CBCA Younger Reader Notables 2017

The Shark Caller

The Shark Caller

Dianne Wolfer

Isabel is on a plane heading back to her island birthplace in Papua New Guinea. Izzy is looking forward to seeing her family again, but there's another tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, died in a freak diving...

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 Read reviewThe Family with Two Front Doors

The Family with Two Front Doors

Anna Ciddor

Meet the Rabinovitches: mischievous Yakov, bubbly Nomi, rebellious Miriam, solemn Shlomo, and seven more! Papa is a rabbi and their days are full of intriguing rituals and adventures. But the biggest adventure of all is when big...

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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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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

Wai Chim

This incredible tale about two boys' swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom from poverty and oppression is inspired by a true story.

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 Read reviewIris And The Tiger

Iris And The Tiger

Leanne Hall

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune - and her sprawling estate - to Iris's scheming parents. But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de...

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My Holocaust Story: Within These Walls

My Holocaust Story: Within These Walls

Robyn Bavati

For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to...

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 Read reviewYong: The Journey of an Unworthy Son

Yong: The Journey of an Unworthy Son

Janeen Brian

Yong doesn't want to leave Guangdong to travel to the goldfields of Ballarat. But as the firstborn son, he has no choice. On the long and treacherous journey, Yong strives to be an honourable son, while he and his...

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 Read reviewRockhopping

Rockhopping

Trace Balla

Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go.

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The Pearl-shell Diver: A Story of adventure from the Torres Strait

The Pearl-shell Diver: A Story of adventure from the Torres Strait

Kay Crabbe

Sario lives with his family on a remote Torres Strait island, which he never wants to leave - but the winds of change are stirring. The year is 1898 and the pearl - shell trade is at its height. When his father is coerced to join...

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Wicked'S Way

Wicked’S Way

Anna Fienberg

Enjoy another one of Anna Fienberg's fabulous new high-seas pirate adventures, with scoundrels and blaggards, devilish treachery, and pirates who long for a bit of comfort.

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 Read reviewA Most Magical Girl

A Most Magical Girl

Karen Foxlee

Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time - and two most magical girls

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Toad Delight

Toad Delight

Morris Gleitzman

The jaw-dropping details of one slightly squashed cane toad's adventures on TV. And his shock when he discovers what's cooking...

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Lily in the Mirror

Lily in the Mirror

Paula Hayes

With a new friend who needs her help, and an older brother who needs to get a life, Lily will require all eleven fingers at her disposal, plus a hefty slice of Grandad's chocolate ganache cake, to fix a long-forgotten mystery...

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The Fail Safe

The Fail Safe

Jack Heath

Fero knelt down. As he put his hands up he turned his head to look at the man pointing the gun. It was Wilt. Fero tried to look shocked. 'Dad? What are you doing here?'Everyone seems to know who Fero is - except Fero....

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The Unforgettable What's His Name

The Unforgettable What’s His Name

Paul Jennings, Craig Smith

Even before all this happened I had never been like the other kids. I tried not to be seen. If I climbed a tree or hid among the bins, no one could find me. 'Where's What's His Name?' they'd say. Then, one weekend, I got what I...

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Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London (Ruby Red Shoes, Book 3)

Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London (Ruby Red Shoes, Book 3)

Kate Knapp

The third book in the best-selling Ruby Red Shoes series Ruby and her grandmother love to travel and now they are in London, the home of red buses, red telephone boxes and red letter boxes. No wonder Ruby's red shoes feel...

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 Read reviewElizabeth and Zenobia

Elizabeth and Zenobia

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller presents Elizabeth and Zenobia, a wonderfully compelling middle-grade story about friendship, courage, and the power of the imagination.

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 Read reviewThe Twins of Tintarfell

The Twins of Tintarfell

James O'Loghlin

Orphans Dani and Bart have only ever imagined life outside the walls of Tintarfell Castle. But when Bart is kidnapped, Dani must face unknown dangers to rescue him.

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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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 Read reviewMrs Whitlam

Mrs Whitlam

Bruce Pascoe

Marnie Clark of Curdie Vale can ride but she doesn't have a horse. She dreams of owning one and having the whole world to ride it in. Before too long Marnie is gifted Mrs Margaret ‘Maggie' Whitlam, a beautiful, big...

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Ellyse Perry 1: Pocket Rocket

Ellyse Perry 1: Pocket Rocket

Ellyse Perry, Sherryl Clark

Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman! All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics - you name it! But now that she's in high school,...

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 Read reviewWormwood Mire (Stella Montgomery, Book 2)

Wormwood Mire (Stella Montgomery, Book 2)

Judith Rossell

When Stella Montgomery returned to the Hotel Majestic cold and wet but exhilarated by adventure, the Aunts were furious. Now they are sending Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two...

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 Read reviewArtie and the Grime Wave

Artie and the Grime Wave

Richard Roxburgh

A fabulously funny madcap adventure from the multi-talented actor, director and writer Richard Roxburgh, now writing and illustrating books for children.

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Lizzie and Margaret Rose

Lizzie and Margaret Rose

Pamela Rushby

London, 1940. Bombs are falling and 10-year-old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid, but her family home is destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, her aunt is ready to take her in, although her 11-year-old cousin Lizzie...

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Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy: Shoot-out at the Rock

Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy: Shoot-out at the Rock

Jane Smith

Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy is a series featuring Tommy's time travelling escapades that take him face-to-face with some of Australia's most notorious bushrangers. 100pp.

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 Read reviewThe Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Nova Weetman

A beautifully written and insightful new novel sensitively uncovering the effects of trauma on the mind of an eleven - year - old girl. I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else ... Clem...

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Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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