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

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15354

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Naked bunyip dancing
Funny and, sometimes, poignant verse novel about the kids in class 6C. They get a new male teacher, a pony-tailed hippy, who helps them put on an end of year concert.
ISBN 9781741146554
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Herrick, Steven
No book cover.
42995
Name of this book is secret, The
Two eccentric classmates deduce a range of cryptic clues from a magician's notebook which allow them to solve a kidnapping and set to rest a story of displacement.
ISBN 9781741754315
Series Secret series (1 of 2)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Bosch, Pseudonymous
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Naming of Tishkin Silk, The
Griffin Silk lives in a loving home with his father, many colourful sisters and his grandmother, Nell. Until now, all the children have had home schooling but, because his mother has gone away, as has his baby sister, Griffin must attend the local school. Griffin finds school challenging until he meets Princess Layla, who helps him discover the courage to share his secret.
ISBN 9780733313141
Series Kingdom of silk (1 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
No book cover.
6881

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Nanberry: black brother white
In 1789, the new colony in Sydney is established. Nanberry is an Aboriginal boy who is raised by Surgeon John White and witnesses the struggles of the colonists to survive in the wilderness. Follow Nanberry and his white brother as they make their way in the world, as well as the young convict woman who becomes a lady in her own right.
ISBN 9780732290221
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2011
French, Jackie
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Nancy Wake
In the 1930s, Australian Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. After witnessing an horrific scene of Nazi violence, Nancy decided to help rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy's high-society life in Marseille. A compelling story. Coarse language may offend some readers.
ISBN 9780732274566
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
FitzSimons, Peter
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Nargun and the stars, The
Simon lives with his cousins in Australia. He sees a star-like creature that moves at night and becomes involved in a life and death struggle.
ISBN 9780140307801
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1988
Topics / Australian Author /
Wrightson, Patricia
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9356
Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia is an internationally renowned singer and songwriter, who has won many music industry awards.
ISBN 9781863919371
Publisher Reed Library, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Gott, Robert
No book cover.
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Nathan Nuttboard family matters
The arrival of a little known grandfather from Scotland makes life miserable for the Nuttboard family. Fergus McCrane is self-centred, overbearing and rude. Nathan is forced to give up his bedroom and share with his sister, Nadine, and Fergus dobs Narelle in for being at a pub instead of studying. Mum also doesn't get on with her father who has never forgiven Dad for marrying his daughter and taking her to Australia.
ISBN 9780702235474
Series Nathan Nuttboard series (2 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Eaton, Anthony
No book cover.
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Nathan Nuttboard hits the beach
Nathan is eleven years old with two sisters, one older and one younger. When the family goes camping, Paradise Bay doesn't quite fit its name. Nathan's father can't seem to catch any fish, the tent isn't up properly, the gas stove doesn't have a pipe and Nathan and his sister get swept out to sea. Depsite all this, Nathan learns how to surf, explores new relationships and learns to maintain often-difficult family relationships.
ISBN 9780702233401
Series Nathan Nuttboard series (1 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Eaton, Anthony
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Nathan Nuttboard series
A funny, heart-warming and honest look at school, family, friends and the things that really matter. 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 Nathan Nuttboard series (3 books)
Eaton, Anthony
No book cover.
76043

