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 Read reviewSam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find... nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. In this title, attentive...

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Louise Loves Art

Louise Loves Art

Kelly Light

After drawing a picture of her cat, a young girl searches for the perfect place to hang her masterpiece.

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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Rick Riordan

In this whirlwind tour of Greek mythology, Percy Jackson gives his personal take on the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece - and reveals the truth about how they came to rule the world.

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The Dying of the Light

The Dying of the Light

Derek Landy

The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain't big enough for the three of them. The end will come...

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To This Day

To This Day

Shane Koyczan

I'm not the only kid who grew up this way surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones as if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called.

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Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is a brand new look at the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon. *Young Reader's Edition*

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Sisters

Sisters

Raina Telgemeier

Raina can't wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born she realizes things won't be quite what she had expected. Despite Amara's cuteness, she is a cranky, grouchy baby. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years...

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 Read reviewApple and Rain

Apple and Rain

Sarah Crossan

A stunning new novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan that explores the bond between daughters and mothers, forgiveness, and the healing power of words.

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 Read reviewFalling into Place

Falling into Place

Amy Zhang

One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree.

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 Read reviewThe Jewel

The Jewel

Amy Ewing

Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce...

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When I Was A Girl In Sudan

When I Was A Girl In Sudan

Paskalina Eiyo

Like all Madi girls, Paskalina works hard, but she also has time to listen to stories, and to sing and dance. Written in English and Ma'di language, this is a story of traditional life written by Paskalina Eiyo, a Madi elder from...

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When I Was A Boy In Sudan

When I Was A Boy In Sudan

Sarafino Enadio

Ukuni and his friends use their wits to protect the community's crops from marauding birds and creatures. Written in English and Ma'di language, this is a story of traditional life written by Sarafino Enadio, a Madi man from...

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Why? Encyclopedia

Why? Encyclopedia

Answers trivia questions for kids with exciting and colourful 3D digital illustrations. This book brings key subjects such as science, geography and history to life, through beautiful 3D images and a fun interactive question and...

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The Little Factory of Illustration

The Little Factory of Illustration

Florie Saint-Val, Sarah Ardizzone

This beautiful book invites readers to join the Artful Sketcher on an exclusive tour of one of the most creative factories they'll ever know: the Little Factory of Potential Illustration. The factory is full of eccentric artists...

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 Read reviewAs Red As Blood

As Red As Blood

Salla Simukka

Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody's business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she...

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 Read reviewJamie Reign - the Hidden Dragon

Jamie Reign - the Hidden Dragon

P.J. Tierney

This is the series for every young boy who has dreamt of living on a boat, having extraordinary adventures - and discovering he is totally awesome at kung fu! This thrilling sequel to The Last Spirit Warrior sees Jamie...

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 Read reviewAre You Seeing Me?

Are You Seeing Me?

Darren Groth

This road trip will have earth-shattering consequences ...Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest. It's been a year since they watched their dad lose his...

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 Read reviewThe Giver

The Giver

Lois Lowry

In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws... THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep,...

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 Read reviewPlenty

Plenty

Ananda Braxton-Smith

Maddy Frank has always lived in Jermyn Street.But now her mum and dad are making her move from the city, far away to some place called Plenty. How will Maddy survive without everything and everyone she knows? But what about her...

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 Read reviewGaston

Gaston

Kelly DiPucchio, Christian Robinson

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances.

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I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literacy Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books

I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literacy Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books

Jackie French

Australian Children's Laureate, book lover and dyslexia sufferer Jackie French gives a wonderful insight into how you can help your child discover a world of books. Does your child love books, but can't stay still long enough to...

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 Read reviewOne Minute's Silence

One Minute’s Silence

David Metzenthen, Michael Camilleri

A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli. In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers...

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The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House

Sarah Smith

The Butterfly House is a charming story of friendship between children and their grandparents from one of the youngest talents in British illustration, Sarah Smith. The book's richly textured illustrations and delightful details...

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Emu

Emu

Claire Saxby, Graham Byrne

An exciting new addition to the narrative non-fiction series Nature Stories, about emus. Ages 5+.

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Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant

Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy

One AMAZING new novella. Three GRIPPING new stories. In the ULTIMATE story collection.

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Walk Tall

Walk Tall

Jim Stynes, Warwick Green

Walk Tall is a special younger readers' edition of the Jim Stynes autobiography My Journey, adapted by Warwick Green. Part football autobiography and part coming-of-age story, Walk Tall is an inspirational and unforgettable...

