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Valentine Joe
Rose and her grandad are visiting the grave of his father, who died there during World War I. She chances upon the resting place of fifteen year old Valentine Joe. Later, Rose finds herself in a different place, one hundred years before, with Valentine Joe and his friends. Rose learns why Joe enlisted so young, of the camaraderie among the soldiers, and about the terrifying and horrific effects of war.
ISBN 9781909489608
Publisher Chicken House, 2014
Stevens, Rebecca
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Valley of gold
One valley's stories of gold through the ages, from the beginning, four billion years ago, to the valley's creation and the history of its deposits.
ISBN 9780207199882
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
French, Jackie
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Valley of the lost, The
The hunt for the last stone and Lief, Barda and Jasmine journey to the Valley of the Lost where they have to confront the Guardian - one false move and they will be enslaved forever.
ISBN 9781865046792
Series Deltora Quest series (7 of 9)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Rodda, Emily
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Vampire breath
Tough. That's Freddy Martinez and his friend, Cara. They're not afraid of anything. But that was before they went exploring in Freddy's basement. Before they found the secret room. Before they found the bottle of Vampire Breath. Poor Freddy and Cara. They should have never opened that bottle of Vampire Breath. Because now there's a vampire in Freddy's basement. And he's very, very thirsty....
ISBN 9780545298377
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Stine, R L
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Vampire virus
Battle Boy 005 can't believe it. Professor Perdu is sending him on a mission with a Battle Gorl - BG001. She's a virus expert, and a know-it-all. Their mission is to find and destroy the virus dracs that are sucking the life out of the Battle Books. One bossy Battle Girl + hundreds of angry dracs = Battle Boy's toughest mission yet.
ISBN 9780330425872
Series Battle boy series (7 of 15)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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I am Vampyre, feared and despised. I live in darkness. I long for light. From the depths of his dark vampyre world, a young vampyre boy reflects on his joyous childhood, compared with his current life and his longing to join the light.
ISBN 9781921529221
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Wild, Margaret & Yeo, Andrew (ill)
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Van Gogh and the seasons: An art book for kids
Join Theo, a little field mouse, to find out about Vincent's lifelong love of the seasons and the world around him. Along the way, there are activities and quizzes for kids to do with family and friends. A selection of iconic works by Van Gogh such as 'A Wheat Field, with Cypresses' (early September, 1889) and 'Orchard in Blossom' (April, 1889), are featured throughout, and these are paired with interesting facts about the changing seasons, Van Gogh's life and artistic techniques.
ISBN 9781925432374
Topics / Biography /
Ryan, Kate & Bennett, Cally (ill)
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Once, creatures of all shapes and sizes wandered this empty land. They had horns and wings, scales and feathers. They lived in vibrant forests, desert plains and icy tundras. But where are they now?
ISBN 9781925227444
Publisher MidnightSun Publishing, 2018
Lucas, Mike & Harrison, Jennifer (ill)
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Vanishing at the very small castle, The
Another mystery clouds the very small castle of the O'Bryan family when glamorous actress, Delilah Devince vanishes in the middle of filming on Howlers Beach. With the monster co-star as lead suspect and more strange disappearances happening, it's up to Butter to solve the mystery. Can he crack the case before it's too late?
ISBN 9781460757734
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
French, Jackie
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Fascinating facts about the planet, Venus, and the solar system. Includes photographs, a glossary and website links.
ISBN 9781420218732
Series New Solar System series (2 of 12)
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Birch, Robin
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Verity Sparks and the scarlet hand
It's1880 and Verity is having fun on holidays, with Papa and her friends. But, a terrible crime has been committed and when Verity tries to investigate, her gift, the ability to find lost things, creates more mysteries than it solves. Verity must find out why a red glove was left at the crime scene and who is the ghostly woman following her. Terrible secrets are being revealed. Verity will need all her courage and skills to solve this.
ISBN 9781922244895
Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2015
Green, Susan
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Verity Sparks series
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Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Green, Susan
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Verity Sparks, lost and found
Melbourne in 1879 and Verity Sparks has found her father. But, she has lost her gift - the ability to find lost things. Papa Savinov, eager for Verity to become a proper lady, sends her to the exclusive boarding school, Hilltop House. But, Verity is more interested in solving the case of the missing Ecclethorpe heiress. As the investigation deepens, danger and intrigue grow closer.
