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Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit. Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning. This was quoted from Turner by Isaac D'Israeli in his The Amenities of Literature and, through the confusion of father with son, has come to be falsely attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. This comes from Dostoevsky 's Crime and Punishment , part 1, chapter 1. The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. Actually a line from Martin Tupper 's Proverbial Philosophy.

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John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich : "Foote, I have often wondered what catastrophe would bring you to your end; but I think, that you must either die of the pox, or the halter. Under this roof are the heads of the family of Rothschild a name famous in every capital of Europe and every division of the globe. If you like, we shall divide the United States into two parts, one for you, James, and one for you, Lionel. Napoleon will do exactly and all that I shall advise him to do; and to Bismark will be suggested such an intoxicating programme as to make him our abject slave.

The more extensive an author's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do. Isaac D'Israeli, Curiosities of Literature. Candour is the brightest gem of criticism. Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. Mediocrity can talk ; but it is for genius to observe. Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation. The art of governing mankind by deceiving them.

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As the Old Kingdom falls once more into a realm of darkness and terror, the people look desperately to the Abhorsen, the scourge of the Dead, to save them. Yet Abhorsen Sabriel is lost, missing in Ancelstierre. Only Lirael has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. Final book in the Old Kingdom trilogy. Just once they'd like to have a real winter with real snow. And then it happens. The Blakes are taking a trip to Alaska! Blake has been asked to photograph a mysterious snow creature there.

Poor Jordan and Nicole. They just wanted to see snow. But now they're being chased by a monstrous creature. A big furry-faced creature known as the Abominable Snowman! About a girl Anna is afraid she must be unlovable until she meets Flynn. Together, the girls swim, eat banana cake, laugh and love. Some days, Flynn is unreachable. On other days, she's at Anna's door. When Anna discovers Flynn's secret, she wonders if she knows her at all. Includes mature themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above. About animals 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.

Abraham Lincoln: from pioneer to president Abraham Lincoln is fondly remembered as an American President with an unwavering sense of justice and willingness to fight for his beliefs. Follow Lincoln's journey from humble beginnings as a poor Illinois rail splitter to his election as America's 16th President, and into the dark days of the Civil War leading to his tragic assassination. Abundance of Katherines, An Colin has an IQ around and no social skills and Hassan understands people and social etiquette stuff so their friendship is the perfect balance.

When the nineteenth of Colin's girlfriends all called Katherine breaks up with him, the boys decide a road trip is in order. When they end up in Gutshot, Tennessee, they meet a mother and daughter who provide all of the necessary ingredients for some problem solving to occur. Across the line Casey doesn't know whether he has stumbled across an alternate reality during his rugby league match, or if he has lost his mind completely. A story about sport, science and families. Across the wall A collection of thirteen short stories providing an eclectic mix of Garth Nix's writing spanning several years.

Included are an Old Kingdom story, an Arthurian legend, a war story, a western, a traditional tale with a twist and a very funny, choose-your-own-adventure spoof. Act of faith In England, Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father's strong opinions lead to take a stand against the army.

She takes refuge in Amsterdam with an elderly printer, who is brave enough to print topics which stir religious intolerance. This results in a dangerous journey to help him escape certain death for his books. Through information and quotations, we get an insight into the life of an artist who dared to be different, his inspiration and thought processes and how he created his paintings.

Adam Spencer's world of numbers If you love numbers and like to laugh, then you'll enjoy finding out the crucial role that numbers play in our understanding of sport, space, computers, cooking, and a whole lot in between. This book decodes barcodes, explains why we say 'as sixes and sevens' when we're discombobulated, shows how many people you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common, and why the number seventy is weird and what can be done about it. A whole lot more weird and wonderful stuff. Aden Ridgeway Aussie Stars Tells of Aden Ridgeway's childhood, schooling and eventual rise to become a prominent Australian politician.

But if no one can fix their starship, they won't be playing anytime soon. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The A classic story of slavery and a runaway boy's exploits. Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunken father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. When Huck's dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave, Jim. They face trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law.

Through it all, the friends stick together. Adventures of Nanny Piggins, The Nanny Piggins, the world's most glamorous flying pig, runs away from the circus and goes to live with the Greens as their nanny. The Green children, Derrick, Samantha and Michael, fall in love with her instantly.