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I am Juliet

I am Juliet

Jackie French

The world's most famous love story told by one of Australia's most respected authors. This is the well - known story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo.

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Peppa Pig: The Official Annual 2015

Peppa Pig: The Official Annual 2015

Suitable for Peppa fans, this title features Peppa Pig books from Ladybird for you to enjoy including: The Big Tale of Little Peppa, Peppa's Big Race and more.

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Does This Happen to Everyone?: A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty

Does This Happen to Everyone?: A Budding Adult’s Guide to Puberty

Jan von Holleben, Antje Helms

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Do You Know Who You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are?

Includes questionnaires and quizzes for girls aged 14-17, offering creative ways to discover the real you. This book focuses on activities such as yes or no questions to help you approach some of teenage life's biggest issues,...

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How to Train Your Dragon: Incomplete Book of Dragons

How to Train Your Dragon: Incomplete Book of Dragons

Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon's Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third tells us everything you need to know about dragons...

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The Big Book of Old Tom

The Big Book of Old Tom

Leigh Hobbs

Five adventures of Leigh Hobbs' much loved characters, Old Tom and Angela Throgmorton, in one delightful collection.

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 Read reviewFiggy in the World

Figgy in the World

Tamsin Janu

Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy cant do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama.

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 Read reviewThe Giver Quartet

The Giver Quartet

Lois Lowry

Newbery Medal-winner Lois Lowry's acclaimed Giver Quartet series in a single-volume collection.

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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

Andy Seed, Scott Garrett

This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more. Discover The Great Stink, the man who ate a bike, a girl...

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Remembered by Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing

Remembered by Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing

Sally Morgan

You can't change the past, but you can live a different future.Bronwyn Bancroft These stories are powerful: sharing pain, humour, grief, hope and pride. Pride in family, community and survival. Pride in being Aboriginal.

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I am Cow Hear Me Moo!

I am Cow Hear Me Moo!

Jill Esbaum, Gus Gordon

Best-selling author, Jill Esbaum, and fantastic illustrator (author), Gus Gordon, team up for this funny and oddly reassuring rhyming romp about the brilliantly brave Nadine the Cow. Nadine is a 'truly remarkable cow' who is...

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Computer Coding for Kids

Computer Coding for Kids

Carol Vorderman

Computer coding is firmly back on the agenda as a key skill for children to start learning. Avoiding computer jargon, this book guides children through creating computer programs starting with the very basics. It is suitable for...

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 Read reviewThe Minnow

The Minnow

Diana Sweeney

A moving and powerful coming-of-age story with a whimsical element that belies the heart-breaking truth of grief and loss.

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Dork Diaries: TV Star

Dork Diaries: TV Star

Rachel Renee Russell

More diary entries and doodles from Nikki's not-so-fabulous life, in the new instalment of the phenomenally successful Dork Diaries series.

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 Read reviewIntruder

Intruder

Christine Bongers

I don't walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed. Kat Jones is woken by an Intruder looming over her bed. She's...

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How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie

How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie

Simon Mayle

Meet the funniest kid in fiction!

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 Read reviewLoyal Creatures

Loyal Creatures

Morris Gleitzman

In 2014 Morris Gleitzman promises to captivate his fans yet again with another heart-rending and compelling novel set in wartime. Once, Then, After and Now took us inside young people in World War Two. Loyal Creatures is the story...

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Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act

James Moloney

Matt Cooper is twelve, and spends quite a bit of his time honing his magic skills and tricks. He doesn't realise that his great-grandfather, Mattheus Coperneau, was a professional magician whose career came to a disastrous end...

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A Kid A Camera And A Big Idea

A Kid A Camera And A Big Idea

Do you have the movie bug? Is your hand constantly holding a camera and your head constantly dreaming up crazy stories? A Kid, A Camera, & A Big Idea is your step by step guide to making amazing films.

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Meet Douglas Mawson

Meet Douglas Mawson

Mike Dumbleton, Snip Green

This picture book series is about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson. Douglas Mawson led the first Australian expedition to the...

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Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

Rosanne Hawke

A beautifully written story of love, adversity and adventure from award-winning author Rosanne Hawke. When eight-year-old Kelsey goes to Pakistan so her mum and dad can help flood victims, she's miserable. It means missing out on...

