Amina's father is betrayed and arrested. His artwork is seen as 'un-Islamic' and Amina no longer knows who she can trust. Food is scarce, her mother is pregnant and her grandmother ill. Amina must find a way to survive. Angel creek There are only two things that Jelly likes about the new house on Rosemary Street, the old apricot tree and the creek over the back fence. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek's dark waters.
At first, they think it's a bird but it's a baby angel with a broken wing. Jelly decides to keep it. But, she soon discovers that you can't just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won't be missed. Angel: through my eyes The gripping tale of a teenage girl who has been separated from her family in the typhoon ravaged city of Tacloban in the Philippines.
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Battling looters, rubble, water damage, and the underlying fear that her family has been lost to the typhoon, Angel is desperate to find them again. Anne of Green Gables Adopted by an elderly brother and his spinster sister who live on a Canadian island, Anne delights in her new life and friends in this enduring classic.
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It seems like he needs a little more time to grieve. This is the first year without Aunt Lucy after all. This is a heartfelt tale about the strength and love of family and the power of a good story. Ariki and the giant shark Ariki is not like the other children on Turtle Island. She belongs heart and soul to the sea, where she plays all day with the dolphins and turtles. One day, a giant shark appears and the fishermen are too afraid to go out. Without fish the people will starve - and only Ariki can save the day!
Attack of the beastly babysitter A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story. You're too old for a baby-sitter. But your mum hired one anyway. And that's the good news. The bad news is the baby-sitter works for a company called KidScare. So what do you do? If you like to play games, meet Dare.
He knows some killer games -- but if you lose, you'll never go home again. Forget about playing nice! Or maybe you'd rather go to the Fun Zone. Look out! Will you drown in the Bottomless Ball Pit? Will you find your way out of the Tomb of the Unknown Rat? Just one bit of advice: Whatever you do, don't eat any of that stuff marked "Switch Cheese"!
Devin and his sister Violet are visiting their Uncle Jack for the summer. He lives in an old house by the seashore. Devin and Violet discover a locked trunk. A pirate's chest. They lift the lid slowly-and see that it's filled with antique jack-in-the-boxes. One box is hidden under the others, covered in dust. It plays an odd unpleasant song. Up pops a very ugly, mean-looking puppet. Devin and Violet now face new and troubling questions: Will Jack return them to their uncle? Just how much is a pirate's promise worth? A companion book to Wonder. Australia's neighbours: Indonesia Indonesia is the world's largest island country, with 17, islands, of which about 6, are inhabited.
Find out what life is like in Indonesia. Discover Indonesia's ethnic diversity and how people live, work and play. Learn about the events that shaped this fascinating country. Baby business Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country.
The smoke is a blessing - it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to. While she's still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she's eager to accept her first big job. On top of all that, Dawn wants to fit in with the other members of the BSC, but she can't figure out how to get along with Kristy. Whatever comes up - cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbours, prank calls - you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets.
But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.
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Bad beginning, The After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits to outsmart a distant relative who is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. A story of misery. Bad girls Mandy has been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. She can't believe it when cheeky, daring Tanya wants to be her friend.
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But, Mum thinks Tanya is not a suitable friend and, when Tanya shoplifts, there is trouble ahead. Ballet shoes Three orphaned sisters are sent to ballet school for training and are determined to make their name famous. Barlay Sometimes, grown-ups tell scary stories to teach kids a lesson. And, sometimes, those scary stories turn out to be true. Sarah, Jay and Rene find out the hard way what sort of tale their Nan's Woordatj story is when they wander off into the bush, despite her warnings. Battle boy series Easy to read adventures that time travel to some of the most intereting historical events to meet real people.
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Their families come from different social classes and each must make choices that may hurt their friendship. How will their friendship be able to survive? Beach sports car When Annie's dad promises her a beach sports car, she imagines a bright red hotrod with racing car stripes.
But, it will take a lot of work to turn Dad's battered old bomb into the car of Annie's dreams. Then again, hard work can sometimes make the rewards seem so much sweeter. Beast Eleven year old Jamie, a fearful boy, confronts his biggest fear, the class bully.
Through his ordeal, he comes to realise that, while magic can't stop bad things from happening, intelligence and courage can. Beast of Hushing Wood, The Ziggy Truegood feels a threatening presence in her tiny town of Hushing Wood, which is deepened by a recurring nightmare she has. When Raffi, an exotic young boy, and his grandfather come to town Ziggy's fears intensify. Unfortunately, her own wise and knowledgeable grandfather is ill, unable to help her. She wonders are the pair there to save her or to hunt her?
Beginner's guide to revenge, The At just thirteen, Romola has changed school five times and always has trouble making friends. By chance, she meets Sebastian and they help each other resolve some serious feelings of injustice. Romola is having trouble with some friends who are being mean to her and Sebastian is missing his dad.
