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Hey Joe
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Hey Joe

Michael Hyde

Jimi doesn't know his father, Joe; the least he can do is go to Vietnam and try to find him. With the aid of Joe's half-finished novel Jimi sets off in search of his father - and himself. A novel about the Vietnam war and its...

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Shauzia
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Shauzia

Deborah Ellis

Imagine that you are alone in a foreign city. To eat you must go through rubbish, to sleep you huddle in doorways. Where do you go? Who do you trust? When Shauzia leaves the refugee camp she faces many difficulties. But she has...

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Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo
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Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo

Tim Winton

Bestselling author, Tim Winton, delivers the iconic trio of books that are still the foremost definitive texts on contemporary Australian life for teenage boys.

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How to Make a Bird
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How to Make a Bird

Martine Murray

Martine is escaping - from small town life, from family mysteries, from grief, and from her fragile former self. She's heading for the city in search of an elusive 'something' to make herself feel right. This novel is for those...

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The Other Wind: The Sixth Book of Earthsea
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The Other Wind: The Sixth Book of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

The sequel to the Earthsea Quartet.

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The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
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The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Anne Frank, Susan Massotty, Otto Frank, Mirjam Pressler, Harry Brockway

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years, Anne describes not only the daily frustrations of living in...

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Parvana'S Journey
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Parvana’S Journey

Deborah Ellis

Imagine that your house has been destroyed by bombs, your friends have fled or been killed, your mother, sister and little brother are missing, and today you buried your father... Homeless and alone, Parvana begins a desperate...

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The Owl Service
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The Owl Service

Alan Garner

This is a combination of mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.

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Arthur: At the Crossing Places: Book 2
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Arthur: At the Crossing Places: Book 2

Kevin Crossley-Holland

The second magnificent volume in the Arthur trilogy, where medieval life and Arthurian magic transcends boundaries, with appeal for children of 9+ and older readers alike.

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Njunjul the Sun
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Njunjul the Sun

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

A 16-year-old Aboriginal boy leaves his family and home for the big city, and as he struggles to make sense of his experience he realises that he must have the knowledge of his own people and culture in order to know who he is,...

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Love That Dog
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Love That Dog

Sharon Creech

A ground-breaking novel about a boy's growing interest in poetry as he finds his voice and tells his own story.

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Parvana
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Parvana

Deborah Ellis

There are many types of battle in Afghanistan.Imagine living in a country where women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your...

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Arthur: The Seeing Stone: Book 1
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Arthur: The Seeing Stone: Book 1

Kevin Crossley-Holland

A new take on the Arthurian legends, interwoven with a story set in medieval times

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Market Blues
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Market Blues

Kirsty Murray

Things unravel so fast. One day Sam is a kid with a straightforward life, next moment he's sucked into a time warp and flung back a hundred years. Meeting Flea, Gertie and the gang is just the start of a crazy adventure with Sam...

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Nukkin Ya
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Nukkin Ya

Phillip Gwynne

Nukkin Ya is the sequel to Deadly, Unna?. Fifteen-year-old Gary Black, 'Blacky', isn't sure what he wants or where he is going. The one thing he does know is that he wants to escape the small country town he's grown up in.

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The Keeping Place
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The Keeping Place

Isobelle Carmody

After a kidnapping, Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits are forced to join the rebellion against the oppressive Council, using their extraordinary mind powers. But Elspeth must also seek out clues left by the long-dead seer, Kasanda,...

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The Power of One: Young Readers' Ed
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The Power of One: Young Readers' Ed

Bryce Courtenay

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, little six-year-old Peekay learns that small can beat big. Armed with this knowledge, he resolves to take on the injustices of his country, and sets his heart on becoming the...

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Deadly, Unna?
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Deadly, Unna?

Phillip Gwynne

Gutsy and highly intelligent story about Blacky, a fourteen-year-old boy living in a small coastal town in South Australia, and his rites of passage. Winner of the 1999 CBC Award for Older Readers.

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Ashling
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Ashling

Isobelle Carmody

The powerful farseeker Elspeth Gordie is sent to Sutrium, seat of the totalitarian council that rules the Land, to seal an alliance between the secret Misfit community at Obernewtyn and rebel forces.

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Checkers
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Checkers

John Marsden

She has parents, a brother, friends and a dog.Sometimes the dog seems like the only one she can trust.Her life is about to fall apart.The dog is Checkers.The book is unforgettable.

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The Gathering
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The Gathering

Isobelle Carmody

Winner of the CBCA of the Year: Older ReadersWhen Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the streets, feral dogs roam at night, and the...

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Obernewtyn
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Obernewtyn

Isobelle Carmody

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. Ages 13+ 1988 CBC...

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Looking for Alibrandi
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Looking for Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's stunning debut novel Looking for Alibrandi is one girl's story of her final year at school, a year she sets herself free. Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls' school.

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The Sending
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The Sending

Isobelle Carmody

The seventh book in the 'Obernewtyn' series follows the journey of Elspeth as she is finally called to set out on her fated quest to destroy the computermachines before they unleash a second apocalypse.

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A Redwall Winter's Tale
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A Redwall Winter’s Tale

Brian Jacques, Alice Corrie

A winter feast fit for Redwall appetites, along with mole clowns, juggling otters, flying squirrels and a hedgehog magician, send the Abbey babes fast asleep. All except Bungo who catches sight of the great Snow Badger - Lord of...

