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

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15195

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B is for bravo
Facts about aircraft and flight. Dramatic illustrations take you on an alphabet journey through the last hundred years of flight from boomerangs to modern planes, including the Flying Doctor, Scramjet engine research and Charles Kingsford Smith.
ISBN 9780734405357
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Burgemeestre, Kevin
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Baboon king, The
Morengaru, a man divided against himself, who is an outcast in the wilderness, must live as an animal.
ISBN 9780440229070
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Quintana, Anton
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Bad beginning, The
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits to outsmart a distant relative who is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. A story of misery.
ISBN 9780064407663
Series Series of unfortunate events (1 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1999
Snicket, Lemony
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Bad eggs
Hard Boiled Egg has a mystery to solve in the fridge. It takes him through all the shelves as he tries to catch the Bad Eggs. A very punny story, written in simple text.
ISBN 9780734405661
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Wide, Steve & Mackintosh, Michelle (ill)
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Bad girls
Mandy has been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. She can't believe it when cheeky, daring Tanya wants to be her friend. But, Mum thinks Tanya is not a suitable friend and, when Tanya shoplifts, there is trouble ahead.
ISBN 9780440863564
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1997
Topics / Australian Author /
Wilson, Jacqueline
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Bakir and Bi
Bakir and Mar live on a remote island called Egur with their two young children. While fishing, Bakir comes across a very special pelican named Bi. A famine occurs, and life on the island is no longer harmonious. One day Bakir and Bi disappear and Mar and the children are forced to make the journey to another island by canoe and so begins the adventure.
ISBN 9781921248863
Publisher Magabala Books, 2013
Boyd, Jillian & Mordey, Tori-Jay (ill)
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Ballad of Cauldron Bay, The
Henni is looking forward to the Easter holiday at Cauldron Bay with her best friend, Zev, and some of the younger kids from Stella Street. She becomes jealous when her beach holiday is invaded by troubled teenager, Tara.
ISBN 9781741142556
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Honey, Elizabeth
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Ballad of Les Darcy, The
Les Darcy, who lived from 31 October 1895 - 24 May 1917, was an Australian boxer. Though he was a middleweight, he held both the Australian Heavyweight and the Middleweight Championship titles in 1916 and has passed into Australian folk lore.
ISBN 9780732286361
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
FitzSimons, Peter
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Ballad of Lucy Whipple, The
Reluctantly taken to the diggings in California during the goldrush, Lucy wants to go back home to New England.
ISBN 9780064406840
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1998
Cushman, Karen
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Ballet
Meet Darcey Bussell, a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London, who has performed in many theatres. With Patricia Linton, a teacher at the Royal Ballet School, Darcey introduces you to all the key aspects of the magical world of ballet.
ISBN 9780751328004
Series DK superguides (1 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2000
Bussell, Darcey
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Ballet shoes
Three orphaned sisters are sent to ballet school for training and are determined to make their name famous.
ISBN 9780140300413
Publisher Penguin, 1984
Streatfeild, Noel
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Bamboo flute, The
Twelve year old Paul tries to raise the spirits of his father and others during the Great Depression by reintroducing music into their lives. A tramp, Eric the Red has shown Paul how to make a bamboo flute.
ISBN 9780733615887
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Disher, Garry
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Barack Obama: hope for the world
Every page includes facts and photos about Barack Obama's childhood days, his rise to the top job in the world and how he plans to change America, and the world, for the better.
ISBN 9781409113140
Publisher Orion, 2009
Alexander, Tim
No book cover.
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Barlay
Sometimes, grown-ups tell scary stories to teach kids a lesson. And, sometimes, those scary stories turn out to be true. Sarah, Jay and Rene find out the hard way what sort of tale their Nan's Woordatj story is when they wander off into the bush, despite her warnings.
ISBN 9781921696114
Series Waarda series (6 of 4)
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Barnaby Grimes series
Adventure and suspense mixed with touch of the supernatural. 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 Barnaby Grimes series (4 books)
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
No book cover.
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Barnaby Grimes: curse of the night wolf
Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and high-stacking around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is swept up in a world of crooked doctors, poor and ill-advised patients, strange tonics and very expensive furs.
ISBN 9780385611886
Series Barnaby Grimes series (1 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2007
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
No book cover.
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Barnaby Grimes: legion of the dead
In Dickensian times, people were terrified of being buried alive, so they were left in their coffin with a wire, attached to a bell, tied to the little finger. Anyone still alive could wiggle their finger to summon help. One night, Barnaby takes a shortcut through a graveyard and is horrified to hear the tinkling of little bells.
ISBN 9780552556262
Series Barnaby Grimes series (3 of 4)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: phantom of blood alley
Barnaby Grimes delivers letters and packages all over London. In the competitive world of early photography, the rewards are immense but so are the risks. After an experiment goes disastrously wrong, Barnaby finds himself on the trail of a mad chemist with a talent for disappearing into thin air.
ISBN 9780385611947
Series Barnaby Grimes series (4 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2009
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Barnaby Grimes: return of emerald skull
After collecting a strange parcel from a deserted ship in the fog of the docks and delivering it to the local schoolmaster, Barnaby thinks he's earned a moment to sit on the rooftops and eat his favourite pasty. But, he soon realises that all is not well at the school.
ISBN 9780385751285
Series Barnaby Grimes series (2 of 4)
Publisher Doubleday, 2008
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
No book cover.
9326
Barrumbi kids, The
Dale and Tomias, live in the outback. They have a deep love for the wild, ancient land that is their home and move easily between their Aboriginal and white cultures, until someone turns up to spoil their last year at the community school.
ISBN 9781862914964
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Norrington, Leonie
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Barry
Barry has awesome powers, which he releases from the back of the couch where he is stuck, to save the Earth from falling apart.
ISBN 9781864718836
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Thompson, Colin
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Bartimaeus trilogy, The
A fantasy series told from the viewpoint of three characters. 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 Bartimaeus trilogy, The (3 books)
Stroud, Jonathan
No book cover.
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Bartlett and the city of flames
When Bartlett, Jacques le Grand and Gozo emerge from the Margoulis Caverns into daylight and the heat of the stonefields, little do they realise that they are about to embark on a wonderful adventure.
ISBN 9781865081168
Series Bartlett series (2 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
Topics / Australian Author /
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett and the forest of plenty
Bartlett and his companions are on an expedition to discover what lies beyond the great Gircassian Rift. They look down on a huge expanse of trees and young Gozo sees - or does he - a flash of white.
ISBN 9781865084657
Series Bartlett series (3 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett and the ice voyage
The first adventure of Bartlett. The young queen is sent presents from every corner of her seven kingdom's but not the present she wants. Bartlett, the explorer, is the man to help her.
ISBN 9781582347974
Series Bartlett series (1 of 4)
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett and the island of kings
Stranded on a volcanic island, Bartlett and his companions find people under the sway of the Machan, the holder of the true book. They have five days to unravel the riddle before they must climb the volcano and never come back.
ISBN 9781741141115
Series Bartlett series (4 of 4)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Hirsch, Odo
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Bartlett 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 Bartlett series (4 books)
Hirsch, Odo
No book cover.
9352
Basketball
Indiana Pacer, Chris Mullin, introduces this fascinating new guide to basketball. He draws on his wealth of experience in America's National Basketball Association to show beginners all aspects of the game.
ISBN 9780751328059
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2000
Mullin, Chris
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Batman: the animated series guide
A celebration of the Warner Brothers animated series, packed with images from the TV show and the comic books it inspired. Contains in-depth profiles of the main heroes and villains, and annotated illustrations of the key weapons and places.
ISBN 9781405304283
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2004
Beatty, Scott
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Battle boy
Easy to read adventures that time travel to some of the most intereting historical events to meet real people. 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 Battle boy (15 books)
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
No book cover.
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Battle bust-up
There's a top secret mission ahead. Battle Boy 005 has to dodge tanks and chariots, spears and bullets, and convince Alexander the Great that he's not a Persian spy. He needs Professor Perdu's most secret invention, the BEK.
ISBN 9780330425599
Series Battle boy (6 of 15)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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Battle fatigue
A teenager is conscripted into the Vietnam War. He has to decide whether he will go, or whether he will dodge the draft by seeking asylum in Canada. The story also considers the effects of earlier wars on other members of the family and their influence on the younger characters.
ISBN 9781408826911
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Kurlansky, Mark
No book cover.
