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Topic : "Biography"

Real life stories from well-known people

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Image currently unavailable 574224 : Be the one by Pitts, Byron
Emmy Award-winning ABC News chief national correspondent and Nightline co-anchor, Byron Pitts shares the heartbreaking and inspiring stories of six young people who overcame impossible circumstances with extraordinary perseverance. This book is usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above.
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Image currently unavailable 603343 : Big picture, The: Men who changed the world by Jones, Grace & Rumblelow, Matt (ill)
Throughout time men have accomplished some great things. Read about some very famous men and discover what they have done and how it has impacted the world we live in today.
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Image currently unavailable 603312 : Big picture, The: Women who changed the world by Jones, Grace & Rumblelow, Matt (ill)
Women can do amazing things, this book looks at some very famous women and what they have achieved in their lives. Learn more about some women you may have heard of, and find out about some women from the past who changed how things were done.
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Image currently unavailable 567898 : Bloom by Maclear, Kyo & Morstad, Julie (ill)
Beauty. Colour. Doubts . As a little girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli was told she was not pretty. What is beauty Elsa wondered as she grew older. So she sought out beauty around her and found it everywhere: in the colours and scents of the Rome flower market, in the garden, and in the attic of her family home, buried in a chest of old dresses. She found affection from her dear uncle in Milano. She developed an artist's eye and imagination. These bloomed in the wildly imaginative dresses, hats, shoes, and jewellery that made her an important name in fashion. Defining beauty on her own creative and rebellious terms was the key to Elsa Schiaparelli's happiness and success, and is still seen today in her legacy of wild imagination. Daring and different, Elsa Schiaparelli used art to make fashion, and it was quite marvellous.
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Image currently unavailable 596826 : Cat called Trim, A by Fenton, Corinne & Smith, Craig (ill)
Trim was a cat born for adventure...This is the true story of a courageous, mischievous and fearless cat called Trim, who sailed with Matthew Flinders on his voyages to map the coastline of Australia and beyond.
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Image currently unavailable 628160 : Cheeky dogs: To Lake Nash and back by Bell, Johanna & Beasley, Dion (ill)
Meet deaf artist, Dion Beasley, and the people he calls family. Dodging road trains by day and giant blue monsters at night, Dion weaves his way through life on an electric scooter, collecting rocks and dogs to make art. In his dreams he sees animals from overseas and his mother's country, Lake Nash, but every morning, without fail, he puts on his favourite socks and gets ready to feed the dogs. Is it time yet?
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Image currently unavailable 630979 : El deafo by Bell, Cece
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful - and very awkward - hearing aid.
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Image currently unavailable 587830 : Extraordinary life of Michelle Obama, The by Kanani, Sheila & Walsh, Sarah (ill)
The story of a woman who became an inspiration. Michelle Obama was born in Chicago, and was fighting for equality long before she became the First Lady of the United States of America. She inspired people everywhere as a campaigner for diversity and then as a bold voice in the White House, and she continues to use her influence to change the world.
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Image currently unavailable 6499 : Extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking, The by Scott, Kate & Mols, Esther (ill)
Discover the extraordinary life of the man behind some of the world's most incredible scientific discoveries: Stephen Hawking was a physicist, cosmologist and author who made the study of the universe understandable to everyone. From his studies at Cambridge University, to the diagnosis of his motor neurone disease, to his winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, read about the life of the man who is known the world over for his incredible contribution to science and the world in this beautifully illustrated book with real-life stories, timelines and facts.
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Image currently unavailable 9369 : Footy Lady, The: Trailblazing story of Susan Alberti, The by Asher, Stephanie
No tragedy and no challenge has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and, was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into women's football. This is a story of passion, generosity and a woman who will inspire you to take on the seemingly impossible and triumph.
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Image currently unavailable 580938 : Girling up: how to be strong, smart and spectacular by Bialik, Mayim
Mayim Bialik talks about what it means to grow up - puberty, friends, education, stress - no topic is off limits. In her friendly voice, she talks about what her tween and teen years were like and how to handle your own struggles through these changes.
