Funny Australian books for ages 8-12

 Read reviewFly On the Wall

Fly On the Wall

Remy Lai

An overprotected boy embarks on a (forbidden) journey to prove his independence.

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 Read reviewHow to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life

How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life

Fiona Hardy

From the up-and-coming talent behind How To Make A Movie in 12 Days comes a funny and moving mystery about family, friendship and finding your voice.     

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 Read reviewThe Odds (The Odds, Book 1)

The Odds (The Odds, Book 1)

Matt Stanton

The highly anticipated brand new junior fiction series from the bestselling author of Funny Kid. From mega-bestselling author-illustrator Matt Stanton comes an ORIGINAL + HILARIOUS new series!

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As Fast As I Can

As Fast As I Can

Penny Tangey

One girl. One dream. A few hurdles. Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to win a medal at the Olympic Games one day. Problem is, she hasn't found a sport she's any good at yet.

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Funny Bones

Funny Bones

Kate Temple, Jol Temple, Oliver Phommavanh

If you think you've heard every funny story there is then think again ... Funny Bones is a super-huge collection of rib-tickling stories, cartoons, comics, jokes and much, much more that's bound to get even the most serious kid...

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 Read reviewThe Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

Long ago, the little Prince of Cloudburst was stolen from the seashore by a Water Sprite. Now, ten years later, the prince has found his way home. The King and Queen are planning the biggest party in their Kingdom's history to...

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The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens

The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens

First Dog on the Moon

Meet our superheroes: - Binky, aka The Monotreme! - Worried Norman, once bitten by a radioactive croissant and now Pastry Person! - Letitia, an occasionally bossy science-wombat and genius inventor!

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 Read reviewThe Power of Positive Pranking

The Power of Positive Pranking

Nat Amoore

The outrageous story of three best friends, one greedy mayor and a whole lot of pranking.

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 Read reviewSherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Renee Treml

A hilariously funny, action-packed mystery, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. 

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 Read reviewThe Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground

Mat Larkin

An explosive, suspenseful and utterly brilliant middle-grade mystery for fans of Louis Sachar's Holes.

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 Read reviewThe Extremely Weird Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

Adam Cece, Andrew Weldon

Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls is the first book in a trilogy of sublimely ridiculous laugh-out-loud adventure stories for middle-grade...

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The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach: The Peski Kids Book 1

The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach: The Peski Kids Book 1

R.A. Spratt

When April, Finn and Joe Peski come home from school one day to find their mother missing, they are forced to go and live with their dad. They haven't seen him in years, and to make matters worse, he lives in a small country town...

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 Read reviewHow to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

Fiona Hardy

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery.

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A Clue for Clara

A Clue for Clara

Lian Tanner

Clara wants to be a famous detective with her own TV show. She can read claw marks, find missing feathers and knows morse code and semaphore. There's just one problem. She's a small scruffy chook, and no one takes her seriously.

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H is for Happiness

H is for Happiness

Barry Jonsberg

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, H is for Happiness is the film based on Barry Jonsberg's award-winning novel My Life as an Alphabet.  

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 Read reviewSecrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

Nat Amoore

Finding a million dollars in your backyard -- every kid's dream, right? 

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Listen, Layla

Listen, Layla

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Exploring the diaspora experience, race, politics and identity, Listen, Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an own voices novel for young readers, which bursts with passion, humour and truth.

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You Must Be Layla

You Must Be Layla

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up!

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School Rules are Optional (The Grade Six Survival Guide, Book 1)

School Rules are Optional (The Grade Six Survival Guide, Book 1)

Alison Hart

It's the first day of school and I've already got three problems: 1) Mrs Leeman is my classroom teacher. She's so ancient she taught my dad. 2) I might have accidentally been voted school captain. I had an unusually popular day...

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 Read reviewThe Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl.

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables

Tim Harris

He's the first teacher to cook us breakfast.Is his spark-maker beetle really that dangerous?I heard he drank yak's milk in Mongolia. He's the only person who isn't afraid of Canteen Carol. My mum says he used to be in the...

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Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

Remy Lai

A poignant illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks!

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Sherlock Bones and the Sea-creature Feature

Sherlock Bones and the Sea-creature Feature

Renee Treml

Another hilariously funny, action-packed adventure, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones and his partner-in-mystery-solving, Watts.

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The 130-Storey Treehouse

The 130-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Prepare for more out-of-this-world adventure in Andy and Terry's new 130-storey treehouse!      

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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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The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch

The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch

Nicki Greenberg

'Zelda rides a broomstick!''Zelda's got a bat-friend!''Zelda smells like toadstools!''Witch! Witch! Witch!'

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 Read reviewFunny Kid for President

Funny Kid for President

Matt Stanton

Meet the funny kid! Because every kid loves to laugh. Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. He's the class clown, the punch line and he's even volunteered his bottom to be the butt of the joke. Max...

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