48776
Battle for Quentaris
A lifesize statue of two warriors is accidentally uncovered beneath the Old Tree Questhouse. In trying to learn more about it, Nisha unwittingly gives it powers, which will almost bring about the destruction of Quentaris.
ISBN 9780734409959
Series Quentaris chronicles (29 books)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2008
Pryor, Michael
No book cover.
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Battle for Rondo, The
Peril awaits Leo and Mimi on their return to Rondo. With the help of Rondo's best witches and wizards, their friends plan to combat the Blue Queen's attacks. But defence is no longer enough. The queen has a dragon and is plotting a terrible revenge on those who defied her. A daring plan, a reckless quest and a mysterious prophecy test the friends' wits and courage as they plunge into danger and battle.
ISBN 9781862918306
Series Rondo Series (3 of 99)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Rodda, Emily
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Battle of Britain: a Second World War spitfire pilot 1939-1941
Harry Woods is a proud spitfire pilot in the fledgling Royal Air Force of 1939. All he has ever wanted to do, since he saw his first plane, is be a pilot. But, now, all he can remember are the roar of the engines and the rattle of machine guns. His friend, Lenny, has lost a leg in a dogfight with the German Luftwaffe. Harry is determined to fight on bravely for all he holds dear but the dangers are terrible and the thrills exhausting.
ISBN 9781407103709
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Priestley, Chris
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Battle of the jade horse
Battle of the Jade Horse Author: Alison Lloyd Hu and Ren are friends during the second century in China. Their families come from different social classes and each must make choices that may hurt their friendship. How will their friendship be able to survive?
ISBN 9780143305774
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Lloyd, Alison
No book cover.
20752
Battlefield: one boy's war
Barry Blacker is desperate to join the army like his older brother Jack, who is in a Japanese POW camp. He practises drills on the family farm in Cowra and spies on the Japanese prisoners in the camp nearby. When some of the prisoners escape, Barry's attempt to be a hero has devastating consequences.
ISBN 9781741695519
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Tucker, Alan
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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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Beast
Eleven year old Jamie, a fearful boy, confronts his biggest fear, the class bully. Through his ordeal, he comes to realise that, while magic can't stop bad things from happening, intelligence and courage can.
ISBN 9781862911468
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1992
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret
No book cover.
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Beast child
Twins Lenis and Missy Clemens have found their freedom aboard the airship, Hiryu. In their search for the mercenary Karasu, Missy must decide whether the safety of an entire nation is more important than her own sense of right and wrong. The bizarre connection that binds the twins begins to unravel and, when they meet a young boy from the past, the twins must decide to embrace their destiny or be torn forever apart.
ISBN 9781864719796
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Chandler, Ben
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Beat goes on, The
If you want to be the next rock superstar, find out what it takes to be part of a rock band on the road.
ISBN 9781865047584
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Richardson, Christopher
No book cover.
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Beatle meets Destiny
Beatle normally doesn't go out on Friday the thirteenth but this is an exception. And, then, there's the attractive girl wearing sunglasses and reading a book. Not only is her name Destiny but her surname is McCartney, and since his real name is John Lennon, and for a whole lot of other spooky reasons, it seems destined that they will be together. But Beatle already has a girlfriend. Some language in context. Usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780143011491
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Williams, Gabrielle
No book cover.
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Beautiful lie, A
In 1947, Bilal is shields his dying father from the truth about the violence that is threatening India and their formerly peaceful community. With determination and help from friends, Bilal persuades others to collude with him in this deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper. Bilal just wants his father to die in peace but that means Bilal has a complicated relationship with the truth.
ISBN 9781408805756
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Master, Irfan
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Beautiful monster
Tessa needs to be perfect, the perfect daughter, with the perfect marks and the perfect body. But, there is a fine line between being in control and being controlled, in Tessa's effort to achieve perfection. Contains mature themes and some language in context. Usually read by student in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781921361982
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
McCaffrey, Kate
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Becoming Billy Dare
When his mother dies, Paddy runs away from school and stows on a ship sailing to Australia. In his new land, Paddy is willing to try anything and has many jobs until he finally discovers what he really wants to do.
ISBN 9781865087351
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Murray, Kirsty
No book cover.
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Becoming Buddha: the story of Siddhartha
Find out how Prince Siddhartha grew in knowledge and enlightenment to become Buddha, one of the greatest religious influences on the world.
ISBN 9780734407726
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Stewart, Whitney & Rippin, Sally (ill)
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Bee-man of Orn, The
The Bee-man is happy with his lot until he learns from a Junior Sorcerer that he was once something else and has been transformed. But what was he? The Bee-man sets out on a quest to discover the answer.
ISBN 9781844285068
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Stockton, Frank R & Lynch, P J (ill)
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Beetle soup: Australian stories and poems for children
An anthology of Australian stories and poems with whimsical pictures.
ISBN 9781863885928
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Morrow, Robin (comp) & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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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.
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Beginner's guide to revenge, The
At just thirteen, Romola has changed school five times and always has trouble making friends. By chance, she meets Sebastian and they help each other resolve some serious feelings of injustice. Romola is having trouble with some friends who are being mean to her and Sebastian is missing his dad. If someone did something very hurtful to you and you had a perfect way to pay them back, would you do it? Romola and Sebastian have to make just such a decision.
ISBN 9781742750866
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Musgrove, Marianne
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Beginner's luck
Shelby and her friends are horse mad. Shelby must find a new home for her horse, Blue, who has been evicted from his paddock or her parents will get rid of him.
ISBN 9781741660074
Series For sale or swap series (2 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Brugman, Alyssa
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Behemoth
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. The Darwinists will need it now they are at war with the Austrian Clanker powers. Alek, heir to the Austrian throne, is posing as a commoner while Deryn Sharp, a girl, is posing as a boy in the British Air Service. Despite their different philosophies, the pair unite aboard the airship Leviathan, hoping to end the war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780670073047
Series The Leviathan trilogy (2 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Westerfeld, Scott & Thompson, Keith (ill)
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Being Bee
Bee isn't about to change just because her dad is going to remarry. However, when Jazz starts living with dad earlier than expected, Bee knows things will change whether she likes it or not. An unlikely source helps her come to terms with the situation.
ISBN 9780702235665
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Bateson, Catherine
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Being Bindy
This is what happens when your worst enemy, who used to be your best friend, threatens to become your sister. Bindy makes some tough decisions as she faces adolescence and the problems caused by her parents' new relationships.
ISBN 9781741142181
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Brugman, Alyssa
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Being here
Sixteen year old Carly is interviewing Leah Cartwright for her local history project. Leah resists, determined to tell her own story of a lonely child on an isolated farm, whose only escape is in the world of books. Carly is drawn into the story about Leah's present, past, secrets, an unlikely boy who changes everything, and a rich imagination that rescues her from a grim reality. Includes some violence and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742373850
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Jonsberg, Barry
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Beka Cooper series
Science fiction/fantasy series. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. See Series lists for individual titles.
Series Beka Cooper series (3 books)
Pierce, Tamora
No book cover.
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Bellmaker, The
Vicious Foxwolf, a fox who long ago discovered the body of a wolf and skinned it to wear as his own, is holding Mariel and Dandin captive. The pair are at the mercy of the evil despot and have only one hope of survival.
ISBN 9780441003150
Series Redwall series (7 of 17)
Publisher Ace, 1996
Jacques, Brian
No book cover.
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Belonging
This wordless picture book, with exquisite collage illustrations, explores the re-greening of a city, the role of community and the significance of children, family and neighbourhood in changing the urban environment.
ISBN 9780744592276
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Baker, Jeannie
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Bend it like Beckham
A novelisation of the film screen play in which a young Indian girl's talent for soccer is discovered. The issues, of cultural expectations of girls and the problems of living between two cultures, are raised.
ISBN 9780340860946
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Dhami, Narinder
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Beneath Quentaris
Nisha is a young, untrained fire magician in the beguiling city of Quentaris. Nisha is troubled by her erratic powers. While trying to harness them, she stumbles into the city beneath the city - Lower Quentaris
ISBN 9780734405562
Series Quentaris chronicles (24 of 29)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Benjamin Franklin: revolutionary inventor
Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. He was a scientist who experimented with electricity, a diplomat who served as envoy to France and negotiated peace with England, a mapmaker, printer and writer. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and established America's first hospital.
