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Kakadu calling
An elder of the Bunitz clan living in Kakadu National Park tells stories of children living in the far north. There is the story of Burrki, a ten year old boy living on his own in the wilderness, of two brothers who have a misadventure at sea and of Maidje and her cousins learning how to gather and cook food, even snakes.
ISBN 9781921248009
Publisher Magabala Books, 2007
Christophersen, Jane Garlil
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Kalika magic series NEW SERIES 2020
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Series Kalika magic series NEW SERIES 2020 (4 books)
Hughes, Karen
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Kampung boy
Illustrated story of a Muslim boy's adventures and mischief-making, fishing trips, religious education and work on his family's rubber plantation in Malaysia. However, the traditional way of life in his village (kampung) is steadily disappearing.
ISBN 9780980607000
Publisher Wilkins Farago Pty Ltd, 2009
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Karlson flies again
Smidge lives with his family in an ordinary house in Stockholm. His extraordinary friend, Karlson, lives on the roof of his house. The roof is a good place to live when you have a propeller on your back and can fly. Karlson believes he is the world's greatest at everything. Enjoy reading about these unlikely friends who have fun gobbling buns and haunting the babysitter.
ISBN 9780192727749
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2009
Lindgren, Astrid & Ross, Tony (ill)
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Kaspar prince of cats
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Johnny Trott, a bell-boy at London's prestigious Savoy Hotel, befriends a guest, the Russian aristocrat, Countess Kandinsky. She trusts him to look after her special cat, Prince Kaspar, and a series of events are set in motion that take Johnny and Kaspar all around the world, and change his life forever.
ISBN 9780007266999
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2008
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Kensington Reptilarium, The
The Caddy kids, Kick, Scruff, Bert and Pin, are home alone and they're having the best time ever. Until a stranger arrives with news. This is the story of how four loud, grubby urchins from the Australian outback find themselves in London for the first peacetime Christmas after years of war. But their new guardian hates children. He prefers the company of the hundreds of snakes in his house, the Kensington Reptilarium.
ISBN 9780857980502
Series The Caddy kids series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Gemmell, N J
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Kensuke's kingdom
An adaptation of the Robinson Crusoe story, a family's sailing adventure turns into a story of survival following a storm.
ISBN 9780749736392
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2000
Morpurgo, Michael
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Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020
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Series Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020 (4 books)
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kensy and Max: Breaking news
What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on? Twins Kensy and Max Grey's lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don't add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding and the feeling that, all around them, adults are keeping secrets ...Things can never go back to the way they were, but the twins are determined to uncover the truth!
ISBN 9780143780656
Series Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020 (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kensy and Max: Disappearing act
Kensy and Max are now agents-in-training at Pharos, a covert international spy network. Christmas break sees the twins back at Alexandria for training and a celebration like no other, but where are their parents and why can't they come home? Thankfully, a school trip to Rome provides a welcome distraction. Amid the history and culture of Italy's capital, they discover a runaway boy and whisperings of Mafia involvement. It looks like Kensy and Maxs harmless excursion may just turn into their very first mission.
ISBN 9780143780632
Series Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020 (2 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kensy and Max: Freefall
Back at Alexandria with their friend Curtis Pepper visiting, Kensy and Max are enjoying the school break. Especially when Granny Cordelia surprises them with a trip to America! It's meant to be a family vacation but the twins soon realise there's more to this holiday than meets the eye - the chase for Dash Chalmers is on!
ISBN 9780143796985
Series Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020 (5 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2020
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kensy and Max: Out of sight
When does a secret become a lie? And how do you tell right from wrong when deception is all around you? Kensy and Max are gearing up for their first Pharos review, a rite of passage with no room for failure. But juggling studies and the spy life isn't without its complications. As the dust settles from their last mission, and family members find their place in the new world order, old tensions rise to the surface. There's also the school play to prepare for - in rather different ways for each twin. However, the play soon takes a back seat as missing journalists and stolen objects see Kensy and Max embarking on a hair-raising ride to the City of Lights. Will they make it before it's too late?
