Recommended Australian Middle Fiction

 Read reviewRun, Pip, Run

Run, Pip, Run

J. C. Jones

Winner of the 2016 Readings Children's Book Prize Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster -- and that was only the beginning. Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big...

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Friday Barnes: Girl Detective

Friday Barnes: Girl Detective

R.A. Spratt

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven - year - old girl! When girl detective Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery she uses the reward money to send herself to the most exclusive boarding school in the country, Highcrest Academy....

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 Read reviewThe Cat with the Coloured Tail

The Cat with the Coloured Tail

Gillian Mears, Dinalie Dabarera

A magical cat, an ice-cream van that makes delicious moon-creams and a quest to bring joy to those who need it most.

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 Read reviewMister Cassowary

Mister Cassowary

Samantha Wheeler

City boy Flynn is taken to Mission Beach by his dad to ready his Grandad Barney's banana farm for sale.

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 Read reviewSamurai vs Ninja: The Battle for the Golden Egg

Samurai vs Ninja: The Battle for the Golden Egg

Nick Falk, Tony Flowers

In the Edo Period of Japan, two teams fight for supremacy -- the serious samurai and the scheming ninja. To determine who is the best, a deadly contest is held. The prize is the Golden Egg, the most magnificent treasure in all of...

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 Read reviewThe Bad Guys: Episode 1

The Bad Guys: Episode 1

Aaron Blabey

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys ... and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first...

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 Read review88 Lime Street: The Way in

88 Lime Street: The Way in

Denise Kirby

From the moment Ellen arrives, she can feel something stirring in the old house. It's almost as if it's alive. Is there a ghost, as the kids at her new school say? Or is it something stranger? And why is there a tower with no...

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The Last Thirteen

The Last Thirteen

James Phelan

Kidnapped from school and finding out his parents aren't who he thinks they are, Sam is suddenly running from danger at every turn. Nothing will ever be the same again. With his life and identity shattered, Sam's salvation is...

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Specky Magee

Specky Magee

Felice Arena, Garry Lyon

Specky Magee is 12 years old and mad about Australian Rules Football, though no-one ever comes to watch him play. When he finds a photograph of himself as a baby in footy gear he suspects he might be adopted and sets off to find...

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Deltora Quest: The Complete Series

Deltora Quest: The Complete Series

Emily Rodda, Kate Rowe, Marc McBride

Tells the story of three companions, Leif, Barda and Jasmine, who are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the Belt of Deltora. Only when the belt is complete will the evil Shadow Lord and his rule of tyranny be...

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Dragonkeeper

Dragonkeeper

Carole Wilkinson

The first part of the internationally award-winning Dragonkeeper series.

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 Read reviewTruly Tan

Truly Tan

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

Meet Tan. She's funny. She's lively. She has the mind of a Great Detective...Dear Diary, It's official. Our whole family has moved to the country. The pets are disturbed and restless. My sisters are disturbed and restless -...

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Alice-Miranda at School

Alice-Miranda at School

Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones is waving goodbye to her weeping parents and starting her first day at boarding school. But something is wrong at Wincesterfield-Downsfordale Academy for Proper Young Ladies. The...

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 Read reviewWithering-By-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Withering-By-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Judith Rossell

A Victorian fantasy-adventure, perfect for fans of Wildwood, Lemony Snicket and Tensy Farlow Ages: 9+ High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the...

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 Read reviewCharlie and the War Against the Grannies

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

Alan Brough

Charlie didn't want Mrs Cyclopolos to explode. He just wanted a paper round.

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 Read reviewThe Family with Two Front Doors

The Family with Two Front Doors

Anna Ciddor

Meet the Rabinovitches: mischievous Yakov, bubbly Nomi, rebellious Miriam, solemn Shlomo, and seven more! Papa is a rabbi and their days are full of intriguing rituals and adventures. But the biggest adventure of all is when big...

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Hitler's Daughter

Hitler’s Daughter

Jackie French

Three children in country Australia meet at the bus stop every morning and tell each other stories. This one is about Hitler's Daughter and the life that she leads in Nazi Germany. The story goes back and forth from the historical...

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of Summer

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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 Read reviewThe Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Nova Weetman

A beautifully written and insightful new novel sensitively uncovering the effects of trauma on the mind of an eleven - year - old girl. I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else ... Clem...

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 Read reviewIris and the Tiger

Iris and the Tiger

Leanne Hall

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune - and her sprawling estate - to Iris's scheming parents. But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de...

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The Big Time

The Big Time

David Warner, J.V. McGee, Jules Faber

Happy days! Davey Warner, Sunil Deep and Tay Tui have been selected to play for the South East school rep team, the South East Slammers. It's a dream come true, even if Mr Perfect, Josh Jarrett from Shimmer Bay under 12s, is named...

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Adventures of Nanny Piggins 1

Adventures of Nanny Piggins 1

R.A. Spratt

Nanny Piggins, the world's most glamorous flying pig, runs away from the circus and goes to live with the Greens as their nanny. The Green children, Derrick, Samantha and Michael, fall in love with her instantly. Who could not...

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The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan

John Flanagan

All his life, Will has dreamed of becoming a great knight. But he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. When Will and Halt set out on a...

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 Read reviewRace to the End of the World

Race to the End of the World

A. L. Tait

Adventure and danger lie just off the edge of the map in this swashbuckling new trilogy!

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 Read reviewOphelia and the Marvellous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

Karen Foxlee

Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family is still reeling from her mother's death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at an enormous gothic museum in a city...

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 Read reviewSong for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Julie Hunt

WINNER OF THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes,...

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45 and 47 Stella Street

45 and 47 Stella Street

Elizabeth Honey

Here's 11-year-old Henni's original version of what her gang did when The Phonies moved into their street and started to spoil everything! It's fast and funny and you never know what's going to happen next.

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 Read reviewThe 13-Storey Treehouse

The 13-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse. Two new characters - Andy and Terry - live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a...

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Hating Alison Ashley

Hating Alison Ashley

Robin Klein

Classmates Erica Yurgen and Alison Ashley vie with each other to become the undisputed star of their class.

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Once

Once

Morris Gleitzman

For three years and eight months Felix has lived in a convent orphanage high in the mountains of Poland. He is different from the other orphans, though, as Felix is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day...

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