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49045
Lab, The
Agent Six, the strongest, fastest, most invincible agent in the Deck, is about to live his worst nightmare. Six is the product of an illegal genetic experiment of the Lab's some sixteen years ago. When the Deck begins investigating the Lab, he walks a tightrope between his two worlds. Life spirals out of control and leads to capture, possible torture and revelation.
ISBN 9780330422314
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Heath, Jack
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Lacemaker and the Princess, The
Eleven year old Isabelle is a lacemaker like her mother and grandmother in the town of Versailles. It is the year 1789 and the eve of the French revolution. Isabelle is caught between being the Queen's daughter's companion, amid the luxury of the royal court, and having to earn a living lacemaking to keep her family alive.
ISBN 9781416925958
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2007
Bradley, Kimberley Brubaker
No book cover.
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Lady Friday
Arthur Penhaligon has defeated four of the seven Trustees but his week is getting worse and worse.
ISBN 9781741145892
Series Keys to the kingdom series (5 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Nix, Garth
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Lady Jane Grey: a queen for sale
The story of a Tudor girl doomed from birth by her royal blood. When the King names her family as producers of the next heir to the throne in the absence of any off-spring of his own, Jane, at nine years of age, becomes a political pawn. She is bought to marry a nobleman's son and then traded. Finally, she has no choice but to try to snare the King of England.
ISBN 9781406312553
Series Before they were famous series (4 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Corby, Caroline
No book cover.
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Lady knight
Kel has achieved her ultimate ambition - she is a knight of Tortall. But now she must fulfil a knight's duty and fight for her country against the Scanran invasion.
ISBN 9780439963565
Series Protector of the small series (4 of 4)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2004
Pierce, Tamora
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Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, warrior of the south AD 531
The diary of sixteen year old Lady of Ch'iao Kuo is a remarkable adventure set in Southern China in the sixth century. A born leader, Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, also known as Princess Redbird, is both courageous and keenly intelligent.
ISBN 9780439164832
Series Royal diaries (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Yep, Laurence
No book cover.
16594
Lady of Palenque: flower of Becal, Mesoamerica AD 749
The lady of Palenque is the thirteen year old daughter of King Hanaab Pacal. She embarks on a gripping and pivotal journey to meet her husband-to-be, who is a stranger to her. A keen observer and storyteller, the princess records her own steps into adulthood, as she faces countless obstacles along the way.
ISBN 9780439409711
Series Royal diaries (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Kirwan, Anna
No book cover.
9270
Lady of Shalott, The
This poem inspired many great writers and artists.
ISBN 9780192723710
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1999
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
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Lake at the end of the world, The
Two children are living in a community in an underground cave because The Counsellor has dropped toxic waste on the earth above.
ISBN 9780140379389
Publisher Penguin, 1995
MacDonald, Caroline
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Lake Mungo: our story
The spectacular scenery around Lake Mungo, at Willandra Lakes Region in south-west NSW, is described and its problems such as soil erosion are discussed. Accompanied by beautiful black and white photography.
ISBN 9780980359329
Publisher Indij Readers, 2007
Mitchell, J & McDougall, W
No book cover.
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Lake of Tears, The
Lief, Barda and their unpredictable new companion, Jasmine, are on an urgent mission to find the second stone from the magic Belt of Deltora. Their biggest challenge is the hideous guardian of the enchanted Lake of Tears.
ISBN 9781865042268
Series Deltora Quest series (2 of 8)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Rodda, Emily
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Lake of the lost
Kimmi and Oliver are horrified when their parents make them move to a remote Pacific Island. Kimmi tries to stay out of trouble but trouble finds her.
ISBN 9780734406460
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2004
Jones, Carol
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91022
Lamplighter
Rossamund Bookchild is now a lonely, apprentice lamplighter at Winstermill, half-way through his training. His life is enlivened by the arrival of Threnody, a female wit (a lahzar or monster-hunter) who wants to train as a lamplighter, solely to spite her mother.
ISBN 9781862916883
Series Monster Blood Tattoo series (2 of 3)
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Cornish, D M
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Lampo circus, The
The Lampo Circus has arrived in Drabville! Having seen the last of Lord Aldor, the town is keen to celebrate and enjoy the circus, but the circus is not as it should be and the children of Drabville find themselves in a grim world.
ISBN 9780732286194
Series Strangest adventures series (2 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Adornetto, Alexandra
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Land of dragons, The
Go on a magical journey to discover the secrets of Deltora, land of monsters and magic. A collection of legends of ancient Deltora, including the newly discovered tales of Dorne.
ISBN 9781742831107
Series Deltora Quest series (8 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Rodda, Emily
No book cover.
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Landmarks of Australia
Have a look at many of the landmarks of Australia, the home of some iconic architecture and all things big, including the Big Pineapple. Includes contents, websites, a glossary and ideas for related things to do.
ISBN 9781740702232
Series Australian Library series (6 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2004
Brasch, Nicolas
No book cover.
18477
Lantern, The
Aidan's father goes missing at sea. Aidan lights a lantern every night to help his father home. In the light of the lantern, Aidan sees what has happened in the past and this gives him hope for his father.
ISBN 9780733613005
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Crew, Gary & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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Lara and the gray mare
Life in fourteenth century Ireland is tough for nine year old Lara. She must work hard to support her family but her heart lies with the beautiful grey mare. Looking after the horses is a boy's job. All seems hopeless especially when the mare is stolen.
ISBN 9780142402306
Series Hoofbeats series (1 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Duey, Kathleen
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Lara and the moon-colored filly
Lara vows to take care of a foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly.
ISBN 9780142102312
Series Hoofbeats series (2 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2005
Duey, Kathleen
No book cover.
