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Yahoo creek: An Australian mystery
Throughout the first century or more of Australian settlement by Europeans, the pages of colonial newspapers were haunted by reports of a bewildering phenomenon: the mysterious yahoo or hairy man...
ISBN 9781760631451
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2019
Riddle, Tohby
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Yakanarra day, A
A Yakanarra Day reflects the beautiful small community located in the foothills of the St George Ranges between the Fitzroy River and the Great Sandy Desert, in Central Kimberley, Western Australia. It was written and illustrated by the senior students of Yakanarra Community School and has been translated into Walmajarri, with the help of school teachers and local elders
ISBN 9781378540602
Publisher Indigenous Literacy Foundation, 2013
Yakanarra Community School
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Yakanarra dogs, The
There are lots of dogs in Yakanarra. Hunting dogs, swimming dogs, spotty dogs and much more. The students of Yakanarra Community School have written and illustrated this gorgeous book that reflects the beautiful small community located in the foothills of the St George Ranges between the Fitzroy River and the Great Sandy Desert, in Central Kimberley, Western Australia. It has been translated into Walmajarri, with the help of school teachers and local elders.
ISBN 9781230189567
Publisher Indigenous Literacy Foundation, 2013
Yakanarra Community School
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Yakanarra song book: About our place in Walmajarri and English
In this fabulous book are fourteen songs, ten in Walmajarri language about four in English, all beautifully illustrated by the kids from the Yakanarra Community School. There are songs about how the Walmajarri come to Yakanarra, their special places, the animals and birds and the sounds that they make, hunting, fishing and collecting bush food, and more. The songs, sung to the tunes of well known classics, were written to help the kids at Yakanarra speak Walmajarri, but this is a book to be treasured and enjoyed by everyone.
ISBN 9780994465443
Publisher Indigenous Literacy Foundation, 2017
Moora, Jessie Wamarla & Vanbee, Mary Purnjurr & Yakanarra Community School
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Yamashita's gold
There is only one person looking out for Dom, himself. He is waiting for his next instalment, sure that it's the seach for Yamashita's gold, a looted treasure from the second World War, but The Debt is silent, not a word has come from them.
ISBN 9781742378619
Series The debt series (4 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Gwynne, Phillip
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Yankee girl
Alice Anne Moxley has moved to Mississippi in the deep South of America. The 'Yankee Girl' is taunted by the other girls at school but the first black student suffers much more. Alice wants to stand up for her but, at first, finds it is easier not to.
ISBN 9780746067499
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Rodman, Mary Ann
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Yassmin's story
At twenty-one, Yassmin worked on a remote Australian oil and gas rig. She was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese born Muslim woman. When she was two, Yassmin moved to Brisbane and has been tackling barriers ever since. She founded Youth Without Borders, helping young people to work for positive change in their communities. This is the story of how she got there, where she's going and how she wants the world to change. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780857986153
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Abdel-Magied, Yassmin
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Year it all ended, The
Armistice Day, 11 November, 1918 is also Tiney's 17th birthday and heralds a change for all. The family eagerly awaits the return of their only son and brother and mourns with friends and relatives of those who will not return. Life in Adelaide during the war has not been easy for families, but for those returning life will never be the same. The following years bring the Spanish flu epidemic, broken families and the beginnings of new ones.
ISBN 9781743319413
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2014
Murray, Kirsty
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Year my life broke, The
Josh and his family have moved from a nice city house, to a boring street in the country. There are dangerous strangers in his backyard and bullets flying past his ears. At his new school everyone thinks he is hopeless and he has no clue about sport, like cricket, but they are in for the shock of their lives.
ISBN 9781742613352
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2014
Marsden, John
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Year of living awkwardly, The: Chloe Snow's diary
Chloe Snow is back again, this time in year 10. Her life is just as awkward and disorganized as it was last year. Her mother has run off to Mexico to write a novel and her dad is dating her English teacher. On top of all this, Chloe has missed out on both a date with the boy she has a crush on and a major part in the school musical. Through her diary entries we get a glimpse into her mind and how she deals with the challenges of being a teenager.
ISBN 9781471160486
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Chastain, Emma
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Year we fell from space, The
At 12 years old, Liberty already has a lot of changes in front of her, including her approaching start at high school, but her parent's separation and divorce makes it feel as if her life is crashing to earth. Neither of her parents speak openly about what is happening or why, which leaves Liberty to understand her dad's depression and her own reaction to this huge life change.
