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Dance with fate, A
Despite her brother leaving for the Otherworld, Liobhan, a young warrior bard is determined to complete her training as an elite fighter on Swan Island. She is devastated when her comrade Dau is injured and loses his sight in a training bout. Blamed by Dau's family, she agrees to accompany him home to Oakhill as a bondservant for one year. But Oakhill is a place of dark secrets. Dau battles demons of despair whilst the vicious Crow Folk threaten both worlds. It will take a great deal of skill and a touch of the uncanny to give them hope of survival. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760784225
Publisher MacMillan, 2020
Marillier, Juliet
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Dark materials series
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Series Dark materials series (3 books)
Pullman, Philip
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Darkling plain, A
As the fragile truce between the Traction Cities and the Green Storm crumbles, Theo and Wren are reunited in the ruins of London but they cannot tell for how long. Hester is missing, presumed dead. In a violent and complex world, power, corruption and betrayal are a way of life. The abandoned and far-flung are making strange alliances but there is no guarantee that anyone will survive. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780439943468
Series Mortal engines series (4 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Reeve, Philip
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Daughter of the burning city
Sorina is 16 and lives in the travelling city of Gomorrah - famous for it's talent shows, jynx-workers and criminality. She's the daughter of the 'Proprietor' and therefore due to inherit control over the city. This inheritance takes a deadly turn when members of her 'illusion' family start dying. Will Sorina find the killer before more of her illusions are taken from her and what will she do when she discovers the truth of how close to her the killer is? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781489242068
Publisher Harlequin, 2017
Foody, Amanda
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Daughter of the flames
A sweeping fantasy chronicling a courageous girl's sometimes violent fight for freedom in a world ravaged by war and religious fanaticism. Tackles themes such as religion and terrorism as well as unconventional love. Usually read by students in Year 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406308617
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Marriott, Zoe
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Dead I know, The
Aaron has left school and is starting a job as assistant to a funeral director. Although uncommunicative, Aaron is a willing and capable worker. But, his home life is fraught. Aaron lives at a caravan park and is the sole carer of his guardian, who's on the verge of dementia. And, Aaron is frightened. He walks in his sleep and has nightmares he can't explain and memories he can't recover. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742373843
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Gardner, Scot
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Dear Jack
Laney Curtis is in Year 8 when her mother develops breast cancer rejecting chemotherapy because she is pregnant. This touching story describes Laney's struggle with the possibility that her mother may die. Also, Laney develops a plan to snare Andy Carter, a student at her school. Best suited to mature readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781876603144
Publisher Futuretrack Australia, 2007
Sauer, Tammi
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Death cure, The
The time for Wocked's lies is over, but the truth could be more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781908435200
Series Maze Runner series (3 of 4)
Publisher Chicken House, 2012
Dashner, James
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Death: the horror of the plague, The
Thomas Timewell is sixteen, living in England in 1828, where body-snatching is rife, cut-throats are about and terrible novelists are absorbing the lives of wealthy women with nothing better to do. Contains some horror and mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742030739
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2009
Braxton-Smith, Ananda
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Deathless girls, The
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin. On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts. They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate... Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781510106918
Publisher Orion, 2019
Millwood Hargrave, Kim
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Define normal
Two very different girls, the punk and the goody-goody, are forced together in a peer-counselling situation at their school. Surprisingly, they find they have some things in common. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780316734899
Publisher Little, Brown & Co,
Peters, Julie Anne
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Defy the sun
Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda has joined the underground revolutionaries and they are determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for their people. Nico is one of those ruling Imperi and has just been named heir to the most powerful man aboveground. Nico and Veda are childhood friends and possibly more but their people are at war with eachother. Veda becomes a hostage. The whole island will burn unless Nico and Veda can come together and rip everything apart. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781250154774
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2020
Fleck, Jessika
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Deucalion
Millions of settlers come to the planet, Deucalion, to take advantage of the chance it offers for a new beginning. This will mean changes for the Elokoi, who lived there first. But worse than that, the Elokoi people are dying mysteriously. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702228650
Series Deucalion trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1995
Caswell, Brian
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Deucalion trilogy series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Deucalion trilogy series (3 books)
Caswell, Brian
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Dev1at3
Lemon Fresh has seen better days. After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon's abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates-a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon's past. Meanwhile, Cricket find himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana. And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760295714
Series Lifel1k3 series NEW 2021 (2 of 99)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Kristoff, Jay
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Diary of William Shakespeare gentleman
The world knows the name William Shakespeare, but what of the man behind the name- the husband, lover, son and poet? Was he happy with his riches? Who was the woman he truly loved? And could the acclaimed playwright put down his pen forever to become a gentleman? Written by Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French and based on new documentary evidence, this story is a fascinating glimpse into a life that might have been and a story that has never been told. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781460750575
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2016
French, Jackie
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Different life, A
A swim in the sea results in Libby catching an infection which paralyses her legs and leads to a different life. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780704349469
Publisher The Women's Press, 1999
Keith, Lois
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Disappearance of Ember Crow, The
Ember Crow is missing. To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But, Ashala doesn't realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat, her own past. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921720093
Series The Tribe series (2 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Disasters, The
Just when Nax - a hotshot pilot with dreams of becoming a member of the Ellis Station Academy - thought things couldn't get any worse, the entire galaxy turns against him. After being kicked out of Ellis Academy's training program in under 24hrs, he and three other washouts are framed for a deadly terrorist attack. After escaping (barely) with their lives, Nax and his fellow failures are living life on the run when they uncover a terrible plot with galaxy-wide implications. They may not always get along, but they're the only ones left to step up and fight. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780062909817
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2019
England, MK
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Displaced person
Graeme starts to feel as if he is alienated from the rest of the human race. A psychological thriller that deals with schizophrenia. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140327960
Publisher Puffin USA, 1990
Harding, Lee
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Disturbed girl's dictionary, The
Macy Cashmere lives with her mother, but her mother doesn't really know how to be a proper, caring parent. Her school has classified her as "disturbed" and she is in a special class due to her behaviours and her learning difficulties. Macy has only one good friend, Alma, but she has offended her. Macy will do anything to win Alma's affection again. Macy's brother has been taken by Child Protection Services and if Macy is to avoid the same fate, her mother needs to shape up and get a real job. Macy's world is fraught with danger and all she wants is to belong. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781512439762
Publisher Carolrhoda Books, 2018
Ramos, Nonieqa
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Doctor Who: Time Lord fairy tales
WE ARE ALL STORIES, IN THE END... Fifteen tales of ancient wonder and mystery, passed down through generations of Time Lords. Dark, beautiful and twisted, these stories are filled with nightmarish terrors and heroic triumphs, from across all of time and space. Usually read by students in year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781405920025
Publisher Puffin UK, 2015
Richards, Justin & Wardle, David (ill)
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Does my head look big in this?