3529
Last Anzacs: lest we forget, The
The personal stories of the last eighteen surviving veterans of the Gallipoli campaign. Almost ninety years after the commencement of World War I, we still support a march in honour of the ANZACs and respect their spirit.
ISBN 9781920731366
Publisher Intl Specialised Book Services, 2003
Stephens, Tony & Siewat, Steven
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Last battle, The
With Eustace and Jill at his side, the King, the noble unicorn Jewel, and a few remaining loyal subjects must stand against the powers of evil and darkness and fight The Last Battle to decide the future the kingdom.
ISBN 9780064471084
Series Chronicles of Narnia (7 of 7)
Publisher HarperTrophy, 2002
Lewis, C S
No book cover.
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Last day
School has almost finished for another year and Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison are looking forward to the summer holidays. But, first they're going to make sure that the last day of school is an unforgettable one.
ISBN 9781420278279
Series Get real series (10 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
No book cover.
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Last elephant, The
Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. Twelve years from now, rat flu has wiped out almost every animal and bird on the planet. The creatures in the Lost World Circus are the last of their kind. But the Rat Cops are determined to shut down the circus, and Colt and his acrobat friend Birdy might be the only ones who can save it, starting the world's last elephant.
ISBN 9780143307266
Series Lost world circus series - NEW SERIES 2014 (1 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
D'Ath, Justin
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Last flight, The
Alfred is an air observer, flying above the war, taking photos of the enemy lines. But the Germans are also in the sky.
ISBN 9781408191682
Series World War I tales series - NEW SERIES 2014 (2 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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Last innings, The
In the last exciting story of the Legends, Bubba, our favourite character, speaks out. This story is about Mitch aiming to win the Anniversary Legends as well as the Legends Cup.
ISBN 9781876372705
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
17847
Last of the sky pirates, The
Fifty years after the floating city of Sanctaphrax was swept away, the Edgeworld has changed for the worse. Cruel shrykes are in control and slave labour is endemic. When a young apprentice knight-academic, Rook, sets out on a perilous journey through the Deepwoods, he meets a mysterious stranger living with the banderbears and is propelled right into the middle of a dangerous adventure, challenging the dark might of the Guardians of the Night.
ISBN 9780552554268
Series Edge chronicles, The (5 of 11)
Publisher Doubleday, 2002
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
No book cover.
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Last refuge, The
A realistic and harrowing story of children's courage in the face of domestic violence, with a positive outcome.
ISBN 9780733603181
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Bates, Dianne
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Last shot, The
Steve is a brilliant basketball player with a conflict to solve involving family and his achievements.
ISBN 9781862913165
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1997
Topics / Australian Author /
Baillie, Allan
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Laws of magic, The 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 Laws of magic, The series (6 books)
Pryor, Michael
No book cover.
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Laws of magic, The: blaze of glory
Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. Usually, he is also brilliant at magic until he mucks up a spell that nearly kills him. With his best friend, George, Aubrey becomes involved in a dangerous political situation, where the lives of the king, the prince and his own father are threatened.
ISBN 9781864718621
Series Laws of magic, The series (1 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: heart of gold
On his after-exams holiday in neighbouring Lutetia, Aubrey is hoping to bump into Caroline and find a cure for his condition. But, his family and the king all ask him to help them with various tasks, involving him and his friend, George, in magic, mystery and espionage.
ISBN 9781864718638
Series Laws of magic, The series (2 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: hour of need
Instead of clearing his name in Albion, Aubrey is pursuing his enemy, Dr. Mordecai Tremaine, deep into the heart of enemy territory. He uncovers a hideous combination of electrical science, golem manufacturing and soul-shattering magic which will bring the world far closer to the edge of the abyss. Alone, reviled and hunted, this is Aubrey's last chance to save the world. If he doesn't, there might not be a world left to save.
ISBN 9781741663105
Series Laws of magic, The series (6 of 6)
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
No book cover.
30846
Laws of magic, The: moment of truth
The war has finally erupted, sending Albion and the continent into chaos. Aubrey, George and Caroline are brought into a top-secret espionage unit and sent to investigate a mysterious, magical facility on the Gallia-Holmland border. They uncover a factory about to unleash a horror that could soon win the war. The only way to save thousands of lives could cost Aubrey his friends, his family, his reputation and even his life.
ISBN 9781741663099
Series Laws of magic, The series (5 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
No book cover.
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Laws of magic, The: time of trial
After Aubrey narrowly escapes the worst fate he can imagine, he realises he must confront his nemesis. With George and Caroline he travels to Holmland, the home of Dr Tremaine and the heart of hostile territory, only to face magical conundrums, near-death experiences, ghosts, brigands and enemies on their own ground.
ISBN 9781741663082
Series Laws of magic, The series (4 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Laws of magic, The: word of honour
Aubrey and his friend, George, are invited by Aubrey's Prime Minister father on a trip, on a top-secret submersible. The magical attack that cripples the vessel, sending it to the bottom of the sea, is just the start of a series of plots to destroy Albion. Once again, Aubrey's magical skills are tested to the full.
ISBN 9781864718645
Series Laws of magic, The series (3 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Layla, Queen of Hearts
Layla is Griffin's best friend and he is determined to help Layla with her problem. She doesn't have a special person to take to senior citizen's day at school. The search for a suitable person leads to a new friendship.
ISBN 9780733318429
Series Kingdom of silk (2 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Le football
When it comes to soccer tactics, Luke finds it difficult to see any other point of view but his own. But, when he's forced to team up with a rival, he learns that compromise can sometimes lead to success.
ISBN 9781405245258
Series David Beckham Academy series, The (2 of 4)
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2009
The David Beckham Academy staff
No book cover.
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Leaf litter
Leaves, twigs and bark collect on the ground in forests all over the world. We call it leaf litter but it isn't really rubbish at all. Superb, detailed illustrations explore what goes on in a small patch of leaf litter beneath one tree.