If someone did something very hurtful to you and you had a perfect way to pay them back, would you do it? Romola and Sebastian have to make just such a decision. Being Jack Jack is in Year 6 now and still loves his photography, surfing and crazy family. Things are going well for him, particularly at school where he isn't bullied any more.
But, he notices that his best friend, Christopher, is starting to miss school, hiding out and avoiding everyone. When a football match turns ugly and Jack and Christopher witness some unfair dirty play, they know that, again, the bullying has to stop. Bill rules Bill and Matty are the best of friends and neighbours which leads to exciting adventures and, sometimes, more than a little trouble.
When Bill learns that his father is coming home from jail, his world is tipped upside down. Worries start to mount but Matty has an idea to help Bill. But life doesn't always go according to plan. Billie and the parent plan Billie's mum is getting married to a bald, old man. Billie doesn't fit in with her uncool stepfather and her posh stepsister and would rather live with her best mate, Archie.
A funny book about Billie's valiant attempts to resist her new family. Billionaire boy Joe Spud is the richest twelve year old because his father reinvented toilet paper and became rich. He owns a racing car and a crocodile, but the one thing he can't buy is a friend. When he changes schools, he encounters twin bullies, a greedy lunch lady and new friends. Birthday book, The: An illustrated treasury of stories and poems A collection of fact and fiction, some extracts and some complete works, with a common theme of birthdays.
Illustrations by Quentin Blake add a lovely dimension. Bit of a hero, A Tom is finding it hard to come to terms with the death of his father, a firefighter, who lost his life trying to save a child. Life just gets worse when a bully joins his class at school and Mum meets a new man. Tom wonders whether he can find the courage within himself to stand up to the bully, and to accept the many changes in his life. Black Cockatoo Mia rescues a dirrarn black cockatoo, and faces her biggest challenge yet when she chooses to care for the bird, knowing it is her totem animal.
Mia feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until she explores the fragile connections of family and culture and discovers her own inner strength. When a powerful weapon is stolen, the three of them must battle through sixteenth-century Japan and present-day New York to stop a power-hungry shogun from destroying the city. Betrayal and the testing of friendships combine in a battle for world supremacy. Black tengu The Samurai Kids are finally back in Japan. But not at their ryu in the Tateyama Mountains. Instead, Sensei has taken them to the snowy lands of Ezo - the place of his birth.
The place where Sensei must face his demons and right the terrible wrong that has tormented him. Will Niya have the courage to help Sensei as he promised? Is Sensei really a black Tengu? Black warrior Everyone close to Roxy has been cursed and the monster Tigon has been unleashed on her hometown.
Lanternwood's only hope is for the ninja and samurai clans to join forces. Among the chaos, Roxy can't shake the urge to find the father she has never met. Bleakboy and Hunter stand out in the rain Some things are too big for a boy to solve. Eleven year old Jesse is tackling many problems in life, especially fitting in to a new school. He must confront the school bully and try to come to terms with many other issues like whaling, poverty in Africa and, of course, parents.
Luckily, he meets Kate who has curly black hair, braces, an infectious smile and needs Jesse's help. Blossom Lottie is excited when a lost little girl arrives on her doorstep. Lottie, who only has Uncle Bobby in the world has always wanted a sister. Blossom isn't like other kids. She doesn't speak and is obsessed with her flower, refusing to go anywhere without it. Everything changes when Blossom gets sick and is taken away to hospital. Lottie with her friends must do whatever it takes to rescue her. Blueberry pancakes forever Winter has fallen in the world of story and Tuesday's typewriter lies silent.
Far away in the Peppermint Forest, Vivienne fears she will never again feel the touch of the sun. When the mysterious Loddon appears in Vivienne's treehouse, he brings terrible danger. Without warning, Tuesday is swept up into the world of story as she has never seen it before. In this forbidding and unfamiliar place, and without her beloved dog, Tuesday becomes Loddon's captive and has to muster all her resources to survive. Bob Livy has visited her maternal grandmother before, on her farm outside of Melbourne, Victoria - but, she was only five years old then, and she can't seem to remember much.
Her grandmother shows her around, reminding her of all the fun they had last time she stayed, but only Livy seems to recall a 'wrong chicken' Boss of the pool Required to accompany her mother, who works at a hostel for the disabled, Shelley is more than a little unhappy. Eventually, she chooses to teach Ben, who is mentally disabled and very fearful of the water, how to swim.
Boy at the back of the class, The At the back of the class there was an empty chair, but then one day a new boy arrives. Everyone wants to know more about this boy. He disappears at break times, he speaks no English and he is really good at soccer. Alexa and her friends learn that Ahmet has a big problem so they set about trying to help.
