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Challenge Level : K-2 Challenge Level : 3-4 Challenge Level : 5-6 Challenge Level : 7-9

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

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1960

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Wabi sabi
Wabi Sabi, the little cat, sets out to find out the meaning of her name. Beautifully told and illustrated in the Japanese style with a special form of stylised Haiku poetry as a main feature.
ISBN 9780316118255
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2008
Reibstein, Mark & Young, Ed (ill)
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Wacky but true magazine
A monthly magazine format mix of freaky, funny and fascinating facts. 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 Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Down, Michelle
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88175

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Wacky but true: April
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Wacky but true: April 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
17617

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Wacky but true: August
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
68016

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Wacky but true: August 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
93030

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Wacky but true: December-January
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
33702

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Wacky but true: February
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
32447

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Wacky but true: February 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
97936

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Wacky but true: July
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
86123

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Wacky but true: July 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
94028

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Wacky but true: June
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
97097

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Wacky but true: June 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
85636

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Wacky but true: March
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
77662

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Wacky but true: March 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
28924

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Wacky but true: May
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
79987

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Wacky but true: May 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
50401

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Wacky but true: November
A magazine format full of freaky, funny and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
50567

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Wacky but true: November 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
95946

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Wacky but true: October
A magazine format full of freaky, funny and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
11791

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Wacky but true: October 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
73537

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Wacky but true: September
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2011
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
88488

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Wacky but true: September 2014
A magazine format full of freaky, fun and fascinating facts.
Series Wacky but true magazine (21 books)
Publisher David Down, 2010
Down, Michelle
No book cover.
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Waer
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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9269

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Walker book of classic poetry and poets, The
An anthology of over eighty, memorable poems by a variety of poets, William Shakespeare, Banjo Paterson, W B Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Edward Lear and Carl Sandburg. The book includes colour illustrations, biographical sketches and paintings.
ISBN 9780744582642
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Rosen, Michael
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Walking with the seasons in Kakadu
This book introduces children to the birds, plants and animals that live in Kakadu. It also features the Gundjeihmi-speaking aborigines of the region and the six aboriginal seasons.
ISBN 9781741144710
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Lucas, Diane & Searle, Ken
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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 (5 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
French, Jackie
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4705

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Waltzing Matilda
Watzing Matilda story with pictures that are overlaid with the story of the shearer's strike of the 1890s. Excerpts from newspapers reports and 'wanted' posters add further information.
ISBN 9781865048154
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Paterson, A B & Blackwood, Freya (illus)
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443

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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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Wandering Wombles, The
The Wombles' peaceful, harmonious existence is suddenly under threat. The heavy lorries, thundering along the roads near the common, make the burrow shake and tremble so it's no longer safe for the Wombles to live there. Great Uncle Bulgaria decides they will have to move from the burrow they've lived in for many, many years.
ISBN 9781408808337
Series The Wombles series (2 of 6)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Beresford, Elisabeth & Price, Nick (ill)
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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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Wannabe wallaby
When a black dog, Wannabe, who has been reared by wallabies, and believes he is one, is brought to the Animal Haven refuge, unexpected things happen.
ISBN 9780733612091
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Clark, Margaret
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1973

