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Hash This title is usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.

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When Lowell Sencha finds the strange girl lying, as if dead. on the riverbank, he is startled to find that she is like them, waer. Human but able to assume the form of a wolf. The Sencha family's small community has kept itself sequestered and unnoticed, and free from persecution. The arrival of a fellow traveller, and a hunted one at that, threatens their very survival. When the soldiers of the blood-purist Daeman Leldh descend on the village, searching for her, Lowell and the mysterious stranger are among the few to escape.
ISBN 9781922182210
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Caddy, Meg
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Walk twenty, run twenty
After the death of his parents, Rick goes to live with his cousins in the outback. He finds it very hard to adjust and his cousins have difficulty relating to his grief. A dangerous adventure changes everything. Some strong language in context.
ISBN 9780733614644
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Disher, Garry
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Walk two moons
Sal is coping with loss and change and is helped by her unusual friend, Phoebe, and her wise, loving grandparents.
ISBN 9780064405171
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1996
Creech, Sharon
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Wall, The: Growing up behind the iron curtain
Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child, on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain, who believed whatever he was told. As news filtered in from the West, Sis learned about rock'n'roll, blue jeans and read banned books. The Soviet invasion meant this freedom was short-lived but Sis's eyes had been opened.
ISBN 9780374347017
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Sis, Peter
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Waltz for Matilda, A
In 1894, twelve year old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But, drought grips the land and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he's wanted by the troopers. This is the story of one girl's journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.
ISBN 9780732290214
Series Matilda saga series (1 of 5)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
French, Jackie
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Wanamurraganya: the story of Jack McPhee
The story of Jack McPee, an itinerant station and mine worker, from the Pilbara region of Australia.Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780949206992
Publisher Fremantle Press, 1990
Morgan, Sally
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Wanderer, The
In this story about sailing, Sophie travels from Nova Scotia to England to visit the grandfather that she has never met.
ISBN 9780330392921
Publisher Pan Macmillan London, 2001
Creech, Sharon
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Wandering girl
Glenyse, an aboriginal Australian, is forcibly taken from her parents and raised in a strict Catholic institution. At seventeen, she's sent to work as a domestic on a rich, West Australian farm where she's treated very harshly. Housed in a dirty garage, fed inferior food after cooking sumptuous meals for the family to eat in their luxurious dining room, given unfamiliar tasks with no instruction, Glenyse is debased and humiliated.
ISBN 9781875641246
Publisher Magabala Books, 1996
Ward, Glenyse
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Wanderings of Odysseus, The
Homer's magnificent epic poem, 'The Odyssey', brought to vivid life in an enthralling traveller's tale of the greatest voyage ever, with a spectacular cast of men, magicians and monsters.
ISBN 9780711208629
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 1995
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52: No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though...they should be worried. Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she's the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn't in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn't figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi's going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink. Not happening. No way in Spell.
ISBN 9781492635994
Series Storytellers series NEW SERIES 2020 (2 of 3)
Publisher Sourcebooks Inc, 2017
Schow, Betsy
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War and resistance
In joining the Hitler Youth, Dieter finds belonging with other young men, and escape from his proud step father. Sasha and her family, having moved with her family from Sydney to France so her father can report on the war, find themselves under rule by the surging German army. Both have secrets to keep on the complex playing field of war and resistance, but as these two characters circle closer to each other, they need to decide if trust is possible.
ISBN 9781742769219
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2019
Masson, Sophie
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War stories
This book recounts some of the most heroic, devastating and pivotal moments of World Wars l and ll. Stories range from those of the soldiers, sailors and airmen on the front line to those who faced the day-to-day hardships of life on the home front.
ISBN 9780746077610
Series Usborne true stories series (17 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Dowswell, Paul
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War's end
Dad is finally on his way home from The Great War. Everyone, especially Mum, is excited and full of plans for the homecoming and the future. Twelve year old Nell barely remembers Dad but when Spanish Influenza hits Perth, delaying his return, Nell begins to understand the gap in the family his absence has created.
ISBN 9781741663662
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Bowen, Victoria
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Wardstone chronicles series
Any three 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 Wardstone chronicles series (13 books)
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Warlock, The
The twins of prophecy have been divided and the end is drawing near. Josh is standing alongside John Dee and Virginia Dare on Alcatraz, while Sophie is in San Francisco with the Flamels and other immortals.
ISBN 9780857530264
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series (5 of 6)
Publisher Doubleday, 2011
Scott, Michael
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WARP series
Any three 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 WARP series (3 books)
Colfer, Eoin
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WARP: Hangman's revolution
Unless FBI agent Chevie can return to nineteenth-century London and change the course of history, millions will die. With the help of Riley, the boy magician, they battle two crazed villains, who have brought the military technology of the future back in time, with potentially disastrous consequences.
ISBN 9780141341804
Series WARP series (2 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2014
Colfer, Eoin
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WARP: The forever man
FBI agent, Chevie Savano, is determined to help her friend, Riley, find his long-lost brother. But, the WARP wormhole has other ideas. Pulled two centuries into the past, Chevie and Riley are in the besieged town of Mandrake, whose only protector, the Witchfinder, has a hidden past and deadly powers. With Chevie branded a witch, to be burned at the stake, Riley must thwart the Witchfinder's plans before he destroys them all.
ISBN 9780141361093
Series WARP series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2015
Colfer, Eoin
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WARP: The reluctant assassin
The FBI and WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme) hide witnesses in the past to protect the future. Riley is a Victorian orphan, hurtled into the twenty-first century and on the run from his evil master, Albert Garrick, the terrifying assassin-for-hire, pursuing Riley through time. As Garrick hunts them down, Riley and FBI agent Chevie, face a race to stay alive and stop Garrick from returning to his own time.
