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101543
Ocean
Contains fascinating factual information about oceans with plenty of descriptions and images.
ISBN 9781405304719
Series Eyewonder series (22 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2004
Dorling Kindersley (pub)
No book cover.
13154
Oceans and seas
Read about the fascinating underwater world, from the deepest oceans to the shallows, home to saltwater-dwelling creatures and plants. Simple explanations and beautiful illustrations provide information on a variety of creatures and plants.
ISBN 9780753457580
Series Kingfisher young knowledge series (19 books)
Publisher Kingfisher, 2004
Davies, Nicola
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46154
Odd and the frost giants
Odd's life has been less than perfect so far. His father died on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But, when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change.
ISBN 9780747598114
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2010
Gaiman, Neil
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21354
Odd one out
Planet Plantagan's air is being polluted and the vine aliens are suffering. When Space Cadets Star Girl and Comet XS are sent to investigate they get themselves into a tangle. Can they trust each other enough to save the planet and its vine aliens?
ISBN 9781420290301
Series Star Girl series (2 of 16)
Publisher MacMillan, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Park, Louise
No book cover.
19999
Odyssey, The
The story of a clever but unlucky Greek hero who just wants to get home. But, fate has other ideas.
ISBN 9781409522348
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2011
Stowell, Louie (retell) & Pincelli, Matteo (ill)
No book cover.
67324
Of thee I sing: a letter to my daughters
Prior to becoming the United States President, Barack Obama wrote a tribute to thirteen ground-breaking Americans and the ideals that shaped their nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children.
ISBN 9780375835278
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group, 2010
Obama, Barack & Long, Loren (ill)
No book cover.
18425
Old Bun and the burglar
Old Bun can't believe his luck. Soon after he receives a note warning him about burglars in Mouseville, three strong mice from the Rich Mouse Guard Company offer to help.
ISBN 9781876288488
Publisher Working Title Press, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Rodda, Emily & McLean, Andrew (ill)
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3191
Old magic
Grandfather cracks his old toy top to bring back his magic from the old country. His grandson, a Chinese Australian boy, learns to understand the place of his own culture in his new Australian lifestyle.
ISBN 9780091829155
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Baillie, Allan & Wu, Di (ill)
No book cover.
4686
Old possum's book of practical cats
A wonderful collection of poems that tell us what cats get up to when we aren't watching. Some are sane, some are mad, some are good and some are bad. Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But, you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there.
ISBN 9780571268979
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2010
Eliot, T S & Scheffler, Axel (ill)
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16096
Old Tucker Man
For many thousands of years, Kirrae Whurron men prided themselves on being able to hunt and provide game food for their families and communities. When the land was taken from them, their food source was replaced by European farming animals.
ISBN 9780975770856
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2007
Austin, Debbie
No book cover.
30756
Oliver Moon's summer howliday
Mildew Cottage is perfect for Oliver Moon's summer holiday. It's cold, dark and, best of all, it's haunted. Oliver's parents aren't so happy. They're fed up with the spooky noises in the woods, so Oliver decides to go ghostbusting with his new friend, Wilf. But, Oliver begins to wonder if his hairy pal is all that he seems to be.
ISBN 9780746077924
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2007
Mongredien, Sue & McCafferty, Jan (ill)
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8163
On the case
Partners don't always see eye to eye but this is ridiculous. Bernice reckons the new kid, Jake, has problems and is a serial thief. But, that doesn't make sense because Jake has come to their detective agency for help.
ISBN 9781921529276
Series Walk right in detective agency series, The (5 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Simons, Moya
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7739
On the farm: our holiday with Uncle Kev
Uncle Kev has a farm, where the pigs do the polishing and the cows are the happiest in all the hills. Kev invites the family for a 'holiday', then sets them to work. There's lots to be done before the big Harvest Festival - and Kev is distracted, because he's fallen in love!
ISBN 9781741758825
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Harvey, Roland
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9413
On the team
Carey is good at schoolwork and sport and wishes that he wasn't. Winston says that it is worse to be bad at everything.
ISBN 9780143300441
Publisher Penguin, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Flynn, Rachel & Smith, Craig (ill)
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7112

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Once Tashi met a dragon
For a long as Tashi could remember, he had been told stories about the dragon who sent the rains each year, until now. The creeks are drying up and the mountains are going up in flames. Someone in the village needs to visit the dragon and only Tashi would dare.
ISBN 9781741758870
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Fienberg, Anna and Barbara & Gamble, Kim (ill)
No book cover.
18442
Once upon an ordinary school day
It was an ordinary morning when the ordinary boy woke up for his ordinary journey to school. But, then Mr Gee bounced into the classroom and everything changed. The dull, grey world had been transformed into one of colour and excitement.
