Booklists

Challenge Level : K-2 Challenge Level : 3-4 Challenge Level : 5-6 Challenge Level : 7-9
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8024
Naked mole rat gets dressed
Naked mole rats do not wear clothes. They hate hats, scorn socks and turn their noses up at trousers. That is, all naked mole rats except Wilbur.
ISBN 9781406321371
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Willems, Mo
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9787
Nancy Bentley: the first Australian female sailor
Based on the true life story of Nancy Bentley, who was born in 1914 and lived with her family in Port Arthur, and due to unusual circumstances, related in this book, was inducted into the Royal Australian navy at the age of six years.
ISBN 9781921042768
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2011
Topics / Year 4 easy reads /
Hawkins, Tracey & Grantford, Jacqui (ill)
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15355
Nardika learns to make a spear
With his father's help, Nandika, an Aboriginal boy, learns how to make a chittabutta, a fishing spear, so he can catch his own fish.
ISBN 9781875641703
Publisher Magabala Books, 2001
Fry, Chris
No book cover.
National Geographic kids series level 1 and level 2
An interesting and informative series with great photographs. 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 National Geographic kids series level 1 and level 2 (10 books)
Various
No book cover.
Nature storybooks series
A mixture of story and factual information presented. Some titles have a CD. 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 Nature storybooks series (23 books)
Various
No book cover.
18401
Nature's way A to Z
Combining humorous verse through the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. This book shows nature's ways and how the environment works.
ISBN 9781863333061
Publisher Crawford House Publishing, 2005
Brian, Janeen & Leitch, Helen (ill)
No book cover.
3830
Naughtiest reindeer at the zoo, The
At Christmas, Ruby's family is visiting Granny and Pop, whose house is full of breakable items. It's not the place for a naughty reindeer so Ruby is sent to the zoo. She has to bunk in with the stuck-up antelopes and the fussy zebras, which is no fun at all. So, Ruby comes up with a plan for some fabulous Christmas festivities. But, her plan creates chaos and mayhem.
ISBN 9781760112141
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Greenberg, Nicki
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30600

New
Naughtiest reindeer goes South, The
If only Mrs Claus had listened. Letting Ruby lead the sleigh is a recipe for disaster. Ruby's wild ride lands her in a world of trouble, and very far from home. Poor Ruby is stranded, the presents are scattered and the local penguins are very grumpy.
ISBN 9781760293116
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Greenberg, Nikki
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1545
Naughtiest reindeer, The
Ruby is Rudolph's naughty sister and the other reindeers know that she is going to bring a whole sack of mayhem to Christmas.
ISBN 9781743313046
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Greenberg, Nicki
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60802
Naughty Nigel
Naughty Nigel creates mayhem with his bad behaviour until he has his just rewards in a bad dream and is taught a lesson.
ISBN 9781842707449
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2009
Ross, Tony
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3103
Naughty nine and the mystery of Benito's treasure, The
The naughty nine go in search of the treasure.
ISBN 9780646288697
Publisher Milne Books, 1996
Milne, Christopher
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6924

New
Navid's story
When Navid was four years old, his father's life was in danger so he fled their home in Iran to the United Kingdom. A couple of years later, when Navid and his mother followed him, it was strange to be reunited with father as so much had changed. In his own words, Navid describes why he had to leave, his long journey as a refugee and his struggle to adapt to life in another country.
ISBN 9780750278911
Series Seeking refuge series NEW SERIES 2017 (5 books)
Publisher Wayland, 2015
Topics / Displacement /
Glynne, Andy &Topf, Jonathan (ill)
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9426
Ned's Kang-u-roo
Twelve year old farm boy, Ned Wattrous, runs away to sea on Captain James Cook's HMS Endeavour. Ned tells how they save the ship and sail into shore for repairs. Then they must find a way out through the shallow and treacherous water.
ISBN 9780850918557
Publisher Otto Books, www.vashtifarrer.com, 1997
Farrer, Vashti
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1799
Nelly gang, The
Fun, dastardly plans, at least one villain and a pet goat entertain amid the danger. Can Nelly rescue her father from the clutches of Captain Sunbeam. Will the children escape each of several close shaves with their lives. And who will get the gold.
ISBN 9781921977916
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Axelsen, Stephen
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15048
Neptune's nursery
A hide-and-seek game through a tropical underwater world to discover which is the mystery sea creature that we all know, yet rarely see. Beautiful illustrations.
ISBN 9780702231124
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2002
Toft, Kim Michelle & Sheather, Allan
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Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017
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 Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Various
No book cover.
30161