ISBN 9780141341767
Series WARP series (1 of 3)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2013
Colfer, Eoin
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Warrior Scarlet
In Bronze Age Britain, Drem must overcome his disability in order to pass the tribe's test to become a warrior.
ISBN 9780374482442
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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Thirteen year old Tully discovers she has had her DNA artificially manipulated by her father. Tully and her father are kidnapped and taken to the research facility where she learns she is part of a much larger human DNA experiment aimed at creating humans capable of surviving in underwater environments for the purpose of mining.
ISBN 9781741695601
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Havel, Geoff
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Waterless sea, The
Calwyn, the chantress from 'The singer of all songs', and her friends travel the vast, unforgiving deserts of Merithuros to search the Palace of Cobwebs for chantment. It will take all their ingenuity and magic to escape the Empire's dreadful secret.
ISBN 9781865089751
Series Chanters of Tremaris series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Constable, Kate
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Watership down
A warren of rabbits is being chased from its home by a land developer. The rabbits have their own language and culture which is as complex and fascinating as human society.
ISBN 9780060935450
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2001
Adams, Richard
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Watertower, The
A mysterious watertower becomes more than a place to cool off for two outback youths. The suspense is powerful.
ISBN 9781863743204
Publisher Era Publications, 1997
Crew, Gary
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Waxing with Wayne
More adventures of Wayne Wilson. Wayne's sister is engaged, his hideous young cousin and wonderfully eccentric grandfather come to stay and his best mate seems to upstage him on every occasion, leaving Wayne's love life in tatters.
ISBN 9781863300933
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1991
McRobbie, David
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Way home
The story of homelessness and the city and the need for a boy and a cat to belong and to be safe.
ISBN 9780091829186
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1995
Hathorn, Libby & Rogers, Gregory (ill)
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Way of the dragon, The
1613. Japan is threatened with war and samurai are taking sides. As the battles begin, Jack's warrior training is put to the ultimate test. His survival depends upon him mastering the secret sword technique of the legendary samurai Masamoto. First Jack must recover his father's prize possession from the deadly ninja Dragon Eye.
ISBN 9780141324326
Series Young samurai series (3 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Bradford, Chris
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Way of the sword, The
1612. One year of training in samurai school and Jack is in real trouble. He is struggling to prepare for the Circle of Three which tests courage, skill and spirit to the limit. At the same time, Jack is caught in a running battle with fellow student Kazuki and his gang. Also he knows his deadly rival could strike at any moment.
ISBN 9780141324319
Series Young samurai series (2 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2009
Bradford, Chris
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Way of the warrior, The
It's1611 and Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, his father and crew slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. Life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast.
ISBN 9780141324302
Series Young samurai series (1 of 8)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2008
Bradford, Chris
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Way we work, The
Explore the human body from head to toe. Lots of interesting facts and details about how our bodies works for us.
ISBN 9781406322224
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Macaulay, David
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We are all Greta
Follow in Greta Thunberg's footsteps and join the global mission to save our planet from the effects of climate change.
ISBN 9781786276131
Publisher Laurence King Publishers, 2019
Giannella, Valentina & Marazzi, Manuela (ill)
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We are okay
After the death of her mother, Marin was shuffled between families before she eventually landed in the care of her grandfather. Marin is soon to graduate from high school and faces separation from her best friend, Mabel, and Mabel's loving family. There is something missing from Marin's life, and with further tragedy comes even more questions about her connections with others and where she belongs in the world. Marin must come to understand the loneliness she has been living with before she loses those few closest to her. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780702262562
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2019
LaCour, Nina
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We are the rebels
Stories about The Eureka Stockade usually feature men and their roles in the rebellion. This book provides a whole new perspective, featuring the remarkable, vibrant women of Eureka, whose sheer determination shaped our national consciousness. This is their story and the story of the thousands of men, women and children who risked everything in their quest for gold.
ISBN 9781922182784
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2015
Wright, Clare
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We are the weather makers
The Weather Makers has had a huge impact on our consciousness about climate change. It has changed minds and hearts. This book speaks to the school children who will inherit the new climate which their parents and grandparents have helped to create. Provides scientific examinations and some conclusions about climate change. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781921145346
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2006
Flannery, Tim
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Weapons of math destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy
Even though you may not see them, our world is filled with algorithms. Algorithms that decide what advertisements you will see, what opportunities you will be presented with, and what costs you will have to face during your lifetime. Education, insurance, loans, health, and justice, are all at the mercy of these opaque lines of code. Mathematician and former finance industry worker, Cathy O'Neil has lifted the lid to show what is going on beneath the surface of big data. A fascinating, and frightening, insight into powerful forces that shape our lives everyday.
ISBN 9780141985411
Publisher Penguin, 2017
O'Neil, Cathy
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Web of air, The
Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a travelling theatre. Now, she arrives in the extraordinary crater city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on funicular rails and a mysterious recluse is building a machine that can fly. Fever is the engineer he needs but ruthless enemies will kill to possess their secrets. Book two in the prequel to the Mortal Engines quartet,
ISBN 9781407115177
Series Fever Crumb series (2 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2010
Reeve, Philip
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Web watchers
Set inside a virtual internet world, two friends attempt to save earth's internet from evil.