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War game, The
They said the war would be over by Christmas, but it isn't. The German and English trenches face each other, with No Man's land inbetween. But on Christmas Eve the shooting stops and on Christmas day, guns are put down.
ISBN 9781408191743
Series World War I tales series (1 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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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 that saved my life, The
Nine year old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted, club foot to let her outside. So, when Ada's little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to avoid the war, she escapes to join him. A new adventure begins for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman forced to take them in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan. And, Susan begins to love them both. But, wartime and Ada's cruel mother threaten the growing bond.
ISBN 9781925355642
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Topics / Displacement /
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
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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
A fantasy series about the seventh son of a seventh son who has special powers to fight evil. 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 Wardstone chronicles series (6 books)
Delaney, Joseph & Wyatt, David (ill)
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Warlock's child, The: Burning sea, The
There is no lower rank than cabin boy on the warship, Invincible. But, Dantar knows he is important because anyone who threatens his life gets turned into a pile of ashes. His older sister, Velza, is a shapecasting warrior, in a world where only men fight. Until now. Together, they must solve the mystery of broken magic and escape the dragon.
ISBN 9781925000924
Series The Warlock's child series (1 of 3)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Collins, Paul & McMullen, Sean
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Warlock's child, The: Dragonfall Mountain
Dantar is new to war and has much to learn, although he learns quickly. His older sister, Velza, is a warrior, striving to achieve in a man's world. Together and separately, they adventure and fall, racing to understand what's happening before a dragon, or more, decide their fate and that of all of those around them.
ISBN 9781925000931
Series The Warlock's child series (2 of 3)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Collins, Paul & McMullen, Sean
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Warlock's child, The: Iron claw
The warlock, Calbaras, wants to revive the ancient, forbidden magic of dragons and his son, Dantar, is vital to his plans. Dantar is on the run in an enemy kingdom, unaware that he is so important. Worse, his sister Velza is now working for the enemy king.
ISBN 9781925000948
Series The Warlock's child series (3 of 3)
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Collins, Paul & McMullen, Sean
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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 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 WARP series (3 books)
Colfer, Eoin
No book cover.
4831
WARP: Forever man, The
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: 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: Reluctant assassin, The
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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Warriors of Brin-Hask, The
The Gateway Hotel is open for business, and Amelia and Charlie are awaiting their newest intergalactic arrivals- the fearsome and mysterious Warriors of Brin-Hask. But the kids soon discover that the Brin-Hask aren't their only new guests. A plague of not-so ordinary rats has infested their kitchen too.
ISBN 9781760120290
Series The Gateway series NEW SERIES 2018 (8 books)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Jones, Cerberus
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Warships
From ancient sea battles to World War Two battleships and modern stealth missions, this book is packed with fascinating information and comic-strip illustrations with a four-page fold-out illustration of a modern destroyer.
ISBN 9781409538721
Series Usborne beginners plus series (16 books)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2012
Brook, Henry & Dean, Adrian (ill) & Roots, Adrian (ill)
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Wasim and the champ
Footie-mad Wasim and his team mates enter the local football competition. But, after an incident at the local mosque and a fight involving Wasim's older brother, the teams become split between white and Asian boys. Wasim and the surprise celebrity at the competition, an international boxing champion from their area, cleverly diffuse a tense situation.
ISBN 9781847800572
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
Ashley, Chris & Pankhurst, Kate (ill)
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Wasim's challenge
Year Five are off to Snowdonia and Wasim Ahmed has been looking forward to it for months. He has vowed to participate in the Ramadan fast but keeps his fasting a secret. Lack of food and drink cause him to sit out the first day's activities. When a box of chocolates disappears, Wasim becomes prime suspect. Then, on a walk, the group gets lost and Wasim is in serious danger on the mountainside.
ISBN 9781847800565
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2010
Ashley, Chris & Pankhurst, Kate (ill)
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Water
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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Water babies, The
While cleaning chimneys, Tom emerges in Ellie's bedroom and she mistakes him for a thief. In this classic story, Tom runs away, slips into a cooling stream and falls asleep to become a Water Baby, with a quest to the Other-end-of-Nowhere.
ISBN 9781853261480
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2000
Kingsley, Charles
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Water dragons, The
Sam, Lin and Jerry must save their pet water dragon when their natural habitat, the drain behind their homes, is being cleaned up. But, two of the water dragons have disappeared.
ISBN 9780141305363
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1999
Wrightson, Patricia
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Water the amazing journey
With cartoon-style graphics, appealing illustrations and interesting facts, this book shows why water is so important and how we can conserve it.
ISBN 9780958187817
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2004
Trafford, Caren & Eriksson, Megan (ill)
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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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Waterslain angels
The discovery of a beautifully carved angel wing at the village church intrigues Annie. She and her new friend, Sandy, are determined to solve the centuries old mystery of the angels that went missing from the Waterslain Church. What begins as a childish quest soon becomes an extremely dangerous adventure.
ISBN 9781842556917
Publisher Orion, 2008
Crossley-Holland, Kevin
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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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Waves
Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. This book tells some of their stories.
ISBN 9781925381641
Publisher Walker Books, 2018
Rawlins, Donna & Potter, Heather & Jackson, Mark (ill)
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Waves: from surfing to tsunami
This informative, documentary style book contains wonderful, visual images of waves. Photographs portray the origin and parts of a wave, and the effects of river and ocean waves on the environment. Includes a glossary of terms.
ISBN 9781586852122
Publisher Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005
Kampion, Drew
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7496
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 born free: the universal declaration of human rights in pictures
Proclaimed by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, the Declaration of Human Rights applies to every child and adult throughout the world. Each of its 30 articles has been written in a way that children can understand and beautifully illustrated by well-known artists.
ISBN 9781845076504
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2008
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Amnesty International (contr)
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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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We're all Australians now
In 1915, Australia's much-loved bush poet, Banjo Paterson, wrote a poem as an open letter to the troops fighting in World War l.
ISBN 9780732296476
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Paterson, A B (Banjo) & Wilson, Mark (ill)
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Weather
Be an eyewitness to how the weather works. Find out how clouds form, why it rains, what causes a ferocious hurricane or a roaring tornado that strikes without warning and why the climate may change in the future.
ISBN 9780751347463
Series Eyewitness series (36 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2002
Cosgrove, Brian
