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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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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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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 deep, The
A world of water is all seventeen-year-old Tempe has ever known. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water. Relics of the old world hold great value, so Tempe spends her days diving through drowned cities to scavenge anything of value to trade for notes. But it's not food or riches Tempe is after, but the chance to buy back her dead sister's life for 24 hours. But it's not a heartfelt reunion Tempe is after. Her sister died keeping a terrible secret, and she wants answers.
ISBN 9781760525576
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2020
Scholte, Astrid
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Vanishing island, The: The chronicles of the black tulip
Bren Own was born and bred in a small port town. Map may appear to be dull and unadventurous to young Bren in 1599 before the arrival of a Dutch ship. A dying sailor and strange gift change his life forever. Bren will travel far and make new friends. There will be challenges and mysteries. There are codes and legends to unravel and danger in all corners. This is an adventure story set during the Age of Discovery.
ISBN 9780062221919
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Wolverton, Barry
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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. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
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.
ISBN 9780648103066
Publisher Serenity Press, 2018
Forsyth, Kate
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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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Verindon alliance, The
The Vendel and Verindal are enemies. So as Princess Vashta of the Vendel finishes her combat training, she hopes she will lead their forces into battle against her race's deadly enemy, The Verindal. But when Brandonin, the heir to the Verindal throne, comes to see her father, it's clear he desires peace not war. When a new enemy arises, striking at all who call their planet home, each race blames the other as they have been enemies for so long. Vashta seeks Brandonin's help in fighting this menace. But the Vendel and Verindal refuse to work together. Can they defeat this deadly threat themselves or will it mean the end of Verindon?
ISBN 9781925563993
Publisher Rhiza Press, 2020
Stringer, Lynne
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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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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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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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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. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702230677
Series Deucalion trilogy series (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Caswell, Brian
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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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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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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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Viper's daughter
For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger - and she's the threat. When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they've encountered.
ISBN 9781838933357
Series Chronicles of ancient darkness series (7 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2020
Paver, Michelle
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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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Voice of her own, A: the story of Phillis Wheatley, slave poet
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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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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