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22306
Inferior, The
There is but one law, eat or be eaten. Stopmouth and his family know of no other life than the daily battle to survive. For Stopmouth, considered slow-witted hunt-fodder by his tribe, the future looks especially bleak. Then, on the day he is callously betrayed by his brother, a strange and beautiful woman falls from the sky.
ISBN 9780552555272
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
O Guilin, Peadar
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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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Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH
A group of laboratory rats come to the aid of the intrepid Mrs Frisby and her fieldmouse family.
ISBN 9780140366143
Series Rats of NIMH series (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 1995
O'Brien, Robert
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Z for Zachariah
Set in the future after a nuclear war, a young girl believes that she is the last person left on earth. A deadly stranger proves her wrong.
ISBN 9780141300313
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
O'Brien, Robert
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Through the tiger's eye
Lucy, her little brother and their puppy follow a golden-eyed Tiger into a secret tunnel to a country where strange, bizarre and violent things happen. They try to help the enslaved children of the evil military junta without falling victim to it too.
ISBN 9781865085388
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
O'Connor, Kerrie
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Island of the blue dolphins
Set in the 1800s, this is a story of a girl's survival on a deserted island.
ISBN 9780140302684
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1966
O'Dell, Scott
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My friend Flicka
Ken is a daydreamer and a disappointment to his demanding father. When Ken finds Flicka, a wild filly, his growing love for the horse helps Ken to grow up and gain self-assurance.
ISBN 9780060512620
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2006
O'Hara, Mary
No book cover.
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Reconciliation in sports
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
ISBN 9781420267303
Series Reconciliation in Australia (6 books)
Publisher MacMillan, 2009
O'Loughlin, Michael (pres) & Thorpe, Ian (pres)
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Into the volcano
Volcano researcher and photographer Donna O'Meara describes what it is like to be right there when a volcano erupts and hot lava, scalding steam and acidic ash are falling all around you.
ISBN 9781553376934
Publisher Kids can press, 2005
O'Meara, Donna
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Hounds of the Morrigan, The
Set in the west of Ireland, this story tells of the coming of the Great Queen, the Morrigan, who is bent on bringing destruction to the world. Only Pidge and Bridget can stop her and their task seems impossible as they're constantly trailed by the Queen's hounds. But, they're aided in their quest by a host of willing helpers, a glorious array of unforgettable characters from Irish legend and lore.
ISBN 9780192728722
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2009
O'Shea, Pat
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Once upon a time in the kitchen
Recipes and tales from children's classics let kids cook the food enjoyed by the world's favourite storybook characters.
ISBN 9780975102336
Publisher Citrus Press, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Odell, Carol
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Adrift in space
Gold Team Junior has made the Interstellar 3D Championships. But if no one can fix their starship, they won't be playing anytime soon.
ISBN 9781420211702
Series Out of this world series (7 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill)
No book cover.
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Team song
Jaff and Janna are twins on space station Nova. Janna wants sport, Jaff wants them to make music together. Now they have to work out how to both get what they want.
ISBN 9781420218664
Series Out of this world series (6 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Lin, Matt (ill)
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Fog planet
A planet covered in fog, Earthnet agents and alien life forms. The Arkies must survive all these dangers.
ISBN 9781420211726
Series Out of this world series (2 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Monster planet
Series about kids involved in Inter-Galactic adventures with the Arkies, Spartans, Halycrusians and Space sport. Some books are in graphic novel form.
ISBN 9781420211733
Series Out of this world series (1 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Topics / Graphic novels /
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
No book cover.
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Planet of bones
Some planets seem to have no life forms, but that doesn't mean they have no danger.
ISBN 9781420218688
Series Out of this world series (4 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Planet of winds
Making friends on new planets is risky business. They may never want you to leave.
ISBN 9781420218671
Series Out of this world series (3 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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Peace force
Shipborn, stationborn or Earthborn, does it matter? Some inhabitants think it does and they need to be taught a valuable life lesson.
ISBN 9781420211719
Series Out of this world series (8 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally, Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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Space-skipper
All the kids on space station Nova are mad about three-D. Luke wants to join the team but doesn't know how.
ISBN 9781420218657
Series Out of this world series (5 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally, Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
No book cover.
Edgar & Ellen 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 Edgar & Ellen series (6 books)
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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High wire
A bizarre circus creeps into Nod's Limbs, bringing with it strange and wonderful entertainers. The mischievous twins might join the circus when it leaves town just to avoid the wrath of Heimertz.
