck of the Batavia off Western Australia in 1629, a cabin boy and a soldier were involved in a grisly, notorious mutiny. Most mutineers were hanged but the two men were marooned on the mainland, becoming Australia's first European settlers. No trace of them was ever found. Later European explorers reported seeing Aboriginal Australians with blue eyes. This novel suggests what might have happened in between. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781847800787
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2010
Hayes, Rosemary
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Abel Jackson is passionate about diving and is a natural in the water. Every day, he helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life.
ISBN 9780330361620
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1999
Winton, Tim
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Blurred man, The
The man in the photo is so blurry it's impossible to make out what he really looks like. The Diamond Brothers - Tim, the world's worst private detective, and his wise-cracking younger brother Nick - have been hired to find the blurred man.
ISBN 9780744590661
Series Diamond Brothers series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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Body and soul: a musical play
The atmosphere becomes very tense as relationships are tested among a diverse group of talented athletes at a training camp. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780868195582
Publisher Currency Press, 1998
Tulloch, Richard
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Body talk: a power guide for girls
A self-help book for teenage girls providing advice about coping with bullying, alcohol, drug use, depression and sexual relations. Some coarse language used by girls to describe their feelings. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733618604
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Reid Boyd, Elizabeth & Bray, Abigail
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Body: bones, muscle, blood and other body bits
Highly informative, pocket-sized fact book on human anatomy and physiology. Contains an index, glossary, websites and reference section.
ISBN 9780751330786
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2001
Walker, Richard & Murphy, Gabrielle Dr
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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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Bombs that brought us together, The
Charlie has always lived in Little Town. It's home: the curfew, the Regime, the thugs, the poverty. He knows the rules. Then he meets Pavel. Scrawny and sweary, he is a refugee from Old Country. The wrongest person in the whole place to choose as a friend. But when the bombs come, the rules of Little Town change. Right or wrong: Charlie must choose. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781408878415
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Conaghan, Brian
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Bone hunters: on the trail of the dinosaurs
There is a wealth of dinosaur information in this book, as well as accounts of the palaeontologists who made many of the famous discoveries.
ISBN 9781862913592
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Dedman, Stephen
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Bone sparrow, The
Ten year old Subhi is a Rohingya asylum seeker, born in an Australian permanent detention centre, Life behind the fences is all he has ever known and Subhi needs the stories of others to build memories. One night, Jimmie appears from the other side of the wires, bringing a bone sparrow necklace and a notebook, written by her dead mother. As their tales unfold, Subhi and Jimmie might find a way to freedom but not until each of them has been braver than ever before. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734417138
Publisher Lothian Books, 2016
Fraillon, Zana
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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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Book of absolutely useless lists
A chunky book, jammed full of fascinating, whacky and absurd facts and information, with a list for every day of the year. Useful information like seven objects to use as a paperweight; twenty characters more famous than their inventors; and, four runners-up who became more famous than the person who won.
ISBN 9780230700505
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Ardagh, Philip
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Book 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 everything, The
Thomas escapes from hypocrisy and domestic violence with wild imaginings and sightings of Jesus. A deeply moving story of a Dutch family, ruled by a violent, bible-wielding father, who survive because of a special child and some very, strong women. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741147513
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Kuijer, Guus
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Book of the banshee, The
Will's sister, Estelle, has turned into a teenager and transformed the house into a war zone.
ISBN 9780140347043
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 1993
Fine, Anne
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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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Book that made me, The
The Book That Made Me is a celebration of the books that influenced some of the most acclaimed authors from Australia and the world. A perfect collection of personal stories from fantastic authors such as Markus Zusak, Jaclyn Moriarty, Shaun Tan, Mal Peet, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Simon French, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell, Bernard Beckett, Ursula Dubosarsky, Rachael Craw, Sue Lawson, Felicity Castagna, Benjamin Law, Cath Crowley, Kate Constable, James Roy, Alison Croggon, Will Kostakis and Randa Abdel-Fattah. What stories inspired them, and made them who they are today? Read this book and find out! Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781922244888
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Ridge, Judith (ed)
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Book thief, The
It is 1939 in Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel has just buried her brother when she picks up a book, partially hidden in the snow by his graveside. This is her first act of book thievery and the beginning of a love affair with books and words. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down. A sombre theme that includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330423304
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Zusak, Markus
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Book to write poems by, A
Inspiration for poets of all ages lies within these pages.
