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Jacob have I loved
Louise is overshadowed by her talented twin, Caroline, and she has to struggle with her own identity throughout her life.
ISBN 9780064403689
Publisher HarperTrophy, 2003
Paterson, Katherine
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Jacob's ladder
Jacob wakes up in a field unable to remember anything but his name. Why is he there, how can he get home? An intriguing story, raising issues about life after death, hopes and dreams.
ISBN 9781843627210
Publisher Orchard Books, 2006
Keaney, Brian
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Jacques Cousteau: life under the sea
To show off the beauty below the waves, pioneering oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, developed new diving technology and innovative ways to photograph underwater life. His films opened our eyes to an unknown and spectacular marine universe and enlightened us about the complexity of the oceans' ecology, and the need to preserve it.
ISBN 9781402744402
Series Sterling biographies series (5 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Topics / Environment /
Olmstead, Kathleen
No book cover.
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Jaguar warrior
Atl has been a Temple slave for six years but now he is imprisoned in a box, waiting to be sacrificed to the Serpent-Sun god. When the Spanish lords attack the temple, Ichtaca releases Atl to run to the next town to ask for help. Now he is free, Atl must decide whether to deliver the message or save himself.
ISBN 9781921529290
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Fussell, Sandy
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Jahanara: princess of princesses, India 1627
Jahanara, favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and the most beloved of his four wives, writes about family jealousies, court intrigues, and war strategies, as well as the extravagant lifestyle of her royal family.
ISBN 9780439223508
Series Royal diaries (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Lasky, Kathryn
No book cover.
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Jake and Lily
A story told from two points of view: Jake, then Lily, telling two sides to similar events. They know that together they are a powerful force, but that they have to learn how to stand alone as well.
ISBN 9780060281359
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Spinelli, Jerry
No book cover.
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Jake's orphan
Young orphan, Tree, fervently wishes to set up a home for himself and his brother away from the orphanage in this story about identity, belonging and the transfiguring power of love.
ISBN 9780743427036
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2001
Brooke, Peggy
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Jameela
Jameela lives with her family in a war-torn village in Afghanistan. Life is hard but when her mother dies and her father remarries, Jameela has to face a greater horror. To survive she draws on the strong sense of self that her mother gave her. Based on the story of an actual devout Muslim girl and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
ISBN 9781742372594
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Khan, Rukhsana
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Jamil's shadow
A young, orphaned boy keeps to himself, tending his herd of cattle and remaining apart from others in his small Turkish village. When a stray dog follows him home, Jamil finds that he can't get rid of it. A challenging read.
ISBN 9780141312101
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Harris, Christine
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Jandamarra
Set in the Kimberley region in north-west Australia, this is the story of a young warrior born to lead. To the settlers, he was an outlaw to be hunted. To the Bunuba, he was a courageous defender of his country. This story of conflict and divided loyalties gives a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a tragic but important part of Australia's history.
ISBN 9781742375700
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Greenwood, Mark & Denton, Terry (ill)
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Jane Eyre
Only nine when she is orphaned and sent to live with an unloving aunt, Jane spends miserable, lonely years at boarding school before becoming a governess in the home of a mysterious man. A classic story.
ISBN 9780140439304
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Bronte, Charlotte
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Japanese samurai, The
Find out about the famous samurai battles in Japan, samurai swords, the Bushido code and the decline of the ancient samurai. Lots of fascinating snippets of information and explanations of foreign or ancient words.
ISBN 9781420267884
Series Ancient and Medieval people series (6 books)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Park, Louise & Love, Timothy
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Jarvis 24
We first meet Marc Jarvis and his best mate, Travis, as stereotypical sports-playing, girl-ogling sixteen year olds. As the book unfolds, we see beyond the exterior as Marc makes sense of his feelings and attitudes. His views about people, loyalty, friendship, love and its loss are challenged.
ISBN 9780143010043
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Metzenthen, David
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Jason and the golden fleece
The epic story of Jason's quest for the golden fleece is retold for junior readers. Each short chapter adds another part to this riveting tale.
ISBN 9781845070618
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2005
Riordan, James & Cockcroft, Jason (ill)
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Jasper Zammit 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 Jasper Zammit series (3 books)
Abela, Deborah & Warren, Johnny
No book cover.
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Jatta
Jatta is a princess in the kingdom of Alteeda but her life is no fairytale. When Jatta was three, her mother was slain by werewolves and, now, at furteen, she has discovered that the werewolves left their curse on her and she will transform into a wolf on the full moon. With her brother, she bravely resists a dark lord and grows in confidence, resourcefulness and bravery to overcome the evil.
ISBN 9781741693126
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Hale, Jenny
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Jenny Angel
An emotionally-charged story about a young girl's courageous stand to save her dying brother with love, and the uncertainty and beauty of life.