ISBN 9781921977886
Series Verity Sparks series (3 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Green, Susan
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Vermonia series
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Series Vermonia series (8 books)
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Vermonia: Battle for the turtle realm
Naomi and Fly find themselves on Blue Star where they encounter a group of skaters who look very familiar. As they struggle to find a way to return to the fight in Turtle Realm, they learn that General Uro's influence extends all the way to Union City. Jim and Rainbow make a last stand in the Canyon of Wind committed to resisting the onslaught of Uro's soldiers. Doug and the Blacksmiths lay siege to the Ice Palace desperate to find their friend Satorin. Mel falls ever more deeply in love with Captain Acidulous but fears the vision of the future revealed to her. With unshakeable bravery our heroes continue to fight against Uro's evil scheme to capture the Bolirium which would enslave them all.
ISBN 9781615336517
Series Vermonia series (7 of 8)
Publisher Windmill, 2013
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Vermonia: call of the winged panther
Evil Lord Uro's soldiers have kidnapped and imprisoned Mel, far away from her friends and her home on the planet of Blue Star. Her friends pledge to find her and continue on their fated journey through the Turtle Realm. Their destiny has long ago been foretold in an ancient prophecy. Japanese Manga novel. Series best read in book order.
ISBN 9781406321463
Series Vermonia series (2 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
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Vermonia: quest for the silver tiger
The planet of Vermonia has fallen to General Uro's army. On Earth, four twelve year old friends have no idea that the time has come for them to fulfil an ancient prophecy. To save the kidnapped and imprisoned Mel Doug, Naomi and Jim need to release their own, true warrior spirit. Japanese Manga novel. Series best read in book order.
ISBN 9781406321456
Series Vermonia series (1 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
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Vermonia: release of the red phoenix
General Uro's reign of terror continues to spread through Turtle Realm. Doug, Naomi and Jim, are brought to a village, burning under Uro's evil command. Naomi must become one with her warrior spirit to help put out the destructive flames and free Mel who is trapped in a bubble. Japanese Manga novel. Series best read in book order.
ISBN 9781406321791
Series Vermonia series (3 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
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Vermonia: Return of the Queen
In this thrilling conclusion to the Vermonia saga, our heroes face their ultimate challenge brought to life with spectacular manga art.The final chapter to the Vermonia saga opens with our four heroes bravely standing up to seemingly insurmountable odds. Uro's assault on the last pillar of the Turtle Realm continues. With Uro's awakening, the dark Yami magic is growing stronger and stronger. The sheer size and power of the Deras is enough to bring the guardian ministers into the fray, but even their powers aren't enough to stop Uro's will. The battle rages continuously, and with things at their bleakest, the indomitable spirit of the four skater kids from Blue Star must shine forth and inspire hope even when all seems lost. But will that be enough to overcome the evil destructive magic on such a huge scale and when the stakes are so high?
ISBN 9781477790915
Series Vermonia series (8 of 8)
Publisher Windmill, 2015
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Vermonia: the Rukan prophecy
The battle for Vermonia continues and depends on the courage of four friends. Japanese Manga novel. Series best read in book order.
ISBN 9781406322637
Series Vermonia series (4 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
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Vermonia: the warrior's trial
The Blue Star Warriors enter the core of Xandan Island in a desperate attempt to protect the Pillar of Thunder. Jim and Doug must pass through the Lake of Wishes, where whatever they long for most will be used against them. Even with the help of their animal guardians, they may not be able to save the Turtle Realm from falling into darkness. Series best read in book order.
ISBN 9781406322644
Series Vermonia series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
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Vermonia: To the pillar of the wind
In part six of the Vermonia series, the Blue Star Warriors must find a way to infiltrate Uro's most fiercely guarded headquarters as they fight to save the Pillar of Wind from destruction. They must use all of their resources, including the warship Vleste, now powered by the magical crystal they found in the Lake of Wishes. As Doug is captured by a band of Uro's soldiers, Naomi and Fly are inadvertently transported back to the planet of Blue Star- revealing the mysterious pathways connecting the galaxies while exposing some of Uro's weaknesses.
ISBN 9780763659172
Series Vermonia series (6 of 8)
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2012
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Vet Cadets series
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Series Vet Cadets series (4 books)
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet Cadets: Clever Chicks
Abbey, Hannah and Talika are new recruits at Willowvale boarding school's Vet Cadets program. Mrs Parry, their science teacher, has given each of the girls a chick to raise and train, but not everyone is happy about it! When a game of horseback hide-and-seek turns into a matter of life and death, rules are broken and the friends' courage is sorely tested. This time, a solution might be out of the Vet Cadets' hands...
