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Jacob have I loved
Louise is overshadowed by her talented twin, Caroline, and she has to struggle with her own identity throughout her life. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780064403689
Publisher HarperTrophy, 2003
Paterson, Katherine
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Jacob's ladder
Jacob wakes up in a field unable to remember anything but his name. Why is he there, how can he get home? An intriguing story, raising issues about life after death, hopes and dreams. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781843627210
Publisher Orchard Books, 2006
Keaney, Brian
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Jacques Cousteau: Life under the sea
To show off the beauty below the waves, pioneering oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, developed new diving technology and innovative ways to photograph underwater life. His films opened our eyes to an unknown and spectacular marine universe and enlightened us about the complexity of the oceans' ecology, and the need to preserve it.
ISBN 9781402744402
Series Sterling biographies series (5 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Olmstead, Kathleen
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Jaguar warrior
Atl has been a Temple slave for six years but now he is imprisoned in a box, waiting to be sacrificed to the Serpent-Sun god. When the Spanish lords attack the temple, Ichtaca releases Atl to run to the next town to ask for help. Now he is free, Atl must decide whether to deliver the message or save himself.
ISBN 9781921529290
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Fussell, Sandy
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Jahanara, princess of princesses, India 1627
Jahanara, favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and the most beloved of his four wives, writes about family jealousies, court intrigues, and war strategies, as well as the extravagant lifestyle of her royal family.
ISBN 9780439223508
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Lasky, Kathryn
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Jake and Lily
A story told from two points of view: Jake, then Lily, telling two sides to similar events. They know that together they are a powerful force, but that they have to learn how to stand alone as well.
ISBN 9780060281359
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Spinelli, Jerry
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Jake Atlas and the hunt for the feathered god
Jake Atlas and his family are on the run. They're on a mission to stop the mysterious People of the Snake from hiding the secret of humankind. But the international police are chasing Jake and his family through one of the jungles of Honduras - one of the most dangerous places in the world. Can they make it out alive and discover the hidden mystery of human kind?
ISBN 9781406377712
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Jones, Rob Lloyd & Antonsson, Petur (ill)
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Jake's orphan
Young orphan, Tree, fervently wishes to set up a home for himself and his brother away from the orphanage in this story about identity, belonging and the transfiguring power of love.
ISBN 9780743427036
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2001
Brooke, Peggy
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Jameela
Jameela lives with her family in a war-torn village in Afghanistan. Life is hard but when her mother dies and her father remarries, Jameela has to face a greater horror. To survive she draws on the strong sense of self that her mother gave her. Based on the story of an actual devout Muslim girl and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
ISBN 9781742372594
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Khan, Rukhsana
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Jane Doe and the cradle of all worlds
When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home. But this ain't no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father's secrets. A man who has an army. With a pyromaniac named Violet and the enigmatic Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks ..
ISBN 9781760501815
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2018
Lachlan, Jeremy
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Jane Eyre
Only nine when she is orphaned and sent to live with an unloving aunt, Jane spends miserable, lonely years at boarding school before becoming a governess in the home of a mysterious man. A classic story.
ISBN 9780140439304
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Bronte, Charlotte
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Jane, the fox and me
Helene has been inextricably ostracised by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies. Her loving mother is too tired to help. Helene has one consolation, Charlotte Bronte's Jayne Eyre, where she can identify with Jane's tribulations and ignore her tormentors. On school camp, an encounter with a fox brings hope for Helene, and then comes Geraldine.
ISBN 9781406353044
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Topics / Graphic novels /
Britt, Fanny & Arsenault, Isabelle (ill) & Morelli, Christelle (trans) & Ouriou, Susan (trans)
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January stars, The
When twelve-year-old Clancy and her fourteen-year-old sister, Tash, kidnap their grandfather from his aged-care home, it's almost by accident. But they soon set out on an intrepid adventure, in search of a better place for Pa to live. Along the way they face many challenges, and Clancy becomes increasingly sure that their journey is being guided. Is the ghost of their grandmother accompanying them on their quest?
