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Warm, humorous story of an experimental robot with unique programming.
ISBN 9780340875834
Series Eager series (1 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2004
Fox, Helen
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Eager and the mermaid
The ban against building self-aware robots has been lifted and Eager can finally come out of hiding. But his freedom is short-lived and humans need the robots' help. They lack the expertise to solve a growing technological crisis on earth.
ISBN 9780340902561
Series Eager series (3 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2007
Fox, Helen
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Eager series
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Series Eager series (3 books)
Fox, Helen
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Eager's nephew
Scientists are banned from building robots that can think for themselves and feel emotion, like Eager. He and other robots have spent years in hiding. But, Eager secretly visits the Bell family and mysterious things begin to happen.
ISBN 9780340875858
Series Eager series (2 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Fox, Helen
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For years Ying has been using his dragon style kung fu to gain vengeance over those who he feels have wronged him. The problem is that his whole life has been shrouded in mystery, even he does not know the truth behind his heritage.
ISBN 9780340902349
Series Five ancestors series (7 books)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2008
Stone, Jeff
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Eagle of the east
Ardavan is a young Parthian soldier whose mother was a Roman. After the disastrous Battle of Carrhae, many Roman soldiers lie dead on the battlefield and the survivors must serve Parthia as mercenaries. Able to communicate with both sides, Ardavan is raised to a special position where he and the beautiful Shara must survive in a world of intrigue and plots. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862917071
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Lawrence, L S
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Eagle of the Ninth, The
A young officer in Roman Britain sets off to discover what happened to the Ninth Legion, a legion that disappeared in the mists.
ISBN 9780192750457
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2000
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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Eagle strike
Alex Rider survives a bullfight, a high-speed bicycle chase through Amsterdam and even being the target in a human video-game, only to face his most disturbing challenge yet. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780744590579
Series Alex Rider series (4 of 12)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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Eagle strike: The graphic novel
Relaxing in France, reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider is finally able to feel like any ordinary fourteen year old. But, a sudden, ruthless attack on his hosts plunges him back into violence and mystery. Alex is determined to track down his friends' attackers, even if he must do it alone. But, it leads to a long-buried secret and a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined. Alex has ninety minutes to save the world.
ISBN 9781406318777
Series Alex Rider graphic novels series (4 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Johnston, Antony & Kanako (ill) & Yuzuro (ill)
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Earthsea series, The
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Series Earthsea series, The (5 books)
Le Guin, Ursula
No book cover.
The earth appears safe again and must be recolonised but strange relationships have evolved and our futuristic Adam and Eve face many new dangers. Their computerised companions are wonderful. inspiring, resourceful and very funny.
ISBN 9780140380026
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Kelleher, Victor
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Eat the sky, drink the ocean
A collection of science fiction and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty exciting writers and artists from India and Australia. Dive into these stories and see how girls cope with the dangers of worlds gone mad. Every story is a journey and each story has its own magic. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743319789
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Murray, Kirsty (ed) & Dhar, Payal (ed) & Anita Roy (ed)
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Echo after echo
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it's easy to say yes. But it's hard not to be distracted when there's a death at the theater, and then another, especially when Zara doesn't know if they're accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It's hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It's hard not to fall in love. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780763691646
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2017
Capetta, Amy Rose
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Newborn vampires are terrorising the residents of Seattle and Bella again finds herself in grave danger. To help control the mounting chaos, Bella must try to bring the feuding vampires and werewolves together, and decide between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781905654369
Series Twilight saga series (3 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephenie
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Eddie Dickens series
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Series Eddie Dickens series (3 books)
Ardagh, Philip
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Edge of extinction
The age of man is over, reintroducing dinosaurs to Earth was an unsurprisingly bad idea. while the Survivors rebuild a society in underground bunkers, some wonder if there is more to what's left than this? Sky Munday breaks free from her compound to face the surface, the dinosaurs and maybe even to find her missing father. Who will kill her first, her former compound community, or the reptilian predators above?
ISBN 9780008152895
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2016
Martin, Laura
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Education of Little Tree, The
A classic story set in the 1930s about an orphaned boy who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents in the mountains of Tennessee. His education is not formal but an ancient native wisdom and way of life.