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Stephen Biesty's Giant Vehicles

Stephen Biesty’s Giant Vehicles

Stephen Biesty

See inside some of the world s most enormous vehicles in this amazing lift-the-flap book by the award-winning, bestselling illustrator Stephen Biesty. Discover eight monster machines that little engineers will love finding out...

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Machine Wars

Machine Wars

Michael Pryor

The Bourne Identity meets The Terminator in this fast-paced technothriller for boys aged 10 to 14.

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Slaves of Socorro

Slaves of Socorro

John Flanagan

When Hal and the Heron brotherband become the Araluan duty ship, they're excited at the challenges ahead. But an enemy from their past returns, causing the Herons to be thrown into a dangerous new quest to free captured Araluans...

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 Read reviewMy Heart is Laughing

My Heart is Laughing

Rose Lagercrantz, Eva Eriksson

Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But some girlsarecruel to her . . It would all be okay if only Ella would move back. From the author of the critically acclaimed My Happy Life.

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101 Things for Kids to Do Outside

101 Things for Kids to Do Outside

Dawn Isaac

Packed with games, projects, crafts, experiments and gardening inspiration, 101 Things for Kids to do Outside will have your children racing out to try something new.

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In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

Sally Morgan, Bronwyn Bancroft

Susie is supposed to write about what she wants to be when she grows up. But she doesn't have a clue! When she has a series of puzzling dreams, Gran encourages her to think about their deeper meaning and Susie soon finds she knows...

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 Read reviewDo You Dare?: The Bushranger's Boys

Do You Dare?: The Bushranger’s Boys

Alison Lloyd

Do You Dare fills a much-needed gap for engaging Austraian historical fiction for boy readers aged 8 to 12. These fast-paced, adventure-driven stories effortlessly bring to life so many facets of our past.

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 Read reviewRivertime

Rivertime

Trace Balla

A gentle and beautiful book about slowing down and growing up, set on Australia's Glenelg River and featuring a ten-year-old boy and his uncle. Ages 8-12.

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 Read reviewThe Adventures of Sir Roderick, the Not-Very Brave

The Adventures of Sir Roderick, the Not-Very Brave

James O'Loghlin

Roderick doesn't want to be the knight who has to protect the kingdom! Isn't there someone else who can do it?

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 Read reviewQuincy Jordan

Quincy Jordan

Jen Storer

Quincy Jordan doesn't want to meet her hippie cousins and go to school in Crystal Bay. Her life in Sydney is perfect. There's no way that Quincy is going to be 'Crystallised' -- that is until her cousin Esme, the school musical...

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 Read reviewFangirl

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go...

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 Read reviewTwo Wolves

Two Wolves

Tristan Bancks

Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won't forget.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas An old man tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between...

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Playground Detectives

Playground Detectives

Sally Rippin, Aki Fukuoka

Who has put leaves in Lola's sandwich? It's a real mystery. Soon everyone suspects Benny, but could they have the wrong kid? It's up to the SMC to find the real culprit!

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 Read reviewPanic

Panic

Lauren Oliver

In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000--enough money to...

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 Read reviewThe Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

Laurie Halse Anderson

For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in...

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The Invaders

The Invaders

John Flanagan

Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when...

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 Read reviewPopular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir)

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir)

Maya Van Wagenen

Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at 'pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid to be here,' Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s...

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 Read reviewThe Mechanomancers

The Mechanomancers

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

Obscuria is in trouble! Join the Bureau of Mysteries as they puzzle their way out of a Mechanomancer disaster. George and Imp are back, this time alongside the adventurer Lord Periwinkle Tinkerton and his moody assistant,...

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 Read reviewSong for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Julie Hunt

WINNER OF THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes,...

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My Big Book of Colours

My Big Book of Colours

Marion Billet, Fani Marceau

Big, beautiful introduction to a vibrant world of colours

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 Read reviewPandora Jones - Admission

Pandora Jones - Admission

Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones wakes in a changed world at The School - a sanctuary for survivors of a plague pandemic. Haunted by terrible dreams, surrounded by traumatic events, Pandora must trust her instincts if she is to stay safe. And her...

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 Read reviewEvery Breath

Every Breath

Ellie Marney

What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers. 'Quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters...I was hooked from the first page.' - Cath Crowley

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 Read reviewStar

Star

Catherine Bateson

Star lives with her mum and her mum's old university friend,
Charlie, who has broken up with his wife. Star doesn't always like
Charlie - and she certainly doesn't like his two kids, Talia and
Gabe. So when Star's mum, Nell,...

