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  • The Scent of Danger

    By Abie Longstaff
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    Abie Longstaff
    The second book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her best friend, a squirrel named Squill, who solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...Orphan Tally is the servant girl at Mollett Manor - and she's also the Secret Keeper of the magical library hidden beneath a trapdoor, underneath the manor's grounds. Along with Squill the squirrel, she uses the enchanted books to solve crimes. So when Lady Mollett's new puppy, Widdles, is kidnapped, Tally and Squill head straight to the library. But will they be able to catch the dognapper or is it already too late?
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  • Game Over!

    By Frank Lampard
    Authors:
    Frank Lampard
    Magic meets football in this fun-filled series from legendary footballer Frank Lampard, for readers aged 5 and up.Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game - whether it's real or on-screen! When Frankie is injured just before a five-a-side tournament, he's worried his team will have to pull out. So, when the magic football brings Frankie's gaming avatar through into the real world, it seems like they've got a perfect substitute. But E-Frankie starts to cause lots of trouble on and off the pitch. What will it take to get him back into the game where he belongs? Have you discovered the rest of the series yet? Frankie and his team play football with pirates, dinosaurs, aliens and everything in between!
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  • A Sticky Situation

    By Abie Longstaff, James Brown
    Authors:
    Abie Longstaff
    Illustrated by:
    James Brown
    The first book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her best friend, a squirrel named Squill, who solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she's not secretly reading books). Then Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor - a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother?
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  • Hounds and Hauntings

    By Janine Beacham
    Authors:
    Janine Beacham
    The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton AbbeyThe city of Yorke is in a panic. There's been a murder! Is an ancient ghost-hound called the Barghest on the loose?ROSE RAVENTHORPE, her friend Orpheus and the secret society of butlers search for clues in the dark, eerie skitterways, on the mist-covered moors, and atop the ancient walls of the city. Rose believes that the villain is human, and she's determined to prove it.There's no sweeping this crime under the carpet...
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  • The Happy Christmas

    By Jenny Colgan, Thomas Docherty
    Authors:
    Jenny Colgan
    Illustrated by:
    Thomas Docherty
    The fourth children's book featuring Polly and her puffin Neil, from bestselling adult novelist Jenny Colgan. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout, Polly is perfect for reading aloud - especially at Christmas!Polly and her puffin friend Neil have wrapped presents, practised for the village nativity and written their lists for Santa. But Christmas is taking a very long time to arrive. And Polly isn't enjoying the wait.What's worse, Neil is busy helping to keep an egg warm, so he hasn't got much time to play. Will it EVER be Christmas? And will a tiny little puffling hatch in time for the big day?Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the bestselling author of The Little Beach Street Bakery.Contains lots of fun festive recipes and activities in addition to the story.
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    The Bush Santa

    By Mandy Foot
    Authors:
    Mandy Foot
    As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the Bush Santa's big night begins. He travels around Australia delivering special presents to all the Aussie animals, from the cockies in Cairns and the crocs of the Top End, to the wallabies in Canberra and the quokkas of Rottnest Island. Follow along with his journey in this lushly illustrated Christmas picture book.
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  • Summer Holiday Showdown

    By Frank Lampard
    Authors:
    Frank Lampard
    Magic meets football in this fun-filled series from legendary footballer Frank Lampard, for readers aged 5 and up.Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game - especially during the summer holidays!So Frankie and his friends can't believe it when the magic football sends them back in time to a boarding school . . . they're supposed to be on holiday! But there they meet George - the previous owner of their magic football. His brother got lost when they were on a desert island adventure. Can Frankie help to find him - and some buried treasure?
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  • Rubies and Runaways