ISBN 9780140545258
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret & Spudvilas, Anne
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Jeremy Jeremiah
This is a time-slip story of friendship and of Australia's early gold-mining days. Jeremy makes contact with a boy who lived in Jeremy's house a hundred years before.
ISBN 9781863738606
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Barron, Antonia
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Jewel fish of Karnak, The
In ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are given a task by Cat Pharaoh, to travel along the Nile to retrieve the previous jewel fish from Crocodile Prince. Contains hieroglyphics and a jewel puzzle.
ISBN 9780670074679
Publisher Penguin, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Base, Graeme
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Jinxed
When Jinx accidentally smashes her next door neighbour's python tank with a misplaced totem tennis ball and is expected to replace it, she needs to make some cash fast. No slow and steady job for Jinx, but all her get rich quick schemes are going awry.
ISBN 9781921150593
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
McDougall, Jill
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Jirrbal: rainforest Dreamtime stories
Aboriginal dreaming stories of the Jirrbal people. Contains factual narratives about the author's life and the rainforests of North Queensland. Traditional language words of the Jirrbal people are included.
ISBN 9781875641062
Publisher Magabala Books, 2001
Barlow, Maisie (Yarrcali) & Anning, Michael (Boiyool) (ill)
No book cover.
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Jo's boys
The adventures of the boys from the school and more of the story of the March family, set at Plumfield School, run by Jo and her husband on the lines of her husband's theories of education.
ISBN 9780140367140
Series Little women series (4 of 6)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1996
Alcott, Louisa May
No book cover.
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Joan of Arc: heavenly warrior
Joan of Arc's courage, eloquence and martyrdom make her an enduring inspiration. Find out about her childhood in war-torn France and how she helped a king win his rightful crown. She fell into British hands and suffered an unjust trial for heresy but, eventually, her reputation was gloriously and posthumously restored.
ISBN 9781402756627
Series Sterling biographies series (29 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2009
Yeatts, Tabatha
No book cover.
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Joan of Arc: the story of Jehanne Darc
Through a mixture of narrative and historical sources, the extraordinary life of Joan of Arc is detailed from her childhood in the small village of Doremy to her eventual burning at the stake, at the tender age of 18. The story follows Joan's quest to have the Dauphin crowned as the true King of France and the English invaders defeated.
ISBN 9781921167003
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Wilkinson, Lili
No book cover.
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Jodie
Best friends Jodie, Rania and Deyana can't believe what they have found in the school library - a mysterious book that writes itself, just for them. Jodie's life is difficult enough - her father is in a new relationship and she's trying to get used to having a stepsister. The advice the book is giving her is so confusing. Who is the ghostly writer and what does she want.
ISBN 9781742990101
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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Joel Billings series - NEW SERIES 2014
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Joel Billings series - NEW SERIES 2014 (3 books)
Hawke, Rosanne
No book cover.
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John F Kennedy: voice of hope
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the youngest man ever to be elected President of the United States. Youthful, charming and articulate, he symbolised hope and optimism in a time of turmoil. His presidency lasted less than three years, due to an assassin's bullet which killed him.
ISBN 9781402732324
Series Sterling biographies series (14 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2007
Hodge, Marie
No book cover.
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John Lennon: voice of a generation
John Lennon found fame as the Beatles' lead singer, the most popular band in history. They dominated the record charts between 1963 and 1970. He promoted world peace and freedom, and challenged people to hope for a better world.
ISBN 9780750239486
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Gogerly, Liz
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Joke trap, The
Jesse's dad makes terrible jokes. Ben's dad sings all the wrong lyrics to songs. The embarrassment is ruining their social life. The kids hope to cure their dads with a taste of their own medicine but they're not sure dads will ever stop doing THAT joke.
ISBN 9780733320552
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Glover, Richard & Gordon, Gus (ill)
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Joke's on Selby, The
Join Selby and Gary Gaggs, Bogusville's craziest comedian, in a gathering of giggles and gut-busting gags. Watch Gary tackle life on a leaky boat with a bad history and chuckle as he gets involved in a film romance with a difference. Selby must discover who the phantom gagsteris who keeps stealing all of Gary's punchlines.
ISBN 9780732288624
Series Selby series (20 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Ball, Duncan
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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
Abridged retelling of Gulliver's imaginative and wickedly funny voyages to unusual lands. This edition of the classic has detailed, historical information and beautiful illustrations. Occasional distasteful themes are true to the original text. Also see Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift, PRC ID 36630.
ISBN 9781406301748
Publisher Walker Books, 2006
Jenkins, Martin & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Joseph
An attractive version of the old testament story about Joseph.