ISBN 9781402732836
Series Sterling biographies series (10 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Higgins, Maria Mihalik
No book cover.
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Benny & Babe
Benny and Babe are unlikely friends who decide to go into business together, but they need to avoid the bullying of Furty Howlin. Their business of scavenging fishing tackle leads to a very dangerous encounter.
ISBN 9780143300564
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Colfer, Eoin
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Beowulf
A translation of the classic, Anglo-Saxon epic of warriors, dragons and monsters composed between the 7th and 10th centuries.
ISBN 9780571203765
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2000
Heaney, Seamus
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Beowulf
Beowulf, the fearless warrior battles three evils that terrorise the entire kingdom of Denmark. He slays Grendel the merciless ogre and his vengeful sea hag mother. In his old age, Beowulf faces a bloody struggle with the deadly dragon of the deep in which he may not be as successful as in his youth.
ISBN 9781406305975
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Morpurgo, Michael
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Beowulf: graphic novel
Gareth Hinds' Beowulf is a beautiful graphic novel, with some violent scenarios, remaining true to the classic Norse saga about Beowulf. He tackles a dragon with tragic consequences leaving questions about the real cost of his sacrifice.
ISBN 9780763630232
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2007
Topics / Graphic novels /
Hinds, Gareth (adapt)
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Best ballgirl, The
When Kristen discovers that her tennis hero, Maggie Stephenson, is playing in a tournament at her tennis club, she is desperate to be chosen as one of the ballgirls. But, her arch rival, Sally, looks set to sabotage Kristen's chances of appearing on centre court and to steal the guy that she likes a lot.
ISBN 9780143305743
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Flynn, Pat
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Best day of my life, The
In Jharia, India,Valli spends her days picking up coal and fighting with her cousins. Her family won't let her go to school and there's never enough food. When Valli discovers that that her 'aunt' is a stranger who was paid to take her, she leaves Jharia and begins a new life, surviving on the streets of Kolkata. A chance encounter with a doctor may change her life but Valli must decide if she trusts enough to accept help.
ISBN 9781742379142
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Ellis, Deborah
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Best mate
Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life as he passes from owner to owner. A wonderful story of the bond betwee a pet and three families who get back much more than they could have imagined from allowing a dog into their lives. This book is also known as Born to Run.
ISBN 9780007262434
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Morpurgo, Michael
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Between shades of gray
In 1941, fifteen year old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer. When the Soviet secret police invade her home and forcibly remove Lina, her mother and brother, they must fight for their lives. They are transported via cattle trucks from Lithuania to remote Siberia in a harrowing, violent journey. It is also a story of incredible courage and strength. Includes violence and cruelty. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143205418
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Sepetys, Ruta
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Beware of the storybook wolves
This book with colourful illustrations and an interesting layout will tell you what to do if the wolves ever escape from your storybook.
ISBN 9780340779163
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2000
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Child, Lauren
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Beyond the deepwoods
Abandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig is brought up by woodtrolls. One night, Twig does what has never been done before, he strays from the path. He finds a nightmare world, but is driven on to discover his true identity.
ISBN 9780552545921
Series Edge chronicles, The (1 of 11)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1999
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Beyond the knock-knock door
After ruining a classmate's costume party, the Bowman triplets are chased into the city sewers. Locked inside, they discover a gateway to another world where sharks fly, swashbucklers scheme and party costumes become real. The triplets are mistaken for famous heroes and must fight the biggest trouble of all.
ISBN 9781741664072
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Monk, Scott
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BFG, The
The big friendly giant captures Sophie but he only wants to keep her, not eat her, as the other giants would.
ISBN 9780141311371
Publisher Puffin UK, 2001
Dahl, Roald
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Big book of fantasy quests
Detailed and colourful fantasy-adventure scenes filled with things to find, mysteries to solve and colourful creatures and characters to outwit.
ISBN 9780746070383
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2006
Dixon, Andrew
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Big city museum
Harry Harvard and Jessie Harrison's class at Average Primary School are going on an exciting excursion to Big City Museum. The good news is Mrs Payne, their fifth class teacher, won't be going. The bad news is the Principal is going instead. Most pupils are scared to do anything to upset Principal Dorking but Harry and Jessie can always be counted on to make or find trouble.
ISBN 9781420276909
Series Get real series (6 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
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Big dig, The
When the Newton Community Pool is closed until further notice, Nathan and his mates are unimpressed. The alternative, the BayView Leisure Centre, might be modern and flashy, but it is steamy, crowded and no fun. But, Nathan has an idea that is so brilliant in its simplicity. They can dig themselves a pool in the backyard.
ISBN 9781921529139
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
McKinlay, Meg
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Big dry, The
With each year of drought the heat became worse. The lawns and crops withered and died. Buildings began to crumble and collapse and more people left the city. George and his little brother Beeper become worried when their father fails to return from a trip to town for food and fuel. Fear for the safety of their dad quickly becomes a fight for their own survival. Will they have the strength to cope in such hot and brutal conditions.
ISBN 9780732297633
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Davis, Tony
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Big four, The
Poirot, the Belgian detective, again finds himself plunged into a world of intrigue when an uninvited stranger, coated in dust from head to foot and with a gaunt face, stands staring at him and then collapses in his doorway. Poirot must uncover the truth and solve the mystery of the piece of paper the stranger clutched with figure 4s scribbled over it. Beautifully illustrated by Alain Paillou.
ISBN 9780007250653
Series Agatha Christie graphic novel series (11 books)
Publisher Harper, 2007
Christie, Agatha & Riviera, Francois (adapt)
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Big little book of happy sadness, The
One Friday, George visits the animal shelter and, in the very last cage, he sees Jeremy, a sad dog who looks as lonely and lost as George feels.
ISBN 9781741662573
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Thompson, Colin
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Big Nate flips out
When Nate gets his best friend into big trouble, he needs to clean up his act, fast, before someone else ruins everything.
ISBN 9780007478279
Series Original Big Nate comic strips series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013
Peirce, Lincoln
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Big Nate: Here goes nothing
Nate is pleased to hear his school will be closed for months to clean up toxic mould in the building. Then, he learns that he will have to attend Jefferson Middle School while his school is cleaned. How will he be able to stand it? He is star goalie for his school football team and Jefferson is undefeated in this year's competition. Will Nate defend his goal and save the day? Or will Jefferson win again?
ISBN 9780007478323
Series Original Big Nate comic strips series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Peirce, Lincoln
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Big Nate: What could possibly go wrong
Compilation of original Big Nate comic strips.
ISBN 9780007478316
Series Original Big Nate comic strips series (5 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Peirce, Lincoln
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Big picture book of environments, The
With stunning images and fact boxes, this book reveals Earth's diversity and beauty. It explores the effects of changing climate on environments around the world including the great rivers, deserts, Arctic regions, cities and forests.
ISBN 9781741754605
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Long, John
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Big picture book of human civilisation, The
If you love facts and figures or you are a budding scientist, this book will tell you about the great advances and crises of human history, from 20, 000 years ago until now. Read about the first cultivated crops, the taming of cats and dogs, the discovery of electricity, the earliest city and lots more.
ISBN 9781741757002
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Long, John
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Big picture book, The
Description of Planet Earth's history from twelve billion years ago until now. Also includes a prediction about its future.
ISBN 9781741143287
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Environment /
Long, John & Choo, Brian (ill)
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Bill Gates: computer legend
In 1995, Bill Gates launched Microsoft Windows, a computer program now used by people at work and at play all around the world. As head of Microsoft, he is the richest man in the world and aims to be the largest benefactor in history.
ISBN 9780750238830
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Barton-Wood, Sara
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Bill rules
Bill and Matty are the best of friends and neighbours which leads to exciting adventures and, sometimes, more than a little trouble. When Bill learns that his father is coming home from jail, his world is tipped upside down. Worries start to mount but Matty has an idea to help Bill. But life doesn't always go according to plan.
ISBN 9780702238482
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Fensham, Elizabeth
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Billie and the parent plan
Billie's mum is getting married to a bald, old man. Billie doesn't fit in with her uncool stepfather and her posh stepsister and would rather live with her best mate, Archie. A funny book about Billie's valiant attempts to resist her new family.
ISBN 9780746067550
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Bryant, Ann
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Billionaire boy
Joe Spud is the richest twelve year old because his father reinvented toilet paper and became rich. He owns a racing car and a crocodile, but the one thing he can't buy is a friend. When he changes schools, he encounters twin bullies, a greedy lunch lady and new friends.
