Australian historical middle fiction

 Read reviewCatch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.

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 Read reviewLenny's Book of Everything

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

Winner of the 2019 Indie Book Award for children's booksLenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who...

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A Great Escape

A Great Escape

Felice Arena

It's a great escape, but will Peter survive it? When Peter's family leaves for a trip across the border, he stays behind. So when the government builds a wall through the city, guarded by soldiers, tanks and ferocious dogs, he's...

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Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Jo Sandhu

Tarin of the Mammoths is a thrilling Stone Age epic for ages 8-12.

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 Read reviewInheritance

Inheritance

Carole Wilkinson

Historical fiction for middle grade readers at its compelling, shocking, fascinating best. Nic is left in the care of her grandfather at the remote family property that was once her mother's childhood home; a place with 30...

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 Read reviewThe Fighting Stingrays

The Fighting Stingrays

Simon Mitchell

Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates - loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays.In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and...

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Dragonfly Song

Dragonfly Song

Wendy Orr

There are two ways of looking at Aissa's story. She's the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she's the cursed child who called the Bull King's ship to the island.

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Brimstone (The Firewatcher Chronicles, Book 1)

Brimstone (The Firewatcher Chronicles, Book 1)

Kelly Gardiner

December 1940, London: Christopher Larkham finds an ancient Roman ring inscribed with a phoenix. As he takes shelter from the firestorm of the Blitz, the ring glows, and pushing open a door, he finds himself in 1666 and facing the...

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Sweet Adversity

Sweet Adversity

Sheryl Gwyther

There's never a good time to be orphaned - or abandoned ... especially when you are twelve years old, and it's the Great Depression. In 1928, Shakespearean actors, the McAllisters, are forced to leave their daughter...

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Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

Ruth Park

A thrilling adventure story for children and young adults by Park Ruth, Playing Beatie Bow follows Abigail as she suddenly finds herself in the Sydney of a hundred years ago as the result of a scary game.

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My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

Anita Heiss

Mel Gordon loves running, and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It's 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that ..

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 Read reviewSwimming on the Lawn

Swimming on the Lawn

Yasmin Hamid

This is a beautifully descriptive story of growing up in Sudan as told from the perspective of an observant young girl.

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 Read reviewThe Blue Cat

The Blue Cat

Ursula Dubosarsky

From the multi-award-winning author of The Red Shoe comes a haunting story about a boy who can't - or won't - speak about his past in war-torn Europe, and his friendship wth a young Australian girl.

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My Australian Story: Vietnam

My Australian Story: Vietnam

Deborah Challinor

It's 1969 and Davey lives to surf with his older brother Tom and listen to the latest hits. Daveys most cherished goal is to win the inaugural Newcastle Under-14 Surf Championship planned for May 1970 with his best friends Johnno...

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My Australian Story: Don Bradman and Me

My Australian Story: Don Bradman and Me

Peter Allen

The Don is my hero because he is the greatest batsman in the world. Dad says all Australians are proud of The Don, even those who don't normally follow cricket.

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 Read reviewWhen the Lyrebird Calls

When the Lyrebird Calls

Kim Kane

When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme health food, and lots of...

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Our Australian Girl: The Letty Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Letty Stories

Alison Lloyd, Lucia Masciullo

For the first time, read all four Letty stories in one beautiful hardback edition. It's 1841 . . . Letty's older sister Lavina is leaving England for Australia by ship. But Letty ends up stuck on board too, much to her...

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The Dog with Seven Names

The Dog with Seven Names

Dianne Wolfer

The heart-warming story of a golden-eyed dog in a time of war.

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The Secret of the Youngest Rebel (The Secret Histories, Book 5)

The Secret of the Youngest Rebel (The Secret Histories, Book 5)

Jackie French

Based on eyewitness accounts, this fifth title in The Secret Histories series uncovers the secrets that the colonial government hid for over 200 years.

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The Smuggler's Curse

The Smuggler’s Curse

Norman Jorgensen

Red Read's life takes a surprising - and alarming - turn when his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler plying his trade off the north-west coast of Australia in the closing days of the 19th century. From terrifying encounters...

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Our Australian Girl: The Grace Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Grace Stories

Sofie Laguna, Lucia Masciullo

For the first time, read all four Grace stories in one beautiful hardback edition. It's 1808... and Grace's world is about to change - from her tough life as a mudlark on the River Thames in London, to the adventures and...

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Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race

Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race

James Moloney

Do You Dare fills a much-needed gap for engaging Australian 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. From popular author,...