ISBN 9781760525026
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Constable, Kate
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Jarvis 24
We first meet Marc Jarvis and his best mate, Travis, as stereotypical sports-playing, girl-ogling sixteen year olds. As the book unfolds, we see beyond the exterior as Marc makes sense of his feelings and attitudes. His views about people, loyalty, friendship, love and its loss are challenged.
ISBN 9780143010043
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Metzenthen, David
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Jatta
Jatta is a princess in the kingdom of Alteeda but her life is no fairytale. When Jatta was three, her mother was slain by werewolves and, now, at furteen, she has discovered that the werewolves left their curse on her and she will transform into a wolf on the full moon. With her brother, she bravely resists a dark lord and grows in confidence, resourcefulness and bravery to overcome the evil.
ISBN 9781741693126
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Hale, Jenny
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Jinxed
Lacey Chu dreams of working for the company behind the revolutionary 'baku' a customisable smart pet that replaces the mobile phone but functions as a pet. To fulfil her dream she must be accepted into the Profectus Academy but her financial situation and family background seem to be standing in her way. That is, until she comes across Jinx; an incredibly advanced cat baku who goes beyond the functions of normal baku to forge an extraordinary bond with Lacey and paves the way to the possibility of her dreams coming true. Until Jinx misbehaves that is...Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781471169960
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
McCulloch, Amy
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Jo's boys
The adventures of the boys from the school and more of the story of the March family, set at Plumfield School, run by Jo and her husband on the lines of her husband's theories of education.
ISBN 9780140367140
Series Little women series (4 of 6)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1996
Alcott, Louisa May
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Joan of Arc: heavenly warrior
Joan of Arc's courage, eloquence and martyrdom make her an enduring inspiration. Find out about her childhood in war-torn France and how she helped a king win his rightful crown. She fell into British hands and suffered an unjust trial for heresy but, eventually, her reputation was gloriously and posthumously restored.
ISBN 9781402756627
Series Sterling biographies series (29 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2009
Yeatts, Tabatha
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Joan of Arc: the story of Jehanne Darc
Through a mixture of narrative and historical sources, the extraordinary life of Joan of Arc is detailed from her childhood in the small village of Doremy to her eventual burning at the stake, at the tender age of 18. The story follows Joan's quest to have the Dauphin crowned as the true King of France and the English invaders defeated.
ISBN 9781921167003
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Wilkinson, Lili
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Joel Billings 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 Joel Billings series (3 books)
Hawke, Rosanne
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John F Kennedy: voice of hope
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the youngest man ever to be elected President of the United States. Youthful, charming and articulate, he symbolised hope and optimism in a time of turmoil. His presidency lasted less than three years, due to an assassin's bullet which killed him.
ISBN 9781402732324
Series Sterling biographies series (14 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Hodge, Marie
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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
A retelling of Gulliver's imaginative and wickedly funny voyages to unusual lands. This edition of the classic has detailed, historical information and beautiful illustrations. Occasional distasteful themes are true to the original text. Also see Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift, PRC ID 36630. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406301748
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Jenkins, Martin & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Josh
Josh, a poet, visits his great aunt for a week in a rural town and has to endure some strange treatment.
ISBN 9780702235634
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Southall, Ivan
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Journey to Eureka, A
Llewelyn Jones is a twelve year old boy who journeys to Australia to find his convict mother and uncle. He ends up on the goldfields at the time of The Eureka Stockade. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780733617676
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Greenwood, Kerry
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Journey to Jamestown
Elias, an apprentice barber-surgeon, sets sail for Jamestown Colony. There, he meets a Pamunkee Indian girl training to be a medicine woman and dream reader. They forge a friendship, sharing their medical knowledge, regardless of the war around them.