They devise a plan, but what happens when they try to follow through with the plan? Boy who sailed ocean in an armchair, The Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is all at sea. In the middle of the night, his dad has run away with him and his brother, Billy. They've left everything behind, including their almost-mum, Pearl, who gives great hugs.
Their father tells them they need not contact Pearl, not even to say goodbye, and that they're starting at a new school after their holiday. Becket just wants is his family to be whole again. With lots of stories, one thousand paper cranes and a snail, Beckett is determined to make his wish come true. Boys without names Eleven year old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village to find work in the big city, Mumbai.
When a stranger promises Gopal a job, he jumps at the offer. But Gopal has been deceived. In a stuffy sweatshop, he and other boys are forced to work for no money, little food and without talking. Late one night, when Gopal shares kahanis, or stories, he realises that storytelling may help their survival, and escape. Bravelands: Code of honor The code of the wild has been broken.
The elephant leader known as Great Mother has been murdered. And Bravelands is on the edge of chaos. Now a young baboon, elephant, and lion must come together to discover the truth - before the fragile balance of Bravelands is destroyed forever. Bravo Billy Thirteen year old Billy is passionate about his guitar and his favourite band.
Bridget, a new Australian During the Irish potato famine, Bridget's family has been turned out of their home and their only refuge is the workhouse, where living conditions are hard and the food sparse. For Bridget and her sister, Maeve, their one chance is to take a ship to a new country and become Australians. They must survive the journey then face the many challenges that await them in a new, far away land.
Bring it on Sarah loves to crack jokes, but no one at her new school is laughing, not even her first day buddy Hanh. Even worse, no one at Milsborough West Primary surfs and that's Sarah's favourite thing in the world! Sarah is a big fan of Aussie Rules football, but she has never played. Will coach Shawna let Sarah join the Flyers and be part of the team? Brocky's bananagram Matt Brock and his friend write a message on a banana which is to be shipped out from his dad's plantation. What a surprise when they receive a reply.
Life is lonely and isolated until she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the village boys. The pair becomes inseparable. When Bronze's family agrees to take Sunflower in, she is overjoyed and Bronze has got the sister he always wanted. But, life is hard and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves. Bungawitta The town of Bungawitta is so dry that the youngest resident, Glory-Alice, has only ever seen rain on television.
The residents have to work out how to bring people to the dying town, where the sun always shines. Burnt stick, The An Aboriginal boy is removed from his mother, despite her desperate efforts to disguise his fair skin by rubbing him with charcoal from a burnt stick. When the principal's prized rose garden is vandalised, Rex and Tony, get the blame.
But it is a set-up, and Tony is ""making enquiries"". Rex discovers a dilemma, a new friend and even netball. Callback, The After a successful first competition, twelve-year-old Harper is eager to impress in Dance Starz. But not everyone is impressed with the new girl.
Thanks to a chance conversation, Harper lands a part in the school musical to help polish her stage presence and make new friends but not all of the Dance Starz team are thrilled with her new distraction so close to their next big competition - especially since they are going up against their archrivals, The Belles. Can Harper figure out how to shine and find her balance, onstage and off? Callie A reissue combining two books, Callie's castle and Callie's family.
You can read Callie's family using the ID number Callie is an ordinary child living in an extraordinary old house. She is bitterly disappointed when she is just one month too old at twelve to be able to go to Denmark with her dad as no-one can afford the adult fare she now needs. Captain Mack Danny has a difficult time at school. The school bully picks on him and Danny's friend, Captain Mack, still thinks that he is a POW and wants to return home. Care and feeding of a pet black hole, The Stella Rodriguez learns the hard way that caring for a black hole can be a rather complicated thing.
They are fantastic at swallowing stuff - all the stuff she no longer wants around, like scratchy sweaters and her brother Cosmo's annoying toy. More importantly Stella finds that she can get rid of other things, things that remind her of her dad, who died recently, things that remind her to be sad. It's gets even more interesting when the black hole accidentally swallows something far too precious to lose and Stella has to go deep inside on an epic, interstellar adventure to save her whole world. Who knew that have a pet black hole could be so much trouble?
Cartboy and the time capsule Hal Rifkind wonders why he can't have the easy life he craves - a room of his own, time to play video games with his best mate Arnie and most of all, surviving grade six. Instead he has to share his room with his twin baby sisters, is only permitted 15 minutes of video games on weekends and he has a year-long history assignment to complete.
