Booklists

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ID Title Author  
15748
Obelix and co
Caesar has devised his most cunning attack yet on the indomitable Gauls. He has sent Caius Preposterus, a graduate of the Latin School of Economics, to corrupt them by introducing big business into their little town.
ISBN 9780752866529
Series Asterix series (23 of 39)
Publisher Orion, 2005
Goscinny, Rene & Uderzo, Albert
No book cover.
15327
Ocean
In this exploration of oceans, see ocean research vessels in operation and discover how jellyfish catch prey with their slime. Includes photographs of deep-sea creatures and models of the sea floor providing insight into marine life.
ISBN 9780751364774
Series Eyewitness series (30 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2002
Macquitty, Miranda
No book cover.
21194
Ocean and sea
Meet ocean creatures up close, from the humblest microbe to the most majestic whale, plus the craziest deep-sea creatures ever seen. Find out how oceans formed, how they work, and why our future depends on them.
ISBN 9781407131511
Publisher Scholastic US, 2012
Parker, Steve
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4453
Ocean without end
During a raid, twelve year old Lily Swann is taken at gunpoint by the tyrannical El Captain de Diablo and forced to work as a slave on his ship. When Lily learns that her father, who she thought was dead, had been taken by pirates years before, she embarks on a perilous journey to search for him. With swashbuckling action on the high seas, Lily struggles to survive in a strange and sometimes violent world.
ISBN 9781869505851
Series Swashbuckler trilogy, The (1 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Gardiner, Kelly
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48385
Ock Von Fiend
A funny, appealing story about Ock, the vampire, who doesn't have many friends because, well, he's a vampire. When Ock gets down about being different, he tries to remember the advantages of super hearing, night vision, vanishing power and his cool teeth.
ISBN 9781862917484
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Edwards, Luke
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60413
Octopus's garden: the secret world under the sea, The
For us air-breathing land dwellers, life under the water is curious and amazing. The deeper you go, the more extraordinary life becomes. An amazing variety of octopuses and squids are revealed through beautiful photographs, detailed information and a glossary of terms.
ISBN 9781742030210
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Norman, Mark
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31025
Oddball
Sol still can't believe he told Aggo, the school bully and hand ball champion, that he was going to thrash him using hypnotism. Sol is sure that this moment of temporary insanity is going to lead to certain death. Sol wonders whether wit, wisdom or nothing will save him when he has to face Aggo.
ISBN 9781921150562
Series Lightning strikes series (19 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Brian, Janeen
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67188
Off side
When Danny finds out there's been an anonymous foreign buy-out of his favourite club, City FC, he's furious as the fans were about to buy it. The club is being secretive and Danny is determined to find out what's going on. He discovers Adam, a kid from Ghana, lost after being dumped by his agent who promised him a place at City, and takes Adam's story to the press, with terrifying consequences for them both.
ISBN 9780141329420
Series Foul play (3 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2010
Palmer, Tom
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16937
Offside, upfront
Luci Rankin, previous winner of the Legends girl's competition, has set her sights on winning the prestigious 70th anniversary Legends cup. But she isn't the only one. Newcomer, Laura, has her own agenda.
ISBN 9781876372491
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
9332
Okra and Acacia: the story of the wattle pattern plate
A beautifully written, romantic story, weaving Aboriginal myth with ancient folklore.
ISBN 9780733614927
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Hathorn, Libby & Stoddart, Brigitte (ill)
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62898
Olympics