ISBN 9780143782742
Series Vet Cadets series (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet cadets: Pudding in peril
Although all the year 7 girls are missing their families, life at Willowvale fills their days with learning about agricultural life and starting them on their pathways to eventually becoming veterinarians. When the local country fair comes to town, every girl must enter in both the creative and animal husbandry sections, causing much excitement and a fair amount of consternation. Abbey has nervously entered the technical cattle cutting competition only to find herself pitted against the impressive horsemanship and competitiveness of the boys from neighbouring Darrowby Agricultural College. Pudding, Talikas pony, falls ill and cooperation by all is necessary to save his life.
ISBN 9780143782728
Series Vet Cadets series (2 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet cadets: Saving Itsy Bitsy
Abbey, Hannah and Talika are ecstatic when Henrietta finally delivers twelve healthy piglets, but devastated to learn that there is also a thirteenth with little chance of survival. With the clandestine help from a couple of teachers, round the clock care is organised for Itsy. Meanwhile the girls must undertake their normal classroom studies, but it's a bit hard when you're taking care of a little piglet...
ISBN 9780143782735
Series Vet Cadets series (3 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vet cadets: Welcome to Willowvale
To be accepted into the select vet cadet program at Willowvale Girls Grammar is both exciting and challenging. Roommates Abbey, Hannah and Talika have come from entirely different backgrounds, Abbey from an outback cattle station, Hannah from a local well-off show jumping family and Talika from an affluent Indian family. Very quickly, however, these differences disappear as the three become inseparable in helping each other cope with their insecurities, family pressures and school work, all the while combining to solve the problem of a predator attacking the school's sheep flock, and best of all riding their horses every day.
ISBN 9780143782711
Series Vet Cadets series (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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Vexatious haunting of Lily Griffin, The
Bookworm Lily Griffin has a lot to handle with a bullying big brother and a frenetic family. But going to stay with her beloved grandfather changes everything. In his rambling country house, long-forgotten secrets lurk in locked rooms. With her gift of intuition and imagination, Lily is the perfect person to investigate the strange goings-on. And as magical mysteries unravel, Lily finds herself surrounded by weird and wonderful pals - both dead and alive.
ISBN 9781760991753
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2022
Hayes, Paula & Jiang, Katy (ill)
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Victor's challenge
Prince Victor must complete three challenges before Valerian's father will consider him as a suitor for her hand in marriage. Victor knows he can be brave and persistent but he is very worried about the cleverness test. When your heart is pure and true, anything can happen even where fierce dragons and enchanted mountains are concerned.
ISBN 9781921150326
Series Victor series (5 of 2)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Freeman, Pamela & Gamble, Kim (ill)
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Victor's quest
Prince Victor of Serendipity solves some sticky problems like finding the princess. Fortunately, he is aided by his horse, Quince, who is smarter than Victor.
ISBN 9781862912861
Series Victor series (3 of 2)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Freeman, Pamela & Gamble, Kim (ill)
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Vietnam diary
Jason's grandfather fought on the Western Front, his father fought at Kokoda and now Jason has received his conscription letter, called up to Vietnam. His training and war experience in Vietnam are explored through pictures and letters.
ISBN 9780734412744
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2013
Wilson, Mark
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View from the 32nd floor
William lives on the thirty second floor of an apartment block with a clear view of the building opposite. He sees his neighbours' daily lives and worries about the loneliness of some of them. With his new friend, cakes and a dictionary of names, Williams plans to tempt his neighbours back into the world.
ISBN 9781922077295
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Cameron, Emma
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Viking blood: a viking warrior AD 1008
After being injured in a raid that has gone terribly wrong, Tor Scaldbane loses his chance to be a legendary warrior. After this devastating blow, his faith is restored when he discovers the sagas of his ancestors, including the stories of glorious battles, ancient heroes and powerful gods. Now, he has his own stories to tell.
ISBN 9781407104812
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Donkin, Andrew
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Viking boy: The real story
Take an immersive tour of everyday world of the Vikings, with Gunnar, the hero of the action packed novel Viking Boy, as your guide. Find out how the Vikings lived, what they believed, and how they gained their legendary reputation as warriors.
ISBN 9781406395037
Publisher Walker Books, 2022
Bradman, Tony
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Vile village, The
The Baudelaires travel to VFD, a village that adopts the orphans based on the aphorism, "it takes a village to raise a child." They find one responsible adult, a murder of crows and signs of the kidnapped Quagmire triplets but they find neither respite nor peace from Count Olaf's machinations.
ISBN 9780064408653
Series Series of unfortunate events series (7 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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Villains: a gallery of Australian rogues
Short, simple text that is easy to read but with gutsy content profiling the rogues of Australian history including how they lived and how they died. Full of action and drama.
