Booklists

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18492
Aden Ridgeway (Aussie Stars)
Tells of Aden Ridgeway's childhood, schooling and eventual rise to become a prominent Australian politician.
ISBN 9781867400318
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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9321
All the questions you ever wanted to ask Adam Goodes
Three children interview great Aussie Rules footballer and role model for indigenous kids, Adam Goodes, who plays for the Sydney Swans.
ISBN 9780975064061
Publisher Indij Readers, 2003
Williams, Jane & others
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19
Anthony Mundine (Aussie stars)
Anthony Mundine's biography shows how he wanted to follow in his sporting father's footsteps.
ISBN 9781876400118
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 1999
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
7083
Archie's letter: an Anzac Day story
The story of an ordinary man who went to fight in World War II. It tells how he dealt with his wartime experiences, how, at the age of ninety one, he agreed to meet a group of elderly Japanese women interested in world peace, and how he could never forget the young men who were with him during the war and who didn't come back.
ISBN 9780980794878
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2011
Flanagan, Martin & Walters, Ainsley (ill)
No book cover.
23
As I grew older
Ian Abdulla tells of his life and experiences growing up in a traditional Aboriginal family, living the Nunga way of life on the Murray River in the 1950s.
ISBN 9781862911833
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1993
Abdulla, Ian
No book cover.
Aussie notables series
A series about people who feature on Australia's bank notes. 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 Aussie notables series (5 books)
Various
No book cover.
85473
Aussie notables: Henry Parkes
Henry Parkes was the earliest advocate of a Federal Council of the colonies of Australia, a precursor to the Federation of Australia. He arrived in Sydney almost penniless and began work on a farm at Penrith. He was always trying to change the world around him and, once he became involved in politics, his future was assured. Henry Parkes is featured on Australia's five dollar note.
ISBN 9781876460143
Series Aussie notables series (5 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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18135
Aussie Notables: John Flynn
Informative account of the story of John Flynn, the founder of the Flying Doctor Service whcih helps to save the lives of those living in the most rermote parts of Australia.
ISBN 9781876460617
Series Aussie notables series (5 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Drummond, Allan & Gola, Marta (ill)
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47681
Aussie notables: John Monash
General Sir John Monash became the corps commander of the Australian Infantry Forces during World War I. He was also responsible for the remarkably efficient repatriation of 160,000 Australian soldiers after the war. Monash has been immortalised on Australia's one hundred dollar bank note.
ISBN 9781876460099
Series Aussie notables series (5 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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5893
Aussie notables: Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore had a varied and active life. Born and raised in Wagga Wagga, Mary was a schoolteacher, socialist, journalist, poet and girl friend of Henry Lawson, whose adventures took her to Paraguay and Patagonia. Dame Mary is featured on Australia's five dollar note.
ISBN 9781876460105
Series Aussie notables series (5 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
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11323
Aussie notables: Mary Reiby
Mary Reibey became Australia's richest woman but she had a skeleton in her closet. Orphaned after the death of her mother, father and a caring grandmother, she ran away from home disguised as a boy, 'borrowed' a horse and was sent to NSW. Read about her experiences as a criminal and how she found her way to the top.
ISBN 9781876460150
Series Aussie notables series (5 books)
Publisher Green Barrow Publishing, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Drummond, Allan & Lumsden, Glenn (ill)
No book cover.
Aussie stars series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. For individual book titles in this series, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page.
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
5052
Australia, a global nation 1976-today
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 9781420266245
Series Significant people in Australia's history (9 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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Australian Library 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 Australian Library series (21 books)
Various
No book cover.
Before they were famous series
Historical fiction, easily read but with mature and fascinating content that gives an insight into the people who have shaped history. 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 Before they were famous series (6 books)
Corby, Caroline
No book cover.
5110
Boom times and the Great Depression
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 9781420266214
Series Significant people in Australia's history (6 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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29362
Born to run: Cathy Freeman, my story
Cathy Freeman's own story of her childhood, her loving family and her sporting achievements. Cathy shares the personal philosophy that has led to her success and the joy she has always found in life.
