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Rugby is a tough game and you have to be tough to make the team. Mitchell badly needs the points if he is going to be in with a chance for this year's Legend award. But, Travis has got the lead and he is more determined than ever.
ISBN 9781876372507
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Panckridge, Michael
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Paddock of poems, A
This is a collection of Australian poetry.
ISBN 9780140324761
Publisher Penguin, 1987
Fatchen, Max
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Pages & co: Tilly and the bookwanderers
Since her mother disappeared, Tilly has found comfort in reading at Pages & Co., her grandparents bookshop. She is particularly connected to her favourite book characters, and when they start appearing in the shop, Tilly is bound for adventure. As she learns about her family's special gift, Tilly is pulled towards mysterious adventures. This is a book for all book lovers, and anyone who wishes they could wander through their favourite story, or talk to their favourite character.
ISBN 9780008229863
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
James, Anna
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Painting the wind
A young boy watches various artists who come to his island over the summer. He tries to learn something from each one in the hope that he might, one day, be able to paint the wind.
ISBN 9780064438254
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
MacLachlan, Patricia & MacLachlan, Emily & Schneider, Katy (ill)
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Pannikin & Pinta
The pelicans at Lake Eyre leave for the coast when the lake dries up. Pannikin and mother, Pinta, leave a little too late with the other members of the family.
ISBN 9780734403605
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Thiele, Colin & Gouldthorpe, Peter
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Paper planes
Twelve year old Dylan Webber lives in a small country town in outback Western Australia. When he discovers a talent for folding and flying paper planes, Dylan aims for the World Junior Paper Plane Championships. He is determined to create a plane to compete with the world's best. During his quest, Dylan makes unlikely new friends, clashes with powerful rivals and comes to terms with his family's past.
ISBN 9780143308744
Publisher Penguin, 2015
Worland, Steve
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Paper planes: 25 superdynamic aeroplanes to make and fly
25 step-by-step paper aeroplanes for you to make. Clearly arranged, easy to follow and with lots of colour diagrams, this will be a popular book with kids from 7 years to 77 years.
ISBN 9781911163312
Publisher Pavilion, 2017
Topics / STEM /
Mitchell, David
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Parents are revolting, The
Terry and her little brother, Harry, always get exactly what they want from their parents. But, the situation changes drastically when Mum and Dad go on strike.
ISBN 9780143303077
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Katz, Danny & Vane, Mitch (ill)
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Paris: everything you ever wanted to know
You will read fascinating tales about creepy gargoyles, ghostly railway stations, huge castles and amazingly pampered pets. You'll find cyclists, junk collectors and musicians, and snails on the menu for dinner.
ISBN 9781742205007
Series Not-for-parents series (8 books)
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Lamprell, Klay
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Passing the music down
A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he admires. A friendship develops that will forge a bond between generations. Under the man's care and instruction, the boy develops. From playing on the front porch to performing at American folk festivals, the two carry on the tradition of passing the music down.
ISBN 9780763637538
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2011
Sullivan, Sarah & Root, Barry (ill)
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Pat Rafter
Pat Rafter is a tennis champion who has won the prestigious US Open twice and been ranked number one in the world.
ISBN 9781863919364
Publisher Harcourt Education Australia, 2000
Sheppard, Barrie
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Path of beasts
When Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie steal into Jewel in the middle of the night they find their city under the heel of the Fugleman, and the streets controlled by the Blessed Guardians and an army of ruthless mercenaries. The Museum itself is seething with danger, and only the older Keepers prevent it from spilling out into the city. Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie must use all their clever tricks and hard-won bravery to undermine the Fugleman's brutal regime before he rounds up the children of Jewel and sells them into slavery. The thrilling conclusion to the Keepers trilogy.
ISBN 9781742371979
Series The Keepers trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Tanner, Lian
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Patrick Johnson (Aussie stars)
A brief biography on Patrick Johnson's childhood and sprinting career.
ISBN 9781876400323
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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Patterns of Australia
The illustrations are patterns from ten different landscapes, with a description highlighting some key features. Children can try to find certain objects within each vibrant, indigenous artwork.
ISBN 9781921049705
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2006
Bancroft, Bronwyn
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Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But, one day, the unimaginable happens. Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he wants to be with Pax. Despite the encroaching war, Peter strikes out on his own to reunite with his fox.
ISBN 9780008124090
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2016
Pennypacker, Sara & Klassen, Jon (ill)
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Peace and me
This illustrated collection of inspirational ideas about peace is based on the lives of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa and Malala Yousafzai. A must for anyone interested in exploring this essential issue of our times, this child-friendly exploration of what peace means to you and me is a book for every bookshelf.
ISBN 9781911373650
Publisher Lantana Publishing, 2018
Winter, Ali & El Fathi, Mickael (ill)
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Peace force
Shipborn, stationborn or Earthborn, does it matter? Some inhabitants think it does and they need to be taught a valuable life lesson.
ISBN 9781420211719
Series Out of this world series (8 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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Peacetime for Alice
Alice's mother is sick and everyone fears she might have the dreaded Spanish Influenza. When the family celebrates Papa Sir's life and plants a tree at King's Park, Alice's brother Teddy makes a surprise announcement. But, an even bigger shock awaits Alice when someone from the past returns with the power to change her future and make her dreams come true.
ISBN 9780143306320
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Bell, Davina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Peacock detectives, The
The last time the peacocks, William Shakespeare and Virginia, went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues, write down all the important details in her Notebook for noticing and track them down. But the clues lead her in unexpected directions, and Cassie finds herself investigating a puzzling mystery about her family, searching for a missing friend, and facing her worst fear. And, in the middle of it all, she is working out how to be a writer.
ISBN 9781925603705
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2018
Nugent, Carly
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Pearl of Tiger Bay, The
Annie moves to Tiger Bay where there are lots of secrets to be unravelled. Most mysterious of all is Madam Olenka, who lives in The Pearl, a grand, dilapidated hotel, above the township. Madam Olenka has not spoken to anyone in thirty years.
ISBN 9780143300830
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Wang, Gabrielle
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Pearl verses the world
At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl's poems don't. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was.
ISBN 9781921150937
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Murphy, Sally & Potter, Heather (ill)
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Pearl-shell diver, The
Thirteen year old Sario lives with his family on a remote Torres Strait island. it's 1898 and the pearl-shell trade is at its height. When his father is coerced to join a white trader on his pearling lugger, Sario must go to work as a swimming diver to support the family. He's excited by the idea of walking on the sea floor but the competition is fierce and the only captain who will take him on runs the worst outfit in the fleet. And, there's the the constant danger of shark attacks and the storm of the century is approaching.