ISBN 9780007445349
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2010
Walliams, David
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Billy Mack's war
When Captain Mack is released from prison camp at the end of the war, no-one is sure what to expect, least of all his son Billy. He might be the same man who went off to war full of hope and pride or his experiences may have changed him forever.
ISBN 9780702234798
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Roy, James
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Billy the kid
Billy doesn't think or act his age. His memories of his days as a Chelsea striker and his interests keep him younger than he seems.
ISBN 9780007105472
Publisher Collins, 2002
Morpurgo, Michael
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Billy Thunder and the night gate
Rage is desperate to find the healing magic that will save her mother. Her quest leads her to Valley, a strange, dark place where witches and wizards lurk.
ISBN 9781740933971
Series Gateway trilogy (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Carmody, Isobelle
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Binna Binna man, The
A young Aboriginal boy is travelling back to his home on the mission to attend the funeral of a cousin.
ISBN 9781865080710
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1999
McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
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Bionicle: legacy of evil
The Piraka are the embodiment of evil. It is a mystery how they met, what caused them to join forces and how they learnt about the Mask of Life. Even more mysterious is the seventh Piraka.
ISBN 9780439828079
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2006
Farshtey, Greg
No book cover.
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Birdie in the sky
Birdie and her dad love being up in the sky in their Tiger Moth plane, Peggybelle. That is, until a terrible accident makes it a matter of life and death, and Birdie finds herself flying the plane alone.
ISBN 9780143305903
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Mason, Prue
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Birds
Be an eyewitness to the breathtaking moment when a chick hatches from its egg, Find out why wings are different shapes and sizes. Discover lots of interesting facts about birds including the world's biggest, smallest and fastest birds.
ISBN 9780751347487
Series Eyewitness series (30 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2002
Burnie, David
No book cover.
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Birds of a feather
Year 6 schoolgirls must deal with issues of bullying.
ISBN 9781863304726
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Masson, Sophie
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Birthday book: an illustrated treasury of stories and poems, The
A collection of fact and fiction, some extracts and some complete works, with a common theme of birthdays. Illustrations by Quentin Blake add a lovely dimension.
ISBN 9780224083607
Publisher Jonathan Cape, 2008
Morpurgo, Michael (ed) & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Bit of a hero, A
Tom is finding it hard to come to terms with the death of his father, a firefighter, who lost his life trying to save a child. Life just gets worse when a bully joins his class at school and Mum meets a new man. Tom wonders whether he can find the courage within himself to stand up to the bully, and to accept the many changes in his life.
ISBN 9781842709092
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2009
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Phinn, Gervase
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Bite of the mango
By thirteen, Mariatu had experienced rape, genital mutilation, an unwanted pregnancy and witnessed the horrors of war in Sierra Leone. Both her hands were amputated when she was captured by rebel soldiers. Her honest and unembellished account of her life is inspiring with its hope for a better future and the great love that the survivors share.
ISBN 9781741757750
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2009
Kamara, Mariatu & McClelland, Susan
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Bitter chocolate
A gripping story of two boys whose lives are anything but carefree. Pascal and Kojo work on a cocoa plantation in West Africa and they desperately want to get back to their homes to see if their families are still alive. Global social issues of child soldiers and child labour are sensitively and realistically portrayed.
ISBN 9780747595021
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Grindley, Sally
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Blabber mouth
Rowena cannot speak. Unlike Rowena, her father, whom she decides to change, is blundering and enthusiastic and obsessed with country music.
ISBN 9780330273534
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1992
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleitzman, Morris
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Blabber mouth: the play
This stage adaptation of Gleitzman's novel explores disabilities, friendship and families.
ISBN 9780868194219
Publisher Currency Press, 2004
Morris, Mary
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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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Black Beauty
Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt, he is free to gallop in the fresh meadows with his beloved mother and their kind master. But, when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. But, Black Beauty is brave, with an unbreakable spirit and will.
ISBN 9780141321035
Publisher Puffin UK, 2008
Sewell, Anna
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Black book of colours, The
An extraordinary and unique picture book, complete with Braille and embossed illustrations. All black in colour, it is stylistically striking and offers the sighted reader an unparalleled insight into the interpretation of the world from the perspective of a blind child.
ISBN 9781406322187
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Cottin, Menena & Faria, Rosana
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Black cauldron, The
The evil death-lord Arawn is threatening the peaceful land of Prydain. Taran, the pig-keeper and hero of the Chronicles, must help find and destroy Arawn's powerful black cauldron, which creates an army of warriors who cannot be killed as they have no life. Taran must overcome the huntsman of Annuvin and the enchantresses, Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch, to fulfil his mission and protect Prydain.
ISBN 9781409515067
Series Chronicles of Prydain, The (2 of 5)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2011
Alexander, Lloyd
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Black dog gang, The
Set in The Rocks, Sydney, in the early 20th century. When Frankie first meets his new neighbour, Mickey Collins, he's not sure what to make of the scruffy, tough-talking ratbag. But, when he forms a gang, Mickey soon proves he's quick on his feet and good in a fight.
ISBN 9780143302148
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Newton, Robert
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Black dress: Mary MacKillop's early years, The
The story of Mother Mary MacKillop told from the perspective of MacKillop reminiscing on her death bed. The book details her life, from growing up in poverty in the Australian outback and the inspirations behind her decision to join the Convent and establish the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph.
ISBN 9781742031637
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Freeman, Pamela
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Black Jack Anderson
The infamous Black Jack Anderson, Australia's most notorious pirate, was a towering black American holed up with his evil-doing gang in the treacherous seas and islands off the south west coast of Australia. The fascinating details of his life and times; his mistresses, the treachery, bloodshed and escapes are as compelling as his personality, with his resourcefulness, power and passion.
ISBN 9780143005940
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Forrestal, Elaine
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Black prince
The Battle of Crecy was one of the most decisive clashes of the Hundred Years War and BB005 is getting ready to meet the Black Prince, a mysterious figure from this war. But, when he reaches the Special Reading Room Professor Perdu isn't there but Operation Overlord 09 is. And, even worse, Battle Boy has a new SimulSkin.
ISBN 9780330404105
Series Battle boy (14 of 15)
Publisher MacMillan, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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Black ships before Troy: the story of the Iliad, The
An illustrated story of Homer's Iliad that climaxes with the story of the Wooden Horse of Troy.
ISBN 9780711215221
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2000
Sutcliff, Rosemary
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Black snake: the daring of Ned Kelly
Offers historical insights, without glorification, into the life of the outlaw as told by characters present at the various events in Ned's life. Supported by archival photographs, press clippings and quotes from correspondence and other documents.
ISBN 9781876372934
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Wilkinson, Carole
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Black swan, The
A black swan escapes from a cage and flies away to another land, where villagers welcome her to settle. They believe that birds bring good fortune and, each year, the villagers build nests beside the lake to lure them. The people ask the swan to incubate an egg found in one of the nests. When the ground shakes and everyone is afraid, the swan asks them to leave their valley.
ISBN 9781921136566
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Bridle, Celia
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Black water
When Farren's father goes missing at sea, all he wants is for his older brother to come home from the war in Gallipoli. But, when Danny returns, he has changed from the person Farren remembers. This is a story of two brothers' struggle to make their way in a difficult world. Mature themes and very strong language used in context throughout.
ISBN 9780143005612
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Metzenthen, David
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Blackout
An intense, electromagnetic pulse strikes earth, grinding the world to a halt. Holly wakes in the wreckage of a smashed car, next to her unconscious older brother. She sets out on a dangerous and violent quest to bring order to a world gone mad.
ISBN 9780733611810
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Blackthorn's betrayal: honouring a warrior's pledge
Blackthorn's greatest desire, to become a Trahern warrior, is dangling within her reach. But, she must embark on a treacherous mission, deep into enemy territory, to infiltrate the Doane camp. She must locate the stolen daughter of Esil but the stakes are higher than she could ever imagine. As the mission takes a sinister twist, Blackthorn's instincts are put to the ultimate test.
ISBN 9781921529030
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Pulford, Elizabeth
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Blackthorn: becoming a forest warrior
Alyana is determined, despite being female, despite being so young, to become a great Trahern warrior. When her father dies, leaving her orphaned, she flees the constraints of her religious uncle's household and lives rough and wild, hunting and fighting in the great forest. Then her worst fears are realised. It is far worse to be captured by her enemies, the Doane, than endure her previous loneliness and isolation.
