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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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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 reviewLone City: The Jewel

Lone City: 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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Why? Encyclopedia

Why? Encyclopedia

DK

From space and earth to people and nature, this volume is packed with colourful 3D images to engage kids and help them understand the answer to their questions.

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 Read reviewAre You Seeing Me?

Are You Seeing Me?

Darren Groth

In this novel, twins Justine and Perry have left their home in Australia and embarked on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.

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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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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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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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Do You Know Who You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are?

DK

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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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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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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 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 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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 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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 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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 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 reviewLooking for Alibrandi

Looking for Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta

A third generation Italian/Australian girl tells the story of her final school years and how she comes to terms with her family, her culture and her sexuality. Author's 1st novel

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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

Carole Wilkinson

Now in paperback, the next instalment in the best-selling and award-winning Dragonkeeper series! The year is 325. The powerful Han Dynasty is a distant memory and tribes of barbarian soldiers fight over what was once the Empire....

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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 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 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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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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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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 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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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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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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Eight Keys

Eight Keys

Suzanne LaFleur

Eleven-year-old Elise feels stuck. Her school locker-buddy squashes her lunch and laughs at her, every day. She doesn't want to go to school - and her best friend Franklin just makes things worse. One day Elise discovers an...

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The Third Door

The Third Door

Emily Rodda

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

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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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 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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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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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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Spooked!

Spooked!

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands...The 'stonies' (stone animal statues) around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. But who would steal them? What could the thief want with a stone emu...

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 Read reviewOwl Know How

Owl Know How

Cat Rabbit, Isobel Knowles

When Cloud Town begins sinking into the trees, Cornelia Rabbit summons the other rabbits to build owls that can lift the town back into the sky.

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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 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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 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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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 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

Julianna 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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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...

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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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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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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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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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