ISBN 9780909955427
Publisher Australian Association for the Teaching of English, 1983
Harris, Rory & McFarlane, Peter
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Jimbo and his friend, Charlie, suspect there is something not right about two of their teachers. They get too close to the truth when Charlie is abducted. Jimbo enlists the help of his death-metal music loving, dark eyeliner-wearing sister to track Charlie down and discover the truth.
ISBN 9780385616294
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2009
Haddon, Mark
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Boundless sublime, The
Ruby's younger brother has died and her family is torn apart. Ruby feels his death so personally that she has shut herself off from her usual world. When she meets Fox, an idiosyncratic but gentle loner, Ruby is drawn into his special, little community. Fox seems to understand what she's going through and offers her a chance to find peace. But, Ruby discovers that he lives in a terrifying, secretive cult community that is far from the ideal world she expected. Gripping, confronting read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760113360
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Wilkinson, Lili
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Boy and the spy, The
Things have never been easy for Antonio, but now it seems like the war will never end. So when Antonio is caught up in the dangerous world of freedom fighters and spies, will it change his life or destroy him?
ISBN 9780143309284
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Arena, Felice
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Boy at the top of mountain, The
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave Paris to live with Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a household at the top of the German mountains. This is no ordinary time. It is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching. And, this is no ordinary house, it is the Berghof, Adolf Hitler's home. Pierrot is thrown into an increasingly dangerous world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.
ISBN 9780552573542
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Boyne, John
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Boy called Hope, A
Eleven year old Dan Hope has a list of things he wants to come true. He wants his sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. He wants his dog, Charles Scalleybones the First, to stop eating the planets from his solar system mobile and throwing them up on the carpet. He want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. But, most of all, he wants his dad to love him.
ISBN 9781409570318
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2014
Williamson, Lara
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Boy in the burning house, The
Ruth Rose, wild stepdaughter of the local preacher, believes he caused the disappearance of Jim Hawkin's father. Investigating the mystery puts both teenagers in mortal danger. A harrowing story with strong language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780374408879
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Wynne-Jones, Tim
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Boy in the striped pyjamas, The
Bruno is the naive, nine year old son of the Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. Through his covert friendship with Shmuel, a young Jewish boy, Bruno becomes aware of the cruelty and suffering. A touching, disturbing story. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780385609401
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2006
Boyne, John
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Boy on the wooden box, The
Beginning in rural Poland, Leon Leyson's family's horrendous journey was similar to thousands of others, but what set his fate apart was his father's chance employment in the factory of Oskar Schindler, who is credited with saving up to 1200 Jews. The youngest person on Schindler's list, Leon describes how, despite the deprivation of food, clothing and general living conditions, this provided a small flicker of hope.
ISBN 9781471119675
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2013
Leyson, Leon
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Boy underwater
Cymbeline Igloo doesn't know how to swim. He has NEVER been swimming. Ever. His mother won't let him near the water and he doesn't know why. After he tries (and fails) to swim on his own, he realises there is a bigger mystery to be solved. Cymbeline and his friends work together to find out why his mum has never taken him near the water.
ISBN 9780008267018
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Baron, Adam
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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 NEW SERIES 2020 (4 of 5)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2015
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Boy with two lives, The
Having fled conscription and survived time alone in Istanbul, ten year old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life. His troubles have only just begun. Abbas' violent cousin sends him to boarding school, where he blossoms. But, Abbas is threatened with deportation and forced to work at night to repay his cousin. At thirteen, Abbas is homeless. But, he is determined to survive and continue his education. Based on true events.
ISBN 9781743314838
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Topics / Displacement /
Kazerooni, Abbas
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Boy, the bear, the baron and the bard, The
A dramatic tale, told in pictures, about a London boy who goes through a window to get back his soccer ball only to find himself in the middle of a Shakespearian production. In his efforts to escape, he is chased by the bard and joined by a bear.