ISBN 9780143302384
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Freeman, Cathy
No book cover.
64700
Boudica: the secrets of the Druids
Boudica, a young girl, living in ancient Britain, finds herself in great difficulty. The Romans have invaded, her father has been accused of murder and she doesn't know who to trust. A mysterious Druid appears in Boudica's village and she must decide whether or not to enter his murky world. She must make the right decision so that one day she can bring honour to her tribe and become their warrior queen.
ISBN 9781406312539
Series Before they were famous series (2 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Corby, Caroline
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120082
Boy from Bowral, The
Don Bradman's performances are unequalled by any batsman in the history of cricket. Read about his life from the early years playing with a makeshift bat in his Bowral backyard through to his famous bodyline series against England and his comeback after the War. Lots of statistics and illustrations.
ISBN 9781921150647
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Ingpen, Robert
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4654
Building modern Australia 1950-1975
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 9781420266238
Series Significant people in Australia's history (8 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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76
Cathy Freeman
A biography of one of Australia's most famous athletes and one of the books in the Young Achievers series.
ISBN 9781863918619
Publisher Heinemann, 1997
Topics / Australian Author /
Dolan, Beth
No book cover.
7234
Christina's Matilda
Most people know the words to the song Waltzing Matilda and that it was written by the poet Banjo Paterson. But, not many know the origin of the tune. In 1885, Christina Macpherson played an old Scottish marching tune and Banjo Paterson, who was visiting the family, liked it and wrote words to accompany the music. Banjo and the song became famous but Christina's role was forgotten until the 1970s.
ISBN 9781921479878
Publisher IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Wignell, Edel & Botte, Elizabeth (ill)
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87
Christine Anu (Aussie stars)
Christine Anu's life begins in the Torres Strait Islands and leads to her rise in the world of music.
ISBN 9781876400255
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2001
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
85683
Cleopatra: escape down the Nile
Cleopatra is in hiding, having fled the city in fear of losing her life. The young girl is uncertain of her future until she finally receives news from home and realises her time has come to face her enemies and take her place as Queen of Egypt.
ISBN 9781406310337
Series Before they were famous series (1 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Corby, Caroline
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8690
Colonial life 1851-1900
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 9781420266191
Series Significant people in Australia's history (4 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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12938
Dalai Lama, peacemaker from Tibet, The
When Tenzin Gyatso was four years old, the religious leaders of Tibet declared him to be the fourteenth Dalai Lama, the highest-ranking monk in Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama spreads a message of compassion and peace in the world.
ISBN 9780750240161
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2002
Gibb, Chris
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18493
Deborah Mailman (Aussie Stars)
Tells of Deborah's childhood, schooling and rise to become one of Australia's finest actors.
ISBN 9781876400309
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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1210
Early sea exploration 1606-1803
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 9781420266177
Series Significant people in Australia's history (2 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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792
Early settlements 1788-1850
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 9781420266184
Series Significant people in Australia's history (3 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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9409
Eliza, Eliza, the biography of Eliza Winstanley
Told through words and illustrations, the story of Australia's first leading lady and the first Australian actress to gain overseas success.
ISBN 9780949910721
Publisher Mulini Press, 1997
Topics / Australian Author /
Irvine, Nance
No book cover.
120
Ernie Dingo
A biography that traces the life of one of the most well known Aboriginal performers on television.
ISBN 9781876400248
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2001
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
12772
Florence Nightingale: the lady of the lamp
Florence Nightingale's intelligence, determination and bravery made hospitals cleaner and safer, and saved countless lives through her work. This provides an insight into her life.
ISBN 9780750240185
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Barnham, Kay
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1124
Hiding Edith
The true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl, sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France in 1938. An entire village heroically conspired to conceal hundreds of Jewish children, who went to the local school, roamed the streets and ate good food, all without having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity.
ISBN 9781742375298
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Kacer, Kathy
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596
Indigenous Australia
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 9781420266160
Series Significant people in Australia's history (1 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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12934
John Lennon: voice of a generation
John Lennon found fame as the Beatles' lead singer, the most popular band in history. They dominated the record charts between 1963 and 1970. He promoted world peace and freedom, and challenged people to hope for a better world.