New
Netball gems: Aim for the top
Jade has big plans to be a successful netballer in her favourite position, Goal Attack. She comes from a super-competitive sports-mad family and wants to show everyone that she's got what it takes. But, so far, Jade's single-minded attitude has only succeeded in putting the rest of the Gems offside. Perhaps, a surprise friendship will teach Jade that she has to work with the team, not against them, to shine.
ISBN 9780143781141
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Darlison, Aleesah
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6409

New
Netball gems: Chase your goal
Phoebe loves to shoot goals and she's good at it, too. She dreams of being a famous netballer, playing in front of thousands. The problem is that she's nervous all the time, even around her teammates, and there are only seven of them. Things don't get any easier when her over-enthusiastic dad starts coaching from the sidelines.
ISBN 9780857987662
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Hellard, B & Gibbs, L
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8296

New
Netball gems: Count me in
Sahar has only recently arrived in Australia but she's already found friends in Sienna, Lily and Maia. And, when she sees them practising their netball moves, something inside Sahar sparks. But, having never played netball before, she doesn't believe she could be the player the Gems need - until she gets out on court. However, it looks like some creative thinking will be needed in order for her to join the team.
ISBN 9780143781196
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Hellard, B & Gibbs, L
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New
Netball gems: Defend to the end
Maia's just moved to Australia from New Zealand and is finding it tough. She misses her cousins, her netball team and the way everything used to be so familiar. Even her school projects are reminding her that she doesn't belong. When Maia's mum signs her up to play for the Marrang Gems, things start to look up. That is, until Maia realises that even the way they play netball in Australia is different.
ISBN 9780857987709
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Hellard, B & Gibbs, L
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37609

New
Netball gems: Go with the flow
Prani is the comedian of the Gems. She never takes anything too seriously, even netball, and loves having fun with her teammates. But, when the coach enters the Gems in a netball tournament and asks them to use set plays, everything changes. Now, that there are even more rules on the court, Prani can't move like she used to and begins to feel she's letting the rest of the team down.
ISBN 9780143781172
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Hellard, B & Gibbs, L
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22384

New
Netball gems: Hooked on netball
Maddy can't wait to play her first game of netball with her new team. She's been training hard and is eager to try out her skills. But, Maddy's excitement soon turns to nerves when she realises that things might not go exactly as she imagined. She's worried about which position the coach will put her in or if she gets asked to sit on the bench. Suddenly, the netball courts are the last place Maddy wants to be.
ISBN 9780857987631
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Hellard, B & Gibbs, L
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39586

New
Netball gems: Keeping It real
Sienna is crazy about netball, especially about playing Goal Keeper. But, Sienna's other passion is horseriding and when her Uncle lends her a beautiful palomino to ride at Pony Club, Sienna is ecstatic. But, she realises that between netball and horseriding, she barely has a spare minute. Soon, Sienna is exhausted and both her schoolwork and netball skills are suffering. She's even starting to lose her trademark sense of humour.
ISBN 9780143781158
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Darlison, Aleesah
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19727

