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Facing the flame
There have been fires before, but not like this. In 1978, as the hot wind howls and the grass dries, all who live at Gibber's Creek know their land can burn. But when you love your land, you fight for it. For Jed Kelly, an even more menacing danger looms: a man from her past determined to destroy her. Finding herself alone, trapped and desperate to save her unborn child, Jed's only choice is to flee - into the flames. Heartbreaking and powerful, Facing the Flame celebrates the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it.
ISBN 9781460753200
Series Matilda saga series (7 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2017
French, Jackie
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Rossamund has exchanged the dangerous life of a lamplighter for Brandenbrass and an even more dangerous life as factotum to the aristocratic monsterslayer, Europe. He plunges headlong into the life of political manoeuvring, high society parties and well paid monster hunting. But rumours about her newfactotum place Europe in danger, and Rossamund and the Branden Rose face the ultimate battle against their enemies, the black-hearted schemers who would destroy them both.
ISBN 9781862916920
Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (3 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2010
Cornish, D M
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A finely illustrated presentation of myths and legends of the world of faerie magic.
ISBN 9781862055582
Publisher Chrysalis Books Group, 2000
Froud, Brian & Lee, Alan
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Fail safe, The
Everyone seems to know who Fero is, except Fero. He's either a ruthless boy soldier from Besmar or an innocent teen recruit from Kamau. Whatever, he's running out of time to decide. If he doesn't help a renegade spy steal a politician's briefcase, his two countries could end up in a full blown nuclear war, the kind that no one wins. Sequel to The cut out.
ISBN 9781925266078
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Heath, Jack
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Aza must save the kingdom of Ayortha and hopefully, win the love of the handsome prince. Possessed with a beautiful singing voice and an unusual gift, but bereft of popular beauty, Aza has been hidden in the shadows until she is drawn into palace intrigue by a jealous, insecure queen. An important lesson in true beauty and self-acceptance with all the treachery of Snow White.
ISBN 9780060734107
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2008
Levine, Gail Carson
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In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana's story is finally told. Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told, until now.
ISBN 9781250060556
Series Lunar Chronicles series (4 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2015
Meyer, Marissa
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Fairyland NEW SERIES 2020
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Series Fairyland NEW SERIES 2020 (5 books)
Valente, Catherynne. M. & Juan, Ana (ill)
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Fairytales for Wilde Girls
Isola Wilde sees lots of things others don't. But when a dead girl appears at Isola's window, full of threats, Isola needs help. Can her real-life friends and her brother-princes - magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises - protect her. Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl's demise... before the ghost steals Isola's last breath. Explores concepts for older readers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742758510
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Near, Allyse
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Faking it
Things are looking up for Josie Browning. Her boyfriend, James, is crazy about her, and she's scored a writing job at indi. Now the pressure is on for Josie to prove she's got what it takes to help plan indi's launch. Plus, she's battling with flatmates, frenemies and confusing feelings for travel writer Alex. High on the perks at indi, Josie's doing a pretty good job of faking her way in the industry - even though she still hasn't mastered her hair straightener. But when Josie is invited to a media junket, she accidentally sets off a string of lies that threaten to ruin her reputation, love life and career forever. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732297060
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Tozer, Gabrielle
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Falcon's malteser, The
The world's worst private detective is saved by his little brother.
ISBN 9780142402191
Series Diamond Brothers series (1 of 8)
Publisher Puffin USA, 2004
Horowitz, Anthony
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Falconer's knot, The
Chiara's family can no longer afford to keep her so she is given to the Poor Clare's nunnery. Silvano has been accused of a brutal murder and must take refuge in the nearby friary. When two more murders occur, Chiara and Silvano attempt to solve the crimes.
ISBN 9780747589006
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Hoffman, Mary
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Fall, The (The seventh tower 1)
In a land where sunstones provide the only light, Tal tries to save his family from social oblivion.
ISBN 9780439176828
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Nix, Garth
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Lucas' grandfather has died and his mother decides they should stick with their plan to spend summer in his home, even though he is no longer there to enjoy their visit. A chance encounter with Caitlin from next door, a girl he only vaguely remembers from his childhood summer visits, reveals the stark truth that his grandfather's past is a mystery he may wish he hadn't revealed. And when he and Caitlin are faced with a life or death situation, Lucas finds himself being compared to his grandfather for all the wrong reasons. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760293925
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Provoost, Anne
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Falling from Grace
A fruitless search is mounted for Grace. Kip, the last person to see her on the beach before her disappearance, may have harmed her or a dark and sinister stranger could be involved. Adult themes with strong and coarse language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143302414
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Godwin, Jane
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Family tree, The
The Nest was the best thing my dad ever built, and he built it for me. He built it when we moved into the new house - him, me and Mum. I thought it was wonderful. Outrageous. But then Dad went there to hide from the world, and from Mum, and everything started to go wrong...