Who could not fall in love with a Nanny whose only job qualifications are her astonishing ability to be fired out of a cannon and her amazing ability to make chocolate cake, sometimes both at the same time? Robin must outwit his evil enemies, Guy of Gisbourne and the treacherous Sheriff of Nottingham. Adventures of Robin Hood, The Presented in comic strip and storyboard format, the eleven segments cover the origins of Robin Hood, the outlaws who became his Merry Men and his benefactors. Adventures of Scarygirl, The Abandoned on a remote peninsula, Scarygirl is rescued by Blister, a large friendly octopus.

Blister and Scarygirl become best friends. But no one knows where Scarygirl came from, or who she really is, and her dreams are full of strange and disturbing visions.

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Felix becomes the doctor's assistant, until he is left to fend for himself, at the same time as becoming a surrogate parents to both Jewish and German young children. After CJ was one of the popular, cool kids at his old school.


Now, everything has changed. He is known as Callum, banished to the country to live with grandparents he has never met and who don't seem to want him there. Things are no better at school but worse still is the secret that Callum carries with him night and day. After January School is over for Alex Delaney and he's waiting for his tertiary offer which is only seventeen days away.

The waiting is killing him. He's not expecting much from January, just bodysurfing and TV, but mainly waiting. So, he's not ready for the girl who cuts past him on a wave. January is about to change. After the lights go out What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive?

Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice? Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water. One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town.

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All communication is cut. No one knows why. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first. After-room, The Benjamin and Janie are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. But, they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster and sinister forces are circling.

The advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels them into danger and towards the land of the dead. When their friend, Jin Lo, washes up on a remote island and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China, they must somehow reach her to help. Afterlight Since her parents died, Sophie Teague's life has fallen apart. She's just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start.

But, Eve, a beautiful ghost, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to be her hands, eyes and go-to girl to tie up loose ends. Dealing with the dead might just involve the greatest sacrifice of all. Dark, thrilling and unrelentingly eerie. Aftershock Makis and his mother, Sofia, escape a devastating Greek earthquake, which took his father's life.

London is a very different place and students tease him about his language and culture. Makis quickly earns a place in the school football team. Sofia, isolated by her grief and lack of English, sinks into depression. Makis has a brilliant idea to help her but competing loyalties mean that something has to give. Afterworlds Darcy, a budding author, arrives in New York City, to live her dream life as a published author of a novel, 'Afterworlds'. Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld', a place between the living and the dead, to survive a terrorist attack.

The stories intertwine and one reality becomes the other. A challenging read; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above. Against the spin Mitchell Grady is the new boy at Sandhurst School. Every year, the students compete to be the school's Sporting Legend - the best out of eight sports. The first round was surfing, this next one is cricket. Against the tide Katie and Matt are champion ocean swimmers who love a challenge that will test their training and skills to the limit.

Effi and Christie live in a different world which is intense, funny, often overheated and far removed from the beach. When these two worlds meet, in a blend of love and loss, violence and prejudice, only the strongest will succeed in swimming against the tide. Agatha Christie graphic novel series Agatha Christie's exciting murder mysteries brought to life in rich text, well-illustrated, large format graphic novels. Agatha Oddly: The secret key Agatha Oddly is a girl who has embraced her namesake and aches to be a detective just like Agatha Christie.

And she's well-equipped to do just that, having read hundreds of mystery novels and collected disguises and all the tools of the trade. When a few events all line up to suggest that she has the key to solve a mystery that has the whole of London's attention, she springs into action. Living in the groundskeeper's cottage in Hyde Park, Agatha's adventures are set in the beautiful and the dark parts of London. But things have changed. Nomad's secret is out. Her peers know she is a Witness; a sorcerer with the rare ability to read others' magic.

This causes ripples at HQ, especially when it means that Steel, the most popular cadet in her class, is no longer the centre of attention. But there are greater threats than new rivals. When the cadets are sent to New Zealand to investigate a top-secret case, they find themselves in more danger than they bargained for.