Cat mummy, The Verity is devastated when Mabel, her adored cat, dies. School lessons about the Ancient Egyptians lead Verity to attempt to honour Mabel with an Ancient Egyptian mummification. Verity's mum died during childbirth and her dad and grandparents have avoided speaking to her about it, but now it is time to talk. Catland Having to stay with her Dad, his new wife and two stepdaughters when her mum goes to India is not as bad as Rose first thinks. Her stepmother is mounting a campaign against cats and a neighbour who has lots of them. Rose finds a solution. Certain music, A In , a young, lonely girl spends much of her time hiding in the Vienna Woods.
She spies an old man, a composer, and they form an odd friendship which develops through their mutual love of music. A story of how she triumphs over difficult circumstances and how people can help each other. Charlotte and the starlet Charlotte is a thirteen year old girl with aspirations of joining the Junior Olympic Equestrian Squad.
She loves riding and knows she is good but nothing has prepared her for the dirty tricks that other competitors have up their sleeves. Chocolate wishes Lulu scales new heights with her enchanted recipe book and now is challenged by an international arch villain. Chook called Harry, A There are ten chooks in the chook house and Chris collects the eggs every day.
When his favourite chook, Happy Harry, stops laying, Chris's Dad says that she's not pulling her weight and will have to go. Chris must work out a way to save her. Some derogatory language used in context. Cicada summer Two years ago, Eloise's mother died and, over time, sadness has taken her voice.
Her father, preoccupied with grandiose schemes that allow him to run from his own grief, ignores what is happening with Eloise's quietness. When Eloise meets Anna, a girl from another time, things begin to change as Eloise finds the peace and safety she needs to heal. Clean break Em and her siblings are devastated by their dad's departure. Em escapes to a fantasy world with the help of a reindeer glove puppet. Code name Mr Right Penelope, known as Snot, thinks she has found the perfect man for her mum. Some strong language used in context. Code name series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.
Code name: rescue Penny takes her friend Kimi with her to visit her Dad and his girlfriend in Japan. During their trip, the girls each receive a strange and magical doll, a Daruma. Code name: unwanted Penelope is thrilled her mum has married her perfect man. But mum and the new step-dad have some surprises in store for Penelope that might not be so pleasant.
Colour graffix series Pacy, exciting stories set in full colour comic-style layouts, with football soccer focus. Coming home Gemma watches her dad as he sits alone in his tangled garden. She doesn't understand why he seems so sad. Gemma's dad is experiencing depression and Gemma wonders what she might be able to do to help him. Con-nerd Connor is under extreme pressure. At home, his mother has his future planned so as to bring honour to the family. This means a selective high school, with coaching after school to pass the tests, and then a career as a doctor.
Anything less is unthinkable, including Connor's real talent of drawing manga style characters and making his own comic books. Then, there's his classmates' perception that he's a nerd. Cosmic Liam is not your usual twelve year old boy. For a start, he is man-size and is always being mistaken for his father. This is Liam's opportunity and his greatest dilemma. Yesterday, he was just a kid, now he is stuck in space, perhaps forever, with hilarious results. But, the greatest lessons he learns are about fatherhood.
Council of mirrors, The In the final volume in the Sisters Grimm series, Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms and their friends must face off against the Master to decide the fate of Ferryport Landing -- and the world. When Mirror fails to escape the barrier using Granny Relda's body, he turns to his plan B: killing all the Grimms so that the magical barrier collapses.
In the meantime, Sabrina has gathered the other magic mirrors as advisors on how to deal with their mortal enemy. They tell her to join forces with the Scarlet Hand against Mirror, in exchange for offering all the citizens of Ferryport Landing their freedom.
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This final chapter is the end of the road for several beloved characters, but the conclusion is sure to satisfy devoted fans of the series. Crenshaw When Jackson's father becomes ill and cannot work, the family is struggling to pay the rent or buy food. When it seems they could lose everything and face homelessness, Crenshaw, Jackson's imaginary cat, comes back into his life to help them. Crocodile Jack Jack is surprised but delighted when his big brother, Tom, invites him to go fishing.
Of course, there's a catch. Jack is just the right size to fit through the shed window to borrow Dad's favourite fishing lure. There's also another job for Jack, he's to be the lookout to spot crocodile bubbles while Tom and his mate fish for barramundi. Cupid cakes Lulu's best friend, Frenchy, wants Lulu to play cupid to her own dad and Frenchy's mum.
Lulu cooks up the Cupid Cakes recipe. Disaster strikes when everyone starts falling in love with the wrong person. Dads have no shame Sarah is unhappy as she has to help her Dad with a garage sale. When their neighbour sets ups his own garage sale, the battle is on to see who will get the most customers. Sarah is really embarrassed as she watches just how far Dad will go to win. Danny Allen was here Danny, his brother and sister and their friend, Mark, get up to all sorts of hilarious, hair-raising mischief.
