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64003
Pack down
Rugby is a tough game and you have to be tough to make the team. Mitchell badly needs the points if he is going to be in with a chance for this year's Legend award. But, Travis has got the lead and he is more determined than ever.
ISBN 9781876372507
Series Legends (including Anniversary & League of) series (19 books)
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Panckridge, Michael
No book cover.
297
Paddock of poems, A
This is a collection of Australian poetry.
ISBN 9780140324761
Publisher Penguin, 1987
Topics / Australian Author /
Fatchen, Max
No book cover.
64097
Painting the wind
A young boy watches various artists who come to his island over the summer. He tries to learn something from each one in the hope that he might, one day, be able to paint the wind.
ISBN 9780064438254
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
MacLachlan, Patricia & MacLachlan, Emily & Schneider, Katy (ill)
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299
Pannikin & Pinta
The pelicans at Lake Eyre leave for the coast when the lake dries up. Pannikin and mother, Pinta, leave a little too late with the other members of the family.
ISBN 9780734403605
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Thiele, Colin & Gouldthorpe, Peter
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22123
Parents are revolting, The
Terry and her little brother, Harry, always get exactly what they want from their parents. But, the situation changes drastically when Mum and Dad go on strike.
ISBN 9780143303077
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Katz, Danny & Vane, Mitch (ill)
No book cover.
4105
Paris: everything you ever wanted to know
You will read fascinating tales about creepy gargoyles, ghostly railway stations, huge castles and amazingly pampered pets. You'll find cyclists, junk collectors and musicians, and snails on the menu for dinner.
ISBN 9781742205007
Series Not-for-parents (5 books)
Publisher Lonely Planet Publications, 2011
Lamprell, Klay
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80084
Passing the music down
A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he admires. A friendship develops that will forge a bond between generations. Under the man's care and instruction, the boy develops. From playing on the front porch to performing at American folk festivals, the two carry on the tradition of passing the music down.
ISBN 9780763637538
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2011
Sullivan, Sarah & Root, Barry (ill)
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304
Pat Rafter
Pat Rafter is a tennis champion who has won the prestigious US Open twice and been ranked number one in the world.
ISBN 9781863919364
Publisher Harcourt Education Australia, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Shephard, Barrie
No book cover.
7006
Path of beasts
When Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie steal into Jewel in the middle of the night they find their city under the heel of the Fugleman, and the streets controlled by the Blessed Guardians and an army of ruthless mercenaries. The Museum itself is seething with danger, and only the older Keepers prevent it from spilling out into the city. Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie must use all their clever tricks and hard-won bravery to undermine the Fugleman's brutal regime before he rounds up the children of Jewel and sells them into slavery. The thrilling conclusion to the Keepers trilogy.
ISBN 9781742371979
Series Keepers trilogy, The (3 of 3)
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Tanner, Lian
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18494
Patrick Johnson (Aussie stars)
A brief biography on Patrick Johnson's childhood and sprinting career.
ISBN 9781876400323
Series Aussie stars series (12 books)
Publisher Coolabah Publishing, 2004
McCallum, Grant
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64414
Patterns of Australia
The illustrations are patterns from ten different landscapes, with a description highlighting some key features. Children can try to find certain objects within each vibrant, indigenous artwork.
ISBN 9781921049705
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2006
Bancroft, Bronwyn
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111125
Peace force
Shipborn, stationborn or Earthborn, does it matter? Some inhabitants think it does and they need to be taught a valuable life lesson.
ISBN 9781420211719
Series Out of this world series (8 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally, Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
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860
Peacetime for Alice
Alice's mother is sick and everyone fears she might have the dreaded Spanish Influenza. To distract herself, Alice begins to dance again but becomes frustrated at how difficult she finds it. When the family celebrates Papa Sir's life and plants a tree at King's Park, Alice's brother, Teddy, makes a surprise announcement. But, an even bigger shock awaits Alice when someone from the past returns with the power to change her future and make her dreams come true.
ISBN 9780143306320
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2012
Bell, Davina
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15180
Pearl of Tiger Bay, The
Annie moves to Tiger Bay where there are lots of secrets to be unravelled. Most mysterious of all is Madam Olenka, who lives in The Pearl, a grand, dilapidated hotel, above the township. Madam Olenka has not spoken to anyone in thirty years.
ISBN 9780143300830
Publisher Penguin, 2004
Wang, Gabrielle
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2027
Pearl verses the world
At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl's poems don't. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was.