With no one to trust and time running out, it's a race to stop the Inductors before they have enough power to destroy HELIX for good. Agent Nomad: Eleventh hour, The Spies. Natalie Palladino was a normal fifteen-year-old, at a normal school, about to face a normal maths test. No one can know that sorcery exists. And no one can know that Nomad is a Witness, with a dangerous magical gift. The Inductors are hunting her. If they find her, they will kill her. The problem is, Nomad hasn't mastered her powers. She can't levitate, fight or wield magic like her fellow recruits. If she's the only hope to stop a sorcerous bomb being detonated, the world is in trouble.

The eleventh hour is coming. Airborn Fifteen year old Matt works as a cabin boy aboard the Aurora,a luxury airship that is part passenger cruise ship. When wealthy Kate and her chaperone come aboard, Matt discovers that she is determined to prove her grandfather's claims that he saw strange creatures flying in the sky in the area the year before. His diary describes them as huge, furry beasts with batlike wings and sharp claws.

A storm forces the damaged Aurora to set down on a seemingly deserted island. Airborn 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. Airman Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In an age when many dreamed of flying, it became his destiny. When a cruel and cunning betrayal destroys his family, Conor must win the race for flight to save his family and right a terrible wrong. Akhenaten adventure, The John and Philippa discover they have super-human powers as young djinn.

Mum sends them off to urbane, snobby Uncle Nimrod to learn their full powers in exotic Egypt. This places them in extreme danger. Incidental strong language in context. Al Capone does my shirts Moose Flanagan lives with his family on Alcatraz, a high security prison housing the notorious Al Capone, in the s. His friend's plan to make money out of this backfires with serious consequences. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.

His father is one of the guards. His older sister, Natalie, is autistic and, in an effort to protect her, Moose now owes prisoner 85, Al Capone, who has managed to secure her a place at a special school. The price Moose might have to pay reveals itself quite spectacularly. Aladdin and other tales from the Arabian nights A retelling of the classic tales of the Arabian Nights, with beautiful illustrations and detailed historical information.

Alanna: the first adventure In Alanna the first adventure, Alanna wants to become the first female knight so she poses as a boy and takes her place among the pages at the palace. Alaska When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places.

Mia must find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska. Albert Einstein: the miracle mind Albert Einstein's name is synonymous with genius. He revolutionised the way we understand the universe and paved the way for diverse technology such as lasers, cell phones, electron microscopes and DVD players. Follow Einstein's journey from his childhood through to his groundbreaking writings that won him the Nobel Prize.

Alchemyst, The Sophie and Josh Newman find their lives intertwined with Nicholas Flamel and the powerful book he protects, the Book of Abraham the Mage, that enables the holder to save or destroy the world. Alex Rider graphic novels 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. Alex Rider 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.

To survive, he toughens up and vows to make friends with nobody. He is given the job of caring for the soldiers' horses, where he is ordered to break in the commander's new horse, who is scared and damaged. Alexander Graham Bell: giving voice to the world Inspired by his nearly-deaf mother and a father who developed a 'visible alphabet' of all the possible sounds a human can make, Alexander Graham Bell spent most of his life trying to improve the way people communicated.

His most famous invention, the telephone, has made him one of the most well-known names of all time. Alexander the great: reckless conqueror Believing he was descended from Achilles and Hercules, Alexander set out to better their heroic deeds. For eight years, he led the Macedonians, mostly on foot, defeating huge armies and proving to be either a brilliant warrior or a ruthless invader.

Alfred's war Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. Neither honoured as a returned soldier or offered government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen, Alfred took up a solitary life walking the back roads - billy tied to his swag, finding work where he could. Her father is missing at sea, her brother, Teddy, is away at war and she's not allowed to speak to her best friend anymore. Alice tries to forget her worries by having a stall at the Apple Blossom Fair. But, when strange events start happening in the town, everything goes wrong.

Alice just wants the war to be over and for her life to be the same again. Alice of Peppermint Grove The war is over, summer has arrived and Alice is hopeful that life with her family will finally return to normal. However, nothing goes as expected. Her mother loses her job at the bank, the country is gripped with the deadly Spanish Influenza and there are problems between Alice and her best friend, Jilly. Even the return from Europe of Teddy, Alice's big brother, can't fix everything. Alice's adventures in Wonderland On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins.

In a strange, fantasy world, with even stranger characters, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute. Alice's food A-Z Dip in and taste, in this edible adventure. Packed to the brim with funny food facts and clever cooking tips, as well as kid-friendly recipes, this book is ideal for the fact-hungry, the food-obsessed or those who just like to mess about in the kitchen.