ISBN 9780712672696
Publisher Vintage/Ebury (Random House), 2000
Carter, Forrest
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Egg and spoon
Elena Rudina lives with her dying mother in the impoverished Russian countryside. One day, a train arrives carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an adventure begins that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince travelling incognito and a wise-cracking Baba Yaga, a witch who lives in a house perched on chicken legs.
ISBN 9780763672201
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Maguire, Gregory
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Eglantine: a ghost story
Allie and her family move into a new home. The last thing they expect is an unwanted guest. But Bethan's room seems to be inhabited by a ghost who writes on the walls. Layers of paint, experts on psychic phenomena and Feng Shui don't help.
ISBN 9781741146585
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Jinks, Catherine
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Eight cousins
Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec, makes her eat healthy things like oatmeal, and even tries to get her to give up her pretty dresses for drab, sensible clothes. Rose doesn't think she will ever get used to her uncle's crazy notions and all her noisy relatives.
ISBN 9780140374568
Series Little women series (5 of 6)
Publisher Penguin, 1996
Alcott, Louisa May
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Eight keys
Elise's life takes a turn for the worse. She's bullied at school and now feels embarrassed by her best friend, Franklin, who's decidedly uncool, and she's struggling to cope with new arrivals in her home. Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn. As Elise begins to unlock her past, she starts to realise that she can take control of her future.
ISBN 9780141342030
Publisher Penguin, 2011
LaFleur, Suzanne
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As Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, travel to the land of the elves to further their training in the skills of the Dragon Rider, they experience new adventures. Meanwhile, Eragon's cousin, Roran, fights a new battle back home and the outcome may put Eragon in grave danger.
ISBN 9780385608695
Series Inheritance Cycle series (2 of 4)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Paolini, Christopher
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Eleanor and Park
Eleanor is new in town. And she stands out instead of fitting in, with her mismatched clothes, her wild red hair and her chaotic home life. The day she sits in the seat next to Park on the bus, impossibly cool Park, she starts to learn what it means to fall in love. Set over the course of one school year, Eleanor and Park fall in love thanks to late-night conversations and a stack of mix tapes. They have nothing and everything to lose. They are more real than any other character you will ever meet. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781409157250
Publisher Orion, 2014
Topics / Displacement /
Rowell, Rainbow
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Eleanor Roosevelt: a courageous spirit
A tireless worker, skilful negotiator, bold spokesperson for the rights of all mankind, Eleanor Roosevelt remains one of the world's most admired women. Stepping in to keep her husband's political career alive while he battled the effects of polio, Eleanor transformed the role of First Lady from figurehead to activist.
ISBN 9781402733710
Series Sterling biographies series (19 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Jones, Victoria Garrett
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Eleanor, crown jewel of Aquitane, France 1136
Eleanor, fourteen, oldest daughter of the Duke of Aquitaine in France, is next in line when her father's only legitimate son dies in 1136. She knows she will be married off. Eleanor wants to marry for love but that appears impossible.
ISBN 9780439164849
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Gregory, Kristiana
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Eli the good
For ten year old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 threatens to tear his family apart. There's his distant mother, his traumatised Vietnam vet dad, his rebellious sister, his anti-war protesting aunt, and his tough, yet troubled, best friend, Edie. As tempers flare and his father's nightmares rage, Eli watches from the sidelines. But, soon, even he cannot escape the current of conflict.
ISBN 9780763652883
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2011
House, Silas
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Elisabeth, the princess bride, Austria-Hungary 1853
Although not the most influential European royals, Elisabeth is still fascinating. As she begins her diary, the fifteen year old reveals her true passions, the outdoors, her family's home called Possenhofen, poetry, her pets, her father and horseback riding.
ISBN 9780439266444
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Denenberg, Barry
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Elite, The
America is the strong competition for Maxon's heart, to leave her life and live the world of luxury as a One. But the violence of the rebels and her feelings for an ex-boyfriend means nothing is a certainty. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780007466702
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2013
Cass, Kiera
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Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544
Daughter of a fallen queen, young Princess Elizabeth lives a complicated and dangerous life. She fears her father's famous temper but loves him dearly, she loves her brother Edward, heir to the throne, but doesn't like her older sister Mary, who torments and conspires against her.
