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 Read reviewFinding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Zisin Nevo

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer.

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 Read reviewWildlife

Wildlife

Fiona Wood

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.

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 Read reviewCloudwish

Cloudwish

Fiona Wood

At sixteen, Van Uoc Phan, a scholarship student, has always believed in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of popular Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an...

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 Read reviewMy Life as a Hashtag

My Life as a Hashtag

Gabrielle Williams

I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed's nail tracing the length of my neck. But...

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Bronze Bird Tower: Dragonkeeper 6

Bronze Bird Tower: Dragonkeeper 6

Carole Wilkinson

The sixth and final instalment in the internationally bestselling and award-winning Dragonkeeper series.

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Squishy Taylor and the Silver Suitcase (Book 7)

Squishy Taylor and the Silver Suitcase (Book 7)

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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SUMMER OF MONSTERS

SUMMER OF MONSTERS

Tony Thompson

Mary Shelley felt she'd never escape the shadow of her famous parents. Overlooked and unwanted, no one predicted it would be sixteen-year-old Mary herself who would scandalise a nation. Against acceptable behaviour for young women...

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Songs that sound like Blood

Songs that sound like Blood

Jared Thomas

Roxy May Redding's got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She lives in a hot dusty town and is dreaming big. She survives run-ins with the mean girls at high school, sings in her dad's band and babysits for her wayward...

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 Read reviewThe Road To Winter

The Road To Winter

Mark Smith

Mark Smith's The Road to Winter tells a thrilling, primal, twenty-first century story of courage and survival in the Australian wilderness.

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Good Muslim Boy

Good Muslim Boy

Osamah Sami

Good Muslim Boy is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of loss, love and family. It's about what we'll do to live up to expectations - and what we must do to live with ourselves.

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 Read reviewThe Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One

The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One

Sally Rippin

From Australia's best-selling female author, Sally Rippin, comes Polly and Buster - a brand new junior fiction series about the magic of friendship.

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 Read reviewMy First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda

My First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda

Alice Pung

'The stories in this anthology are special because they capture the school experience with rare authenticity. These are not adults writing about teenagers, but real young adult writers. -Alice Pung. Award-winning author...

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 Read reviewLaurinda

Laurinda

Alice Pung

Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates -- and some of their teachers. Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy...

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Super Con-Nerd

Super Con-Nerd

Oliver Phommavanh

In his signature style, Oliver Phommavanh delivers this hilarious take on starting high school in his follow on book from Con-nerd.

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 Read reviewGoldenhand

Goldenhand

Garth Nix

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian - she's now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When she discovers Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious, she uses her...

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 Read reviewFrogkisser!

Frogkisser!

Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

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The Lost Sapphire

The Lost Sapphire

Belinda Murrell

Marli is staying with her dad in Melbourne, and missing her friends. Then she discovers a mystery: a crumbling, abandoned mansion is to be returned to her family after ninety years.

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Mammoth Mistake, Starring Olive Black (Book 1)

Mammoth Mistake, Starring Olive Black (Book 1)

Alex Miles, Maude Guesne

Olive's latest movie has her character bringing a woolly mammoth back from time. But when Olive takes a chance to one-up her nemesis instead of be there for her BFF, she makes a real-life mammoth mistake of her own. Will she be...

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South of Darkness

South of Darkness

John Marsden

The epic tale of a convict boy's extraordinary journey from Australia's master storyteller, John Marsden.

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Tomorrow, When the War Began

Tomorrow, When the War Began

John Marsden

Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding. The first book in the bestselling the Tomorrow series.

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 Read reviewLots

Lots

Marc Martin

A stunning graphic picture book by award-winng author illlustrator Marc Martin with quirky observations and facts about different places around the world. Hong Kong, the Amazon, Antarctica, India - from the villages, towns and...

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Anders and the Volcano: Anders 2

Anders and the Volcano: Anders 2

Gregory Mackay

Anders and his friends are on holiday again. When they head off to Camp Canvas at Mount Tremble, they make new friends and discover new things about themselves. That's lucky, as they'll need everything they've got when Mount...

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Paladero: The City of Night Neverending

Paladero: The City of Night Neverending

Steven Lochran

Welcome to Thunder Realm, where cowboy-knights known as paladeros herd dinosaurs during peacetime, and take up arms during war.

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The Astrologer's Daughter

The Astrologer’s Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her...

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Hello Little Babies

Hello Little Babies

Alison Lester

From the bestselling author of Kissed by the Moon and Imagine comes a book to be cherished by children and parents everywhere. 

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Nevernight

Nevernight

Jay Kristoff

From New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff, comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness.

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country

Welcome To Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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 Read reviewLike a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

Cate Kennedy

From prizewinning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimedDark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies and injustices and...

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The Arrival

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

A unique 128-page, textless graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, drawing inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times.

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The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales

Shaun Tan, Philip Pullman

In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures.

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 Read reviewThe Secret Science of Magic

The Secret Science of Magic

Melissa Keil

Sophia is smart, like genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. When everything she knows is falling apart, how can she crack...