Amal is a typical sixteen year old. When she decides to wear a head scarf to school, her Islamic faith, personal strength and friendships are tested. An insight into contemporary Australian ethnic and religious issues. Strong language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780330421850
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2005
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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Don't call me Ishmael
In his first year at high school, Ishmael was the focus of the school bully's tactics. Then Ishmael is assigned as buddy to the new boy and finds an unlikely ally who is not the slightest bit afraid of the bully. Some strong language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862916661
Series Ishmael series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Bauer, Michael Gerard
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Door that led to where, The
AJ Flynn is seen as a lost cause but he still manages to get a job in a lawyer's office. In the office records, he finds a key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth. He is determined to find the door that fits the key. An amazing journey back in time not only helps solve the mystery of the key but helps solve a series of crimes, including murder, in Victorian London. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781471401114
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2015
Gardner, Sally
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Dorothy must die
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062280671
Series Dorothy must die series (1 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2014
Paige, Danielle
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Dorothy must die 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 Dorothy must die series (5 books)
Paige, Danielle
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Dr Karl's random road trip through science
Dr Karl is on a mission to track down Awe and Wonder in the Universe. Why do wombats poo cubes? Do fish drink water? What nearly destroyed humanity on Halloween 2015? How do you use an incinerating toilet? Find out why we've sent a spacecraft with Dr Karl's name on it to kiss the Sun, whether cannibalism is nutritious, how birds fly when they're asleep and much more. So strap in and get ready for a random ride through everything, from atoms to rogue planets and everything in between, including the Big Question - why does spaghetti always break into three parts? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733340321
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2019
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Dr Karl's surfing safari through science
Dr Karl is surfing the Universe for all that's gnarly, awesome, weird and wonderful. Why is sharpening a pencil in space a risky business? What makes a sunset red and not blue? How far would the Earth's viruses reach if you laid them end to end? Which animal grows an anus every time it needs to poo? Find out how spiders can fly and count, whether 5G networks are safe, why we're running out of sand, and the answer to the Question on Everyone's Lips - how to make the best coffee. Plus loads more, including pop-up Karl holograms! So take a surfing safari with Dr Karl and get ready to Hang Ten - or wipe out. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780733340338
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
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Dragon hoops
From small steps to great leaps ... Gene understands stories - comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him "Stick" and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realises that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781626720794
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2020
Luen Yang, Gene
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Dream walker, The
A wonderful work of magical realism from a debut Australian Author. The Dream Walker is the story of Lucy, 16 years old and desperate to escape her life in her small impoverished fishing village. But the year ahead will change not only Lucy but reshape her entire world. Framed by the stunning Northern Queensland setting this magical tale, equally sad and optimistic, with remarkably believable characters is a joy to read and a book that is difficult to forget. Contains mature themes, usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780734417473
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Carless, Victoria
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Dreams of the chosen, The
On an expedition to discover what happened on Earth a thousand years ago, what the new generation will find will threaten their survival and raise questions about what it means to be human and civilised. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702236051
Series Deucalion trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Caswell, Brian
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Dreamwalker
Ken's ambition was to be a comic-book artist using lifelike drawings and real stories. When he wakes from a dream, one of his characters claims to have imagined him. Ken must find who is the dreamer and who was the dream. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734403902
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Carmody, Isobelle & Woolman, Steven (ill)
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Dumplin'
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. When until Will takes a job at the local fast food joint, she meets Private School Bo -- a hot former jock. Will is unsurprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant -- along with several other unlikely candidates -- to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City -- and maybe herself most of all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062327192
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017
Murphy, Julie
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Dust
Cecilia grew up on a farm, with her six brothers, in rural Queensland. She despised her neighbours, the Kapernicky girls. When Cecilia returns as an adult, secrets which were deeply buried come to the surface. Contains adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741664461
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Bongers, Christine
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