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ID Title Author  
3872
Ubby's Underdogs: Heroes beginnings
In Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a rag-tag gang, known as the Underdogs. The gang's efforts to locate Sai Fong, the Dragon Summoner, have been halted by the ambitious pearling master, Paul Donappleton. Old myths and smoky legends from an ancient scroll begin to take on new meaning and it becomes a race to unravel the truth.
ISBN 9781922142139
Publisher Magabala Books, 2013
McKenna, Brenton E
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10066
Ubby's Underdogs: Legend of the phoenix dragon, The
In Broome in the 1940s, the pearling town is recovering from World War II. Ubby, a street-wise Aboriginal girl, leads a rag-tag gang known as the Underdogs. When Ubby recruits Sai Fong, a Chinese girl off the boat from Shanghai, they are thrown into a series of bizarre adventures full of myths and legends, and secrets never before exposed.
ISBN 9781921248313
Publisher Magabala Books, 2011
McKenna, Brenton E
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6440

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Ubiquitous: celebrating nature's survivors
The book's title, Ubiquitous, means something that is, or seems to be, everywhere at the same time. Through beautifully illustrated poems, this book investigates the natural world, from the single-celled bacteria and diatom to the ever-present ant and dandelion, and describes how these very special life-forms avoided extinction to become nature's survivors.
ISBN 9780618717194
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2010
Sidman, Joyce & Prange, Beckie (ill)
No book cover.
102935
UFO in the USA
Boyfriend Brad is invited to sing in Las Vegas, so they all, including the squabbling siblings, accompany him on another family trip. Dad gets separated from the rest of the family and finds unexpected fame in this hilarious family adventure. Some derogatory language used in context.
ISBN 9780143302933
Series UFO series (2 of 3)
Publisher Puffin USA, 2007
Hackett, Dave
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UFO 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 UFO series (3 books)
Hackett, Dave
No book cover.
5116
UFO: unavoidable family outing
An adolescent male, his family and his sister's new boyfriend, Brad, set off on a road trip to Queensland. Humour, fighting siblings and mishaps all the way leave you wondering if they will ever make it. Some derogatory language used in context.
ISBN 9780143302278
Series UFO series (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Hackett, Dave
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Uglies
First book in a trilogy. In an evil, future world, everyone has plastic surgery at sixteen to make them attractive and, thus, equal. A rebel group believes individuality is more important. Tally is torn between loyalty and her desire to be a Pretty.
ISBN 9780689865381
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2005
Westerfeld, Scott
No book cover.
7618

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Ugly: young reader's edition
Australian Robert Hoge was born with a large tumour in the middle of his face and legs that weren't much use. Dedicated doctors removed the tumour from his face, operated on his legs then stitched him back together. But, Robert still looked different. Told with humour and candour, this is the true story of how Robert, through sheer grit and determination, grew up to have an ordinary life. That became his greatest achievement.
ISBN 9780733634338
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2015
Hoge, Robert
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18415

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Ulysses Moore: the door to time
A mysterious old mansion, a strange locked door with four keyholes and three adventurous, courageous and curious kids determined to solve the mystery of Ulysses Moore, who once owned that house.
ISBN 9780439774383
Publisher Scholastic US, 2006
Piemme, Edizioni
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4062

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Uncle Trev and his whistling bull
In New Zealand in the 1930s, a sickly schoolboy is in bed, trying to get over a long sickness. When his Uncle Trev arrives to let Mum go out and do the shopping. he tells one tall story after another, about the animals out on his farm, and his neighbour, Gotta Henry. But, when Mum returns, she chases Uncle Trev and his dog with her broom and threatens what she'll do to 'that man' next time he comes in.
ISBN 9781877467158
Publisher Gecko Press, 2012
Lasenby, Jack
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433

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Uncovered
A group of nine appealing science fiction fantasy stories.
ISBN 9780141301778
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Jennings, Paul
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434