ISBN 9781864481709
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Fienberg, Anna & Gamble, Kim (ill)
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Josh
Josh, a poet, visits his great aunt for a week in a rural town and has to endure some strange treatment.
ISBN 9780702235634
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Southall, Ivan
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Josie and the Michael Street kids
When Josie moves house with her Mum, she is a million miles away from her best friend, the beach and everything. But, when Josie finds a secret treasure map, her world in Michael Street becomes exciting.
ISBN 9780143303442
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Russon, Penni
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Josie under fire
Josie's stays in London during the terrible bombing attacks of 1941, while her mother nurses her ailing grandmother. Josie struggles with her own feelings of inadequacy and her brother's very unpopular decision not to go to war.
ISBN 9780746060322
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2004
Turnbull, Ann
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Journey from the centre of the earth
The story of a duck that was left behind at the centre of the earth and his friendship with a strange mushroom creature. A deeply philosophical book that deals with the eternal question, why.
ISBN 9780734403766
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Carmody, Isobelle & McBride, Marc (ill)
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Journey to Eureka, A
Llewelyn Jones is a twelve year old boy who journeys to Australia to find his convict mother and uncle. He ends up on the goldfields at the time of The Eureka Stockade. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780733617676
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Greenwood, Kerry
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Journey to Jamestown
Elias, an apprentice barber-surgeon, sets sail for Jamestown Colony. There, he meets a Pamunkee Indian girl training to be a medicine woman and dream reader. They forge a friendship, sharing their medical knowledge, regardless of the war around them.
ISBN 9780753457962
Series My side of the story series (2 of 6)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Ruby, Lois
No book cover.
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Journey to the centre of the earth
An ancient book is opened by the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his life, and that of his nephew, Axel, is changed for ever. An old piece of paper has tumbled from the book, a priceless parchment that will lead them on a terrifying journey to find what lies at the centre of the Earth.
ISBN 9780141321042
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008
Verne, Jules
No book cover.
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Journey to the River Sea
Miss Minton and Maia are sailing to the city of Manaus, a thousand miles up the mighty Amazon river. Maia, a lonely orphan, is excited to be starting a new life with relatives she's never met. Mysterious Miss Minton has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. But years of living in the jungle have sent Maia's uncle and aunt slightly mad and their twin daughters are definitely not like normal children.
ISBN 9780330397155
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2001
Ibbotson, Eva
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Joyous and Moonbeam
Ashleigh is fifteen and her life makes her angry. Through a school project she meets Joyous, whose positive take on life helps to teach her to 'work things round a little'.
ISBN 9781862919877
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Yaxley, Richard
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Judas donkey, The
Francesca desperately wants a horse of her own. When her grandpa brings home the Judas donkey, Francesca is less than impressed. But, Judy is not an ordinary donkey.
ISBN 9781920731182
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Broome, Errol & Thompson, Sharon (ill)
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Julie of the wolves
An Inuit girl runs away to regain her traditional Eskimo culture and becomes lost on the frozen Arctic tundra. Only the wolves can help her. Julie's survival depends on the leader of the pack.
ISBN 9780060540951
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2003
George, Jean Craighead
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Julius Caesar
A soothsayer warns Julius Caesar but Caesar, grown arrogant on military victory, assumes the people will acclaim his dictatorship. Staunch republicans, Brutus and Cassius, conspire to assassinate him. Civil war follows, as Antony and Ocatavius seek revenge. Graphic novel illustrated by Mustashrik.
ISBN 9780955285653
Series Manga Shakespeare series (7 of 9)
Publisher SelfMadeHero, 2008
Topics / Graphic novels /
Shakespeare, William & Appignanesi, Richard (adapt)
No book cover.
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Julius Caesar: the curse of the gods
When young Julius Caesar fall mysteriously ill, his mother is convinced he's been cursed by the gods. But, when civil war engulfs Ancient Rome, Caesar seizes the opportunity to prove her wrong and fulfil his destiny as leader of the mightiest empire the world has ever known.
ISBN 9781406312546
Series Before they were famous series (6 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Corby, Caroline
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Jumpman rule 1: don't touch anything
The hilarious adventures of Theodore, a time jumper from the year fifteen billion and seventy three. He has hair that changes colour and a coat that talks to him, informing him of important details like the weather and what he should be eating.
ISBN 9781740517898
Series Jumpman series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Valentine, James
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Jumpman rule 2: don't even think about it
Jules and Gen are saying goodnight after their first date when they are rudely interrupted by Franklin who is time jumping into their lives and insisting they come with him to the year 15000000000073. Gen and Jules must help him save the world.
ISBN 9780759320901
Series Jumpman series (2 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Valentine, James
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Jumpman rule 3: see rule one
Jules and Gen find their life turned upside down as they are yet again caught up in time jumping mysteries. They want to know why Quincy Carter I is trying to change history and stop them living normal lives.