ISBN 9781781128053
Publisher Barrington Stoke, 2018
Peet, Mal & Shoard, Emma (ill)
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Family: a collection of short stories
Sixteen stories, which centre round family life, are written by well-known and unknown writers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781863303019
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1994
Nieuwenhuizen, Agnes
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: Illustrated edition
This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon - all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill.
ISBN 9781408885260
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Rowling, J K & Lomenech Gill, Olivia (ill)
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: The original screenplay
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone . . . This is the film script for the 2018 film.
ISBN 9780751574951
Series Harry Potter universe series (8 books)
Rowling, J K
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Far from fair
When Odette starts her list of things that aren't fair, living on the road with her parents and her exasperating younger brother is at the very top. But hundreds of miles later at her grandma's house, Odette discovers just how unfair life can really be. With so much that is out of her control, Odette tries to make things right again.
ISBN 9780544602274
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2016
Arnold, Elana. K.
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Farm kid
An anthology of poems that creates the story of a farm boy and the journey he experiences leading up to the selling of the farm.
ISBN 9780143301301
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Clark, Sherryl
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Farseekers, The
Elspeth must lead the Misfits in this sequel to the popular, Obernewtyn.
ISBN 9780141300986
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (2 of 7)
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Carmody, Isobelle
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Farthest shore, The
Ged, the archmage, now the greatest wizard of all Earthsea, has been warned that the world's magic is disappearing. Ged and his one companion, Arren, set out to close the hole in the world that is leeching out the light. They discover darkness, decay, decline and the loss of knowledge and power. Even the dead are mysteriously crossing over. They must rid the world of this insanity. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780689845345
Series Earthsea series, The (3 of 5)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2001
Le Guin, Ursula
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Fascinating history of your lunch, The
An entertaining book about food origins, which covers the development of sandwiches and other familiar lunchbox items including soft drinks and chocolate.
ISBN 9780207197505
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2001
French, Jackie
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Fat Angie
Angie is broken - by her can't-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn't kept the pain (or the shouts of "crazy mad cow!") away. Having failed to kill herself - in front of a gym full of kids - she's back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn't exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow! A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn't always match what's inside. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780763680190
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2014
Charlton-Trujillo, E. E.
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Fat man, The
Colin is pleased when an old school friend of his father appears in their small New Zealand town, as the man offers his dad a job. It seems, however, that the man has a mysterious hold over Colin's family. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780141310176
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2000
Gee, Maurice
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Bailey Morgan is a high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world but, as plain old Bailey, her life is falling apart. Then, she meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before long, Bailey is being drawn into a complicated, otherworldly web.
ISBN 9781741663044
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn
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Father's day
Sam has been saving his paper-round money for years to buy a boat. When a mysterious person doubles the money in his bank account, Sam could never imagine the trouble it would cause.
ISBN 9780143305682
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Brooksbank, Anne
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Fault in our stars, The
Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But, when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143567592
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2013
Green, John
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Favourite classic writers
Find out what inspired writers such as J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis and Louisa May Alcott to write their classics.
ISBN 9780750242851
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Gamble, Nikki
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The second gothic novel in the Mirrorworld series sees Jacob Reckless facing death from the fairy's curse on the other side of the mirror.
ISBN 9781906427269
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2012
Funke, Cornelia
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Powerful story of innocent, persecuted children, estranged from society. One special messianic child never gives up hope that they will be rescued. When mass conformity and degeneration replace hope and humanity, what would it take to overcome the absolute power of the oppressor? An allegory for the experiences of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Strong language used in context. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781406308624
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Lott, Tim
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Fearless Frederic
When the river rises and the city of Paris begins to disappear under water, Frederic decides to help those who can't help themselves. But as his heroic acts escalate, so does the danger. Frederic will have to battle an escaped zoo animal and fight off pickpockets and looters, but as the waters subside, can he find justice for his father and find out what courage really means?
ISBN 9780143786757
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2018
Arena, Felice
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Felix series
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Series Felix series (5 books)
Gleitzman, Morris
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Fellowship of the ring, The
First book of Tolkien's classic, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which the young hobbit, Frodo, is bequeathed a magical ring from his Uncle Bilbo and learns that he must take it into the land of the Dark Lord and cast it into the Cracks of Doom.