ISBN 9781760290474
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Crabbe, Kay
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Pearlie the spy
It's1942 and Pearlie is alone in Darwin. Not only has she been separated from her family but now Beake, the spy, is back and he's on the loose. He's out to get Pearlie but she has a daring plan. And when bombs fall on Darwin, Pearlie must fight to survive.
ISBN 9780143307969
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Pearlie's ghost
It's 1942 and Darwin is under attack. While bombs are falling, Pearlie is doing all she can to save her beloved pets and help the wounded soldiers. But, it's too dangerous to stay and, when Pearlie finally has to say goodbye, only the thought of being reunited with her best friend, Naoko, can cheer her up. But, Naoko has a problem of her own, a ghostly mystery that will truly test Pearlie's newfound courage.
ISBN 9780143307983
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Pearlie's pet rescue
It's 1941 and school is almost over, not just for summer but forever. Darwin could be bombed any day and everyone that Pearlie knows is leaving for a safer place. Animals and pets of all kinds are being left behind and Pearlie wants to rescue all of them. And she is fearful of what will happen when it's her turn to leave the home she loves. Follow Pearlie on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about a courageous girl in a world at war.
ISBN 9780143307952
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Peasant prince, The
Chinese-inspired watercolours charmingly support this picture-book adaptation of the true story of the life of a boy in Communist China, during the last decade of Chairman Mao's reign. At eleven, Li was plucked from obscurity to train as a ballet dancer, thus escaping his poor, peasant village roots. He travelled the world as a dancer and was finally reunited with his parents.
ISBN 9780670070541
Publisher Penguin, 2007
Cunxin, Li & Spudvilas, Anne
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Pencil of doom
Henry's indestructible pencil is causing disaster at Northwest Southeast Central school. Jack has gone mad with desire and he will stop at nothing to stop Henry destroying it. But, with every drawing another disaster befalls one of their classmates. Just when there appears to be no hope, Henry may have found a solution to save his friends and his favourite teacher, Mr Brainfright.
ISBN 9780330424172
Series Schooling around series (2 of 4)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Griffiths, Andy
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Pencil, The
A lonely little pencil creates things which have a life of their own. All is well until pencil draws a rubber which then creates mayhem. Pencil must work out a way to stop the rubber from rubbing out every drawing.
ISBN 9781406309621
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Ahlberg, Allan & Ingman, Bruce (ill)
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Penderwicks on Gardam Street, The
The Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Jane, Skye and Batty, are ready for an adventure but what happens isn't quite what they had in mind. When Mr Penderwick's sister, their Aunt Claire, decides it's time for him to start dating, it can only mean one thing, disaster.
ISBN 9780440868408
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Birdsall, Jeanne
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Penguin book, The: Birds in suits
Some are shy, some are curious and some are grumpy enough to give you a slap as you walk by. But, all penguins are amazing. Includes seventeen different species of penguin, with fact boxes and descriptions of penguin physiology and habitats.
ISBN 9781921167300
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Norman, Mark
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Penultimate peril, The
The Baudelaires have reached the last safe place, where they encounter a harpoon gun, two mysterious initials, a notorius villan and an unsavory curry.
ISBN 9780064410151
Series Series of unfortunate events series (12 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2005
Snicket, Lemony
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Peppermint Pig, The
Poll and her family have to move to a small town in the English countryside in the early twentieth century. They take their family pet, a pig. Now Poll's father has gone away and there is a mystery surrounding his departure.
ISBN 9780140309447
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Bawden, Nina
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Percy Jackson and the battle of the labyrinth
After battling some cheerleaders, Percy needs to defend camp against his arch-enemy and bloodthirsty monsters. To battle this army, Percy needs to navigate his way through the Labyrinth.
ISBN 9780141321271
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing and cannibalism, then read on. Who could tell the true stories of the gods and goddesses of Olympus better than modern day demigod Percy Jackson? In this action packed tour of Greek mythology, Percy gives his hilarious personal views on the feuds, fights and love affairs of the Olympians. Want to know how Zeus came to be top god? How many times Kronos ate one of his own kids? How Athena literally burst out of another god's head? It's all here in black and white.
ISBN 9780141358680
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2015
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the last Olympian
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the sea, is about to turn sixteen and he will discover if the great prophecy is about him and if he will save the world and Olympus, or join Kronos and the Titans.
ISBN 9780141382937
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2009
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
Percy never knew he was the son of a Greek God but, when he vaporized his maths teacher, he was taken to camp and taught to sword fight, battle monsters and stay alive to find Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
ISBN 9780141319131
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the lightning thief: Graphic novel
Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporised my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt- and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea. Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?
ISBN 9780141335391
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Topics / Graphic novels /
Riordan, Rick & Venditti, Robert (adapt) & Futaki, Attila (art)
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Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters
Camp Half-Blood is coming under attack and Percy needs to find the Golden Fleece to protect the camp's borders from the monsters trying to invade.
ISBN 9780141319148
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the sword of Hades
The goddess Persephone has summoned Percy, Thalia, and Nico to the Underworld in order to retrieve Hades' powerful sword before it falls into the wrong hands.
ISBN 9780955944680
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson and the titan's curse
Five heroes will begin this quest, not all will return home. They must battle Titan's skeleton warriors, defeat a half-lion, half-human and save Annabeth.
ISBN 9780141321264
Series Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson series
The gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century. They still fall in love with mortals and have children who are half-god and half-human, like the heroes of the old Greek myths. 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 Percy Jackson series (6 books)
Riordan, Rick
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Perry Angel's suitcase
It has taken Perry Angel almost seven years to find the place where he belongs. He arrives at the Kingdom of Silk one day on the 10.30 express, carrying only a small and shabby suitcase embossed with five golden letters. Perry won't let go of his suitcase.
ISBN 9780733322556
Series Kingdom of silk series (3 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Peski kids, The: The mystery of the squashed cockroach
Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for Joe, Fin and April Peski to solve the mystery of the cockroach catastrophes that is rocking their new home town of Currawong. Along with Loretta, their stunningly beautiful yet sociopathic next-door neighbour, and Pumpkin, the world;s worst trained dog, they set out to catch the culprit. Together they are The Peski Kids.
ISBN 9780143788812
Series The Peski kids NEW SERIES 2020 (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Spratt, R.A.
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Pet crabs
An 'old Koori lad' tricks some 'gungies' (police) about his seafood hunting practices, highlighting laws about Native Title Fishing rights.