ISBN 9781922268853
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2019
King, Amy Sarig
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Yearbook Committee, The
Final year and five lives. School captain, Ryan had it all until an accident snatches his dreams away. Newcomer Charlie is determined not to fit in. Nobody really notices Matty. But, at home, he holds everything together and has never felt so alone. The popular girl's best friend,Tammi, always bows to peer pressure. Gillian, the politician's daughter is learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price. Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732296858
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2016
Ayoub, Sarah
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Kirra's so-called friends bully her, her mother has taken to alcohol ever since her dad left them for another woman and, now, a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She'll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he makes her popular, gets her parents back together, and promises not to haunt her. But, things aren't so simple and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one. Mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143573333
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2016
Jacobson, Megan
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Yellow brick war
My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because-just like Dorothy-I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz-and Kansas-is to kill her. And I'm the only one who can do it. But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don't find a way to close it Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it's up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780062458421
Series Dorothy must die series (3 of 5)
Publisher Harper, 2016
Paige, Danielle
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Yellow star
In 1939, Sylvia is four years old when the Germans invade Poland and her family is forced into the Lodz ghetto, with more than a quarter of a million other Jews. Only twelve children survived the ghetto, and Sylvia was one of them. Her niece, the author, writes Sylvia's story in non-rhyming verse, using Sylvia's voice and perspectives.
ISBN 9781845079086
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2009
Roy, Jennifer
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The Yellow-eye fish are becoming scarce. Neither the Impatjara Aboriginal community nor the Newmob white community can find the answer alone. Through communication, both cultures approach the problem together.
ISBN 9781863746076
Publisher Era Publications, 2001
Spillman, David & Wilson, Mark (ill)
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Ten fanciful short stories offer vibrant snapshots of life. Each story is unique, covering a range of time periods and places, with weird and wonderful characters.
ISBN 9781742374789
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Lanagan, Margo
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Yinti: desert child
Yinti, an Aboriginal child, growing up in the Western Australian desert, has no contact with white people until the last chapter of the book.
ISBN 9781875641017
Publisher Magabala Books, 1992
Lowe, Pat & Pike, Jimmy (ill)
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Yirara mix book, The
Here are our deadly poems and stories. They talk about life, adventures, hard times and happy times. They are powerful, intelligent, funny and sometimes scary. You'll want to read them again and again. The Yirara Mix Book is a collection of short stories and poems from young Indigenous writers from Yarara College in Alice Springs.
ISBN 9780992478056
Publisher Indigenous Literacy Foundation, 2015
Yirara College
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Yirra and her deadly dog, Demon
Demon is a disaster zone, causing havoc wherever he goes. Yirra has to find a way to train Demon or she will be forced to give him away.
ISBN 9780733320392
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Heiss, Anita
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Yoko's diary
A moving account of a young girl's life in Hiroshima in 1945. Through her diary, 13 year old Yoko documents life in Japan, a country on the brink of defeat at the end of the Second World War. Yoko is keen to do her duty and her daily accounts of life reveal the austerity and hardship, the extreme food shortages and rationing. It also shows the courage of those who died and survived the war and bombing of Hiroshima.
ISBN 9780733331176
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Ham, Paul (ed) & Edwards, Debbie (trans)
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Yong: The journey of an unworthy son
Thirteen year old Yong doesn't want to leave his home in China to travel to the Australian goldfields in Ballarat. But, as the firstborn son, he has no choice. On the long and treacherous journey, Yong strives to be an honourable son, while he and his father face many hardships and dangers. But, in his heart, Yong knows the shameful truth. His honour is a lie. Somehow, Yong must find the courage to face what lies ahead.
ISBN 9781925126297
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Brian, Janeen
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You are awesome: Find your confidence and dare to be brilliant at (almost) anything
This is a book for people who want to be awesome at something, but aren't sure how. Written by a two-time Olympian, who admits he wasn't born sporty, this book explains how to become successful at anything, it doesn't matter where you start or who you are. This is an exciting, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, and amusing book that every student will enjoy. What are your dreams? What do you want to be awesome at? Read this book and discover how you can be the best version of yourself.
ISBN 9781526361158
Publisher Wren and Rook Books, 2018
Syed, Matthew
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You ate that
Have a taste of different styles of eating and some very unusual snacks such as a deep-fried tarantula, some nutritious pig guts or perhaps a serving of crocodile
ISBN 9781865048949
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Richardson, Christopher
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You can change the world
Kids are on a mission to make our Earth a better, safer, happier place, and you can join in! Every day, we see a problem we would like to fix. A piece of rubbish in a green, grassy park. Plastic water bottles buried in the sand at the beach. A garbage bin overflowing onto the street, and much more. This book gives the reader simple and mostly free ways to better a more environmentally aware human.