ISBN 9780091834883
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Clark, Margaret
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Wee free men, The
The trouble on the Aching farm - monsters in the river, headless horsemen in the lane - climaxes when Tiffany's little brother is stolen away. Fortunately, the Nac Mac Feegle - the fighting, thieving, wee free men - will assist in his rescue. Tiffany will have a witty, inventive, sumptuous tale to tell.
ISBN 9780385612548
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2008
Pratchett, Terry & Player, Stephen (ill)
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Weetamoo: heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts, 1653
It is 1654 in New England, native land of Algonquin tribes, among them the Pocasset, Wampanoag, and Narrangansett people. The pilgrims, called Coat-men by the Wampanoag, have settled here in the natives' territory at Patuxit, a place that the Pilgrims have renamed Plymouth. Weetamoo's father, Corbitant, is sachem, or chief, of the Pocassets. He is mistrustful of the colonists and imparts his beliefs about them to his daughter, who is next in line to become chief. Weetamoo must learn the fundamental values and disciplines of a true Pocasset chief.
ISBN 9780439129107
Series Royal diaries series (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Smith, Patricia Clark
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Weight of water, The
When Kasienka starts her new school in her new country, she is lonely and unhappy; everything is strange and her halting English sets her apart from the other students. Her mother is obsessed with finding Kasienka's father who has deserted them. Eventually, Kasienka discovers something that she excels at and the good life begins again.
ISBN 9781408823002
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2012
Crossan, Sarah
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Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The
Two children, Susan and Colin, are sent to rural England, where they encounter a frightening local woman and an ancient wizard, named Cadellin. They find themselves on the run through abandoned mine tunnels, aided by a pair of heroic dwarfs.
ISBN 9780007127887
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
Garner, Alan
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Welcome to country
Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to country.
ISBN 9781922244871
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Murphy, Aunty Joy & Kennedy, Lisa (ill)
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Well of lost plots
After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, literary detective Thursday Next needs some downtime. She heads for the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside. But, Thursday discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all and a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780143034353
Series Thursday Next series (3 of 6)
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Fforde, Jasper
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Wesley James ruined my life
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick's having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad's gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend - until he ruined her life, that is. So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn's going to do is forgive and forget. She's determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once - by getting him fired. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781250139870
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2017
Honeybourn, Jennifer
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Whale's child, The
Ken has been having problems with his training for squad swimming. The unexpected discovery of a Japanese relative and her tales of the migrating whales help him to succeed.
ISBN 9780733614453
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Rubinstein, Gillian
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Whale: the play
A play focusing on the combined rescue of these gentle animals by US and Soviet forces.
ISBN 9780413630902
Publisher Heinemann, 1996
Holman, David
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What goes on in my head
Your brain is the most complicated and mysterious part of your body. It contains more than a billion cells and, every second, billions of electrical signals dart between these cells, at speeds of more than four hundred kilometres per hour. Find out why you laugh, why your parents can read your mind and why you have strange or scary dreams.
ISBN 9781405353731
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Winston, Robert
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What I like about me
You know those movies where teenagers have the summer of their lives? This summer is probably not going to be that. Here lies Maisie Martin, dead from embarrassment, aged sixteen. The last thing Maisie Martin thought she'd be doing this summer is entering a beauty pageant. Not when she's spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone. Not when her Dad is AWOL for Christmas and her best friend starts going out with the boy she's always loved. But Maisie's got something to prove. And she's not going to let anything or anyone- including herself- hold her back. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760559120
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Guillaume, Jenna
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What I lost
Elizabeth is sixteen and has struggled with her body image for as long as she can remember. She's pretty sure her mother needs help even more than she does. Elizabeth has not only lost 20kg, placing her at an unhealthy weight, she has also lost friends, a boyfriend and the trust of her parents. After a terrible, public incident, she is admitted to Wallingfield, a treatment centre for girls with eating disorders. While at Wallingfield she begins to receive mysterious packages and needs to find out if they're from an admirer or if they are something more sinister. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781250158420
Publisher St Martin's, 2018
Ballard, Alexandra
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What if it's us?
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it's that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn't be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend's things. But when Arthur and Ben meet at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can't quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn't try hard enough? What if life really isn't like a Broadway play? But what if it is?
ISBN 9781471176395
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Albertalli, Becky & Silvera, Adam
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What Katy did
Katy Carr is untidy, tall and gangling, planning for the day when she will be beautiful and beloved. She is also very disobedient resulting in a terrible accident that threatens her daydreams and hopes for the future. Katy courageously overcomes her difficulties.
ISBN 9781853261312
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Coolidge, Susan
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What makes us
Eran has grown up to be a passionate citizen, concerned with his community and the world. He can also be an angry young man, something he is sure he inherited from his stern and serious mother. A protest Eran organises takes an ugly turn and a viral video unlocks many secrets which Eran's mother has kept locked away. Eran is certain that his quick and fiery temperament come from his mother, but the truth forces Eran to see beyond what he has inherited and look to who he chooses to be. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9780763697501
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2019
Mittlefehldt, Rafi
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What makes you you
Find out what is DNA, why it is important and what we can do with it. Track it's discovery from Darwin's theory on evolution, to Mendel's experiments with pea plants, to modern gene research to treat blindness.
ISBN 9781408194065
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Topics / STEM /
Arbuthnott, Gill
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What you need to know now
If you've got a question, find out the answer. Lots of facts, stats and graphics about your world.
ISBN 9781405353717
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Fullman, J & Graham, I & Regan, S & Thomas, I
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What's Biology all about?
Discover what life is, how it works and why Biology is more exciting today then ever before...
ISBN 9781409547068
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2009
Maskell, Hazel et al
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What's Chemistry all about?