ISBN 9780975686034
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Simon, Leslie A & Davis, J
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Pet's revenge
Edgar and Ellen's creature, Pet, has always observed their antics with horror, staying out of their way as much as possible. But now he's getting his own back.
ISBN 9780733619274
Series Edgar & Ellen series (4 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Ogden, Charles
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Peter in peril
Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake. But, when war comes to his city, Budapest, Peter and his family have to go into hiding.
ISBN 9781910959572
Publisher Otter-Barry books, 2016
Bate, Helen
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Peter Pan
In this classic, magical Peter Pan comes to the night nursery of the Darling children. He teaches them to fly and takes them through the sky to Never-Never Land for many adventures, including a battle with the infamous villain, Captain Hook.
ISBN 9781853261206
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Barrie, J M
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Peter Pan in scarlet
The former lost boys of Peter Pan's Neverland now lead normal adult lives but are plagued by realistic dreams. In this gripping official sequel, they return to find Peter Pan and to seek some answers.
ISBN 9780192726209
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2006
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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Petrifying problem with Princess Petronella, The
On planet, Globagaskar, the King and Queen have gone on holiday, leaving their spoilt daughter, Princess Petronella, in charge. Her latest idea is to turn Earth into a rubbish dump and move all the inhabitants to another planet. Nicola and the Space Brigade embark on a mission to save Earth.
ISBN 9780330423007
Series Space brigade series (1 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Moriarty, L M
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Phaery named Phredde, A
Meet Phredde, the coolest phaery in the universe. Phredde is tiny, ferocious and Pru's best friend. And with Pru's brother turning into a werewolf, Pru needs all the magic help she can get.
ISBN 9780207200007
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
French, Jackie
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Phantom of the auditorium
Brooke's best friend Zeke has been given the lead role in the school play, 'The Phantom'. Zeke's totally into it. He loves dressing up in the grotesque phantom costume. And scaring the other members of the cast. Brooke thinks Zeke's getting a little too into it. But then really scary things start happening. A message appears on a piece of scenery: The Phantom Strikes! A stage light comes crashing down. Is someone trying to ruin the play? Or is there really a phantom living under the stage?
ISBN 9781760273132
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Stine, R L
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Phantom tollbooth, The
A young boy receives a special birthday gift that takes him on a journey through an extraordinary land.
ISBN 9780394820378
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1993
Juster, Norton
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Phar Lap, the wonder horse
The story of Phar Lap is famous in Australia's history. His story is told in the form of a ballad accompanied by vivid illustrations that evoke the period.
ISBN 9780980381313
Publisher Museum Victoria, 2008
Kerin, Jackie & Mullins, Patricia (ill)
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Pharaoh's armies, The
Find out about the dangerous battles of the soldiers in the Pharaohs' armies, how foot soldiers were trained, their weapons and ancient Egyptian mythology. Lots of fascinating snippets of information and explanations of foreign or ancient words.
ISBN 9781420267907
Series Ancient and Medieval people series (6 books)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Park, Louise & Love, Timothy
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Pharaoh: death and life of a God
Egypt of the Pharaohs comes to life in this brilliant account of the reign of two pharaohs, Seti I and his son, Ramesses II, known as Ramesses the Great. Ramesses reigned as Pharaoh of Egypt for sixty-five years and built more temples than any other ruler in Egyptian history. The life, death and successes of each pharaoh are described against the backdrop of life and customs in Egypt at the time.
ISBN 9781862915930
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Kennett, David
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Pheasant and Kingfisher
Beautifully illustrated, by an Aboriginal artist from Cairns, the retelling of how creatures came into the world during the Dreamtime. The author, an anthropologist, lived among the Aborigines in the north of Australia for many years.
ISBN 9781863889742
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Berndt, Catherine & Meeks, Arone Raymond (ill)
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Phoebe Nash: girl warrior
Phoebe is holidaying with her family in Africa. From the outset things do not go according to plan as Phoebe becomes involved in an adventure of a lifetime, having witnessed the kidnapping of an African politician, and then being part of his rescue. All this is set in the wilds of Africa, with lions and elephants aplenty.
ISBN 9780980566420
Publisher Laguna Bay Publishing, 2010
D'Ath, Justin
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Phredde and a frog named Bruce
Another spooky story starring Phredde, a fractious but fun-loving phaery. When your teacher's a vampire, your brother's a werewolf and a frog named Bruce refuses to try to help to save Sleeping Beauty from the Prince, something has to give.
ISBN 9780207200014
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
French, Jackie
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Phredde and the ghostly underpants
Another spooky story starring Phredde, a fractious but fun-loving phaery. Strange yellow puddles are appearing all over the house, Phredde and Bruce keep sneaking off and, most importantly, someone is stealing Pru's underpants.
ISBN 9780207200328
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
French, Jackie
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Phredde and the leopard skin librarian
A school excursion goes horribly wrong. Phredde, Pru, Bruce and their vampire teacher, Mrs Olsen, head back into the time of the dinosaurs with Miss Richards, the librarian and martial arts expert.
ISBN 9780207200274
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
French, Jackie
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Phredde and the purple pyramid
Phredde, Pru and Bruce are back and this time they are in ancient Egypt. It seems Fluffy, Queen of the Nile, has sent a time tunnel to seek out a brave and brilliant girl to save her
ISBN 9780207199349
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
French, Jackie
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Phredde and the temple of gloom
Prudence is invited by her father's distant werewolf cousins to their castle to hunt for some missing 'treasure'. Phredde and Bruce accompany Pru, who is well aware that if she fails then her father will have to take her place. This book is also known as 'A story to eat with a mandarin: Phredde and the temple of gloom'.
ISBN 9780207200267
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
French, Jackie
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Phredde and the vampire footy team
It's a new school term and Phredde and her friends in the school footy team are determined to beat the West Wallabies, who are a footy team of vampires.
ISBN 9780207200106
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2004
French, Jackie
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Phredde and the zombie librarian
There's a zombie librarian tending her blood-starved books in the school library and a five thousand year old Egyptian mummy roaming the corridors. Phredde and Pru must escape.
ISBN 9780207200021
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
French, Jackie
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Phredde series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Phredde series (12 books)
French, Jackie
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Phyllis Wong and the forgotten secrets of Mr Okyto
Conjuring is in Phyllis Wong's veins, passed down from her great-grandfather who was the world's most brilliant magician. When a series of robberies takes place in the city, Phyllis realises there is more to the crimes than meets the eye. It may be baffling her friend Chief Inspector Inglis but Phyllis is determined to find out more. She must find out who the thief is, what he wants and how he is achieving the impossible.