ISBN 9781921529443
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Pulford, Elizabeth
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Blading
Advice to the beginner blader, whether young or old, on what equipment to use, where to skate and styles of blading, competitions and sponsorship. Introduces sports that use blading like hockey and speed skating.
ISBN 9780750227834
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
Mason, Paul
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Blind trek
Hilton and Tim can't stand each other. They are forced together via their parents' friendship and their bike has crashed in the middle of nowhere. The only way home is to walk. Danger lurks and, if the boys are to survive, they must work together.
ISBN 9780143302469
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Kennedy, Jim
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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
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Blitz: a wartime girl's diary 1940-1941
Edie and her little brother, Tom, are evacuated to rural Wales during the Blitz on London. Many parents sent their children to live in a safer place when German bombs rained down on the major cities of England during World War II. For Edie and Tom it is not a happy solution. Edie struggles to mother and protect Tom in harsh countryside with an austere family and an unfriendly school community.
ISBN 9781407103716
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Cross, Vince
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Blitzed Brits
Find out if you could have survived in the Blitz when all of London and many other English cities were bombed heavily and constantly. You might be the sort of person who would remember to always have a gas mask with you or who actually liked the meals that can be made with rationed food. You might even want to escape mum and dad for a bit but maybe not for six years. A sad time in history still had its funny moments.
ISBN 9781407103433
Series Horrible histories series (3 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin (ill) & Sheppard, Kate (ill)
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Blood brothers
The year is 325 and the powerful Han Dynasty is no more. Kai is 465 years old, a teenager in dragon years. His search for the person predestined to be his dragonkeeper leads him to a Buddhist novice, Tao. But, Tao, believing his path lies elsewhere, has no interest in caring for a difficult dragon. Tao must listen to the voice within himself and learn that no journey ever reveals its true purpose until it's over.
ISBN 9781742031897
Series Dragonkeeper series (4 of 5)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2012
Wilkinson, Carole
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Blood hound
The wife of anchorman Dermot O'Flannery dies during a bungled burglary and the killer is never caught. Poppy and Graham are dog walking for her neighbour when a malicious prank is played on their fellow dog walkers, Poppy and Graham find themselves crossing paths with Dermot O'Flannery, with lethal consequences.
ISBN 9781406328974
Series Poppy Fields (9 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Landman, Tanya
No book cover.
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Blood on the microphone
Saffie Grundig decides to find out about her older sister, Ruby, and the secrets she is keeping. What's really going on at the sleazy Comedy House where Ruby has a cleaning job. Saffie, assisted by retired TV actor, Sarge, begins her investigations.
ISBN 9780734401700
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Bone, Ian
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Blood red road
Saba and her brother, Lugh, have spent their whole lives in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. When a monster sandstorm and four cloaked horsemen arrive, Lugh is captured and Saba embarks on an epic quest, in the lawless, ugly world outside Silverlake, to get him back. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781442429987
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2011
Young, Moira
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Blood sports: Fletcher Smith, sports P I
Fourteen year old Fletcher Smith is a sports private Investigator, working out of the Institute in Canberra. With his adult side-kick, Frank, he takes on a case to solve the kidnap of football coach, Kelvin Hunt.
ISBN 9781741690200
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Harlen, Jonathan
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Bloodaxe
Boodaxe was the Viking King of York, a fierce and uncompromising leader. Battle Boy 005 jettisons into the Viking camp and, with the help of Viking FightRite 101, defends himself against Bloodaxe's son, Haeric. Mission objective isi to collect Bloodaxe's DNA and record his famous last battle.
ISBN 9780330425209
Series Battle boy (4 of 15)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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Bloodhound
Beka Cooper is finally a Dog, a fully fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus's streets. Delving deep into the gambling world, it won't be enough for Beka be her usual terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals and to be a Bloodhound.
ISBN 9781862918023
Series Beka Cooper series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Pierce, Tamora
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Bloodhound boys, The
The undead world has many dangerous creatures, many of which Rocky the werewolf and Vince the vampire meet in their search to find who has robbed the city's blood bank.
ISBN 9781922179302
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Cranna, Andrew
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Bloodthirsty
Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen year old Finbar never gets the girl. When he notices that the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel, Finbar seizes the opportunity. He'll become a vampire. Or at least fake it. When he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he finds that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780732292195
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Meaney, Flynn
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Bloody Scotland (Horrible histories)
The story of the Scots from the desperate Dark Ages to the terrible 20th century. It provides facts on cool kings, cruel kings, mean queens and wise women. Find out about William Wallace, Braveheart, and gory Scottish ghost stories.
ISBN 9780590543408
Publisher Scholastic UK, 1997
Deary, Terry
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Bloody tower: a Tudor girl's diary 1553-1559
It is after Henry VIII's death and King Edward is very sickly. Queen Mary will come to the throne, ousting Lady Jane Grey. Mary's executioners will be busy removing her perceived enemies. Even Princess Elizabeth, the future queen of England, is imprisoned in the Tower. Tilly Middleton, who lives in the Tower of London where her father works, finds she has an important role to play.
ISBN 9781407104775
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Wilding, Valerie
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Blue death, The
A doctor turns detective to solve a mystery around the cholera epidemic in London, 1854.
ISBN 9780340805718
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Allen, Judy
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Blue djinn of Babylon, The
John and Phillipa must retrieve the Solomon Grimoire, an object that gives its user power over all djinns. They travel from New York to Istanbul, only to walk straight into a sinister trap. John must embark on an epic journey and still may not be able to save Phillipa. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs.
ISBN 9780439959506
Series Children of the lamp series, The (2 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Kerr, P B
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Blue fin
Snook joins his father on a tuna fishing expedition and disaster strikes.
ISBN 9780734401311
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Thiele, Colin
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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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Blue so blue, A
A sophisticated picture book in which a young artist goes in search of a particular shade of blue, the blue of his dreams.
ISBN 9781402721397
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2005
Dumont, Jean-Francois
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Blue sword, The
Living in the desert country of Damar, shared by the Homelanders and the secretive magical Hillfolk, orphaned Harry Crewe is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk king. He intends to train her in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men.
ISBN 9780141309750
Publisher Penguin Putnam, 2002
McKinley, Robin
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Blue-eyed Aborigine, The
After the shipwreck of the Batavia off Western Australia in 1629, a cabin boy and a soldier were involved in a grisly, notorious mutiny. Most mutineers were hanged but the two men were marooned on the mainland, becoming Australia's first European settlers. No trace of them was ever found. Later European explorers reported seeing Aboriginal Australians with blue eyes. This novel suggests what might have happened in between. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781847800787
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2010
Hayes, Rosemary
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Blueback
Abel Jackson is passionate about diving and is a natural in the water. Every day, he helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life.
ISBN 9780330361620
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1999
Topics / Australian Author /
Winton, Tim
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Blurred man, The
The man in the photo is so blurry it's impossible to make out what he really looks like. The Diamond Brothers - Tim, the world's worst private detective, and his wise-cracking younger brother Nick - have been hired to find the blurred man.
ISBN 9780744590661
Series Diamond Brothers series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2003
Horowitz, Anthony
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BMX: 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, how to get started, the equipment and tricks of BMX riding.
ISBN 9781844430888
Publisher Raintree, 2003
Job, Chris
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Body and soul: a musical play
The atmosphere becomes very tense as relationships are tested among a diverse group of talented athletes at a training camp.
ISBN 9780868195582
Publisher Currency Press, 1998
Topics / Australian Author /
Tulloch, Richard
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Body talk: a power guide for girls
A self-help book for teenage girls providing advice about coping with bullying, alcohol, drug use, depression and sexual relations. Some coarse language used by girls to describe their feelings.
ISBN 9780733618604
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Reid Boyd, Elizabeth & Bray, Abigail
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Body: bones, muscle, blood and other body bits
Highly informative, pocket-sized fact book on human anatomy and physiology. Contains an index, glossary, websites and reference section.
ISBN 9780751330786
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2001
Walker, Richard & Murphy, Gabrielle Dr
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Bog bodies: mummies and curious corpses
All the facts necessary to know about dried, pickled and frozen preserved people are contained in this unusual book.