ISBN 9780753457962
Series My side of the story series (2 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Ruby, Lois
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Journey to the centre of the earth
An ancient book is opened by the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his life, and that of his nephew, Axel, is changed for ever. An old piece of paper has tumbled from the book, a priceless parchment that will lead them on a terrifying journey to find what lies at the centre of the Earth.
ISBN 9780141321042
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Verne, Jules
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Journey to the River Sea
Miss Minton and Maia are sailing to the city of Manaus, a thousand miles up the mighty Amazon river. Maia, a lonely orphan, is excited to be starting a new life with relatives she's never met. Mysterious Miss Minton has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. But years of living in the jungle have sent Maia's uncle and aunt slightly mad and their twin daughters are definitely not like normal children.
ISBN 9780330397155
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Ibbotson, Eva
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Joyous and Moonbeam
Ashleigh is fifteen and her life makes her angry. Through a school project she meets Joyous, whose positive take on life helps to teach her to 'work things round a little'.
ISBN 9781862919877
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Yaxley, Richard
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JT: the making of a total legend: YA edition
As a young Brisbane kid, Johnathan Thurston was written off as too skinny, too slow and too wild to play rugby league professionally. But he defied the odds to become one of the game's greatest players. In this young readers' edition of his bestselling autobiography, follow his journey from his debut with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2003, to State of Origin star, and to total legend of the game.
ISBN 9781460758618
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2019
Thurston, Jonathan & Phelps, James
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Julius & the soul-catcher
It's 1838 and London is gripped by orchid fever. Charles Darwin's diary turns up in Higgins's bookshop, closely followed by two ex-body snatchers and a peculiar fellow with small teeth. Julius wonders what's in the diary and whether it has something to do with the terrifying painting of an orchid it contains. Before he knows it, Julius is spinning through time and parallel realms in a race to rid London of the soul-catcher and a future too horrible to imagine.
ISBN 9781925240177
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Hehir, Tim
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Julius & the watchmaker
When Julius Higgins isn't running from Crimper McCready and his gang of bullies, he's working in his grandfather's bookshop in Ironmonger Lane. That is, until Jack Springheel, a mysterious clock collector, appears looking for the fabled diary of John Harrison, the greatest watchmaker of all time. Julius becomes a thief and a runaway, and makes a deal with Springheel that he will live to regret. And, all before he finds out that Harrison's diary is really an instruction manual for making a time machine.
ISBN 9781922079732
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2013
Hehir, Tim
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Julius Caesar
Two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, find scores of Roman citizens wandering the streets, neglecting their work in order to watch Julius Caesar's triumphal parade: Caesar has defeated the sons of the deceased Roman general Pompey, his archrival, in battle. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781107615519
Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 2014
Shakespeare, William & Andrews, Richard (ed) & Gibson, Rex (ed) & Wienand, Vicki (ed) & Smith, Rob
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Julius Caesar
A soothsayer warns Julius Caesar but Caesar, grown arrogant on military victory, assumes the people will acclaim his dictatorship. Staunch republicans, Brutus and Cassius, conspire to assassinate him. Civil war follows, as Antony and Ocatavius seek revenge. Graphic (manga) novel with authentic Shakespearean text. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780955285653
Series Manga Shakespeare series (7 of 9)
Publisher SelfMadeHero, 2008
Topics / Graphic novels /
Shakespeare, William & Appignanesi, Richard (adapt) & Mustashrik (ill)
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Jumpman rule 1: don't touch anything
The hilarious adventures of Theodore, a time jumper from the year fifteen billion and seventy three. He has hair that changes colour and a coat that talks to him, informing him of important details like the weather and what he should be eating.
ISBN 9781740517898
Series Jumpman series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Valentine, James
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Jumpman rule 2: don't even think about it
Jules and Gen are saying goodnight after their first date when they are rudely interrupted by Franklin who is time jumping into their lives and insisting they come with him to the year 15000000000073. Gen and Jules must help him save the world.
ISBN 9780759320901
Series Jumpman series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Valentine, James
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Jumpman rule 3: see rule one
Jules and Gen find their life turned upside down as they are yet again caught up in time jumping mysteries. They want to know why Quincy Carter I is trying to change history and stop them living normal lives.
