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Valentine
Four teenagers who are all born on the same Valentine's Day begin to disappear. As the bodies mount up, Pearl Linford has to work out what is happening before it happens to her. Finn Blacklin also shares a Valentines birthday and is the sworn enemy of Pearl. Finn is also the Valentine and a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human boy at birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine but they do not know who it is. Pearl must use all her wits to protect herself. Finn must come to terms with his newfound heritage. There is explosive chemistry too between them that must be dealt with.
ISBN 9780143574163
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
McAlister, Jodi
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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 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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Vampires of Quentaris
Quentaris is once more under attack, this time from creatures who stalk their victims at night. With the main army away fighting the Zolka, Quentaris is vulnerable, it's fate left in the hands of Rad de La'rel.
ISBN 9780734409850
Series Quentaris chronicles series (28 books)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2008
Collins, Paul
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Vampyre
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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Vango: a prince without a kingdom
Fleeing from the police and more sinister forces on his trail, Vango must race against time to prove his innocence. His journey will take him to the furthest reaches of distant lands, and even into the sky where he will find refuge on board the Graf Zeppelin. But the threat of war is getting closer, and Vango must uncover the secrets of his past before everything is lost.
ISBN 9781406331509
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
de Fombelle, Timothee Ardizzone, Sarah (trans)
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Vango: between sky and Earth
Vango is about to enter the priesthood when he suddenly finds himself trying to avoid arrest and escape an assassin. Vango is no ordinary boy with an ordinary life - he has had all kinds of adventures since he was found washed ashore as a toddler on a tiny island off Sicily. Now on the run across Europe, will Vango discover the secrets of his mysterious past in time to figure out who is trying to have him killed - and why.
ISBN 9781406354010
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
de Fombelle, Timothee & Ardizzone, Sarah (trans)
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Vanishing moment, The
Arrow is haunted by a childhood tragedy. Marika is caught in a nightmare from which there is no escape. They are both looking for answers and when they come across a magician, they are tempted by a possibility of a way out.
ISBN 9781743315903
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Wild, Margaret
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Vasilisa the wise and other tales of brave young women
Meet the brave young women from tales of yore...Vasilisa who must try to outwit the fearsome witch Baba-Yaga. Katie Crackernuts who sets out to save her sister from dark magic. Flora, the gardener's daughter, who marries a giant serpent to save a prince. Fairer-Than-A-Fairy, a princess who is kidnapped by an evil one-eyed enchantress. Lullala, in love with a prince cursed to be a lion by day and a man by night. Rosemary, a Scottish lass whose baby is stolen by the wicked faery folk of the Sidhe. Ursula, a princess replaced by a walking, talking automaton.These are not your usual passive princess, waiting forlornly for their prince to come. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780648103066
Publisher Serenity Press, 2018
Forsyth, Kate
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Velvet
Velvet is an orphan who does scalding, back-breaking work in a Victorian steam laundry. She is desperate for a better life. When she is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, Velvet begins to work for her and is dazzled by the beautiful dresses and jewels. But, she soon realises that Madame is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's life is in danger. Some adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780747599210
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Hooper, Mary
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Venus
Fascinating facts about the planet, Venus, and the solar system. Includes photographs, a glossary and website links.
ISBN 9781420218732
Series New Solar System, The 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
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 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
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 Vermonia series (5 books)
Yoyo
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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 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Yoyo
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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 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Yoyo
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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 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Yoyo
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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 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Yoyo
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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 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Yoyo
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Very peculiar plague, A
Alfred is keen to give up bogling, since he almost lost his last apprentice, Birdie. When children start disappearing, Alfred and Jem join forces, waging an underground war. They even seek help from Birdie, dragging her away from the safe home with Miss Eames. Together they learn that there's only one thing more terrifying than facing a whole plague of bogles - and that's facing some of the sinister people from Jem's past.
ISBN 9781743313053
Series City of orphans trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Jinks, Catherine
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2015
Very singular guild, A
The plague of child-eating bogles in London means that Ned's now working as an apprentice to Alfred, the bogler. Alongside Jem and Birdie, Ned must lure bogles out of their lairs so that Alfred can kill them. This means spending a lot of time in murky underground waterways - especially when Alfred is hired to stamp out a deadly infestation. But times are changing, as magic and folklore give way to the machine age.
ISBN 9781743313091
Series City of orphans trilogy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Jinks, Catherine
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Very unusual pursuit, A
Monsters have been infesting London's dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That's why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs so that Alfred can kill them.
ISBN 9781743313060
Series City of orphans trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd,
Jinks, Catherine
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Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018
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 Vet Cadets series NEW SERIES 2018 (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 NEW SERIES 2018 (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 NEW SERIES 2018 (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 NEW SERIES 2018 (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 NEW SERIES 2018 (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Johnson, Rebecca
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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 (2 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 (2 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Freeman, Pamela & Gamble, Kim (ill)
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Victoria, May blossom of Britannia, England 1829
Precocious ten year old Princess Victoria, who keeps a diary about her daily life in the Royal Household, also pieces together the family tree and discovers she is next in line for the throne.
ISBN 9780439215985
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Kirwan, Anna
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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 Ararat, The
A compelling story about a number of diverse characters and how they deal with the plague that threatens their futuristic, burgeoning colony.
ISBN 9780702230677
Series Deucalion trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Caswell, Brian
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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 invader, The
Wonderful headline stories, amusing advertisements in a crazy newspaper format. Historical accuracy blended with zany humour and colourful illustrations and layout.
ISBN 9780746029572
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 1997
Fleming, Fergus & Tomlins, Karen (des.) & Dowsell, Paul (ed.)
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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 (7 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2001
Snicket, Lemony
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Village by the sea, The
This story is set in a fishing village near Bombay, India, and tells of the two oldest children and their struggle to keep the family together.
ISBN 9780141312712
Publisher Penguin, 2001
Desai, Anita
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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 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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Violin man, The
A lyrical tale of love, loss and music. An emotionally charged story and exquisite illustrations that beautifully portray the sadness of a bereaved father and the consolation he finds in solitude and in his musical gift.
ISBN 9780733614002
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Thompson, Colin
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Virtual realities
Andy Tremain has a terrifying ability. Using virtual reality, he can create monsters from his unconscious mind and he's obsessed with dinosaurs.
ISBN 9780091834678
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1995
Carmichael, Claire
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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 The Animorphs series (2 of 10)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2011
Applegate, K A
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Voice of her own: the story of Phillis Wheatley, slave poet, A
Born in Africa around 1753, Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and shipped as a slave to America. Her family, her name and her language were taken from her. Phillis's first poem was published when she was fourteen years old.
ISBN 9780763628789
Publisher Candlewick Press,
Lasky, Kathryn & Lee, Paul (ill)
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Voicing the dead
In 1833, Jack Ireland is Captain's cabin boy, aboard the Charles Eaton as it sails from England to Australia. On its return journey, passing through the Torres Strait, the ship is wrecked, forcing the crew and passengers to abandon ship on two hand-made rafts. The horrifying events that follow are well documented but the passage of time allows a less sinister explanation. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781925272055
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Crew, Gary
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Volcanoes
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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Volcanoes
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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Vox
High in the crumbling Palace of Statues, oily Vox Verlix, nominally the Most High Academe but no more than a prisoner in reality, is brewing a terrible plot to destroy the goblins and the shrykes at a stroke, leaving him free to take over once again. Rook Barkwater, a knight, stumbles upon the truth when he is taken captive and forced to work for Vox.
ISBN 9780552554275
Series The Edge chronicles series (6 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2003
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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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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