ISBN 9781921150937
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Murphy, Sally & Potter, Heather (ill)
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7159
Peasant prince, The
Chinese-inspired watercolours charmingly support this picture-book adaptation of the true story of the life of a boy in Communist China, during the last decade of Chairman Mao's reign. At eleven, Li was plucked from obscurity to train as a ballet dancer, thus escaping his poor, peasant village roots. He travelled the world as a dancer and was finally reunited with his parents.
ISBN 9780670070541
Publisher Penguin, 2007
Cunxin, Li & Spudvilas, Anne
No book cover.
5215
Pencil of doom
Henry's indestructible pencil is causing disaster at Northwest Southeast Central school. Jack has gone mad with desire and he will stop at nothing to stop Henry destroying it. But, with every drawing another disaster befalls one of their classmates. Just when there appears to be no hope, Henry may have found a solution to save his friends and his favourite teacher, Mr Brainfright.
ISBN 9780330424172
Series Schooling around (2 of 4)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Griffiths, Andy
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74282
Pencil, The
A lonely little pencil creates things which have a life of their own. All is well until pencil draws a rubber which then creates mayhem. Pencil must work out a way to stop the rubber from rubbing out every drawing.
ISBN 9781406309621
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Ahlberg, Allan & Ingman, Bruce (ill)
No book cover.
4443
Penderwicks on Gardam Street, The
The Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Jane, Skye and Batty, are ready for an adventure but what happens isn't quite what they had in mind. When Mr Penderwick's sister, their Aunt Claire, decides it's time for him to start dating, it can only mean one thing, disaster.
ISBN 9780440868408
Publisher Corgi Books, 2009
Birdsall, Jeanne
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111115
Penguin book: birds in suits, The
Some are shy, some are curious and some are grumpy enough to give you a slap as you walk by. But, all penguins are amazing. Includes seventeen different species of penguin, with fact boxes and descriptions of penguin physiology and habitats.
ISBN 9781921167300
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2006
Norman, Mark
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26397
Penultimate peril, The
The Baudelaires have reached the last safe place, where they encounter a harpoon gun, two mysterious initials, a notorius villan and an unsavory curry.
ISBN 9780064410151
Series Series of unfortunate events (12 of 13)
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2005
Snicket, Lemony
No book cover.
308
Peppermint Pig, The
Poll and her family have to move to a small town in the English countryside in the early twentieth century. They take their family pet, a pig. Now Poll's father has gone away and there is a mystery surrounding his departure.
ISBN 9780140309447
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Bawden, Nina
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26857
Percy Jackson and the battle of the labyrinth
After battling some cheerleaders, Percy needs to defend camp against his arch-enemy and bloodthirsty monsters. To battle this army, Percy needs to navigate his way through the Labyrinth.
ISBN 9780141321271
Series Percy Jackson series (4 of 5)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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3836
Percy Jackson and the last Olympian
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the sea, is about to turn sixteen and he will discover if the great prophecy is about him and if he will save the world and Olympus, or join Kronos and the Titans.
ISBN 9780141382937
Series Percy Jackson series (5 of 5)
Publisher Puffin UK, 2009
Riordan, Rick
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28424
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
Percy never knew he was the son of a Greek God but, when he vaporized his maths teacher, he was taken to camp and taught to sword fight, battle monsters and stay alive to find Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
ISBN 9780141319131
Series Percy Jackson series (1 of 5)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2008
Riordan, Rick
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22719
Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters
Camp Half-Blood is coming under attack and Percy needs to find the Golden Fleece to protect the camp's borders from the monsters trying to invade.
ISBN 9780141319148
Series Percy Jackson series (2 of 5)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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10362
Percy Jackson and the titan's curse
Five heroes will begin this quest, not all will return home. They must battle Titan's skeleton warriors, defeat a half-lion, half-human and save Annabeth.
ISBN 9780141321264
Series Percy Jackson series (3 of 5)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2010
Riordan, Rick
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Percy Jackson series
The gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century. They still fall in love with mortals and have children who are half-god and half-human, like the heroes of the old Greek myths. 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 Percy Jackson series (5 books)
Riordan, Rick
No book cover.
61820
Perry Angel's suitcase
It has taken Perry Angel almost seven years to find the place where he belongs. He arrives at the Kingdom of Silk one day on the 10.30 express, carrying only a small and shabby suitcase embossed with five golden letters. Perry won't let go of his suitcase.
ISBN 9780733322556
Series Kingdom of silk (3 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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15453
Pet crabs
An 'old Koori lad' tricks some 'gungies' (police) about his seafood hunting practices, highlighting laws about Native Title Fishing rights.