ISBN 9780007149216
Series Lord of the rings series (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
Tolkien, J R R
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Fenn Halflin and the seaborn
Fenn Halflin is on the run. Having survived the explosion of the lock in the earlier book, Fenn Halflin is now on the run from Terra Firma and attempts to find members of the resistance to shelter with. With only his wits and his pet mongoose, Tikki Fenn struggles to travel across the waterlogged lands. To unite all Seaborn people and overthrow Terra Firma is his mission while the water levels rise.
ISBN 9781406366181
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Armour-Chelu, Francesca
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Fetch the treasure hunter
Dom is in Italy, and uses manipulation and deception to search for the world's greatest treasure hunter. While he is there he does some digging of his own, into The Debt, but only gets more questions.
ISBN 9781742378602
Series The debt series (4 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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Fever 1793
In 1793, fourteen year old Mattie hates getting out of bed and being nagged by her mum. Her friend, Polly, comes down with yellow fever. The disease starts to spread through the city, and even Mattie has to get serious as the panic spreads.
ISBN 9780340854099
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Anderson, Laurie Halse
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Fever Code, The
The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and fever rages through the population. Out of the chaos, a boy emerges with the power to change everything: Thomas. This is the start of his story.
ISBN 9781911077169
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Publisher Chicken House, 2016
Dashner, James
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Fever Crumb
A prequel to the Mortal Engines quartet, Fever Crumb is set a generation before the events of that series, when cities are just beginning to devour each other. Buried in London's past is a secret that may save it from destruction, and the key to unlocking it is an orphan called Fever Crumb.
ISBN 9781407102429
Series Fever Crumb series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2009
Reeve, Philip
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Fever Crumb series
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Series Fever Crumb series (3 books)
Reeve, Philip
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Fidel Castro: leader of Cuba's revolution
As a young man, Fidel Castro dreamt of a free and independent Cuba. He led a band of guerilla fighters to overthrow Cuba's dictator. His new government made sure all the people could read and write.
ISBN 9780750228626
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Gibb, Tom
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Fierce fragile hearts
Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781509852888
Publisher MacMillan, 2019
Barnard, Sara
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Fierce September
Juno and the Taris inhabitants must leave their dying island for a wider life Outside. It is two year old Hera who saves the Taris people from the injury and death prepared for them by an underground group of protestors. Despite the hate campaign, the young people are entranced by the fashions, the technologies and, best of all for Juno, the freedom from extreme control. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781869793289
Series Juno of Taris series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Beale, Fleur
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Fifth quest, The
Rosie flirts with the value of friendship and the need to resist the surreal world of television. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143300014
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Oswald, Debra
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Fifth room, The
What if there was a secret organisation of the leading medical experts that allowed young medical students to carry human experiments out - on themselves? This is the premise of this psychological thriller. Miri is a gifted 17 year old medical student who is willing to test her theories on herself. But, who really is in control? What is Miri up against, and what has she got to loose? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742762548
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Rushby, A.J.
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Find me a river
A story that focuses on the common and shared history of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and how many individuals are personally coming to terms with this history. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734402615
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Blake, Bronwyn
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Finder, The
Since the disappearance of her identical twin sister nine years ago, 16-year-old Frankie has kept her distance from everyone. Despite the years that have passed, she spends her days scanning and searching for her sister. When the police fail to find an 11-year-old runaway, Frankie takes it upon herself to find her. Despite her best attempts to stay out of the public eye, this earns her a reputation as a 'finder'. Enter Elias - an extrovert with an extravagant sense of fashion and endless enthusiasm, who is looking for his birth mother. When Elias offers to employ a cash-strapped Frankie to track down his birth mother, she reluctantly agrees. What follows next is a journey of self-discovery as both Frankie and Elias uncover the things that truly define them. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925603811
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Hendrick, Kate
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Finding Audrey
Following a bullying incident at school, Audrey can't leave the house. She can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house. When her brother's friend, Linus, stumbles into her life, his friendly smile and funny notes gradually entice Audrey outside the house. With therapy and Linus' help, Audrey begins to feel she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Finding her way back to the real world might just be achievable.
ISBN 9780857534590
Publisher Doubleday, 2015
Kinsella, Sophie
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Finding Darcy
When Darcy Abbott is sent to live with her surly grandmother and her silent great-grandmother, she finds the silences and secrets at home, and the name calling and bullying at school, hard to endure. A school project sets her on a search for the truth about her great-grandfather, Darcy Charles Fletcher, one of hundreds of prisoners of war who died when the Montevideo Maru was sunk in World War II.