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Nathan Nuttboard upstaged
Grade seven is not going well for Nathan Nuttboard. His mother is filling his sandwiches with pet food, his friends are crazy, his teacher is full of 'interesting' ideas and, when he is publicly dumped by the most popular girl in the class, he reckons things can't get any worse. But then, he's unexpectedly and unwillingly cast as the lead actor in the school's end of year play.
ISBN 9780702236655
Series Nathan Nuttboard series (3 of 3)
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Eaton, Anthony
No book cover.
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Nation
Mau is the sole survivor of a primitive tribe, wiped out by a terrible natural disaster. He is young but brave and visionary, in this upside-down and dangerous world. He gathers around him, and defends, a strange group, including a feisty young girl and a foul-mouthed parrot. Strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
ISBN 9780552557795
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Pratchett, Terry
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Nation of swaggies & diggers: 1880-1920, A
Scabs, swaggies, battling politicians, doddering generals, sheep stealers and heroic diggers played their part in Australia's history from 1880 - 1920. Life in Australia was relatively comfortable for some, but drought drove many out on the roads, and bad times made politicians dream of forming one nation. Then, a far-off war and its aftermath brought even greater changes than the discovery of gold.
ISBN 9781741693171
Series Fair dinkum series (5 of 8)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
No book cover.
Natural disasters
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 Natural disasters (6 books)
Park, Louise
No book cover.
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Nature explorer
Become an expert nature explorer with fifty easy-to-do activities, which can be done in the park, the garden or at home. From studying bird behaviour to growing crystals, you will discover lots about bugs, birds, rocks, fossils and many other wonders of nature.
ISBN 9781405354042
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2010
Topics / Environment /
Burnie, D & Morgan, B & Walker, R & Woodward, J
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Nature of the beast, The
A community in Yorkshire, England, devastated by unemployment, has another problem to contend with. An unknown beast is roaming the moors.
ISBN 9780744543506
Publisher Walker Books, 1996
Howker, Janni
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Nature's look-alikes
Take a look at some pairs of animals that appear alike but are really very different. Find out how wasps differ from bees, and the difference between alligators and crocodiles. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865048727
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Ramsden, Julie
No book cover.
Navigators 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 Navigators series (16 books)
Various
No book cover.
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Navigators: Ancient Egypt
Travel back in time to the centre of a mighty civilisation that still fascinates the world. Find out more about the Egyptians - pharaohs and priests, farmers and scribes - the royal intrigues, religious beliefs and day-to-day dramas of life in ancient Egypt. Take a tour of a splendid palace, a bustling river port, an embalmer's chamber and the awesome Great Pyramid.
ISBN 9780753464298
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2010
Smith, Miranda
No book cover.
11159

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Navigators: Ancient Greece
ISBN 9780753465790
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Steele, Philip
No book cover.
10953

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Navigators: Ancient Rome
ISBN 9780753462881
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2009
Steele, Philip
No book cover.
4524

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Navigators: Animals
Get up close and personal with all creatures of the animal kingdom. Fly high on an airborne hunt with an osprey, watch an anteater's tongue catch termites in their nest and dive in the deep ocean with a lantern fish.
ISBN 9780753467466
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2012
Smith, Miranda & Bull, Peter (ill)
No book cover.
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Navigators: Dinosaurs
Journey around the world, delving through layers of fossil evidence to uncover the secrets of prehistoric life. Step back in time and unearth some of the most awesome dinosaur specimens yet discovered. Find out about fierce fighting dinosaurs and horned dinosaurs, and discover how dinosaur hunters build pictures of the lives of these amazing beasts.
ISBN 9780753464144
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2010
Burnie, David
No book cover.
3070

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Navigators: Extreme weather
Discover just how exciting and dangerous life on planet Earth can be. From the awesome power of the Sun as the driver of the Earth's atmosphere, to the eye of a developing storm, and how weather plays a role in tough and difficult jobs like an air-sea rescue mission and life at a polar research station.
ISBN 9780753465783
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Hynes, Margaret
No book cover.
10024

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Navigators: Human body
Travel from head to toe, and all the parts in between, in this visually spectacular guide to the inner workings of the human body. Find out about DNA, muscles, blood vessels, antibodies and viruses. An incredible physiological adventure.
ISBN 9780753466834
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Smith, Miranda & Pang, Alex (ill)
No book cover.
2558

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Navigators: Killer creatures
Get up close and personal with some of the planet's deadliest predators, from the feeding frenzy of a school of piranhas to crushing snakes, polar hunters and the strike of a scorpion.
ISBN 9780753464847
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Llewellyn, Claire
No book cover.
8581

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Navigators: Knights and castles
Travel back in time to an age of battles and bloodshed. Find out all about knights, their chivalry, valour, jousts, weapons and battles. Watch history come alive with the colour and drama of the Middle Ages, and take a tour of some of the world's greatest castles.
ISBN 9780753464830
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Steele, Philip & Pang, Alex (ill)
No book cover.
19311