ISBN 9780207198229
Publisher Bandicoot Books, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Tonkin, Rachel
No book cover.
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Leah Purcell (Aussie Stars)
A brief biography on Leah Purcell's childhood and rise to become a well-known Australian actor.
ISBN 9781876400385
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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Leaving home
Set in South Africa, orphaned Sam has to leave his affluent life in the city, his computer, his trendy clothing and his pride, to live with his aunt in a village at the back of beyond. He has to sleep on the floor in a one-roomed hut, sharing with his aunt and cousins. Sam must work out where he belongs.
ISBN 9781842707784
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2008
Michael, Jan
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Leaving it to you
A story for more mature readers about the tentative friendship between Linda and old Mrs Pugh in the nursing home.
ISBN 9780207175923
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1992
Topics / Australian Author /
Orr, Wendy
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Lee Raven: boy thief
Lee Raven, boy thief, has stolen something he really didn't mean to. Now he faces a perilous flight through London and the murky sewers below as he tries to escape capture. Lee has stolen the Book of Nebo, a book that has existed for thousands of years and tells every story and legend known to man.
ISBN 9780141383644
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Corder, Zizou
No book cover.
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Legend of Big Red, The
Liam and Barney persuade their parents to let them camp out alone overnight to catch Big Red, the legendary giant cod rumoured to live in Bailey's Swamp. Darkness, strange noises and a thunderstorm test their determination and bravery.
ISBN 9780702235283
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Roy, James & Dale, Rae (ill)
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Legend of Lasseter's Reef, The
The legend of Harold Lasseter who found a fabulous reef of gold in the desert. Lasseter returned with six companions but he could not find the site again. Despite help from nomads he never makes it home.
ISBN 9781876268992
Publisher University of Western Australia Press, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Greenwood, Mark
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Legend of Luke, The
A chance meeting with a hedgehog maid who is visiting Redwall Abbey reveals to Martin, the Warrior, a glimpse of the early life and family he can scarcely remember. He sets forth from the Abbey to seek the truth about the father he barely knew.
ISBN 9780099266051
Series Redwall series (12 of 17)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Jacques, Brian
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Legends (including Anniversary & League of) 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 Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
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Legends of Australia
Well-organised under clear headings and well-presented information on some of Australia's greatest legends including folk heroes and famous animals with contents, websites, a glossary and ideas for related things to do.
ISBN 9781740701211
Series Australian Library series (10 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2003
Brasch, Nicolas
No book cover.
92094
Legends: battles and quests
Some cultures believe there was a time when monsters and dragons roamed the earth and the gods walked among us. A time of blood, swords and furious battles, of legends, heroes, darkness and death, including human sacrifice. Myths and legends from around the world are told in gory and bloody detail.
ISBN 9780330510165
Publisher MacMillan, 2010
Horowitz, Anthony
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Legends: beasts and monsters
In the cold, dead eyes of the Banshee, and the hissing, spitting fangs of the Gorgon, in the fiery breath of the dragon and the razor sharp claws of the Sphinx, there is a thirst for blood and a murderous hunger. But, it is a time of heroes and the teeth and claws of these beasts are no match for their lethal blades.
ISBN 9780330510158
Publisher MacMillan, 2010
Horowitz, Anthony
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Leopard trail
when his family moves to Africa, Tom has mixed emotions until he spots a regal leopard outside his house. He quickly joins his new friends as they try to save the animal from being shot.
ISBN 9780330371483
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1999
Laird, Elizabeth
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Let me whisper you my story
Rachel is German and Jewish. With the outbreak of World War II, her life is changed. The family is forced to move from their comfortable home into cramped housing and, when the Nazis arrive, they don't know what is to become of them. But, Rachel's father gives her instructions that save her life. He also tells her not to speak.
ISBN 9780732288587
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Simons, Moya
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Let the balloon go
John Sumner is a young boy crippled after contracting polio and growing up during World War I. He learns about taking risks and letting go to experience life.
ISBN 9780749703998
Publisher Methuen, 1967
Topics / Australian Author /
Southall, Ivan
No book cover.
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Let's dance
Along with art, music and song, dance is an important part of Indigenous Australian culture. Dance has always been used to tell a story. NAISDA College is a great place to start to learn about Indigenous culture and dance.
ISBN 9781865044941
Series Reconciliation - for older students series (2 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2003
Park, Louise
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Letters to Leonardo
It's Matt's fifteenth birthday and he receives a card from his mother, whom he grew up believing to be dead. Feeling betrayed by both his parents, he begins writing letters to Leonardo da Vinci to help sort out the mess in his head. Through the connections he makes between his own life and that of Leonardo, Matt unravels the mystery and discovers his mother's secrets. Includes complex issues about mental health.
ISBN 9781921150883
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
White, Dee
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Letty and the stranger's lace
Letty and her sister, Lavinia, have arrived in Sydney town in 1841. It's a dangerous place for two girls on their own. When Lavinia gets a job, Letty is left feeling useless and alone. Then, she meets Mary, a strange woman with a secret.
ISBN 9780143305415
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Letty on the land
It's 1841 and if Letty wants to keep her job, she must travel with her mistress to a sheep farm in the Blue Mountains, leaving her sister, Lavinia, behind in Sydney. Letty has heard that the bush is a wild place, full of strange beasts and dangers, not to mention the bushrangers who hide out in it. And, as Letty soon learns, life on the land has plenty of challenges.
ISBN 9780143305422
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
No book cover.
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Letty's Christmas
It's 1841 and Letty must leave her job on the sheep-run because drought has brought hard times. She and the Grey family set out over the Blue Mountains but, when disaster strikes, Letty needs to be much stronger than she could ever have imagined. Letty wonders if she'll ever see Sydney or her sister, Lavinia, again.