ISBN 9780975686034
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Simon, Leslie A & Davis, J
No book cover.
25048
Pet's revenge
Edgar and Ellen's creature, Pet, has always observed their antics with horror, staying out of their way as much as possible. But now he's getting his own back.
ISBN 9780733619274
Series Edgar & Ellen series (4 of 6)
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Ogden, Charles
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3322
Peter Pan
In this classic, magical Peter Pan comes to the night nursery of the Darling children. He teaches them to fly and takes them through the sky to Never-Never Land for many adventures, including a battle with the infamous villain, Captain Hook.
ISBN 9781853261206
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Barrie, J M
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12740
Peter Pan in scarlet
The former lost boys of Peter Pan's Neverland now lead normal adult lives but are plagued by realistic dreams. In this gripping official sequel, they return to find Peter Pan and to seek some answers.
ISBN 9780192726209
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2006
McCaughrean, Geraldine
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2700
Petrifying problem with Princess Petronella, The
On planet, Globagaskar, the King and Queen have gone on holiday, leaving their spoilt daughter, Princess Petronella, in charge. Her latest idea is to turn Earth into a rubbish dump and move all the inhabitants to another planet. Nicola and the Space Brigade embark on a mission to save Earth.
ISBN 9780330423007
Series Space brigade (1 of 2)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Moriarty, L M
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10854
Phaery named Phredde, A
Meet Phredde, the coolest phaery in the universe. Phredde is tiny, ferocious and Pru's best friend. And with Pru's brother turning into a werewolf, Pru needs all the magic help she can get.
ISBN 9780207200007
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
3332
Phantom tollbooth, The
A young boy receives a special birthday gift that takes him on a journey through an extraordinary land.
ISBN 9780394820378
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1993
Juster, Norton
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2837
Phar Lap, the wonder horse
The story of Phar Lap is famous in Australia's history. His story is told in the form of a ballad accompanied by vivid illustrations that evoke the period.
ISBN 9780980381313
Publisher Museum Victoria, 2008
Topics / Australian Author /
Kerin, Jackie & Mullins, Patricia (ill)
No book cover.
8629
Pharaoh's armies, The
Find out about the dangerous battles of the soldiers in the Pharaohs' armies, how foot soldiers were trained, their weapons and ancient Egyptian mythology. Lots of fascinating snippets of information and explanations of foreign or ancient words.
ISBN 9781420267907
Series Ancient and Medieval people series (6 books)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Park, Louise & Love, Timothy
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7983
Pharaoh: death and life of a God
Egypt of the Pharaohs comes to life in this brilliant account of the reign of two pharaohs, Seti I and his son, Ramesses II, known as Ramesses the Great. Ramesses reigned as Pharaoh of Egypt for sixty-five years and built more temples than any other ruler in Egyptian history. The life, death and successes of each pharaoh are described against the backdrop of life and customs in Egypt at the time.
ISBN 9781862915930
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2008
Kennett, David
No book cover.
310
Pheasant and Kingfisher
Beautifully illustrated, by an Aboriginal artist from Cairns, the retelling of how creatures came into the world during the Dreamtime. The author, an anthropologist, lived among the Aborigines in the north of Australia for many years.
ISBN 9781863889742
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1998
Berndt, Catherine & Meeks, Arone Raymond (ill)
No book cover.
89611
Phoebe Nash: girl warrior
Phoebe is holidaying with her family in Africa. From the outset things do not go according to plan as Phoebe becomes involved in an adventure of a lifetime, having witnessed the kidnapping of an African politician, and then being part of his rescue. All this is set in the wilds of Africa, with lions and elephants aplenty.
ISBN 9780980566420
Publisher Laguna Bay Publishing, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
D'Ath, Justin
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65482
Phredde and a frog named Bruce
Another spooky story starring Phredde, a fractious but fun-loving phaery. When your teacher's a vampire, your brother's a werewolf and a frog named Bruce refuses to try to help to save Sleeping Beauty from the Prince, something has to give.
ISBN 9780207200014
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
65483
Phredde and the ghostly underpants
Another spooky story starring Phredde, a fractious but fun-loving phaery. Strange yellow puddles are appearing all over the house, Phredde and Bruce keep sneaking off and, most importantly, someone is stealing Pru's underpants.
ISBN 9780207200328
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
9745
Phredde and the leopard skin librarian
A school excursion goes horribly wrong. Phredde, Pru, Bruce and their vampire teacher, Mrs Olsen, head back into the time of the dinosaurs with Miss Richards, the librarian and martial arts expert.