ISBN 9781842704691
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2006
McNaughton, Colin & Kitamura, Satoshi (ill)
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15154
One child
One child saw a world full of problems and thought, I know what to do. One child did all that she could. Just imagine if all the children of the world did all that they could. This book encourages children to take action to conserve the environment.
ISBN 9781863745086
Publisher Era Publications, 1999
Cheng, Christopher & Woolman, Steven (ill)
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9568
One horse waiting for me
Rhyming text describes different groups of horses both real, toy and imaginary, in this counting book for horse enthusiasts. The pictures are beautiful tissue paper collages.
ISBN 9781865046327
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Mullins, Patricia
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12051
One less fish
In this cautionary tale, human carelessness leads to the disappearance of twelve species of fish in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A wonderfully, original counting book that goes backwards and is illustrated with stunning silk paintings.
ISBN 9780702229473
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2004
Toft, Kim Michelle & Sheather, Allan
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5103
One night at Lottie's house
When Arthur has to stay the night at Lottie's mysterious run-down house, he makes sure he's prepared for anything. However, the night turns out to be so scary that Arthur is forced to use his ghost fighting kit with unexpected results.
ISBN 9780143301165
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2004
Dann, Max & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
No book cover.
18539
One perfect day
It is 1927 and celebrations for the opening of Parliament House are underway. But, for Billy, an orphaned farmhand, it is just another bad day of hard work and loneliness. Now, he has to save his only friend, the work dog, Dusty, from certain death.
ISBN 9781876944407
Series Making tracks (4 of 17)
Publisher National Museum of Australia Press, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie & Bray, Peter 9ill)
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12401
One tiny turtle
In this beautifully illustrated book, Loggerhead swims alone in the vastness of the water, munches on crabs, floats over coral reefs and crawls with slow, heavy steps across the beach to lay her eggs.
ISBN 9780744594010
Series Nature storybooks series (3 of 16)
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Topics / Year 4 easy reads /
Davies, Nicola & Chapman, Jane (ill)
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38857
One world: a journey
The natural world is celebrated in works of art, with serene, calming text that reflects the characteristics we share with animals and our responsibility towards them. The book opens our minds to the equality of all living things.
ISBN 9780980289671
Publisher Alto Books, 2007
Higgins, David
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7404
Only a donkey
Unlike Simpson's donkey, this donkey is looked down on by everyone in the farmyard. When he goes out for a day, the animals grumpily insist on going because he won't survive on his own. By the time they return, they have learnt to respect donkeys.
ISBN 9780670041688
Publisher Penguin, 2007
Walters, Celeste & Mullins, Patricia (ill)
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15440
Only one club, The
Jennifer finds she is the only one in her class who doesn't celebrate Christmas. She starts an Only One Club and soon finds there are lots of 'only ones' in her class, people who are special for all sorts of reasons.
ISBN 9780972922531
Publisher Flashlight Press, 2004
Naliboff, Jane & Hopkins, Jeff (ill)
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4536
Only pony, The
Bessie's father has strict rules on what can and can't be done and riding a pony is a definite can't. However, Bessie finds a way to fulfil her dream and change her father a little in the process.
ISBN 9780143303114
Series Aussie nibbles (39 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Metzenthen, David & Watson, Judy (ill)
No book cover.
24676
Oom pah pah
Rosie is thrilled when she is chosen to play in the school band. When she selects the tuba, Rosie realises she has a large problem. She has to work out how she can get the tuba home to practise and then back to school each week for band rehearsals. A long-forgotten item solves the problem.
ISBN 9780733320682
Series ABC kids (3 books)
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Matthews, Cecily & Vane, Mitch (ill)
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7440
Open for business
David and Bernice have set up a detective agency in their home town of Milk Bay. Their office is a shed in Bernice's front yard. They've distributed flyers detailing their services and charges. Now, all they have to do is wait for the work to come. David takes notes, which Bernice thinks is unnecessary, and David thinks Bernice is bossy. But, each also admires the skill of the other and together they make a successful team.
ISBN 9781921150302
Series Walk right in detective agency series, The (1 of 5)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Simons, Moya
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15246
Orangutans
Simple, factual information about orangutans, with beautifully presented photographs and illustrations. A glossary of terms and an index are included.
ISBN 9780733936319
Series Longman world of animals series (20 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2002
Meadows, Graham & Vial, Claire
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9394
Orchard book of Greek myths, The
Lively retellings of sixteen famous myths for young readers.
ISBN 9781852133733
Publisher Orchard Books, 1992
McCaughrean, Geraldine (ed) & Clark, Emma Chichester (ill)
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3217
Ordinary day, An
The journey to school is boring. On the way to the bus stop Jack uses his imagination and bit by bit the boring is replaced by a world of wonder with lots of possibilities.
