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 Read reviewThe Book of Chance

The Book of Chance

Sue Whiting

Chance is a black-and-white thinker until she realises that sometimes there are shades of grey.

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Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell (Monty's Island, Book 1)

Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell (Monty’s Island, Book 1)

Emily Rodda, Lucinda Gifford

On a beautiful island far away, on a sea that ripples with magic, Monty never knows what he might find... Monty, Tawny and friends receive some startling news: Scary Mary and her pirate crew are on their way, looking for a new...

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 Read reviewWink

Wink

Rob Harrell

Maybe Batpig can come to the rescue? Based on Rob Harrell's own real life experience with eye cancer, and including amazing comic-strip artwork, this poignant and authentic novel is unforgettable, hilarious and uplifting.

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 Read reviewThe January Stars

The January Stars

Kate Constable

When twelve-year old Clancy and her fourteen-year-old sister, Tash, visit their Pa at his aged-care facility, they have no idea that the three of them will soon set out on an intrepid adventure.

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E-Boy (E-Boy, Book 1)

E-Boy (E-Boy, Book 1)

Anh Do, Chris Wahl

Ethan is supposed to be doing regular teenage things - like playing sports and hanging out with friends. He is not supposed to be in hospital getting a brain tumour removed by Gemini, a high-tech android doctor. But just as the...

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The Boy Who Fooled the World

The Boy Who Fooled the World

Lisa Thompson

Telling a little white lie now and then is harmless, right? But what if it leads to you being a household name and international celebrity? Cole is the boy who fooled the world and finds himself trapped in a huge web of lies......

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Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement (Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony, Book 1)

Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement (Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony, Book 1)

Magda Szubanski, Dean Rankine

Timmy is rude. He's lazy. He's ALWAYS cranky. And he's also one of the most FAMOUS ponies in all the known world! Until one day when...POO HAPPENS. Surely one little poo of excitement can't ruin Timmy's life. Can it?

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Dee White

Inspired by the true story of Muslims who saved the lives of Jewish children in the Second World War.

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Wings of Fire Legends: Dragonslayer

Wings of Fire Legends: Dragonslayer

Tui Sutherland

This special edition of the #1 New York Times best-selling Wings of Fire series soars back in time to give readers a glimpse of Pyrrhia through new eyes.

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 Read reviewThe Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour

The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour

Ally Carter

April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn't even the one who broke the vase.

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Frankie Fish and the Wild Wild Mess

Frankie Fish and the Wild Wild Mess

Peter Helliar, Lesley Vamos

Australia's favourite comedian and children's author Peter Helliar is BACK! Giddy up for the next instalment in the best-selling Frankie Fish series: it's the wildest time-travel adventure to date ...

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Bust a Move (Derek Dool Supercool, Book 1)

Bust a Move (Derek Dool Supercool, Book 1)

Adrian Beck, Scott Edgar

Think of the COOLEST, FUNNIEST, most HANDSOME kid in school, times it by a gazillion and you get DEREK DILBERT DOOL. At least he thinks so . . . Pity he's the only one.

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 Read reviewThe Republic of Birds

The Republic of Birds

Jessica Miller

From rising star Jessica Miller comes this richly imagined fantasy adventure, an unmissable addition to the genre for readers of Karen Foxlee, Jessica Townsend and Philip Pullman.

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My Survival: A Girl on Schindler's List

My Survival: A Girl on Schindler’s List

Rena Finder

Rena Finder was only eleven when the Nazis forced her and other Jewish people into the ghetto in Krakow, Poland, during WWII.

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Flember: The Secret Book

Flember: The Secret Book

Jamie Smart

A mysterious island. A long forgotten secret. The magical force of life... And...A GIANT ROBOT BEAR! Meet our hero, boy-inventor Dev, as he discovers the power of FLEMBER!

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Waiting for Anya

Waiting for Anya

Michael Morpurgo

Jo places his life in danger when he helps protect a growing number of Jewish children who have sought refuge at a reclusive widow's farm.

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Vote Weirdo (WeirDo, Book 14)

Vote Weirdo (WeirDo, Book 14)

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Its time to vote! Weir Dos in the running for class captain... but will an EPIC HAIR DISASTER destroy his chances of winning?! It wont be easy... but it will be funny!

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 Read reviewThe Threads of Magic

The Threads of Magic

Alison Croggon

An atmospheric and riveting fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke.

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 Read reviewHattie

Hattie

Frida Nilsson, Stina Wirsen, Julia Marshall

A funny, lively, sympathetic illustrated chapter book about a street-smart country girl in her first year of school, from internationally award-winning Frida Nilsson.