But, Danny and his family must face the biggest challenge of all, life without their farm. Danny the champion of the world Danny loves his life with his dad in the little gypsy caravan. His dad never runs out of wonderful stories. When Danny discovers his father' s secret, he' s off on the adventure of a lifetime, involving an hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition, and a daring plot to get the better of the horrible Mr Victor Hazell. Darcy Moon and the deep-fried frogs Darcy Moon is an ordinary girl with ordinary problems. She's low on cash and low on the necessary street cred to fit in with the cool crowd.
But, Darcy's life is about to take a great leap forward. When a freaked-out frog asks for help, it's up to her to fix the food chain, save the swamp and prove that money can't buy everything. Darius Bell and the crystal bees The disappearance of bees heralds huge changes on the Bell estate. Without bees, there won't be honey or, more importantly, cross-pollination of the fruit and vegetables, which Mr Fisher and his family sell in order to survive. Darius comes up with a complex plan that involves an enthusiastic teacher. But, Darius must deliver fabulous costumes to the school principal so that the school can win a highly contested parade.
Darius Bell and the glitter pool The Bell family's ancestors were showered with honours, gifts and grants of land. In exchange, they have bestowed a Gift, every twenty-five years, on the town. Now, it's Darius's father's turn but there is no money for an impressive gift.
When an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, Darius thinks he might have found the answer. Dead certain Max has a plan. A plan to help out his favourite uncle one last time. Dad will probably ground him and he won't be able to go to Thomo's go-kart party but Max knows exactly what he has to do. In fact, he's dead certain. Diary of a would be-princess Jillian James burning ambition is to belong to the popular Princess Group.
They accuse her of being a dork because she sits next to Nigel. In a rocky ride through year five, Jillian learns that being a Princess isn't the only thing in life worth achieving, and that true friends can come in different shapes and sizes. Different boy, A 'The ship was a towering fortress looming over the pier. Anton stared enviously at the emigrants lining up in front of the wide gangplank. Heading off on a voyage to a land of peace and plenty. Leaving the land of broken buildings and crushed hopes behind. Looking forward to sunshine and steaks.
How he wished that he was one of the lucky ones. It is a tale of loss, guilt, mistaken identity and taking risks but also surprisingly heartwarming and heartbreaking. Diva series Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Do-wrong Ron Ron is a gentle, well intentioned boy who always seems to do the wrong thing at the wrong time or the right thing at the wrong time or the wrong thing at the right time, until he befriends Charlie, a guinea pig, and Isabelle, his new neighbour.
Dog gone Ish's dog is gone. Vanished in a country town. There are no clues, only something mysterious and ghostlike in the town's graveyard. Then, a bully from the local school starts to blackmail Ish. He thinks things can't get any worse. But, he's wrong. Dog, Ray, The Twelve year old Daisy has just died in a car crash.
But, in a twist of fate and through a heavenly bureaucratic mistake, Daisy ends up in the body of a dog. She may now be inhabiting a dog's body but, inside, Daisy is still very much Daisy - bouncy, loyal, positive and energetic. Daisy's only thought is to somehow reunite with her parents, who she knows will be missing her. This is how she meets Pip, a boy who is homeless and on his own journey. Doldrums, The Archer B Helmsley is a dreamer who lives in a house full of curiosities and his overprotective mother. His famous grandparents vanished while exploring an iceberg in Antarctica.
Archer is lonely until he meets Oliver, more of a worrier than a warrior, and Adelaide, a mysterious Parisian girl with a wooden leg. Together, they plan to embark on a rescue mission to Antarctica. If only Archer's mother would let him leave the house. Dollmaker of Krakow, The Karolina is a doll, and when the dollmaker of Krakow needs her the most, she leaves her Land of the Dolls to enter the human world and give him what he needs - love, friendship and courage.
This a holocaust story that represents Polish fairy tales, kindness and love and the beautifully imperfect magic that only the very best humans have the potential to weave. Dolls of hope Chiyo Tamura is a young Japanese girl who is afraid of shaming her family through her impulsive actions. When her sister is chosen to marry a wealthy and important man, she is sent away from her simple country life to an exclusive boarding school for wealthy young girls, and is told to emulate the manners of the wealthiest of them all, Hoshi.
But when Chiyo is invited to attend a special event that includes the arrival of the Friendship Dolls from America, she must face many personal challenges in order to protect the dolls from a jealous Hoshi but still retain the honour of herself and her family. A story that teaches the value of friendship and of being true to yourself, in a time where prejudice can cause division and strife. Dolls of war In , eleven-year-old Macy James lives near the Oregon coast with her father, the curator of a small museum.
