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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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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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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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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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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

From the creator of the Joey Pigza series comes an original, outrageously funny portrait of growing up in a small town where the strangest things are about to happen.

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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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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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Fearless

Fearless

Colin Thompson, Sarah Davis

Sometimes babies get the wrong name. It's the same with dogs. So when the Claybourne-Willments, who should have been called the Smiths, got Fearless as a little puppy, it seemed a good name for him. Except Fearless wasn't. How...

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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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Withering Tights

Withering Tights

Louise Rennison

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010!

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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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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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 Special priceStar Jumps

Star Jumps

Lorraine Marwood

A poignant verse novel depicting the joys and heartbreaks of a farming family as they struggle to cope with the devastating effects of long-term drought. Told through the eyes of Ruby, day-to-day farm life involves playing in...

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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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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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