New
Netball gems: Pivot and win
Lily comes from a family of great netballers and she dreams of playing for the Diamonds one day. She loves being on court and jumping for every intercept. But, Lily's worried that she might never be tall enough to make it as a professional player. And, to add to Lily's troubles, something mysterious is going on at home. Things keep disappearing and turning up in the strangest places.
ISBN 9780857987686
Series Netball gems series NEW SERIES 2017 (8 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Hellard, B & Gibbs, L
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18216
Neville no-phone
Neville is the only kid in his whole class without a mobile phone. Or, so he tells his parents. When it's clear that Neville's parents can't be persuaded to get him a phone, Neville enlists the help of his mate, Enzo. They are determined. Humans have walked on the moon and they've built the pyramids. Surely, if they put their minds to it, Neville and Enzo can find a way.
ISBN 9781921529962
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Branford, Anna & Chadwick, Kat (ill)
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24081
New girl
Planet Polare's ice is melting and the alien life forms are in danger. When SC Star Girl is sent to investigate with her room-mate SC Supernova she discovers that not all the dangers come from hairy aliens or strange planets. Can they work together to save the planet and its alien frozellas?
ISBN 9781420290295
Series Star Girl series (1 of 16)
Publisher MacMillan, 2012
Park, Louise
No book cover.
15211
Newts & salamanders
Simple factual information about newts and salamanders. The book includes beautifully presented photographs and illustrations, a glossary and an index.
ISBN 9780733937569
Series Longman world of amphibians and reptiles series (10 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2002
Meadows, Graham & Vial, Claire
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17464
Nick Mack's good luck
Nick Mack's best friend, Ellie, has a dog called Newton, whom she says is as much Nick's dog as hers. But, Nick wants a pet of his own. Nick finds a four-leaf clover in the park and his good luck soon kicks in.
ISBN 9781844280919
Series Walker stories (11 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Bergman, Mara & Barton, Jill (ill)
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6434
Nick's fabulous footy cards
If you love footy and think you're pretty good, you sound just like Nick. After recovering from an ankle injury, Nick discovers he has lost his self-confidence and is not playing very well. His Uncle Matthew gives him a new pack of footy cards and, during the night, Nick wakens to the sound and movement of tiny footballers, training on his doona. It's the Hammers, his favourite team, who just might help to improve his game.
ISBN 9780992533502
Publisher Hip and Shoulder Books, 2014
Fish, Greg & Trevenen, Jason (ill)
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15392
Nigel
Nigel lives in Hyde Park, London and is about to become king. That's what Her Divine Highness Queen Bethunia of Hyde has decided, despite Nigel's youth and out-of-control imagination.
ISBN 9782843236143
Publisher Assouline Publishing, 2004
Axelsson, Carina
No book cover.
9486
Night animals
Catchy, casual language, photographs and cartoon drawings show how nocturnal animals find food and shelter, how they mate and explore the concept of adaptation.
ISBN 9781854347947
Publisher Two-can Publishing, 2000
Hussein, Iqbal & Boller, Gary
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18007
Night animals
A beautifully presented book about nocturnal animals, including simple and interesting facts, an index, a glossary and web links.
ISBN 9780794503833
Series Usborne beginners series (16 of 42)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2004
Meredith, Susan
No book cover.
11991
Night creatures
Easy to read rhymes reveal information about special creatures who like the night, including skunks, owls, bats, foxes, jaguars, badgers and kangaroos. Beautiful photos and busy pages of facts.
ISBN 9780545057974
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Cooper, Wade
No book cover.
1455
Night fairy, The
What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a night fairy no bigger than an acorn, is about to find out. The world is very big and dangerous but Flory is fierce and determined to survive. If that means using Skuggle the squirrel so be it.
ISBN 9780763636746
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2010
Schlitz, Laura Amy & Barrett, Angela (ill)
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Nim at sea
Nim lives on an island with her father and a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, and their new friend Alex Rover. Nim is as free as a bird and she wouldn't swap places with anyone. But, when Alex flies away in the seaplane, without saying goodbye, and Selkie is captured by villains from a cruise ship, Nim must risk everything to bring them back. Her dangerous rescue mission takes her far across the ocean.
