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Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl

Debbi Michiko Florence, Elizabet Vukovic

Join Jasmine as she discovers her talent-and the difference between being the best and trying your best.

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Amal Unbound

Amal Unbound

Aisha Saeed

Aisha Saeed's middle-grade debut tells the compelling story of a girl's fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.

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 Read reviewMy Girragundji 20th Anniversary Edition

My Girragundji 20th Anniversary Edition

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

The 20th anniversary edition of the award-winning, much loved story that tells how a little tree frog helps a boy find the courage to face his fears.

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 Read reviewHello, Universe

Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas

Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

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Whichwood

Whichwood

Tahereh Mafi

Laylee, thirteen, is nearly worn out from washing and packaging corpses for the Otherwhere and being shunned by villagers when two strangers, Alice and Oliver, arrive determined to help.

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Squishy Taylor Versus the Mayor

Squishy Taylor Versus the Mayor

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions!

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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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Patty Takes Charge (Game Day! Book 3)

Patty Takes Charge (Game Day! Book 3)

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas

Through lots of hard work, Patty's skills have improved out of sight. And he's invited to step it up in a big basketball tournament.Even though he'll miss out on time in his beloved Torres Strait, playing in a major...

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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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Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Book 3)

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Book 3)

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan's Norse hero faces his greatest challenge yet in the final instalment of the series.

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The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Yaba Badoe

A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horror of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore.

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Shallow in the Deep End

Shallow in the Deep End

Tiwi College Al Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga

Erica wants a dog. So dad brings home a new pet... a baby water buffalo! Shallow the buffalo and her friend Bruno the dog have a lot of fun, get in a lot of trouble and create a lot of havoc.

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Kicking Goals With Goodesy And Magic

Kicking Goals With Goodesy And Magic

Adam Goodes, Anita Heiss, Michael O'Loughlin

AFL legends Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin are blood brothers and great mates. They are also two of the best footballers ever to play for the Sydney Swans. Between them, they played over 650 games and kicked over 900 goals.<br...

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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography in a fairy-tale,...

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Weirdo

Weirdo

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy but it will be funny!

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Our Australian Girl: Meet Marly

Our Australian Girl: Meet Marly

Alice Pung

It's 1983 and Marly is just trying to fit in at Sunshine Primary School. But being a refugee from Vietnam doesn't make things easy, and when Marly's cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun of them....

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Thai-riffic!

Thai-riffic!

Oliver Phommavanh

Albert Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being the curry guinea pig, and is longing to eat pizza! But when his best friend decides to...

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Tiger Boy

Tiger Boy

Mitali Perkins

A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in order to save her from being captured and sold on the black market by Mr. Gupta...

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 Read reviewThe Secrets of Billie Bright

The Secrets of Billie Bright

Susie Day

Billie Bright's family is pretty big for one that's got somebody missing. There's Billie who is a girl Billie and eleven and about to go to secondary school. Then there are her three big brothers and her Dad, who also runs the...

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Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky

Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world --

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Rebellion of Thieves

Rebellion of Thieves

Kekla Magoon

For fans of Percy Jackson comes the second installment in this high-adventure retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale that Rick Riordan hailed as compelling.

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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 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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Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

Wai Chim, Lyn White

An evocative and compelling story about one boy living through the 2014 drought in Henan, China.

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Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

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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 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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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been...

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Our Australian Girl: Meet Poppy (Book 1)

Our Australian Girl: Meet Poppy (Book 1)

Gabrielle Wang, Masciullo Lucia

Meet Poppy is the first story in a set of four about the amazing journey of a young Chinese Aboriginal girl, who lives on a Christian mission in 1864. It is a story of bravery and love, as Poppy sets out to chase her brother after...

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George

George

Alex Gino

Allow me to introduce you to a remarkable book, full of love, wonder, hope, and the importance of getting to be who you were meant to be. You must read this. - David Levithan, author of Every Day and editor of George. GEORGE is...

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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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The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes

The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

Ying Compestine, David Roberts

From the bestselling illustrator of Ada Twist, Scientist comes this clever re-imagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale by award-winning author Ying Compestine.

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Lintang and the Pirate Queen

Lintang and the Pirate Queen

Tamara Moss

Incredibly exciting adventure on the high seas, filled with deadly creatures, impossible tasks, dangerous quests, nailbiting battles . . . and two friends determined to make their way in the world.

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