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The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S.

David Levithan

The wonderful debut middle-grade novel by New York Times bestselling author David Levithan.

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 Read reviewAs Happy as Here

As Happy as Here

Jane Godwin

A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

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 Read reviewThe Lost Soul Atlas

The Lost Soul Atlas

Zana Fraillon

A powerful story of hope and friendship, from the author of The Bone Sparrow.   

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 Read reviewThe Edge of Thirteen

The Edge of Thirteen

Nova Weetman

Clem Timmins can't wait to see her best friends after being apart all summer holidays. But when they get back together, things have changed.

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Girl. Boy. Sea.

Girl. Boy. Sea.

Chris Vick

Storm, shipwreck, survival. This novel delves deep into the might and majesty of the unpredictable ocean, the strength of an unlikely friendship between a British boy and a Berber girl and their will to survive against all the...

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 Read reviewTiger Daughter

Tiger Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Wen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying than the life her parents expect her to lead. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, Tiger Daughter is a wonderfully compelling and authentic Own Voices...

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Catch Me If I Fall

Catch Me If I Fall

Barry Jonsberg

A brilliant and timely middle-grade novel from the bestselling author of My Life As An Alphabet and A Song Only I Can Hear.

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 Read reviewStormbreaker

Stormbreaker

Anthony Horowitz

The first action-packed adventure that started the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.

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 Read reviewWhen Rain Turns to Snow

When Rain Turns to Snow

Jane Godwin

A runaway boy, a baby and a whole lot of questions...

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 Read reviewA Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula Le Guin

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

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The Monsters of Rookhaven

The Monsters of Rookhaven

Padraig Kenny, Edward Bettison

Sometimes the monsters take us. Sometimes we become the monsters.

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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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Crow Country

Crow Country

Kate Constable

When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?

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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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 Read reviewThe Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.

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Stargirl

Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli

Before ELEANOR AND PARK, there was STARGIRL. The seminal life-affirming YA novel celebrating first love and self-acceptance - now in a beautiful new edition for the next generation of readers.

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 Read reviewGoodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

Rebecca Stead

As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since...

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Front Desk

Front Desk

Kelly Yang, Candy Ng

Recent immigrants from China, desperate for money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown Southern California motel for skinflint Mr. Yao, whose son is the only other Chinese American in Mia's class.

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The Year We Fell From Space

The Year We Fell From Space

Amy Sarig King

The new middle-grade novel from the acclaimed YA author known as A.S. King, The Year We Fell from Space is a delightfully moving story of twelve-year-old budding astronomer Liberty as she makes sense of her life through the...

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 Read reviewThe Year the Maps Changed

The Year the Maps Changed

Danielle Binks

One extraordinary year will change them all...

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Murder Most Unladylike (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, Book 1)

Murder Most Unladylike (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, Book 1)

Robin Stevens

When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie....

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Sophia and the Corner Park Clubhouse

Sophia and the Corner Park Clubhouse

Davina Bell

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The Recruit (CHERUB, Book 1)

The Recruit (CHERUB, Book 1)

Robert Muchamore

The first title in the number one bestselling CHERUB series! James hits rock bottom before he's offered a new start in an intriguing organisation ...

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick,...

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 Read reviewJane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds

Jeremy Lachlan

Step inside. Don't look back. Forward is the only way. His Dark Materials meets Mad Max in this unforgettable blockbuster adventure about the world between worlds.

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 Read reviewWhen You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead

Miranda and Sal are friends, but when Sal gets punched by a kid for no apparent reason, he shuts Miranda out of his life. Then she finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper, and other notes left for her in strange...

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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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Drama

Drama

Raina Telgemeier

Callie loves theater and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members aren't working...

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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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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

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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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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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 Read reviewSee You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos

Jack Cheng

An astonishingly moving middle-grade debut about a space-obsessed boy's quest for family and home.

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Real Friends

Real Friends

Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham

Bestselling author Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham's middle grade graphic novel about the happiness and heartache of making first friends.

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The Fall

The Fall

Tristan Bancks

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what's happening - only to hear a struggle, and .

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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 Read reviewHoles

Holes

Louis Sachar

`This is a story of friendship with the cleverest of plot twists, and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley's desert prison burning off the page. A total must-read' The Times `Totally absorbing and beautifully...

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and...

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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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Eragon: Book One

Eragon: Book One

Christopher Paolini

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he...

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His Dark Materials: Complete trilogy

His Dark Materials: Complete trilogy

Phillip Pullman

Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a...

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Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, Graphic Novel 1)

Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, Graphic Novel 1)

Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier

Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up -- cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls -- you can count on them to save the day.

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Hatchet

Hatchet

Gary Paulsen

The internationally best-selling story of survival against the odds, now with a striking new cover look to celebrate its 30th anniversary

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The Other Side of Summer

Emily Gale

This sweet and spellbinding story about family, friends and believing in yourself will warm your heart.

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The Secret Life of Lola (Corner Park Clubhouse, Book 2)

The Secret Life of Lola (Corner Park Clubhouse, Book 2)

Davina Bell

When lifelong friends Lola, Belle, Maisie and Sophia reunite at their beloved Corner Park Clubhouse for the winter school holidays, Lola has a great idea: they'll enter the local drama competition!

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Wonder

Wonder

R J Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...

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 Read reviewA Song Only I Can Hear

A Song Only I Can Hear

Barry Jonsberg

Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an...

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