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Navigators: Mammals
Mammals are fantastic creatures, living in an amazing array of habitats. Join a pack of wolves on their chase for prey across a wintry landscape, glide through an underwater kelp forest with otters and sealions, and shrink down into the miniature underground world of burrowing rodents.
ISBN 9780753430729
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Topics / Environment /
Burnie, David
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Navigators: Oceans & seas
Dive in and explore the wonders of the world's waters. Discover how the oceans looked in ancient times and how they've changed to the oceans we know today. Find out why oceans and seas are a phenomenal force when effected by the weather and humans.
ISBN 9780753464151
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2010
Hynes, Margaret
No book cover.
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Navigators: Pirates
For action, romance and adventure, no historical figure can hold a candle to a pirate. Take to the seas on a pirate ship and meet some of history's most terrifying characters. From the earliest records when Cilician pirates kidnapped Julius Caesar, to the seventeenth century buccaneer who cut out his victim's heart, and the exploits of the most fearsome pirate, Blackbeard.
ISBN 9780753466117
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Chrisp, Peter
No book cover.
2831

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Navigators: Planet Earth
Find out about Planet Earth, the planet we call home. Discover the forces that made it, its environments, weather, landscapes, resources, and the impact humans continue to have on its fragile processes.
ISBN 9780753467459
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2012
Topics / Environment /
Taylor, Barbara
No book cover.
12637

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Navigators: Rainforest
Journey from the forest floor right up into the emergent layers of the rainforest, home to the most diverse and exciting range of wildlife on the planet. Find out where the rainforests are located, what makes them so special, who lives there and how we can protect their future. Meet the creatures that are unique to these environments, and see them in action.
ISBN 9780753464304
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2010
Langley, Andrew
No book cover.
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Navigators: Stars & planets
This intergalactic travelogue takes space lovers where they have never gone before. Come and visit Mars, disappear inside a black hole, dodge asteroids and speculate on the future of human endeavours in space.
ISBN 9780753466827
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2011
Goldsmith, Mike Dr & Moore, Chris (ill)
No book cover.
31127

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Navigators: Technology
Get inside the minds of scientists, engineers and programmers, and unravel the workings of the modern world. Discover the secrets of tunnel builders, the splitting of an atom and the adventure of a ride into orbit.
ISBN 9780753468418
Series Navigators series (16 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2012
Kent, Peter
No book cover.
275

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Nearest the whiteman gets, The
A collection of narratives retelling Aboriginal traditions are written by a non-Aboriginal poet who was made a member of Aboriginal language groups in two Australian states.
ISBN 9780868063799
Publisher Hale & Iremonger, 1994
Robinson, Roland
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Necromancer, The
Nicholas Flamel is dying and the spell from the Codex that renews his immortality is in the possession of the evil Dr John Dee. Flamel hopes to use his remaining power to prevent the monsters, now on the island of Alcatraz, from escaping. Twins, Sophie and Josh, are back in San Francisco, where Sophie is kidnapped by Aoife and Josh is beginning to doubt whether he is on the right side of things.
ISBN 9780385618298
Series Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel (4 of 5)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Scott, Michael
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Necropolis
The evil corporation, Nightrise, has amassed an immense amount of power and the devastating force of the Old Ones is about to be unleashed around the globe. To stop this from happening, Matt and three of the Gatekeepers head to Hong Kong to meet the final Gatekeeper, a girl named Scarlet, whose fate is inextricably joined to their own.
ISBN 9781406321081
Series Power of Five series (4 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Horowitz, Anthony
No book cover.
26355

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Ned Kelly
A biography of the infamous outlaw and bushranger, including his family background, exploits and the legacy he left behind.
ISBN 9781863919715
Series Australian Library series (19 of 21)
Publisher Heinemann, 2000
Sheppard, Barrie
No book cover.
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Ned Kelly's helmet
Every month, Mrs Bracker has an historical theme for Years 5 and 6 to study, and there's always a prize for the best project. This month, the class are bushrangers holding up local businesses for donations. The prize is a state-of-the-art billy cart so Robbie and the McGoogly will do anything to win, even trying out some ancient technology to locate a real souvenir of the bushranger period.
ISBN 9781863333269
Publisher Crawford House Publishing, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Stafford, Paul
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Ned Kelly's secret
Hugo and his father have come to Australia to research life in the gold fields. When the coach they are travelling on is bailed up by a bushranger, they decide to find out all they can about bushrangers. Little does Hugo know that when he befriends fifteen year old Ned Kelly, he is much closer to bushrangers that he expected. His comfortable travels with is father are about to lead to exciting and dangerous places.
ISBN 9781742830322
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Masson, Sophie
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Neil Armstrong: first man on the moon
On 20 July 1969, hundreds of millions of people watched on television as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the powdery surface of the moon. This book provides an insight into his life.
ISBN 9780750238854
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Goldsmith, Dr Mike
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Neil Armstrong: one giant leap for mankind
Neil Armstrong was America's rocket man, the first person to set foot on the moon and turn science fiction into amazing reality. He studied aeronautical engineering, won medals as a fighter pilot, tried out the X-15 experimental rocket plane and become one of the elite few chosen to be a NASA astronaut.
ISBN 9781402744969
Series Sterling biographies series (2 of 29)
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co, 2008
Dixon-Engel, Tara & Jackson, Mike
No book cover.
9407