ISBN 9781742378213
Series Phyllis Wong series (1 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the girl who danced with lightning
When Phyllis Wong's friend Clement finds a seemingly ordinary old movie poster in an antique shop, little does Phyllis know that the discovery will fling her on a journey into the past ... a journey that will lead the brilliant young magician and clever sleuth to a forgotten mystery surrounding one of the most famous stories ever written!
ISBN 9780648392262
Series Phyllis Wong series (5 of 4)
Publisher 9 Diamonds Press, 2017
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the pockets of the shadows
When a series of strange and unexpected incidents plunge her world into chaos, Phyllis Wong, brilliant magician and clever sleuth, is faced with danger, uncertainty and an unremembered scientific theory that threatens everything she knows and trusts. Phyllis must try to solve the mystery of these weird happenings, using her magic to defeat the doom of the gloom.
ISBN 9780646951652
Series Phyllis Wong series (4 of 4)
Publisher 9 Diamonds Press, 2016
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the return of the conjuror
Someone has sold a number of valuable first editions of Shakespeare's plays at the auction house and Chief Inspector Inglis suspects foul play. These rare First Folios are in mint condition, where on earth could they have come from. Has a crime been committed. But when a famously lost Shakespearean play is scheduled to be auctioned, Phyllis suspects villainy is seeping into today from the seventeenth century.
ISBN 9781743318379
Series Phyllis Wong series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the vanishing emeralds
When Phyllis Wong--that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth--happens upon a mystery from the past that has proved unsolvable, she knows she has to try to get to the bottom of it. More than sixty years ago an astonishing emerald necklace owned by the famous pianist Isabella Beaufort seemingly vanished off the face of the earth! Ever since, the disappearance has stumped the police, detectives and those associated with the missing priceless jewels. How did the prized Flurtis Emeralds vanish? Where are they today? Is there any way they can be traced, after so many cobwebs have covered the case? Another mysterious intrigue right up the alleyway of our favourite conjuring Transiter!
ISBN 9780648392279
Series Phyllis Wong series (6 of 4)
Publisher 9 Diamonds Press, 2018
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong and the waking of the wizard
Phyllis Wong's great grandfather is on a quest to track down one of history's greatest magicians. But, no one knows if he even exists. To find the answer, Phyllis and her great grandfather will have to transit across thousands of miles and hundreds of years. But, a sinister figure haunts their every step.
ISBN 9781760113384
Series Phyllis Wong series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Phyllis Wong 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 Phyllis Wong series (4 books)
McSkimming, Geoffrey
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Piano lessons can be murder
Practice till you drop . . . dead. When Jerry finds a dusty old piano in the attic of his new house, his parents offer to pay for lessons. At first, taking piano seems like a cool idea.But there's something creepy about Jerry's piano teacher, Dr. Shreek. Something really creepy. Something Jerry can't quite put his finger on. Then Jerry hears the stories. Terrifying stories. About the students at Dr. Shreek's music school. Students who went in for a lesson . . . and never came out.
ISBN 9780439671125
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Stine, R L
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Pie in the sky
When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he's landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn't speak English, and he's often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother has laid down one major rule: the brothers are not to use the oven while she's at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake elaborate cakes, they'll have to cook up elaborate excuses to keep the cake making a secret from Mama.
ISBN 9781760651626
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2019
Lai, Remy
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Pie rats series
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Series Pie rats series (6 books)
Stelzer, Cameron
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Pied Piper of Hamelin, The
In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens, while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. An orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin. But, when the greedy mayor breaks his word, the piper lures the town's children away.
ISBN 9781406315110
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Morpurgo, Michael & Clark, Emma Chichester (ill)
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Pig called Francis Bacon, A
Francis Bacon is an intelligent, talking pig among intelligent, talking pigs.
ISBN 9780733616709
Series Francis Bacon series (1 of 4)
Measday, Stephen
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Pigeon spy, The
Can one heroic homing pigeon make it through enemy territory to save two hundred American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines.
ISBN 9781408191712
Series World War I tales series (3 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Piggotts in peril
The Piggotts of Piggot Place return, triumphantly, in this cleverly-paced story of elusive pirate treasure.
ISBN 9780207197833
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2002
Ball, Duncan
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Pigs and honey
An account of an Aboriginal family on a weekend outing.
ISBN 9781863880466
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1993
Adams, Jeanie
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Pilawuk: when I was young
Pilawuk explains that she was one of the Stolen Generation, and describes her life growing up with non-Aboriginal families and her search for her surviving relatives.
ISBN 9781863742573
Publisher Era Publications, 1990
Brian, Janeen
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Pilot and the Little Prince, The: The life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The story of airplanes and flight captured the imaginations of many. This picture book captures the history of flight leading up to World War I, the life of author Antoine De Saint-Exupery and his imaginative work 'The Little Prince'. Featuring imaginative artworks and diagrams.
ISBN 9781782690597
Publisher Pushkin Press, 2014
Sis, Peter
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Pinhoe egg, The
In the village around Chrestomanci castle, magic is being misused and when Cat Chant finds the Pinhoe egg, chaos begins, and Chrestomanci may not be the one able to bring control to the villages.
ISBN 9780007228553
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
Jones, Diana Wynne
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The classic tale of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet, carved by Old Gepetto, whose nose grows longer whenever he tells a lie. He runs away and joins a circus but a talking cricket and Pinocchio's guardian fairy save him and his wish is granted.
ISBN 9781853261602
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Collodi, Carlo
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The emotional story of Pinquo, a fairy penguin, who lives in a penguin colony in South Australia.
ISBN 9781863025324
Publisher New Holland Australia, 1992
Thiele, Colin & Milton, Mary (ill)
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Pip and Houdini
After the death of her guardian, Sully, Pip has finally found a family who are planning to adopt her- at least they were until Pip gets into trouble AGAIN. Pip is sure she won't find a home with a regular family. There's only one place she might belong, and that's with the mother she has never met. With her faithful dog Houdini by her side, Pip sets off to find out what has happened to Cass. It's a journey filled with colourful characters, including a musical young woman and a friendly surfer. As Pip draws nearer to Byron Bay, is she prepared for what she will find when she gets there?
ISBN 9781760296056
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2017
Jones, J.C & Keys, Caroline (ill)
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Pipeline O'Connor built, The
Fantastic photographs, diagrams and drawings explain how water was pumped to the Kalgoorlie goldfields because of one man's vision. Told in the style of 'The house that Jack built'.