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 Read reviewThe Ghost of Howlers Beach (The Butter O'Bryan Mysteries, Book 1)

The Ghost of Howlers Beach (The Butter O'Bryan Mysteries, Book 1)

Jackie French

Butter O'Bryan has been told there are ghosts on Howler's Beach, but are there?

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The Blackbird Girls

The Blackbird Girls

Anne Blankman

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work--Chernobyl--has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who've...

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The Map of Half Maps (Atticus Van Tasticus, Book 2)

The Map of Half Maps (Atticus Van Tasticus, Book 2)

Andrew Daddo, Stephen Michael King

ATTICUS VAN TASTICUS is back. And this time he means business. Having escaped certain disaster on the high seas, he's on the scent of treasure. Then the call comes from above- 'Ship ahoy, Captain, ship ahoy!' If only it were...

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Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure

Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure

Wilbur Smith

But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they've promised to take Jack and his friends with them. The three friends will need their wits about them if they...

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Race To The Sun

Race To The Sun

Rebecca Roanhorse

Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father. Includes glossary of...

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Everlasting Nora

Everlasting Nora

Marie Miranda Cruz

An uplifting young reader debut about perseverance, hope, and family, Everlasting Nora follows a girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines' Manila North Cemetery

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Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains

Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains

Rebel Girls, Montse Galbany

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes the historical novel based on the life of Junko Tabei, the first female climber to summit Mount Everest.

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Fire in the Star (The Unicorn Quest, Book 3)

Fire in the Star (The Unicorn Quest, Book 3)

Kamilla Benko

Claire Martinson has always depended on her older sister, Sophie, to take care of her, but now it's Claire's turn to protect her sister. On the trail of the last unicorn, Claire sets off on her own to make things right in Arden -...

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Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom (The Super Life of Ben Braver, Book 3)

Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom (The Super Life of Ben Braver, Book 3)

Marcus Emerson

Ben Braver has one day to save the world. The students of Kepler Academy are under threat...again. And, this time, so is the rest of the world. Ben Braver might just be humanity's only hope. Ben will have to overcome all kinds of...

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Dancing the Charleston

Dancing the Charleston

Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt

Set in a huge country estate during the roaring '20s, Jacqueline Wilson's must-have new novel follows the estate dressmaker's 10 year old niece as she navigates extraordinary and extravagant parties, bohemian guests, and all the...

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Dragon Pearl

Dragon Pearl

Yoon Ha Lee

Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.

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Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest: A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book

Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest: A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book

Rebel Girls, Eugenia Mello

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes a historical novel based on the life of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and environmentalist from Kenya.

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Sasha's Secret

Sasha’s Secret

Cathy Cassidy

The must-have third book in the gorgeous Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

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Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt

Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt

Jennifer Bell, Alice Lickens

Enter the world of Agnes & Attie: Agents of the Wild; fun-packed young fiction with wildlife conservation themes.

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In the Key of Code

In the Key of Code

Aimee Lucido

An original, inventive and heart-warming novel about a lonely new girl and an unlikely friendship formed in a school coding club, that will appeal to fans of Sarah Crossan.

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Red Day

Red Day

Sandy Fussell

Set in a modern-day small town among the remnants of a Japanese POW camp, this is the story of Charlie. Charlie has synaesthesia and hence sees and hears differently: people have auras; days of the week are coloured; numbers and...

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The Highland Falcon Thief

The Highland Falcon Thief

M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman

Climb aboard the Highland Falcon and help Harrison Beck find a jewel thief!

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Lost in Space: Return to Yesterday

Lost in Space: Return to Yesterday

Kevin Emerson

With more than 30.5 million viewers to date, Lost in Space is Netflix's dazzling new sci-fi adventure series that brings the whole family together. The first installment of this original middle-grade series is timed perfectly to...

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Mermaid School

Mermaid School

Lucy Courtenay, Sheena Dempsey

It is Marnie Blue's very first day at Lady Sealia Foam's Mermaid School, and she's terrified. What's more, her famous diva aunt Christabel was a notorious rebel at the same school, and got up to all sorts of naughtiness. Marnie is...

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The Rusty Rescue (BOOT, Book 2)

The Rusty Rescue (BOOT, Book 2)

Shane Hegarty, Ben Mantle

For fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken, this is the second hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure. With illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life, this is a...

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 Read reviewThe Dark is Rising: The Dark is Rising Sequence

The Dark is Rising: The Dark is Rising Sequence

Susan Cooper

This night will be bad and tomorrow will be beyond imagining. It's Midwinter's Eve, the day before Will's eleventh birthday. But there is an atmosphere of fear in the familiar countryside around him. Will discovers that he has the...