Discover how the universe is made up of tiny atoms, how they work and why chemistry is vital to our everyday lives.
ISBN 9781409547075
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2009
Frith, Alex & Gillespie, Lisa Jane
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What's Science all about?
Discover what's around you and how it works, from the tiniest particles to stars and planets, and even life itself.
ISBN 9781409547082
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2010
Topics / STEM /
Frith, Alex & Gillespie, Lisa Jane
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What's so special about Dickens
Charles Dickens is one of the world's greatest novelists whose stories have been translated and adapted into plays, films, cartoons, musicals and television dramas. An engaging and witty exploration of the man behind the pen, what inspired him and four of his best-known novels; Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and David Copperfield.
ISBN 9781406302035
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Rosen, Michael
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What's so special about Shakespeare
Someone somewhere is the world is reading, writing or quoting Shakespeare, acting in or watching his plays. An engaging and witty exploration of Shakespeare's life, the tumultuous times in which he lived and four of his plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, King Lear and The Tempest.
ISBN 9781406300369
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Rosen, Michael
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Whatnot, The
In this sequel to 'The Peculiar', twelve year old Pikey Thomas is missing an eye, a family and friends of any sort. He doesn't seem to have a great deal going for him and he feels it. But, Pikey sees things and people worth knowing that others don't. When he finds out that faeries are real and the past is both a guide and a trap, Pikey begins an adventure that will lead him to know himself and face his fears.
ISBN 9780007530243
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Bachmann, Stefan
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When Dimple met Rishi
Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination. Meet Rishi. He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents - could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781473667402
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2017
Menon, Sandhya
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When Jessie came across the sea
Beautifully depicts the migration of Jewish people to the United States.
ISBN 9780744540871
Publisher Walker Books, 1998
Hest, Amy
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When Michael met Mina
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees, standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother, via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. Michael and Mina will need to overcome their differences to find some common ground. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781743534977
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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When the ground is hard
Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school will be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. As they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and together they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. When a boy goes missing on campus, Adele and Lottie must work together to solve the mystery, in the process learning the true meaning of friendship. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760524814
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Nunn, Malla
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When the hipchicks went to war
The sixties are in full swing and, for sixteen year old Kathy, it's all about miniskirts, the Beatles and her fab new boots. But, the world is rapidly changing, her brother is fighting in the Vietnam War and her best friend is protesting against it. When the chance comes to dance with an entertainment troop in Vietnam, Kathy slips on her boots and leaves her convent school. She soon finds the reality of war is no song and dance. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734410917
Publisher Lothian Books, 2009
Rushby, Pamela
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When the lyrebird calls
When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme healthy food, and lots of hard work. Instead, Madeleine tumbles back in time to 1900, where the wealthy Williamson family takes her into their home, Lyrebird Muse. At a time when young girls have no power and no voice, set against a backdrop of the struggles for emancipation, federation and Aboriginal rights, Madeleine must find a way to fit in with the Williamson family's four sisters - beautiful, cold Bea; clever, awkward Gert; adventurous, rebellious Charlie; and darling baby Imo - as she searches desperately for a way home. Meanwhile, the Williamson girls' enchanting German cousin, Elfriede, arrives on the scene on a heavenly wave of smoke and cinnamon, and threatens to shatter everything... Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741758528
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Kane, Kim
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When the tripods came
When Switzerland falls under the Tripods' spell, Laurie, accompanied by two other boys, flees with his family to a remote spot in the Alps. The small band resolves to devote their lives to fighting the Tripods
ISBN 9780689857621
Series Tripods series (1 of 4)
Publisher Simon Pulse, 2003
Christopher, John
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When the wind blows
Gentle cartoon pictures belie the hard hitting message as an elderly couple prepare for the nuclear holocaust with typically British, stiff upper lips.
ISBN 9780140094190
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 1993
Briggs, Raymond
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When we were two
Dan and his brother, Eddie, take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life. But, it's a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece. When they are taken under the wing of a group of would-be soldiers, marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie's journey becomes something quite unexpected.
ISBN 9780143566830
Publisher Penguin, 2011
Newton, Robert
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When words take flight
A collection of short stories by the 2012 finalists of The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer competition.
ISBN 9781743350492
Publisher D Publishing, 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer competition
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Where in the world
Set in Sydney, this heart-warming, first person narrative of a boy's love for his family and his enjoyment of soccer and music is told by eleven year old, German born, Ari.
ISBN 9781877003035
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2002
French, Simon
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Where the streets had a name
Thirteen year old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes that a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her life. The problem is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, as well as the checkpoints, the curfews, the permit system and Haany's best friend, Samy, who always manages to attract trouble.
ISBN 9780330424202
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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Where the whales sing
Claire and her father encounter a storm in which a whale overturns their boat and Claire, with an injured knee, is left to fend for herself.
ISBN 9780140344936
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Kelleher, Victor
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Being a teenager is hard enough. But after losing her hearing, Demi's life is even harder. After all, how do you know what people are saying about you when you can't even hear them whisper? Demi is struggling with losing her hearing and trying to fit in at a new school while trying to bridge the gap between her old friends and her family who don't seem to understand how shut out she feels from everything and everyone around her.
ISBN 9781760503499
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2019
Perry, Chrissie
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Whistling in the dark
Thirteen year old Joan's home in Liverpool is under threat from the Nazi's terrifying nightly air-raids. It is not an easy time to be a teenager, with sweet rationing, curfews and blackouts. When Joan encounters an army deserter lurking near their home, he seems to think she can help him. As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart.