ISBN 9780143305439
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lloyd, Alison & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Leviathan
On the cusp of World War 1, Prince Aleksandar flees Austria in a Cyklop Stormwalker, a war machine that walks on two legs. In Britain, Deryn Sharp is training to be an airman, hoping no-one will discover she's a girl. She serves on the Leviathan, a massive biological airship, functioning as a self-contained ecosystem. When the two teens cross paths, the line between enemy and ally is no longer clear. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780143206088
Series The Leviathan trilogy (1 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Westerfeld, Scott & Thompson, Keith (ill)
No book cover.
35263
Lewis & Clark: blazing a trail west
In November 1805, after a perilous trek across North America, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis finally spotted the Pacific Ocean. It was a triumphant, hard-won victory, after risking death by starvation, wild animals, poor weather and hostile Native American tribes.
ISBN 9781402745331
Series Sterling biographies series (16 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Burrows, John & McCloskey, John
No book cover.
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Liar and spy
Georges' having trouble with some boys at school, his dad lost his job and so his mum has started working all the time - and they had to sell their house and move into an apartment. But moving into the apartment block does bring one good thing - Safer, an unusual boy who lives on the top floor. He runs a spy club, and is determined to teach Georges everything he knows.
ISBN 9780385737432
Publisher Text Publishing Co, 2012
Stead, Rebecca
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Liar: the true story of David Mortimore Baxter
David's exaggerations become lies that result in some complicated situations with his teacher and classmates. He almost learns his lesson.
ISBN 9781921167737
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Tayleur, Karen
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Life bytes
A compilation of prize-winning stories from the annual ""Tim Winton Young Writers Competition"".
ISBN 9781863683821
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Evans, Alwyn (ed.)
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Life of a teenage body-snatcher, The
Thomas Timewell is sixteen, living in England in 1828, where body-snatching is rife, cut-throats are about and terrible novelists are absorbing the lives of wealthy women with nothing better to do. Contains some horror and mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143203919
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
MacLeod, Doug
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Lilli and her shadow
Lilli's family is moving from the bush to the city and Lilli is sure she'll be horribly lonely. She'll miss the mangoes, she'll miss her cousins and, most of all, she'll miss her Nan. But, Nan sends a special friend south with Lilli, a secret Shadow to look after her. And, Lilli discovers life in the city isn't so bad after all.
ISBN 9781921696053
Series Waarda series (3 of 4)
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2010
Dudgeon, Pat & Laura & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
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Lily and me
Moses Aaron tells the story of how he met Lily, a cancer patient in the Children's Hospital, and how he told her stories throughout her treatment.
ISBN 9780091830311
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Aaron, Moses
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Lily Quench and the black mountains
Lily Quench goes on a quest to save the endangered, blue lily.
ISBN 9780733617300
Series Lily Quench series (2 of 8)
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2003
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the dragon of Ashby
A family of dragon slayers, the Quenches of Ashby have always been a burning success...until the evil Black Count invades, and the family's fortunes go into a downward spiral.
ISBN 9780733617294
Series Lily Quench series (1 of 8)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the hand of Manuelo
The Black Empire is crumbling and the miners are in revolt. Manuelo, a strange figure, is believed to be responsible. But when a stolen dragonet full of fleeing miners arrives in Ashby Water, Lily Quench has to decide whether Manuelo is friend or foe.
ISBN 9780733616549
Series Lily Quench series (6 of 8)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2004
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the lighthouse of Skellig Mor
At the end of the earth is Skellig Lir, a dreamy, enchanted island that is inhabited by people with strange powers. To get there, Lily Quench and Queen Dragon must brave magic, storms and seas swarming with deadly sea dragons.
ISBN 9780142400593
Series Lily Quench series (4 of 8)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the magicians' pyramid
Lily must save her friend Queen Dragon from the bloodthirsty clutches of the magicians, and she and Queen Dragon must find the secret locations of the Eyes in Time before the magicians find them and imprison them forever.
ISBN 9780733616532
Series Lily Quench series (5 of 8)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the search for king dragon
Gordon the Black Count has finally returned to reclaim the Black Empire. With Queen Dragon and its Chief Quencher away, the fate of Ashby looks grim.
ISBN 9780733616556
Series Lily Quench series (7 of 8)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2004
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the secret of Manuelo
Something strange is happening in the Black Mountains. The Black Empire, now run by evil General Sark, is crumbling and its miners are in revolt. The revolution is rumoured to be led by a Robin Hood like figure, Manuelo, who has previously stolen some of the king's treasure. No one knows who's side he is on so Lily must journey to the Black mines to confront Manuelo.
ISBN 9780141318653
Series Lily Quench series (8 of 8)
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench and the treasure of Mote Ely
Kidnapped and taken back into the past to a crumbling castle in the middle of a creepy marsh, Lily Quench searches for the long lost treasure of Mote Ely, and a way back to her own time.
ISBN 9780733617317
Series Lily Quench series (3 of 8)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2003
Prior, Natalie Jane
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Lily Quench series
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Series Lily Quench series (8 books)
Prior, Natalie Jane
No book cover.
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Lion and the lamb, The
Themes of bullying and prejudice interweave in this story of gentle Hector and two neighbouring boys.
ISBN 9780733616518
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Harlen, Jonathon
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Lion drummer
Lulu dreams that, one day, she will be the lion drummer in the Chinese dragon parade. But, through years of tradition, the drummer has always been a male and Lulu is told that girls cannot learn the drums.
ISBN 9780143303138
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Wang, Gabriella & McLean, Andrew
No book cover.
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Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, The
Four children are evacuated to the country in war-torn England. Playing inside an old wardrobe, they discover a magical land.