ISBN 9781925700527
Publisher Pantera Press, 2019
Bell, Lucy
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You can't scare me!
Discover the original bone-chilling adventures that made Goosebumps one of the best-selling children's book series of all time! Courtney is a total show-off. She thinks she's so brave; and she's always making Eddie and his friends look like wimps. But now Eddie's decided he's had enough. He's going to scare Courtney once and for all. And he's come up with the perfect plan to do it.
ISBN 9781760273101
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2015
Stine, R L
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You don't even know
Alex Hudson is a good guy. He plays water polo, has a part-time job and does okay at school. Alex's life is made hell by his constantly baiting brother and awful father, with nobody to back him up, not even his own mother. Then the thing that anchors Alex is ripped away and his life seems pointless. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781922179715
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2013
Lawson, Sue
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You don't know everything, Jilly P
Jilly P is just starting year 7 and is a confident and happy girl with good friends in real life and in the chat site devoted to her favourite fantasy books. When her baby sister is born deaf, she reaches out to her deaf and Black friend Derek for insight. Jilly begins to realise the diverse challenges others face and how difficult it can be to really understand others.
ISBN 9780545956246
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2018
Gino, Alex
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You have ghost mail
Matthew has a new computer and he finds that someone who died fifty years ago is trying to communicate with him through this technology. Every real adventure has its funny, scary and desperate turns but this one has a startling twist.
ISBN 9780330396998
Publisher MacMillan, 2003
Blacker, Terence & Stower, Adam (ill)
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You have to stop this
A class trip to the natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this crime, Cass and her friends go to work for the mummy exhibit's curator, only to be blamed when tragedy strikes. To clear their names the trio must travel deep into a land of majestic pyramids, dusty tombs, mysterious hieroglyphs, and the walking dead.
ISBN 9780316076272
Series Secret series (5 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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You I've never known, The
Ariel has only a few small memories of her mother, who ran away years ago. Now aged, 17, she has lived in more towns than she can remember as her dad moves her across the country with alarming frequency. Finally settled with two friends, Monica and Gabe, Ariel wants to stay in one place. She is struggling with her feelings towards both her friends and aims to work out who she really is. On the other side of the country, Maya keeps a diary about her life, having run away from her own abusive mother and into the arms of a much older man, she is pregnant and practically alone. When both these worlds meet, both Maya and Ariel try to make sense of their lives. Usually ready by students in Years 9, 10 & above.
ISBN 9781481442916
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2018
Hopkins, Ellen
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You kids, count your shadows: hairymen and other Aboriginal folklore in New South Wales
A collection of stories, taken from interviews, which gives an insight into the knowledge and ancient beliefs of the Aboriginal people in NSW.
ISBN 9780646346731
Publisher self-published, 1997
Povah, Frank
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You live there
Animals, like people, live in many different kinds of houses. Find out about some of the more unusual animal homes, such as glowworms, clownfish and the trapdoor spider.
ISBN 9781865048826
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Ramsden, Julie
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You must be Layla
With her long skirt and headscarf Layla certainly stands out at her new high school. Everyone thinks they know her, just from a glance. But do they? And does Layla really know herself? Usually read by students in years 9, 10, and above
ISBN 9780143788515
Publisher Penguin, 2019
Abdel-Magied, Yassmin
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You must be skidding: the biggest losers of the car world
Whether it's a car with two, three or six wheels, with a motor scooter engine or a nuclear reactor, with the most stupid name or the most dodgy design,this book will tell you all you need to know about it. Featuring the lemons of the car world.
ISBN 9781741661675
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Davis, Tony & Nagle, Shane (ill)
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You wouldn't want to be a slave in ancient Greece
Through humour, this book provides snapshots of ancient Greece from a slave's point of view.
ISBN 9780750232531
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Macdonald, Fiona & Antram, David (ill)
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You're a bad man, Mr Gum
Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man. He's absolutely grimsters. But this book is not just about him. There is also a little girl called Polly, an evil butcher, heroes and sweets and stuff, and Jake the dog, who must be saved from terrible, terrible evil.
ISBN 9781405223102
Series Mr Gum series (1 of 8)
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2006
Stanton, Andy & Tazzyman, David (ill)
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You're a star
Some people have incredible obstacles to overcome to become stars.