ISBN 9780590684842
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1999
Lasky, Kathryn
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Ella mental and the good sense guide
Ella is very good at providing advice to her friends. But, when her group begins to fall apart, Ella discovers that perhaps she is not as 'together' as she thought. Contains minor references to smoking and alcohol. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781843627272
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Deckers, Amber
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Elli: coming of age in the Holocaust
Ellie's recount of harrowing experiences in a concentration camp. Taken at thirteen years of age, from her beautiful home and imprisoned in Auschwitz and Dachau as part of Hitler's final solution, she emerges a year later, looking like a sixty year old. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780812963274
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1983
Jackson, Livia Bitton
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Killed in an accident, 15 year old Liz is sent to Elsewhere. She struggles to understand what has happened and how family and friends continue without her. But, in Elsewhere, Liz meets the grandmother she never knew, makes friends and falls in love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780374320911
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Zevin, Gabrielle
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Elvis and his pelvis
Not quite the full life story of Elvis Presley, told in chronological order and with humour, including some of his 'lost diary'.
ISBN 9780439997560
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2001
Cox, Michael & Reeve, Philip (ill)
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Elvis Presley: the king of rock 'n' roll
With great photos and information, this book tells of the journey of a shy country boy who became the undisputed king of rock 'n' roll.
ISBN 9780750244947
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Gogerly, Liz
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Embassy Row series
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Series Embassy Row series (3 books)
Carter, Ally
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Ember queen
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo's blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers. Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way. With more at stake than ever, Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart's sister. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 & above
ISBN 9781760559113
Series Ash princess series NEW 2020 (3 of 99)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2020
Sebastian, Laura
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Emergency rescue angel
Life has returned to routine for Mitch. Mostly. He's had to find a new kind of normal after his dad drowned saving a local kid. But now there's a new girl in Mitch's class and she's stirring things up. Her name is Max and she dresses a bit like a goth, and suddenly seems to be everywhere. One night Mitch sees Max and she looks different. She has ... big feathery wings. It turns out Max is an angel, but not quite how you'd imagine one. She is Mitch's emergency rescue angel, and just the kind of friend you want on your side when life gets tricky.
ISBN 9781760669263
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2020
Whittle, Cate
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Beautiful, clever, rich and single, Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But, when she attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protege, Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and they have consequences that she never expected. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141192475
Publisher Penguin, 2009
Austen, Jane
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Emperor mage
Because of her wild magic, which gives her a strong affinity with animals and the ability to heal them, Daine is part of a delegation sent to work out a peace treaty with a barbarous emperor whose beloved captive birds are deathly ill. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781416903376
Series The Immortals quartet series (3 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2005
Pierce, Tamora
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Empire of the waves: Voyage of the Moon Child
Pel Narine is on the edge of war and Anni Tidechild's world is on the brink of change. Uncertain about her past and fearful of the future, Anni lives a life of evasion, avoiding both her guardian, Wavelord Filip Able, and the voice that calls to her from the sea. When she meets Duck Knifetooth, the new friends are catapulted into unforeseen dangers -pirates, a giant, a mysterious ship and ancient creatures of the deep.
ISBN 9780143307549
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Richardson, Christopher
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En pointe
En Pointe is the real-life story of how an aspiring ballerina became an inspiring young actor after overcoming a life-threatening illness. Miracles really can happen, even if they're not the ones you asked for. This book contains references to medical procedures and mental health themes, and is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925700756
Publisher Pantera Press, 2019
Bayliss, Chloe
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Enchanted island: stories from Shakespeare, The
Excerpts from some of the most well-known Shakespearean plays are compiled in this book.
ISBN 9780435121006
Publisher Heinemann, 1981
Serraillier, Ian
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Enchantress, The
Nicholas Flamel is near death, John Dee has the swords of power and the twins of prophecy are at the point of fulfilling the legend 'One to save the world, one to destroy it'.
ISBN 9780385619004
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (6 of 6)
Publisher Doubleday, 2012
Scott, Michael
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Endgame: The complete training diaries
Before they were Players. Before the Calling. They trained to be selected as the one to save their ancient bloodline and win Endgame. In this collection of Training Diaries novellas, follow the Twelve (Marcus, Chiyoko, Sarah, Alice, Aisling, Baitsakhan, Jago, An, Shari, Kala, Maccabee and Hilal) through sacrifices and betrayals, broken hearts and broken bones, as they shed their normal lives and transform into the Players they were meant to be.