    By Janine Beacham
    Authors:
    Janine Beacham
    The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton AbbeyIt's a bitterly cold winter in Yorke and Rose Raventhorpe and her butler Heddsworth are stuck with Rose's unpleasant cousin Herbert, and his equally horrible butler, Bixby. When an orphan boy named Orpheus interrupts the Cathedral's Mistletoe Service, saying that his sister has been kidnapped, Rose vows to help. Solving the mystery will be a lot better than accompanying ghastly Herbert! But the investigation is more complicated than Rose has anticipated and will lead her and her butler friends through fancy tea-rooms, horrible factories, secret underground passages and more... Fireplace pokers are much more dangerous than you might imagine . . .
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    Ryan Higa’s How to Write Good

    By Ryan Higa
    Authors:
    Ryan Higa
    An unconventional, irreverent, yet heartfelt memoir by Ryan Higa, one of the top creators on YouTube. With pictures! And illustrations! And, y'know, words. Now a New York Times bestseller!I know you're used to seeing me on the Internet, but here I am, coming at you in book form. You might be asking yourself, A book? You? Why? Listen, I'm as surprised about it as you are. But I have a story to tell that I believe will help inspire people who are going through tough times. And I couldn't be the only YouTuber without a book, could I?This is the story of how I went from being a relatively happy kids to being depressed and angry and filled with dark thoughts. This is also the story of how I found my way to a happier life. But wait, there's more! You're not only getting my story but you'll also learn to write well, from a college dropout who struggled in basic-level English classes and still became a legit, Best Sailing Author. (That wasn't a typo. I plan to buy a boat one day...but probably not anytime soon. This book might not cell good.)
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    Migaloo, the White Whale

    By Mark Wilson
    Authors:
    Mark Wilson
    In the warm tropical waters off the north Australian coast, a very special whale is born: Migaloo, the only all-white humpback whale in the world. As he and his pod make their annual migration to Antarctica, Migaloo discovers the beauty, wonder and danger of a whale's journey. Mark Wilson's exquisite illustrations capture the grace and intelligence of these extraordinary creatures, who enchant whale-watchers around the world.
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  • Operation Boy Band

    By Yvette Poshoglian
    Authors:
    Yvette Poshoglian
    Junior Griffin agent Frankie Fox is undercover on her second mission, visiting an international kids' robotics competition in Scotland. She's investigating the evil Alliance's robot army when she discovers something even more terrifying: the world's number one boy band, Band of Brothers, is brainwashing kids to serve the Alliance! To crack this case, Frankie will need to solve puzzles, deprogram evil robots, and sneak backstage at a Band of Brothers concert. Can she save the day - and will her best friend ever forgive her if she makes Band of Brothers break up?
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    Hermione Anemone and the Enormous Storm

    By Ciara Molloy Tan, Michaela Blassnig
    Authors:
    Ciara Molloy Tan
    Illustrated by:
    Michaela Blassnig
    Alone every day in a pool near the rocks, Hermione Anemone sat knitting some socks.Till one day, which started just like any other, A peculiar thing happened: the pool gave a shudder!Life is quiet and lonely in Hermione Anemone's rock pool until a huge storm washes in some very colourful and lively creatures. Soon Hermione is making friends with the likes of Tony Abalone, Una the Tuna and Sean the Prawn, who all decide that her little pool is the perfect place to play!Ciara Molloy Tan's rollicking text rolls off the tongue and Michaela Blassnig's adorable illustrations capture the fun and excitement of Hermione's underwater party.
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  • Tom the Outback Mailman

    By Kristin Weidenbach
    Authors:
    Kristin Weidenbach
    Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He delivered the mail to outback stations and towns all along the Birdsville Track. It was a tough job, but Tom was even tougher, making sure that the mail got through no matter what.Based on her bestselling book, MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK, Kristin Weidenbach has written a lively, engaging version for younger readers, capturing the humour, excitement and ingenuity of a classic slice of Australia's fast-vanishing history. Timothy Ide is a South Australian illustrator with a genuine feel for the beauty and hardship of life in the Australian outback. The Winner of the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Category, TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