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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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 Read reviewThe Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPre

The story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors--and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint...

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 Read reviewBureau of Mysteries

Bureau of Mysteries

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

In the bustling city of Little Obscurity, George Feather lives a fairly uneventful life. That is, until he falls down a chimney and discovers the Bureau of Mysteries, an eccentric group of investigators and codebreakers who live...

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 Read reviewTiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton

There are living things so tiny millions could fit on a dot. They are vital for life on earth, and do all sorts of things - from giving us a cold and making yoghurt to wearing down mountains and helping to make the air we breathe....

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Third Wheel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Third Wheel

Jeff Kinney

In The Third Wheel, love is in the air - but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he's worried he'll be left out...

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 Read reviewA Very Good Idea

A Very Good Idea

Meredith Badger

Marcus and Mila Tinkler are VERY good at climbing. But can they go from their house to the town clock tower without once touching the ground? It will probably be hard. It will probably be dangerous. And almost certainly dirty....

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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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 Read reviewMax

Max

Marc Martin

An enduring story of friendship, seagulls and chips.

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 Read reviewThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Leslye Walton

Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join...

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When We Wake

When We Wake

Karen Healey

A gripping, human story set against the backdrop of a chillingly plausible future here.' - Sean Williams. 'A stirring and century - spanning adventure story that vividly shows how the future is created by our mistakes, our...

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 Read reviewGirl Defective

Girl Defective

Simmone Howell

It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who...

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 Read reviewNine Open Arms

Nine Open Arms

Benny Lindelauf, John Nieuwenhuizen

An intriguing novel with a classic feel, featuring three vividly alive young sisters, an eccentric family struggling against the odds, and the slowly revealed story of a house with a past.

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The LEGO Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything!

The LEGO Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything!

Daniel Lipkowitz

Includes tips on how to make jet planes reach new heights, create fantastic fortresses, swing through lush jungles, have fun on the farm and send space shuttles out of this world! This book is divided into six themed chapters -...

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 Read reviewOphelia and the Marvellous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

Karen Foxlee

Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family is still reeling from her mother's death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at an enormous gothic museum in a city...

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 Read reviewA Lion in Paris

A Lion in Paris

Beatrice Alemagna

Award-winning book from one of Europe's most popular illustrators. With innovative and uniquely styled illustrations it approachs the themes of identity and finding our place in the world.

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 Read reviewFire

Fire

Jackie French, Bruce Whatley

Inspired by the bushfires that have affected many Australians, Fire is a moving and sensitive story of a natural disaster as seen through the eyes of a cockatoo. The fire mercilessly engulfs homes and land, leaving a devastating...

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 Read reviewRuby Red Shoes Goes to Paris

Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris

Kate Knapp

SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Ruby and her grandmother Babushka are off to Paris for a holiday! When they arrive they go and meet Babushka's brother, Monsieur Gaspar...

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 Read reviewWild Awake

Wild Awake

Hilary T Smith

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith's debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing...

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 Read reviewThe Fairy Doll and Other Tales from the Dolls' House

The Fairy Doll and Other Tales from the Dolls' House

Rumer Godden, Jane Ray

Discover the secret life of dolls in this beautiful collection.

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 Read reviewWelcome to My Country

Welcome to My Country

Laklak Burarrwanga, Family

Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for...

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Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Shaun Tan

The much anticipated new book from Australia's most acclaimed picture-book creator.

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 Special price Read reviewThe Open Ocean

The Open Ocean

Francesco Pittau, Bernadette Gervais

A stunning oversized book that will be enjoyed by all ages as both a decorative work of art and a hands-on educational tool. With elegant, graphic illustrations, plus intriguing facts about each animal, learning about ocean life...

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 Read reviewThe Silver Door

The Silver Door

Emily Rodda

Three magic Doors you here behold. Time to choose: Wood? Silver? Gold? Listen to your inner voice, And you will make the wisest choice. Rye is willing to risk everything to save his brothers, lost in the terrifying world beyond...

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The Big Adventure

The Big Adventure

Sally Rippin

Jack loves camping! Sleeping in a tent, toasting marshmallows and especially going on adventures. But will one of his adventures take him a little further than he planned?