ISBN 9781406360295
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Hughes, Shirley
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White guinea pig, The
Geraldine has a guinea pig thrust upon her by a school acquaintance, to be minded during the holidays. The guinea pig disappears and and that's just the beginning of the problems.
ISBN 9780140366327
Publisher Penguin, 1993
Dubosarsky, Ursula
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White mountains, The
An adventure story which reflects on free will when alien machines try to rule.
ISBN 9780582419186
Series Tripods series (2 of 4)
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Christopher, John
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White ship, The
After the St Bartholomew Massacre in 16th-century France, a sea captain vows to sail until he finds a world without persecution. Centuries later, his ship is seen each sunset by a girl on an island, and is tugged off course by her cries of distress. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780207197987
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
French, Jackie
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Who cares
Toby and Rhys are forced to spend a week together in a holiday house by the sea. Surfing makes Rhys happy but Toby is not so keen. Both boys have a secret that they are unwilling to share.Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780734404664
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Bell, Krista
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Wicked warriors and evil emperors
Imagine that you're made a king at twelve. You have tons of gold, a network of spies and a million soldiers. You also have plenty of enemies. This is the incredible story of Zheng Ying, who in 221BC conquered all the states, unified them under one banner and declared himself the first Emperor. He was brilliant and brutal, and his legend has lived on for thousands of years. Includes cartoon style illustrations.
ISBN 9780143304340
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Lloyd, Alison & Denton, Terry (ill)
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Wicked will rise, The
My name is Amy Gumm, and I'm the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me. My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger. Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down, and try to figure out what I'm really doing here. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062382214
Series Dorothy must die series (2 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2015
Paige, Danielle
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Wiggy & Boa
Boa is really Boadicea and her grandfather is a retired admiral, who has a chequered past involving pirates.
ISBN 9781863736145
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1994
Fienberg, Anna & James, Ann
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Wild blue wonder
For Quinn and her siblings, Fern and Reed, summer means working as counselors at their family's summer camp, The Hundred, a place known for its magical feel. But last summer was different. Last summer they all fell in love with the same boy, their best friend Dylan. But six months later and everything has changed. The summer camp is empty and covered in snow, and Quinn, Fern and Reed aren't speaking to each other anymore. Something happened that summer that tore them apart, and their memories won't let them forgive. Maybe the lake monster is not the only monster in camp. Usually read by students in years 9, 10, or above.
ISBN 9781509836055
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Sorosiak, Carlie
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Wild girl, wild boy: a play
Following the death of her father, a young girl attempts to regain her grip on life.
ISBN 9780340854310
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Almond, David
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Wild magic
Daine loses her entire family to a bandit attack. Her grief sees her rely on her heightened animal instincts and run with a wild wolf pack. On her return to the human world, she begins the long process of harnessing her magic power. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780439968041
Series The Immortals quartet series (1 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Wild West
A fantastic collection of true cowboy stories from the Old West. Contains stories of real life cowboys from Jesse James to Billy the Kid, the men who broke the law and those chasing them.
ISBN 9780746093740
Series Usborne true stories series (18 of 18)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Brook, Henry
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Wild, The
A poignant, sad story of the bond between two brothers, Alexi and Misha, who salvage and sell Soviet space junk. When Misha suffers seizures, Alexi takes his young brother to Moscow for proper treatment, leaving behind their family and livelihood.
ISBN 9780340884539
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Whyman, Matt
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Wilder country
Finn, Kas, and Willow have survived the winter. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They're being hunted again, and they won't be safe while the brutal Ramage wants their blood. But Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose - to find her baby, Hope, and bring her back...but finding Hope, means finding Ramage...and Finn will face the toughest decision of his live. Usually read by students in Year 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781925498530
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2017
Smith, Mark
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Wilder girls
Raxter's School for Girls was meant to be the perfect place for young woman to receive an outstanding education. But when the Tox hits, leaving most of their teachers dead and their peers' bodies mutated, Raxter's becomes a living nightmare for Hetty, Reese and Byatt. Left to fend for themselves by the authorities, the surviving students of Raxters adhere to the strict quarantine designed to protect them from the wild and mutated beasts that roam the forest. When Byatt goes missing, Hetty is determined to do everything to bring her back - even if it means breaking quarantine and facing the horrors beyond Raxter's fence. Once outside though, she uncovers much more to the Tox and life at Raxter than she ever thought possible. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10, and above
ISBN 9781529021288
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2019
Power, Rory
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A young boy, who can communicate with animals, has a strong link to a wild falcon.
ISBN 9781862914056
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Carmody, Isobelle
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Wildkin's curse, The
Merry, Zed and Liliana are on a perilous quest to the Palace of Zarissa. Amid the splendour and treachery of court, they watch and wait, planning the rescue of Princess Rosalina, held captive in the dazzling Tower of Stars. The excesses of the banquet table platters are described in sickening and disturbing detail.
ISBN 9780330426053
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Forsyth, Kate
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Boarding in the wilderness, sixteen year old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor program but not friendship and love complications. New girl, Lou, who is grieving and fragile, must consider her self-imposed detachment as she becomes intrigued by an unfolding drama involving Sibylla. As Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742612317
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2013
Wood, Fiona
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Wildlife of the world
Spectacular photographs and interesting facts bring you face to face with some of the most fascinating animals on Earth. Journey through scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole. Discover how these diverse and fascinating creatures feed, interact, mate, play and survive, and why it is important for them to survive.
ISBN 9780241186008
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2015
Packham, Chris (forward) & Dorling Kindersley
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine. It's not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old - including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theatre auteur extraordinaire - Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most awesome high school musical. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921656231
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2010
Green, John & Levithan, David
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William Shakespeare & the globe
This is an introduction to Shakespeare's life and work, and his theatre, The Globe, which was reconstructed in London.