    By Michaela Blassnig, Michaela Blassnig
    Authors:
    Michaela Blassnig
    Illustrated by:
    Michaela Blassnig
    DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE is a visual treat. A crazy, fun-filled journey down the river of the cute and the absurd, it will delight youngsters and have them reading this book over and over. Inspired by the beloved kids' game, two ducks meet new friends each time the page is turned - a cockatoo ... a gnu in a canoe ... a pirate crew ... and many more!
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  • Home and Away

    By John Marsden, Matt Ottley
    Authors:
    John Marsden
    Illustrated by:
    Matt Ottley
    We're a typical Australian family. Barbeques, footy, gardening, school, Holden Commodores . . . Then one day things change. 'April 26, Dad burns the toast, yells at Toby, thanks me for cleaning the cab of the truck, kisses Mum and Toby, then he's gone . . . April 27, the war starts . . . May 21, the city's in ruins, blackouts nearly all the time, food is hard to find . . . September 13, Dad's hears news of a boat. We might get out of here yet . . . September 28, it's just after dawn. A boat from their Navy has found us. We wave and cry and cheer. But then, slowly, we realise they are shouting at us, telling us to go away . . . September 30, we are in a huge prison, with razor wire all around us . . .'Powerful and thought-provoking, HOME AND AWAY is a CBCA Honour Book.'so powerful, so moving and so heartbreaking that every Australian should be encouraged to read it' READINGS
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    The Patchwork Bike

    By Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van T Rudd
    Authors:
    Maxine Beneba Clarke
    Illustrated by:
    Van T Rudd
    Winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Crichton Award for Debut Illustrator 2017Selected as a CBCA Honour Picture Book 2017Shortlisted for PATRICIA WRIGHTSON PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE 2018'Beautifully written and incredibly powerful.' Books + Publishing'this book is just what many of us need right now' - starred Kirkus ReviewWhen you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.A delightful story from multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd.
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    My Hiroshima

    By Junko Morimoto
    Authors:
    Junko Morimoto
    On 6 August, 1945, 13-year-old Junko Morimoto's life changed forever. That was the day that an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Japanese city where she lived.First published in Australia, widely praised, and subsequently translated into fourteen languages, the picture book MY HIROSHIMA is Junko's powerful and deeply moving story of a period in history that should never be forgotten.
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    The Violin Man

    By Colin Thompson, Colin Thompson
    Authors:
    Colin Thompson
    Illustrated by:
    Colin Thompson
    For as long as anyone can remember, Oscar has played his violin outside the theatre. Every night, as the people queue for their tickets, Oscar fills the air with his music and the echo of his lost dreams. In the old days, his daughter, Marietta, had been there as well, dancing. For just as Oscar dreams of being a famous violinist, it was Marietta's dream to be a famous ballet dancer. But Marietta became ill and now Oscar plays alone. Some nights, though, he catches sight of Marietta's ghost, dancing under the street light.One night, Oscar's dream comes true and he is invited to play in the theatre in front of an audience. They are swept away by his music and his skill. But under the glare of the spotlight, Oscar can't see Marietta dancing. He decides to play only outside on the pavement, where he and Marietta can perform together. 'Don't worry,' he says. 'I won't leave you again.'
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    Let's Do It

    By Cheryl Orsini
    Authors:
    Cheryl Orsini
    Two energetic children show that they can do all the things their favourite machines do: Helicopters buzz as they swoop through the sky. Spaceships shoot up, up, up to the moon. Let's fly up high on the swings! Cheryl Orsini's vibrant artwork captures all the energy and busyness of machines at work and children at play, making LET'S DO IT perfect for machine-mad kids everywhere.
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    Isabella's Bed

    By Alison Lester, Alison Lester
    Authors:
    Alison Lester
    Illustrated by:
    Alison Lester
    Whenever we stayed at Grandmother's house, we always slept in Isabella's bed. It stood in the attic with all the other things from South America.Who is the mysterious Isabella Grandmother talks about? And why won't Grandmother look through the sandalwood chest with her grandchildren? When Isabella's bed flies off into the night, and takes the children with it, the answers to these questions are revealed.
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