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Weather or not: it's a climate for change
Let's talk about the weather. A complex subject made easy for young people to understand, using whimsical pictures, humour, cartoons and puns. An encouraging look at global warming solutions and positive action.
ISBN 9780958187831
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2007
Trafford, Caren & Wilsher, David (ill)
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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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Web, The
Violet-Ann befriends a seven legged spider that she names, Sam.
ISBN 9780207172458
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1992
Hilton, Nette
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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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Week without Tuesday, A
Strange things are happening to authors everywhere. They are disappearing and then returning in unexpected places, injured and disoriented. Tuesday's parents ban her from writing but Vivienne Small, the heroine of the books written by Tuesday's mother, Serendipity, sends out a call for help. Tuesday and her dog set out to fix the problem before the magical world and all the stories it contains are destroyed.
ISBN 9781760110376
Series Tuesday McGillycuddy series (3 books)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Banks, Angelica
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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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Weevils, war & wallabies: 1920-1945
At the end of World War 1, Australia was still divided by class, gender and race. The flappers and cobbers were eager to celebrate the 'roaring twenties', a time of peace, prosperity and new heroes. Then, the stock market crashed, plunging the country and the western world into the Great Depression. Times were very tough. The Second World War brought world events even closer to our shores.
ISBN 9781741691436
Series Fair dinkum series (6 of 8)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
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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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Weird and wacky festivals
People celebrate the strangest things. From cheese-rolling contests to cockroach races, discover the world of wacky festivals.
ISBN 9781865047638
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Harris, David
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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 home
Whaling has long been part of Australia's history. Over the past centuries many coastal towns owe their existence to the hunting and slaughter of whales for numerous by-products. More recently these same towns focus on viewing the beauty of these majestic creatures as they travel between the cold and warmer waters. Here both stories are told through the eyes of a young boy who hears the distant calls, sometimes joyful, sometimes apprehensive, of a whale.
ISBN 9781925000085
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2013
Booth, Christina
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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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Welcome to my country
Laklak Burarrwanga and her family invite you to their Country. Centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land, its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray. The bush holds fruits, pandanus for weaving and wood for spears. Laklak shares her history, her long childhood walks across Arnhem Land, her people's fight for land rights and for a say in their children's schooling. She and her family stand tall and proud.
ISBN 9781743313961
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Burarrwanga, Laklak
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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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Wells and Wong mystery 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 Wells and Wong mystery series (5 books)
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Wells and Wong mystery: Arsenic for tea
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the school holidays. There's a tea party for Daisy's birthday and the whole family is invited. When a guest falls mysteriously ill, everything points to poison. With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving or the police from arriving, Fallingford feels like a very dangerous place to be. Everyone has a secret or two. When someone close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth, no matter the consequences.
ISBN 9780552570732
Series Wells and Wong mystery series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Stevens, Robin
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Wells and Wong mystery: First class murder
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express. It's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. And, there's a rumour of a spy in their midst. When there's a scream from inside one of the cabins, a passenger is found murdered and her stunning, ruby necklace has gone. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first-ever locked room mystery. But, several other sleuths are just as determined to crack this case.
ISBN 9780552570749
Series Wells and Wong mystery series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2015
Stevens, Robin
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Wells and Wong mystery: Jolly foul play
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term. Things have changed. There's a new Head Girl, Elizabeth, and those bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Tensions are running high and, after the fireworks display, Elizabeth is found murdered. Secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, suddenly begin to appear around the school. And, even with their own friendship falling to pieces, Daisy and Hazel must try to solve this mystery.
ISBN 9780141369693
Series Wells and Wong mystery series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2016
Stevens, Robin
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Wells and Wong mystery: Mistletoe and murder
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas holidays in snowy Cambridge. Danger is lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College and, just before Christmas, there' s a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident, until the Detective Society looks a little closer and realises a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, Wells and Wong must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer, in time for Christmas Day, of course.
ISBN 9780141369723
Series Wells and Wong mystery series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2016
Stevens, Robin
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Wells and Wong mystery: Murder most unladylike
When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. When Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym, she assumes it was a terrible accident. But, when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now, they not only have a murder to solve, Daisy and Hazel have to prove that one happened in the first place.
ISBN 9780552570725
Series Wells and Wong mystery series (5 books)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2014
Stevens, Robin
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Werewolf knight, The
Feolf is a loyal knight who becomes a wolf on nights when the moon is full.
ISBN 9780091825942
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Wagner, Jenny
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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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Whalers, The
Stepping between Aboriginal Dreaming stories and the Australian yarn, the story of the Whalers reflects the ideas and practice of reconciliation showing the relationship between the orcas and the Aboriginal whalers of Twofold Bay.
ISBN 9780207191770
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2002
Mumbulla, Percy & Robinson, Roland E. & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
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What do sharks eat for dinner
Lots of interesting information about sharks and answers to all the questions you've always wanted to ask, and a few you might not have considered. Find out where sharks have their ears and what do we get from shark's liver oil.
ISBN 9780439229050
Series Scholastic question & answer series (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2001
Berger, Melvin & Gilda
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What do you think, Feezal
Bean has to move to Sydney to live in a penthouse, where she can't have a dog.
ISBN 9781864484397
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1997
Honey, Elizabeth
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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 is poetry: The essential guide to reading and writing poems
Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and the pleasure that comes from writing and reading poetry. In this invaluable handbook, he shares this knowledge and experience in book form for the very first time. Starting with a detailed analysis of a number of classic poems, he offers a real "writer's guide" to writing and performing poems, as well as a wealth of technical information and tips. He then takes a fascinating look at a selection of his own poems and explains how and why he wrote them.