ISBN 9780064437226
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2000
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William Shakespeare: poet and playwright
An overview of the life and plays of this famous poet and playwright.
ISBN 9780750244930
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2004
Ross, Stewart
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Wind in the willows, The
In this timeless classic, Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad of Toad Hall have rollicking adventures along the riverbank and in the Wild Wood.
ISBN 9781877082160
Publisher Gary Allen Pty Ltd, 2003
Grahame, Kenneth & Ward, Helen (ill)
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Wind on fire trilogy series
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Series Wind on fire trilogy series (3 books)
Nicholson, William
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Wind singer, The
Kestrel hates the rules of Aramanth and, in defiance, climbs the wooden tower known as the wind singer. This brings the wrath of the Chief Examiner against her family and Kestrel and her twin brother must travel on a terrifying save their beloved father. Sometimes violent and cruel but always compelling. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781740517577
Series Wind on fire trilogy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Nicholson, William
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In a new city and new school, Laurel is apprehensive about how she will fit in. When something blooms in the middle of her back, Laurel discovers that she is a faerie and was placed with human parents as a child. As Laurel learns about her true background and the dangers that face the faerie realm, she struggles to find her place in both worlds.
ISBN 9780007319732
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2009
Pike, Aprilynne
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Wings of Kitty St Clair, The
The St Clairs are an adventurous flying family in Victoria post First World War and Kitty is inspired to fly just like her mother. After the tragic death of Kitty's mother, everyone rallies to help with her pain. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143004929
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Aldridge, James
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The most important thing in the boys' lives was running. Every day they raced each other. But when Yosef, the quiet Egyptian boy, starts to beat the champion, their lives begin to change and besides, the school gardener is acting very suspiciously.
ISBN 9780141313788
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Forrestal, Elaine
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Winter is 16. She has just returned to her family home. She has not been here since she was four years old, when both of her parents died within six months of each other. Some of the locals are happy to see her. Others are not. Her decision to return, to restore her family home, and to settle down is met with some joy and some hostility. Getting to the bottom of why people feel the way they do will reveal things about her past she might wish she had never known. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780330421843
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2005
Marsden, John
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
ISBN 9780312642983
Series Lunar Chronicles series (5 of 6)
Publisher MacMillan, 2016
Meyer, Marissa
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Winter knights, The
In the great floating city of Sanctaphrax, blizzards howl through the streets as the Edgeworld descends into endless winter. Quint, the son of a sky pirate, has just begun his flying training. But, when Quint breaks the rules and heads out to Open Sky on his own, he runs into the great sky leviathan known as a cloud-eater, and catastrophe is about to strike the Edgeworld.
ISBN 9780385607209
Series The Edge chronicles series (8 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2005
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Winter's tale, The
King Leontes of Sicilia begs his childhood friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, to extend his visit to Sicilia. Polixenes protests that he has been away from his kingdom for nine months, but after Leontes's pregnant wife, Hermione, pleads with him he relents and agrees to stay a little longer. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9780521599559
Series Shakespeare original plays mature reads (15 books)
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 1999
Shakespeare, William & Huddlestone, Elizabeth (ed) & Innes, Sheila (ed)
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Wipe out
Billy's mother, champion surfer, Kitten Brown, has died and he has to spend time with his Aunty Mary who he barely knows. He is very surprised to find he can make a difference to Mary's life.
ISBN 9780007142767
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
Thebo, Mimi
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Exploding oil wells. Millions of cars out of control. Two DARE winners in mortal danger. After Andy and Dylan are caught in a fiery explosion, Zander, JJ, Yasmin, Mila and Isabel realise their only chance to stop the next attack is to get one step ahead of The Signmaker. But the evil mastermind is far from their only problem, with the DARE winners now on the run from police, government agents and sinister suited thugs. Nowhere is safe. No-one can be trusted. Can they stay free long enough to decode the Third Sign, stop the next attack and reveal The Signmaker's true identity? If you could be a hero, would you DARE? Seven Signs . Five days left to save the world.
ISBN 9781743628034
Series The Seven signs series (7 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2017
Adams, Michael
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Wish kin, The
Fourteen year old, Colm Bell, and his younger sister, Lydia, wake to the smell of smoke and the sound of gunfire as raiders attack their home and their father. They flee to the hills, alone in a hostile landscape, a land without rain and empty cities, where small groups of people live in suspicion. They hear of the Wish Kin, people who may have the power to heal the earth. But, the sinister Clan are tracking the children.
ISBN 9780330423724
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Hedley, Joss
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Wish list, The
Meg Finn is in a tough spot. In her last act on Earth, she committed a crime and died. With an even tally of good and evil deeds, Meg's spirit is stuck in limbo. For salvation, she must return to Earth and do more good deeds. Satan has other plans. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670040582
Publisher Viking Children's, 2003
Colfer, Eoin
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Witch's boy, The
When Ned and his identical twin tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Across the forest that borders Ned's village, Aine, the daughter of the Bandit King, is haunted by her mother's last words: "The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his." When the Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned's mother, a witch, is meant to protect, Aine and Ned meet. Can they trust each other long enough to cross a dangerous enchanted forest and stop the war about to boil over between their two kingdoms?
ISBN 9781616205485
Publisher Algonquin young readers, 2015
Barnhill, Kelly
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Witches, The: Plays for children
Seven short plays explore interesting ways of portraying characters to excite and shock audiences, with lots of guidance on delivery and stage directions.
