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 Read reviewThe One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013  Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will...

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Maggot Moon

Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner, Julian Crouch

Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up againt an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing in this utterly original and spell-binding book.

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 Read reviewA Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine 1

A Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine 1

Moriarty, Jaclyn

Fourteen-year-old Madeleine Tully has run away from home with her mother. They are now living in an attic in Cambridge, but Madeleine knows it's just until her father forgives her and takes them back home. In the meantime, she is...

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Crow Country

Crow Country

Kate Constable

When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?

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This is Not My Hat

This is Not My Hat

Jon Klassen, J Klassen

From the creator of the #1 New York Times -bestselling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale. Full color.

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Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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The Runaway Hug

The Runaway Hug

Nick Bland, Freya Blackwood

The Kate Greenaway Award winner Nick Bland's latest picture book THE RUNAWAY HUG (2011). Before go to bed, Lucy brushed her teeth, changed into her cute pajamas but she couldn't sleep. She forgot one important thing to get a hug...

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My Big Shouting Day

My Big Shouting Day

Rebecca Patterson

Bella's biscuit is broken, she has a hurting foot and ballet is too itchy for words. All she can do is shout. But by the end of the day, when she's all tired out from being shouty, Bella knows there's one magic word and one magic...

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In Darkness

In Darkness

Nick Lake

Shorty is given a choice. But is he man enough to make it. An audacious and astounding novel that grips the heart and the imagination

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Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea

Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea

Stephanie Owen Reeder

This is an exciting tale of the courage of 16-year-old Grace Bussell, an ordinary teenage girl who is thrust into an extraordinary situation when a steamship runs aground near her home on the south-west coast of Australia in 1876....

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The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

Aaron Blabey

Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee.The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they've had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary...

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Only Ever Always

Penni Russon

Only Ever Always is a beautifully crafted and emotionally intense novel that teases out the intriguing idea of the line between self and the material world.

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The Teenage Years

The Teenage Years

Jamie Thomson, Dirk Lloyd

Winner of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize! I will tell you all my secrets. But then of course I'm going to have to kill you...

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Ben and Duck

Ben and Duck

Sara Acton

One day Ben decides to go to the park and feed the ducks. There he meets a particularly persuasive duck who follows him home. A delightfully illustrated and funny story about the development of a new relationship between Ben...

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 Read reviewWhere Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back

John Corey Whaley

Just when 17-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. Tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the...

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Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt

Jack Gantos

Jack's summer has hit a dead end ...After being 'grounded for life', Jack is facing a summer of doing nothing. He might crash in his Dad's homemade plane, or catch the disease that makes you dance yourself to death, or fall foul...

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A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy

Chris Raschka

In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Full color.

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 Read reviewThe Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly...

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 Read reviewShadow Girl

Shadow Girl

John Larkin

The shadow girl never imagined she'd live on the streets. After her parents disappear, life with her aunt & uncle takes a sinister turn. She tricks her way into a new school & pretends to have a loving family. No one knows she...

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The Dead I Know

The Dead I Know

Scot Gardner

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him - his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his...

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A Bus Called Heaven

A Bus Called Heaven

Bob Graham

One morning it appeared, out of nowhere, sitting right outside Stella's house - a broken, old bus. On the front of it, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign that says, Heaven . How did it get there? Everyone...

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When We Were Two

When We Were Two

Robert Newton

Dan has had it with his Dad. He's not going to take the abuse anymore. He's sixteen, old enough to leave; maybe he'll find his long-lost mother in the process. What Dan doesn't count on is being followed by his younger brother...

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Goodnight, Mice!

Goodnight, Mice!

Watts, Frances, Watson, Judy

Celebrate the rituals of bedtime with Mitzi, Billy, Clementine and Oliver. The perfect bedtime book! Age 2+ Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction A CBCA Notable Book Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum...

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The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon

This takes the form of Tom's battered homework diary - crammed with his doodles and stories.

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Cats Ahoy!

Cats Ahoy!

Peter Bently, Jim Field

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011: a swashbuckling tale of pirate plunder, derring do and a huge haul of haddock!

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Fearless

Fearless

Davis, Sarah, Thompson, Colin

CBC shortlisted picture book - now in paperback! When a new baby is born it's difficult to tell if it will grow up to be big or small or brave or scared of the dark and spiders. So sometimes babies get the wrong name. It's the...

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 Read reviewThe Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow!

The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow!

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

This is the latest book of nonsense verse, mayhem and madness to come from the award-winning and immensely popular duo.

