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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
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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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Kane Chronicles, The: The Red pyramid
Gods and pharaohs of ancient Egypt mingle with the teenage protagonists in this fast-paced series. Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them, Set, has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe, a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141384955
Series The Kane Chronicles series (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Kane Chronicles, The: The throne of fire
Gods and pharaohs of Ancient Egypt mingle with the teenage protagonists in this fast paced series. Carter and Sadie Kane, descendants of the magical House of Life, command certain powers. But now a terrifying enemy--Apophis, the giant snake of chaos--is rising. To destroy him the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra--a feat no magician has ever achieved. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141335667
Series The Kane Chronicles series (2 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Riordan, Rick
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Kat Wolfe investigates
After a break-in at their London home, Kat Wolfe and her veterinary-surgeon mum decide it's time to move to the country. Dr Wolfe's new job in idyllic Bluebell Bay comes with a condition: they have to adopt Tiny, a huge, near-wild Savannah, who resists Kat's best attempts at cat whispering. When she starts a pet-sitting agency to make pocket money, her troubles escalate. The owner of her first client, an Amazon parrot, vanishes from his fortified, gadget-filled mansion, leaving a half-packed suitcase and a mysterious parcel. The only person who shares Kat's conviction that he's the victim of foul play is Harper Lamb, the American daughter of a palaeontology professor. A language and coding whizz, Harper is laid up with two broken legs thanks to her racehorse. What starts out as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. When all clues point to an army base, can they count on their unruly animal friends to save the day - and their lives?
ISBN 9781509871223
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
St John, Lauren & Guo, Beidi (ill)
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Kat Wolfe takes the case
When a landslide on the Jurassic Coast reveals a rare 'dragon' dinosaur, best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb are thrilled, especially when stars and scientists come flocking to sleepy Bluebell Bay. But after they begin investigating a suspicious death, events spiral quickly out of control for detectives Wolfe and Lamb. Worse still, Kat's wild cat is in trouble. Can they solve the mystery - and save the cat's life - before it's too late?
ISBN 9781509874217
Publisher MacMillan, 2019
St John, Lauren & Deamo, Daniel (ill)
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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
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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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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. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780140295795
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles series (4 of 7)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Carmody, Isobelle
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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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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
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Keys to the kingdom 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 Keys to the kingdom series (7 books)
Nix, Garth
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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
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Kids like us
Kids Like Us is the delightful, heartwarming story of Martin, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who falls for Gilberte-Alice, a 'normal' French girl. While spending summer in the French countryside with his mother, Martin mistakes Gilberte for a character in a novel he is obsessed with - Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He gradually realises she is not Gilberte, the fantasy girl, but a real person named Alice. Falling in love, in all its unpredictability, teaches Martin that he can in fact connect, and can get out of his bubble. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925498912
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Reyl, Hilary
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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
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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. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
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
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Killer T
Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that's shifting around them. He is a lonely Brit in his first term at a Las Vegas high school. She is an unlikely friend, who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that blew up a football player. The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they'll release a vaccine.
ISBN 9781471407505
Publisher Hot Key Books, 2018
Muchamore, Robert
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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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Killing woods, The
Emily's dad is accused of killing a teenage girl in the woods. He has admitted to manslaughter, believing he was in a flashback from his army days. Emily is convinced of his innocence as she tries to untangle the events of that night. Things become even more uncertain when she comes into contact with Damon, the boyfriend of the dead girl. What really had been happening in the woods at night, what dangerous games had they been playing? Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781906427726
Publisher Chicken House, 2013
Christopher, Lucy
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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 (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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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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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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Kindred: 12 queer #loveozya stories
What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers, and the connections that form us. This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781760651039
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Earp, Michael (ed)
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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
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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 Lear
Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him. Goneril and Regan, Lear's older daughters, give their father flattering answers. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781107615380
Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 2015
Shakespeare, William & Bain, Elspeth & Amy, Nic & Wienand, Vicki (ed)
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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. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
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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Kiss the dust
Kiss the Dust is the compelling story of the flight of a Kurdish family fleeing Iraq. Twelve year old Tara tells the tale as her family rush into the mountains carrying everything they can. As refugees, they struggle through camps always wondering what will come next, where will they go and how they will settle as a family again. Tara's life is turned upside down as she struggles with the pressures of helping manage a myriad of problems.
ISBN 9781509826728
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2017
Laird, Elizabeth
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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
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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
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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
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