Plenty of fascinating details with colour and black-and-white photographs cover the ancient games, the rebirth of the Olympics at the end of the 19th century and a brief history of the winter and summer games. Also included are the Paralympics, featuring disabled athletes in a variety of sports, and past Olympic stars.
ISBN 9780756610838
Series Eyewitness series (30 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2005
Oxlade, Chris
No book cover.
12328
On a camel to the moon
A varied collection of poems about travel from dragons on buses to visiting Jupiter. A thought-provoking anthology with fantastic illustrations.
ISBN 9781841382470
Publisher Chrysalis Books Group, 2001
Bloom, Valerie
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18653
On country: stories of Nyrlotte
A delightful story, set in Cape York, focuses on the relationship between a young Aboriginal girl, Nyrlotte, and her strong grandmother. Granny knows all the stories and can sing a cyclone away, and Nyrlotte knows she should always listen to her Granny's warnings. But listening isn't always Nyrlotte's strong point.
ISBN 9780702235450
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2006
Doyle, Fiona & Doyle, Lionel (ill)
No book cover.
7677
On Orchard Road
Jane's world has been turned upside down. She has a brand-new sister, and her family has moved to a small town, leaving behind everything she knows. She is sure that she will be miserable. But, a mysterious old lady, a curious boy and an amazing garden prove her wrong.
ISBN 9781921720291
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Edgar, Elsbeth
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109685
On safari
Join the author for on a fabulous trip in the wilds of Kenya where you'll meet the king of the beasts and have an ostrich egg for breakfast. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865047737
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Savage, Andrea
No book cover.
12568
On the buzzer
Every year, the students compete to be the school's Sporting Legend, that is, the best out of eight sports. The first round was surfing, then cricket, tennis, and football. Now the kids are ready for a new round.
ISBN 9781921167942
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
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5971
On the job
There are thousands of jobs that people do to earn their living. Take a look at a few way-out ideas that might inspire you.
ISBN 9781865047560
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Patton, Geoff
No book cover.
64733
On the whistle
Sam and Vinny start their new term at a school with a proud sporting tradition. But, there's trouble ahead with fierce rivlary between the soccer and rugby league players. Sam signs up for a huge scavenger hunt to save their chosen football code, undaunted by the dirty tricks from their rivals in the soccer team.
ISBN 9780207200540
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
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47949
Once upon a crime
Surprises abound for Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, fairytale detectives extraordinaire. When they venture into the big city, they stumble upon a murder, face betrayal by a friend, and discover an amazing secret about their mother, Veronica.
ISBN 9781865045733
Series Sisters Grimm series (4 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Buckley, Michael & Ferguson, Peter (ill)
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18464
Once upon a time in the kitchen
Recipes and tales from children's classics let kids cook the food enjoyed by the world's favourite storybook characters.
ISBN 9780975102336
Publisher Citrus Press, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Odell, Carol
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21160
One beastly beast
A collection of four fantastic stories in which rude video pirates kidnap an unfortunate boy, a feisty princess takes on a monster, a foundling is sure his lost parents should be scientific types like him and not the monsters and pirates who keep turning up to claim him, and a rather interesting sea serpent and an enchanted penguin get together.
ISBN 9781741754681
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Nix, Garth
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6895
One beetle too many: the extraordinary adventures of Charles Darwin
Find out about Charles Darwin's legendary five year voyage to South America, his love of the natural world and how he formulated his ideas about the way the earth, humans and animals have evolved.
ISBN 9780763614362