ISBN 9781920731601
Publisher Sandcastle, 2003
Lefroy, Joy & Frylinck, Diana & Duke, Marion (ill)
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Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020
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Series Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020 (5 books)
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippa's Island: Camp Castaway
The students in class 5M are heading off to school camp. Pippa has never been away on camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! The Sassy Sisters look forward to five blissful days together exploring Shipwreck Island's beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with Olivia and the other girls. Mrs Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys' tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge. Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?
ISBN 9780143783725
Series Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020 (4 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippa's Island: Cub reporters
Pippa is settling in to her island home- she's even learning to surf. School is abuzz when Mrs Neill announces the launch of a new student newspaper. But how will Pippa, Meg, Charlie and Cici decide what to write about when the four friends have such different interests? A fashion photo shoot could be fun- if it weren't for bad weather, a naughty puppy and other disasters. Just when things couldn't get any worse, the cub reporters get a news scoop that could bring the whole town together at the Beach Shack Cafe. Cupcakes for everyone! Whose story will make the front page?
ISBN 9780143783688
Series Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020 (2 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippa's Island: Kira dreaming
Kira Cove Public School is hosting a talent quest. Cici, Meg and Charlie couldn't be more excited to perform, but Pippa gets butterflies at the thought of singing on stage. After a disastrous audition the girls get a second chance, but can Pippa find a way to smash her stage fright before the VIP concert? Meanwhile, at the Beach Shack Cafe a mysterious visitor is causing havoc when backs are turned. When Pippa finds a clue, she is determined to track down the mischievous cafe thief. Will Pippa sing with the Sassy Sisters?
ISBN 9780143783701
Series Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020 (3 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2018
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippa's Island: Puppy pandemonium
Life can be hard when you're crammed into a tiny caravan with your noisy family. Pippa's looking forward to moving into their new home above the Beach Shack Cafe, but it's taking forever! Money is tight, too, and Pippa has her eye on a gorgeous new swimming costume. Luckily, Pippa has her Sassy Sisters to help. Together they come up with a plan to make some cash: Pippa's Perfect Pooch Pampering! Before long, Pippa has her hands full with adorable but pesky pups. What could possibly go wrong?
ISBN 9780143793267
Series Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020 (5 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 2018
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippa's Island: The beach shack cafe
Pippa has just arrived at a new school, in a new town, and even living on a gorgeous island isn't cheering her up. Her arrival cause ripples at Kira Cove Primary School- but she soon starts to make friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici. Pippa's mum plans to buy a rustic old boatshed and start a bookshop cafe. Pippa worries they'll use all their money in this madcap venture- until her new friends come to the rescue to help get the grand opening back on track.
ISBN 9780143783671
Series Pippa's Island NEW SERIES 2020 (1 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Murrell, Belinda
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Pippi Longstocking
A humorous story about a super strong, super rich pirate's daughter who has adventures with her two friends, a monkey and a horse.
ISBN 9780192793799
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2015
Lindgren, Astrid & Ross, Tony (ill)
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Pirate company: on the trail of the golden toucan
When Tom's famous father fails to return home from an expedition, his corrupt step-mother has the explorer declared dead. Eager to be rid of her stepson, she ships him off to his stuffy old aunt in Boston. But his journey takes an unexpected turn. Before long he is working on a pirate ship and making plans to mount an expedition to discover his father's whereabouts.
ISBN 9781742990026
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Cason, Susan
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Pirate play
It's time for the annual Average Primary School stage show. The bad news is that Principal Dorking is the producer but the good news is that students who are chosen to be in the play will get an extra two days off school. Naturally, Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison are not going to miss out on this deal.
ISBN 9781420278262
Series Get real series (9 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Pirate X
Will Shepherd is not having the best of times. After six days on the wintery streets of London, he is beaten and robbed. After losing consciousness, he wakes to find he has travelled back to 1717, to a world of danger. Forced to work on Blackbeard's pirate ship, looting and burning, Will's unlikely friend is Major Bonnet, a disaster as a pirate but the key to his survival.
ISBN 9780702238895
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Clark, Sherryl
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Pirate's revenge, The
Lily is navigating on the Mermaid when she learns that her father may still be alive. Before she can follow this up, Lily again encounters the vile Captain Diablo who is seeking the fabled wealth of the Golden Grotto and forces Lily to reveal its location. Furious when he can't locate it, Diablo abandons Lily to die in the darkness.
ISBN 9781869505868
Series The Swashbuckler series (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
Gardiner, Kelly
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Treasure, adventure, skull and crossbones, and MP3s. Jump on board and sail away with daring pirates from long ago to the present day. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865047539
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Richardson, Christopher
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Pizza cake
A reader's feast. Ten wonderfully fresh stories, full of imagination and humour.
ISBN 9780143305989
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Gleitzman, Morris
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Plague island
A kidnapping, a bird-napping and an offer of help from a mysterious stranger. That's just the start of a wild ride that leaves Colt (aka Superclown) and Birdy (aka Clowngirl) abandoned on remote, rat-infested Plague Island. When Birdy gets bitten by a ghost rat, she has only a few hours to live.
ISBN 9780143307303
Series Lost world circus series (5 of 5)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
D'Ath, Justin
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Plague of unicorns, The
James, an aristocratic son in medieval England, is sent to Cranford Abbey to study under the good monks. The abbey is falling into disrepair and, to make money, the Abbott sells cider made from the golden apples. But, the apples are constantly being eaten by a herd of marauding unicorns. When various methods fail to eradicate the unicorns, James must come up with a plan to eliminate them. He must become a perfect hero and risk his life to save the abbey and the monks, and, hopefully, find a way to return home.
ISBN 9780310746119
Publisher Zonderkidz, 2014
Yolen, Jane
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Planet of bones
Some planets seem to have no life forms, but that doesn't mean they have no danger.
ISBN 9781420218688
Series Out of this world series (4 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Planet of the lawn gnomes
Catch the most wanted Goosebumps characters--undead or alive... The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! There is no place to hide. Nothing is safe! Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can't stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. But there's something odd about Jay's new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? Jay is about to learn that mischief can lead to terror.
ISBN 9780545417983
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2013
Stine, R L
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Planet of winds
Making friends on new planets is risky business. They may never want you to leave.