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Image currently unavailable 5756 : Gloria's voice by Lewis, Aura
Gloria Steinem is known as a leader of the feminist movement and a trailblazer who fights for equality for all people. This unofficial biography for young readers tells her story, from being a young girl with big dreams to her inspiring travels in India to the launch of Ms. (a magazine), which gave women a voice. Gloria's message of believing in yourself and following your dreams will inspire a whole new generation.
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Image currently unavailable 568100 : HerStory by Halligan, Katherine & Walsh, Sarah (ill)
This is not just history, it's Her Story! It is the story of brave leaders, talented artists, gentle healers, committed teachers and gifted problem-solvers. It is the story of women and girls who bravely faced challenges, overcame difficulty or danger, and even gave up their lives to follow their dreams and make the world a batter place.
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Image currently unavailable 582876 : Hidden figures: The true story of four black women and the space race by Shetterly, Margot Lee & Freeman, Laura (ill)
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math...really good. They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.
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Image currently unavailable 570814 : How did I get here? by Bunting, Philip
The (unauthorised) biography of you, and the story of all of us. Charting from the Big Bang to birth, Philip Bunting takes us on a journey back to the start of time (in about the time it takes to eat your breakfast!) A hilarious, and beautifully illustrated book, designed to raise more questions than it answers.
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Image currently unavailable 578075 : Limelight by Raphael, Solli
Age is no barrier to creating poetry that inspires social change and positive action. Thirteen-year-old award-winning slam poet Solli Raphael is taking on the world - one word at a time. The future needs you and me to create equality across all levels of humanity - Solli.
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Image currently unavailable 601804 : Little Frida by Browne, Anthony
A lonely little girl dreams of flying. But is it only in her imagination that she can escape her troubles and travel to a surreal land. There a friend awaits her, strange and familiar at the same time...Inspired by the art of Frida Kahlo and based on the true story of her imaginary childhood friend, this is a touching story about creativity, hope and belonging.
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Image currently unavailable 617334 : Little people, big dreams: David Bowie by Sanchez Vegara, Isabel & Albero, Ana (ill)
As a child, young David had a head full of songs and ideas. He was inspired by the pop and mod scenes in Britain to pick up the saxophone. After earning his stripes in some of the coolest bands in London, David splashed onto the solo scene. His songwriting talent and musical skill made him one of rock and roll's all-time greatest artists.
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Image currently unavailable 616982 : Little people, big dreams: Mahatma Gandhi by Sanchez Vegara, Isabel & Arrayas, Albert (ill)
As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents' values. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood.
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Image currently unavailable 33130 : My contemporary art book by Ryan, Kate & Bennett, Cally (ill)
Meet some of today's leading artists and designers from different parts of the world. Read their stories, find out what inspires them and discover the ideas behind their works of art. Each artist has included an art activity for kids to make at school or at home.
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Image currently unavailable 574736 : Never too young! 50 unstoppable kids who made a difference by Weintraub, Aileen & Horton, Laura (ill)
From Picasso, who changed the art world forever, to Malala Yousafzai, the brave teen who was shot for advocating education for girls, the 50 kids profiled in Never Too Young! will inspire and empower young readers. Some, like Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Stevie Wonder, are prominent figures, while others are lesser known though their achievements are just as compelling. They come from a variety of historical periods and backgrounds, and have made an impact in politics, sports, the arts, science, and more.
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Image currently unavailable 7088 : Nginingawila Ngirramini: Our story by Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga
Nginingawila Ngirramini - Tiwi language for 'Our Story' - is a celebration of pride and a window into the lives of nine talented, intelligent and funny teenage girls from the Tiwi Islands. In this collection of inspiring pieces, the girls share stories about their heroes, their sacred places and the happiest moments of their lives.
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Image currently unavailable 587852 : Rise: The Sam Thaiday story by Thaiday, Sam & Colley, James
For sixteen years, Sam Thaiday has entertained Broncos, Queensland Origin and Australian fans, both on and off the field. This book tells his story. With his trademark humour and honesty, Sam reveals his roots as a Townsville boy and a die-hard Cowboys fan, his family connections to the Torres Strait, how his Mum taught him to pass and tackle, and all the ups and downs of a career playing the game he loves. Including advice for setting and reaching goals, handling setbacks, and finding what really matters in life, Rise: The Sam Thaiday Story (Young Readers' Edition) is a must-read for any young league fan, regardless who they barrack for.