ISBN 9780007585342
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2015
Frey, James
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Endless night
The gothic tale of Michael Rogers, likeable, charming and unable to settle, who secretly marries a young, American heiress, Ellie. Together, they build Michael's modern and exotic dream house but evil encroaches on their isolated paradise. There may be supernatural forces at work or it may be Michael's paranoia, but it is a dark and scary tale. Beautifully Illustrated by Frank Leclercq.
ISBN 9780007275335
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2008
Christie, Agatha & Riviera, Francois (adapt)
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Endless steppe: growing up in Siberia, The
It is 1942 and Ester and her family are arrested as capitalists by Stalin. For the next five years, they live in exile in the endless wasteland of Siberia.
ISBN 9780064405775
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1995
Hautzig, Esther
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Endsister, The
Meet the Outhwaite children. There's teenage Else, the violinist who abandons her violin. There's nature-loving Clancy. There's the inseparable twins, Oscar-and-Finn, Finn-and-Oscar. And then there is Sibbi, the baby of the family. They all live contentedly squabbling in a cottage surrounded by trees and possums...until a letter arrives to say they have inherited the old family home in London. Outhwaite House is full of old shadows and new possibilities. The boys quickly find their feet in London, and Else is hoping to reinvent herself. But Sibbi is misbehaving, growing thinner and paler by the day, and she won't stop talking about the mysterious endsister. Meanwhile Almost Annie and Hardly Alice, the resident ghosts, are tied to the house for reasons they have long forgotten, watching the world around them change, but never leaving. The one thing they all agree on - the living and the dead - is never, ever to open the attic door...Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741750652
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
Russon, Penni
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Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But, he has a dark secret, living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye. When Eon is catapulted into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. Some violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670062270
Publisher Viking Children's, 2008
Goodman, Alison
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Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, thrust into the role of her country's saviour. Eona must find the strength to walk a deadly line between truth and justice, friendship and duty, and, most of all, her feelings for the king and Rat Dragoneye. Some violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732284947
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
Goodman, Alison
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Equen Queen, The
A seemingly friendly sky-city appears to trade with Quentaris but all is not what it seems, and a dragon, its hatching egg and an equen all play their part in trying to save Quentaris.
ISBN 9781876462598
Series Quentaris chronicles series (28 books)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2008
Brugman, Alyssa
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When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. Perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But, when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realises he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. He sets off on a journey of magic, power, duty and destiny.
ISBN 9780552552097
Series Inheritance Cycle series (1 of 4)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2007
Paolini, Christopher
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Nick finds himself caught between two worlds, playing a game on the computer that depends on his actions in real life.
ISBN 9781742379531
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Poznanski, Ursula & Pattinson, Judith (trans)
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Erika's story
A beautiful, haunting picture book portraying the true story of a survivor of the holocaust. In 1944, Erika is thrown by her mother from a cattle train on the way to a concentration camp. She is found by a German woman who risks her life to raise Erika.
ISBN 9781568461762
Publisher Creative Editions, 2003
Vander Zee, Ruth & Innocenti, Roberto (ill)
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Ernie Dingo: King of the kids, an Australian story
The story of Sally Dingo's husband, Ernie, and his mob written for children.
ISBN 9781740517102
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Dingo, Sally
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Locked doors, high prison walls and barbed wire are formidable enough obstacles but many escaping prisoners also face savage dogs and armed guards who shoot to kill. From Alcatraz to Devil's Island, this book tells the extraordinary tales of men who risked their lives for their freedom.
ISBN 9780794519827
Series Usborne true stories series (10 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Dowswell, Paul
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Escape by sea
Sara, a strong and resourceful young woman, escapes with her father from Carthage by sea to face the hostile Roman navy and pirates. The naval tactics, medicine and international relations of the third century, and the insights into trades such as jewellery and sword-making, are an exciting backdrop to their perilous voyage and the political intrigue they encounter. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781862917699
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Lawrence, L S
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Escape from war
Frank lives in London and when his father is drafted and his neighbourhood is bombed, Frank is evacuated to the countryside. There, he meets a German Jewish girl named Hannah and learns how much is at stake in the war with Nazi Germany.