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Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls

Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls

Jeremy Lachlan

An unfinished quest. A dying world. A race to save all souls. Get ready for the thrilling follow-up to the award-winning Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds.

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Where the Watermelons Grow

Where the Watermelons Grow

Cindy Baldwin

Twelve-year-old Della Kelly of Maryville, North Carolina, tries to come to terms with her mother's mental illness while her father struggles to save the farm from a record-breaking drought.

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 Read reviewTake Off! (Evie and Pog, Book 1)

Take Off! (Evie and Pog, Book 1)

Tania McCartney

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes the first book in a new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.

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Ninja Clones (Ninja Kid, Book 5)

Ninja Clones (Ninja Kid, Book 5)

Anh Do, Anton Emdin

Nelson and Kenny have been CLONED! Robot Nelson and Robot Kenny are faster, smarter and better dancers! But when the clones spin out of control at school camp, can the REAL Nelson and Kenny SAVE THE DAY?

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The Story Collector

The Story Collector

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, Iacopo Bruno

In partnership with the New York Public Library and from author Kristin O'Donnell Tubb comes a historical fiction middle-grade novel inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public...

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 Read reviewAussie Kids: Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo

Aussie Kids: Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo

Belinda Murrell, David Hardy

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.

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Karen's Witch (Babysitters Little Sister Graphix Novels, Book 1)

Karen’s Witch (Babysitters Little Sister Graphix Novels, Book 1)

Ann Martin, Katy Farina

Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long black robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor,...

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 Read reviewAsh Road

Ash Road

Ivan Southall, Maurice Saxby

An action-packed Australian adventure story, about courage, friendship and survival in the face of a seemingly insurmountable bushfire.

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Max and the Midknights

Max and the Midknights

Lincoln Peirce

Need a hero? It's Max to the rescue! The first book in the laugh-out-loud series from the bestselling author of Big Nate.

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The Champions of the Blade (Paladero, Book 4)

The Champions of the Blade (Paladero, Book 4)

Steven Lochran

Joss, Hero and Drake are prentice paladeros, cowboy-knights that ride dinosaurs and fight to protect their Kingdom. Now, they face the ultimate battle: themselves.

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How to Make Friends (Edie's Experiments, Book 1)

How to Make Friends (Edie’s Experiments, Book 1)

Charlotte Barkla, Sandy Flett

I'm Edie and I love science. So I when I started at a new school, I decided it could be one giant experiment.

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Watch This! (Danny Best, Book 4)

Watch This! (Danny Best, Book 4)

Jen Storer, Mitch Vane

For fans of Funny Kid and Weirdo, comes the fourth hilarious book about a legend named Danny Best. Best by name, best by reputation...

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The Chicken's Curse

The Chicken’s Curse

Frances Watts

Felix and Livia are being pursued across the Roman empire, from the darkest, dampest corner of Gaul to the dry, desert sands of Tadmor. They must reach Rome by the Ides of April to rescue Livia's brother before he is sent into the...

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Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse

Maxine Beneba Clark, Nicki Greenberg

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The Kid Who Came From Space

The Kid Who Came From Space

Ross Welford

The stunning new 10+ story from the bestselling and award-winning author of TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER, for anyone who loved the humour of WALL-E, the action of STAR WARS and the deeply touching emotion of ET.

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Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani of the Distant Sea

Erin Entrada Kelly

When Lalani Sarita's mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea .

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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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The Besties to the Rescue

The Besties to the Rescue

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever...

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Monster Nanny

Monster Nanny

Tuutikki Tolonen, Pasi Pitkanen

Halley, Koby and Mimi have been sent a nanny to look after them while their parents are away. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster!

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The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle

The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle

Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Leuyen Pham

When the goat pasture is plagued with a foul stench, the Princess in Black and her friends must take on a stinky beast.

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Explorers on Black Ice Bridge

Explorers on Black Ice Bridge

Alex Bell, Tomislav Tomic

Ice princess Stella Snowflake and her father Felix are in trouble: President Fogg has expelled them from the Polar Bear Explorers' Club, and banned them from going on any further expeditions. Stella's not going to be put off by...

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Evie and Pog: Puppy Playtime!

Evie and Pog: Puppy Playtime!

Tania McCartney

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes another book in this new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.

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The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

Tonke Dragt (Author), Laura Watkinson (Translator)

Twins Jiacomo and Laurenzo look exactly the same - but they are as different as night and day. Hard-working Laurenzo wants to make beautiful things and becomes a goldsmith; Jiacomo loves travel and adventure and uses his wiles to...

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The Besties Show and Smell

The Besties Show and Smell

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever...

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Little Women

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in mid-nineteenth-century New England. Includes movie stills from the 2019 feature film directed by Greta Gerwig.

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