ISBN 9781740519014
Series Jumpman series (3 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Valentine, James
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Jumpman 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 Jumpman series (3 books)
Valentine, James
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Jungle
Find out about the remarkable, colourful plants and animals of the world's jungles. See the beautiful but poisonous passionflower, the rare golden lion tamarin, the red howler monkey and a kangaroo climbing a tree. Learn about the peoples of the rainforest and discover what is being done to protect these valuable ecosystems.
ISBN 9781405342292
Series Eyewitness series (30 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2009
Topics / Environment /
Greenaway, Theresa & Dann, Geoff (phot)
No book cover.
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Jungle book, The
In this classic story, Mowgli, the human child lost in the jungle, escapes the vicious jaws of the growling tiger, Shere Khan, and is adopted by Father Wolf and the pack. Lovable old Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther teach Mowgli the law of the jungle and his extraordinary adventures begin.
ISBN 9781853261190
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Kipling, Rudyard
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Juno of Taris
Juno lives in an enclosed society, a scientific experiment, struggling to survive by clinging to conventions and rules for the common good. Juno yearns for knowledge and freedom, bringing her unfavourable attention and death threats. Duplicitous and political intrigue surround her. A sensitive and rich story that explores the human condition, our wants and needs. Some strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781741662979
Series Juno of Taris series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Beale, Fleur
No book cover.
Juno of Taris 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 Juno of Taris series (3 books)
Beale, Fleur
No book cover.
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Jupiter
Fascinating facts about the planet, Jupiter, and the solar system. Includes photographs, a glossary and websites links.
ISBN 9781420211887
Series New Solar System, The (5 of 12)
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Birch, Robin
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Just a dog
Mr Mosely isn't a purebred dog but he's just the dog that Corey and his family want. He is loyal, protective and loving. And, he is much more than that. He might well be the one thing that holds them all together.
ISBN 9781862918870
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2010
Bauer, Michael Gerard
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Just a girl
Determined, passionate and privileged, Elizabeth was born into a world where she felt she didn't belong and had to fight to survive. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed by her father, Henry VIII. Elizabeth competed with her two half-siblings for love, and the British throne as Queen Elizabeth 1. In the gilded corridors of the royal palace, enemies she couldn't see, and those bound to her by blood, plotted to destroy her.
ISBN 9780702238802
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Caro, Jane
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Just annoying
Nine short stories which provide an insane mixture of ways to be annoying and of things that are annoying.
ISBN 9780330360784
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1998
Griffiths, Andy & Denton, Terry (ill)
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Just another day
In another disastrous day at Average Primary School, fifth class horrors, Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison, have ended up on detention. Things start looking up when Harry and Jesse notice a space ship perched in the top of the tallest tree in Average Park. The aliens on board are able to be just as much trouble as our two heroes.
ISBN 9781420276886
Series Get real series (4 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
No book cover.
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Just Henry
Set in post-war Britain in 1949, fourteen year old Henry has no friends and misses his war-hero father. He resents his stepfather and stepsister, and escapes by going to the cinema, his passion. When Henry develops an old camera film, he uncovers a mystery and events spiral until Henry's life resembles the drama of the big screen.
ISBN 9781405227575
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2008
Magorian, Michelle
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Just Macbeth
When Andy, Danny and Lisa are transported, with the help of a little Wizz Fizz, to eleventh century Scotland, they realise it's more than just time travel. Everyone thinks they are characters from the Shakespeare play, Macbeth, and Andy discovers he is married to the most beautiful girl in the world. But, trouble arises when Andy kills his wife, his best friend and many kittens, puppies and ponies.
ISBN 9780330425346
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Griffiths, Andy & Denton, Terry (ill)
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Just one wish
Penny has moved to Australia from China and her English is very limited. She misses her friends and her cousin is determined to make her life miserable at their school. When Penny's grandmother gives her a magic Chinese pouch, Penny has just one wish to make things right.
ISBN 9780143304463
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2009
Rippin, Sally
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Just so stories
Distant lands, the beautiful gardens of splendid palaces, the sea, the jungle and its beasts, even the desert, are the exotic settings for classic stories that deal with the origins of things in the animal world, such as how the elephant got his trunk.
ISBN 9780141183626
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2001
Kipling, Rudyard
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Just soldiers
Stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things during the Great War, 1914-1918. In 1914, Australia had a population of fewer than 5 million, yet 300,000 from all walks of life volunteered to fight. Through these stories, based on fact, the author has endeavoured to capture the essence of those who served Australia. As in life, not all were heroes.
ISBN 9780958162548
Publisher ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee QLD Incorporated, 2004
Kelly, Darryl
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