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2009
Topics / Environment /
Lasky, Kathryn & Trueman, Matthew (ill)
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41375
One boy's war
Sixteen year old Sydney is overwhelmed by the excitement of the 1914 recruitment campaigns and the bravado of men leaving for the Great War. With enthusiasm, he joins up but soon finds himself in a frontline trench, a long way from home. Reality and the rats begin to bite. Told through Sydney's letters and journal which portray the degradation and disillusionment of life and death in the trenches.
ISBN 9781847801265
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2010
Huggins-Cooper, L & Benfold Haywood, I (ill)
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6133
One dog and his boy
Hal really longs for a dog of his own but his rich parents are against the mess and disruption it would cause. When his father hires a dog from Easy Pets, Hal thinks all his dreams have come true. But, the dog has been hired just for the weekend and, when Fleck is returned, Hal plans to rescue the dog and run away. When Hal teams up with Pippa, who has released a whole lot of unhappy dogs from their cages at Easy Pets, a rollicking canine adventure begins.
ISBN 9781407124230
Publisher Marion Lloyd books, 2011
Ibbotson, Eva & Rentta, Sharon (ill)
No book cover.
38228
One perfect pirouette
Attending the National Ballet School has been Brynna's dream. When her parents move to Melbourne so that she can attend a top ballet school, Brynna wonders why she feels so awful about the move and why her brother is angrier than she has ever seen him. Her mother is working hard to keep the family afloat. For Brynna to realise her dream, something has to give.
ISBN 9780702238413
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Clark, Sherryl
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73591
One small island
Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves. The book explores the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.
ISBN 9780670072361
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Lester, Alison & Tulloch, Coral
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9207
One thousand and one Arabian nights
A retelling of these fantastic classic tales.
ISBN 9780192750136
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1999
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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15606
One well: the story of water on Earth
In billions of years, the amount of water on Earth hasn't changed. There is one global well from which we all draw water. How we treat the water will affect every species on the planet now and into the future.
ISBN 9780733320798
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Topics / Environment /
Strauss, Rochelle & Woods, Rosemary (ill)
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3788
Opal dreaming
Finally, the day has come when Jess can bring home Opal, her once in a lifetime horse. But, there's something wrong with the little filly and even the vet is not sure what the trouble is. Jess gets the chance to join an outback droving trip with her friends and, although it's wonderful being out in the bush, she can't stop thinking about Opal and whether she'll survive. Even when there are distractions like Luke.
ISBN 9781742373171
Series Diamond Spirit (3 of 5)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Wood, Karen
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11460
Open fire
Plucked from a boring Saturday morning in the library, Napoleon is invited to join a secret project that collects information on great leaders from the big battles of history. The public librarian is not who she seems, and Napoleon meets wisecracking robots and uses cool gadgets in this adventure in which he joins Captain Frances Drake at the sinking of the Spanish armada.
ISBN 9780330425018
Series Battle boy (1 of 15)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Carter, Charlie & Jeffery, Russell (ill)
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60194
Oracle
Combines history, myth and fantasy. From beyond recorded time, Jackie French takes us on another historical journey. A chance for one girl who tells the truth to change history, and for her brother, an acrobat who accompanies a daring horse dancer across Greece, to attempt to rescue her.
ISBN 9780732288402
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
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2273