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The Golden Door

The Golden Door

Emily Rodda

The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from the bestselling author of the Dragons of Deltora series. The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures. The Warden calls for volunteers to find and destroy the...

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Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle

Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle

Belinda Murrell

Lulu Bell and her family set off on an Australian adventure at an Aboriginal community, and Lulu has one thing she would really like to see.

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A Very Unusual Pursuit

A Very Unusual Pursuit

Catherine Jinks

A clever adventure with feisty characters, set in a time where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in chimneys. Birdie, the singing bogler's apprentice, will win your heart in this fantastic beginning to an...

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 Read reviewThe Coat

The Coat

Julie Hunt, Ron Brooks

A bold and original picture book from acclaimed artist Ron Brooks and exciting new poet and author Julie Hunt.

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A Cat Called Penguin

A Cat Called Penguin

Holly Webb, Kathryn Woodcock, Polly Dunbar

Alfie has always loved playing with Penguin, an enormous cat, who Alfie has claimed as his own. But when his next door neighbour's granddaughter, Grace, comes to live with her, she decides Penguin belongs to her! What neither of...

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 Read reviewThe Children of Green Knowe Collection

The Children of Green Knowe Collection

Lucy M. Boston

Children of Green Know Tolly's great grandmother isn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, are full of a very special kind of magic. There are other children in the house - children who were happy there centuries...

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 Read reviewThe Peculiar

The Peculiar

Stefan Bachmann

A brilliantly written steampunk faery fantasy by a dazzling young talent, this is JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL for kids, mixed with a dash of THE BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY...

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 Read reviewMan Made Boy

Man Made Boy

Jon Skovron

Monsters and heroes aren't born - they're made - in this brilliantly original novel and funny, fantastical coming-of-age story.

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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 reviewRu Dreaming

Ru Dreaming

Amy Han

In this charming story about friendship, love and recognising what matters most, the author reminds readers that 'being cool' is mostly about being yourself.

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 Read reviewI Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist. The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they...

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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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 Read reviewWildlife

Wildlife

Fiona Wood

WINNER OF THE 2014 CBCA AWARD FOR OLDER READERS Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications,...

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 Read reviewMy Life as an Alphabet

My Life as an Alphabet

Barry Jonsberg

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to...

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Goodnight, Mice!

Goodnight, Mice!

Frances Watts, Judy Watson

Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum twice. Goodnight, Mum and Dad. Goodnight, mice. It's time to say goodnight - but the four cheeky mice skittering, scampering and scurrying to bed don't seem very sleepy! This warm, affectionate story...

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The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride

Yangsze Choo

Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition - the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he's dead.

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The 39-Storey Treehouse

The 39-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry's Believe it or Else! museum, and a top secret 39th level that hasn't even...

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 Read reviewKissed by the Moon

Kissed by the Moon

Alison Lester

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world.

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 Read reviewThe Children of the King

The Children of the King

Sonya Hartnett

Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure. A hauntingly beautiful story...

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 Read reviewChasing the Valley

Chasing the Valley

Skye Melki-Wegner

Set in a land where magic can be terrifying, Chasing the Valley combines the friendship and camaraderie of Ranger s Apprentice with the hardship and survival of The Hunger Games with spectacular results. Danika is used to...

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 Read reviewEvery Day

Every Day

David Levithan

Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

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 Read reviewJepp, Who Defied the Stars

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Katherine Marsh

Thrilling, romantic and in turns heart-warming and heartbreaking, Jepp is a highly original and unforgettable story about one young mans struggle to escape his destiny. Based on the resl 17th centuary historical figure, Jepp's...

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 Read reviewThe Girl Who Brought Mischief

The Girl Who Brought Mischief

Katrina Nannestad

SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014  When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she's not sure what to expect. Her...

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Just Doomed!

Just Doomed!

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Do you often find yourself feeling that everything is about to go horribly, terribly and utterly wrong? Have you ever lost or destroyed a valuable item that didn't belong to you? Have you just accidentally enraged a very large and...

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 Read reviewFortunately, the Milk ...

Fortunately, the Milk …

Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

You know what it's like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad's in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he's got to do. And the most important thing is Don't Forget To Get The Milk....

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 Read reviewTwo Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

David Levithan

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

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 Read reviewMoon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool

The winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal, Moon Over Manifest is a story of loss and redemption, powerful in its simplicity, featuring Abilene Tucker who, while searching for clues about her father's boyhood, uncovers the long-held...