ISBN 9781742030234
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2008
Lawson, Sue
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Finding Freia Lockhart
Freia is part of a group at school but she feels she really doesn't belong. Somehow, Freia finds herself helping, as a lighting assistant, with the school production, something she never thought she would do. Freia must try to be brave enough to make more changes in her life and let loose the real Freia Lockhart. Adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781921529153
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Said, Aimee
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Finding home
A family relocates to Australia after a family tragedy. The parents are focussed on creating a farm and do not value the environment or interdependence of nature. Their young son is lonely and alienated, and misses his home in London. When the parents cut down a tree causing a flock of birds to die, their son makes a huge decision.
ISBN 9781876462871
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2009
Crew, Gary & Boyer, Susy (ill)
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Finn and the big guy
Finn comes to the city for his first big break as a stablehand at a large racetrack. Working with the horses he loves, Finn feels valuable for the first time in his life. But there's trouble at the track, and Finn finds it difficult to know who to trust.
ISBN 9780140382679
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Metzenthen, David
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Fire in my soul
Running is everything to James who considers winning the only option. However, fierce competition from a new student and the threat of bushfires may help James to see there is more to life than wanting to win.
ISBN 9780734408648
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Corbet-Singleton, Paul
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Fire song
It's 1954 and Ingrid's family has hit hard times. Her father has gone, her two brothers have been fostered out and there's no money. When her mother asks her to do something she knows is wrong, something completely against her principles, Ingrid is desperate for help to make her own decisions and fight for what she believes in.
ISBN 9780733324208
Publisher ABC Books, 2009
Hathorn, Libby
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Fire, bed and bone
Set in England in 1381, this story of political and emotional unrest is seen through the eyes of an old farm dog.
ISBN 9780744590494
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Branford, Henrietta
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David has been accused of being a firebug since he started a fire at the age of six that resulted in tragedy. He experiences a horrifying ordeal, at the hands of a real firebug, when fires break out in his local area.
ISBN 9780141306636
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Harris, David
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Fires: ten tales of dramatic blazes in history
Ten short stories about some of the worst fires in history, two with a strong environmental content. They include fires from the great fire in London in 1666 to the fire of the Chenobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
ISBN 9780143302186
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Lloyd Kyi, Tanya
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A German teenager is sent to a prisoner of war camp in the bush near Perth. From a position of pride and resistance he finds a new sense of self. Sixty years later another adolescent is escaping from the tragedy of a dead sibling and finds the ruins of the camp. As he reflects on his guilt he meets a girl and her grandfather on a pilgrimage back to the site of the POW camp.
ISBN 9780702233814
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Eaton, Anthony
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The end of a long and dangerous journey for the Manth people as they leave the ruined Mastery to seek a new homeland. Sometimes violent and cruel but always compelling. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781740518024
Series Wind on fire trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2001
Nicholson, William
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Ben watched in horror as the firestorm approached on Ash Wednesday in 1983.
ISBN 9780140341010
Publisher Penguin, 1989
Carr, Roger Vaughan
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First among sequels
Literary detective, Thursday Next, finds her Jurisfiction job has been downgraded. However, as this is fiction, jeopardy is never far away. Sherlock Holmes is killed and Miss Marple dies in a narratively inexplicable car accident, thus bringing both their series to an end. And, Thursday receives a death threat, clearly intended for her written self. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780340835753
Series Thursday Next series (5 of 6)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2007
Fforde, Jasper
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First book of Samuel, The
Samuel is missing on his twelfth birthday, and his sister must delve into family history to find out why.
ISBN 9780140369953
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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First test
Keladry wants to be accepted as a knight in the kingdom of Tortall in the first book of the series, Protector of the small.
ISBN 9780439968096
Series Protector of the small series (1 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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First third, The
Bill's traditional Greek grandmother is very ill and leaning on him to resolve some family problems that are worrying her. Bill walks the family tightrope to clear the family of some problems.
ISBN 9780143568179
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Kostakis, Will
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First voyage, The
The ferocious Crocodile warriors have already killed Bent Beak's pa, and now they seem determined to take out his whole tribe. The only way to survive is to flee the island. As the Yam tribe brave the perils of the sea, will they survive the voyage into the unknown, and what awaits them just over the horizon. An enthralling story about the plight of the very first boat people, of their desperation, bravery and hope.
ISBN 9780143307679
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Baillie, Allan
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Fisherman and the theefyspray, The
The theefyspray is a mythical and nearly extinct creature whose fate is in the hands of the fisherman. A beautifully illustrated and complicated story about issues of conservation, age and youth.
ISBN 9780140377262
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1995
Jennings, Paul
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FitzOsbornes at war, The
When the Nazis attacked, Sophie FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home. But, now that war has come to England, nowhere is safe. Sophie fills her journal with tales of wartime, while desperately waiting for news of her brother, last seen flying over enemy territory. But, hope springs up in surprising places, and love blooms unexpectedly.
