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Stone Girl

Stone Girl

Eleni Hale

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2019A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA. 

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Run, Pip, Run

J.C. Jones

Winner of the 2016 Readings Children's Book Prize Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster -- and that was only the beginning. Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big...

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Because of You

Pip Harry

Meet Tiny and Nola. Two very different girls with two very different stories who are just trying to find a place to belong. A powerful and compelling novel about friendship, love and acceptance.

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 Read reviewThis is How We Change the Ending

This is How We Change the Ending

Vikki Wakefield

A gritty, ultimately triumphant novel from one of Australia's most loved YA writers, the author of award-winning Friday Brown

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Friday Brown

Vikki Wakefield

Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never...

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Crenshaw

Katherine Applegate

The heart-warming new story about family and friendships from Newbery Medal-winner Katherine Applegate.

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On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty

On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty

Jillian Roberts, Jaime Casap, Jane Heinrichs

Using illustrations, full-color photographs and straightforward text, this nonfiction picture book introduces the topics of homelessness and poverty to young readers.

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Way Home

Way Home

Libby Hathorn, Gregory Rogers

Dedicated to the largely unsung, mostly unseen workers for young people in need, this picture book, with illustrations by Gregory Rogers, presents the story of Shane and a cat with no name as they wander the streets at night on...

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Trash

Trash

Andy Mulligan

Raphael lives on a dumpsite, eking out a living sifting through rubbish. One unlucky-lucky day, he makes an extraordinary and deadly discovery. Now he and his two friends, Gardo and Rat, are wanted by the corrupt forces that run...

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 Read reviewThe Ones That Disappeared

The Ones That Disappeared

Zana Fraillon

Around the world, millions of people - including many children - are victims of human trafficking. These modern-day slaves often go unseen even in our own cities and towns, their voices silent and their stories untold. In this...

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Chinese Cinderella

Chinese Cinderella

Adeline Yen Mah

Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Her stepmother is...

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 Read reviewCannily, Cannily

Cannily, Cannily

Simon French

Trevor and his family aren't considered to be normal. They travel around Australia in their kombi, living in caravan parks and working at odd jobs. His parents always wanted Trevor to experience the world and meet interesting...

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 Read reviewWhen Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home

Paul Griffin

A boy's chance encounter with a scruffy dog leads to an unforgettable friendship in this deeply moving story about life, loss and the meaning of family

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The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Emma Donoghue, Caroline Hadilaksano

The one thing in life that never changes... is that sooner or later things change.

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Children in Our World: Poverty and Hunger

Children in Our World: Poverty and Hunger

Louise Spilsbury, Hanane Kai

A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that sensitively explains crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.

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 Read reviewThe Story of Tracy Beaker

The Story of Tracy Beaker

Jacqueline Wilson

I'm Tracy Beaker - have you heard of me? I'm stuck in The Dumping Ground just at the moment, but I'm sure my Mum will come and get me soon. A certain Justine-Hateful-Littlewood has stolen my best friend Louise but I don't let it...

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The Bed and Breakfast Star

The Bed and Breakfast Star

Jacqueline Wilson

Where do baby apes sleep?In apricots!I'm Elsa, and that's one of my jokes (I tell LOTS of jokes and I'm going to be a big star one day). I do my best to cheer my family up - but no one seems to laugh much any more. Not since we...

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The Suitcase Kid

The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson

When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me . Mum, Dad, me - and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. I live out of a...

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Children in Our World: Global Conflict

Children in Our World: Global Conflict

Hanane Kai, Louise Spilsbury

A beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively explains larger issues and crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.

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No and Me

No and Me

Delphine de Vigan

Translated from the French by George Miller A Richard & Judy Book Club selection

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