Miss Tokyo, one of 58 exquisite Friendship Dolls given to America by Japan in , is part of the museum's collection and one of Macy's most treasured connections to her mother who recently passed away. However, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour, Macy discovers the ugly side of prejudice and fear in many of her neighbours, as they demand the doll and all it represents, be destroyed and she is the only one left standing up for Miss Tokyo, her mother's memory and the hope of forgiveness. Don't breathe a word Mackenzie and Tahlia have lived with their grandfather since their parents died.
Lately, Grandpa hasn't been himself and people are starting to notice. They try to hide his irrational behaviour but Mackenzie must make some difficult choices to protect those she loves. Don't follow Vee Vee is an Instagram star, thanks to her Mum, who has been posting pics of her life since she was born, on her Chronicles of Vee account. But, as Vee approaches her thirteenth birthday, she might be just about ready to say stop and get her privacy back.
Vee, and her social media crazy friends, need to make some big decisions, and time is running out. Double time Ellyse is bursting with excitement. She's been invited to try out for a new youth soccer academy, along with her friends, Hu and Jamie. But, that's not the only thing. Cricket season has started again and there's both the school and club competitions to play. Ellyse is certain she can do it all. That is, until she finds herself in danger of disappointing everyone around her. But, Ellyse doesn't want to have to choose between cricket and soccer.
Dr Boogaloo and the girl who lost her laughter Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind Blue was no ordinary girl. For starters, her name was Blue. But what was truly extraordinary about Blue was the fact that she hadn't laughed for days.
Not a hee hee, a ho ho or even a tiny tee hee. According to Dr Boogaloo, music can cure anything. But no laughter was definitely a case for alarm. Can Dr Boogaloo compose a cure before Blue loses her laughter forever? Dragon with a chocolate heart, The All Aventurine wants to do is explore the world outside of her family's mountain cave. However, as a young dragon, her tough scales haven't fully developed yet, so the outside is too perilous or so her family says.
She is determined to fly on her own and prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all- a human. But when that human tricks her into drinking an enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl- no sharp teeth, no fire breath, no claws. Still she's the fiercest creature in these mountains, and now she's found her true passion-chocolate!
Drama queen It seemed a good idea at the time. An overnight stay at a dairy farm to do an outside broadcast sounded like a lot of fun. Skye and I were having a great time but, if you asked Coco, it was the worst two days of her life. She really earned her new nickname, Drama Queen. Drawn onward From the masterful pen of multi-award-winning Meg McKinlay and dynamic new illustrator Andrew Frazer, Drawn Onward explores shifting perspectives and the inner voice. The text is a palindrome that takes readers from the glass half empty - 'There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all' - to the glass half full- 'You can change anything at all.
It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon. Dream of seas, A Set in Bondi, a boy moves from the country to the city following the death of his father. Dropping In Sticks and Ranga live on the same street, go to the same school and love skateboarding and PlayStation. When new kid James arrives in his wheelchair, Sticks isn't sure they can be friends. But, Sticks quickly discovers that while Cerebral palsy stops James from doing some things, it hasn't dulled his sense of humour, and he's pretty brainy, too.
The one thing James can't do is skateboarding. But, a beat-up old couch, a couple of skateboards and a steep hill might solve the problem. Drought I remember when rain stopped, When day by day the water dropped, All across a sun-bleached land, Drought spread its withered, deadly hand. Earth to Daniel I felt like a visitor from another planet instead of a normal human being who actually belonged on planet Earth. Daniel has moved and has to start at a new school. And to make matters worse, his mum is his new school principal! As if things are not bad enough, when his dad goes overseas, his mum starts to act really strange and does some really embarrassing things.
Daniel wonders if this has anything to do with an illness that she had a long time ago. His mum needs help and it looks like Daniel has to be the one to save her. Eleanor, Elizabeth Eleanor finds her grandmother's diary in the old schoolhouse where she did her lessons. Ellyse Perry series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.
Embassy of the dead When Jake Green meets a spooky old bloke in a dark alley one evening, a series of unfortunate events is set in motion. Jake is given a box containing a severed finger, which summons a grim reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void, and now they are running for their lives - even though Stiffkey, the spooky old bloke, is already dead. Now that he can see and speak to ghosts, Jake finds himself the leader of a strange little gang - Stiffkey the undertaker, Cora - the hockey stick wielding poltergeist, and Zorro the ghost fox.
They have one mission - get the finger to the Embassy before the baddies can find it and use it to unleash hell on earth while keeping ahead of Mawkins, the grim reaper. Will they make it in time and avoid everlasting damnation in the void? But, when his police-officer cousin arrives, flanked by a tall man in the uniform of the Federal Police, Emilio's long nightmare begins. Emilio's mother has been kidnapped in broad daylight by unidentified criminals, who appear to know a great deal about her business and who have mistaken her for a wealthy businesswoman.