ISBN 9781742750323
Series The Montmaray Journals series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Cooper, Michelle
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FitzOsbornes in exile, The
As nations scramble to avert war, Sophie FitzOsborne and her eccentric family shelter in England. In keeping with high society expectations, Aunt Charlotte wants to marry off Sophie and Veronica. Toby is charming and lazy, Henry is driving the governess mad and Simon and Veronica's battle of wills continues. Sophie tries to keep her family together, when everything is falling apart. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781741663747
Series The Montmaray Journals series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Cooper, Michelle
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Five ancestors 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 Five ancestors series (7 books)
Stone, Jeff
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Five fakirs of Faizabad, The
A modern fable about five fakirs who have been buried alive, an evil djinn, and a pair of globe-hopping twins who just can't get a moment's rest.
ISBN 9780545126588
Series The children of the lamp series (6 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2010
Kerr, P B
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Flamingo boy
Lorenzo is special. He seems to be able to communicate with animals. Which is odd, because he sometimes has problems communicating with people. Lorenzo has a particular bond with the flamingos that live in huge flocks on the marshes around his home in the Camargue. Lorenzo also loves music, and routine, and every week he visits the local town market with his mother. That's where he meets Kezia, whose parents own and run the wonderful carousel that captures his attention. Kezia shows Lorenzo how to ride the wooden horse, or cheval, as her mother plays the organ and in time they become firm friends. Life is good. But then the war intrudes, the Germans finally arrive and everything that Lorenzo and Kezia hold dear is threatened, even the flamingos. Yet, where there is life, there is hope and even amongst the occupying soldiers there are kind souls.
ISBN 9780008134648
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018
Morpurgo, Michael
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One December night, fourteen year old Alex goes to bed. He wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country and it's the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. At breakfast, he doesn't know the family and, in the mirror, another face stares back at him. A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life, he may be trapped forever inside another person's body.
ISBN 9781406329896
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Bedford, Martyn
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One cold, winter morning, dad gets sick and goes into hospital. It's there that I meet Harry, with his scruffy hair and firefly eyes. From his window, we watch a wild swan on the frozen lake outside. There's something different about her, almost magical. Perhaps, if we can help her, everything else will begin to make sense.
ISBN 9781905294763
Publisher Chicken House, 2010
Christopher, Lucy
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Flying a flag for Hitler
True story of an eleven year old girl growing up in Nazi Germany who despite her youth is aware of the evils of propaganda and is proud of her family's survival skills and resilience.
ISBN 9780340902684
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Emmerich, Elsbeth
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Flying through Clouds
It's not easy being a teenage boy growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Glebe in the 1930s. It's even harder when your dream is to become an aviator, your parents are dead against it, and your girlfriend's father is the School Principal. But Joe has even bigger challenges he must face and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his dream. He has come up with a plan and won't let anyone stand in his way.
ISBN 9780995386501
Publisher Griffin Press, 2017
Morgan, Michelle
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Flywheel, The
17 year old Delilah's crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she's been struggling to run the family's cafe without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged crush on one of the cool girls, she's become the school punchline. With all that's on her plate she barely has time for her favourite distraction - spying on the beautiful Rosa, who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road. Only her best friend Charlie knows how she feels about Rosa, but he has romantic problems of his own. When his plan to win an older woman's heart goes horribly wrong, Del is the only one who can help himl. All this leaves Del grappling with some seriously curly questions. Is it okay to break the law to help a friend? How can a girl tell another girl she likes her without it ending in humiliation and heartbreak? And - the big one - is it ever truly possible to dance in public without falling over? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781742978178
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015
Gough, Erin
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Follow after me
Two young women a century apart are mysteriously connected. While 21st century Lizzie abandons old friends and makes reckless choices, 20th century Evie's dreams are torn apart by WW1. Lizzie and Evie will discover strength and courage from unexpected places. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925675580
Publisher Big Sky Publishing, 2019
Marlow Paterson, Allison
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Foolish hearts
When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will into a class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781627799379
Publisher Henry Holt & Co, 2017
Mills, Emma
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Foot in the grave
Eight handsome, ambiguous pictures provide inspiration for eight creepy ghost and horror stories. Includes a cautionary tale for anyone who has been unkind to a younger sibling.