ISBN 9781865048857
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Armstrong, Cindy
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You're history, mate
Among all those legendary Australian bushrangers, stoic explorers and genius inventors, surely there must have been some losers. This book has all the dingbats, dropkicks, dills, duds and disasters in Australian history, from the explorer who claimed to have found an enormous reef of gold then lost it again to the ugliest, least successful and unluckiest colonial bushranger ever.
ISBN 9781741662764
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Stafford, Paul & Nagle, Shane (ill)
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You're plant food!
The E. Ville Creeper Botanical Gardens has been closed down for ages. It looks abandoned...even haunted. But your teacher thinks it's a great place for a field trip! You'll have to collect data from four different deadly gardens -- and manage to stay alive. There are polka-dotted roses that have the power to eat people! And cactus needles filled with a powerful plant virus. Touch one of these and you'll grow a green thumb... not to mention roots leaves and bark!
ISBN 9780590419741
Series Goosebumps series (99 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Stine, R.L
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Young bloods
Australian Rules football features in this story of Deet, a boy who decides to wreak havoc on the local football club.
ISBN 9780140383805
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Wakefield, Kerry
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Young dark emu: A truer history
Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived - a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
ISBN 9781925360844
Publisher Magabala Books, 2019
Pascoe, Bruce
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Young magicians and the thieves' almanac, The
Zack, Sophie, Johnny and Alex have their holiday all planned, they want to learn about card tricks and picking locks at the world famous Magic Circle Club. Suddenly their plans vanish in a puff of smoke when they have to deal with a difficult club president, a stagehand ghost and a crime right under their noses. Join these young magicians as they step inside an adventure that may or may not involve the search for a secret book and a set of impossible crimes.
ISBN 9780141376998
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2017
Mohammed, Nick
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Young Murphy
John Murphy was fifteen years old when he joined Leichhardt's ill-conceived expedition of discovery into northern Australia in 1844.
ISBN 9780734407801
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Crew, Gary & Wilson, Mark (ill)
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Young Nick's head
Young Nick faithfully records the ordinary human achievements that make extraordinary those of the company of the bark, 'Endeavour', on Captain Cook's first epic voyage. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780689835087
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2001
Hesse, Karen
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Young Oxford book of aliens, The
An excellent collection of classic and modern stories which speculate about the nature of aliens.
ISBN 9780192781772
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2000
Pepper, Dennis
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Young samurai series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Young samurai series (8 books)
Bradford, Chris
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Young Thomas Edison
Tells of the life of Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors, responsible for the phonograph, the first medium for recording music, motion pictures and the light bulb. Edison's life and work are of interest, especially as he was profoundly deaf.
ISBN 9780142412107
Publisher Puffin USA, 2009
North, Sterling
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Young unicorns, The
The Austin family find themselves endangered by the Alphabat gang's evil use of lasers.
ISBN 9780440999195
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc, 1980
L'Engle, Madeleine
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Young vikings, The
When his village is attacked, Hauk Johanson has no choice but to step up and lead the young Vikings on a quest for revenge. But there is one problem the young Vikings have never fought in battle. Can Hauk and his friends master the skills of sword and axe in time? Will the Gods be on their side? And does Hauk have what it takes to lead when the fate of an entire village lies in his hands?
ISBN 9781743811191
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2018
Moloney, James
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Youngest Templar series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Youngest Templar series (3 books)
Spradlin, Michael P
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Youngest templar, The
As a baby, fourteen year old Tristan was left at a monastery never knowing his parents. Joining the Knights Templar, Tristan is plunged into extraordinary adventures. His master entrusts Tristan with the legendary Holy Grail, instructing him to take it to Scotland. Tristan's enemies will do anything to claim the Grail.
ISBN 9780732290702
Series Youngest Templar series (1 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Spradlin, Michael P
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Youngest templar, The: orphan of destiny
Tristan and his companions have escaped to England. Many obstacles still prevent them from delivering the Holy Grail into safe hands. Tristan must defeat the evil Sir Hugh in one final battle. And, he must learn the secret of his birth, a secret Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine are willing to kill to protect.
ISBN 9780732290726
Series Youngest Templar series (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
Spradlin, Michael P
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Youngest templar, The: Trail of fate
Washed up on a foreign shore, Tristan is lucky to be alive. The Holy Grail, that the young Templar squire is safe-guarding, has saved his life yet again. Now lost in a strange land, he doesn't know if his friends have survived. Tristan's knack for getting into trouble is alive and well, and he is quickly drawn into a conflict.
ISBN 9780732290719
Series Youngest Templar series (2 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Spradlin, Michael P
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