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The Battle of Rondo

The Battle of Rondo

Emily Rodda

Peril awaits Leo and Mimi on their return to the fantastic world of Rondo. With the help of Rondo's seven best witches and wizards, their friends have made plans to combat the attacks of the Blue Queen. But it soon becomes clear...

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Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard

Morris Gleitzman

A story of adventure, ball control and hope. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive...

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Dog Loves Books

Dog Loves Books

Louise Yates

Dog loves books about dinosaurs and Dog loves books about aliens: in fact Dog loves all books. Dog has his very own bookshop, although he doesn't have many customers. But that's all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books,...

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Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

Cath Crowley

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose. Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it. Jazz and Leo are slowly...

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The Wrong Book

The Wrong Book

Nick Bland

Nicholas Ickle is trying to tell a story, but he keeps getting interrupted by characters from other stories - a pirate, a queen, even some monsters! To get a chance to tell his story, he has to convince the others that they are in...

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 Special priceWithering Tights

Withering Tights

Rennison, Louise

The misadventures of Tallulah Casey... Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen - laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed! Age: 11...

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The Very Bad Book

The Very Bad Book

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

In a very bad wood, there was a very bad house. And in that very bad house, there was a very bad room. And in that very bad room, there was a very bad cupboard. And in that very bad cupboard, there was a very bad shelf. And on...

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The Tomorrow Book

The Tomorrow Book

Jackie French, Sue DeGennaro

A timely picture book about a young prince who is determined to rule over a country where the future is filled with environmental hope - and practical solutions. Lively, fun and positive, this book serves to give young people...

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Town

Town

Roy, James

In this award-winning novel, James Roy uses the short story to explore the lives of the young residents of an Australian town and the social tapestry of their community. This town doesn't have a name. But if it seems familiar, its...

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A Brief History of Montmaray

A Brief History of Montmaray

Michelle Cooper

'I need to write down what has just happened. I need to set down the truth. If I write lies or if I write nothing at all, this journal is worthless. I must do this, in case anything happens. All right. This is what happened...

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Tomorrow All Will be Beautiful

Tomorrow All Will be Beautiful

Brigid Lowry

A collection of stories and poetry by the popular and award-winning author Brigid Lowry, Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful will make you laugh, cry, dance and sing.

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Maudie and Bear

Maudie and Bear

Jan Ormerod, Freya Blackwood

Maudie's world revolves around Maudie. Bear's world also revolves around Maudie - he is as patient and solid as a rock. Maudie is so confident of Bear's love she makes little effort to deserve it. Bear's remedy for loving Maudie...

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Star Jumps

Marwood, Lorraine

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Return of the Word Spy: A funny and fantastic voyage into language, grammar and beyond... The

Return of the Word Spy: A funny and fantastic voyage into language, grammar and beyond… The

Dubosarsky, Ursula, Tohby Riddle

Our favourite word sleuth is back! Learn all about language families, how we learn to speak, grammar and other wordy wonders with the wonderfully entertaining, delightfully quirky and always enlightening Word Spy.

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 Read reviewMidnight Zoo The

Midnight Zoo The

Hartnett, Sonya

Two gypsy boys are fleeing through a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. The boys stumble across a town that has been reduced to smoking rubble, and a zoo that is still intact. When the boys take shelter in the zoo,...

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 Read reviewThe Hard Light of Day: An Artist's Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country

The Hard Light of Day: An Artist’s Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country

Rod Moss

An insight into the reality of life in the Centre, from the MacDonnell Ranges and the textures and sounds of Arrernte culture, to the endemic violence, alcoholism and ill-health that are devastating Aboriginal lives. Illustrated...

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 Read reviewNotes from the Teenage Underground

Notes from the Teenage Underground

Simmone Howell

Taking their anti-social edge one step further, seventeen-year-old Gem and her friends decide to go underground. But in the back of her mind, Gem's worried, and as the weeks draw closer to Christmas appearances start to deceive...

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Shake a Leg

Shake a Leg

Boori Monty Pryor, Jan Ormerod

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're...

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Mirror

Baker, Jeannie

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 Read reviewOne Small Island

One Small Island

Alison Lester, Coral Tulloch

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. This title tells the story of this...

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Now

Now

Morris Gleitzman

In this sequel to Then, Felix is a grandfather. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him. Together they face a cataclysmic event - an event...

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The Red Wind

The Red Wind

Isobelle Carmody

Brothers Zluty and Bily live happily in their house in the desert. Every year Zluty journeys to the great forest while Bily stays to tend their home. Every year Zluty returns with exciting tales of his adventures. But then a...

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