ISBN 9780207200274
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
14213
Phredde and the purple pyramid
Phredde, Pru and Bruce are back and this time they are in ancient Egypt. It seems Fluffy, Queen of the Nile, has sent a time tunnel to seek out a brave and brilliant girl to save her
ISBN 9780207199349
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
7901
Phredde and the temple of gloom
Prudence is invited by her father's distant werewolf cousins to their castle to hunt for some missing 'treasure'. Phredde and Bruce accompany Pru, who is well aware that if she fails then her father will have to take her place. This book is also known as 'A story to eat with a mandarin: Phredde and the temple of gloom'.
ISBN 9780207200267
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
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17037
Phredde and the vampire footy team
It's a new school term and Phredde and her friends in the school footy team are determined to beat the West Wallabies, who are a footy team of vampires.
ISBN 9780207200106
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
14703
Phredde and the zombie librarian
There's a zombie librarian tending her blood-starved books in the school library and a five thousand year old Egyptian mummy roaming the corridors. Phredde and Pru must escape.
ISBN 9780207200021
Series Phredde series (12 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
No book cover.
Phredde 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 Phredde series (12 books)
French, Jackie
No book cover.
10077
Pied Piper of Hamelin, The
In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens, while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. An orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin. But, when the greedy mayor breaks his word, the piper lures the town's children away.
ISBN 9781406315110
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Topics / Environment /
Morpurgo, Michael & Clark, Emma Chichester (ill)
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311
Pig called Francis Bacon, A
Francis Bacon is an intelligent, talking pig among intelligent, talking pigs.
ISBN 9780733616709
Series Francis Bacon series (1 of 4)
Topics / Australian Author /
Measday, Stephen
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1665

New
Pigeon spy, The
Can one heroic homing pigeon make it through enemy territory to save two hundred American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines.
ISBN 9781408191712
Series World War I tales series - NEW SERIES 2014 (3 of 4)
Publisher A & C Black, 2013
Deary, Terry
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3347
Piggotts in peril
The Piggotts of Piggot Place return, triumphantly, in this cleverly-paced story of elusive pirate treasure.
ISBN 9780207197833
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Ball, Duncan
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312
Pigs and honey
An account of an Aboriginal family on a weekend outing.
ISBN 9781863880466
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1993
Adams, Jeanie
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313
Pilawuk: when I was young
Pilawuk explains that she was one of the Stolen Generation, and describes her life growing up with non-Aboriginal families and her search for her surviving relatives.
ISBN 9781863742573
Publisher Era Publications, 1990
Brian, Janeen
No book cover.
7255
Pinhoe egg, The
In the village around Chrestomanci castle, magic is being misused and when Cat Chant finds the Pinhoe egg, chaos begins, and Chrestomanci may not be the one able to bring control to the villages.
ISBN 9780007228553
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2007
Jones, Diana Wynne
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3355
Pinocchio
The classic tale of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet, carved by Old Gepetto, whose nose grows longer whenever he tells a lie. He runs away and joins a circus but a talking cricket and Pinocchio's guardian fairy save him and his wish is granted.
ISBN 9781853261602
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 2002
Collodi, Carlo
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7014
Pinquo
The emotional story of Pinquo, a fairy penguin, who lives in a penguin colony in South Australia.
ISBN 9781863025324
Publisher New Holland Australia, 1992
Topics / Australian Author /
Thiele, Colin & Milton, Mary (ill)
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15322
Pipeline C Y O'Connor built, The
Fantastic photographs, diagrams and drawings explain how water was pumped to the Kalgoorlie goldfields because of one man's vision. Told in the style of 'The house that Jack built'.
ISBN 9781920731601
Publisher Sandcastle, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
Lefroy, Joy & Frylinck, Diana & Duke, Marion (ill)
No book cover.
315
Pippi Longstocking
A humorous story about a super strong, super rich pirate's daughter who has adventures with her two friends, a monkey and a horse.
ISBN 9780192718433
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2002
Lindgren, Astrid & Ross, Tony (ill)
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933

New
Pirate company: on the trail of the golden toucan
When Tom's famous father fails to return home from an expedition, his corrupt step-mother has the explorer declared dead. Eager to be rid of her stepson, she ships him off to his stuffy old aunt in Boston. But his journey takes an unexpected turn. Before long he is working on a pirate ship and making plans to mount an expedition to discover his father's whereabouts.