New
Orbit - April
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2284

New
Orbit - August
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2255

New
Orbit - February
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2780

New
Orbit - July
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2283

New
Orbit - June
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2265

New
Orbit - March
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2279

New
Orbit - May
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2296

New
Orbit - November
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2292

New
Orbit - October
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
2291

New
Orbit - September
Join Mungo - a really cool dude - and his charming chooks in their groovy Mellow Yard as they gather the best stories, poems, plays, articles, puzzles and comics.
Series School magazine - Orbit and Touchdown - NEW SERIES 2014 (20 books)
Publisher NSW Department of Education and Communities,
Topics / Australian Author /
School magazine team
No book cover.
11387
Orchard book of fairy tales, The
Classic fairy tales retold with a very slightly, fractured twist for today's kids.
ISBN 9781843621812
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Impey, Rose & Beck, Ian
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Original Big Nate comic strips 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 Original Big Nate comic strips series (5 books)
Various
No book cover.
292
Original Olympics, The
Drawings, pictures and fictional stories make the facts of Ancient Greece come to life in this book about the ancient Olympics.
ISBN 9780750225564
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 1999
Ross, Stewart
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112500
Othello: a Shakespeare story
This series gives young readers the chance to discover Shakespeare for themselves. Also included are useful notes on the themes within the stories and a background to the Globe Theatre.
ISBN 9781846161841
Series Shakespeare stories (8 of 12)
Publisher Orchard Books, 2007
Matthews, Andrew & Ross, Tony (ill)
No book cover.
31734
Other brother
Kieran wants to fit in and be part of the in-group at school. He wants to be on the football team. But, then, his cousin Bon turns up. Bon doesn't know anything about fitting in. He looks different, he wears the wrong clothes and he says weird things. Even worse, Julia seems to prefer Bon's company to his. Kieran just wants to ignore Bon but, soon, he is forced to make a choice.
ISBN 9781921720833
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Simon
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10252
Otherwise known as Sheila the great
Sheila is trying to retain her reputation as great while facing two of her greatest fears - dogs and water. Sheila learns you don't have to save face to keep a friendship.
ISBN 9780440467014
Series Fudge series (2 of 5)
Publisher Yearling, 1976
Blume, Judy
No book cover.
130869
Ottoline and the yellow cat
Daring burglaries have taken place all over town and precious lapdogs are disappearing. Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr Munroe, must find out what is happening and do something.
ISBN 9781405050579
Publisher MacMillan, 2007
Riddell, Chris
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8382
Our Aunty Sharon
Popular Sharon is one deadly relative, a proud and gregarious Aunty to all the mob.
ISBN 9780980359305
Publisher Indij Readers, 2007
Prior, Chasity & Karen Briggs (ill)
No book cover.
Our Australian girl
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 Our Australian girl (20 books)
Various
No book cover.
16831
Our world of water
Regardless of the wealth or poverty of countries, water is vital for our survival. The daily lives of six children from Peru, Mauritania, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tajikistan and California show where water comes from, what it means to them and how they use it. The photographs and real life stories also touch on climate change and pollution.
ISBN 9781845076481
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2008
Hollyer, Beatrice
No book cover.
13703
Our world: Bardi Jaawi life at Ardiyooloon
This book provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the children of a remote Indigenous community, 200km north of Broome, Western Australia. They carry on the culture of the Bardi Jaawi people as they build fish traps, make spears and boomerangs, hunt crabs, turtles and dugong, learn traditional dances and share traditional stories.
ISBN 9781921248238
Publisher Magabala Books, 2010
One Arm Point Remote Community School
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63758
Out of bounds
Travis and Mitchell are locked together on eleven points. But, the boys are not the only ones with a fight on their hands. Karla's pushing the boundaries of what the girls are allowed to play and she's not going to take no for an answer.
ISBN 9781876372675
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
Out of this world 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 Out of this world series (16 books)
Various
No book cover.
41821
Outbreak
Miriam's mother is starting to buy extra food to put away. Both her parents insist on calling her by her non-Jewish nickname and Miriam is struggling to understand what is going on. Through talking with friends who have overheard their parents' conversations and listening to the radio, Miriam learns about the coming to power of Adolph Hitler.
ISBN 9780713688405
Publisher A & C Black, 2008
Prince, Alison
No book cover.
9159
Outlaw - the story of Robin Hood
Lost in a dark, strange forest, Robin is rescued by a crew of misfits, the Outlaws. He seeks justice and revenge against the Sheriff of Nottingham, once and for all.
ISBN 9780007465927
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2012
Morpurgo, Michael
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12349
Over the wall
The first round was surfing, then cricket, tennis and football. Now the kids are ready for a new round - soccer.
ISBN 9781921167935
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
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46245
Owl ninja
A drumbeat echoes through the mountains. It is calling the samurais to war. The samurai kids at Cockroach Ryu (school) don't want to fight. Somehow, they must persuade the emperor to silence the drum and stop the war.
ISBN 9781921150371
Series Samurai kids series (2 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Fussell, Sandy & Nest James, Rhian (ill)
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26680
Own goal
Danny loves supporting his local team, City FC. So, when everyone starts supporting the Italian team, Forza FC, Danny is angry. His club is in jeopardy and needs their support. Danny decides to investigate the sudden popularity of the new team, starting with Forza's billionaire owner. That's when danger really starts for Danny as he tries to uncover the sinister reasons behind Forza's success and save City FC.
ISBN 9780141331195
Series Foul play (5 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2011
Palmer, Tom
No book cover.