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Nellie Melba
Words and illustrations tell the story of the famous opera singer's life.
ISBN 9780340397299
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 1986
Topics / Australian Author /
Irvine, Nance
No book cover.
862

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Nellie's greatest wish
It's 1850 and Nellie is returning to Adelaide after searching for the Thompson family at the Burra. She's keen to get back to her best friend, Mary, who is ill in hospital. But she's in for a terrible shock. Even Nellie begins to feel that all is lost and that she might never achieve her dreams. Will her spirit be crushed, or can she turn her fate around?
ISBN 9780143306269
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Matthews, Penny
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Nellie's Quest
It's 1850 and Nellie's best friend, Mary, is gravely ill. To provide Mary with the care she needs, Nellie must break a promise and go on a quest to find the Thompson family. But will they be able to help? And who will Nellie turn to when her own life is in danger?
ISBN 9780143306252
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Matthews, Penny
No book cover.
Nelly the monster sitter series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Nelly the monster sitter series (2 books)
Gray, Kes
No book cover.
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Nelly the monster sitter: cowcumbers, pipplewaks & altigators
Nelly enjoys the constant surprises associated with babysitting monsters but finds some of the residents at Eclair Towers rather frightening.
ISBN 9780340884331
Series Nelly the monster sitter series (2 of 2)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Gray, Kes
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Nelly the monster sitter: grerks, squurms and water greeps
Nelly loves monsters and spends much of her spare time babysitting them. Consequently, she has some incredible adventures.
ISBN 9780340884324
Series Nelly the monster sitter series (1 of 2)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Gray, Kes
No book cover.
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Nelson Mandela
The life and work of a political activist, his imprisonment and election as the president of South Africa.
ISBN 9780431086361
Publisher Heinemann, 2000
Connolly, Sean
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Nelson Mandela: father of freedom
South Africa's famous freedom-fighter struggled for race equality all his life and won. He became president of the people he helped to free and, in so doing, earned love and respect worldwide. It concludes with his life in retirement.
ISBN 9780750233200
Publisher White-Thomson Publishing Ltd, 2001
Adi, Hakim
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Neptune
Fascinating facts about the planet, Neptune, and the solar system. Includes photographs, a glossary and website links.
ISBN 9781420218756
Series New Solar System, The (8 of 12)
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Birch, Robin
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Netball or nothing
Rachel's goal is to play netball for Australia but she has a lot to learn about being a team player.
ISBN 9780207199608
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Hellard, Bernadette & Gibbs, Lisa
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Neverending story, The
Fantastica is slowly decaying, its childlike empress dying. Only a human can set things right. Unicorns, dragons and sprites inhabit this enchanted world, into which Bastian ventures through the pages of an old book.
ISBN 9780140317930
Publisher Penguin, 1991
Ende, Michael
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New bjorn
Erik the Viking's father and the entire clan have been kidnapped. But, Erik isn't interested in swinging spiky balls and swords, so it is going to be very difficult for him to save his father from the Dorks and the Jerks.
ISBN 9780734403926
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
England, Kathryn
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9229

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New book of the pharaohs, The
Using the very latest information and in full colour, Dr Millard takes us through some of the mysteries surrounding the life and death of ancient pharaohs. King Tutankhamen and others are featured in this up-to-date look at ancient Egypt.
ISBN 9780749631789
Publisher Watts Publishing Group, 1998
Millard, Dr Anne
No book cover.
654