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Under the cat's eye
A story of mystery and suspense, centred around Jai, who is at a strange boarding school headed by the monstrous Mr Drake.
ISBN 9780733605543
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Rubinstein, Gillian
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435
Under the hawthorne tree
Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. Three children are left to fend for themselves when tragedy strikes their family. They must find their great aunts.
ISBN 9780862782061
Publisher O'Brien Press, 2001
Conlon-McKenna, Marita
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1055

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Under the streets
If you've ever wondered what goes on below the streets of a major city, take a look under New York. Find out what really lives in the subway tunnels and where all the waste water ends up.
ISBN 9781865048901
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Harris, David
No book cover.
25053

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Under town
Someone is tormenting the fine people of Nod's Limbs and, for once, it's not Edgar and Ellen.
ISBN 9780689861048
Series Edgar & Ellen series (3 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
2503

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Under Wildwood
With Alexandra the Dowager Governess seemingly defeated and Mac safely returned home, Prue still cannot settle and finds herself drawn back to Wildwood, her life in danger as well as the very existence of the Wildwood communities, with divisions and politics threatening to destroy the harmony Prue's initial presence brought. Rebellion is also close at hand just outside the Impassable Wilderness with industrial tycoons causing havoc on the landscape and their orphan workforce.
ISBN 9780143308133
Series Wildwood trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2013
Meloy, Colin & Ellis, Carson (ill)
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437
Underrunners
Kidnapping and suspense highlight this story of two children who have to rely on courage and resourcefulness to escape from a bleak house.
ISBN 9780670841790
Publisher Viking UK, 1992
Mahy, Margaret
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4070
Understudy's revenge, The
Millie Osborne is an errand girl for King's company, the famous troupe of actors who, beset by misfortune, have decided to put on a spectacular performance of Hamlet to announce their comeback. When mysterious Oliver Parry arrives to audition for Hamlet, Millie is intrigued and wonders why he is so secretive. She investigates and Millie uncovers secret identities, betrayal, lies, revenge and, perhaps, even murder.
ISBN 9781741698138
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Masson, Sophie
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13335

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Underwater war
In his most dangerous mission yet, Napoleon is going back to World War II to navigate another MetaBook, this time through the underwater wars between Allied battleships and German U-boats. Napoleon might think it's just another mission but he'll soon learn that war underwater is a tricky operation.
ISBN 9780330404327
Series Battle boy series (15 of 15)
Publisher MacMillan, 2011
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
No book cover.
795

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Unfinished angel, The
In the ancient, stone tower of the Casa Rosa, life for one angel has been the same for as long as s/he can remember. Until Zola arrives. For neighbours who have been long-time enemies, children who have been lost and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives, beware. Zola and the angel are about to collide.
ISBN 9780143203759
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Creech, Sharon
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4798

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Unforgettable what's his name, The
Even before all this happened, I had never been like the other kids. I tried not to be seen. If I climbed a tree or hid among the bins, no one could find me. Then, one weekend, I got what I wanted. First, I blended in with things. But, on the second day, I changed. I mean, really changed.
ISBN 9781760290856
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Jennings, Paul & Smith, Craig (ill)
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5430

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Unforgotten
Nobody knows where they come from. But they come. Impossible birds of the big sky and the long night.
ISBN 9781742379722
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Riddle, Tohby
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9167

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Unforgotten coat, The
Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates. They bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy, as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and Nergui were forced to return to Mongolia.
ISBN 9781406333855
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Boyce, Frank Cottrell
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Unlikely exploits 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 Unlikely exploits series (3 books)
Ardagh, Philip
No book cover.
9826

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Unlikely story of Bennelong and Phillip, The
An important and intriguing tale of an extraordinary friendship between two unlikely characters, Captain Arthur Phillip and the Aborigine, Bennelong, which remains largely unknown. The background of the first settlement in Australia heightens the polarity between the two worlds of the traditional Aboriginal culture and values, and European culture and values.
ISBN 9780980671186
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2015
Sedunary, Michael & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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438