ISBN 9780007115617
Series Chronicles of Narnia (1 of 7)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2001
Lewis, C S
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Lionboy
Charlie meets six lions while stowed away on a circus ship bound for Paris on his quest to find his parents. Contains mature themes.
ISBN 9780141317267
Series Lionboy series (1 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Corder, Zizou
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Lionboy 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 Lionboy series (3 books)
Corder, Zizou
No book cover.
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Lionboy: the chase
Charlie Ashanti is on the run with six homesick, beautiful lions. He has promised to help the lions find their way back to the circus but Charlie has his own problems. His parents have been kidnapped and Charlie is being hunted by villains.
ISBN 9780141380537
Series Lionboy series (2 of 3)
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2004
Corder, Zizou
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Lionboy: the truth
Charlie has found his parents, but his old enemies are closing in and hunting the Ashanti family. Contains mature themes.
ISBN 9780141317571
Series Lionboy series (3 of 3)
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Corder, Zizou
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Lioness rampant
Accompanied by the legendary Shang Dragon, Alanna must attempt the impossible - recover the fabled Dominion jewel. And she must work fast. Tortall is in terrible danger. Roger Conte is back.
ISBN 9781862917361
Series Song of the lioness quartet (4 of 5)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2007
Pierce, Tamora
No book cover.
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Lionheart: a journey of the human spirit
The inspirational sailing adventure of Jesse Martin's solo voyage around the world.
ISBN 9781865085708
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Martin, Jesse
No book cover.
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Lirael, daughter of the Clayr
Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr, abandoned by her mother and ignorant of her father's identity. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possible futures, that is the birthright of the Clayr. She must undertake a desperate mission against an ancient evil that blocks the Sight of the Clayr and threatens to break the boundary between Life and Death itself.
ISBN 9781741750195
Series Old kingdom series (2 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Nix, Garth
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Lisdalia
A companion story to Mike, Lisdalia tells her own story which focuses on her Italian family relationships, racism, bullying and rebellion.
ISBN 9780702226670
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Topics / Australian Author /
Caswell, Brian
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Listener, The
When Gavin arrives at his grandmother's house, she is nowhere to be found. Thoughts of the football match he is missing and seeing his mates seem insignificant as he realises that he has to find her and soon. Heavy snow is falling and it is getting dark. A trail of footsteps in the snow provides a vital clue and help comes in an unexpected way.
ISBN 9781408122358
Series Colour graffix (4 books)
Publisher A & C Black, 2010
Laird, Elizabeth & Hazelwood, Pauline (ill)
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Little brother
Vithy is in war-torn Cambodia searching for his only remaining family member, his older brother.
ISBN 9780143301745
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Baillie, Allan
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Little fullas rap at the games
A group of Aboriginal children rap and chant their way through a day at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and learn about their culture from their Elders.
ISBN 9780975686171
Publisher Indij Readers, 2007
Prior, Chasity & McIntosh, Kelli & Hughes, Sharon
No book cover.
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Little Fur: the legend of Little Fur
Little Fur is an elf troll who lives in a secret wilderness at the heart of a great human city. She is a healer of the environment and connected to the earth. One day, Crow tells of humans who are coming to burn the trees. To protect her home and her friends, Little Fur must venture into the dangerous human world.
ISBN 9780143300724
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
Carmody, Isobelle
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Little lower than the angels, A
Gabriel is apprenticed to a stonemason, a cruel master. When the opportunity presents itself, he runs away to join a troupe of travelling mystery players.
ISBN 9780192717801
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1998
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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Little Manfred
Charley and her brother, Alex, are walking their dog, Manfred, on the beach when they meet two old men staring out to sea. They meet by chance and discover how the men are involved in their mother's past and where the name for their dog really came from.
ISBN 9780007339679
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Morpurgo, Michael & Foreman, Michael (ill)
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Little men
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 9780140367133
Series Little women series (3 of 6)
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Alcott, Louisa May
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Little paradise
In Melbourne, in 1943, Mirabel is seventeen. She's leaving school, designing drsses and falling in love. Then, fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered and JJ is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai and travels through great danger to find her true love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780143011477
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Wang, Gabrielle
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Little piece of ground, A
Karim and his seventeen year old brother, Jamal, live with their family in Ramallah, Palestine under Israeli military occupation. During the war, Karim meets Hopper, a teenager living in a refugee situation and, together, they fight to claim a little piece of ground for their sporting matches. Yet, even this is claimed by Israeli tanks and the boys experience a fight for their lives.
ISBN 9780330437431
Publisher MacMillan, 2003
Laird, Elizabeth
No book cover.
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Little prince, The
The whimsical story of an airman's discovery of a very appealing small boy from another planet in the desert. A thought-provoking allegory of the human condition that has become a classic.
ISBN 9781853261589
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
de Sainte-Exupery, Antoine
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Little prince, The
A stunning, graphic adaptation from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic children's book, Le Petit Prince, which tells the whimsical story of an airman's discovery of a very appealing, small boy from another planet. A thought-provoking allegory of the human condition.
ISBN 9781406325447
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Topics / Graphic novels /
Sfar, Joann & Ardizonne, Sarah (trans)
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Little women
The classic story of the four March sisters, growing up in a close, American family during the Civil War. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, the girls' infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures. Through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.
ISBN 9781904633273
Series Little women series (1 of 6)
Publisher CRW Publishing, 2004
Alcott, Louisa May
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Little women series
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Series Little women series (6 books)
Alcott, Louisa May
No book cover.
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Little wooden horse, The
In eighteenth century London, two children, Elizabeth and Tom, are so hungry, they steal a loaf of bread from the bakery. They are caught and transported to Australia aboard a convict ship. Their time on board is harrowing and the voyage is certainly not smooth sailing. By the time they arrive in New South Wales, Tom is ill with fever and his fate unknown.