ISBN 9781844287635
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Rosen, Michael
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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 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 the raven saw
In a churchyard, the raven watches the comings and goings of everyone, making sure that peace and order are maintained. He keeps to himself, except during church services, when he sneaks into the building so he can listen to the hymns that he loves. The raven would be happy if everything stayed this way forever. Until a new, small grave is dug, an annoying pigeon arrives and a church member is up to no good.
ISBN 9781742757353
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Bound, Samantha-Ellen
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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 eating you
Every animal has a habitat, a place where it belongs, finds food and shelter, and raises its babies. You are a habitat for many small, almost invisible creatures. Find out about parasites like fleas and lice, tapeworms and pinworms, and the animals, human and non-human, on and in which they live.
ISBN 9781406313543
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Davies, Nicola & Layton, Neal (ill)
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What's for dinner Mr Gum
Mr Gum has a brand new treat, rancid kebabs just dripping with dirty grey sauce. He just can't get enough of them. But, not everyone's happy about Mr Gum's new dinnertime arrangements and, soon, the town of Lamonic Bibber is gearing up for war. Polly and her friends must try to save the town from being torn apart.
ISBN 9781405248242
Series Mr Gum series (6 of 8)
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014
Stanton, Andy & Tazzyman, David (ill)
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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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What's your story
Australia has a long history and many stories. This is the story of Leonard, a young orphan boy, who was on one of the ships in the First Fleet that came to Australia from England. He was both frightened and amazed by his new country. When Leonard met Milba, an Eora girl, she showed him the animals of his new land and the cave drawings of her people. Without words, they could still tell their stories.
ISBN 9780994289544
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2016
Giannone, Rose & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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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 friendship followed me home
Twelve year old Ben Coffin has never felt that he fits in. A former foster kid, he keeps his head down to avoid school bullies and spends his afternoons reading sci-fi books at the library. But, when Ben finds a scruffy, abandoned dog and befriends the librarian's daughter, Halley, he starts to feel he belongs in his own life. Then, everything changes and, suddenly, Ben is more alone than ever. But, with a little help from Halley's magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through other's eyes.
ISBN 9781925355499
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2016
Griffin, Paul
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When Hitler stole pink rabbit
In 1933, nine year old Anna was too busy with schoolwork and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in her native Germany, until she is forced to learn the skills needed to survive as a refugee.
ISBN 9780006754008
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Kerr, Judith
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When I was little, like you
A precious recount of growing up in the early days of the Papunya settlement in central Australia. The author tells about going bush with her family and learning about her culture and way of life.
ISBN 9781741142563
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Malbunka, Mary
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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 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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When you reach me
Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know their New York City neighbourhood, where it's safe to go and who to avoid. But, things start to unravel when Sal gets punched and shuts Miranda out. The apartment key, hidden for emergencies, is stolen and mysterious notes start to arrive. Miranda realises that the note writer is aware of things that no-one should know and only she can prevent a tragic death.
ISBN 9781921656064
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2009
Stead, Rebecca
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Where does the poo go...when you flush
With cartoon-style graphics, appealing illustrations and interesting facts, this book talks about effluent waste, the history of its disposal and how our views are changing about the treatment of sewerage.
ISBN 9780958187800
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2004
Trafford, Caren & Oakley, Jade (ill)
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Where have all the pandas gone
Lots of interesting information and answers to questions about endangered animals. Find out if sea otters are now safe and which is the most endangered whale.
ISBN 9780439266697
Series Scholastic question & answer series (4 books)
Publisher Scholastic US, 2002
Topics / Endangered species /
Berger, Melvin & Gilda
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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 forest meets the sea
A book without words in which superb collages tell the story of a boy and his father visiting an endangered rainforest in Queensland.
ISBN 9780744513059
Publisher Walker Books, 1989
Baker, Jeannie
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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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Which witch
Arriman the Awful, evil Wizard of the North, devises a spell-casting competition so he can marry the winner and produce an heir. Belladonna longs to be a fiendish hag and win the competition, but doesn't know how.
ISBN 9780330398008
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Ibbotson, Eva
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Whippersnapper
Fourteen year old Gus lives and breathes basketball. When he's is in a terrible accident, Gus can't believe he's survived. But, he's woken up in the body of an old man and his own body is unconscious in intensive care. Now, he has a seventy year old wife, really bad taste in clothes, his friends don't recognise him and his family thinks he's crazy. Gus just wants to be fourteen again and play basketball.
ISBN 9780143306092
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Arena, Felice
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Whipping boy, The
Jemmy must take the whippings for the royal heir, Prince Brat, but the Prince must rely on Jemmy when they both run away from the castle.
ISBN 9780060521226
Publisher Greenwillow, 2003
Fleischman, Sid
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Whirlwind
A gothic fairytale about a whirlwind that refuses to be stomped on, two feisty Angora rabbits, and a disaster of exponential proportions that could be woven into something magnificent.
ISBN 9781743313008
Series Grimstones series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Asphyxia
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Whisperer, The
An adorable version of a Romeo and Juliet tale, told from the rat's perspective.
ISBN 9780007120178
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
Butterworth, Nick
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Whisperer, The
Griff works in a circus and has a unique ability to hear the thoughts of others, without their knowledge. When the greedy circus master discovers his talent, Griff escapes, taking Tess and her collection of magical creatures. On the run, Griff hears a cry for help from a mysterious source he calls the Whisperer.
ISBN 9780732286675
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
McIntosh, Fiona
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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 crane
It's not easy being a one-legged, trainee Samurai warrior but Niya, the white crane, and the other kids at the Cockroach Ryu (school) want to prove to themselves, and those who despise them, that it is their abilities, not their disabilities, that count. Together, they must face danger, fear and the taunts of the Dragon Ryu.
ISBN 9781921150203
Series Samurai kids series (1 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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White fang
Born in the wilds of the freezing cold Yukon, White Fang who is half-dog, half-wolf, is the only animal in the litter to survive. He is fiercely independent and soon learns the harsh laws of nature, yet buried deep inside him are the distant memories of affection and love. This is a classic story of a wolf-dog who learns to survive in the bleak Alaskan wilderness.
ISBN 9780582418158
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2000
London, Jack
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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 Ninja