ISBN 9781741148619
Series Nim series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Orr, Wendy & Millard, Kerry (ill)
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Nim 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 Nim series (3 books)
Various
No book cover.
3143
Nim's island
Nim lives on an island with her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica and a satellite dish for her email. No-one else in the world lives quite like Nim and she wouldn't swap places with anyone. But, when Jack disappears in his sailing boat, and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she's ever been before. And, she needs help from her friends, old and new.
ISBN 9781741754735
Series Nim series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Orr, Wendy & Millard, Kerry (ill)
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6555
Ninnyhammer
Ninnyhammer is known as the village simpleton. When Peter fishes a strange stick out of the stream, he discovers that there's a lot more to Ninnyhammer than first appears.
ISBN 9780552556200
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2008
King-Smith, Dick
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Nit Boy series
Feature an unlikely relationship between a nit called Ned and a boy with an Afro hairdo, Lewis. 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 Nit Boy series (2 books)
Bancks, Tristan & McKenzie, Heath (ill)
No book cover.
82264
Nit boy: bug out
Lewis is eleven years old. His blond afro, which defines who he is, is the home for thousands of nits. To Lewis, they are his pets. Mrs Herrick, the deputy principal at school, is determined to exterminate all the nits in school and Lewis is just as determined to get rid of her.
ISBN 9780980566413
Series Nit Boy series (2 of 2)
Publisher Laguna Bay Publishing, 2009
Bancks, Tristan & McKenzie, Heath (ill)
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10697
Nit boy: lift off
Lewis is eleven years old. His blond afro, which defines who he is, is the home for thousands of nits. To Lewis, they are his pets and one of the nits, Ned, is training as a jumping nit. Lewis is harassed by Mrs Herrick, the deputy principal at school, who is determined to exterminate all the nits in school.
ISBN 9780980566406
Series Nit Boy series (1 of 2)
Publisher Laguna Bay Publishing, 2009
Bancks, Tristan & McKenzie, Heath (ill)
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17309
No
A little boy sets out to deliver a letter, witnessing acts of war on the way. But, when he encounters a bully by the post-box, he decides that enough is enough.
ISBN 9781847801203
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
McPhail, David
No book cover.
10667
No cat and that's that
Sam wants a cat but Dad says no. She will have to persuade him to let her have one and he doesn't look like he's going to say yes easily.
ISBN 9780143300090
Series Aussie nibbles (51 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Dawe, Bruce & McLean, Andrew (ill)
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7861
No going back
An evil force has arrived on Planet Oceanella and the seadons' wings are disappearing. When Space Agent Star Girl is sent to investigate with her two best buddies they find that it's not only the seadons that must face this evil. Can the agents put a stop to the GDC mission and rescue the alien seadons before it's too late?
ISBN 9781420293845
Series Star Girl series (15 of 16)
Publisher MacMillan, 2012
Park, Louise
No book cover.
3148
No hat brigade
Grandpa John has all the answers to Lachlan's questions but, when the issue of wearing a hat arises, Grandpa has all the reasons why he does not wear a hat. This book tells you about the dangers of skin cancer.
ISBN 9781740517737
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Airey, Miriam
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3152
No one
Emma and her older sister, Charlotte, share the same birthday. They even want the same birthday present. But Emma and Charlotte are very different, and so are their new puppies.
ISBN 9780141304120
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1999
Nilsson, Eleanor & Ogden, Betina
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50800
No return: Captain Scott's race to the pole
In the age of discovery, Antarctica remained largely unexplored. Robert Falcon Scott was one pioneer who penetrated the ice and cruel weather. This is the amazing story of his second journey from England to Antarctica. On the return journey, Scott and his comrades perished from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.
ISBN 9780734412201
Publisher Lothian Books, 2011
Gouldthorpe, Peter
No book cover.
5485
No room for a mouse
Christopher's mother is so busy working for the pigeon post that she doesn't notice when he invites an amazing variety of people to share their enormous house. There's Mrs Fizzletum, Maestro Bambonium and his Grand Pandemonium, and Ringmaster Fergus and the Sawdust Circus. Soon the house begins to feel small, so small that Christopher's mouse, Sneaky, can't even find a spot.