ISBN 9780141310848
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2001
Wood, David
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With a sword in my hand
Marguerite's father is desperate for a son. Instead, he's stuck with a feisty, stubborn daughter who refuses to behave like a lady. Shaking off the strict expectations of court life, Marguerite roams free, learning to ride, to fence and to outwit the boys. But, the count of Flanders has plans for his wayward daughter. Some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9781741758658
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
van Rijckeghem, Jean-Claude & van Beirs, Pat
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Within these walls
For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard and Fridays, when everyone comes together to celebrate Shabbat. But, the Nazis have a hold on Europe and have stepped up their discrimination and attacks on Jews. Miri's world closes in on her as she and her family are forced into the ghetto, where they must try to survive, against impossible odds. Based on true events.
ISBN 9781760152857
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2016
Bavati, Robyn
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Without looking back
Louis and his siblings are abducted from Paris by their father and taken to England. They have to change their names and their looks. Louis and his siblings face a choice, either to stay with their Dad and take on new identities or return to Paris.
ISBN 9780552560009
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Suzuma, Tabitha
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Todd is running late for school when he witnesses a ruthless attack and robbery on Mr Wilson, a local shopkeeper. Something is vaguely familiar about the attacker and, when Todd finally recognises him, Todd's life and that of his friends are in danger.
ISBN 9780237529246
Publisher Evans Bros, 2005
Cassidy, Anne
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Wizard of Earthsea, A
Ged, a young wizard in the magical worlds of Earthsea, has to struggle against the forces of evil.
ISBN 9780553540062
Series Earthsea series, The (1 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1990
Le Guin, Ursula
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Wizards of once, The
Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came. Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it. In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort. Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring...
ISBN 9781444939576
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2017
Cowell, Cressida
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Wizards of once, The: Twice magic
This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison. But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences once more - for an Evil Spell has broken free. It's up to Xar and Wish to find the ingredients. But it means entering the Druids Castle unannounced.
ISBN 9781444941425
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Cowell, Cressida
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Wolf brother
It's six thousand years ago and evil stalks the land. According to legend, only twelve year old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers and into dangers they never imagined. Torak and Wolf are terrified of their mission but they must battle to save their world.
ISBN 9780060728274
Series Chronicles of ancient darkness series (1 of 5)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2006
Paver, Michelle & Taylor, Geoff (ill)
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Wolf by wolf
Experimented on during her time in a concentration camp, Yael has the unique ability to skin shift, to change her appearance at will. Now, ten years on since the Nazis won the war, Yael has just one mission, to kill Hitler. To get close to him, Yael must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider, and win the legendary Axis Tour, an epic, long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo. Only the strongest and wiliest riders survive. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781780622026
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2016
Graudin, Ryan
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Wolf Hollow
All her life, twelve year old Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow, a quiet, small Pennsylvania town, still scarred by two world wars. But, when cruel and manipulative Betty Glengarry arrives in class, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner, Toby. As the community turns against him, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby and find Betty, before it's too late.
ISBN 9780552574297
Publisher Corgi Books, 2016
Wolk, Lauren
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Orphaned Daine, now fourteen, has always been able to mind-speak with animals, but now she is also learning to heal their wounds magically, to enter their minds and see with their eyes, and to change temporarily into animal form. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780679882893
Series The Immortals quartet series (2 of 4)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Pierce, Tamora
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Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The
Two cousins who live in Willoughby Chase are left in the care of a cruel governess.
ISBN 9780099411864
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Aiken, Joan
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Woman who died a lot, The
The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple. Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist. And that's not all. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances, and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy.
ISBN 9780340963111
Series Thursday Next series (7 of 6)
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2012
Fforde, Jasper
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Woman who rides like a man, The
Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death.
ISBN 9780590198899
Series Song of the lioness series (3 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Pierce, Tamora
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Women in medieval times
A study of the role of women in Roman and medieval periods in history.
ISBN 9780872265691
Publisher McGraw Hill, 1999
MacDonald, Fiona
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Women of Camelot: queens & enchantresses at the Court of King Arthur
The stories of nine women of Camelot are illustrated and written in modern language.
ISBN 9780864154095
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Hoffman, Mary
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Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law, risking exile, to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer - a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine. determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
ISBN 9780141387376
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Bardugo, Leigh
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Woo's wonderful world of maths
Join Eddie Woo, award winning teacher and star of the Woo-tube channel) as he tells us how he came to love maths. Eddie mingles anecdotes with facts to bring the world of maths to life and make it fun, even for the most sceptical maths student. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781760554217
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2018
Woo, Eddie
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Wood angel
Plain Kate lives in a time afraid of magic. She has a gift for carving 'lucky' wooden-charms and is known as Witch-Blade. Her unusual gift attracts dangerous attention in a place where witches are burned. When her village falls on bad times, suspicion falls on Kate and, scared for her life, she seeks the help of a mysterious stranger. In exchange for her shadow, the stranger will assist her, but Kate becomes part of a terrifying plan, darker than she ever dreamed.
ISBN 9781906427603
Publisher Chicken House, 2011
Bow, Erin
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Woolvs in the sitee
A boy living alone must face his greatest fear, the woolvs (wolves). A dark, brooding story with strong illustrations. Ideal for visual literacy.
ISBN 9780670041671
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Wild, Margaret & Spudvilas, Anne (ill)
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Word hunters series
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Series Word hunters series (4 books)
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word hunters: The curious dictionary
Twins, Lexi and Al Hunter, have almost nothing in common, except their parents and their birthday. At school, Lexi hangs with the cool crowd while Al hides in the library reading about history, battles and faraway places. When the twins stumble upon an old dictionary, their world changes. They are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Their lives and the future of the world are at stake. Now, more than ever, they need to depend on each other to survive.