End, The The last book in the series about the Baudelaire orphans. Includes a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous birdcage and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents. Ersatz elevator, The The three Baudelaire orphans go to live in the penthouse of the trend-following Jerome and Esme Squalor, who adopt the children because orphans are "in. She begins a nature diary and, intrigued by an invasion of large, yellow grasshoppers, spends more time with her remote and cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist.
When they are about to make an amazing discovery, the reality of Callie's situation catches up with her. She's a girl, expected to cook and clean and sew. Extreme girls Girls Stuff TV is going extreme. Jetboating sounds good, now add TV cameras, sound crew and a co-host who would love to see Mickey take a swim. Mickey's commitment to the show is tested as she tries to keep her head above water. Weird things happen all the time - that's normal.
But when an extremely weird thing happens Kipp and his friends know that something is wrong. They embark on a fast-paced, action-packed, hilarious adventure to find out what is making everything turn normal, and to return the weirdness to Huggabie Falls. Fairy four-eyes A star ballerina doesn't want to wear glasses with her tutu or dance with the only boy in ballet class who is new and who has become the teacher's favourite. Fall, The Sam is staying with his crime reporter father as he recovers from a knee operation when he is woken shortly after 2am by loud voices arguing in the flat above.
Curious he opens the window to hear more clearly when suddenly a man-sized shape falls the six floors to the garden below. Sam goes to his dad's room to wake him, only to discover that he is gone. Fearful that it may be his father lying in the garden he struggles on his crutches downstairs only to discover that there is no one there. But someone is watching Sam and now Sam is in danger too. Family from one end street, The Set thirty years ago, a dustman's large family all had various ways of entertaining themselves, despite the family's lack of money.
Famous Mrs Pavlich tries to convince Sophie that being famous isn't a job but Sophie and several other students don't think this is right. After all, they have seen plenty of people who are famous for doing nothing in particular. When Sophie gets a chance to go on her favourite TV game show, Mega Match, and gets close to winning, she has to make a choice. Fat and juicy place, The At the back of Jack's school is a special place.
He can't tell anyone except his mate, Lizard, about all the things that can happen there. When Jack meets the mysterious Birdman, he learns secrets about the past that he just can't tell anyone. Figgy and the President Figgy and Nana love to talk about their future. Nana wants to be President of Ghana. Deciding on a career isn't as easy for Figgy but, then, she lands the role of a lifetime as an actress in a film.
When Figgy's Mama shows up, sick and expecting a baby, and Nana's father takes him away, Figgy has more important things to think about, and some growing up to do.
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Figgy in the world Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in the whole country has that name. The other is that her Grandma Ama is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy can't do much about her name but she can do something for Grandma Ama. She will go to America and bring back the medicine and Kwame, her special goat, will go with her. Figgy series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.
Figgy takes the city Figgy and her friend Nana win scholarships to attend school in Ghana's big city Accra. The city is exciting and full of adventures and new friends, but Figgy and Nana also find a city that is sad and scary. Fighting stingrays, The Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates - loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays. In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.
Finale 'Diva TV' is down to five contestants, the cameras are rolling and tensions are high. Finch For years, Audrey has always believed she is destined to be alone. Even her younger sister calls her 'Nerd Girl'. However, her life is about change forever following her family's relocation to a vineyard in outback Australia.
Upon arrival, Audrey meets a mysterious boy named Finch, who seems to understand her like no one else. There's just one problem, no one in the town even knows Finch exists. Finding Serendipity In search of Serendipity, Tuesday and her faithful dog Baxterr find themselves on a very dangerous mission. They enter the magical world where stories come from, a mysterious and unpredictable world, full of real danger and heart-stopping adventure. Tuesday will need all her wit, courage, perseverance and imagination in order to get to The End and be reunited with the people she loves.
Firefly code, The Living a normal life on Firefly Lane, Mori and her friends are safe and have never had to question anything or wonder about how their lives came to be. This all changes when Ilana moves into town - a girl that seems so perfect yet acts so strangely sometimes. Mori and her friends become curious about Ilana and what her background is. Secrets are revealed and decisions must be made. Flitterwig Ella meets an emotionally unstable pixie and discovers she is the only one who can save the magical kingdom of Magus. Flitterwig series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.
Flour babies, The Simon and his classmates have to take part in a science project that involves taking care of a six pound bag of flour - a pretend baby. Follow that bus Two bank robbers find more than they bargained for when they encounter a group of school children visiting a farm. Forest, The A book about the journey of life, from our wide-eyes of childhood through the tangles and brambles, into our end.