Roxy Ran is an ordinary girl who doesn't know anything about her ninja powers until she is confronted by school bullies. Jackson Axe introduces Roxy to the world of martial arts. Jackson and Roxy must find the Tiger Scrolls and unleash the powers of the White Warrior before the samurai do. In order to survive, Roxy must unleash her inner ninja.
ISBN 9780732294533
Series Roxy Ran series (1 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2012
Hall, Tiffiny
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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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White war
In 1914, it's Christmas Day on the Western front, near the town of Ypres in Belgium. There's something big that Professor Perdu is not telling Battle Boy. His mission begins knee-deep in mud, in the middle of No Man's Land, where Battle Boy encounters the last person he is expecting to meet.
ISBN 9780330403870
Series Battle boy series (9 of 15)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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Whiz Mob and the Grenade Kid, The
It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks. Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that's happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition- he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade.
ISBN 9780143787860
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Meloy, Colin & Ellis, Carson (ill)
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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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Who did that?
Lots of useful information about identifying Australian native animals by their droppings and footprints.
ISBN 9780864175755
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2004
Bruce, Jill B & Wade, Jan (ill)
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Who invented that
Find out who invented the computer, the skateboard, the hamburger and lots of everyday things we use. Learn how these and many other everyday inventions came to be.
ISBN 9780779139828
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Harris, David & Thomson, Russell
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Who what when where why and how
Have you ever wanted to know why does the wind blow or why do some people walk in their sleep, this is the book for you. Those tricky questions you have always wanted to be ask are answered here.
ISBN 9781742034263
Publisher Wild Dog Books, 2016
Hope, Charles
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Who's for dinner
Take a look at the many animals and plants that make up the food chain. The food chain is a delicate balance that must be respected.
ISBN 9780779148912
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Harris, David
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Why I love Australia
In a similar vein to Dorothea Mackellar's My Country. Stunning images and words showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of the Australian continent.
ISBN 9781921541780
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2010
Bancroft, Bronwyn
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Why should I bother about the planet
Find out what has gone wrong with the planet, what needs to be done, and how every little bit helps to solve the problem of climate change and pollution. Discover how you can save energy, what a carbon footprint is and lots more about the human impact on our planet.
ISBN 9781409599630
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Meredith, Susan & Rojo, Sara (ill)
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Why should I bother to keep fit
An informative guide to the hows and whys of keeping fit, and having fun on the way. Find out why keeping fit is good for you, how to choose the appropriate exercise regime and how to stay healthy in day-to-day life.
ISBN 9781409599623
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Meredith, Susan & Larkum, Adam (ill)
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Why shouldn't I eat junk food
A fun, informative guide about food that's good and not so good for you, and how to exercise. Find out why junk food tastes so good, what food additives and processed food are, and what's in a burger. Includes simple recipes for healthy snacks and burgers, ideas for exercise, information on food labels and advertising, and how food is grown.
ISBN 9781409599616
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2015
Knighton, Kate & Larkum, Adam (ill)
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Wicked war on the planet of whimsy, The
Nicola Berry, Earthling Ambassador and leader of the Space Brigade, receives the terrible news that Shimlara's family have been kidnapped and are being held captive on the Planet of Whimsy, the most beautiful planet in the universe, by the scaly inhabitants of Volcanomania. Space Brigade to the rescue.
ISBN 9780330425391
Series Space brigade series (2 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Moriarty, L M
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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's way
From an early age, Will could walk a tightrope and juggle bananas. His mother told him that, one day, he would be the star of a circus. But, until then, Will must be kept a secret because, each year, pirates come to the islands to steal young boys for their crew. But, when his mother disappears and pirates arrive at his door, Will takes courage from a crazy, truth-telling parrot and his mother's advice. But, this may not be enough to survive the perils at sea. And, Will will have to do something about that infuriatingly polite boy, Horrendo.
ISBN 9781743319901
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2016
Fienberg, Anna
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Wide window, The
The Baudelaire orphans meet fearful Aunt Josephine. Even she may not be able to protect them from Count Olaf.
ISBN 9780064407687
Series Series of unfortunate events series (3 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2000
Snicket, Lemony
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Widow's broom, The
A witch's broom is left at a widow's house and it gradually takes over all the tasks. The people in the local village decide the broom is evil and needs to be destroyed. In response, the widow and the broom fight back.
ISBN 9780395640517
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 1992
Van Allsburg, Chris
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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 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 one, The
Charlie met the wild one when he was young. They caught tadpoles and watched spiders. As Charlie grows up, he forgets the wild one, until he grows much older.
ISBN 9780670076970
Publisher Penguin, 2014
Hartnett, Sonya
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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 wind
When a cyclone strikes the vineyard, the four cousins are in the homestead alone. They are without power and the phone line is down when they see a large dog-like creature attacking the chickens.
ISBN 9780143300717
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Forrestal, Elaine
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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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Wildheart
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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Wildlife
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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Wildwood
Life is ordinary for twelve year old Prue McKeel. That is, until her brother is abducted by crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense forest where no-one's ever gone in, or at least returned to tell of it. Prue and her friend, Curtis, uncover a secret world, full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater.
ISBN 9780670075157
Series Wildwood trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Viking UK, 2011
Meloy, Colin & Ellis, Carson (ill)
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Wildwood imperium
The fate of Wildwood hangs in the balance with the reawakening of Alexandra the Dowager Governess. It will take the combined efforts of an orphan rebellion, two toymakers, what remains of the bandit team and a vast array of birds and animals to prevent total annihilation.
ISBN 9780670075171
Series Wildwood trilogy series (3 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Meloy, Colin & Ellis, Carson (ill)
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Wildwood trilogy 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 Wildwood trilogy series (3 books)
Meloy, Colin & Ellis, Carson (ill)
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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 Bligh: A stormy story of tempestuous times
You may have heard of the famous mutiny on the ship, the Bounty, or the Rum Rebellion coup. They are two extraordinary events in Australia's history, yet the details in and around these events are largely unknown. Peel back the layers of this incredible and controversial period in Australia's early development.
ISBN 9780994289568
Publisher Berbay Publishing, 2016
Sedunary, Michael & Emmerichs, Bern (ill)
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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
Aliki
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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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William the conqueror