ISBN 9780143791928
Series Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020 (4 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2019
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kensy and Max: Undercover
How do you keep your head in the game when someone wants you gone? When those dearest to you are far away and the future is so uncertain...Kensy and Max are back in London for no time at all before things begin to heat up - quite literally. As a result, Granny Cordelia ships them off to Australia on an undercover mission. The twins find themselves planted in a posh Sydney school where first appearances prove to be deceiving. What seems like a straightforward assignment turns into something so much bigger. Kensy and Max must employ all their spy skills - the fate of their parents, and who they've been searching for, depends on it.
ISBN 9780143791904
Series Kensy and Max NEW SERIES 2020 (3 of 4)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2019
Harvey, Jacqueline
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Kerenza, a new Australian
In 1911, Kerenza's da (father) can no longer get work as a miner in Cornwall. She doesn't want to leave her village and take a ship to Australia but Kerenza can be brave for her dad's sake. Where he sees a farm, Kerenza and her Mam see endless mallee scrub, flies and hard work. It's almost too much to bear but the Mallee has its own beauty, and family and new-found friends might just make it her home.
ISBN 9781742990606
Series A new Australian series (5 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2015
Hawke, Rosanne
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Key to Rondo, The
Leo has memorised the scenes painted on the old music box that has been in his family for generations. Little does he expect himself to be a part of those scenes until the day he and Mimi discover the key and plunge headlong into Rondo's magic.
ISBN 9781862917439
Series Rondo series (1 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Rodda, Emily
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Key to the Indian, The
Omri's father joins him in a life-threatening adventure to keep their promise to Little Bear to lead his tribe to safety.
ISBN 9780007149025
Series The Indian in the cupboard series (2 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Banks, Lynne Reid
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Kick in the head, A
A vibrant collection of poetry designed to introduce readers to a wide variety of poetic forms.
ISBN 9780763306625
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Janeczko, Paul B. & Raschka, Chris (ill)
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Kid normal
Eleven year old Murph's mum has been unable to find permanent work, so the family has had to move many times, not only homes but towns and schools and Murph has just about given up on staying put in one place long enough to make and retain friends. When all the schools in this latest town are full Murph and his mum have an even bigger problem until by pure chance they stumble upon a school hidden behind many corners and backstreets. Murph is accepted and there begins an education like nothing Murph has experienced before. It appears that somehow Murphy has landed in a school aimed at finding and training super heroes, with each of the students having some sort of magical capability, although some appear to have little use such as a boy who can make his head swell like a balloon or a girl who can make thunderstorms. Can these skills, along with Murph who has none, really save the day?
ISBN 9781408884539
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
James, Greg & Smith, Chris
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Kid normal and the rogue heroes
Is it possible to be a superhero but possess no superpowers? Eleven year old Murph Cooper is secretly Kid Normal and together with his team of crime-fighting Super Zeroes, he must brave the world's most notorious supervillain, Magpie. Locked away in a secret maximum security prison, Magpie is plotting to steal the capabilities of the world's most famous superheroes and Kid Normal is central to his plan. Can Murph work out Magpie's fiendish plot and save the day again?
ISBN 9781408884553
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2018
James, Greg & Smith, Chris & Salcedo, Erica (ill)
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KidGlovz is a musical genius. His gift is so precious that he's kept under lock and key. But, when a young thief helps him escape, Kid must embark on a perilous journey through which he will discover the terrifying nature of his talent.
ISBN 9781742378527
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Hunt, Julie & Newman, Dale (ill)
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Kids who did: Real kids who ruled, rebelled, survived and thrived
When the future looks dark, courageous kids bring light and hope into the world. Forty true stories celebrate kids who have protested, prayed, rebelled, saved lives, earned a fortune, lost everything, become world famous, or fought to survive war or oppression. Fearless kids, feral kids, Olympic champions, human-rights crusaders, climate-change warriors, princes and prisoners, workers and whiz-kids - they all show the true courage of kids. From the distant past to the present moment, kids have made their mark on history, and now they're set to change the world.
ISBN 9781760524470
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Murray, Kirsty
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Killer pass
There's been a spate of burglaries at the houses of players from Danny's favourite football club, City FC. Danny wants to know who's behind it and is on the case. But, after he checks out the crime scenes, there are newspaper reports of a young boy being seen hanging around. Danny really needs to find out who's behind these crimes and fast, so that he doesn't turn from crime detective to prime suspect.