Alien rescue Scott, Rudy and AJ think helping a bunch of trapped aliens is cool - until the aliens start fighting. Alien, The As an alien Andalite warrior-cadet, life on Earth is pretty different for Ax, He's been hanging out with the Animorphs ever since the Dome ship was destroyed by the Yeerks and his brother, Prince Elfangor, was destroyed by Visser Three. Something that one alien, four kids and a hawk know they have to do, stop the Yeerks.

Aliens in the family Jake helps her new step-sister and step-brother to protect an alien from another dimension. Aliens, ghosts and vanishings: strange and possibly true Australian stories Have you heard these most bizarre tales from around Australia? Did a UFO drag a family's car off the road in the middle of the outback?

How did rocks rain from the sky in WA? And what became of the prime minister who went into the surf and was never seen again? Explore the strangest tales, most incredible encounters and creepiest urban legends in Australia's history. Read about the investigations and weigh up the facts, do you believe the official explanations for these weird and wonderful events?

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Alive in the death zone Mountaineer Lincoln Hall's miraculous story of climbing the world's highest mountain, being left for dead near the summit and then returning to life and safety. The world, including his family, had been told he was dead. Frostbite claimed Lincoln's fingers and toes and he lost nearly twenty kilograms. A story of courage and sheer determination. All about Anna and Harriet and Christopher and me Disasters seem to happen when Anna goes to visit her cousins every Saturday. All about Jada This is a photo diary of the life of young Jada, daughter of boxer Anthony Mundine, the author of this book.

Jada's special connection to her famous father inspired a tattoo. All cats have asperger syndrome The similarities between cat behaviour and human personality are explored. Using photographs, a sensitive comparison is drawn between the humorous behaviour of cats and the behaviour of children which may be indicative of Asperger's syndrome. All creatures great and small The life of an English country vet is revealed in the funny and sad situations that James Herriot finds on his rounds. All fall down After her mother's death, Grace is sent to live with her grandfather, a powerful United States Ambassador.

Grace believes her mother was murdered and that, one day, she will find the killer and make him pay. But, nobody believes her so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather or her new friends on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands. All fall down Christobel, fourteen and heiress to a fortune, is bored and lonely until she decides to dress as a boy and rescue her servant's son who has been kidnapped.

It becomes a dangerous game set in the crime and disease-ridden slums of The Rocks. All in the blue unclouded weather A collection of interlinked stories set in the late s in an Australian country town which focus on the four young Melling sisters. Each story links the girls and their friends together in a variety of domestic events and problems.

The stories present a nostalgic feel for the post-war years. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above. All stars 1: Maddy goal defence At home, Maddy's life has changed since her Dad moved out. At school she just hangs out with her friend Jess. When they miss out on being selected for school netball team Maddy is disappointed but Sarah suggests they form their own team.

All stars 2: Bree, centre Bree is being noticed, but not in a good way. Bree wonders why all the girls who think they are good are giving her a hard time. All stars 3: Josie wing attack Josie's sister is getting married and the whole house is crazy, but Josie just wants to play netball in the match of the season. All stars 4: Jess wing defence Jess feels that everyone just talks about netball, but she can't understand what all the fuss is about.

All stars 5: Sarah goal shooter Sarah feels she is having a bad day, a bad year and it gets even worse when when Josh, the basketballer, falls for her. All stars 6: Tara goal keeper Tara knows the team can't play without her, she just needs to convince them of that. All stars 7: Mel goal attack People have been telling Mel what to do her whole life and now that she has a choice, she doesn't know if she can do it.

All stars 8: Ali goal attack Ali feels like a loser, being on the sidelines all the time. Then, Stephanie turns up and things change. All stars netball series Sporting series about all things netball. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles. All the colours of paradise Since his arrival at the Kingdom of Silk, Perry Angel has learned a lot about love. Apart from dressing up as Superman, Perry's favourite thing is drawing.

But, then, something happens and Perrry's friends are worried he might never draw again. Mr Kadri from the Colour Patch Cafe understands that, sometimes, there are no words to describe feelings and announces a new category in the annual art exhibition. All the light we cannot see For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes.