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Best Book Day Ever (so Far)

Best Book Day Ever (so Far)

Liz Pichon

It's Book Week in Oakfield school and everyone is very excited. Including all the teachers, who are making costumes of their own. Mr Keen says there's an excellent prize on offer for best costumes worn on book day. So suddenly...

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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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My Book of Jokes

My Book of Jokes

Bronwen Davies

What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence? Time to get a new fence! A perfect first book of jokes for all young comedians!

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 Read reviewElectrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

Elizabeth Rusch, Oliver Dominguez

Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, and even the radio all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions. Established biographer Rusch sheds light on this extraordinary figure, while artist Dominguez...

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The Third Door

The Third Door

Emily Rodda

Originally published: Parkside, S. Aust.: Omnibus Books, c2012.

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Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie

Emma Quay

'One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath...' Emma Quay captures all the joy and energy of childhood in this irresistible rhyming tale. With its charming illustrations and lively text, 'Rudie Nudie' is destined to...

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The Word Spy Activity Book

The Word Spy Activity Book

Ursula Dubosarsky, Tohby Riddle

Dear Readers, I'm back again with a brand new book. Yes, it's The Word Spy Activity Book! You might have read The Word Spy and The Return of the Word Spy. This one is different because now YOU get to write and draw in it as well.

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 Read reviewThe Whole of My World

The Whole of My World

Nicole Hayes

Desperate to escape her grieving father and harbouring her own terrible secret, Shelley disappears into the intoxicating world of AFL. Joining a motley crew of footy tragics - and, best of all, making friends with one of the star...

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Little Miss Austen

Little Miss Austen

Jennifer Adams, Alison Oliver

Jennifer Adams works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen. Y Is for Yorick is her ninth book.

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 Read reviewLights, Camera, Action Hero!

Lights, Camera, Action Hero!

H.J. Harper

When Jay is invited to audition for his favourite director, he is overjoyed. But things are not as they seem. Could director Ben Beaumont really be asking Jay to lead a team of kids in a battle against evil? Jay has his doubts,...

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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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House Held Up by Trees

House Held Up by Trees

Ted Kooser, Jon Klassen

When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighbouring lots. When the children grew up and moved away, their...

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The Cutest Pet Ever

The Cutest Pet Ever

Sally Rippin

Billie has found the most adorable guinea pig in the pet shop. She is going to love it forever! If only she can convince her mum and dad...

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 Read reviewThe Greatest Liar on Earth

The Greatest Liar on Earth

Mark Greenwood, Frane Lessac

There is not a stir or a whisper when Louis de Rougemont steps onto the stage to recount his astonishing experiences. It is the most amazing story a man ever lived to tell -- a breathtaking tale of catastrophe and miraculous...

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Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

Johanna Basford

This interactive activity book takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations - all waiting to be brought to life through colouring. There are also bits of the garden that...

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The Terrible Suitcase

The Terrible Suitcase

Emma Allen, Freya Blackwood

What do you do when it's your first day of school and your mum gives you a terrible suitcase instead of a red backpack with yellow rockets and a silver zipper? Well, first you get mad. M A D! Then you use your imagination to...

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 Read reviewEverybody Sees the Ants

Everybody Sees the Ants

A. S. King

A fresh take on coping with bullying - and taking control of your life - from a 2011 Printz Honor recipient.

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 Read reviewMake with Maisy

Make with Maisy

Lucy Cousins

Features fun craft ideas, and photos of the finished crafts. This book includes 18 amazing activities that range from making a shoe box house to a magic wax painting.

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 Read reviewFairytales for Wilde Girls

Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Allyse Near

With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can't save her from the anguish of watching her mother's illness take over their house. 

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 Read reviewJane, the Fox and Me

Jane, the Fox and Me

Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault

An emotionally truthful and visually stunning graphic novel about solace and redemption.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book 1) (Film Tie-In)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book 1) (Film Tie-In)

Cassandra Clare

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed...

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Cabin Fever

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Cabin Fever

Jeff Kinney

In Cabin Fever, the Heffley family is stuck indoors during a blizzard. But will they weather the storm? Cabin fever' refers to the claustrophobia Greg feels, as well as the broader theme of the book... that you're trapped by the...