ISBN 9780753457948
Series My side of the story series (1 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Riordan, James
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Escape to Eaglehawk
Overseers, superintendents and gaol bullies make the lives of boys transported to Van Diemen's Land in the 1830s miserable, even dangerous. Determined not to be stuck at Point Puer, Sam and Jemmy find plans can so easily go wrong.
ISBN 9780958016407
Publisher Otto Books,, 2002
Farrer, Vashti
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Lord Asheye, the Badger Lord of Salamandastron, sees his own demise, prompting him to send a clever haremaid from the Long Patrol on a quest to find his successor. Meanwhile, Gorath, an orphaned warrior badger, has a vision of his own. A sword-wielding mouse tells him to follow a thief to Redwall. Complicating matters are Vizka Longtooth and his scurrilous Sea Raiders.
ISBN 9780141381619
Series Redwall series (19 of 22)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2007
Jacques, Brian
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Euphoria kids
Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire. Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they're connected to the magic that's all around them. There's a new boy at school, a boy who's like them and who hasn't yet found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760685850
Publisher Echo Publishing, 2019
Evans, Alison
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Eventual poppy day
Living one hundred years apart, two seventeen year old men are artists and share a love of painting. In 1915, Maurice enlists to fight in World War l and his story allows us to see the brutality and futility of war, as well as the friendship and loyalty that develops. A century later, it is Maurice's diary, preserved in a tin box, that saves his deeply-troubled nephew, Oliver, from entering a downward spiral. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732299514
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Hathorn, Libby
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When Kezi's mother's life is threatened, her father bargains with Admat, god of oaths, to spare her. He is unprepared for the consequences, that he must sacrifice Kezi, instead. Kezi finds hope in Olus, the Akkan god of the wind, who loves her and determines to save her. Together, they face seemingly insurmountable trials but, if both succeed, they will become immortal. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780061229626
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2009
Levine, Gail Carson
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Every picture tells a story
Artworks from the National Gallery of Australia convey the history and development of Australian culture. Each double page spread features an aspect of our heritage, including the first Australians, convicts, the gold rush, explorers, a love of the beach and the diversity of the land.
ISBN 9780980354034
Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2008
Ross, John & Booth, Anne
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Everything all at once: School, heaven, hell, waiting for the bell
A week of high school gossip, dread, embarrassment, loneliness, connections and even love are all collected in this book of short narrative poems. Confessions and conversations cover a large range of events and feelings found in any high school, but the common ground is that everyone is feeling the same things all at once. Unfortunately, no one seems to know it.
ISBN 9781509880034
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Camden, Steven
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Everything is changed
Jake and Alex. Best mates. One terrible mistake. Two lives that will never be the same. Told in reverse, this powerful and gritty novel moves through the wreckage of a broken friendship, back to the moment when everything changed.