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The Glass Mountain
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The Glass Mountain

Celeste Walters

Ossie is a bikie and the Pit Vipers have rules you don't break. But then, no one's let on that little old ladies can be dangerous. That's when Ossie crosses paths with Mrs Esther Ellis, and he is caught up in a world of shadows...

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The Winter Door,
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The Winter Door,

Isobelle Carmody

Weh Rage and Billy go through the opened winter door, and are captured by the cold-hearted storm-king. The second in the Nightgate trilogy, this is an adventure fantasy set in an unusual world where animals can talk. It is...

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie.

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Skellig
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Skellig

David Almond

Michael's world after his family moves house seems lonely and frightening, when his new baby sister is fighting for her life in hospital. Then he discovers something - a creature in the crumbling garage, and nothing is ever the...

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So Much To Tell You: 25th Anniversary Edition
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So Much To Tell You: 25th Anniversary Edition

John Marsden

After what happened to her face, Marina stopped talking. Completely. Even the people at the hospital couldn't help her find her voice again. In an almost hopeless, last-ditch effort, Marina is shuffled to a boarding school-- where...

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Mattimeo

Brian Jacques

Slagar the fox is determined to get his revenge on the Abbey creatures, especially on Matthias, whom he holds responsible for his injuries. He devizes a plan to attack them where it will hurt them most. Redwall and Mossflower ...

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The Other Side of Dawn: Tomorrow Series 7
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The Other Side of Dawn: Tomorrow Series 7

John Marsden

With a roar like a train in a tunnel, the war enters its final days. Ellie has to be on that train. There's no more sitting around, no more waiting. There's only fast decisions, fast action, fast thinking. And she'd better get it...

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The Dead of the Night: Tomorrow Series 2
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The Dead of the Night: Tomorrow Series 2

John Marsden

Hell is still the safest place on earth.When you've run out of choices, you've only got yourself.As war rages, as the enemy closes in, as Ellie and her friends fight for their lives, they are left with nothing.Nothing but courage,...

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The Third Day, the Frost: Tomorrow Series 3
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The Third Day, the Frost: Tomorrow Series 3

John Marsden

Live what you believe in... die fighting for it.The third day comes a frost... a killing frost.The enemy spreads across the land, cold and relentless. They invade. They destroy. They kill.Only the heroism of Ellie and her friends...

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Darkness, be My Friend: Tomorrow Series 4
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Darkness, be My Friend: Tomorrow Series 4

John Marsden

Nowhere to run; one place left to hide. You're running from bullets through the streets of your own town. Your life's on the line and no-one's there to help.

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Only the Heart
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Only the Heart

Brian Caswell, David Phu an Chiem

The collaboration of a master story-teller and a brilliant film maker brings us the story of a remarkable journey from the streets of post war Saigon to the suburbs of Sydney. 2004-2005 HSC ESL English prescribed text: Area of...

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Bridie'S Fire
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Bridie’S Fire

Kirsty Murray

True-to-life story about an Irish servant-girl who flees famine in Ireland and goes to Australia to make a new life for herself during the Gold Rush.

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Finding Cassie Crazy
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Finding Cassie Crazy

Jaclyn Moriarty

Year 10 is pretty crazy for best friends Lydia, Cassie and Emily. When their English teacher starts the Pen Pal Project so they can experience the Joy of the Envelope with boys from scary Brookfield High, life gets even crazier....

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Eva's Angel
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Eva’s Angel

Garry Disher

Nye is an Australian painter who has helped to set up a mentorship scheme whereby Italian mastercraftsmen teach young Australian artists. Matt is one of these students, but he begins to feel wary of the enigmatic Nye and aided by...

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Juggling With Mandarins
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Juggling With Mandarins

V M Jones

A novel about growing up. It asserts the importance of living life on your own terms, and of competing for enjoyment rather than reward. It explores the complex love-hate relationship between a father and son.

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Boys Of Blood & Bone
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Boys Of Blood & Bone

David Metzenthen

Andy Lansell, killed in the First World War in 1918, lies in a small cemetery in the north of France. Henry Lyon, in a borrowed Volvo station wagon, is driving up to the south coast of New South Wales. The paths of their lives are...

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Burning Eddy
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Burning Eddy

Scot Gardner

'Get a life, Fairy.'In the country, where his fifteenth summer has burned the life from the grass, Daniel Fairbrother is searching. Looking for something that will make tomorrow seem worth the effort. Something that will fix the...

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Maddie Finn
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Maddie Finn

Garry Disher

Garry Disher s thrilling new junior novel in which an eleven-year-old girl, Maddie Finn, must outwit a gang of kidnappers and grow in courage and confidence.

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Walking Naked
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Walking Naked

Alyssa Brugman

A sharply-observed, unflinching story for teenagers about the ins and outs of friendship among girls; a story about individuals and peer groups, about power and freedom, about the painful getting of wisdom and self-knowledge. Ages...

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My Life, My Love, My Lasagne
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My Life, My Love, My Lasagne

Steven Herrick

A collection of funny, poignant and significant poems detailing the daily lives of children - family, school and friends. Each poem echoes the voice of young people. Ages 10+.

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The Apostle Bird
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The Apostle Bird

Garry Disher

An evocatively written and compelling story of a young boy coming to terms with issues demanding honesty, honour and loyalty, set in the harsh, depressed gold fields of Adelaide.

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Owl
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Owl

Joanna Orwin

This novel retells the Waitaha legend of the Pouakai (a brutal, giant eagle creature). A malevolent force from the past is released, threatening all that is known to Owl. Both he and Tama must defeat the brutal creature - to save...

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Out of Time
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Out of Time

John Marsden

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