ISBN 9781864482430
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1994
Topics / Australian Author /
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Boggle hunters: Game on
Sam comes from a family of boggle hunters, although he is unaware of this when he is sent to stay with his English relatives. Computer games are Sam's passion and he cannot believe his eyes when he receives an invitation to become part of the role-playing game, 'Grim's castle'. Parallel stories ensue with Sam being led through a dangerous game and cousin Jenny searching for her missing parents. Fantasy and magic weave throughout this exciting quest.
ISBN 9781741698510
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Masson, Sophie
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Bollygum
A beautifully illustrated story with a strong conservation message.
ISBN 9781875875085
Publisher Weldon Kids, 1995
Topics / Australian Author /
Fleming, Garry
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Bomber balloon, The
When a Zeppelin aircraft crashes over a British town, the German soldiers meet those they have been bombing, including one very angry girl.
ISBN 9781408191651
Series World War I tales series - NEW SERIES 2014 (4 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Bone hunters: on the trail of the dinosaurs
There is a wealth of dinosaur information in this book, as well as accounts of the palaeontologists who made many of the famous discoveries.
ISBN 9781862913592
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Topics / Australian Author /
Dedman, Stephen
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Bones
Twins,Danny and Nicki, notice that their dog, Patch, is bringing home bones to bury in the garden. The only problem is that the bones look like human bones. The police are called in and their dad's prize-winning flowers are dug up. When they follow Patch around the neighbourhood, they get a very big surprise indeed.
ISBN 9780143303992
Publisher Penguin NZ, 2008
Crisp, Maureen
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Bony fish, sharks and rays
Excellent information, photographs and diagrams provide details about the appearance, food, habitat and reproduction of bony fish, sharks and rays.
ISBN 9781863911405
Publisher Reed Library, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Silkstone, Barry
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Book from Baden Dark, The
Marcel, his cousin, Fergus, and Bea, the half-elf, must travel into the forbidden underground world of Baden Dark on a rescue mission. The compelling conclusion to the Book of lies trilogy takes you on a journey deep into yourself, as Marcel and his friends struggle with the meaning of life and death, and make decisions that involve huge personal sacrifice or vanity as they witness loyalty and betrayal.
ISBN 9780732287672
Series Book of lies trilogy (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Moloney, James
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Book of absolutely useless lists
A chunky book, jammed full of fascinating, whacky and absurd facts and information, with a list for every day of the year. Useful information like seven objects to use as a paperweight; twenty characters more famous than their inventors; and, four runners-up who became more famous than the person who won.
ISBN 9780230700505
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Ardagh, Phillip
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Book of Australian ballads, The
A collection of Australian lyric poetry.
ISBN 9780333477199
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1990
Topics / Australian Author /
King, John Anthony
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Book of dragons, A
Fantasy tales of make-believe appear before your eyes.
ISBN 9780816728794
Publisher Lioncrest, 1990
Green, Roger Lancelyn
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Book of everything, The
Thomas escapes from hypocrisy and domestic violence with wild imaginings and sightings of Jesus. A deeply moving story of a Dutch family, ruled by a violent, bible-wielding father, who survive because of a special child and some very, strong women.
ISBN 9781741147513
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2006
Kuijer, Guus
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Book of f1rsts
Eleven selections of bizarre trivia, fascinating facts, feats and world records. Categories such as Air and Space, Entertainment, Technology and Transportation are included in this eclectic collection.
ISBN 9781741696820
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Buckley, James (ed)
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Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Book of lies trilogy (3 books)
Moloney, James
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Book of lies, The
In the dead of night, a boy is delivered to an orphanage in a remote village. Lord Alwyn descends from the tower of the orphanage and begins reading to the unconscious boy from a special book, a mysterious book.
ISBN 9780207198311
Series Book of lies trilogy (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Moloney, James
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Book of the banshee, The
Will's sister, Estelle, has turned into a teenager and transformed the house into a war zone.
ISBN 9780140347043
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 1993
Fine, Anne
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Book of three, The
Taran, a lowly Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs for adventure. When the magical pig, Hen Wen, disappears, Taran embarks on a death-defying quest to save her from the evil Horned King. His perilous adventures bring Taran new friends, an irritable dwarf, an impulsive bard, a strange hairy beast and the hot-headed Princess Eilonwy. Together, they face many dangers.
ISBN 9780440407027
Series Chronicles of Prydain, The (1 of 5)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 1999
Alexander, Lloyd
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Book of when, The
Useful and thoughtful information to keep you thinking. This book tells you lots of things such as when we started looking at ourselves in the mirror, when we started taking holidays and, even more interestingly, when we started to think that children are actually people.
ISBN 9780810972407
Publisher Abrams Books, 2008
Jaffe, Laura & Cointe, Francois (ill)
No book cover.
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Book of wizards, The
Stories in this collection include Aladdin, Jack and the Wizard, Silver Penny and Two Wizards with many more.
ISBN 9780416218909
Publisher Methuen, 1982
Manning-Sanders, Ruth
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Book thief, The
It is 1939 in Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel has just buried her brother when she picks up a book, partially hidden in the snow by his graveside. This is her first act of book thievery and the beginning of a love affair with books and words. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down. A sombre theme that includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780330423304
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Zusak, Markus
No book cover.
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Book to write poems by, A
Inspiration for poets of all ages lies within these pages.
ISBN 9780909955427
Publisher Australian Association for the Teaching of English, 1983
Topics / Australian Author /
Harris, Rory & McFarlane, Peter
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Boom
Jimbo and his friend, Charlie, suspect there is something not right about two of their teachers. They get too close to the truth when Charlie is abducted. Jimbo enlists the help of his death-metal music loving, dark eyeliner-wearing sister to track Charlie down and discover the truth.
ISBN 9780385616294
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2009
Haddon, Mark
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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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Booms, busts and bushfires
In the last forty years, Australia has experienced a period of rapid change, with many social and political events impacting on our lives. This book covers the period from 1973, before computers and the internet existed in Australia, to the present time. Our resources have made us a rich country, but it remains to be seen how long the good times can last, before a boom turns into a bust.
ISBN 9781741697865
Series Fair dinkum series (8 of 8)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
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Boots and all
A father lost his own career as a soccer star through injury. He is determined to experience glory through his son. Unfortunately, his son has come to hate the game and the real soccer talent of the family is the boy's sister.
ISBN 9780143300359
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Clark, Sherryl
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Booyooburra
The history of the Murri people of Waka Waka.
ISBN 9781875657100
Publisher Hyland House, 1993
Topics / Australian Author /
Fogarty, Lionel
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Born to bake
Rick has decided he is just average, not good, not bad, just average. When Rick discovers he is born to cook, he is no longer just average. The trouble is that his baking is now in competition with his Mum.
ISBN 9780143302261
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Gwynne, Phillip & Smith, Craig (ill)
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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
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Borrowers afield, The
Having lost their home, the family must start a new life in a lost boot. Arrietty finds the outdoors exhilarating, while Homily finds it dangerous and dirty. They believe there must be other 'Borrowers' or little people out there but they don't know where.
ISBN 9780152101664
Series Borrowers series (2 of 5)
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 1955
Norton, Mary
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Borrowers afloat, The
Pod, Homily and Arrietty must leave the safety of their new house and venture out into the great, big world. On the way to Little Fordham, a miniature model town, they discover the world is a dangerous place for someone as small as a Borrower.
ISBN 9780152047337
Series Borrowers series (3 of 5)
Publisher Odyssey, 2003
Norton, Mary
No book cover.
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Borrowers aloft, The
The Clocks are starting their new life in Little Fordham. Unknown to them, the greedy Mr. Platter has built a rival model village. He kidnaps them for his own model. These little people must escape or remain the prisoners of huge human 'beans'.
ISBN 9780152105334
Series Borrowers series (4 of 5)
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2001
Norton, Mary
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Borrowers avenged, The
The Clocks have escaped and moved from the lovely miniature village to the rectory at Little Fordham, finally reunited with relatives who are also 'Borrowers'. The terrible Platters return, as desperate as ever to capture Arietty and her family.
ISBN 9780152105303
Series Borrowers series (5 of 5)
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 1982
Norton, Mary
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Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Borrowers series (5 books)
Norton, Mary
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Borrowers, The
The Borrowers are human-like but only a few centimetres tall. They live under the floorboards, borrowing what they need from the 'human beans' above and sometimes placing themselves in great danger doing so.