Details the life of William the Conqueror from birth to death. Lots of good battles and interesting characters.
ISBN 9781876460044
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2008
Drummond, Allan & Nguyen, Du-Tran (ill)
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William the conqueror: nowhere to hide
It is medieval France and the illegitimate son of a peasant is chosen to be the heir of the Duke of Normandy. Powerful families plot to murder the boy and steal his title. Young William learns the hard way that there are few people he can trust and when he has nowhere left to hide, he makes a stand and fights for his life. This is the boy who became William the Conqueror of England.
ISBN 9781406313727
Series Before they were famous series (5 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Corby, Caroline
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Willow tree's daughter, The
Max escapes being made a king and marries Salizia, a tree dryad. Their daughter, Betony, has magic powers.
ISBN 9781864488562
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1998
Freeman, Pamela
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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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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 Wind on fire trilogy series (3 books)
Nicholson, William
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Window
A book without words showing the growth and development of a child and his environment. Superb collages tell the story.
ISBN 9780744594867
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Baker, Jeannie
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Windsinger, 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 quest.to 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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Wings
When her parents go away, Saffy is not at all happy about staying with her boring Aunt Joesa. Things soon become far from boring when Saffy's aunt begins to undergo a bizarre and life-altering change.
ISBN 9780734405081
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Chataway, Carol & Lee, Declan (ill)
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Wings
Ziggy has a new mission. He travels to Japan to find out what is causing the bees of Tokyo to disappear. But, the big city is not a friendly place for a honey bee. While investigating, Ziggy comes across a colony of honey bees with a very different way of protecting their hive, and a new, terrifying enemy, the huge hornet, Torgo, and his gang.
ISBN 9781921720208
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Huber, Raymond
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Wings
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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Winnie the Pooh
The classic tales of Christopher Robin's beloved bear and his pals, Tigger and Eeyore.
ISBN 9780749702106
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 1998
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Milne, A A
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Winning
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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Winning back dad
A boy takes on a challenge to stop his father from being depressed after he has to sell his truck.
ISBN 9780744572919
Publisher Walker Books, 2000
Bone, Ian
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Winning touch
Ellyse is dying to start touch footy again. Touchdowns are the best. But, with homework piling up and training every night of the week, it's all getting too much to handle. It looks like Ellyse is going to have to make some major changes. There's also the drama at school with her best friends, Jazz and Charlie. Their friendship seems to be falling apart. Maybe, getting selected for the regional touch footy team will help take Ellyse's mind off things. Or, maybe, that's just wishful thinking.
ISBN 9780143781288
Series Ellyse Perry series (4 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2017
Clark, Sherryl & Perry, Ellyse
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Winter
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 NEW SERIES 2019 (5 of 5)
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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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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Wipeout
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 NEW SERIES 2018 (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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Wish pony, The
Ruby has had her mum and dad and best friend, Sarah, to herself for as long as she can remember. Now everything is changing because her mum is having a baby and her best friend has found a better friend. She wishes things could be back to how they were. Ruby learns that we must be careful what we wish for.
ISBN 9781741663242
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Bateson, Catherine
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Wishbird, The
Oriole's beloved Wishbird is dying and she must leave the forest to save him. But in the City of Soulless there is danger everywhere. Can Oriole and Boy save Soulless and the Wishbird, or will the city's darkness prove too great even for magic.
ISBN 9780143307525
Publisher Penguin, 2013
Wang, Gabrielle
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Wisp
Idris is a child refugee, born into a world of tents and fences. He has known no other life than this. He has no memories of the world outside. Then the Wisp arrives, floating in on the evening breeze. Everyone who holds it finds their memories reawakened, their hopes of freedom reborn. But what about Idris, who has no memories? What will happen when he holds the magical Wisp?
ISBN 9780734418043
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2018
Fraillon, Zana & Baker Smith, Grahame
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Witch baby and me at school
Lily's sister, Daisy, is one year old and she's no ordinary baby. When she was born, something went wrong and Daisy is a Witch Baby. Nobody knows this but Lily. She's the only one who can see Daisy make the fridge float in the air or turn people into slugs. It's time for Lily to start at her new school. It will be hard enough being the new girl and, then, there's Daisy.
ISBN 9780552556774
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Gliori, Debi
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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
The scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches.
ISBN 9780141311395
Publisher Puffin UK, 2004
Dahl, Roald
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Witches: plays for children, The
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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Withering-by-sea
High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of this damp, dull hotel, eleven year old orphan, Stella Montgomery, leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts. But, one night, Stella sees something she shouldn't have. Something that will set in motion an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for.
ISBN 9781460701904
Publisher ABC Books, 2014
Rossell, Judith
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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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Witness
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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Witness to disaster series
A factual series about the world's natural disasters. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Witness to disaster series (5 books)
Fradin, Judy & Dennis
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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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Wizard of Oz, The
Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home, Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. With her companions, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.
ISBN 9781853261121
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Baum, Frank L
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Wizard of Rondo, The
The fantastic world of Rondo can be perilous but Leo and Mimi know they can't keep away. They have to play their part in the continuing battle to keep Rondo safe from their deadly enemy, the remorseless Blue Queen.
ISBN 9781862917927
Series Rondo series (2 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Rodda, Emily
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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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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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Wolf wilder, The
In Russia, Feodora and her mother are wolf wilders. A wolf wilder trains domesticated wolves to fend for themselves in the wild. When her mother is taken captive and her own life is threatened, Feo flees to the woods, with her three precious wolves and a young trainee soldier, on a journey to save her mother. As a furious General Rakov pursues them across the snow, Feo must learn from her wolves how to survive.
ISBN 9781408872352
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015
Rundell, Katherine & Ongbico, Gelrev (ill)
