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14672
Kaiulani, the people's princess, Hawaii 1889
Kaiulani details her lavish wardrobe, her pet peacocks, and her unusual friendship with the shy, sweet writer Robert Louis Stevenson. When she leaves her beloved islands to attend boarding school in 1889, Kaiulani makes the best of it.
ISBN 9780439129091
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2001
Emerson White, Ellen
No book cover.
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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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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
Lat
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Kane Chronicles, The: Survival Guide
Packed with brand new material this deluxe, lavishly illustrated guide teaches readers how to compile secret messages, read hieroglyphics, and recite ancient magic spells. Featuring enough information and extras to satisfy current fans and budding Egyptologists alike, this guide will cast a spell on readers of all ages.
ISBN 9780141345086
Series The Kane Chronicles series (4 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2012
Riordan, Rick
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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)
No book cover.
17316
Kazunomiya, Princess of heaven, Japan 1858
Princess Kazunomiya is the half-sister of the Emperor of Japan. She relates, in her diary and in poems, the confusing events occurring in the Imperial Palace in 1858, including political and romantic intrigue.
ISBN 9780439164856
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Lasky, Kathryn
No book cover.
48010
Keep your hair on
Drawn from the author's life experiences, this is the story of sixteen year old Vess who is returning to school after her cancer treatment. She is trying to stay positive under very difficult circumstances.
ISBN 9781876372187
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2003
Vercoe, Elizabeth
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Keeper
El Gato, one of the world's greatest football players, tells the story of his life growing up in the forest in South America and of the ghostly keeper who taught him how to play soccer. Some adult themes.
ISBN 9781406304107
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Peet, Mal
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Keeper of the Isis light, The
A contemporary love story between an Earthling and a resident of the planet Isis.
ISBN 9780689833908
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2000
Hughes, Monica
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Keeper, The
Joel lives with his Gran, struggles at school and has few friends. He loves fishing and hits on the idea of advertising in the newspaper for a father so he can go fishing with him and fix everything.
ISBN 9780702249730
Series Joel Billings series (3 books)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Hawke, Rosanne
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Keepers' daughter, The
Ten years ago, the leader of the Shadowmen killed many of the Keepers, the teachers and bearers of ancient knowledge threatening his barbaric rule. Rebellion is flaring again and Nyssa and her uncle, descendants of the Keepers, must flee in search of the other half of a strange tattoo on Nyssa's skull.
ISBN 9781905294947
Publisher Chicken House, 2009
Arbuthnott, Gill
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Keeping place, The
After a kidnapping, Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits are forced to join the rebellion against the oppressive Council, using their extraordinary mind powers.
ISBN 9780140295795
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (4 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Carmody, Isobelle
No book cover.
2488
Keepinitreal
When Kid Kabula decides to ride his bike at top speed through the centre of the local mall, he doesn't realise how dangerous that's going to be. Fats Charvetto, leader of the meanest bikie gang in town, wants to know exactly who knocked him flying. Stevie, the local refundable collector, dobs in the Kid and a turf war starts.
ISBN 9781862917705
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Henderson, Don
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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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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 (5 books)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2015
Hawke, Rosanne
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Kevin the troll
Kevin, the troll, is crafty and cranky, mysterious and moody and he wants children pie for his seven-hundredth birthday. When trolls and humans make contact, amazing events occur.
ISBN 9780143302698
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
MacLeod, Doug
No book cover.
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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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Keys to the kingdom series
Any two 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 Keys to the kingdom series (7 books)
Nix, Garth
No book cover.
18440

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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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KidGlovz
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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Kidnapped
When young David Balfour's father dies and leaves him in poverty, he tracks down his Uncle Ebenezer to seek his inheritance. But, his uncle is a mean, nasty man with a dark family secret. David finds himself in terrible danger when he is kidnapped and taken prisoner on board a ship bound for slavery.
ISBN 9780141326023
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2009
Stevenson, Robert Louis
No book cover.
27408

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Kill order, The
Prequel to the Maze Runner series. Before Wicked was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. The Kill Order is the story of that fall. Some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780385742887
Series Maze Runner series (4 books)
Publisher Delacorte Press, 2012
Dashner, James
No book cover.
15460