ISBN 9781416915003
Series Edgar & Ellen series (5 of 6)
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2006
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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Nod's limbs
Augustus Nod has launched a treasure hunt from beyond the grave. The race is on, and the twins must solve the riddles and discover Nod's lost golden limbs before the Knightleighs bury the past and the diabolical duo with it.
ISBN 9781416915010
Series Edgar & Ellen series (6 of 6)
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2007
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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Pet's revenge
Edgar and Ellen's creature, Pet, has always observed their antics with horror, staying out of their way as much as possible. But now he's getting his own back.
ISBN 9780733619274
Series Edgar & Ellen series (4 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Ogden, Charles
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Rare beasts
Dark comedy results when abandoned twins get busy with some torturous tricks. Masterminding mischief and creating chaos are the order of the day for this nasty pair. Their plans are unpleasantly humorous and spiced with suspense.
ISBN 9780733617911
Series Edgar & Ellen series (1 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Ogden, Charles
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Tourist trap
Edgar and Ellen set out to thwart the mayor's plans by sabotaging a visiting tour of VIPs with monster attacks, insect sandwiches and even a devilishly clever scheme involving the biggest piece of French toast in the universe.
ISBN 9781582461113
Series Edgar & Ellen series (2 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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Under town
Someone is tormenting the fine people of Nod's Limbs and, for once, it's not Edgar and Ellen.
ISBN 9780689861048
Series Edgar & Ellen series (3 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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Great plague, a London girl's diary 1665-1666, The
It is 1665 and the Great Plague is spreading. Thirteen year old Alice Paynton wants to return to London, to the happy life she had there, raised by her father and her Aunt Nell in the time of King Charles II. Her girlhood days turn to fear and horror as the sickness strikes, and Alice's account includes the story of the bubonic plague and the Great Fire of London in 1666.
ISBN 9781407104782
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Oldfield, Pamela
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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
No book cover.
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Home
When their cliff top habitat is destroyed by fire, a pair of peregrine falcons must find a new one. They end up in the city but they wonder if they will be able to make it to their home.
ISBN 9781862916692
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2006
Oliver, Narelle
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Sand swimmers: the secret life of Australia's dead heart
A picture book that follows Charles Sturt's journey north from Adelaide in 1844 and describes the desert environment he encountered.
ISBN 9780850917680
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Oliver, Narelle
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Jacques Cousteau: life under the sea
To show off the beauty below the waves, pioneering oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, developed new diving technology and innovative ways to photograph underwater life. His films opened our eyes to an unknown and spectacular marine universe and enlightened us about the complexity of the oceans' ecology, and the need to preserve it.
ISBN 9781402744402
Series Sterling biographies series (5 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Topics / Environment /
Olmstead, Kathleen
No book cover.
88014
Matthew Henson: the quest for the north pole
He risked the great unknown and became the first man to reach the North Pole. But, it took decades to overcome the racism and give African-American explorer, Matthew Henson, rightful recognition for his extraordinary achievements. This is the story of Henson's dramatic, groundbreaking life.
ISBN 9781402744419
Series Sterling biographies series (11 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Olmstead, Kathleen
No book cover.
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Our world: Bardi Jaawi life at Ardiyooloon
This book provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the children of a remote Indigenous community, 200km north of Broome, Western Australia. They carry on the culture of the Bardi Jaawi people as they build fish traps, make spears and boomerangs, hunt crabs, turtles and dugong, learn traditional dances and share traditional stories.
ISBN 9781921248238
Publisher Magabala Books, 2010
One Arm Point Remote Community School
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Black Baron
Black Baron was the best racing cockroach ever, in fact he was unbeaten. He lived a secret life of privilege and fame hidden under Jake's bed, until the day that Jake's mum discovered him. Black Baron must survive the exterminators if he is to live to race again.
ISBN 9781921150586
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Opie, Robyn
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Airborn
Fifteen year old Matt works as a cabin boy aboard the Aurora,a luxury airship that is part passenger cruise ship. When wealthy Kate and her chaperone come aboard, Matt discovers that she is determined to prove her grandfather's claims that he saw strange creatures flying in the sky in the area the year before. His diary describes them as huge, furry beasts with batlike wings and sharp claws. A storm forces the damaged Aurora to set down on a seemingly deserted island.
ISBN 9780340878576
Series Airborn series (1 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Oppel, Kenneth
No book cover.
Airborn 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 Airborn series (3 books)
Oppel, Kenneth
No book cover.
110667
Skybreaker
Matt Cruse flies higher than he ever dreamed. The former cabin boy, now a student at the prestigious Paris Airship Academy, is on a two-week training tour with a run-down cargo airship. His captain sights a legendary ghost ship and Matt recklessly heads skyward in pursuit. The Hyperion, lost in a storm in the dawn of the aviation age, is rumoured to hold great wealth, and Matt is suddenly the only person on earth who knows her coordinates.