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 Read reviewIlluminae: The Illuminae Files_01

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all --

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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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You Choose 10: In the Realm of Dragons

You Choose 10: In the Realm of Dragons

George Ivanoff

YOU CHOOSE ...Friend of magical beasts or imprisonment in a ferocious land! You've always been obsessed with dragons. And when you find out there are legends about them near your school camp, you have to investigate. Soon, you...

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The Innovation Formula: The 14 Science-based Keys for Creating a Culture Where Innovation Thrives

The Innovation Formula: The 14 Science-based Keys for Creating a Culture Where Innovation Thrives

Amantha Imber

A practical guide to innovation strategies based on fact, not feeling The Innovation Formula delivers strategies for building a culture where innovation can thrive, based on actual scientific research.

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 Read reviewGirl Defective

Girl Defective

Simmone Howell

It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who...

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 Read reviewMr Chicken Arriva a Roma

Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma

Leigh Hobbs

Welcome to Rome, says Mr Chicken's guide, Federica. Climb aboard my Vespa and hold on to your hat. Mr. Chicken's childhood dream is about to begin. Another triumph from the Australian Children's Laureate, featuring his...

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 Read reviewA Shadow's Breath, A

A Shadow’s Breath, A

Nicole Hayes

Then, things were looking up for Tessa. Her mum was finally getting her life back on track. Tessa had started seeing Nick. She was making new friends. She'd even begun to paint again.Now, Tessa and Nick are trapped in...

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A Footy Girl's Guide to the Stars of 2017

A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017

Nicole Hayes, Alicia Sometimes

To celebrate the first-ever elite women's competition, A Footy Girl's Guide to the Stars of 2017 showcases some of the key players to look out for, and reveals how they made it to the top of the women's game.

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Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Jane Harrison

Set within the explosive cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1980s, Becoming Kirrali Lewis chronicles the journey of a young Aboriginal teenager as she leaves her home town in rural Victoria to take on a law degree in...

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Letter to My Teenage Self

Letter to My Teenage Self

Grace Halphen

Melbourne teenager Grace Halphen had a tough time transitioning to high school - she struggled to make friends and fit in. When she realised this was a common experience, she wondered why she'd felt so alone. When she was 13, she...

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Game Changers

Game Changers

Leena van Deventer, Dan Golding

The videogame scene has evolved from the hobby of boys in bedrooms to a popular pastime for anyone with a smartphone. Many of the old guard resent this mainstreaming of games culture - and they've been anything but welcoming....

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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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Snot Chocolate

Snot Chocolate

Morris Gleitzman

Very Yummy Stories.Stop your mum picking her nose, read the secret diary of a dog, catch a bus and then let it go, discover how one slice of toast can make you the...

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Australia's Great War 1917

Australia’s Great War 1917

Kelly Gardiner

The German planes patrolled in hunting squads. They flew fast fighting craft streaking across the sky in tight formation. The greatest of them was the Red Baron, the deadliest ace on the Front. He'd shot down twenty-one of our...

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 Read reviewFight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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Ida

Ida

Alison Evans

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

Cath Crowley

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose. Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it. Jazz and Leo are slowly...

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 Read reviewWords in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

Cath Crowley

This is a love story. It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. It's the story of how we leave our histories in the things we love - like books.

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Attack of the Giant Robot Zombie Mermaid

Attack of the Giant Robot Zombie Mermaid

Matt Cosgrove

Once upon a slime covered planet, there lived a robot zombie mermaid who would stop at nothing and sacrifice everything in the hilarious intergalactic quest for her one true lovebraaaaiiiiinnnnnnnnnnsssssssss.

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The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van Thanh Rudd

What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

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 Read reviewThe Hate Race

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one,...

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In The Dark Spaces

In The Dark Spaces

Cally Black

The latest winner of the Ampersand Prize is a genre-smashing hostage drama about 14-year-old Tamara, who's faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her kidnappers.

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Begin, End, Begin: A #Loveozya Anthology

Begin, End, Begin: A #Loveozya Anthology

Danielle Binks

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all.

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The Jewel Fish of Karnak

The Jewel Fish of Karnak

Graeme Base

Far, far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market. In a merciful moment, the cat Pharaoh decides to give the friends one last chance. Complete with...

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Animalia

Animalia

Graeme Base

Animalia is the alphabet with a twist. This book presents a fantasy world inhabited by familiar animals in unfamiliar situations. It includes illustrations that features a portrait of the author as a boy.

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Fire In The Sea

Fire In The Sea

Myke Bartlett

Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, 2011. Sadie is sixteen and bored with life in Perth. It's summer, and lazing on the beach in the stifling heat with her cousins and Tom is a drag. Then something...

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Wordburger

Wordburger

David Astle

How to be a champion word puzzler in 20 quick bites! Packed with word puzzles, tongue twisters and brain teasers, this book will give readers all the ingredients they need to solve cryptic crosswords.

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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

From the founder of MuslimGirl.com, an account of what it's like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the war on terror and in an era of casual racism.

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Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

Abdi Aden, Robert Hillman

A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy's survival against the odds. Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and...

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Does My Head Look Big in This?

Does My Head Look Big in This?

Randa Abdel-Fattah

I heard a gentle, kind voice: What is your confession, my child? I was stuffed. The Priest would declare me a heretic; my parents would call me a traitor, and Mrs Piogarni would give me detention. I am Muslim, I whispered. It's...

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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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