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Wolf-speaker
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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Wolfchild
In the lost land of Lyonnesse in 1099, Raw struggles to learn how to trust while Morwenna has to choose between friendship and rules.
ISBN 9780734404824
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Hawke, Rosanne
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: musical genius
Mozart, a child prodigy who was composing music at five years of age, is recognised as one of the greatest composers of all time. Photographs, quotations and a glossary of terms provide an insight into Mozart's life.
ISBN 9780750243216
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Ross, Stewart
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Wolfspell
The second book in the 'Viking Magic' series combining adventure, magic, fantasy and historical detail. Young heroes, Oddo and Thora, join together on a dangerous journey to foil a greedy neighbour and save their families from eviction.
ISBN 9781741140132
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Ciddor, Anna
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Wolves in the walls, The
Lucy hears wolves hustling, bustling, crinkling and crackling in the walls of the old house where her family lives. Her mother says they are mice, her brother says bats. Lucy is convinced they are wolves and her worst fears are confirmed.
ISBN 9780747574729
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2004
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Gaiman, Neil & McKean, Dave (ill)
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Wolves of the Witchwood
Hunted by Lord Mortlake, Tom, Quinn, Elanor and Sabastian flee for cover. The unicorn leads them into the darkness of the Witchwood, where they meet Wilda the witch. She seems to help them on their quest but they're not sure she can be trusted. Danger surrounds but there's no time to lose. The four unlikely heroes must find the giffin, the dragon and the sea serpent before it's too late.
ISBN 9781743624074
Series The impossible quest series (2 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2014
Forsyth, Kate
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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 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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Wombat warriors
When Mouse's parents head away to Ireland she is packed off to spend the winter in South Australia with her Aunt Evie. But what Mouse thought was going to be a dull winter turns into an adventure she never expected. When Mouse makes friends with the local wombats she couldn't be happier but as she learns more about her new surroundings she finds out that others don't feel as kindly towards the cuddly wombats as she does. Desperate to save the wombats from farmers whose fences the wombats destroy, Mouse begins a journey that will change not only her life but the lives of people and wombats everywhere.
ISBN 9780702259586
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2017
Wheeler, Samantha
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Wombles at work, The
There's been a huge festival and no end of rubbish has been left behind by the Human Beings. Everything from umbrellas to shoes, drink cans and bottles. The Wombles have their work cut out for them.
ISBN 9781408808368
Series The Wombles series (4 of 6)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Beresford, Elisabeth & Price, Nick (ill)
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Wombles go round the world, The
Great Uncle Bulgaria loves telling the history of the Womble clans to the younger Wombles. But, when he notices that they are not really interested in the history, Great Uncle Bulgaria decides to take action. Tobermory invents some eco-friendly clockwork air balloons to travel in and Orinoco, Bungo, Tomsk and Wellington are sent variously to interesting and far-flung America, Tibet and Australia.
ISBN 9781408808351
Series The Wombles series (6 of 6)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Beresford, Elisabeth & Price, Nick (ill)
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Wombles to the rescue
The Wombles are now safely back in their burrow on Wimbledon Common. They had had to leave because heavy lorries thundering up and down the nearby road threatened to make their burrow cave in. However, there is another problem. It seems that the humans have realised they have an energy crisis and are throwing much less away. The Wombles' supplies begin to run low.
ISBN 9781408808382
Series The Wombles series (5 of 6)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Beresford, Elisabeth & Price, Nick (ill)
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Wombles, The
Meet the Wombles of Wimbledon Common, very prim and proper little animals, whose self-appointed duty it is to keep the common tidy by collecting and recycling all of the many things left behind by those most strange of all animals, the Human Beings.
ISBN 9781408808375
Series The Wombles series (1 of 6)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Beresford, Elisabeth & Price, Nick (ill)
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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 in science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world
Do you love science? Do you love technology? Do you love engineering? Do you love maths? Well, let's check out 50 famous women scientists from the ancient and modern world. Like the Greek mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer, Hypatia; Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist; biologist Rachel Carson; primatologist Jane Goodall; and lots more famous women scientists!
ISBN 9781607749769
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Ignotofsky, Rachel
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Women in sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win
Do you love sports? Well, let's check out 50 famous women athletes like tennis player Billie Jean King; gymnast Simone Biles; skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee; Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a men's professional league; the Bloomer Girls; Skate Bettys and lots more famous female athletes!
ISBN 9781607749783
Publisher Penguin, 2017
Topics / STEM / Biography /
Ignotofsky, Rachel
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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
August Pullman just wants to be an ordinary ten year old. He does ordinary things and feels ordinary inside, but Auggie has a severe facial disfigurement. He's always been home-schooled as his parents try to protect him from dealing with the curious, derogatory looks and comments from outsiders. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted and be able to convince his classmates that, underneath, he's just like them.
ISBN 9780552565974
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2012
Palacio, R J
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Wonderling, The
Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We have just the solution for you! Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music.
ISBN 9781406370645
Publisher Walker Books, 2017
Topics / Displacement /
Bartok, Mira
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Wonderstruck
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline, both children set out alone to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, Ben's story is told in words while Rose's story is told in pictures.
ISBN 9780545027892
Publisher Scholastic US, 2011
Topics / Graphic novels /
Selznick, Brian
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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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Woolly jumpers
When his family move to the country, Mike is convinced that life will be very boring. Two renegade sheep, a snake and some chooks soon prove him wrong.
ISBN 9780734407573
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Hilton, Nette
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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
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 Word hunters series (4 books)
Various
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Word hunters: Curious dictionary, The
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: Lost hunters, The
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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Workhouse, a Victorian girl's diary 1871
It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to the workhouse for the poor. There, she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Edith soon finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again.
ISBN 9781407104805
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Oldfield, Pamela
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World according to Warren, The
Warren is a guide dog for his blind mistress, Eleanor Rigby. He is fiercely aware of his own importance and nobility. See the world, especially busy inner city streets, through Warren's eyes, and also through various media, such as cinema advertising, comic books and dream states.
ISBN 9781920731212
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2007
Silvey, Craig & Martinez, Sonia (ill)
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World heritage in Australia
This book provides an indepth look at Australia's fourteen World Heritage sites.