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Image currently unavailable 630902 : She persisted around the world by Clinton, Chelsea & Boiger, Alexandra (ill)
Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they've been told their dreams didn't matter. They've spoken out, risen up and fought for what's right, even when they've been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven't let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world and what's possible. In this companion book to 'She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World', Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe. 'She Persisted Around the World' is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy.
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Image currently unavailable 630877 : She persisted: 13 American women who changed the world by Clinton, Chelsea & Boiger, Alexandra (ill)
Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted. 'She Persisted' is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.
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Image currently unavailable 5184 : Shout out to the girls: a celebration of awesome Australian women by Penguin Random House Australia
Let's hear it for the Australian women who have shaped our history and are expanding our future! Shout-outs to 50 awesome Australian women with easy-to-read biographies of their incredible achievements. From Cathy Freeman to Turia Pitt, Edith Cowan to Julia Gillard, Mum Shirl to Vali Myers, plus rally car drivers, molecular biologists and more, this book is a celebration of women in all fields, from all walks of life, and from Australia's past and present.
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Image currently unavailable 582934 : Six dots: A story of young Louis Braille by Bryant, Jen & Kulikov, Boris (ill)
Louis wanted to read. But there were no books for blind children. And so he invented an alphabet that he could read by touch. Each letter was formed from just six raised dots. Now the world of books was at his fingertips.
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Image currently unavailable 26541 : Stories for boys who dare to be different by Brooks, Ben & Winter, Quinton (ill)
100 stories, with fun illustrations, about men and boys who have done something unusual or unexpected to make the world a better place. A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess.
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Image currently unavailable 5087 : Three cheers for women! by Williams, Marcia
Featuring biographies from Cleopatra to Malala, read about amazing women who have made history. Using comic-style illustrations this is great book to dip into or read from cover to cover. Famous women scientists, leaders, warriors and writers. Women around the world deserve Three Cheers!
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Image currently unavailable 33131 : Van Gogh and the seasons: Art book for kids, An by Ryan, Kate & Bennett, Cally (ill)
Join Theo, a little field mouse, to find out about Vincent's lifelong love of the seasons and the world around him. Along the way, there are activities and quizzes for kids to do with family and friends. A selection of iconic works by Van Gogh such as 'A Wheat Field, with Cypresses' (early September, 1889) and 'Orchard in Blossom' (April, 1889), are featured throughout, and these are paired with interesting facts about the changing seasons, Van Gogh's life and artistic techniques.
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Image currently unavailable 5777 : What I can learn from the incredible and fantastic life of Oprah Winfrey by Medina, Melissa & Colting, Fredrik & Chen, Eszter (ill)
Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions of people around the world. This illustrated biography about the fantastic life of the Queen of Media, shows a new generation that they can do anything they put their minds to. This new series of illustrated biographies highlights contemporary innovators, leaders and visionaries in order to motivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
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Image currently unavailable 5775 : What I can learn from the incredible and fantastic life of Steve Jobs by Colting, Fredrik & Medina, Melissa & Yoneyama, Natsuko (ill)
Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the world with his inventions and designs. This illustrated biography about the fantastic life of Steve inspires younger generations to dream big and believe in themselves. This new series of illustrated biographies highlights contemporary innovators, leaders and icons in order to motivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
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Image currently unavailable 5190 : Women in science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Ignotofsky, Rachel
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!
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Image currently unavailable 5317 : Women in sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win by Ignotofsky, Rachel
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!
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Image currently unavailable 6180 : Woo's wonderful world of maths by Woo, Eddie
Join Eddie Woo, award winning teacher and star of the Woo-tube channel) as he tells us how he came to love maths. Eddie mingles anecdotes with facts to bring the world of maths to life and make it fun, even for the most sceptical maths student. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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Winnie's midnight dragon

"It's just after midnight. Winnie has gone to bed and is snoring peacefully when Wilbur, her cat, is woken by a strange noise. He goes to investigate and, to his horror, discovers a baby dragon squeezing through his cat-flap."

Thomas, Valerie & Korky, Paul (ill)