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 Read reviewNot Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal

Jessie Sima

Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why.

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 Read reviewMarsh And Me

Marsh And Me

Martine Murray

From the award-winning author of Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars comes a wonderful new novel 9-12 years old.

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Princess Smartypants

Princess Smartypants

Babette Cole

Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to be their Mrs.

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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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The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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 Read reviewRobinson

Robinson

Peter Sis

Robin and his friends are planning to dress up as pirates for their school's annual costume party, but instead his mother creates a Robinson Crusoe costume for him, and while the adults love it, his friends are less welcoming.

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It's Okay To Be Different

It’s Okay To Be Different

Todd Parr

A beloved, bestselling Todd Parr picture book about the importance of friendship and acceptance - now for the very first time in paperback

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Elmer

Elmer

David McKee

David McKee's first book about Elmer turned this adorable patchwork elephant into a nursery favourite. The Elmer book and CD pack features the classic story with a special edition cover and a story CD, perfect for sharing at...

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 Read reviewStories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter

A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess.

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The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson

Published over 50 years ago, The Story of Ferdinand is one of the bestselling children's books of all time, and the bull who preferred sitting under the cork tree and smelling flowers to fighting has become a hero to generations...

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Some Girls

Some Girls

Nelly Thomas, Sarah Dunk

Some girls are good with cars and bikes. Some girls are good with art and kites. Some girls are good with puzzles and maths. And some girls are good with dolls and cats. Some Girls is a story about how everyone is different and...

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Mrs Whitlam

Bruce Pascoe

Marnie Clark of Curdie Vale can ride but she doesn't have a horse. She dreams of owning one and having the whole world to ride it in. Before too long Marnie is gifted Mrs Margaret ‘Maggie' Whitlam, a beautiful, big...

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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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The Very Noisy Baby

The Very Noisy Baby

Alison Lester

Here is the story of a very noisy baby. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous...

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe

Visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

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Ugly (Young Readers Edition)

Ugly (Young Readers Edition)

Robert Hoge

A beaut story about one very ugly kid.

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 Read reviewThe Bubble Boy

The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

Wonder meets Mark Haddon in this beautifully poignant and uplifting story from a talented new voice

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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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All's Faire In Middle School

All’s Faire In Middle School

Victoria Jamieson

From the author of the Newbery Honor winner Roller Girl comes a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving an embarrassing family, and life at the Renaissance Faire.

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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been...

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Danny Blue's Really Excellent Dream: A CBCA Notable Book

Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dream: A CBCA Notable Book

Max Landrak

A story about a curious and inventive boy that will make kids think about how each of us sees the world. Danny Blue lives in a world where everything is blue. And while there are many different shades and hues, everything...

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The Shark Caller

The Shark Caller

Dianne Wolfer

Isabel is on a plane heading back to her island birthplace in Papua New Guinea. Izzy is looking forward to seeing her family again, but there's another tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, died in a freak diving...

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Lintang and the Pirate Queen

Lintang and the Pirate Queen

Tamara Moss

Incredibly exciting adventure on the high seas, filled with deadly creatures, impossible tasks, dangerous quests, nailbiting battles . . . and two friends determined to make their way in the world.

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We're All Wonders

We’re All Wonders

R. J. Palacio

I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see . . .Wonder is the unforgettable story of August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. With over 5 million...

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The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

A gloriously illustrated story of a robot's adventures in the wild

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Woolf

Woolf

Alex Latimer, Patrick Latimer

Woolf is half-wolf, half-sheep. It's not easy being different - not quite fitting in with one group or another. Can Woolf find his own way in life and make his own friends that like him for who he is, not who he's trying to...

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Ish

Ish

Peter H. Reynolds

A creative spirit learns that a drawing doesn't have to look exactly like anything in this gentle fable from the creator of the award-winning, bestselling picture book The Dot.

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Just Jack

Just Jack

Jane Tanner

Jack was getting ready for his first day at kinder. He wouldn't know anyone. How would he make friends? Then Jack had an idea. He put on his red-and-blue suit, his yellow cape, his special socks, his gumboots and, last of all, his...

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 Read reviewThe Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade

Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys

The day before the Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade, Alfie got that feeling ... Sometimes it's hard to be brave. Sometimes you get that feeling. Alfie isn't sure he can go to the parade, but his mum knows there's at least one special...

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Sir Lilypad

Sir Lilypad

Anna Kemp, Sara Ogilvie

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 Read reviewIntroducing Teddy

Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it's riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do together. One sunny day,...

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Erik the Lone Wolf

Erik the Lone Wolf

Sarah Finan

Everybody knows that wolves live in packs... But one little wolf cub dreams of becoming a lone wolf.

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Whoever You Are

Whoever You Are

Mem Fox, Leslie Staub

Every day all over Australia, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same or speak the same language but inside, they are just like you. This story weaves its way across...

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Gaston

Gaston

Kelly DiPucchio, Christian Robinson

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Stellaluna

Stellaluna

Janell Cannon

The touching story of Stellaluna, the baby fruit bat, separated from her mother and adopted by a family of birds. A heart-warming tale with a happy end. Bat notes give useful information on different types of bat.

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