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New Guinea moon
For 16 year old Julie these Christmas holidays become life changing. Her parents separated when she was three and she is meeting her father, a pilot in New Guinea, for the first time since then. In addition, spending time away from her mother is something Julie is looking forward to - a time to decide her own path.
ISBN 9781743315033
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Constable, Kate
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New kind of dreaming, A
Jamie Riley is on probation and has arrived in desolate Port Barren. It's a mysterious town with a number of dark secrets, a strange assortment of people and a number of unsolved crimes, Jamie's arrival leads to a number of unexplained events, culminating in a heroic journey through the desert, which brings the truth of these ghastly events to light. Includes adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780702232282
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Eaton, Anthony
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New moon
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself, Edward Cullen. But, being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire but, as their daring relationship threatens everything, they realise their troubles are just beginning.
ISBN 9780316007696
Series Twilight saga (2 of 4)
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2007
Meyer, Stephanie
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New nation 1901-1919
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
ISBN 9781420266207
Series Significant people in Australia's history (5 of 9)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Barrett, Rees
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New policeman, The
Mystical fantasy tapping into Irish culture and music that deals with the interesting concept of time leaking from the real world into the fantasy world and the impact on both. A musical score ends each chapter.
ISBN 9780370328232
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2005
Thompson, Kate
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New Solar System, The
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 New Solar System, The (12 books)
Birch, Robin
No book cover.
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New York City: everything you ever wanted to know
In this book you'll read fascinating stories about towering skyscrapers and deep subways and the Yankees loudest fans. This book shows you a New York your parents probably don't even know about.
ISBN 9781742204970
Series Not-for-parents (5 books)
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Lamprell, Klay
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Newspaper text - temporarily unavailable
Temporarily unavailable. Collections of really interesting thematic newspaper articles to keep you better informed or just for your entertainment.
Various
No book cover.
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Ngay janijirr ngank - this is my word
Raised in Beagle Bay mission, Magdalene had been exposed to her traditional culture by her elders. Her account of the coming of the missionaries, and the resulting destruction of law and culture, is interwoven with the poetry of Nyulnyul stories.
ISBN 9781875641475
Publisher Magabala Books, 1999
Williams, Magdalene & Torres, Pat (ed)
No book cover.
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Nicholas and the chronoporter
One of the many inventions of Nicholas is a belt that lets him travel through time. His teacher sees it as a way to gain world domination. They become locked in an hysterical, time-hopping battle that Nicholas has to win to save the world.
ISBN 9780143302001
Series Aussie chomps (17 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2006
Monkfish, Rowley
No book cover.
9331
Nicola and the viscount
London, 1810: Miss Nicola Sparks, independent husband-hunting orphan meets the fabulously rich, breathtakingly handsome cad and bounder, Lord Sebastian. She is involved in a kidnapping and a very romantic rescue.
ISBN 9780330415170
Publisher Pan Macmillan US, 2002
Cabot, Meg
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Night bus, The
Three stories in one book - The night bus, The hitchhiker and The man with the yellow face - including the scariest passengers on the Halloween night bus, the hitchhiker harbouring the deadly secret and the mysterious man replacing Peter in Peter's passport photo.
ISBN 9781841213729
Series Horowitz horror series (4 of 8)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2002
Horowitz, Anthony
No book cover.
13023
Night of the burning
Sisters, Devorah and Nechama, are two of Isaac Ochberg's orphans who have survived the Night of the Burning in Domachevo, Poland, in 1920. With courage and hope, the sisters travel to South Africa for a better life and a desire to find safety and a family that might love them.
ISBN 9780747590514
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2007
Press Wulf, Linda
No book cover.
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Night of the fifth moon
Ket is desperate to learn the druid's secrets. He can predict the future from the stars, understand the raven's cry and speak words of power that can halt a battle. Five other fosterlings are competing with him to become the chosen one and, at each new moon, one of them is sent away. Friendships are strained as they all try to impress the druid.
ISBN 9781741148145
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Ciddor, Anna
No book cover.
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Night rise
Fourteen year old twins, Scott and Jamie, have extraordinary powers. When Jamie, framed for murder, tries to rescue the kidnapped Scott, he is catapulted thousands of years into the past to fight a horrifying and violent battle. As one of the five Gatekeepers, he joins in a seemingly doomed stand against the massed forces of evil and black magic. Not for the faint-hearted.
ISBN 9781844286218
Series Power of Five series (3 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Horowitz, Anthony
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Night school
A group of children spend the night in a big old school and go on a chilling journey of self-discovery when they decide to play a game. They must travel from room to room, picking up a lantern and writing down their names to ward off the dark. But, the old school holds a secret that they must confront if they are to succeed in their journey.