ISBN 9780750239486
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Gogerly, Liz
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80013
Julius Caesar: the curse of the gods
When young Julius Caesar fall mysteriously ill, his mother is convinced he's been cursed by the gods. But, when civil war engulfs Ancient Rome, Caesar seizes the opportunity to prove her wrong and fulfil his destiny as leader of the mightiest empire the world has ever known.
ISBN 9781406312546
Series Before they were famous series (6 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Corby, Caroline
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84562
Lady Jane Grey: a queen for sale
The story of a Tudor girl doomed from birth by her royal blood. When the King names her family as producers of the next heir to the throne in the absence of any off-spring of his own, Jane, at nine years of age, becomes a political pawn. She is bought to marry a nobleman's son and then traded. Finally, she has no choice but to try to snare the King of England.
ISBN 9781406312553
Series Before they were famous series (4 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Corby, Caroline
No book cover.
18491
Leah Purcell (Aussie Stars)
A brief biography on Leah Purcell's childhood and rise to become a well-known Australian actor.
ISBN 9781876400385
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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8855
Lost childhood: my life in a Japanese prison camp during WWII
When the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, four year old Annelex Hofstra was taken to a Japanese prison camp. Her carefree, comfortable world was turned upside down. Annelex describes her over three years in the camp, living in fear of punishment, starvation, infection and separation.
ISBN 9781426303210
Publisher National Geographic Society, 2008
Layson, Annelex Hofstra & Viola, Herman J
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248
Mandawuy Yunupingu (Aussie stars)
A former Australian of the Year, Mandawuy Yunupingu, leads the band, Yothu Yindi.
ISBN 9781876400262
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2001
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
256
Michael O'Loughlin (Aussie stars)
Michael O'Loughlin takes us on a guided tour of the Sydney Swans. Interesting information about the team, the game and about Michael. Exciting pages and great sports photography increase the impact of the text.
ISBN 9781876400132
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 1990
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
14977
Michael O'Loughlin: inside the Sydney Swans (An Indij sport report)
Two students and a teacher from Doonside Technology High school interview the talented AFL player, Michael O'Loughlin, who plays for the Sydney Swans.
ISBN 9780975686058
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Hall, Tammy & others
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2907
Muhammad Ali the greatest
Boxer, Muhammad Ali, is a symbol of courage and conviction, who had a great impact on the 20th century. His life is presented in a very appealing magazine style layout, using photos, text boxes and lots of great Ali quotes.
ISBN 9780750228190
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2000
Hook, Jason
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26355
Ned Kelly
A biography of the infamous outlaw and bushranger, including his family background, exploits and the legacy he left behind.
ISBN 9781863919715
Series Australian Library series (19 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2000
Sheppard, Barrie
No book cover.
12939
Neil Armstrong: first man on the moon
On 20 July 1969, hundreds of millions of people watched on television as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the powdery surface of the moon. This book provides an insight into his life.
ISBN 9780750238854
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Goldsmith, Dr Mike
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9407
Nellie Melba
Words and illustrations tell the story of the famous opera singer's life.
ISBN 9780340397299
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1986
Topics / Australian Author /
Irvine, Nance
No book cover.
276
Nelson Mandela
The life and work of a political activist, his imprisonment and election as the president of South Africa.
ISBN 9780431086361
Publisher Heinemann, 2000
Connolly, Sean
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732
New nation 1901-1919
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 9781420266207
Series Significant people in Australia's history (5 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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15152
Ngay janijirr ngank - this is my word
Raised in Beagle Bay mission, Magdalene had been exposed to her traditional culture by her elders. Her account of the coming of the missionaries, and the resulting destruction of law and culture, is interwoven with the poetry of Nyulnyul stories.
ISBN 9781875641475
Publisher Magabala Books, 1999
Williams, Magdalene & Torres, Pat (ed)
No book cover.