ISBN 9781742990026
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Cason, Susan
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756
Pirate play
It's time for the annual Average Primary School stage show. The bad news is that Principal Dorking is the producer but the good news is that students who are chosen to be in the play will get an extra two days off school. Naturally, Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison are not going to miss out on this deal.
ISBN 9781420278262
Series Get real series (9 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
No book cover.
30760
Pirate X
Will Shepherd is not having the best of times. After six days on the wintery streets of London, he is beaten and robbed. After losing consciousness, he wakes to find he has travelled back to 1717, to a world of danger. Forced to work on Blackbeard's pirate ship, looting and burning, Will's unlikely friend is Major Bonnet, a disaster as a pirate but the key to his survival.
ISBN 9780702238895
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Clark, Sherryl
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80691
Pirate's revenge, The
Lily is navigating on the Mermaid when she learns that her father may still be alive. Before she can follow this up, Lily again encounters the vile Captain Diablo who is seeking the fabled wealth of the Golden Grotto and forces Lily to reveal its location. Furious when he can't locate it, Diablo abandons Lily to die in the darkness.
ISBN 9781869505868
Series Swashbuckler trilogy, The (2 of 3)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Gardiner, Kelly
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109691
Pirates
Treasure, adventure, skull and crossbones, and MP3s. Jump on board and sail away with daring pirates from long ago to the present day. Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps.
ISBN 9781865047539
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Richardson, Christopher
No book cover.
46341
Pizza cake
A reader's feast. Ten wonderfully fresh stories, full of imagination and humour.
ISBN 9780143305989
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Gleitzman, Morris
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1925

New
Plague island
A kidnapping, a bird-napping and an offer of help from a mysterious stranger. That's just the start of a wild ride that leaves Colt (aka Superclown) and Birdy (aka Clowngirl) abandoned on remote, rat-infested Plague Island. When Birdy gets bitten by a ghost rat, she has only a few hours to live.
ISBN 9780143307303
Series Lost world circus series - NEW SERIES 2014 (5 of 4)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2014
Topics / Australian Author /
D'Ath, Justin
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111120
Planet of bones
Some planets seem to have no life forms, but that doesn't mean they have no danger.
ISBN 9781420218688
Series Out of this world series (4 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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111119
Planet of winds
Making friends on new planets is risky business. They may never want you to leave.
ISBN 9781420218671
Series Out of this world series (3 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Odgers, Sally & Thomas, Georgina (ill)
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5115
Planet Snoz
Jesse and Harry's winning streak at soccer is interrupted by Hugo and Howard, from the Planet Snoz, and their plea for interplanetary help. Hugo and Howard need a dastardly and devious plan and they both know how dastardly and devious Jesse and Harry can be. The boys must win the Interplanetary Soccer Championship and save the universe from Planet Dogsbreath.
ISBN 9781420276893
Series Get real series (5 of 10)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Kettle, Phil & Webb, Melissa (ill)
No book cover.
5345
Planetwatch
A comprehensive look at life on Earth, a fragile and changing place. Find out how climate change affects the world around us and what might happen in the future to the food we eat, the air we breathe and the land we live on.
ISBN 9781740337021
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2009
Topics / Environment /
Bramwell, Martyn & Burnie, David & Dicks, Lynn & Few, Roger
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111141
Plant world
Perry, Fasool and Mardi are thrown into the plant world dungeon. If the slaves won't help them they will have to get themselves out, somehow.
ISBN 9781420211771
Series Out of this world series (14 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Collins, Paul, Lin, Matt (ill) & Lin, Aaron (ill)
No book cover.
19091
Playground
Read the true stories about the childhood of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compiled from memoirs and oral histories. Find out about getting bush tucker, going fishing, taking part in ceremony, playing games and having fun. The warmth of home, the love of family and the strength of community shine through every story. Eighty Elders, both past and present, have contributed their words or artwork.
ISBN 9781742370972
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Wheatley, Nadia (ed) & Searle, Ken (ill)
No book cover.
52287
Plum puddings and paper moons
It's almost Christmas time in Cameron's Creek and it's a time for wishes, big and small. Scarlet, the oldest of the Rainbow girls, is not sure if wishes come true.
ISBN 9780733328664
Series Kingdom of silk (5 of 6)
Publisher ABC Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Millard, Glenda & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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66373
Pocahontas: the prophecy of doom
The native Americans of Virginia have destroyed another tribe in response to a prophecy they had that strangers would come to Chesapeake Bay and destroy them. Unfortunately, a group of English settlers land on this spot in 1607 after the massacre. Pocahontas is dismayed at her tribe's mistake but her efforts to right the situation only make it worse. The true story of her meeting with John Smith.