ISBN 9780670072071
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Carmody, Isobelle & Spudvilas, Anne (ill)
No book cover.
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Night singing
A funny and fascinating story of contemporary Australia with a moving tale of survival in Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War. When Josh breaks his leg, he is rescued by his kind but mysterious neighbour, Mrs Murakami.
ISBN 9780143300601
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Meehan, Kierin
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Night they stormed Eureka, The
It's 1854 and the Ballarat goldfields are a place of dreams and rebellion as Sam, a homeless teenager, is called back to the past. As the summer days get hotter and the miners protests are ignored, Sam experiences at first-hand the power of a united stand which will change her life forever.
ISBN 9780732285418
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
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Nightmare in Quentaris
Although Quentaris is flourishing, strange events at the Old Tree Guesthouse are causing the once popular guesthouse to lose custom. Nisha and Tal, who feature in Quentaris in Flames and Beneath Quentaris, are soon on the trail of the problem, a shape-shifter who is stealing dreams.
ISBN 9780734407740
Series Quentaris chronicles (7 of 29)
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Pryor, Michael
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Nimbin, The
One summer, Philippa's life is changed forever when she meets a furry, shadowy little creature called a nimbin, who adopts her and takes over her beach bag as its home. A delightful tale about a mythical Australian creature.
ISBN 9780140362978
Publisher Penguin, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Wagner, Jenny
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Nips go national
Flushed with their multicultural cricketing success in NIPS XI, the team goes interstate to watch the Aussie team practise on the holiest turf in cricket, the MCG. They are also invited to an important cricket carnival.
ISBN 9780734404749
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Starke, Ruth
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Nips XI
The boys at North Illaba Primary School form a cricket team. The team includes students from different cultures and they combine to celebrate their common interests, not their diversities.
ISBN 9780734401137
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2000
Starke, Ruth
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No and me
Lou Bertignac's father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn't been out of the house properly for years. But, Lou is about to change her life and that of her parents for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets, who has disruptive as well as positive effects on the whole family. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9780747599838
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
de Vigan, Delphine
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278
No gun for Asmir
Asmir and his family are trying to escape from the war in Sarajevo.
ISBN 9780140367294
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1993
Topics / Australian Author /
Mattingley, Christobel & Honey, Elizabeth (ill)
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No regrets
Julia, a gifted student, musically and academically, is accelerated to high school. She feels socially isolated and desperately wants to fit in with the other students. Julia's life changes in many ways when the school band travels to Hobart.
ISBN 9780734404305
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Bell, Krista
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No safe place
Three teenagers flee their homes for different reasons and are desperate to get to England. They entrust their lives to a people smuggler and quickly learn that he can't be trusted. Follow each of their journeys as they seek asylum. Based on the true experiences of children caught up in the refugee jungle of Calais and striving to find a place for themselves in the world. Includes adult themes and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
ISBN 9781742374109
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Ellis, Deborah
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No tears
Xanthe and Julia are best friends. They are both very talented. Xanthe dreams of winning a medal at the National Diving Championships and Julia is a talented musician. Both girls have to deal with some serious challenges to realise their dreams.
ISBN 9780734406958
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Bell, Krista
No book cover.
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No-name bird: a story of East Timor
A parallel is drawn between Jose and the other people of East Timor during the invasion by Indonesia, and the spirit of Uncle Adolfo's fighting bird.
ISBN 9780140283174
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Vondra, Josef
No book cover.
32309
Noah Barleywater runs away
Eight year old Noah is running away from his problems, or at least that's what he thinks, the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he's not sure what to expect. But, the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure and wonder and broken promises.
ISBN 9780385618953
Publisher David Fickling Books, 2010
Boyne, John
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Noah's law
Sixteen year old Noah is a troublemaker. His father is a hotshot barrister. This is not a good combination. When Noah gets caught misbehaving at school, his dad sends him to work at his aunt's law firm, during the holidays, to learn responsibility and fix his attitude. Noah discovers Law & Order TV shows differ from reality big time.
ISBN 9780330426183
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
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Nobody owns the moon
Clive Prendergast is a fox with a regular job and a place to call home in a busy city. His friend, Humphrey, is a struggling donkey with no fixed address. Life in the city isn't easy but a special-looking, blue envelope is about to change everything, at least for one night.
ISBN 9780670071609
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Riddle, Tohby
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Nod's limbs