ISBN 9781921136535
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Wilson, Mark
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Littlest witch, The
Thirteen year old triplets, Gwen, Nel and Rain discover that they are a witch, an elf and a vampire. Their lives take an extraordinary twist as they are thrown into another world in their quest to defeat Driath, the most evil witch of all.
ISBN 9780330423571
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Allars, Martine
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Live action
Sam discovers that the house next to his aunt's place is being used to store action figures from all his favourite premier rugby league teams. Sam's enemy, Vipers' player Vinny Taranto, might be involved. To rescue the struggling premier league club he has bought, Vinny's father is using microchips in the action figures to control the players, via the logos on their new jumpers.
ISBN 9780207200533
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
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Lives of Christopher Chant, The
Christopher's destiny, by virtue of his possession of nine lives, is to be the next Chrestomanci, a position of awesome magical responsibility, but he rebels against it.
ISBN 9780688163655
Publisher HarperCollins US, 1998
Jones, Diana Wynne
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Livewire investigates Aboriginal studies: traditional technologies
Sandra Cahir looks at the type of technology used by Aboriginal people living a traditional lifestyle.
ISBN 9780521526708
Publisher Cambridge University Press, 2002
Cahir, Sandra
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Living with the land series
This series is about living in the environment, with a special focus on the foods and medicines that are an integral part of the survival of indigenous peoples all around Australia. 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 Living with the land series (3 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Lizzie's wish
The story of a young girl in Victorian England who's mother, after her father's death, has remarried a gentleman disliked by Lizzie. She is sent to London to stay with her aunt and uncle during the lead-up to the birth of a sibling.
ISBN 9780746060308
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2004
Geras, Adele
No book cover.
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Load of unicorn, The
Bendy, whose family runs a scrivener's shop, solves the mystery when the master printer, William Caxton, fails to receive the paper shipped to him aboard the cargo ship, Madalena. A classic about the Caxton printing press.
ISBN 9780749746964
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2001
Harnett, Cynthia
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Loaded dog, The
Gold miners Andy, Dave and Jim are sinking a shaft at Stoney Creek. After a hard day's fishing, Andy and Dave decide that it would be easier to blow the fish out of the water...but their young dog becomes curious about their experiment, with explosive results!
ISBN 9781921378508
Topics / Australian Author /
Lawson, Henry & DePierre, Daniel (ill)
No book cover.
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Loamhedge
What secrets lie in the ruins of Loamhedge? When young haremaid Martha Braebuck arrived at Redwall Abbey, she was unable to walk - and no beast knows why.
ISBN 9780141312828
Series Redwall series (16 of 17)
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Jacques, Brian
No book cover.
51865
Lobster boy
Skiff Beaman needs to fix his family's fishing boat but, to do this, he needs money. With his Dad spending his days on the TV couch since his mother died, Skiff decides that fishing for Bluefin tuna is his only solution.
ISBN 9780746090824
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2008
Philbrick, Rodman
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Locket of dreams, The
Sophie falls asleep wearing a locket which belonged to her great-great-great-grandmother and is magically transported to 1858 to learn the truth about Charlotte Mackenzie, how she came to be in Australia and what happened to the family's priceless sapphire.
ISBN 9781741662917
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Murrell, Belinda
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Lockie Leonard 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 Lockie Leonard series (3 books)
Winton, Tim
No book cover.
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Lockie Leonard, human torpedo
When Lockie moves to a coastal town where his dad is the new police officer, he has trouble settling in. Live each agonising, embarrassing adolescent moment as he makes friends and has a torrid love affair with Vickie, prettiest girl in town.
ISBN 9780141307305
Series Lockie Leonard series (1 of 3)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Winton, Tim
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Lockie Leonard, human torpedo: the play
When Lockie moves to a coastal town where his dad is the new police officer, he has trouble settling in. Live each agonising, embarrassing adolescent moment as he makes friends and has a torrid love affair with Vickie, prettiest girl in town.
ISBN 9780868194783
Publisher Currency Press, 1996
Topics / Australian Author /
Gibbs, Paige
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Lockie Leonard, legend
The further adventures of Lockie Leonard as he holds his family together during his mum's illness. Adolescent issues are explored within strong family relationships. Courage, character and humour prevail even when Lockie is sorely tested.
ISBN 9780330360029
Series Lockie Leonard series (3 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1997
Topics / Australian Author /
Winton, Tim
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Lockie Leonard, scumbuster
Lockie, has been dumped by his girlfriend, but his attention focuses on a local environmental disaster. Lockie wonders if he will ever get the adults to take him seriously.
ISBN 9780330274463
Series Lockie Leonard series (2 of 3)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Winton, Tim
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London: everything you ever wanted to know
This is not a guidebook. And it is definitely 'not-for-parents'. It is the real, inside story about one of the world's most famous cities - London. In this book you'll read fascinating tales about famous and infamous people, creepy underground places, dark history and strange characters galore. Check out cool stories about graffiti artists and murdering princes. You'll find royalty, punks and sleuths and some amazingly weird food.
ISBN 9781742204994
Series Not-for-parents (5 books)
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Lamprell, Klay
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Long patrol, The
As Tammo dreams of joining the Long Patrol, the legendary army of fighting hares that serves the Lady Cregga Rose Eyes, the brutal reality of a battle with Damug Warfang's battalion of savage Rapscallions fast approaches.
ISBN 9780441005994
Series Redwall series (10 of 17)
Publisher Ace, 1999
Jacques, Brian
No book cover.