ISBN 9781406313734
Series Before they were famous series (3 of 6)
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Corby, Caroline
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5372
Poems by young Australians Vol 6
Enjoy this collection of bright, witty, powerful and dark poems, written by students from five to seventeen years for The Taronga Foundation poetry prize.
ISBN 9781741664065
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Petty, Ron (ed) & Grieve, Bradley Trevor (ill)
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9273
Poems in my luggage
Includes a wide variety of Australian poems - humorous, reflective, serious and wise.
ISBN 9780140342796
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1989
Topics / Australian Author /
Thiele, Colin
No book cover.
6472
Poison pen
Poppy and Graham volunteer to be student ambassadors at the Good Reads Festival. They think it will be an opportunity to meet some popular authors but they have no idea how competitive the literary world is. A series of anonymous threats and mysterious accidents lead the pair to believe that someone at the festival is not who they appear to be.
ISBN 9781406328615
Series Poppy Fields (9 books)
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Landman, Tanya
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26707
Polar eyes: a journey to Antarctica
Find out where penguins go to dance, what it's like to sleep in an igloo and how ancient ice can be used as a time machine. Take a journey through the scenes and science of one of the most fascinating parts of the planet, and try some hands-on activities. Heat-related activities may require supervision.
ISBN 9780643096103
Publisher CSIRO, 2009
Patrick, Tanya & Hutcheson, Nicholas (ill)
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109703
Poles apart
Put on your snow shoes and meet some of the creatures, people and places from the coldest places on Earth, the North and South Poles. Find out about these icy lands where plants cannot grow and daylight can last for weeks on end.
ISBN 9781865047751
Series X-zone series (48 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Patton, Geoff
No book cover.
18565
Polly's march
The new occupants in the apartment upstairs turn out to be two women friends who are heavily involved in the suffragette movement. Polly is inspired by their beliefs and finds herself questioning the views of those around her.
ISBN 9780746060315
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Newbery, Linda
No book cover.
59598
Pompeii: a Roman girl's diary AD78-79
Claudia lives in Pompeii and begins her diary in August AD 78. She has been to the forum and felt the earth shake. It is a day of portents and omens, and on this same day, she first sees the mysterious slave boy, Aengus. Their paths continue to cross as they live in the shadow of the great volcano, Vesuvius.
ISBN 9781407103082
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Reid, Sue
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36815
Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend
In a country town, the kids in class 6A tell their stories. Mick, school captain and sometimes trouble-maker, wants to make the school a better place, while brother Jacob just wants to fly. Shy Laura hopes to fit in with a circle of friends, while Pete struggles to deal with his grandpa's sudden death. Selina obsesses over class comedian Cameron, while Cameron obsesses over Anzac biscuits and Pookie Aleera - whoever that is.
ISBN 9780702249280
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Herrick, Steven
No book cover.
318
Pop-up machines
Twenty-eight working pop-up machines feature in this book.
ISBN 9780744507850
Publisher Walker Books, 1988
Crowther, Robert
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12942
Pope John Paul II: Pope for the people
In 1978, Karol Wojtyla from Poland became Pope John Paul II. Through photographs, quotations and a glossary of terms, this book gives an insight into his life.
ISBN 9780750232487
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Burns, Peggy
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24732
Poppy and the thief
It's 1864 and Poppy is on the road again, heading to the town of Wahgunyah. On the way, she meets a stranger, who seems to know something about her past and her special letter with the red tiger seal. But, the more time Poppy spends with this boy, the more difficult he becomes and Poppy wonders if she can really trust him.
ISBN 9780143305347
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
No book cover.
25888
Poppy at Summerhill
It's 1864 and Poppy, disguised as a boy, has escaped from Bird Creek Mission to find her brother, Gus. Life on the road is tough. When Poppy is given shelter at Summerhill Homestead, she meets a new friend, Noni. Poppy must keep her identity a secret as she tries to find Gus.
ISBN 9780143305330
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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33467
Poppy comes home
It's 1864 and Poppy, disguised as a lost princess from India, has joined a travelling medicine show. They're about to enter the town of Beechworth, where her brother Gus told her he was heading months before. Poppy is so happy to think that she might find Gus at last. But when Poppy follows the clues, they lead her to the cemetery.
ISBN 9780143305354
Series Our Australian girl (20 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2011
Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Poppy Fields
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 Poppy Fields (9 books)
Landman, Tanya
No book cover.