282
Nova Peris-Kneebone (Aussie stars)
The first Aboriginal Olympic gold medallist, Nova Peris Kneebone's rise to fame is the subject of this book.
ISBN 9781876400125
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 1999
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
304
Pat Rafter
Pat Rafter is a tennis champion who has won the prestigious US Open twice and been ranked number one in the world.
ISBN 9781863919364
Publisher Harcourt Education Australia, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Shephard, Barrie
No book cover.
18494
Patrick Johnson (Aussie stars)
A brief biography on Patrick Johnson's childhood and sprinting career.
ISBN 9781876400323
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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313
Pilawuk: when I was young
Pilawuk explains that she was one of the Stolen Generation, and describes her life growing up with non-Aboriginal families and her search for her surviving relatives.
ISBN 9781863742573
Publisher Era Publications, 1990
Brian, Janeen
No book cover.
19091
Playground
Read the true stories about the childhood of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compiled from memoirs and oral histories. Find out about getting bush tucker, going fishing, taking part in ceremony, playing games and having fun. The warmth of home, the love of family and the strength of community shine through every story. Eighty Elders, both past and present, have contributed their words or artwork.
ISBN 9781742370972
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Wheatley, Nadia (ed) & Searle, Ken (ill)
No book cover.
66373
Pocahontas: the prophecy of doom
The native Americans of Virginia have destroyed another tribe in response to a prophecy they had that strangers would come to Chesapeake Bay and destroy them. Unfortunately, a group of English settlers land on this spot in 1607 after the massacre. Pocahontas is dismayed at her tribe's mistake but her efforts to right the situation only make it worse. The true story of her meeting with John Smith.
ISBN 9781406313734
Series Before they were famous series (3 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Corby, Caroline
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12942
Pope John Paul II: Pope for the people
In 1978, Karol Wojtyla from Poland became Pope John Paul II. Through photographs, quotations and a glossary of terms, this book gives an insight into his life.
ISBN 9780750232487
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Burns, Peggy
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14976
Preston Campbell edition, The (An Indij sport report)
An insight into the life and family of Preston Campbell, a talented player with the Penrith Panthers rugby league team. Exciting layout contributes to the impact of the text and makes information more accessible.
ISBN 9780975686041
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Campbell, Preston & McDougall, Wendy (ill)
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15343
Queen Elizabeth II, monarch of our times
Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1953. This is the story of her life before and during that reign. In magazine layout, the book provides interesting and historical information.
ISBN 9780750238861
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2002
Barton-Wood, Sara
No book cover.
15344
Queen Mother, grandmother of a nation, The
The Queen Mum, as she was affectionately known, led an exciting and glamorous life that was changed forever when her husband unexpectedly became King shortly before World War II. Despite his death in 1952, she was rarely out of the spotlight.
ISBN 9780750232470
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Wood, Richard & Sara
No book cover.
20788
Road to Goonong
The road to Goonong was just a pair of wheel tracks, packed down by buggies and drays that had travelled that way. Our farm, Goonong, was at the end of the road. We had beef and dairy cattle, and plenty of room to play and ride horses. It was a time when timber-cutters felled big ironbarks and blacksmiths' hammers rang out from the forge. The skies were always blue and rain was scarce.
ISBN 9781742375212
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Cox, David
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Significant people in Australia's history
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 Significant people in Australia's history (9 books)
Barrett, Rees
No book cover.
421
Troy Cassar-Daley (Aussie stars)
One of Australia's leading singers and songwriters, Troy Cassar-Daley began his career when he was only thirteen years old.
ISBN 9781876400101
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 1999
McCallum, Grant
No book cover.
12944
Vincent van Gogh: the troubled artist
Van Gogh's life was tragic. He failed in love, fell out with friends and fellow painters, felt the suffering of others deeply and died by his own hand. During his short life, he painted hundreds of vibrant paintings, now recognised as masterpieces.
ISBN 9780750243230
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2003
Claybourne, Anna
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9421
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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120053
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
Topics / Australian Author /
Drummond, Allan & Nguyen, Du-Tran (ill)
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29194
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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12933
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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4561
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 (7 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
No book cover.