ISBN 9781865087221
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Rogers, Gregory
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Boy: tales of childhood
Roald Dahl recounts his life as a child, growing up in England.
ISBN 9780141303055
Publisher Puffin UK, 1999
Dahl, Roald
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Brain full of holes, The
Theo Brain is the world's youngest super sleuth and he is on the trail of a missing truck driver who has driven into a mountain tunnel and completely disappeared. Theo lives in Switzerland where holes are going missing from the cheese and cows are starting to fly. Strange creatures appear from alternative universes and Theo is forced to intervene to stop a total outbreak of silliness.
ISBN 9781921272288
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2008
Chatterton, Martin
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It would take a very special person to crack the computer systems of the White House. Someone like Sam Wilson, brilliant teenage computer hacker. But, Sam's obsession is about to lead him into a world of espionage and intrigue, of cybercrime and imminent war.
ISBN 9781921150951
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Falkner, Brian
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Brave heart: lessons learnt from life
After playing two hundred and forty-one games for his beloved Sydney Swans, Brett Kirk played his final game of AFL in 2010. Many know him as the courageous co-captain who helped his team win the grand final in 2005. What many people don't know is how he came to be such a tireless captain, honest teammate and admired role model, in both life and sport. Brett with his wife, Hayley, speaks about his life, and the challenges and triumphs that made him.
ISBN 9781742753256
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Kirk, Brett & Kirk, Hayley S
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Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare
The Globe Theatre is delighted to announce a new season of Mr. William Shakespeare's plays. See As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. Each play is presented in dramatic comic-strip form, including Mr Shakespeare's own dialogue and the riotous remarks of the audience.
ISBN 9780744582376
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Williams, Marcia
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Break your chains: The freedom finders
To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you've ever known. It is 1825. You and Ma have survived on the streets of London ever since the soldiers took Da away and you fled Ireland. Now, with Ma gone too, you find yourself facing life-and-death choices at every turn. Can you carry a secret treasure across the ocean and finally be reunited with Da? You'll be asked to betray your friends, survive storms at sea and attacks by bushrangers, and trust thieves. At every turn, the choice is yours. How far will you go for freedom?
ISBN 9781760294915
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Conolan, Emily
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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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Bridge to Terabithia
Jessie and Leslie are close friends who create a magical world for themselves, until a tragedy happens.
ISBN 9780064401845
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Paterson, Katherine
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Bridge to Wiseman's Cove, A
Karl and his wild young brother are taken in by their aunt, after their mother abandons them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702228841
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1996
Moloney, James
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Bridge, The
The city is at war. Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and are hungry to cross the river. Cityside, ISIS is in charge, keeping the hostiles at bay. Nik has spent his life training to join ISIS but, when his college is blown up and his friend kidnapped, he must cross the bridge into hostile territory. Nik and his friends must choose their loyalties in a war that is not as clear as they were brought up to think. Some language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921758331
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Higgins, Jane
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Bridie's fire
Bridie starts a new life in a new country, a young, orphaned, Irish girl sadly separated from her brother. Working in the theatre on the Australian goldfields is a very hard life. Bridie finds a way to use her talents and meets her true love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781865087276
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Murray, Kirsty
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Brief candle
Based on the adventures of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte and Emily, and their brother, Branwell. Cooped up inside the bleak parsonage in winter, they write adventures for the heroes of their secret worlds. One day, Emily escapes to the moor and finds a mysterious outcast, Heslington, whose story of lost love intrigues her. She resolves to help him.
ISBN 9780340873700
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Pennington, Kate
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Brief history of Montmaray, A
Sophie, the diarist, is sixteen and lives in a crumbling castle on the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her tomboy sister, her nearly perfect cousin and the completely mad King. She loves it. The war woes of Europe rage about them, sometimes terrifyingly touching their lives, as they struggle to survive. With love interests, humour, suspense and secrets. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781741663228
Series The Montmaray Journals series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Cooper, Michelle
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Brigadista year, My
When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro's army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Lora has barely been outside of Havana - why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody's kitchen? But Lora is stubborn: didn't her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Lora's abuela takes her side, even as she makes Lora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Lora know for sure when that time has come?