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Long walk to water, A
Based on a true story, this is a dual narrative about the harsh realities of life in Sudan. Nya's story relates to her daily struggle for water and survival. Salva's journey spans 15 years after rebels attack his village and he is forced to flee into the bush to avoid being recruited. He joins hundreds of displaced people heading for a refugee camp in Ethiopia, all the while searching for his family.
ISBN 9780702238703
Publisher Clarion Books, 2012
Park, Linda Sue
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Long walk, The
In 1931, a family's mother falls ill and their only hope is to reach their father working on the Great Ocean Road. The children set off on a long journey, with only a pram filled with their belongings, meeting all types of people on the way.
ISBN 9780733617669
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Greenwood, Kerry
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Long way from Verona, A
Jessica dreams of becoming a writer but the English private school that she attends does nothing to foster her talent.
ISBN 9780349114057
Publisher Time Warner, 2001
Gardam, Jane
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Longest war, The
Told from the perspective of the elder of two daughters, this novel deals with the emotional struggle of an ex-Vietnam War nurse, and the ongoing impact of the war on her family.
ISBN 9780141303246
Publisher Penguin, 1999
Topics / Australians at war /
Antle, Nancy
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Looking for Alibrandi
Josephine, a second generation Australian from an Italian family, seeks to find her way during her HSC year.
ISBN 9780140293500
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Marchetta, Melina
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Looking for Atlantis
A young boy mourning his dead grandfather, a seafaring adventurer, tries to find Atlantis.
ISBN 9780679885474
Publisher Dragonfly Publishing, 1997
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Thompson, Colin
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Loop
Sophisticated, simply well-written short stories that would appeal to both boys and girls dealing with mature themes including life choices, complex relationships and even time travel. Some strong language in context, may offend some readers.
ISBN 9780702235894
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Caswell, Brian
No book cover.
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Lord Brocktree
Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes, and is determined that the fortress should be his.
ISBN 9781862301450
Series Redwall series (13 of 17)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Jacques, Brian
No book cover.
Lord of the rings trilogy
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 Lord of the rings trilogy (3 books)
Tolkien, J R R
No book cover.
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Lord Sunday
Arthur Penhaligon must complete his quest to save the Kingdom he is heir to.
ISBN 9781741145915
Series Keys to the kingdom series (7 of 7)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Nix, Garth
No book cover.
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Loser list, The
Danny Shine is in year seven. He isn't the most popular guy at school but he manages to stay out of trouble. That is, until Danny discover his name is on the Loser List in the girls' bathroom. When he gets caught trying to cross his name off the loser, Danny is sent to detention. He thought he had problems before but detention places him in a whole new world of trouble.
ISBN 9780545240048
Publisher Scholastic US, 2011
Kowitt, H N
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Lost barkscrolls, The
A fantastic addition to the Edge Chronicles series. Four exciting tales include well-known characters from the Edgeworld.
ISBN 9780552555999
Series Edge chronicles, The (11 of 11)
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris (ill)
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Lost castle, The
When Queen Tayesha threatens to conquer all seven kingdoms of Krangor and break the ancient bond between the saur and the land, one young noble vows to stop her. Adalon's promise sets him and his loyal friends, Targesh and Simangee, on a perilous quest. Series is best read in book order.
ISBN 9781741662047
Series Chronicles of Krangor series (1 of 3)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Lost childhood: my life in a Japanese prison camp during WWII
When the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, four year old Annelex Hofstra was taken to a Japanese prison camp. Her carefree, comfortable world was turned upside down. Annelex describes her over three years in the camp, living in fear of punishment, starvation, infection and separation.
ISBN 9781426303210
Publisher National Geographic Society, 2008
Layson, Annelex Hofstra & Viola, Herman J
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Lost hunters, The
Lexi and Al thought they had seen it all - time travel, epic battles, ancient cities on the point of collapse and vomiting rats. But nothing has prepared them for the realisation that their missing grandfather is a word hunter too and has been lost in the past. Only Lexi and Al can save him. But how do you find someone in 3 000 years of history.
ISBN 9780702249587
Series Word hunters series - NEW SERIES 2014 (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Earls, Nick & Whidborne, Terry (ill)
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Lost in a good book
Thursday Next, literary detective and registered dodo owner, hears the disturbing news that her husband of one month drowned thirty-eight years ago. Someone, somewhere, sometime is responsible. To find out, Thursday heads back into fiction, where lost Shakespearian manuscripts, narrative loopholes and woolly mammoth migrations await. Sophisticated writing and humour, some coarse language. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
ISBN 9780142004036
Series Thursday Next (2 of 6)
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Fforde, Jasper
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Lost property
Josh feels lost in his rapidly coming adult world. His family are haunted by the disappearance of his older brother, Michael. Josh's relationship with his girlfreind is full of teenage angst and tension. His holiday job in the lost property department with the philosophical Clive reveals that adult emotions are just as complex. Josh decides he must bring Michael home no matter what. Some strong language used in context.
ISBN 9780670029433
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Moloney, James
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Lost thing, The
An allegory of responsibility, conformity and courageous social isolation told with humour.
ISBN 9780734403889
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Tan, Shaun
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Lost world circus 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 Lost world circus series - NEW SERIES 2014 (4 books)
D'Ath, Justin
No book cover.
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Lottie project, The
Miss Beckworth insists on calling her by her proper name, Charlotte, and makes her sit next to Jamie Edwards, the most stuck-up, boring boy in the class. Now they have to do a project on Victorian times. Charlie learns a lot about friendship, teachers and how lucky she is not to be living in Victorian times.
ISBN 9780440868538
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Wilson, Jacqueline & Sharratt, Nick (ill)
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Louis beside himself
When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air. Louis Beside Himself is a hilarious and companionable story about losing your words, finding your courage and arm-wrestling your way out of big trouble.