ISBN 9780340878583
Series Airborn series (2 of 3)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2005
Oppel, Kenneth
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Starclimber
Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Soon, the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. What began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.
ISBN 9780060850593
Series Airborn series (3 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2009
Oppel, Kenneth
No book cover.
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Haunted
When Georgia and her brother, Ned, are sent for a holiday on their relatives' farm, they are not happy. Ned makes friends with his cousin so Georgia explores the farm on her own, discovering an old homestead which she thinks will make a cool hideout. But, Georgia is not alone and is befriended by a mysterious girl, Lily, who is not what she seems. The children soon discover they are playing with fire.
ISBN 9781921150821
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Orman, Lorraine
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Blitz
London is being bombed and children are evacuated to the country. Since his parents died, Martin can't stand being mothered and so he heads back to the city. But, London is not what he remembers, it's in flames and Martin is in danger.
ISBN 9780237534448
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2007
Orme, David
No book cover.
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Plague
The year is 1665 and the plague has come to the city of London. For apprentice Henry Harper, life will never be the same. His father has died of the plague, and his mother and brother have fled to the country. Now Henry is alone and he must find a way to escape from the city he loves, before he, too, is struck down.
ISBN 9780237535223
Series Sharp shades series (8 books)
Publisher Evans Bros, 2008
Orme, David
No book cover.
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Leaving it to you
A story for more mature readers about the tentative friendship between Linda and old Mrs Pugh in the nursing home.
ISBN 9780207175923
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1992
Topics / Australian Author /
Orr, Wendy
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Peeling the onion
Following a car accident in which her neck is broken, a teenage karate champion has to recover from this tragedy with the help of her family.
ISBN 9781741149333
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Orr, Wendy
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Raven's mountain
Raven's mother remarries and her new stepfather decides to take Raven and her older sister camping. They go to the mountain of his childhood and Raven is the first to climb to the peak. It's here that things go terribly wrong. The rock under Raven's feet cracks and she falls, crashing down over the edge of the cliff. When she finally comes to, no one answers Raven's calls.
ISBN 9781742374659
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Orr, Wendy
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Spook's shack
Deep in the bush, Finn discovers an old, deserted shack. When a dog growls and a gravely voice snarls, Finn's hair stands up like bristles on a brush. But, there are greater dangers for this beautiful, bushland environment.
ISBN 9781865086453
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Orr, Wendy & Millard, Kerry (ill)
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Animal farm
A classic allegory in which the animals take over Manor Farm from their drunken master and all seems to be perfect as everyone is equal under the Seven Commandments. Circumstances change as the pigs become more equal than the others.
ISBN 9780141187389
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Orwell, George
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Mountain biking: extreme sports
One of a series of books about extreme sports. With action photographs, diagrams and a glossary of terms, this book tells you about the history, the clothing and equipment, and basic techniques of mountain biking.
ISBN 9781844430901
Publisher Raintree, 2003
Osborne, Ian
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Blue noise
Ash is drooling over a guitar when he meets Charlie Novak. One jam session later and Charlie convinces Ash to play in his band and Erin to be the keyboard player. Erin thinks Charlie is a fruit loop, with his weird hair and hyperactive rantings. Besides, she's a classical pianist and it'll never work.
ISBN 9781741663754
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Oswald, Debra
No book cover.
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Fifth quest, The
Rosie flirts with the value of friendship and the need to resist the surreal world of television.
ISBN 9780143300014
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Oswald, Debra
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Redback leftovers, The
Imagine the worst soccer team that you can think of and then triple it. This is a description of the debut of the Redback Leftovers, one of the most unlikely and inspiring soccer teams you are ever going to meet.
ISBN 9780141304946
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Oswald, Debra
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Beach sports car
When Annie's dad promises her a beach sports car, she imagines a bright red hotrod with racing car stripes. But, it will take a lot of work to turn Dad's battered old bomb into the car of Annie's dreams. Then again, hard work can sometimes make the rewards seem so much sweeter.
ISBN 9781921696060
Series Waarda series (4 of 4)
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Oxenham, Darlene & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Olympics
Plenty of fascinating details with colour and black-and-white photographs cover the ancient games, the rebirth of the Olympics at the end of the 19th century and a brief history of the winter and summer games. Also included are the Paralympics, featuring disabled athletes in a variety of sports, and past Olympic stars.
ISBN 9780756610838
Series Eyewitness series (30 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2005
Oxlade, Chris
No book cover.