ISBN 9780140364514
Series Borrowers series (1 of 5)
Publisher Penguin, 1993
Norton, Mary
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Boss of the pool
Required to accompany her mother, who works at a hostel for the disabled, Shelley is more than a little unhappy. Eventually, she chooses to teach Ben, who is mentally disabled and very fearful of the water, how to swim.
ISBN 9781862916401
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Klein, Robin
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Bossy boots
Arrogant Tom is used to getting his own way, on and off the pitch. So, when he has to turn to his talented rival, Kate, for help to win a game, he learns an important lesson about pride.
ISBN 9781405245272
Series David Beckham Academy series, The (4 of 4)
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2009
The David Beckham Academy staff
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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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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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Boy in the burning house, The
Ruth Rose, wild stepdaughter of the local preacher, believes he caused the disappearance of Jim Hawkin's father. Investigating the mystery puts both teenagers in mortal danger. A harrowing story with strong language in context.
ISBN 9780374408879
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Wynne-Jones, Tim
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Boy in the striped pyjamas, The
Bruno is the naive, nine year old son of the Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. Through his covert friendship with Shmuel, a young Jewish boy, Bruno becomes aware of the cruelty and suffering. A touching, disturbing story.
ISBN 9780385609401
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2006
Boyne, John
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Boy like me, A
Fragile and sometimes fleeting, peace can be lost and found in all of us, no matter who or where we are.
ISBN 9780733331350
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Hathorn, Libby & Whatley, Bruce
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Boy overboard
Jamal and Bibi are Afghani asylum seekers whose most precious possession is their soccer ball. They dream of being international soccer stars in a land where they don't have to worry about their ball hitting a landmine.
ISBN 9780141308388
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleitzman, Morris
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Boy versus rat dog
Colt doesn't know his own strength. When a showdown with a rat dog has tragic consequences, his arch enemy, Officer Katt, seeks revenge. She steals the thing that matters most to Colt, right when his superpowers seem to have disappeared. But superpowers or not, Birdy and Colt are on the case, and the secrets they uncover could change Colt's life forever.
ISBN 9780143307297
Series Lost world circus series - NEW SERIES 2014 (4 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
D'Ath, Justin
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Boy who disappeared, The
Rodney has powers to be a 'switcher' who can travel between parallel worlds. One world is highly developed and the other is almost medieval. The story follows the adventures across both worlds.
ISBN 9780734408921
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Milton, Wendy
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Boy who swam with piranhas, The
As Stan journeys away from the life he's always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny.
ISBN 9780763661694
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2013
Almond, David & Jeffers, Oliver (ill)
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Boy who would live forever, The
Daniel is cursed with the fate of staying twelve forever. He doesn't know how or why. For two hundred years he has coped with the joy, and more often grief, it has caused him. Then he meets Sally and her daughter, Holly. Now it really matters.
ISBN 9780143300311
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2003
Simons, Moya
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Boy, the bear, the baron and the bard, The
A dramatic tale, told in pictures, about a London boy who goes through a window to get back his soccer ball only to find himself in the middle of a Shakespearian production. In his efforts to escape, he is chased by the bard and joined by a bear.
ISBN 9781865087221
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Rogers, Gregory
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Boy: tales of childhood
Roald Dahl recounts his life as a child, growing up in England.
ISBN 9780141303055
Publisher Puffin UK, 1999
Dahl, Roald
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Boys without names
Eleven year old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village to find work in the big city, Mumbai. When a stranger promises Gopal a job, he jumps at the offer. But Gopal has been deceived. In a stuffy sweatshop, he and other boys are forced to work for no money, little food and without talking. Late one night, when Gopal shares kahanis, or stories, he realises that storytelling may help their survival, and escape.
ISBN 9780061857621
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2010
Sheth, Kashmira
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Boys' book: how to be the best at everything, The
An informative book that provides a diverse range of fun facts. Easy to read, interesting snippets of information including how to perform magic, get rid of hiccups or read tea leaves.
ISBN 9781921288128
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2007
Enright, Dominique & Macdonald, Guy & Catlow, Niki (ill)
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Brain full of holes, The
Theo Brain is the world's youngest super sleuth and he is on the trail of a missing truck driver who has driven into a mountain tunnel and completely disappeared. Theo lives in Switzerland where holes are going missing from the cheese and cows are starting to fly. Strange creatures appear from alternative universes and Theo is forced to intervene to stop a total outbreak of silliness.
ISBN 9781921272288
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Chatterton, Martin
No book cover.
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Brainjack
It would take a very special person to crack the computer systems of the White House. Someone like Sam Wilson, brilliant teenage computer hacker. But, Sam's obsession is about to lead him into a world of espionage and intrigue, of cybercrime and imminent war.
ISBN 9781921150951
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Falkner, Brian
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Brave heart: lessons learnt from life
After playing two hundred and forty-one games for his beloved Sydney Swans, Brett Kirk played his final game of AFL in 2010. Many know him as the courageous co-captain who helped his team win the grand final in 2005. What many people don't know is how he came to be such a tireless captain, honest teammate and admired role model, in both life and sport. Brett with his wife, Hayley, speaks about his life, and the challenges and triumphs that made him.
ISBN 9781742753256
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Kirk, Brett & Kirk, Hayley S
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Bravo Billy
Thirteen year old Billy is passionate about his guitar and his favourite band.
ISBN 9780207198342
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Arena, Felice
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Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare
The Globe Theatre is delighted to announce a new season of Mr. William Shakespeare's plays. See As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. Each play is presented in dramatic comic-strip form, including Mr Shakespeare's own dialogue and the riotous remarks of the audience.
ISBN 9780744582376
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Williams, Marcia
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Breaking dawn
Isabella Swan marries Edward Cullen and honours her commitment to become a vampire. The birth of their child places the Cullen family in great risk from the governing elite. Once again, Bella must look to her best friend, Jacob Black, for an unlikely allegiance which may save the day. Explores the consequences of power, the nature of love and loss, and the self-knowledge that comes from the journey into adulthood.
ISBN 9780316067928
Series Twilight saga (4 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2008
Meyer, Stephanie
No book cover.
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Bridge to Terabithia
Jessie and Leslie are close friends who create a magical world for themselves, until a tragedy happens.
ISBN 9780064401845
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Paterson, Katherine
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Bridge to Wiseman's Cove, A
Karl and his wild young brother are taken in by their aunt, after their mother abandons them.
ISBN 9780702228841
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Moloney, James
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Bridge, The
The city is at war. Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and are hungry to cross the river. Cityside, ISIS is in charge, keeping the hostiles at bay. Nik has spent his life training to join ISIS but, when his college is blown up and his friend kidnapped, he must cross the bridge into hostile territory. Nik and his friends must choose their loyalties in a war that is not as clear as they were brought up to think. Some language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781921758331
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Higgins, Jane
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Bridie's fire
Bridie starts a new life in a new country, a young, orphaned, Irish girl sadly separated from her brother. Working in the theatre on the Australian goldfields is a very hard life. Bridie finds a way to use her talents and meets her true love.
ISBN 9781865087276
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Murray, Kirsty
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Brief candle
Based on the adventures of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte and Emily, and their brother, Branwell. Cooped up inside the bleak parsonage in winter, they write adventures for the heroes of their secret worlds. One day, Emily escapes to the moor and finds a mysterious outcast, Heslington, whose story of lost love intrigues her. She resolves to help him.
ISBN 9780340873700
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Pennington, Kate
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Brief history of Montmaray, A
Sophie, the diarist, is sixteen and lives in a crumbling castle on the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her tomboy sister, her nearly perfect cousin and the completely mad King. She loves it. The war woes of Europe rage about them, sometimes terrifyingly touching their lives, as they struggle to survive. With love interests, humour, suspense and secrets. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9781741663228
Series The Montmaray Journals series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Cooper, Michelle
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Bring back Cerberus
The demand: bring back Cerberus, the new technology that's only whispered about in the furthest reaches of cyberspace. Drawn into the shady world of black-hat hacking and industrial espionage, Dom will need every skill he's learnt to complete this instalment. How can Dom steal something that doesn't exist. Failure is not an option.
ISBN 9781742378596
Series The debt series - NEW SERIES 2014 (3 of 6)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Gwynne, Phillip
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Bringing home the bacons
Roger and his friend, Lucy, tour the clubs as a ventriloquist act and try to win the national quiz show, Pick the Porky.