ISBN 9781742379944
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Fienberg, Anna
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Love him to death
When Poppy and Graham are whisked off to a Greek island to watch musician Bill Strummer marry in the celebrity wedding of the year, they are expecting sun, sea and a hint of scandal. But, things begin to turn sour when Bill's distressed, former wife turns up, claiming that he still loves her. Then, wedding guests start to die of supposedly natural causes, and Poppy and Graham are forced to investigate.
ISBN 9781406328653
Series Poppy Fields (9 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Landman, Tanya
No book cover.
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Love me, love me not
This is a collection of short stories about the ups and downs of adolescence.
ISBN 9780140368208
Publisher Penguin, 1995
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleeson, Libby
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Love that dog
Narrative poem about an endearingly unassuming, straight-talking boy who discovers the powers and pleasures of the poems studied at school with his teacher, Ms Stretchberry. He creates a poem about his new dog and writes to one of the poets.
ISBN 9780747556169
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2001
Creech, Sharon
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Love, Aubrey
After her father and younger sister die in a car accident, Aubrey's mother can't cope and abandons her. Aubrey goes to live with her grandmother in Vermont and finds solace in gran's love. When her mother reappears, Aubrey must decide whether to return home or stay. Highly emotive, requiring a mature reader. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780141327129
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2009
LaFleur, Suzanne
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Loving Richard Feynman
Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Catherine is a science-loving, fifteen year old, just trying to survive school. When Catherine's father gives her a photo of the gifted scientist, she develops a crush on him. Eventually, Catherine has to deal with betrayal by both her father and her idol. Some teenage drinking and strong language, used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780702237256
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Tangey, Penny
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Lucien
Young Lucien, the little boy Silvermay raised as her own, must be freed of his magic. It's not just for his sake, as Lucien might destroy the whole kingdom.
ISBN 9780732292058
Series Silvermay trilogy - NEW SERIES 2014 (3 of 3)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Moloney, James
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Lucinda's secret
The Grace children enter the world of faeries and explore the Spiderwick estate and surrounding areas. The boggart is making life difficult for Jared, but the whole family is in grave danger if they remain at Spiderwick.
ISBN 9780689859380
Series Spiderwick chronicles, The (3 of 5)
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2003
Black, Holly & Di Terlizzi, Tony (ill)
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Luck of the buttons, The
Twelve year old Tugs Button lives in a small town in USA in 1929. Her eccentric family hasn't known much luck over the years and Tugs vows to turn that around, When she befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a new camera and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve, things begin to change. It just may be that being a Button is precisely what one funny, spirited, and observant young heroine decides to make of it.
ISBN 9780763650667
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2011
Ylvisaker, Anne
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Lucy in the leap year
Lucy's whole world is her home and her father and their life together.
ISBN 9781862912458
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1994
Topics / Australian Author /
Wheatley, Nadia & Searle, Ken (ill)
No book cover.
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Lucy the good
Lucy van Loon knows she's a good girl. She wonders why she's always sitting on the Time Out chair. After all, she had a good reason for tipping Jacinta's pencils all over the floor and for shrieking when her grumpy aunt called her a greedy liar. Her aunt has brought something from Holland that Lucy wishes she'd never seen. Now, she has to figure out how to avoid it, and fast. It's time to prove she really is Lucy the Good.
ISBN 9781741662955
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Musgrove, Marianne & Orsini, Cheryl (ill)
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Lucy the lie detector
Lucy is off on her adventures again, with friends, enemies and lots of accidents and Funniest Home Video moments.
ISBN 9781741664553
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Musgrove, Marianne & Orsini, Cheryl (ill)
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Lucy Zeezou's glamour game
Not all is froth and bubble in Lucy's celebrity world. Her parents are on the verge of breaking up over some earth-shattering rumours and Lucy must come to terms with their fallibility and her own. Lucy juggles the cat walk, the soccer pitch, the high life and the good life as she learns the value of relationships.
ISBN 9781864719734
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Deep-Jones, Liz
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Lucy Zeezou's goal
Lucy appears to have everything, looks, brains, her parents are an international sports star and owners of a successful fashion label. All they want is for her to be a top fashion model, even more successful than her mother. But Lucy has the soccer gene and all she wants is to be as successful as her father who plays for Milan.
ISBN 9781741662771
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Deep-Jones, Liz
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Luke's way of looking
All the boys in Luke's art class see things the same way, except for Luke. When Luke visits an art gallery, he sees some amazing paintings and, whoever created them, sees things just the way Luke does. Luke feels as though he fits in.
ISBN 9780733614378
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Wheatley, Nadia & Ottley, Matt
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Lulu Baker trilogy
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 Lulu Baker trilogy (3 books)
Dunbar, Fiona
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Lure of gold
A history of the discovery of gold in Australia, detailing significant events, the gold rushesa and modern and old mining methods.
ISBN 9781863919722
Series Australian Library series (21 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2000
Sedunary, Anthony
No book cover.
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Lurkers, The
A disturbing tale of strange and dangerous beings beyond the physical world. When fourteen year old Verity sees a weird, semi-visible figure, her brother tells her it is a harmless Lurker. But Lurkers feed on human imagination and this one is using her brother to become more solid and independent. Verity must fight to save her brother's mind.
ISBN 9780746070659
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2006
Butler, Charles
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Lyddie
Lyddie is a survivor of hard times in a nineteenth century American cotton mill.
ISBN 9780140373899
Publisher Puffin USA, 1995
Paterson, Katherine
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Lying carpet, The
In an unused living room in a large house, there is a tiger rug on the floor, a statue of a little girl on the window sill and an armchair. The tiger cannot see anything except the skirting board and the chair can only look at the opposite wall. When the statue comes to life, the conversation that ensues is highly individual.
ISBN 9781842704417
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2008
Lucas, David
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