ISBN 9780141331188
Series Foul play series (4 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Palmer, Tom
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Killer whale
Sam Fox is on holidays with his family in Antarctica. When their ski plane crashes, Sam and his brother are separated from the rest of the group. While they are stranded on a wobbly icefloe, a massive creature, with huge jaws and rows of jagged teeth, emerges from the deep.
ISBN 9780143303206
Series Extreme adventures series (7 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
D'Ath, Justin
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Kindness club, The: Chloe on the bright side
Chloe Silver is good at looking at the bright side. But staying positive has been difficult since her parents divorced and she had to start at a new school. When Chloe is given the chance to try out for the exclusive It Girls Club, things are finally looking up again. Then Chloe is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and brainy Theo Barnes. Together they create an experiment that tests how people react to different acts of kindness, officially forming the Kindness Club. Lucy and Theo are fun to be around, and their new club means a lot to Chloe. But the It Girls don't want to share Chloe with anyone else. Can she find a way to be kind to all of her friends, and still stay true to herself?
ISBN 9781681195315
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2017
Sheinmel, Courtney
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King Cobra's curse
You're off to India, they need your help. But danger awaits! Circling vultures, ferocious leopards, giant snakes, and ruthless poachers... Will you identify the mysterious villain, King Cobra? Or will he find you first?
ISBN 9781742117935
Series Ranger in Danger series (3 of 3)
Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, 2010
Willmore, Sean & Reynolds, Alison
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King in reserve, The
Queen Tayesha's mad plan to rule all the Saur people is tormenting the land itself. Earthquakes, volcanoes and vast crevasses are threatening to tear Krangor apart. To halt the Queen's plans Adalon and his friends must rescue a young king who has eluded the Queen's clutches. Series is best read in book order.
ISBN 9781741661811
Series Chronicles of Krangor series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Pryor, Michael
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King Lear: A Shakespeare story
Foolish and bad-tempered, King Lear divides the kingdom between his two wicked daughters, disowns his honest youngest daughter and banishes his friends. As the kingdom falls apart and Learn's humiliation turns him mad, will he finally realise what he has done?
ISBN 9781408305034
Series Shakespeare stories series (15 of 12)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2009
Matthews, Andrew & Ross, Tony (ill)
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King of birds, The: Gamayun tales
This Tale from Slavic mythology, skilfully retold in graphic novel format, will have readers of all ages anticipating the tales concluding chapters. Vividly illustrated in a style reminiscent of the Russian folk illustration from whence the tale originates, this is a story of courage, love and wisdom for fans of folk tales, fairy tales and mythology.
ISBN 9781910620380
Publisher Nobrow, 2018
Topics / Graphic novels /
Utkin, Alexander
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King's key, The
Whisker is a Pie Rat apprentice and always going from one catastrophe to another. He has possession of the Forgotten Map and with his friends Ruby Rat and Hook Hand Horace is on a quest to find a missing key and outsmart some deadly enemies along the way.
ISBN 9780987461513
Series Pie rats series (2 of 6)
Publisher Daydream Press, 2014
Stelzer, Cameron
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Kingdom for a hat, A
King Gregorius thinks he's the best king in the world, a great poet and very wise judge. But, his people are not as silly as he thinks they are. They bring about his downfall simply by following his orders. It all starts with a crazy-looking hat.
ISBN 9780734405494
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Heimann, Rolf & Spooner, John
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Kingdom of silk series
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Series Kingdom of silk series (7 books)
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Kite rider, The
Located in China in the period of the Mongols, this story follows Haoyou's intrepid adventures across oceans and the skies.
ISBN 9780192718600
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2001
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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Kittens in the kitchen (Animal Ark 1)
Set in the UK, Mandy helps her veterinarian parents after school. She must find suitable homes for the school cat's kittens.
ISBN 9780340877036
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2006
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Daniels, Lucy
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Knight in screaming armor, The
A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story It Was a Knight to Dismember... Your cousins, Kip and Abbey, have come to visit you from jolly old England -- and guess what they brought with them? Two huge crates, each containing a suit of armor and a curse. But it doesn't matter, 'cause you're "dying" to see what's inside. If you open the crate marked "Evil Knight," you will be hypnotized by the knight's sparkling medallion and will have to face an ugly sorceress. If you open the "Good Knight" crate, you'll discover a room full of mannequin heads that talk. Before you know it, you've lost your head. Can you pull yourself together before time runs out? The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!
ISBN 9780590847667
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Stine, R L
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