ISBN 9780733616105
Series Francis Bacon series (3 of 4)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Measday, Stephen
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Brisingr
Unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner. Eragon must now make choices, choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, and involve unimaginable sacrifice.
ISBN 9780375826726
Series Inheritance Cycle (3 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Paolini, Christopher
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Brocky's bananagram
Matt Brock and his friend write a message on a banana which is to be shipped out from his dad's plantation. What a surprise when they receive a reply.
ISBN 9781865045788
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Metzenthen, David
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Broken glass
Brothers, Suresh and Sandeep, end up as street kids in a city far from their home village. They become glass collectors, searching through the rubbish dumps and dirty alleys to find glass to sell in order to survive. But, when Suresh realises his younger brother isn't coping as well as he thought, he must find a way to save Sandeep and himself from a terrible fate.
ISBN 9780747586159
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Grindley, Sally
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Bronte girls, The
A father keeps his family locked in a time warp, away from the 20th century.
ISBN 9780749726928
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 1995
Kilworth, Gary
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Series Brotherband series (3 books)
Flanagan, John
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Brothers' war, The
Melody and Marshall are cousins whose family is torn apart when war is declared between the North and South factions of the Union. Melody's father and uncle both go to war but they enlist on opposing sides. Marshall assists his father by acting as a spy while Melody helps her father. Both sides are presented.
ISBN 9780753409725
Series My side of the story series (4 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Hermes, Patricia
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Brumby Mountain
When Luke brings home a truckload of traumatised brumbies, some with horrific injuries, Jess agrees that something must be done. Jess, Luke and their friends must foil the runners and save the wild mountain horses from their cruel fate.
ISBN 9781742378633
Series Diamond Spirit (5 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Wood, Karen
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Bruno Trask and the dark lady's jewels
In a world where humans live alongside elves, dwarves, werewolves and ogres, Bruno Trask accidentally gets hold of one of the Dark Lady's jewels. He finds himself on the run from the world's most famous, rich and influential Elf. Fast and satirical.
ISBN 9780733614415
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Buddy
Josh appears a typical teenager, resentful of his parents' divorce and dad's new girlfriend. Despite a crippling fear of the water, he learns to swim so that he can take part in the Iron Kid Triathlon, Sensitive treatment of mental retardation.
ISBN 9781869504311
Publisher HarperCollins NZ, 2002
Jones, V M
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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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Bullies, bigmouths and so-called friends
Bullies push you around, bigmouths make sarcastic comments about you and so-called friends tell your secrets. Don't feel like a loser, just build up your defences. This book shows you how.
ISBN 9780340911846
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2006
Alexander, Jenny
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Bumface
While his irresponsible, actress mother lives a jolly life, Angus is literally left holding the babies, his younger siblings. It's a bit much for an eleven year old. Humour masks the adult themes in this story that is suitable for mature readers.
ISBN 9780140387971
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1998
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleitzman, Morris
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Bungawitta
The town of Bungawitta is so dry that the youngest resident, Glory-Alice, has only ever seen rain on television. The residents have to work out how to bring people to the dying town, where the sun always shines.
ISBN 9781862918337
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Rodda, Emily
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Bureau of Mysteries
George Feather lives an uneventful life. That is, until he falls down a chimney and discovers the Bureau of Mysteries, an eccentric group of investigators and codebreakers who live between the floors of a hotel. George is recruited and with his partner, Imp, must follow trails of evidence and try to crack the codes left behind by the suspects. The tricky cryptic clues must be solved in time to save the city.
ISBN 9781742752143
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Harper, H J & Ziersch, Nahum (ill)
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Buried secrets
Fourteen very different stories in this collection cover topics such as x-ray vision, senility and coping with braces.
ISBN 9780091827489
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Harris, Christine
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Burning the bails: the story of the ashes
When Russell witnesses his mother burning wooden bails from a friendly cricket match between Australia and England, little does he know just how important that night becomes in sporting history.
ISBN 9780987313980
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Bell, Krista & Walters, Ainsley (ill)
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Burnt
This book includes three stories, The shortest horror story every written, The monkey's ear and Burnt.
ISBN 9781841213682
Series Horowitz horror series (7 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
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Burnt stick, The
An Aboriginal boy is removed from his mother, despite her desperate efforts to disguise his fair skin by rubbing him with charcoal from a burnt stick.
ISBN 9780140369298
Publisher Penguin, 1996
Hill, Anthony & Sofilas, Mark (ill)
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Bush Christmas, A
It's Christmas in the bush and the sun burns hotly through the gums. Down the road old Rogan comes for a bite of tucker and a beer. Mum's in the kitchen cooking up a turkey and plum pudding. A famous Australian poem revisited.
ISBN 9781742032078
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Dennis, C J & Huxley, Dee (ill)
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Bush tucka, good tucka
An hilarious trip to the supermarket for two Aboriginal kids and their weary Nan to buy bush tucka, sees the children being both cheeky and rambunctiously helpful. Contains bush tucka recipes for banana jelly and fried scones.
ISBN 9780980359367
Publisher Indij Readers, 2007
Brown, Jan & Madden, Robert (ill)
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Bush tucker
Well-organised under clear headings and well-presented information on bush tucker in Australia, what it is and where to find it, with contents, websites, a glossary and ideas for related things to do.
ISBN 9781740702973
Series Australian Library series (13 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2006
Gott, Robert
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Bush tucker and medicine of the Jawoyn
Three women elders share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from Jawoyn county and the people who live there in the Barunga and Wugularr communities.
ISBN 9781740704014
Series Living with the land series (3 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2009
Bennett, Lily; Katherine, Margaret & Ranch, Sybil & Thompson, Liz
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Bush tucker and medicine of the Ndjebbana
Three senior members share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from Maningrida (Arnhem Land) area and the Ndjebbana people who live there.
ISBN 9781740704021
Series Living with the land series (3 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2009
James, Alistair Djalolba; Bawudba, Claire & Mabbindja, Debbie & Thompson, Liz
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Bush tucker and medicine of the Ngaanyatjarra lands
Five women elders share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from the Ngaanyatjarra lands (central western deserts) and the Yarnangu people who live there.
ISBN 9781740704007
Series Living with the land series (3 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2009
Holland, Elizabeth & Watson, Dulcie & Davies, Tjingapa & Holland, Nora
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Bush tucker and medicine of the Nyikina
Two elders share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from Jarlmadangah Burru and the Nyikina people who live there.
ISBN 9781740703994
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2009
Milgin, Annie Nayina & Watson, Dadakar John & Thompson, Liz
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Bushfire rescue
While trying to stop cattle rustlers from stealing a stud bull, an injured Sam is isolated in the mountains during a horrific bushfire. To survive, he must rely on his courage, ingenuity and the help of Chainsaw, a mad old rodeo bull.
ISBN 9780143302209
Series Extreme adventures series (2 of 11)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
D'Ath, Justin
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Bushrangers
Interesting information about some of the more colourful characters in Australia's bushranging history.
ISBN 9781740659789
Publisher Harcourt Education Australia, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Rushby, Pamela
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Bushrangers, heroes, victims or villains
Read about what made people choose to become bushrangers. Readers can decide whether the bushrangers' actions made them victims, villains or heroes.
ISBN 9780731811915
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Bruce, Jill B & Wade, Jan (ill)
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Butterfly heart, The
In Zambia, time is running out as Bul-Boo and Madillo try to work out a way to save their friend, Winifred, from a terrifying fate. In desperation, they ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Some adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781406327922
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Leyden, Paula
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Buzzard breath & brains
The funny and moving sequel to, Swashbuckler. When the principal's prized rose garden is vandalised, Rex and Tony, get the blame. But it is a set-up, and Tony is ""making enquiries"". Rex discovers a dilemma, a new friend and even netball.
ISBN 9780702229565
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 1998
Topics / Australian Author /
Moloney, James
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By heart, 101 poems and how to remember them
An anthology for reciters of poetry.
ISBN 9780140867497
Publisher Faber & Faber, 1997
Hughes, Ted
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By royal command
Lucy works as a serving maid for Dr Dee, court magician and consultant to Queen Elizabeth 1. In return for saving the Queen's life, Lucy is told that she is to work as a spy for Her Grace. When Lucy hears unexplained cries in the house, she suspects Dr Dee of foul deeds to make money and curry favour with the Queen.
ISBN 9780747588856
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2008
Hooper, Mary
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