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Once And Then

Once And Then

Morris Gleitzman

Felix escapes from an orphanage, only to learn that Poland is a dangerous place for a Jewish boy on his own. He manages to look after himself and another orphan, Zelda. But when the Nazis uncover their hiding place, they must once...

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Our Australian Girl: The Nellie Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Nellie Stories

Penny Matthews

It's 1849 . . . and Nellie O'Neill has arrived in South Australia on a ship bringing orphan girls from Irish workhouses. She has left the famine in Ireland far behind, and is full of hopes and dreams for the future. She wants to...

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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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In the Lamplight

In the Lamplight

Dianne Wolfer, Brian Simmonds

If you loved the award-winning Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy, you will also love In the Lamplight, with its combination of evocative charcoal drawings, archival materials and Australian history.

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The Alice Stories: Our Australian Girl

The Alice Stories: Our Australian Girl

Davina Bell

For the first time, read all four Alice stories in one beautiful hardback edition. It's 1918 and Alice's deepest wish is to be a professional ballerina. But as World War One tears her family apart, a battle is being fought in...

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Fearless Frederic

Fearless Frederic

Felice Arena

When the river rises and the city of Paris begins to disappear under water, Frederic decides to help those who can't help themselves. But as his heroic acts escalate, so does the danger. Frederic will have to battle an...

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Tarin of the Mammoths: Clan of Wolves (Book 2)

Tarin of the Mammoths: Clan of Wolves (Book 2)

Jo Sandhu

Tarin's quest to save Mammoth Clan seems increasingly out of reach. Badly injured while fleeing the savage Boar Clan, Tarin and the twins face certain death as the harsh Winter descends. But an unexpected refuge not only saves...

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Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories

Sherryl Clark, Lucia Masciullo

Independent, adventurous and courageous, Rose is an unforgettable Australian Girl.

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India Dark

India Dark

Kirsty Murray

Madras 1910. A troupe of child performers are stranded, having staged a strike against their manager. Their fate now depends on the outcome of a court case, and an alliance with gentlemen of the British Raj. Based on a true story,...

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 Read reviewThe Boy and the Spy

The Boy and the Spy

Felice Arena

Life has never been easy for Antonio, but since the war began there are German soldiers on every corner, fearsome gangsters and the fascist police everywhere, and no one ever has enough to eat.But when Antonio decides...

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Our Australian Girl: The Ruby Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Ruby Stories

Penny Matthews

It's 1930 . . . and Ruby Quinlan lives in a big house in Adelaide with her parents and her fox terrier, Baxter. As she prepares for her twelfth birthday party, Ruby has never been happier, but the world outside is experiencing...

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Maybe

Maybe

Morris Gleitzman

1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone...

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Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories

Gabrielle Wang

It's 1941 . . . and the war is changing Pearlie's life every day. Darwin is full of soldiers, there's a spy on the loose, her beloved pets are in danger and people are turning against Pearlie's best friend, Naoko, just because...

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Tarin of the Mammoths: Cave Bear Mountain (Book 3)

Tarin of the Mammoths: Cave Bear Mountain (Book 3)

Jo Sandhu

For fans of Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and the Spirit Animals series comes the third book in this exciting new Stone Age series, perfect for middle readers.

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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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Do You Dare? Eureka Boys

Do You Dare? Eureka Boys

Penny Matthews

Do you dare ...Join a rebellion? Stand up to a bully? Risk your life for a friend? It's an adventure in history.

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Do You Dare? Jimmy's War

Do You Dare? Jimmy’s War

Sherryl Clark

Do You Dare...Leave school to support your family? Save your big brother? Stand up to the local crims? It's an adventure in history.

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Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories

Sally Rippin, Lucia Masciullo

It's 1956 . . . and Lina dreams of being a writer, but her strict Italian parents have other ideas. Now that she's won a scholarship to an expensive girls school, Lina has other troubles, too. But the Melbourne Olympic Games could...

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Do You Dare?: Tough Times

Do You Dare?: Tough Times

Simon Mitchell

Do You Dare presents engaging Austraian historical fiction for boy readers aged 8 to 12. It's 1931 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and Tom Parker's family has fallen on tough times.

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Do You Dare?: Tough Times

Do You Dare?: Tough Times

Simon Mitchell

Do You Dare presents engaging Austraian historical fiction for boy readers aged 8 to 12. It's 1931 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and Tom Parker's family has fallen on tough times.

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