ISBN 9781865043586
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleeson, Libby
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18697
Oscar and Hoo forever
A story of friendship between a little boy called Oscar and Hoo, a cloud. Hoo is missing his flock of clouds. Oscar finds a way to help Hoo to rejoin with them.
ISBN 9780007140084
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2005
Theo & Dudok de Wit, Michael (ill)
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5066
Oshie
Oshie is at a new school and finding it hard to fit in with the students. He loves football and hopes this might help. But it seems unlikely as Oshie has cerebral palsy, which makes walking difficult, let alone running and kicking. When Oshie makes a new friend, he is determined that, together, they can help his school team win the Schools Cup.
ISBN 9781406324174
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Blake, Jon & Allepuz, Anuska (ill)
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112070
Other side, The
Alex has a really embarrassing, tree-hugging grandfather that he does not want to be filmed next to by the national news crew. But Alex can learn a lot from Gramps about the rabbit proof fence and from his special friends in the Australian bush.
ISBN 9781876944568
Series Making tracks (6 of 17)
Publisher National Museum of Australia Press, 2007
Morgan, Sally & Culkin-Lawrence, Teresa (ill)
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15247
Otters
Simple, factual information about otters, with beautifully presented photographs and illustrations. A glossary of terms and an index are included.
ISBN 9780733936258
Series Longman world of animals series (20 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2002
Meadows, Graham & Vial, Claire
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18734
Otto undercover: born to drive
Although he's only eleven, Otto Pillip invents all kinds of incredible devices and drives a race car. Having lost his parents mysteriously as a baby, he lives with his two peculiar aunts, FiFi and FooFoo.
ISBN 9780060754952
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2006
Perlman, Rhea
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18383
Our big island
Take a journey around the Australian coast. Includes information on navigation and map-making featuring Australian landmarks, flora and fauna.
ISBN 9780957955103
Publisher Artbeat Publishers, 1995
Topics / Australian Author /
Greenwood, Mark & Lessac, Frane (ill)
No book cover.
25682
Our Gags
The house is all messy and everyone is busy looking after the new baby. Luckily, we have our Gags.
ISBN 9781921529092
Series Walker stories (11 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Hoy, Catriona & Josse, Annabelle (ill)
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7296
Our pet pelican
An adventure story about a family getting a new pet but there are hidden dangers. Based on an event that really happened during Carol and Laura's childhood in the Torres Strait Island community on Prince of Wales Island, near Thursday Island.
ISBN 9781863340281
Publisher Black Ink Press, 2007
Mook, Carol & Mooka, Laura (ill)
No book cover.
15511
Our rooster, Jack
The children tease Jack, the pet rooster, and complain about the way he chases and pecks them until the day Jack is no longer with them. A childhood recollection of an indigenous family.
ISBN 9780975686065
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Dodd-Farrawell, Kathryn & Russell, Jason
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8111
Out of control, Ms Wiz
Two stories are included. In the first story, there's a mice plague, a patient with appendicitis and a well person who gets wrapped in bandages. The second story finds Ms Wiz trying to save a library from closing. She brings the characters on the shelves to life, with mixed results.
ISBN 9781842708477
Series Ms Wiz series (5 books)
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 2009
Blacker, Terence & Ross, Tony (ill)
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9802
Outback, The
An illustrated poem evoking the Australian landscape, its animals and its indigenous people. The connection between the people and the land is made with sensitivity through the language and the art.
ISBN 9781875641864
Publisher Magabala Books, 2005
Porter, Annalies & Bancroft, Bronwyn
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15441
Outside the lines
A compilation of words and poetry about childhood games and activities.
ISBN 9780399234460
Publisher Putnam, 2002
Burg, Brad & Gibbon, Rebecca (ill)
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9567
Over the hill and around the bend with granny and Bert and me
A tall story full of cheerful nonsense with gaps in the text interpreted in hilarious ways by the illustrations. Going to the shop with Granny turns out to be much more exciting than you could possibly imagine.
ISBN 9781865042459
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Lunn, Helen & Miller, David
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9389
Over the stile and into the sack
Two traditional tales retold.
ISBN 9781860399763
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Impey, Rose
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1172

New
Owl
Deep in a snowy forest Owl and Frida live happily together, looking out the window at the moon. Owl starts to wonder what lies beyond their forest, beyond the snow.
ISBN 9781922081162
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Pignataro, Anna
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9375
Owl who was afraid of the dark, The
Plop is a baby barn owl, an unlikely candidate for being afraid of the night. He is sent out by his mother to learn about the dark. Through encounters with seven different people, he learns to sleep in the daytime and that dark is super.
ISBN 9781405210935
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2004
Tomlinson, Jill & Howard, Paul (ill)
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