ISBN 9780670841691
Publisher Viking Children's, 1992
Aiken, Joan
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Footy dreaming
Ben and Noah play in opposing teams in a footy-obsessed town. They each dream of playing on 'The G' and this is their make or break season. When an ugly sledging incident occurs in a match, Ben and Noah's worlds intersect and a fledgling friendship develops. But, their friendship seems impossible as Noah faces racial prejudice and Ben must decide whether to reject the racism, which is even coming from his own family.
ISBN 9781925000993
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Hyde, Michael
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Footy Lady, The: The trailblazing story of Susan Alberti
No tragedy and no challenge has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and, was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into women's football. This is a story of passion, generosity and a woman who will inspire you to take on the seemingly impossible and triumph.
ISBN 9780522872576
Publisher Melbourne Press, 2017
Asher, Stephanie
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For the forest of a bird
Nella is a nature loving, fifteen year old, grieving her father's estrangement and her mother's mental illness. In a bid to restore the family, Nella goes to Phillip Island to bring her Dad home. But, she discovers he has a new partner, whom he plans to marry. Nella also discovers the friendship of an older girl, also with an intense love of nature, who helps Nella understand her relationship with her father.
ISBN 9780143571780
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Saliba, Sue
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Foretelling of Georgie Spider, The
Georgie Spider has foretold the end of the world and the only one who can stop it is Ashala Wolf. But, Georgie has also foreseen Ashala's death. As the world shifts around the Tribe, Ashala fights to protect those she loves from old enemies and new threats. Georgie can see the future but, in her fight to save Ashala, she must also try to change it.
ISBN 9781921720109
Series The Tribe series (3 of 3)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Kwaymullina, Ambelin
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Forever Rose
It's tough being the youngest and Rose is feeling lonely. The family is busy doing their own things and Rose comes home to a quiet, empty house every day. School is no longer a peaceful place either because of her new, irritating teacher, Mr Spencer. Rose is having a difficult time with reading and is deeply disappointed when no-one has time to shop for a Christmas tree.
ISBN 9780340931073
Series Casson family series (5 of 5)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2008
McKay, Hilary
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Curzon joins the American army, fighting for independence against the British. As well as the hardships of soldiering, Curzon lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave, passing for free. Then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge against her will. They have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom. Includes some violence.
ISBN 9781408803806
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Anderson, Laurie Halse
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Forgetting Foster
Seven year old Foster Sumner likes toy soldiers, tadpole hunting, going to school and the beach. Best of all, he likes listening to his dad's stories. But, when Foster's dad starts forgetting things. No one is too worried at first. Foster and Dad giggle about it. But, the forgetting gets worse and, suddenly, no one is laughing anymore.
ISBN 9781760110796
Publisher Lothian Books, 2016
Touchell, Dianne
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Forgotten prince, The
Thieves' Guild apprentice, Crocodile Sal, hadn't reckoned on royal and political intrigue, assassins, shape-shifters, betrayal, kidnapping gypsies, rift-world travel, trolls and murderous swamp creatures. She wonders what else can go wrong.
ISBN 9780734408822
Series Quentaris chronicles series (4 of 28)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Collins, Paul
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Survival, fraud, violence, mystery and suspense are included in this story which is part of the Cliffhanger series.
ISBN 9780141303239
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Harris, David
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Fortunate life, A
The uplifting, classic story of A B Facey's life growing up at the time of Federation, going to Gallipoli and later, living in rural Western Australia.
ISBN 9780140320091
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Facey, A B
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Beth Millar has always lived in Deni. In a small rural town. Her biggest problem is telling her over protective and fiercly private father that she has a boy friend. Whey her father disappears into thin air, Beth discovers that he's not who she thought he was, in fact nothing is what she thought. Her family's secret past has caught up with them and now someone wants them all dead. Beth has been training for this moment her whole life without even knowing, but will it be enough to keep ahead of her hunters? Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143784326
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Ferris, Fleur
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Rossamund Bookchild is an orphan boy, saddled with a very unfortunate name. He dreams of joining the navy but, come the hiring season, Rossamund is instead offered employment as a lamplighter. Setting off alone, he encounters a variety of colourful characters and learns that the world is more complex and perilous than he was raised to believe. He meets Europe, a well-known fulgar or monster fighter.
ISBN 9781862916326
Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (1 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Cornish, D M
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Four: A divergent story collection
Tobias' transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him or let fear turn him into a cowering child. Newly christened 'Four', he must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future, and the future of the entire faction system.
ISBN 9780062285683
Series Divergent series (4 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2014
Roth, Veronica
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A boy finds that he is drawn to the lives of foxes that live near his grandmother's home.
ISBN 9781875657728
Publisher Hyland House, 1996
Rubinstein, Gillian
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Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters by her best friend, Decker. By then, her heart had stopped beating and her brain had stopped working. Delaney is declared officially dead. Then, she starts breathing and the doctors are mystified. Outwardly, Delaney has completely recovered but she knows something is wrong. Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying.