ISBN 9781740519014
Series Jumpman series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Valentine, James
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Jumpman 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 Jumpman series (3 books)
Valentine, James
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Jungle book, The
In this classic story, Mowgli, the human child lost in the jungle, escapes the vicious jaws of the growling tiger, Shere Khan, and is adopted by Father Wolf and the pack. Lovable old Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther teach Mowgli the law of the jungle and his extraordinary adventures begin.
ISBN 9781853261190
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Kipling, Rudyard
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Juno of Taris
Juno lives in an enclosed society, a scientific experiment, struggling to survive by clinging to conventions and rules for the common good. Juno yearns for knowledge and freedom, bringing her unfavourable attention and death threats. Duplicitous and political intrigue surround her. A sensitive and rich story that explores the human condition, our wants and needs. Some strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741662979
Series Juno of Taris series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Beale, Fleur
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Juno of Taris 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 Juno of Taris series (3 books)
Beale, Fleur
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Just a girl
Determined, passionate and privileged, Elizabeth was born into a world where she felt she didn't belong and had to fight to survive. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed by her father, Henry VIII. Elizabeth competed with her two half-siblings for love and the British throne as Queen Elizabeth 1. In the gilded corridors of the royal palace, enemies she couldn't see and those bound to her by blood, plotted to destroy her.
ISBN 9780702238802
Series Just a girl series NEW SERIES 2020 (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Caro, Jane
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Just a girl
Set in Judea in 71 AD, this is the story of 14 year old Judith who lives a simple life in her rural village. But one night the Roman army invades, stealing food, killing and enslaving the villagers and destroying her home. Saved by the foresight of her great grandmother, Rabba, the pair escape along with her younger sister and a stubborn goat. They hide in a cave and Judith must use all her skills to provide for her remaining family during the long, icy winter to come. Rabba has much wisdom and many stories to share, but the one Judith and her surprise guest, Caius, want to learn more about is the story of Maryiam, Rabba's extraordinary friend and mother of Jesus. Like Judith, Maryiam of Nazareth was never 'just a girl'.
ISBN 9781460753095
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
French, Jackie
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Just a girl series NEW SERIES 2020
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 Just a girl series NEW SERIES 2020 (3 books)
Caro, Jane
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Just a queen
Just a girl to those around her, Elizabeth is now the Queen of England. She has outsmarted her enemies and risen above a lifetime of hurt and family betrayal. Elizabeth is surrounded by men who give her advice and compliments but may be hiding daggers and poison behind their backs. Elizabeth must use her head and ignore her heart to be the queen her people need. But, this may lead her to betray a fellow queen.
ISBN 9780702253621
Series Just a girl series NEW SERIES 2020 (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2015
Caro, Jane
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Just flesh and blood
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of England reflects on her 40-year rule. The unwanted daughter of an executed Queen, Elizabeth is a survivor. She is not just a Queen, but as the title suggests she is a woman of flesh and blood. As her life draws to an end, is her reflection one of regret?
ISBN 9780702260018
Series Just a girl series NEW SERIES 2020 (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2018
Caro, Jane
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Just Henry
Set in post-war Britain in 1949, fourteen year old Henry has no friends and misses his war-hero father. He resents his stepfather and stepsister, and escapes by going to the cinema, his passion. When Henry develops an old camera film, he uncovers a mystery and events spiral until Henry's life resembles the drama of the big screen.
ISBN 9781405227575
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2008
Magorian, Michelle
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Just soldiers
Stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things during the Great War, 1914-1918. In 1914, Australia had a population of fewer than 5 million, yet 300,000 from all walks of life volunteered to fight. Through these stories, based on fact, the author has endeavoured to capture the essence of those who served Australia. As in life, not all were heroes.
ISBN 9780958162548
Publisher ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee QLD Incorporated, 2004
Kelly, Darryl
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