ISBN 9781865046600
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Mewburn, Kyle & Blackwood, Freya (ill)
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Noah Dreary
Noah complains and had been on a particular roll that day, complaining about this, about that, about this, that, this, that, that, this and the other (much of which involved his baby sister). So, off popped his head.
ISBN 9780670077182
Publisher Penguin, 2013
Blabey, Aaron
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62032
Nonsense verse
This book brings new life to five of Edward Lear's best-loved nonsense verses. Zany characters leap across the pages in a colourful, fantasy world, where nothing is quite what it seems and anything is possible.
ISBN 9781851497041
Publisher Antique Collectors Club, 2005
Lear, Edward
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46455
Norman does nothing
Norman is a dignified garden gnome who is used to living in the same place and doing nothing all day. But, Norman's peaceful life suddenly gets turned upside down, with unexpected results.
ISBN 9780143305941
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Storer, Jen & Joyner, Andrew (ill)
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Norman Enormous
Norman Not-so-enormous wonders if two people can find true friendship when they are so different. He can think of all the reasons why their new relationship might fail but, when he gives it a go, he finds that he and Norman Enormous have heaps in common. Squished and squashed in his normal-sized home, Norman Enormous has longed to share his love of interpretive dance and black-and-white movies.
ISBN 9780143502227
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Hackett, Dave
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5868
Not a nibble
Sally and her family are on a camping holiday and everyone but Sally catches a fish. While she is not lucky at fishing she sees something even better.
ISBN 9781864482423
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Honey, Elizabeth
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3165
Not again, dad
Paul knows how to manage Mum but, when she's away, it isn't so easy. Paul and his sister find that Dad's style is very different. The worst part is when Dad joins in at cricket and swimming classes - totally embarrassing.
ISBN 9780140365597
Publisher Penguin, 1994
Fowler, Thurley & Smith, Craig (ill)
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38419
Not like me
Tilly and Lizzy are identical twins but are totally different in many ways. Tilly makes a mess, Lizzy tidies up. Tilly likes the outdoor life and Lizzy doesn't. Their differences create stresses that, in the end, are delightfully resolved when they find that there are many things they really have in common.
ISBN 9781406303834
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Hann-Syme, Marguerite & Heap, Sue
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9605
Not nits
Gus loves bugs so much he even wants to protect his nits. Gus's mum is a tricky one though, and eventually she helps him realise he doesn't really want nits.
ISBN 9780864615053
Publisher Koala Books, 2003
Treloar, Lucy & Yahyeh, John (ill)
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Not quite a mermaid 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 Not quite a mermaid series (9 books)
Chapman, Linda
No book cover.
28322
Numberlys, The
The Numberlys lived in an orderly, dull world which was very, well, numberly. But, five friends weren't willing to accept that this was all there was. They knew there had to be more. So, they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and started knocking some numbers together. At first, it was awful. But, the five kept at it and, soon, one letter after another emerged. When they got to the letter Z, their world changed.
ISBN 9781442473430
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
Joyce, William & Ellis, Christina (ill)
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6160
Nutmeg
Nutmeg lives a very dull life with her old Uncle Nicodemus and Cousin Nesbitt. They eat nothing but cardboard for breakfast, string for lunch and sawdust for supper. Then, when Nutmeg meets a genie who gives her a magic wooden spoon, her life changes.
ISBN 9781842705636
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2008
Lucas, David
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5688
Nyuntu Ninti: what you should know
In this beautiful, photographic book for young children, Bob Randall explains, in a simple but effective way, the Anangu people's relationship to all that is around them, and why we must learn to care for the Earth, its plants and its creatures.
ISBN 9780733320491
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Randall, Bob & Hogan, Melanie (ill)
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