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Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)

Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)

Liz Pichon

Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an 'Activity Break'! Which should be fun. As long as I don't get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with ... Marcus Meldrew.

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Terry Denton's Bumper Book of Holiday Stuff to Do!

Terry Denton’s Bumper Book of Holiday Stuff to Do!

Terry Denton

Packed full of hours of holiday fun, the Bumper Book is a must-have for every child! This fantastic activity book is full of fun drawing activities, cartoons, maps, lists and games to entertain children, take on holidays or pass...

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

Leigh Faunus the animancer stars in ...Monkey Business! 'Le Nice Pets' is all the rage among the rich and famous - Aunt Petunia promises to turn your misbehaving pets into perfect angels. But Leigh suspects something's not right,...

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Liz Pichon

Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a BIG shock, but that's nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in store for me with his new found fitness regime. He says he's going to compete at my Sport's Day. Shame! Meanwhile...

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 Read reviewBluebird

Bluebird

Bob Staake

In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship.

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Box Office Smash

Box Office Smash

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

The Star League are at the premiere for one of their films, but the occasion turns disastrous when Professor Pestilence's henchmen kidnap Ben Beaumont. Before the Star League can act, six mysterious figures show up and challenge...

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 Read reviewRobot Reboot

Robot Reboot

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

S.A.M. the robot stars in ...Robot Reboot! Sam is one of the smartest kids on earth, but there are a lot of things he doesn't quite get. When Sam gets to be too much of a know-it-all for his friends, he accepts a mysterious offer...

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 Read reviewFighting For Freedom

Fighting For Freedom

Cassy Liberman, Lucy Desbordes

Cassy Liberman's biography Fighting for Freedom - penned for children - is an introduction to the life of Nancy Wake, recognised globally as a heroine of World War II. It describes her courage within the Resistance, but also tells...

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 Read reviewThe Apprentices

The Apprentices

Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr

The Apprentices is a magical blend of fantasy and reality that sparkles with life and adventure - a delightful sequel to the much-loved The Apothecary. Illustrations are from Ian Schoenherr.

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 Read reviewThe Family Hour in Australia

The Family Hour in Australia

Tai Snaith

Local artist Tai Snaith reinterprets the daily lives of 15 Australian native animals in her signature style with vibrant watercolour illustrations, a quirky sense of humour, references to mid-century modern design and curious,...

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Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

Brian Selznick

Ben's story takes place in 1977 and is told in words. Rose's story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue...

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 Read reviewSophie Scott Goes South

Sophie Scott Goes South

Alison Lester

Children's Laureate and much-loved picture-book creator Alison Lester travelled to Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow. Her alter ego, Sophie Scott, goes on the same adventure in a friendly, informative and beautifully...

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 Read reviewThe Treasure Box

The Treasure Box

Margaret Wild, Freya Blackwood

As the library burns, Peter and his father flee their home, taking with them a book more precious than jewels - a book that tells the story of their people. When Peter loses his father and has to walk over the mountains, he must...

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 Read reviewRosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie...

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 Read reviewJulius and the Watchmaker

Julius and the Watchmaker

Tim Hehir

Julius and the Watchmaker is a fabulous time-travel adventure set in Victorian London - mostly - with an array of colourful Dickensian characters, gyrofliers, carts of offal, sharp-toothed creatures called Grackacks, and the most...

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Too Many Elephants in This House

Too Many Elephants in This House

Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner

In Eric's house there were too many elephants - in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom! The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to...

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 Read reviewLiar & Spy

Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead

Georges (the s is silent) has a lot going on. He's having trouble with some boys at school, his dad lost his job and so his mum has started working all the time - and they had to sell their house and move into an apartment. But...

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 Read reviewThe Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie

The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie

Kirsty Murray

A gripping time-slip adventure set in a hidden valley. 11-year-old Lucy travels across the river of time to fight fires, battle floodwaters and discover the meaning of true friendship.

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 Read reviewYoo Hoo, Ladybird!

Yoo Hoo, Ladybird!

Mem Fox, Laura Ljungkvist

A charming hide-and-seek book from Mem Fox, illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist.

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After

After

Morris Gleitzman

In the fourth part of Felix's story, continuing his adventures in World War Two, he faces perhaps his greatest challenge - to find hope when he's lost almost everything, including his parents. As Europe goes through the final...

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 Read reviewThe New Jumper

The New Jumper

Oliver Jeffers

Introducing the Hueys - a fabulously quirky group of characters in a hilarious new series from internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.