ISBN 9781408817391
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2012
Miranda, Megan
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Fracture zone
A story of a mother pining for her homeland, an eccentric old lady and a very sensitive, teenage boy.
ISBN 9781862912250
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1994
Harlen, Jonathan
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Frankie and Joely
Frankie and Joely are best friends. It's summer and they escape the city and their mums for a country holiday. But, when Joely introduces Frankie to Thommo and Mack, her country cousins, it's soon clear that more than the heat is getting under their skins. Simmering jealousies and festering secrets test their friendship. Local boy Rory stirs things up even more and secrets start to blister. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702253638
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2015
Weetman, Nova
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: a national hero
Franklin D Roosevelt was the only four-term President in American history and the man who fearlessly guided the United States through both the Great Depression and the Second World War. Although partially paralysed by polio, he persevered and became a powerful leader during a difficult period in USA's history.
ISBN 9781402735455
Series Sterling biographies series (25 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta
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Frederick Douglass: rising up from slavery
From slave to freedom fighter, Douglass was America's first great civil rights leader. He overcame the physical, mental and legal chains of slavery to become one of America's greatest champions for human rights. It is said that his life was proof that when black people could read and write about injustices, they would have the power to end slavery.
ISBN 9781402741180
Series Sterling biographies series (7 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Ruffin, Frances E
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Free: stories celebrating human rights
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Amnesty International, this engaging book contains a great collection of entertaining and thought-provoking stories. Each story relates directly to one of the thirty articles about individual rights and responsibilities that make up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
ISBN 9781406318302
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Amnesty International
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Freedom ride
Fifteen year old Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But, it's nothing to do with him. The Aborigines have always been treated this way. In 1965, racial tensions are at boiling point and something is headed to Walgaree that will blow things apart. Robbie must take a stand. Nothing will ever be the same. Based on true events in Australia when university students drew attention to racism and segregation.
ISBN 9781925126365
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2015
Lawson, Sue
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Freedom swimmer
During China's 'Great Leap Forward', Ming survived the famine that killed his parents. He now lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields. As part of a Communist Party re-education program, a group of city boys arrives, unused to hard labour and village life. Despite his reservations and their differences, Ming befriends a boy called Li and, slowly, they form a bond over evening swims and shared dreams. As the bitterness of life under the Party begins to take its toll, Ming and Li begin to imagine the impossible, freedom.
ISBN 9781760113414
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Chim, Wai
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Fleeing from the ruins of New Undertown, Rook Barkwater and his colleagues, the librarian knights, must lead the escaping population to a new life in the Free Glades. But perils aplenty are ahead for the crowd, not to mention some goblins with plans of their own. A dramatic and exciting conclusion to the Rook Barkwater sequence.
ISBN 9780552554282
Series The Edge chronicles series (7 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2004
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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French confection, The
No sooner have they arrived in Paris than the brothers are up to their necks in danger. There's a nasty smell in the air and it's not the cheese. If Nick and Tim aren't careful, their dream holiday could end up being a nightmare from which they'll never wake up.
ISBN 9780744590395
Series Diamond Brothers series (4 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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Sara Vanadi, AKA Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war and death, finds herself combating the evil corporation, Finemdi, who are trying to entice the ancient gods and goddesses, seduce them with new powers and then use their godly strengths to achieve greatness in a modern world. Sara dedicates herself to fighting the evil company but she has to learn the ways of the new world first. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781250144188
Publisher St Martin's, 2018
Laurence, Matthew
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Friday Barnes 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 Friday Barnes series (7 books)
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Friday Barnes: Big trouble
Friday Barnes has a new case and it's personal. Her mother, a physicist, has been kidnapped. When a beautiful, rich, new student, Princess Ingrid of Norway arrives, Highcrest Academy is thrown into chaos. Despite heightened security, things start to go missing. And the Princess has her eye on Ian Wainscott. Friday must crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat and unmask the elusive thief.
ISBN 9780857986993
Series Friday Barnes series (3 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Bitter enemies
When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school's anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behaviour. Unfortunately, no one told the headmasters to stay out of mischief too! Which means Friday Barnes soon has a case to solve. But unravelling the truth isn't easy when the whole school is being forced to eat paleo because the cook is on a diet; her best friend's brother won't stop blubbering about the terrible boat accident he may or may not have caused; and Friday is being trailed by a mysterious admirer- or is it a stalker? Can Friday find the facts among the mayhem? She'd better. The fate of Highcrest depends on it!