ISBN 9780702249457
Series Word hunters series (1 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word hunters: The lost hunters
Lexi and Al thought they had seen it all - time travel, epic battles, ancient cities on the point of collapse and vomiting rats. But, nothing has prepared them for the realisation that their missing grandfather is a word hunter too and has been lost in the past. Only Lexi and Al can save him. But,it will be very difficult to find someone in three thousand years of history.
ISBN 9780702249587
Series Word hunters series (2 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word hunters: Top secret files
Lexi, Al, Mursili, Will and Caractacus are back in new word quests and new adventures. There's all the behind-the-scenes information you have ever wanted to know about the words that make up the language we speak.
ISBN 9780702254024
Series Word hunters series (4 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2016
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word hunters: War of the word hunters
The final battle is coming, the grey-robes are armed and dangerous and ready for war. Lexi, Al and their friends are as ready as they can be. The journey so far has been harder than they imagined. They have fought ancient warriors, searched long-lost cities for clues, and trained night and day for the moment when they face their arch enemy. They hope it is enough to defeat him and save the English language forever.
ISBN 9780702249594
Series Word hunters series (3 of 4)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Word spy, The
Come with the Word Spy on an entertaining journey through the English language. Find out where the alphabet came from and what anagrams stand for. Make up your own palindromes and impress your friends by speaking Pig Latin. Includes cartoons, riddles and special codes to solve along the way. Lots of information that's fun to read.
ISBN 9780670072279
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2008
Dubosarsky, Ursula & Riddle, Tohby (ill)
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Words in deep blue
This is a love story. It is the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets. It is the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea. Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother, Cal. She's looking for the future in the books people love and the words they leave behind. Mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742612386
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2016
Crowley, Cath
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It's been two years since Gia Basso witnessed archangels and demons waging war upon each other beneath the dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. Traumatised, Gia has been in self-imposed exile on the English coast.But the sudden reappearance of Mercy in her life, in a new and terrifying incarnation, draws Gia into a desperate struggle to locate Lucifer -- who holds Ryan Daley captive in order to keep him from Mercy, his beloved, forever. Tasked by the archangels to destroy Lucifer, and by Mercy to help her trace and free Ryan, Gia is pushed to the limits of human endurance as she traverses the earth -- with the help of friends old and new -- to do the impossible. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780648039228
Series Mercy series NEW SERIES 2020 (5 of 5)
Publisher The High street publishing company, 2017
Lim, Rebecca
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A story of survival about two children who discover a rusty freighter on their beach after a cyclone. It appears to be calling them but it could just be a trap.
ISBN 9780140387964
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Baillie, Allan
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Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. But things take an unexpected turn when Tamara arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is the mysterious note her attacker wants - and why is he willing to kill for it? A tragic boating accident five years ago holds the clue that could keep Tamara alive. But how can she find the truth when she can't tell who's lying?
ISBN 9780143784319
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2017
Ferris, Fleur
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Wrecked: mysteries and disasters at sea
True stories about mysteries and disasters at sea.
ISBN 9781864480894
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1996
Bassett, Jan
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In 1732, a mysterious box is taken from the Cornish sea and hidden in the wall of the nearby cliff-top manor house. A century from now, sixteen years after London is destroyed in an apocalyptic attack, five teenagers spend the night in the abandoned house. They discover the box and take it home. What lay within is only dormant, waiting for the time when it would be released upon the world. And that time is now.
ISBN 9780192729293
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2011
Hearn, Julie
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Wreckers' revenge, The
Red Read never sets out to find trouble, but trouble sure has a way of finding him. After a disagreement with his cruel schoolteachers, Red is expelled and sentenced to a horrifying punishment. However, he is whisked to safely by the infamous smuggler Captain Black Bowen, who will take him on an adventure involving crazed wreckers, killer diseases and lost treasure.
ISBN 9781925815450
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2019
Jorgensen, Norman
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Wright brothers, The: First in flight
In 1903, on the windy dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the dream of humans to fly finally came true. Two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, were former bicycle mechanics who built their first toy plane, a rubber-band powered rotary when they were just children. They finally solved the flying problems that had grounded so many others.
ISBN 9781402732317
Series Sterling biographies series (22 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Dixon-Engel, Tara
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The violence of the pigeon shoot disturbs Palmer and contrasts with his reaction to bullies and to pets.
ISBN 9780007156016
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Spinelli, Jerry
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Written portraits
Written Portraits is a national writing competition that showcases young Australian writing, providing young writers with the opportunity to express inner feelings and emotions associated with being a teenager. The theme of this anthology is portrait at home. The short stories in this powerful anthology are all written by teenagers who are from a range of backgrounds. Each story expresses the sense of belonging or displacement to home, place or others. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780987599810
Publisher Green Olive Press, 2013
Forming circles
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Wundersmith: The calling of Morrigan Crow
Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She's hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery - but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan's unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor? Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion...
ISBN 9780734418227
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Townsend, Jessica
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Wuthering Heights
As the snow begins to fall, a man is forced to take shelter at the dark, foreboding Wuthering Heights. This house is haunted by memories and the dangerous story of Cathy and Heathcliff, who fell violently in love but could not be together. Cruelly separated by social class, fate, the actions of others and their own bitterness, Cathy and Heathcliff are united in an all-consuming passion that lasts beyond death. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780007326747
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Bronte, Emily
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