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Kill the possum
Dylan Kane has never met his father. But, he has met Kirsty Beale's step-father, a brute of a man, a bully, a living-room thug. KIrsty's family is tormented by his cruelty and she is desperate to live a normal life. Dylan and Kirsty's brother hatch a plan to make him stop. A gripping and powerfully moving story of a family stretched to breaking point and a portrait of a killer. A confronting, controversial topic with inherent violence.
ISBN 9780143004202
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
Moloney, James
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Killer camera
Includes two macabre and twisted tales. Killer camera, in which everything Jamie photographs either breaks or dies, and Night moves, where Henry's new computer has a life of its own and gambles with the lives of others.
ISBN 9781841213668
Series Horowitz horror series (3 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
No book cover.
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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 ute
When Dev, Joel's foster dad, takes him away for an unexpected holiday, little does he know what adventures are in store. Not only does a ute run them off the road, but Joel's jailbird dad is determined to track them down.
ISBN 9780702249600
Series Joel Billings series (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Hawke, Rosanne
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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
No book cover.
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Killswitch
A city in chaos. Seven in a desperate battle for survival. Billions across the world on the brink of apocalypse. The DARE Seven face danger from all sides: violent criminals are hunting them down, trigger-happy police suspect them of murder and The Signmaker keeps changing the rules of the game. As the clock keeps ticking towards the Fourth Sign, can Zander, Yasmin, Dylan, Andy, Isabel, Mila and JJ reach the next target and prevent the deadliest attack yet? Or will they fall victim as The Signmaker becomes ever more ruthless? If you could be a hero, would you DARE? Seven Signs. Four days left to save the world...
ISBN 9781743628041
Series The Seven signs series NEW SERIES 2018 (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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220
Kim
Kim is an eleven year old Irish boy who is orphaned and lives amongst the poor on the streets in India.
ISBN 9780141183633
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Kipling, Rudyard
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221
Kimberley warrior: the story of Jandamurra
The story of Jandamurra and the struggle for justice by the Bunuba peoples in the late 19th century.
ISBN 9781863738613
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Nicholson, John
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King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table
When Arthur releases the sword in the stone, he and his brave knights undertake many quests, including the search for the Holy Grail. Lots of adventures involving damsels in distress, fierce jousts, sword fights, battles, tournaments and miracles.
ISBN 9780141321011
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Green, Roger Lancelyn
No book cover.
9260
King Arthur and the knights of the round table
The segments cover the classic tales of King Arthur and his origin; Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake; Morgan le Fay; Guinevere and the round table; Sir Lancelot of the Lake; Sir Lancelot's First Quest thwarting a dragon; Princess Elaine; Sir Galahad, the son of Sir Lancelot; 'Camelot; and the Grail Quests of Sir Lancelot, Sir Percival and Sir Galahad.
ISBN 9780744547924
Publisher Walker Books, 1997
Williams, Marcia
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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
No book cover.
112006

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King Henry V: a Shakespeare story
This series gives young readers the chance to discover Shakespeare for themselves. Also included are useful notes on the themes within the stories and a background to the Globe Theatre.
ISBN 9781841213422
Series Shakespeare stories series (5 of 12)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2003
Matthews, Andrew & Ross, Tony (ill)
No book cover.
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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
An exciting graphic novel version of William Shakespeare's great tragedy that faithfully follows the original play. The use of Shakespeare's original language, some violence and adult concepts require mature readers.
ISBN 9780763643447
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2009
Topics / Graphic novels /
Shakespeare, William & Hinds, Gareth (adapt & ill)
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King of shadows
Nat joins a Shakespearean theatre troupe and is transported back in time to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
ISBN 9780141307992
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Cooper, Susan
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King's fool, The
Perry Brightfield discovers her true heritage as the saviour of a threatened fantasy realm, and is groomed for her role by becoming a court jester.
ISBN 9780733318863
Publisher ABC Books, 2006
Holohan, Amanda
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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 rat series (2 of 4)
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
Any two 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 Kingdom of silk series (6 books)
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
No book cover.
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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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Knightley & son
Darkus Knightley's father was London's top private detective until he went into a coma four years ago. Now, he has woken up to discover his thirteen year old son has inherited the family talent. With a bestselling book seemingly making people do terrible things, and clues pointing to the involvement of a shadowy organisation known as the Combination, Alan needs the help of his tweed-wearing, brainiac son to investigate.
ISBN 9781408838914
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2014
Gavin, Rohan
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Know it all
If you love facts, information, records and trivia, this book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know, with its lists of the weirdest beetles, the fastest jet aircraft, the scariest sharks, the least intelligent dinosaurs and much more.
ISBN 9781405355339
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Baines, Francesca (ed)
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Kokoda track: 101 days
A fascinating account of the battle for the Kokoda Track in 1942 where 550 men of the 39th Militia Battalion slowed, and eventually stopped, the advance of 6000 experienced Japanese troops across the massive Owen Stanley Ranges.
ISBN 9781876372965
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Macinnis, Peter
No book cover.
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Kokoda: Teen edition
Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to impassable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the enemy. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia, in which a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them.
ISBN 9780734417435
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2016
FitzSimons, Peter
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Kon-Tiki expedition, The
The story of a four thousand, three hundred nautical mile expedition by raft across the Pacific Ocean.
ISBN 9780671726522
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 1990
Heyerdahl, Thor
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Kraken, The
Through his determination and imagination, Christopher, who is blind, defeats the Kraken, the beast of doubt, and helps his cynical sister who is unwilling to see how things can be.
ISBN 9780734401823
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Crew, Gary & McBride, Marc (ill)
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Kristina, The Girl King, Sweden 1638
King Gustav II Adolf desperately wanted a son to become his heir. Upon his daughter's birth, the king declared she would be treated as a boy and, someday, be King of Sweden. Kristina describes learning fencing and horseback riding.
ISBN 9780439249768
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2003
Meyer, Carolyn
No book cover.
17476
Kurs of Atlantis, The
Caz and Simon are on a quest to find the lost city of Atlantis. They encounter many perils and adventures. When they think they have survived the very worst that could happen, they realise that an even greater danger awaits them.
ISBN 9780734407269
Publisher Lothian Books, 2004
Brooks, Karen R
No book cover.

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