In , Poppy lived in Darwin, far from the war. When Japan attacked, everything Poppy held dear was threatened. Her brother was taken prisoner-of-war and her home town became a war zone. Poppy and her mother fled to Sydney, only to find that the danger followed them there.
Four seasons of Lucy McKenzie, The The painting of Spring was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers which covered the fields were dancing with the breeze. When Lucy comes closer, she hears a voice calling from the other side and reaches through the painting. Frankie Fish and the sonic suitcase What do you do when your cranky-pants grandad builds a time machine and accidentally deleted the whole family? If you're Frankie Fish, you race against the clock to fix it! Twelve-year-old prankster Frankie must team up with his grumpy grandad to save the family after the old man accidentally stops himself from marrying Nanna- and wipes out the whole family.
It's all down to Frankie and Grandad to put the past back together again. But can a young prankster and an old crank ever get along? And will Grandad's wonky time machine ever get them home? Frankie Foster series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Frankie Foster: fizzypop Ten year old Frankie Foster wants to help, she loves fixing people's problems.
But, her help is not always welcome because she can cause the odd total disaster and end up causing chaos. Frankie Foster: freaks out Frankie thinks there is something wrong with her friend, Skye. She is determined to find out what is wrong and help her. She has an idea that writing some horoscopes like those in the newspaper might cheer her up. Will what they predict in their horoscopes and will they come true.
Frankie Foster: pick 'n' mix Frankie Foster loves to help people and wants to be a social worker or maybe an aromatherapist when she grows up, She is happy when her mum suggests that a friend's daughter, Emelia, stay for a while as her mum has to go to hospital. Frankie finds out that agreeing to look after Emelia is a lot more work that she imagined and leads to some trouble with her best friends. Wherever Emelia goes, trouble seems to follow. Will Frankie be able to sort out her problems with her friends and keep her promise to help Emelia?
Frieda, a new Australian Frieda, her sickly mother and her father travel from Germany to Australia, looking for a better life. Nervous and excited about Adelaide, a drought-stricken town with hordes of flies and barefoot children, Frieda is keen to make friends. But, as the First World War takes hold, the Germans are now seen as the enemy.
Rumours begin to circulate that Frieda's father is a spy. Frieda has her own battles to fight. She begins to wonder whether she should change her name and hide all trace of her culture. Friendship matchmaker, The At her school, Lara has a mission to help other children make and keep friends. Lara gives advice and rules for friendships, and is even writing a manual about it. When a new girl comes to school, everything starts to unravel. As Lara embarks on a competition to find a best friend for the most difficult client ever, she comes to see the true value and importance of friendship.
Front desk Mia Tang is only ten years old. Her parents have moved their family from China to the USA in search of a better life. Only what they have found is hardship and discrimination. When Mia's parents get the opportunity to run a motel, Mia helps out on the front desk, cleaning and getting to know the longer term residents of the motel. Through kindness, her family starts to create community. But the big question - will Mia ever be allowed to use the motel's swimming pool?
Funny kid prank wars Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. As he and his classmates head off on a camping trip, the new boy, Tyson, decides to play some jokes of his own. Max is the funny kid Monsters in the lake, smuggling ducks, dig-your-own toilets, capsizing canoes, absolutely not falling in love and beans that give you the runs are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new adventure. Funny kid: Get licked With a canteen war, puppy smuggling and Redhill's first theme park to organise, it will need all of Max the Funny Kid's talents to solve this new adventure.
George When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But, George knows she's a girl. She secretly calls herself Melissa and loves to read her hidden stash of magazines, with ads for lipstick and perfume. George desperately wants to win the role of Charlotte in her class's production of Charlotte's Web so that her mum will finally see her as a girl, and accept that she's transgender.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan, not just to be Charlotte but to let everyone know who she is, once and for all. George is scientific, cautious and a pyjama wearing nerd.
Chase is popular, rich, carefree and impulsive. After his latest haircut goes seriously wrong, George sparks interest from the unlikely Chase. He sees George's potential in helping him complete a rescue mission. George doubts his abilities to help Chase but finds himself, time and again, getting the two of them out of tricky situations. Ghost in my suitcase, A When Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she uncovers an incredible family secret.
And with this secret comes danger and adventure. If Celeste is to save her family and friends, she must learn to harness her rare and powerful gift as a ghost-hunter. Ghosts Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick.
Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbour lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them.
As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake and her own. Girl on wire She stands, motionless, as the cold breeze bites her cheeks. She stands for hours, but the girl on wire knows that she must begin.
A story about courage and confidence while growing up. Girl who brought mischief, The Ten year old Inge Maria comes to live on a tiny island in Denmark with her grandmother. She is strict and the villagers too think that girls should not run wild or speak too much. Inge tries to fit in but her fun loving mischief and mishaps start to change the way the villagers feel.
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