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 Read reviewHerman and Rosie

Herman and Rosie

Gus Gordon

Young readers can explore bright lights, swinging music, and a friendship that was meant to be in this picture book set in New York City. Full color.

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 Read reviewMy Happy Life

My Happy Life

Rose Lagercrantz, Eva Eriksson

A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism - even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.

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The Word Hunters: The War of the Word Hunters (Book 3)

The Word Hunters: The War of the Word Hunters (Book 3)

Nick Earls, Terry Whidborne

The final battle is coming, the grey-robes are armed and dangerous and ready for war. Lexi, Al and their friends are ready too - or as ready as they can be.

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 Read reviewAll the Truth That's in Me

All the Truth That’s in Me

Julie Berry

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family. But when Roswell...

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 Read reviewOn a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky

Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful...

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Tear Up This Book!: The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, and Journal Book for Girls!

Tear Up This Book!: The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, and Journal Book for Girls!

Keri Smith

Discover dozens of fun ways girls can be creative while in the car, on a plane, on a bus--and when it rains! Every page offers fresh, new ways for girls to explore creativity, including: How to doodle the latest in fashion...

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Just Doomed!

Just Doomed!

Andy Griffiths, Stig Wemyss

YES / NO Do you ignore health warnings and safety instructions whenever possible? Do you ever play kiss chasey with girls (if you are a boy) or with boys (if you are a girl)? Do you regularly engage in deadly battles with...

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Ed and Ted and Ted's Dog Fred

Ed and Ted and Ted’s Dog Fred

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

When Ted's dog Fred bites Ed on the head, Ed sees red! A tale of fast cars, spills and thrills, and a whale called Ned. A rhyming story of mischief and mayhem that will delight everyone, especially beginner readers, accompanied by...

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Diary of a Wombat

Diary of a Wombat

Jackie French, Bruce Whatley

Take a trip with a wombat, and discover the ins and outs of her day in this fantastic toddler friendly board format of the modern classic Australian picture book. There are holes to be dug and territory to be defended -- and don't...

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The Singing Mermaid

The Singing Mermaid

Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks

Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer's day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay.

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Jinxed!

Jinxed!

Jen Storer

The funniest series for girls since Clarice Bean! Meet Tan. She′s funny. She′s lively. And she has the mind of a Great Detective.

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Ten Tiny Things

Ten Tiny Things

Meg McKinlay, Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down.

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Curse of the Werewolf

Curse of the Werewolf

H.J. Harper

Connor's having trouble fitting in with the rest of the Star League, and when the group suspects a werewolf might be behind a savage attack, it only makes matters worse. As they search for the attacker's trail, they discover that...

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The Ninja Code

The Ninja Code

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

Asuka is finding the constant attention of being a movie star a real drain. So when all the ninja clans are called to a secret location, Asuka welcomes the chance to relax with her fellow ninjas out of the way of prying eyes. But...

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 Read reviewSmall and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals

Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals

Damien Laverdunt, Helene Rajcak, Jen Craddock, Cecile Colin, Luc Vives

A fascinating journey around the world of extinct animals, combining cartoons with naturalist drawings, and mythology with science. Richly illustrated for children.

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Raising the Dead

Raising the Dead

H.J. Harper

Things have been great for Roger since joining the Star League - he's got to fight a lot of bad guys and pull a lot of pranks in the process. But when a thousand-year-old mummy steals the formulas for his magic potions, it's no...

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The Final Cut

The Final Cut

H.J. Harper, Nahum Ziersch

The Star League are defenceless when the Shadow Six use the Shadow Shards to steal their powers. The team must retrieve these shards in order to get their talents back, but not before they uncover the real identity of their...

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 Read reviewThe Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

Dr. Seuss

It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure - seven newly-discovered stories by Dr. Seuss! The first new Seuss stories to emerge since 1990!

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The Magnificent Tree

The Magnificent Tree

Nick Bland, Stephen Michael King

'What we need is a tree!' said Bonny. 'I completely agree,' said Pop. Bonny and Pop are bursting with ideas. Pop's ideas are big and brave and Bonny's ideas are simple and clever. When they decide to make something that will...

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Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre

Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre

Jennifer Adams, Alison Oliver

With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Charlotte BrontE and Lewis Carroll, Baby Lit(TM) is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams,...

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