ISBN 9780143784197
Series Friday Barnes series (7 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Danger ahead
Friday Barnes is forced to face her biggest fear, her own emotions. She must wave goodbye to Ian as he takes off to join his father in the Cayman Islands. But, when your dad is a white-collar criminal, family reunions never go to plan. Ian is kidnapped en route and it's up to Friday to rescue him. On her return to school, the Headmaster has a treat in store, a four-week camp for students to learn wilderness survival skills. Camp Courage is even worse than Friday imagined. All her book smarts aren't much help when she's got wood to chop, potatoes to peel and latrines to dig.
ISBN 9780857989956
Series Friday Barnes series (6 of 7)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Girl detective
When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to the most exclusive boarding school in the country. But, she is shocked to discover her new school is actually a hotbed of crime. Friday must solve the mystery of the disappearing homework and the Yeti in the school swamp. And Friday must work out why good-looking Ian Wainscott who seems to hate her, loves playing pranks on her.
ISBN 9781742759623
Series Friday Barnes series (1 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2014
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Never fear
Friday's days at Highcrest are numbered! The new headmaster is turning everything upside down. Friday's irritatingly high IQ has her fast-tracked to graduation while a pair of incriminating pants puts Ian on the rocky road to expulsion. When a rumour emerges of embezzled gold stashed on the school grounds, Friday is determined to uncover the truth. But some big questions remain- Can she stay out of detention long enough to solve the mystery? Will Melanie survive without Friday to tell her what class she's in? And will Friday ever get that first kiss with Ian? With implosions and explosions everywhere, Friday Barnes will have to use her head and get a grip on her beating heart in order to find the gold that lies within.
ISBN 9780143784203
Series Friday Barnes series (8 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2018
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: No rules
Friday Barnes has been deported to Switzerland. With their in-school detective gone, Highcrest Academy has descended into chaos. Someone's fired all the teachers and the Headmaster claims it wasn't him. When suspicion falls on Ian Wainscott, Friday won't stand by and let her favourite nemesis take the blame. Apart from probably being innocent, he's also seriously good-looking. Friday must try to save Ian's scholarship and find the pranksters before they bring down the school.
ISBN 9780857987013
Series Friday Barnes series (4 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: The plot thickens
Friday Barnes is being attacked on all counts. When she gets involved in her frenemy Ian Wainscott's family dispute, it appears her knack for uncovering the truth may ruin their friendship once and for all. No one said high school would be easy.
ISBN 9780857989932
Series Friday Barnes series (5 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Spratt, R A
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Friday Barnes: Under suspicion
When Friday Barnes cracked the case of the mysterious swamp yeti, she didn't expect to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice. From a missing or not-so-missing calculator to the appearance of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her pork-pie hat in crimes. There's also a new boy called Christopher.
ISBN 9781742759647
Series Friday Barnes series (2 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Spratt, R A
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From Kinglake to Kabul
In this collective anthology created by students from two different countries, students show empathy and compassion. Kinglake had one day of fire disaster and Kabul has endured thirty years of war, but the students find common courage and hope.
ISBN 9781742375304
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Grant, Neil (ed) & Williams, David (ed)
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From Twinkle, with love
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to longtime crush, Neil Roy-aka Sahil's twin brother? Dream come true x 2. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above. When mystery man 'N' begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it's Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she's fallen in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she's got is not the one she scripted. But will it be enough? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781473678736
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2018
Menon, Sandhya
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From your friend Louis Deane
Louis has to adapt to moving from the city to a country, coastal town as well as dealing with the Year 8 bullies and the tragic Tilly. His dad's shop hasn't sold a single thing, his mum's lost her job and Louis wants to return to the city. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780733605277
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Disher, Garry
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Fromelles: Australia's bloodiest day at war
The first shots were fired at eleven am on 19 July 1916. The Battle of Fromelles lasted less than twenty-four hours and, when it was over, more than five thousand Australian soldiers had been killed, wounded or taken prisoner. More soldiers died at Fromelles than in the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Almost a century later, the attention of the world has once again turned to Fromelles. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781742031767
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2011
Wilkinson, Carole
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Front runner
This is a story about families and Robbie, who loves to run.
ISBN 9781862912748
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1995
Carroll, Jane
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Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned. Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield. Ryan's love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her, now places Ryan in mortal danger. Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780732292027
Series Mercy series NEW SERIES 2020 (4 of 5)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Lim, Rebecca
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Future trap, The
Paula is kidnapped and taken five thousand years into the future where humans are referred to as ""it"" and reduced to the status of laboratory rats.
ISBN 9780141305097
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Jinks, Catherine
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