ISBN 9781420218671
Series Out of this world series (3 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Planet Snoz
Jesse and Harry's winning streak at soccer is interrupted by Hugo and Howard, from the Planet Snoz, and their plea for interplanetary help. Hugo and Howard need a dastardly and devious plan and they both know how dastardly and devious Jesse and Harry can be. The boys must win the Interplanetary Soccer Championship and save the universe from Planet Dogsbreath.
ISBN 9781420276893
Series Get real series (5 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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A comprehensive look at life on Earth, a fragile and changing place. Find out how climate change affects the world around us and what might happen in the future to the food we eat, the air we breathe and the land we live on.
ISBN 9781740337021
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2009
Bramwell, Martyn & Burnie, David & Dicks, Lynn & Few, Roger
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Plant world
Perry, Fasool and Mardi are thrown into the plant world dungeon. If the slaves won't help them they will have to get themselves out, somehow.
ISBN 9781420211771
Series Out of this world series (14 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Collins, Paul & Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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Read the true stories about the childhood of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compiled from memoirs and oral histories. Find out about getting bush tucker, going fishing, taking part in ceremony, playing games and having fun. The warmth of home, the love of family and the strength of community shine through every story. Eighty Elders, both past and present, have contributed their words or artwork.
ISBN 9781742370972
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Wheatley, Nadia (ed) & Searle, Ken (ill)
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Playing with collage
A how-to guide to making your own collages, brimful of fascinating hints and tips from a master of the genre, Jeannie Baker. In Playing with Collage, she shares her secrets at last - and encourages her readers to get creative. Within each of this book's four main sections, Jeannie presents an abstract collage of her own and offers suggestions and starting points for beginners. There are no right or wrong answers in this treasure of a book, it's all about trusting your instincts... and playing!
ISBN 9781406378665
Publisher Walker Books, 2019
Baker, Jeannie
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Please do not feed the weirdo
A Goosebumps SlappyWorld story. Robby and his sister Karla beg their parents to take them to a big carnival that has opened on the other side of town. They find themselves at a less-trafficked area at the back of the carnival. Inside a large penned-in area, they see a dejected-looking boy about their age sitting on the grass. A sign on the tall metal fence reads: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE WEIRDO. The kids are reluctant to disobey the sign, but the boy seems really nice. Karla hands him her cone through the fence. He thanks her very politely. He eats the ice cream, delicately at first, and then ...
ISBN 9781338068474
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Stine, R L
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Please don't feed the Vampire!
A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story His Bark is Not Worse Than His Bite! You buy something called "Vampire in a Can." At first you think its just a goofy vampire costume with a cape, plastic fangs, and a tattoo of teeth marks. But then you find a packet in the bottom of the can labeled: DANGER -- KEEP AWAY! If you try to open the packet with your teeth it rips in your mouth. Uh-oh. Looks like you've been transformed into a vampire -- and you're really thirsty. If you decide not to open the packet, your dog sinks his teeth into it. Now your cute little poodle has become a ferocious vampire dog! Can you save your pooch before he bites off more than he can chew? The choice is yours in this scary Goosebumps adventure that's packed with over 20 super spooky endings!
ISBN 9780590934770
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Stine, R L
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Plenty: a place to call home
Maddy receives an unexpected and quite unpleasant tenth birthday present. The family is to move from their inner-city home to the country, to be closer to her rarely-visited grandmother, who is battling the early stages of dementia. Stories by her grandmother and her Sudanese refugee classmate help Maddy to realise the true meaning of home, family and belonging.
ISBN 9781742032429
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2014
Braxton-Smith, Ananda
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Plum puddings and paper moons
It's almost Christmas time in Cameron's Creek and it's a time for wishes, big and small. Scarlet, the oldest of the Rainbow girls, is not sure if wishes come true.
ISBN 9780733328664
Series Kingdom of silk series (5 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2010
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Pocahontas: the prophecy of doom
The native Americans of Virginia have destroyed another tribe in response to a prophecy they had that strangers would come to Chesapeake Bay and destroy them. Unfortunately, a group of English settlers land on this spot in 1607 after the massacre. Pocahontas is dismayed at her tribe's mistake but her efforts to right the situation only make it worse. The true story of her meeting with John Smith.
ISBN 9781406313734
Series Before they were famous series (3 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Corby, Caroline
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Pocket rocket
All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics, you name it. But, now that she's in high school, playing sport and having fun don't seem so simple. There's more homework and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with debating. Then, her friends, Jazz and Charlie, don't invite her when they go rollerskating. To top it off, mean Ms Parkes won't let her on the school cricket team because she thinks Ellyse is too small.
ISBN 9780143781240
Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Clark, Sherryl & Perry, Ellyse
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Podkin One-Ear
As the midwinter feast rolls on, the children gather to hear the storyteller tell tales of the Great warrior, Podkin one-ear. How will the greatest Rabbit that ever lived become the Hero? How will he escape the evil Gorm, and will the children be allowed to hear the end? An eternal story, and the start of a new adventure in the five realms of rabbits.
ISBN 9780571328406
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2016
Larwood, Kieran & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Poems by young Australians Vol 6
Enjoy this collection of bright, witty, powerful and dark poems, written by students from five to seventeen years for The Taronga Foundation poetry prize.
ISBN 9781741664065
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Petty, Ron (ed) & Grieve, Bradley Trevor (ill)
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Poems in my luggage
Includes a wide variety of Australian poems - humorous, reflective, serious and wise.
ISBN 9780140342796
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1989
Thiele, Colin
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Poison pen
Poppy and Graham volunteer to be student ambassadors at the Good Reads Festival. They think it will be an opportunity to meet some popular authors but they have no idea how competitive the literary world is. A series of anonymous threats and mysterious accidents lead the pair to believe that someone at the festival is not who they appear to be.
ISBN 9781406328615
Series Poppy Fields series (7 of 9)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Landman, Tanya
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Polar eyes: a journey to Antarctica
Find out where penguins go to dance, what it's like to sleep in an igloo and how ancient ice can be used as a time machine. Take a journey through the scenes and science of one of the most fascinating parts of the planet, and try some hands-on activities. Heat-related activities may require supervision.
ISBN 9780643096103
Publisher CSIRO, 2009
Patrick, Tanya & Hutcheson, Nicholas (ill)
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Poles apart
Put on your snow shoes and meet some of the creatures, people and places from the coldest places on Earth, the North and South Poles. Find out about these icy lands where plants cannot grow and daylight can last for weeks on end.
ISBN 9781865047751
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Patton, Geoff
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Polly and Buster: The mystery of the magic stones
Polly and Buster shouldn't be friends, witches and monsters definitely don't get on. But Polly can't help it if her best friend is a monster and she knows he's not dangerous. Can they work together to prove everyone wrong and save the day?