ISBN 9780763695088
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Paterson, Katherine
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Brilliant fall of Gianna Z., The
All Gianna Zales wants to do is compete at the cross-country finals, but there is something standing in her way- a science project. She has less than a week to collect and document twenty-five leaves, and she'll lose her spot on the team if she can't pull it off. With a forgetful grandmother, a hearse-driving father, a mean-girl running rival, and new feelings toward her best friend, Gianna wishes life would just leave her alone to finish the project. Can Gianna Z get the stroke of brilliance she needs to make it all work out?
ISBN 9781681195476
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2018
Messner, Kate
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Bring back Cerberus
The demand: bring back Cerberus, the new technology that's only whispered about in the furthest reaches of cyberspace. Drawn into the shady world of black-hat hacking and industrial espionage, Dom will need every skill he's learnt to complete this instalment. How can Dom steal something that doesn't exist. Failure is not an option.
ISBN 9781742378596
Series The debt series (3 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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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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What happens when you mix teenage boys, a fight club and ethnic rivalries? You get war. Romeo Makhlouf knows the rules. Stick with your own kind. Don't dob on your mates or your enemies. Respect the family. But even unwritten rules are made for breaking. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760125509
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016
Chebatte, Helen
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Broken glass
Brothers, Suresh and Sandeep, end up as street kids in a city far from their home village. They become glass collectors, searching through the rubbish dumps and dirty alleys to find glass to sell in order to survive. But, when Suresh realises his younger brother isn't coping as well as he thought, he must find a way to save Sandeep and himself from a terrible fate.
ISBN 9780747586159
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Grindley, Sally
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Bronte girls, The
A father keeps his family locked in a time warp, away from the 20th century. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780749726928
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 1995
Kilworth, Gary
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Brontide is a coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound. The boys like to challenge themselves and the rules, and soon realise that not everything goes to plan. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925360929
Publisher Magabala Books, 2018
McPherson, Sue
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Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a main character (almost) as awesome as me
Broody McHottiepants is our brooding YA hero and he has decided to write a book about how to become a main character. He certainly seems to know every trick in the YA novelist's trade. But his evil ex-girlfriend, Blondie DeMeani, has sneakily added her own two cents worth within the pages of his book to keep him honest. This is part guide book, part clever exploration of all the YA tropes.
ISBN 9781510726666
Publisher Sky Pony Press, 2017
DiRisio, Carrie & Gear, Linnea (ill)
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Brotherband 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 Brotherband series (6 books)
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 6)
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 6)
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 6)
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 6)
Publisher Philomel Books, 2016
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The hunters
The Heron brotherband must undertake a long and dangerous river journey to hunt their prey. But even if they survive the journey, are they ready to confront Zavac in his lair?
ISBN 9781742750620
Series Brotherband series (3 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The invaders
The Heron brotherband are on the trail of Zavac and his pirates, but they are in a well-fortified position, taking over a town. The Herons must drive out the invaders, by devising a fool-proof plan.
ISBN 9781741664508
Series Brotherband series (2 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Flanagan, John
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Brotherband: The outcasts
Hal finds himself the leader of a team of outcasts called a brotherband, enduring months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics to become a Skandian warrior.
ISBN 9781741664492
Series Brotherband series (1 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Flanagan, John
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Brothers' war, The
Melody and Marshall are cousins whose family is torn apart when war is declared between the North and South factions of the Union. Melody's father and uncle both go to war but they enlist on opposing sides. Marshall assists his father by acting as a spy while Melody helps her father. Both sides are presented.
ISBN 9780753409725
Series My side of the story series (4 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Hermes, Patricia
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Bruno Trask and the dark lady's jewels
In a world where humans live alongside elves, dwarves, werewolves and ogres, Bruno Trask accidentally gets hold of one of the Dark Lady's jewels. He finds himself on the run from the world's most famous, rich and influential Elf. Fast and satirical.