ISBN 9781876580421
Publisher Phoenix Education, 2003
Baillie, Allan
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Vincent and the grandest hotel on Earth
High on the snowy slopes of the Mabombo ranges lies the Grandest Hotel on Earth. This is the most magical, fantastical place on Earth where even seeing is not believing. When ordinary Vincent has the opportunity to leave his life for a short while and experience this grand place he cannot believe his fortune. What he doesn't count on are the temptations and life altering choices he will have to make.
ISBN 9781760890681
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2019
Nicol, Lisa
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Vincent van Gogh: the troubled artist
Van Gogh's life was tragic. He failed in love, fell out with friends and fellow painters, felt the suffering of others deeply and died by his own hand. During his short life, he painted hundreds of vibrant paintings, now recognised as masterpieces.
ISBN 9780750243230
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2003
Claybourne, Anna
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Vinnie's war
Twelve year old Vinnie has escaped from his foster mother and her tough rules and expectations. He has found a friend with whom he can share dreams and music. Then, war begins and Vinnie is evacuated from the London bombs. All he has left of his old life is his harmonica. On the train, Vinnie meets three other evacuee children and when they arrive in the small country town of Netterfold, their own war begins.
ISBN 9781742375762
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
McRobbie, David
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Violet Veil mysteries, The: A case of grave danger
Violet Veil is a young girl desperate to join her father in the family business, Veil and Sons Undertakers, as an apprentice. But being a girl, she faces lots of challenges in achieving her goal. When a client unexpectedly goes missing, and then suddenly turns up alive, Violet is thrust into a mystery. Can she and her dog, Bones, solve the case and prove her worth to her Father?
ISBN 9780008297367
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2021
Cleverly, Sophie & Peck, Hannah (ill)
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Virtually Christmas
Is Christmas still Christmas if all the things that made it special are gone? Global internet giant, Winterzone, have taken over Christmas with their robots, drones and 3D holograms of Santa doing all the traditional 'Santa' work. When eleven-year-old Etta and her friend Monty stumble across a curious clue, they find themselves in a race against time and the mighty Winterzone in order to find the real Santa before the true meaning of the festive season is lost forever.
ISBN 9780008334321
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2022
Baddiel, David
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Visconti house, The
Laura's house is indeed puzzling. It's an Italian-style villa of the 1800s, built in a small country Victorian town, with a myth claiming it is haunted by the spirit of an elderly Italian man. Laura and Leon are outsiders and they both have secrets. Alienated by their classmates, the pair tackles the mysteries of her house and its former occupants.
ISBN 9781921529016
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Edgar, Elsbeth
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Visitor, The
Rachel is still reeling from the news that the Earth is secretly under attack by parasitic aliens, the Yeerks. And, that she and her friends, who have the power to morph into any animal they touch, are the planet's only defence. When it's suggested that they infiltrate the home of their assistant principal, who is a human host of the Yeerks, Rachel volunteers.
ISBN 9780545291521
Series Animorphs series (2 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2011
Applegate, K A
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Beneath our feet, a molten hell brews and its boiling fury can no longer be contained within the Earth's thin crust. The world is about to change. Find out why volcanoes erupt and the strange, changed landscapes they leave behind. Eyewitness accounts and dramatic photography tell the story of the world's deadliest eruptions.
ISBN 9780792253761
Series Witness to disaster series (5 books)
Publisher National Geographic Society, 2007
Fradin, Judy & Dennis
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This series presents the science behind some of the world's worst natural disasters. Find out what causes these catastrophic events, where they happen, how warning systems work and what disaster relief is provided. Includes photographs, maps, disaster files and a glossary of terms.
ISBN 9781420205343
Series Natural disasters series (6 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Topics / STEM /
Park, Louise
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Von Gobstopper's arcade
Master toymaker, Gustav Von Gobstopper, builds a toy arcade for the children of Drabville. Millie and Ernest encounter a small band of toys that are hiding and a cohort of discredited surgeons, all of which begins to point towards a scheme to eradicate all children.
ISBN 9780732286637
Series Strangest adventures series (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Adornetto, Alexandra
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Votes for women! The story of Nellie, Rose and Mary
In 1980, Rose Birk and her stepdaughter, Nellie, write letters and attend meetings to help improve the lives of women and children in Adelaide. This action soon changes their lives and they become part of a bigger movement which changes Australian history.
ISBN 9780734420138
Publisher Hachette Australia, 2022
Wilson, Mark
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Voyage of the dawn treader, The
The Dawn Treader will take you places you never dreamed existed.
ISBN 9780064471077
Series Chronicles of Narnia series (3 of 7)
Publisher HarperTrophy, 2002
Lewis, C S
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