ISBN 9781760129026
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2018
Rippin, Sally
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Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster
In a world where witches can never be friends with monsters, Polly and Buster have managed to keep their friendship a secret. Until one day, when everything changes...
ISBN 9781760129019
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Rippin, Sally
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Polly's march
The new occupants in the apartment upstairs turn out to be two women friends who are heavily involved in the suffragette movement. Polly is inspired by their beliefs and finds herself questioning the views of those around her.
ISBN 9780746060315
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Newbery, Linda
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Pompeii: a Roman girl's diary AD78-79
Claudia lives in Pompeii and begins her diary in August AD 78. She has been to the forum and felt the earth shake. It is a day of portents and omens, and on this same day, she first sees the mysterious slave boy, Aengus. Their paths continue to cross as they live in the shadow of the great volcano, Vesuvius.
ISBN 9781407103082
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Reid, Sue
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Pony with no name, The: Seaview stables
Bryony knows there is something special about the beautiful bay pony she sees in the woods, she loves him at first sight. The she meets the pony's owner, Georgina, who doesn't seem to care about him at all, she hasn't even given him a name. Georgina is determined to keep Bryony away from the pony. Bryony must come up with a plan quickly or risk never seeing her dream pony again.
ISBN 9781471170416
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Corderoy, Tracey
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Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend
In a country town, the kids in class 6A tell their stories. Mick, school captain and sometimes trouble-maker, wants to make the school a better place, while brother Jacob just wants to fly. Shy Laura hopes to fit in with a circle of friends, while Pete struggles to deal with his grandpa's sudden death. Selina obsesses over class comedian Cameron, while Cameron obsesses over Anzac biscuits and Pookie Aleera - whoever that is.
ISBN 9780702249280
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Herrick, Steven
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Pop-up machines
Twenty-eight working pop-up machines feature in this book.
ISBN 9780744507850
Publisher Walker Books, 1988
Crowther, Robert
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Pope John Paul II: Pope for the people
In 1978, Karol Wojtyla from Poland became Pope John Paul II. Through photographs, quotations and a glossary of terms, this book gives an insight into his life.
ISBN 9780750232487
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Burns, Peggy
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Poppy and the thief
It's 1864 and Poppy is on the road again, heading to the town of Wahgunyah. On the way, she meets a stranger, who seems to know something about her past and her special letter with the red tiger seal. But, the more time Poppy spends with this boy, the more difficult he becomes and Poppy wonders if she can really trust him.
ISBN 9780143305347
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Poppy at Summerhill
It's 1864 and Poppy, disguised as a boy, has escaped from Bird Creek Mission to find her brother, Gus. Life on the road is tough. When Poppy is given shelter at Summerhill Homestead, she meets a new friend, Noni. Poppy must keep her identity a secret as she tries to find Gus.
ISBN 9780143305330
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Poppy comes home
It's 1864 and Poppy, disguised as a lost princess from India, has joined a travelling medicine show. They're about to enter the town of Beechworth, where her brother Gus told her he was heading months before. Poppy is so happy to think that she might find Gus at last. But when Poppy follows the clues, they lead her to the cemetery.
ISBN 9780143305354
Series Our Australian girl series (44 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Poppy Fields 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 Poppy Fields series (9 books)
Landman, Tanya
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Poppy, The
On Anzac Day 1918, a desperate counter-attack in a French town became one of Australia's greatest victories on World War I. A bond was forged and never forgotten by the town and should never be forgotten by Australians.
ISBN 9781925000320
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2014
Plant, Andrew
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Portal to Halycrus
Vicious swine hunting above ground. Strange aliens underground. Scott wonders about what kind of a world he has tumbled into.
ISBN 9781420218695
Series Out of this world series (11 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Wong, Keira & Fong, Douglas (ill)
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Pow: meet the renewables
A fun look at how renewable energy can help turn around climate change and all the positive ways you can help. The Renewables want to Power Our World and give everyone a bright, clean, energy-efficient, power-filled, pollution-free tomorrow.
ISBN 9780958187848
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2008
Trafford, Caren & Lance, Charlotte (ill)
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Practical guide series
Beautifully illustrated, old-fashioned fantasy books with encyclopaedic information on magical things. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Practical guide series (5 books)
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Practical guide to dragon riding, A
If you are a serious student of dragon combat, dragon defences and dragon riding, this book includes everything you need to know about finding, raising and training a dragon mount.
ISBN 9780786949755
Series Practical guide series (4 of 5)
Publisher Wizards of the Coast, 2008
Trumbauer, Lisa & Hess, Nina (ed)
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Practical guide to dragons, A
Dragons hate sweet things. The dragon word for ugly is nurh. The best place to find a green dragon is behind a waterfall. If this is all news to you, you need to read a practical guide to dragons. Beautifully illustrated with quaintly presented encyclopaedic knowledge about dragons.
ISBN 9780786941643
Series Practical guide series (1 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2006
Trumbauer, Lisa
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Practical guide to faeries, A
Peek inside the secret world of faeries and find out the difference between a pixie and a nixie, and what happens if you nibble on a piece of faerie food. A mischievous pixie named Pip invites you to tour the wonders of the feywild. Once you've entered faerie land, you may never want to go home again.
ISBN 9780786951406
Series Practical guide series (5 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2009
Morris, Susan
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Practical guide to monsters, A
Find out how to trick a troll, whether vampires sleep and if you need to worry about yuan-ti. The spooky, unexpected and always fascinating world of monsters is showcased in this fantasy encyclopaedia.
ISBN 9780786948093
Series Practical guide series (2 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2007
Hess, Nina (ed)
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Practical guide to wizardry, A
A fantastical introduction to wizards, including all the secrets needed in the first year of wizard training and magic. Beautifully illustrated and imaginative guide to all things wizardly.
ISBN 9780786950423
Series Practical guide series (3 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2008
Morris, Susan
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Predator, The
Marco never wanted to be an Animorph. He never wanted the ability to change into any animal he touches. He just wants to chill. Whatever happens, happens.
ISBN 9780590629812
Series Animorphs series (5 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic US, 1996
Applegate, K A
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Prehistoric marine life in Australia's inland sea
Step back to a time when Australia's red centre was flooded by a vast shallow ocean, the Eromanga Sea. While dinosaurs stalked the scattered islands that made up the Australian continent, giant marine reptiles ruled the waves. Plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs swam in an inland sea filled with schools of ammonites. Pterosaurs flew overhead and giant carnivorous amphibians lurked in the rivers.