The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. All the questions you ever wanted to ask Adam Goodes Three children interview great Aussie Rules footballer and role model for indigenous kids, Adam Goodes, who plays for the Sydney Swans. All too much Samira wants to do well, her parents want her to do well, her teachers want her to do well, but the pressure is starting to tell. Can her friends rescue her when it all gets too much? All we know All Arkie knows is that things are changing, the vacant block of land is being built on and everyone is talking about going to high school.

All-day nightmare A "Give Yourself Goosebumps" story. You had terrible dreams last night. And when you wake up, you're not in your bed -- or your room.

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So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. Want to be an eagle? Or a bear? Or a fish? Then check out the souvenir shop in Snakebite Canyon.

They've got a pair of dried-up snake eyes with the power to turn you into a real animal. Maybe you'd like to buy a map of the lost gold mine. You could strike it rich. Or you could get attacked by a giant kid-eating spider! The choice is yours in this scary adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings. Along the road to Gundagai The words of this familiar song Australian song have inspired the illustrations to tell the story of young soldiers away fighting in World War I.

When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can't resist. But what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember! Please note: Alpacas with maracas is the National Simultaneous Storytime book, and all students regardless of challenge level can include this on their Student Reading Record this year.

It will return to the K-2 booklist in Always Jack Jack's life is pretty good until things get complicated. Nanna is getting wobblier, his face goes red when he thinks about Anna and Mum and Rob's wedding is taking over the world. Then, his Mum gets breast cancer and the world starts spinning while his mum and family go through the whole experience of her illness. Amal unbound Twelve-year-old Amal loves learning and dreams of becoming a teacher.

Then something unimaginable happens. After an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, she is forced to work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. At the opulent and corrupt Khan estate, Amal realises she will have to find a way to work with others in order to bring about change, and to achieve her dreams. Amazing and bizarre - ten wonderfully weird stories A collection of ten, strange stories, including one about a person who swam so much, he grew fins.

Amazing animals of Australia's national parks The animals of Australia are amazing. Find out what some of them look like and where you might see them. Whether you're on a trip to a national park or relaxing in a comfortable spot, you'll love dipping into this book. It includes 55 national parks and reserves and is full of up-to-date fascinating facts for more than animal species, large and small. Amazing bike ride, The This is the real life account of the seemingly impossible ride from Tamworth to Port Macquarie which Lorin undertook as a sixteen year old school student.

With his father as backup, Lorin rode his trusty, old mountain bike km across the Great Dividing Range in just three days and with less than ten per cent vision. Amazing facts about Australia's early explorers Australia's early explorers were an odd bunch. Some were incredibly brave, others extremely foolhardy.

Some formed friendships with Aborigines and respected their rights and traditions, others treated them very badly. Some gained fame and fortune, others lost their lives. All had a thirst for discovery. Amazing facts about Australia's early settlers Australia is home to both an ancient, Indigenous culture and a young European influence.

While their coexistence has been far from peaceful, both groups have proven to be tenacious, resourceful and resilient. Australia is the only country founded solely to contain convicts. Amazing facts about Australian birds Australia is one of the best places to watch the unique bird families that share our natural and urban environments. Find out how they evolved, how they survive and adapt in the face of human progress, and how they interact with each other.

Amazing facts about Australian wildlife conservation Australia has unique, ancient landscapes, plants and animals. Humans have not always realised how incredible the natural wealth is and have exploited the environments, greatly affecting the flora and fauna. Australia has one of the worst extinction rates in the world but it's not too late to save our wild places.

Amazing facts series Full of factual information about Australia's past and present. Amazing grace: an adventure at sea Imagine hearing a ship is about to sink? In 16 year old Grace Bussell hears the news of a ship that has run aground on the Australian coast near her home. She doesn't hesitate and leaps on her horse, riding for an hour to get to the sinking ship. There, she and Sam, the family's stockman, gallop into the wild surf to save the remaining crew and passengers.

Read about her courageous journey. Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents, The Maurice the cat and his friends, a motley group of rats, have gained super intelligence overnight and quickly start scamming human villages with a Pied Piper of Hamelin ruse. Amazing mind of Alice Makin, The Twelve year old Alice Makin is living in a tiny flat in post-war London where many people's homes have been destroyed.