ISBN 9780702254161
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Weetman, Nova
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Everything, everything
Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn't left her house in seventeen years. Olly is the boy next door. He's determined to reach her. A story about the crazy risks we take for love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552574235
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Yoon, Nicola & Yoon, David (ill)
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Evil star
Five gatekeepers stand between humanity and supernatural chaos. Fourteen year old Matt has inner powers that are still beyond his control when he discovers another gatekeeper, Pedro. They face gun battles and kidnapping while experiencing the uglier side of Peru. Only when all the gatekeepers have found each other will they stop the black magic and unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781844286201
Series Power of Five series (2 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Horowitz, Anthony
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Evil star: the graphic novel
It began with Raven's Gate. But, it's not over, the enemy is stirring again. After defeating the Old Ones at Raven's Gate, Matt Freeman thought he could get on with his life. But, far away in Peru, a second gate is about to open. Only Matt has the power to stop the forces of darkness breaking through but, now, they know all about him. This time, they're going to destroy him first. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406311303
Series Power of Five series (8 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Topics / Graphic novels /
Horowitz, Anthony & Lee, Tony & O'Connor, Lee (ill)
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Excalibur, the legend of King Arthur (graphic novel)
Arthur Pendragon frees the enchanted sword, Cliburn, from its rocky sheath and fights to save his kingdom from King Ulric. When Arthur marries Guinevere, Merlin the magician, agrees to help Arthur forget his true love, Vivianne, the Lady of the Lake. The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table unfolds dramatically in this action-packed, graphic novel. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406321593
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Topics / Graphic novels /
Lee, Tony & Hart, Sam (ill)
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Exchange of heart
Since the death of his sister, Evie, Munro Maddux has been stuck. Flashbacks. Anger. Chest pains. A constant ache in his right hand. And a taunting voice he calls the Coyote. In an act of desperation, Munro heads off on a student exchange to Australia - the country of Evie's dreams. Forced by his new school to join a volunteer program, Munro discovers the Coyote is silenced in one place: Fair Go, an assisted-living residence in Brisbane's west. Munro gets to know his team of residents: designer Bernie; sleeping refugee Shah; would-be wedded couple Blake and Dale; comic creator Iggy; and self-defence tutor Florence. As this unlikely group shows Munro the sights, Munro's notion of what it means to be a big brother begins to change. But the burden Munro carries is not so easily cast aside. Will the Coyote triumph? Or can Munro find the fortitude necessary to mend his heart? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143781578
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Topics / Displacement /
Groth, Darren
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There's something very wrong with me. When I wake up, I could be anyone! An angel in exile, Mercy is doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new human form each time she does. Now she "wakes" as unhappy teen Lela, a girl caring for a dying mother but never herself. As her shattered memory begins to return, Mercy remembers Ryan, the boy she fell in love with in another life, and Luc, the angel haunting her dreams. Will Mercy risk Lela's life to be reunited with her heart's true desire? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292003
Series Mercy series NEW SERIES 2020 (2 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2011
Lim, Rebecca
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The controversial marriage of Otello, black football star, and Desmerelda, socialite and white pop icon, attracts jealousy and betrayal. The poor, street kids like Bush fight just as desperately for their family to survive. Realistic street language and drug references. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406306491
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Peet, Mal
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Extraordinary and unusual adventures of Horatio Lyle, The
Set in Victorian London, a former Special Constable who loves science and inventions must solve a case for her Majesty's government. Mystery, conspiracy and even a touch of the supernatural. Blasphemous language may offend some readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781904233787
Publisher Time Warner, 2006
Webb, Catherine
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A few years after rebel Tally Youngblood takes down the Specials regime, a cultural renaissance sweeps the world. Tech-heads flaunt their latest gadgets, kickers spread gossip and trends, and surge monkeys are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. Popularity rules, and everyone craves fame. Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse is no exception. But Aya's face rank is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. Her only chance at stardom is to kick a wild and unexpected story. Then she stumbles upon a big secret. Aya knows she is on the cusp of celebrity. But the information she is about to disclose will change both her fate - and that of the brave new world. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781416951179
Series Uglies series (4 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2010
Westerfeld, Scott
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Extreme pets
Fascinating facts about some very unusual animals and insects in a magazine style book. Each animal has its own report card with a rating out of ten on the animal's coolness, friendliness and ease of care.
ISBN 9780439829489
Publisher Scholastic US, 2006
Harrington, Jane
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Extreme planet: exploring the most extreme stuff on Earth
A whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, widest, thinnest, coolest, scariest, smelliest things on the planet. It's all here!
ISBN 9781743214107
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2012
Dubois, Michael & Hilden, Katri
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Eye of minds, The
The government needs Michael to track down a rogue gamer, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever. Includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780552569736
Publisher Corgi Books, 2014
Dashner, James
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Eye of the forest, The
When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.
ISBN 9780439932172
Series The children of the lamp series (5 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Kerr, P B
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Eye to eye
Jansi, a feral boy, and the computerised intelligence of a crashed spaceship make an unlikely pair in this story, set after the apocalypse. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140384444
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Jinks, Catherine
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Eyre affair, The
There is another 1985, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos can be regenerated and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of Jane Eyre. Thursday Next, a literary detective without equal, fear or botfriend, is on the trail of the villainous Hades who is kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780340820476
Series Thursday Next series (1 of 6)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
Fforde, Jasper
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