Augustus Nod has launched a treasure hunt from beyond the grave. The race is on, and the twins must solve the riddles and discover Nod's lost golden limbs before the Knightleighs bury the past and the diabolical duo with it.
ISBN 9781416915010
Series Edgar & Ellen series (6 of 6)
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 2007
Ogden, Charles
No book cover.
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Noodle pie
Andy and his father, a Vietnamese former refugee, return to Hanoi for the first time in over twenty years. Andy experiences a real cultural shock as he feels very Australian and doesn't like being called by his Vietnamese name. Over time, Andy discovers a lot about his relatives, his father and himself, as he helps his dad tell them about his life in Australia.
ISBN 9781862917637
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Starke, Ruth
No book cover.
10718
Norman and Brenda
Norman and Brenda lead separate, unfulfilled lives until finally their worlds converge and they discover true happiness, thanks to chance. Gentle humour, economy of words and complex visuals.
ISBN 9780734409560
Publisher Lothian Books, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Thompson, Colin & Lissiat, Amy (ill)
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Northern lights
In the first of the Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra's friend Roger disappears. She and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him, leading them to the bleak splendour of the North where scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs.
ISBN 9780439954617
Series Dark materials series (1 of 3)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2005
Pullman, Philip
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Northwood
Cecilia Undergarment likes a challenge. When she discovers a sad and neglected dog, she is determined to rescue him. But, her daring dog rescue lands her in deep trouble, in the form of being lost in the dark forest of Northwood. A forest where ferocious black lions roam. A forest that hides a secret castle, an unlikely king and many a mystery. A forest where those who enter never return.
ISBN 9781921529801
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Falkner, Brian & Bixley, Donovan (ill)
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Nostradamus prophecy, The
When Nostradamus prophesises a great massacre, only Catherine de' Medici, mother of the young French King, Charles, pays heed to the dire warning. But, the soothsayer also has a message for Melisande, the minstrel's daughter. Upon his death, Nostradamus entrusts her with fulfilling his final prophecy.
ISBN 9780552557214
Publisher Corgi Books, 2008
Breslin, Theresa
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Not cricket
Twelve year old Nick loves cricket but he isn't going to play next season. Sledging opponents has become the norm at weekend games and Nick doesn't want to be a part of it.
ISBN 9780734407924
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Caisley, Raewyn
No book cover.
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Not my sister
Lana's dad and Guy's mum are going to get married but Lana and Guy hate each other. After trying to sabotage the wedding so they don't have to live in the same house, their problems are solved in an unusual way.
ISBN 9780340866146
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (UK), 2004
Weeks, S
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Not-for-parents
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Series Not-for-parents (5 books)
Various
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Not-for-parents: Travel book, The
The world is a very large place and this book concentrates on the really interesting bits to create a snapshot of what each country is like. In this book there are the epic events, amazing animals, hideous histories, funky foods and crazy facts that make the world's 200 countries so fascinating.
ISBN 9781742204963
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Dubois, Michael, Hilden, Katri & Price, Jane
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Note on the door
Full of warmth and humour, the poems provide snapshots of everyday family life, the fun of a beach holiday, raiding the fridge after school, fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes, camping in the backyard and much more.
ISBN 9781921720611
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Marwood, Lorraine
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Nova Peris-Kneebone (Aussie stars)
The first Aboriginal Olympic gold medallist, Nova Peris Kneebone's rise to fame is the subject of this book.
ISBN 9781876400125
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 1999
McCallum, Grant
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Now
Felix now has another Zelda in his life, his granddaughter. His life has been one of distinction, but still he feels a failure because his inability to save the first Zelda. It takes a typically Australian disaster for Felix to lay to rest the pain from his past, and for his granddaughter to understand her own strength of character.
ISBN 9780670074372
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleitzman, Morris
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Number the stars
A story of the determination of the people of Denmark to protect their Jewish friends from the Nazis in World War II.
ISBN 9780732250911
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1994
Lowry, Lois
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Nutcracker, The
Written in 1816, this is the basis of Tchaikovsky's ballet. In this edition, the classic story of a sinister toymaker and a boy and a girl doll that come to life is presented with beautiful illustrations and detailed historical information.
ISBN 9780751371772
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 1999
Hoffman, Ernst
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Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, Africa 1595
Presents the fictional diary of thirteen year old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess, who loves to hunt and hopes, one day, to lead her kingdom against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders.
ISBN 9780439112109
Series Royal diaries (20 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
McKissack, Patricia
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