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Unreal
Boys are the heroes in each of the tales in this assortment of funny, scary and disgusting short stories.
ISBN 9780141301761
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Jennings, Paul
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Unspeakable
Fifteen year old Megan has not spoken aloud since the accidental death of her friend, Hana. There are things locked inside her head that she cannot, must not, let out. She is targeted by the school bullies but, when Jasmine arrives, Megan finds an unexpected ally. Megan and Jasmine's closeness brings unexpected feelings to the fore and relationships become tense. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780349002064
Publisher Atom Publishing, 2015
Rushton, Abbie
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Unusual suspects, The
For Sabrina Grimm, living in a community of fairytale characters means always being ready for trouble. And, something is definitely wrong at her new school. The adults seem too angry, the kids too sleepy and the gym teacher likes dodge ball far too much. Of course, her little sister, Daphne, is having the time of her life.
ISBN 9781741690682
Series Sisters Grimm series (2 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Buckley, Michael & Ferguson, Peter (ill)
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Upside down girl, The
Desperate to be famous, young Brittany Hu attempts to set a "McGuinness record", but ends up weightless, a condition which results in some hilarious predicaments. The tongue-in-cheek subtexts are very entertaining.
ISBN 9781865081342
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2000
D'Ath, Justin
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Uranus
Fascinating facts about the planet, Uranus, and the solar system. Includes photographs, a glossary and website links.
ISBN 9781420211979
Series New Solar System, The series (7 of 12)
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Birch, Robin
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5847

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Us minus Mum
George and Theo's mum is brilliant. She tells great stories, can wave the fastest of anyone on the planet and, most importantly, she suggested they adopt a scruffy dog called Goffo. The boys also think she's invincible. But, they're wrong because Mum is ill, really ill. It's up to George and Theo to keep Mum smiling. This will probably, definitely involve wellies, shepherd's pie and Goffo's victory at the pet talent show.
ISBN 9780349124070
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Butler, Heather
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USA: everything you ever wanted to know
You will read fascinating tales about who introduced surfing to the world, which sharp shootin' cowgirl was a superstar of the wild west, which famous road is known as America's main street and about Tornado Alley.
ISBN 9781743214176
Series Not-for-parents series (8 books)
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2012
Evans, Lynette
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18372
Usborne art ideas: drawing cartoons
Excellent book outlining the tips and techniques involved in creating cartoons. Includes links to a website for extra information, pictures and templates. Written in an easy to follow manner allowing even lesser artistic types to gain skills.
ISBN 9780746048429
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2002
Milbourne, Anna & McCafferty, Jan & MacKinnon, Catherine-Anne
No book cover.
Usborne beginners plus 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 Usborne beginners plus series (16 books)
Various
No book cover.
41518

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Usborne creative writer's handbook, The
All the help you need to write better stories, blogs, scripts and poetry. Features lists of inspiring words and tips on editing and grammar. See how well-known writers put techniques into practice and try jotting out your own ideas on the blank pages at the back.
ISBN 9781474922494
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Daynes, Katie & Cullis
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Usborne great searches 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 Usborne great searches series (6 books)
Various
No book cover.
22698

New

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Usborne Lift-the-flap: Periodic table
Everything in the entire Universe is made of just 118 elements - all listed together in a grid called the Periodic table. Delve inside this book to meet each one in great detail.
ISBN 9781474922661
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2017
Topics / STEM /
James, Alice & Nielsen, Shaw (ill)
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Usborne true stories series
Collections of short stories on factual themes, usually adventures in extreme geographical locations. 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 Usborne true stories series (18 books)
Various
No book cover.
10019

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Utterly me, Clarice Bean
Clarice Bean is starting to feel just like her favourite heroine, Ruby Redfort, schoolgirl detective. Clarice and her best friend Betty are planning to ace their book project about Ruby and win the class prize, until Betty disappears into thin air.
ISBN 9781843623045
Series Clarice Bean storybook series (3 books)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2003
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Child, Lauren
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