Reggie and the man he calls his grandfather come to live upstairs. Alice and Reggie become friends and realise that they share a special talent for making things that they think happen. This is not their only connection and as the story unfolds Alice learns about who she really is. Amazing plants Learn about some of the world's wonderful and different plants. Some are amazing in the way they look, others are extraordinary in the way they have adapted to their environment.

Easy to access information includes unusual or amazing facts, photographs, charts and maps. His mates are going to be so jealous. Going up is awesome, but when disaster strikes, Spencer will need to be nothing short of amazing. Amazing story of Adolphus Tips, The Set in wartime Devon, this is the diary of plucky young Lily Tregenza whose town is invaded by escaping evacuees and American soldiers. When Lily enlists the help of two young, black American soldiers to find her missing cat, there are surprising results.

Amber amulet, The Twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness?

Amber spyglass, The In the third of the Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will, whose fates are bound together, are separated. They must find each other for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been. This text includes representations that may be contrary to some religious beliefs. Amelia Dee and the peacock lamp The large old house where Amelia, a young and talented writer lives, holds a secret that is linked to the origins of a rare brass lamp, decorated with animals and peacocks.

Amelia Earhart: a life in flight Amelia Earhart's sense of daring was evident from a very young age. She knew the risks of flying but was eager to promote women's abilities and to contribute to the world around her. She became the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her sudden disappearance over the Pacific remains one of aviation's most haunting, unsolved mysteries. Amelia Westlake Harriet and Wilhelmina couldn't be more dissimilar.

Harriet has the perfect life - she's dating the perfect girl, has been elected prefect, is the apple of her teachers' eye, and is an overachiever. Will, on the other hand, has gained the ire of her teachers and lands more detentions than she does accolades. But when both girls witness a teacher harass a fellow student, the two form an unlikely partnership to shed light on the many problems of the exclusive Rosemead Grammar. To protect their identities, they create Amelia Westlake, and as they work together they begin to question their distance from each other He just wants to be an all-American boy.

Danny is popular and great at basketball but his obnoxious Chinese cousin's annual visits are a disaster, ruining his reputation at school. The Monkey King is the most powerful monkey on earth and his story is one of the greatest Chinese fables. These three apparently unrelated characters come together with an unexpected twist.

Graphic novel. Amina's voice Amina and her best friend are starting year six and changes are happening around Amina which worry her. Her best friend now wants to change her Korean name to an English name and wants to hang out with one of the popular girls. Amina feels like she is losing her closest friend and wonders if she must also change to keep her friend.

Events happening around her cause her to see both the challenges and rewards of being Pakistan American. Amina: through my eyes Amina lives with her family in Somalia, a country that has endured drought and civil war for decades. 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. Among ants, between bees An anthology covering a wide range of human experiences. Among believers: Pictorial journey, A Among Believers explores the richness and diversity of the world's mainstream religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism.

More than remarkable photographs document worship and the rites of passage rooted in a country's culture, religious festivals, feasts and fasts, meditation, education, sacred foods and places of pilgrimage. Amulet of Samarkand, The The magicians rule London, not altogether harmoniously. One magician's plot to take power, the hint of a resistance movement and a young apprentice magician's first magical exploits have this book moving at a fast pace.

Anacaona, golden flower, Haiti Beginning in , Anacaona keeps a record of her life as a possible successor to the supreme chief of Xaragua, as wife of the chief of Maguana and as a warrior battling the first white men to arrive in the West Indies, ravenous for gold. Anaconda ambush Sam Fox is on a field trip with his uncle in the Amazon when he's swept over a waterfall into an underground lake and discovers a fortune in gold.

But, there's an enormous anaconda lurking in the cave and the snake is just the first obstacle Sam will have to overcome if he's to get out of the Amazon alive. Anastasia on her own When Anastasia and her father are left on their own, they find out just how hard housekeeping really is. Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess, Russia A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

They wore the same uniform and experienced the same conditions and hardships. For many, wartime service gave them the equality that was not available in Australian society, either before or after the war. Ancient and Medieval people series Profiles some of the most fearsome warriors in history.

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See Series lists for individual titles. Ancient Australia Well-organised under clear headings and well-presented information about ancient Australia with contents, websites, a glossary and ideas for related things to do. Ancient China Discover why tombs were filled with pottery figures, what was carried along the Silk Road,who invented paper and what kinds of weapons were used in early battles.