ISBN 9781921833168
Publisher Museum Victoria, 2015
Clode, Danielle
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Present takers, The
Bullies have spoiled Lucy Hall's birthday and are threatening to ruin her entire year. A gang of aggressive girls has chosen Lucy as their newest target and Lucy is unwilling and unable to defend herself or ask for help.
ISBN 9780099991601
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1994
Chambers, Aidan
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Preston Campbell edition, The (An Indij sport report)
An insight into the life and family of Preston Campbell, a talented player with the Penrith Panthers rugby league team. Exciting layout contributes to the impact of the text and makes information more accessible.
ISBN 9780975686041
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Campbell, Preston & McDougall, Wendy (ill)
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A fascinating backwards walk through familiar narratives that would appeal to multiple age groups, the read to and the reading. A sound knowledge of fairy stories and nursery rhymes and a willingness to think in new ways are prerequisites for enjoying this book to the full.
ISBN 9781844280629
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Ahlberg, Allan & Ingman, Bruce
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Priceless painting pinched
A suspicious new art teacher starts at Zac and Hannah's school just as the newspaper headlines announce the robbery of a priceless painting. Follow the clues and the red herrings, collect the evidence and check out the suspects to solve the crime of the missing painting.
ISBN 9781405037334
Series Who dun it series (2 of 4)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Holper, Paul & Torok, Simon & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
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Prince Caspian: return to Narnia
Prince Caspian is in danger when his wicked uncle, King Miraz, decides to get rid of the young heir to the throne. In desperation, Caspian blows the magic horn, calling on Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund in Narnia's hour of need.
ISBN 9780006716792
Series Chronicles of Narnia series (2 of 7)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2000
Lewis, C S
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Prince of butterflies
A beautiful story about John Farrington, a boy who loved butterflies and grew into a man who saved them.
ISBN 9780152058548
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2002
Coville, Bruce & Clapp, John (ill)
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Princess bride, The
A classic story of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers and true love.
ISBN 9780747545187
Publisher Bloomsbury, 1999
Goldman, William
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Princess of Egypt: an Egyptian girl's diary 1490 BC
Asha, the daughter of King Thutmose, does not want to live the constrained life of privileged, pampered Egyptian women. She loves to train her body and her mind, and resents the power and importance of men. One day, a prophecy foretells that a young woman will prove to be the best man in the Two Kingdoms and Asha is caught up in a world of plots, danger and intrigue.
ISBN 9781407103099
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Cross, Vince
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Princess Parsley
Parsley Patterson's first year of high school is not turning out as she had expected. It's not only her name that's the problem. Parsley is targeted by Danielle and her mean group, and bullied about her hippie family and her Possum Creek address. But, just as she decides to keep her head down and try to ignore it all until it blows over, her father's announcement causes the spotlight to rest firmly again on Parsley.
ISBN 9781742991610
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Rushby, Pamela
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Private and confidential
Laura, an English girl, discovers that her Australian pen pal is blind. She decides to learn to use a Braille machine to send him a get-well-soon card. They are soon sending Braille letters to each other, making their letters private and confidential.
ISBN 9780711220973
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2003
Ripley, Marion & Backhouse, Colin
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Problem child, The
The sisters Grimm come face to face with their parents' kidnappers, and are stunned when one of them turns out to be the world's most famous fairy-tale character and the other an unstoppable killing-machine known as the Jabberwocky.
ISBN 9781741690057
Series Sisters Grimm series (3 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Buckley, Michael & Ferguson, Peter (ill)
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Problem pony
Beth has always wanted a horse of her own. She is thrilled when she has the chance to look after a pony called Brady. But, Brady is a problem pony who doesn't seem to want to be friends with her.
ISBN 9780143302599
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2006
Clark, Sherryl & Young, Noela
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Calvin and his friends hypnotise Calvin's little sister, Trudy, and make her do lots of silly things. It is only at the last moment, before Mum comes home, that she snaps out of her hypnotic state.
ISBN 9781842707005
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2008
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Van Allsburg, Chris
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Project, The
It all began with a book so boring that nobody would ever read it, the perfect place to hide a terrible secret. Now the book has emerged from its hiding place and the world may never be the same. A prank leads Luke and Tommy into a world of trouble, requiring all their investigative skills to save civilisation from a catastrophic occurrence. World War ll, da Vinci's inventions, and time travel all come into play.
ISBN 9781921529795
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Falkner, Brian
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Promise, The
Australian soldier Nelson Ferguson was wounded in battle by poison gas which damaged his eyes and lungs. These injuries were made worse because Nelson was an artist and a cornet player. After he died many years later, Nelson's grandson wanted to ensure Australians remembered what happened to thousands of young soldiers in World War 1.
ISBN 9780987313966
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2012
Guille, Derek & Kaff-eine (ill)
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Punjabi pappadum, The
The legendary, mouthwatering Punjabi Pappadum is doing it tough against the flashy new Burger Barn. There's something sinister going on and it's down to best mates Veejay, Dexter and Travis to get to the bottom of it.
ISBN 9780702233630
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2003
Newton, Robert
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Pure chance
It's Lizzie's dream to have her own horse. Her family seems to have just enough money for everyone else, except Lizzie.
ISBN 9780744524000
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Rubinstein, Gillian
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Puzzle palace
Brain Davis is one of five lucky winners of the Puzzle Palace competition. His prize is being one of the first kids to enter Puzzle Palace, part theme park, part brainteaser. Brain will be challenged as never before. And, even if he and the other four winners solve the puzzles and make it all the way through, something awaits them at the very end, something they will never suspect.
ISBN 9780980724103
Series Quizzical series (3 of 3)
Publisher LJD Books, 2010
Davidson, Leanne
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Find out all about Egyptian tombs known as pyramids. There is also information about pyramids in Mexico, Nubia and Central America. Reading this book is like visiting a mini museum.
ISBN 9780756607173
Series Eyewitness series (36 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2004
Putnam, James
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Pyro Watson and the hidden treasure
Pyro Watson loves pirates, treasure and maps. When he is stranded with his Aunt Mor in her caravan on the beach with her latest beau, Pyro calls on Simeon the pirate to pass the time. When Pyro meets another boy, Min, life at the holiday camp becomes more interesting and then dangerous when the local bullies claim territorial rights to the beach.
ISBN 9781741664164
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Hilton, Nette & Rogers, Gregory (ill)
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