ISBN 9781740703901
Series Australian Library series (20 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2008
Pyers, Greg
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World heritage sites in Australia: Sydney Opera House, Gondwana Rainforests, Blue Mountains and more...
From the ancient Willandra Lakes, through to colonial buildings, natural sites and the world renowned Sydney Opera House, New South Wales is the proud custodian of some of Australia's most iconic World Heritage Sites. Discover how these sites are managed so that the competing demands of tourists, wilderness and wildlife are all satisfied while still preserving the sites for the future.
ISBN 9781925630152
Publisher Redback Publishing, 2017
Millen, Ellen
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World War 1
A guide to the grim challenges of life or death on the Western Front of World War 1. First-hand reports and contemporary photographs of the battles that slaughtered millions, as nation upon nation sent their young men to join the carnage.
ISBN 9780751330847
Series Eyewitness series (36 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2002
Adams, Simon
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World War 1: 1914 - 1918
See history through the eyes of the everyday Australians who lived it, featuring interviews, diary and journal entries, newspaper articles and official documents, sometimes presenting differing points of view.
ISBN 9781740705981
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2009
Brasch, Nicolas
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World War I tales series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series World War I tales series (4 books)
Deary, Terry
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World War II and post-war recovery 1939-1949
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
ISBN 9781420266221
Series Significant people in Australia's history series (7 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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World's best Karlson, The
On the ordinary roof of an ordinary house lives an extraordinary man called Karlson. He's the world's best at everything, or so he says. Best of all, he has a propeller on his back and can fly.
ISBN 9780192727732
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2009
Lindgren, Astrid & Ross, Tony (ill)
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World's worst children 2, The
It appears there are more Worst Children in this world than was first expected. This is a collection of ten shocking short stories about children who are rude, disgusting and nasty. Children you are going to wish you never knew existed. Children you wish you would never have to meet. Stories that will make you snort with laughter and look at your classmates more carefully now.
ISBN 9780008259679
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2017
Walliams, David and Ross, Tony (ill)
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World-wide waste
Through humour, environmental waste issues are discussed featuring simple, easily understood text and cartoon-style drawings.
ISBN 9780958187824
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2006
Trafford, Caren
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Worlds next door
Let your imagination wander and wonder. Science fiction, fantasy, humour and horror feature in twenty-five diverse, short stories by well-known and new Australian authors.
ISBN 9780980777017
Publisher FableCroft Publishing, 2010
Wessely, Tehani (ed)
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Worldshaker
Worldshaker, a gigantic mobile city, is cruising the world, wreaking ecological havoc. It's a relic of Victorian England, with a Queen and class system of lords above and Filthies below. Col has been chosen as the next Supreme Commander but with the escape of a girl, Filthy Col's safe, elite world is about to fall apart.
ISBN 9781741757095
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Harland, Richard
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Worm's eye view
The history of the humble worm is traced by Wilbursaurus Junior, Wilbur Worm, from the time of the dinosaurs, including a period during the Industrial Revolution when worms were under threat of extinction.
ISBN 9780646415888
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2001
Trafford, Caren
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Wormwood mire
When Stella Montgomery returned to the Hotel Majestic cold and wet but exhilarated by adventure, the Aunts were furious. Now they are sending Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two strange cousins and their governess. But within the overgrown grounds of the mouldering house, dark secrets slither and skulk, and soon Stella must be brave once more if she's to find out who - or what - she really is...This is the thrilling and magical sequel to multi-award-winning novel, Withering-by-Sea.
ISBN 9780733333019
Publisher ABC Books, 2017
Rossell, Judith
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Worst band in the universe, The
A poetic narrative involving Sprocc, an alien, and his struggle for freedom of expression.
ISBN 9780140565874
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Base, Graeme
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Worst team ever, The
Country boy, Jimmy, boasts about his prowess in the game of Australian Rules football and is accepted into a city team.
ISBN 9780141305103
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Gwynne, Phillip & Smith, Craig (ill)
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Wow human body
Crammed full of amazing photographs, graphics and information about the human body, its parts and how they work.
ISBN 9781405353465
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Walker, Richard
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Wow Space
Crammed full of facts and photographs about gargantuan galaxies, astounding asteroids and big black holes. Everything you want to know about what's out in space.
ISBN 9781405353472
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Stott, Carole
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Wow: amazing science facts & trivia
A collection of scientific facts in chapters, illustrated with cartoons.
ISBN 9780733307478
Publisher ABC Books, 2002
Topics / STEM /
Holper, Paul & Torok, Simon
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Wow: Earth
A visually amazing encyclopaedia all about Earth. Crammed full of incredible stuff to dip into, from magnificent meteorites to cool caves, crystals and coral reefs, all revealed in an exciting and totally different way. It's like a museum, a search engine and the world's most exciting geography field trip, all rolled into one.
ISBN 9781405341578
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2009
Dorling Kindersley
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Wow: the visual encyclopaedia of everything
Through visually stunning graphics and photographs, discover everything you've ever wanted to know about nature, the human body, science and technology, space, earth, people and places, history, art and culture. Every spread explores an encyclopaedic subject in a unique way. Pour over amazing images and pick up fascinating facts and figures in bite-sized chunks.
ISBN 9781405322485
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2008
Topics / STEM /
Dorling Kindersley
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Wreck
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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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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Wreckers
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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Wright brothers: first in flight, The
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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Wringer
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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Wrinkle in time, A
Meg, her brother, Charles, and Calvin, their best friend, search for Meg's scientist father. An unearthly visitor takes them on a fantastic voyage to rescue him.
ISBN 9780440498056
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1998
L'Engle, Madeleine
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Writing computer code
Learning how to code can be like learning a foreign language. Follow the simple steps as you work with real code to build your own web robots. Create your robot by writing code that builds your robot's body and structure. Give your bot some style by adding code lines that customise your robot's colour and shape. Get your robot moving by finishing off with code that teaches it how to dance.
ISBN 9781119177302
Series Dummies Junior series (12 books)
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd, 2016
Topics / STEM /
Minnick, Chris & Holland, Eva
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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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Wunambi the water snake
When the children disturb old Wunambi, the giant water snake, there is big trouble ahead.
ISBN 9780855752231
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000
O'Brien, May L & Wyatt, Sue (ill)
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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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