111135
Portal to Halycrus
Vicious swine hunting above ground. Strange aliens underground. Scott wonders about what kind of a world he has tumbled into.
ISBN 9781420218695
Series Out of this world series (11 of 16)
Publisher Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, 2007
Wong, Keira & Fong, Douglas (ill)
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6709
Pow: meet the renewables
A fun look at how renewable energy can help turn around climate change and all the positive ways you can help. The Renewables want to Power Our World and give everyone a bright, clean, energy-efficient, power-filled, pollution-free tomorrow.
ISBN 9780958187848
Publisher Etram Pty Ltd, 2008
Trafford, Caren & Lance, Charlotte (ill)
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Practical guide series
Beautifully illustrated, old-fashioned fantasy books with encyclopaedic information on magical things. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles.
Series Practical guide series (5 books)
Various
No book cover.
4526
Practical guide to dragon riding, A
If you are a serious student of dragon combat, dragon defences and dragon riding, this book includes everything you need to know about finding, raising and training a dragon mount.
ISBN 9780786949755
Series Practical guide series (4 of 5)
Publisher Wizards of the Coast, 2008
Trumbauer, Lisa & Hess, Nina (ed)
No book cover.
2791
Practical guide to dragons, A
Dragons hate sweet things. The dragon word for ugly is nurh. The best place to find a green dragon is behind a waterfall. If this is all news to you, you need to read a practical guide to dragons. Beautifully illustrated with quaintly presented encyclopaedic knowledge about dragons.
ISBN 9780786941643
Series Practical guide series (1 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2006
Trumbauer, Lisa
No book cover.
82831
Practical guide to faeries, A
Peek inside the secret world of faeries and find out the difference between a pixie and a nixie, and what happens if you nibble on a piece of faerie food. A mischievous pixie named Pip invites you to tour the wonders of the feywild. Once you've entered faerie land, you may never want to go home again.
ISBN 9780786951406
Series Practical guide series (5 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2009
Morris, Susan
No book cover.
2506
Practical guide to monsters, A
Find out how to trick a troll, whether vampires sleep and if you need to worry about yuan-ti. The spooky, unexpected and always fascinating world of monsters is showcased in this fantasy encyclopaedia.
ISBN 9780786948093
Series Practical guide series (2 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2007
Hess, Nina (ed)
No book cover.
2422
Practical guide to wizardry, A
A fantastical introduction to wizards, including all the secrets needed in the first year of wizard training and magic. Beautifully illustrated and imaginative guide to all things wizardly.
ISBN 9780786950423
Series Practical guide series (3 of 5)
Publisher Mirrorstone, 2008
Morris, Susan
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319
Present takers, The
Bullies have spoiled Lucy Hall's birthday and are threatening to ruin her entire year. A gang of aggressive girls has chosen Lucy as their newest target and Lucy is unwilling and unable to defend herself or ask for help.
ISBN 9780099991601
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1994
Topics / Australian Author /
Chambers, Aidan
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14976
Preston Campbell edition, The (An Indij sport report)
An insight into the life and family of Preston Campbell, a talented player with the Penrith Panthers rugby league team. Exciting layout contributes to the impact of the text and makes information more accessible.
ISBN 9780975686041
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Campbell, Preston & McDougall, Wendy (ill)
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22779
Previously
A fascinating backwards walk through familiar narratives that would appeal to multiple age groups, the read to and the reading. A sound knowledge of fairy stories and nursery rhymes and a willingness to think in new ways are prerequisites for enjoying this book to the full.
ISBN 9781844280629
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Ahlberg, Allan & Ingman, Bruce
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67810
Priceless painting pinched
A suspicious new art teacher starts at Zac and Hannah's school just as the newspaper headlines announce the robbery of a priceless painting. Follow the clues and the red herrings, collect the evidence and check out the suspects to solve the crime of the missing painting.
ISBN 9781405037334
Series Who dun it series (2 of 4)
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Holper, Paul & Torok, Simon & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
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3493
Prince Caspian: return to Narnia
Prince Caspian is in danger when his wicked uncle, King Miraz, decides to get rid of the young heir to the throne. In desperation, Caspian blows the magic horn, calling on Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund in Narnia's hour of need.
ISBN 9780006716792
Series Chronicles of Narnia (2 of 7)
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2000
Lewis, C S
No book cover.
15446
Prince of butterflies
A beautiful story about John Farrington, a boy who loved butterflies and grew into a man who saved them.
ISBN 9780152014544
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2002
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Coville, Bruce & Clapp, John (ill)
No book cover.