ISBN 9780733614415
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Pryor, Michael
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Josh appears a typical teenager, resentful of his parents' divorce and dad's new girlfriend. Despite a crippling fear of the water, he learns to swim so that he can take part in the Iron Kid Triathlon, Sensitive treatment of mental retardation. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781869504311
Publisher HarperCollins NZ, 2002
Jones, V M
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Buffalope's tale, A
Max, the talking buffalope, has an enquiring mind, a keen sense of humour, and a grumpy disposition. Orphaned by the villainous Neruvians, sold off as a slave to the callous Berundians, he escapes into the wilderness, is attacked by vicious lupers, and rescued in the nick of time by the jester, Alexander Darke. Alexander is young and fairly unsuccessful. Done out in a costume of many colours, he totes his caravan around, entertaining people with (mostly bad) jokes. Max settles in with Alexander and his elvish wife, Sarah. He makes himself indispensable and the partnership prospers. Word gets around, and a Royal Command Performance is arranged. They are top of the bill. But everything that can go wrong goes wrong.... hilarously. The hitherto lugubrious King Cletus is enchanted. Stars overnight, they see off their arch-rival, the bad comic Jonathan Jolly.
ISBN 9781846245633
Series Sebastian Darke series (4 of 3)
Publisher Book Guild, 2011
Caveney, Philip
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While his irresponsible, actress mother lives a jolly life, Angus is literally left holding the babies, his younger siblings. It's a bit much for an eleven year old. Humour masks the adult themes in this story that is suitable for mature readers.
ISBN 9780140387971
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
Gleitzman, Morris
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Buried ark, The
Callie risked everything to try to save her sister Gracie from the Change, but she failed. Now she has to risk everything simply to stay alive in the Zone where the Change is everywhere and nothing is what it seems. Until she stumbles across a secret from her past that might hold the key to defeating the Change. Hunted and alone, she finds refuge in the most unexpected of places, only to find that she is in more danger than ever. This book is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781743549902
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Bradley, James
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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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Buried secrets
Fourteen very different stories in this collection cover topics such as x-ray vision, senility and coping with braces.
ISBN 9780091827489
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Harris, Christine
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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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This book includes three stories, The shortest horror story every written, The monkey's ear and Burnt.
ISBN 9781841213682
Series Horowitz horror series (7 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Business for beginners
Dive into the world of business with this lively introduction, whether you want to be an entrepreneur or a smarter consumer. With bright, infographic pictures, it describes how to start your own business, manage your money and beat the competition and explains global supply chains and interest rates. Includes links to websites to find out more.
ISBN 9781474940139
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018
Bryan, Lara & Hall, Rose & Stover, Kellin (ill)
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Marisa catches her best friend's boyfriend cheating and, before she knows it, she's got another friend setting up a website for her to catch out love rats for a living. But life starts getting complicated when the boy she is spying on for one friend turns out to be everything she has ever looked for in a guy. To make matters even worse, she is then asked to spy on her ex by his new love interest! How could Marisa ever come out of this unscathed? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781492654292
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2017
Ciocca, Gina
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Butter is overweight and he knows it. He is unpopular at school and sits alone at lunch. Then he decides to eat himself to death live over the net. Suddenly he is the centre of attention with the coolest group at school - he knows it is only because of his site but he is no longer alone. Will he go through with his dare and will his new found 'friends' let him or make him. Contains mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780571294404
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2013
Lange, Erin
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Butterfly heart, The
In Zambia, time is running out as Bul-Boo and Madillo try to work out a way to save their friend, Winifred, from a terrifying fate. In desperation, they ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Some adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406327922
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Topics / Aboriginal content /
Leyden, Paula
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Button war, The
The boys of a small Polish village are used to the occupying Russian soldiers, but this fragile peace is shattered when a German plane drops a bomb on the school house and signals the coming invasion. The discovery of a soldier's discarded button begins a contest between the friends to get the best button and become king. This contest gets more and more daring as the intensity of battle for the village increases.
ISBN 9781406380835
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
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By heart, 101 poems and how to remember them
An anthology for reciters of poetry.
ISBN 9780140867497
Publisher Faber & Faber, 1997
Hughes, Ted
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By royal command
Lucy works as a serving maid for Dr Dee, court magician and consultant to Queen Elizabeth 1. In return for saving the Queen's life, Lucy is told that she is to work as a spy for Her Grace. When Lucy hears unexplained cries in the house, she suspects Dr Dee of foul deeds to make money and curry favour with the Queen.
ISBN 9780747588856
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Hooper, Mary
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