9244
Princess bride, The
A classic story of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers and true love.
ISBN 9780747545187
Publisher Bloomsbury, 1999
Goldman, William
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45243
Princess of Egypt: an Egyptian girl's diary 1490 BC
Asha, the daughter of King Thutmose, does not want to live the constrained life of privileged, pampered Egyptian women. She loves to train her body and her mind, and resents the power and importance of men. One day, a prophecy foretells that a young woman will prove to be the best man in the Two Kingdoms and Asha is caught up in a world of plots, danger and intrigue.
ISBN 9781407103099
Series My story (16 books)
Publisher Scholastic UK, 2008
Cross, Vince
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12340
Private and confidential
Laura, an English girl, discovers that her Australian pen pal is blind. She decides to learn to use a Braille machine to send him a get-well-soon card. They are soon sending Braille letters to each other, making their letters private and confidential.
ISBN 9780711220973
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2003
Ripley, Marion & Backhouse, Colin
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33203
Problem child, The
The sisters Grimm come face to face with their parents' kidnappers, and are stunned when one of them turns out to be the world's most famous fairy-tale character and the other an unstoppable killing-machine known as the Jabberwocky.
ISBN 9781741690057
Series Sisters Grimm series (3 of 7)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2007
Buckley, Michael & Ferguson, Peter (ill)
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9920
Problem pony
Beth has always wanted a horse of her own. She is thrilled when she has the chance to look after a pony called Brady. But, Brady is a problem pony who doesn't seem to want to be friends with her.
ISBN 9780143302599
Series Aussie bites (84 books)
Publisher Puffin Australia, 2006
Clark, Sherryl & Young, Noela
No book cover.
4935
Probuditi
Calvin and his friends hypnotise Calvin's little sister, Trudy, and make her do lots of silly things. It is only at the last moment, before Mum comes home, that she snaps out of her hypnotic state.
ISBN 9781842707005
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2008
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Van Allsburgh, Chris
No book cover.
10948
Project, The
It all began with a book so boring that nobody would ever read it, the perfect place to hide a terrible secret. Now the book has emerged from its hiding place and the world may never be the same. A prank leads Luke and Tommy into a world of trouble, requiring all their investigative skills to save civilisation from a catastrophic occurrence. World War ll, da Vinci's inventions, and time travel all come into play.
ISBN 9781921529795
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Falkner, Brian
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31244

New
Promise, The
Australian soldier Nelson Ferguson was wounded in battle by poison gas which damaged his eyes and lungs. These injuries were made worse because Nelson was an artist and a cornet player. After he died many years later, Nelson's grandson wanted to ensure Australians remembered what happened to thousands of young soldiers in World War 1.
ISBN 9780987313966
Publisher One Day Hill Pty Ltd, 2012
Guille, Derek & Kaff-eine (ill)
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15528
Punjabi pappadum, The
The legendary, mouthwatering Punjabi Pappadum is doing it tough against the flashy new Burger Barn. There's something sinister going on and it's down to best mates Veejay, Dexter and Travis to get to the bottom of it.
ISBN 9780702233630
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2003
Newton, Robert
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8340
Pure chance
It's Lizzie's dream to have her own horse. Her family seems to have just enough money for everyone else, except Lizzie.
ISBN 9780744524000
Publisher Walker Books, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Rubinstein, Gillian
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26613
Puzzle palace
Brain Davis is one of five lucky winners of the Puzzle Palace competition. His prize is being one of the first kids to enter Puzzle Palace, part theme park, part brainteaser. Brain will be challenged as never before. And, even if he and the other four winners solve the puzzles and make it all the way through, something awaits them at the very end, something they will never suspect.
ISBN 9780980724103
Series Quizzical series (3 of 3)
Publisher LJD Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Davidson, Leanne
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68950
Pyramid
Find out all about Egyptian tombs known as pyramids. There is also information about pyramids in Mexico, Nubia and Central America. Reading this book is like visiting a mini museum.
ISBN 9780756607173
Series Eyewitness series (30 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2004
Putnam, James
No book cover.
2176
Pyro Watson and the hidden treasure
Pyro Watson loves pirates, treasure and maps. When he is stranded with his Aunt Mor in her caravan on the beach with her latest beau, Pyro calls on Simeon the pirate to pass the time. When Pyro meets another boy, Min, life at the holiday camp becomes more interesting and then dangerous when the local bullies claim territorial rights to the beach.
ISBN 9781741664164
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Hilton, Nette & Rogers, Gregory (ill)
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