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'I won't be full up until I've eaten at least three juicy children'. The Enormous Crocodile is the greediest creature in the whole jungle and he loves eating children! He's a terrible boaster and thinks he's really smart with his secret plans and clever tricks. But he's not as clever as the other animals and they plan to ruin... read more

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This is a wonderful colour edition of one of Roald Dahl best-loved stories, now a major film. Boggis, Bunce and Bean are nasty, mean farmers who hate Mr Fox. They are determined to get him, so they lie in wait outside his hole, each one crouching behind a tree with his gun loaded, ready to shoot, starve or dig him out. But cl... read more

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Most grandmas are kind and helpful ladies. Not George's grandma. She's a grumpy and grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson. So when it's time for her medicine, George concocts a bubbling, frothing, marvellous mixture, which is guaranteed to send her through the roof...

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Author: Odo Hirsch
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 Fiction (8 to 12 years)

Awards:Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize 1999. Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 1998.

Winner, Patricia Wrightson Prize for children's literature, New South Wales Premier's Awards 1999 Honour Book, Book of the Year Younger Readers, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1998 Shortlisted, National Children's Literature Award, Festival Awards for Literature 1998 Antonio S is a boy who knows all sorts of ... read more

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When Bartlett and Jacques le Grand are held captive in the City of Flames, it looks as though their adventuring days are over ...unless they can fetch the one impossible thing people long for in this mysterious underground kingdom. Can they survive the sunbaked fields of stone, outwit the Pasha and his guards and rescue Gozo ... read more

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Ohh, a Chocolate Dipper! Toffee, caramel, strawberry, cinnamon, chocolate ...Hazel took a bit of the pastry, closed her eyes, and let the flavours fill her senses. Suddenly she opened her eyes again. If Mr Volio was forced to leave, there would be no more Chocolate Dippers. No more Strawberry Combers, no more Caramel Crunches... read more

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When the Phonies, with their huge car, their expensive appliances and their shallow lives, move in to Stella Street, they are no match for Henni and her buddies. The kids turn detective, and uncover a world-wide money laundering scheme.

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One bright spring morning in the woods of France, a soldier, blinded by the war, is found by a little girl named Coco, and her older sister Marcelle. In return for their kindness, the soldier tells the sisters marvellous tales, each story connected to the keepsake he carries in his pocket: a perfect, tiny silver donkey. As th... read more

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The Bell family is in danger of losing their honourable name. Can Darius step up to the challenge and uphold it? A warm, wise story from one of Australia's master storytellers about a boy, his friends, his family, and the way a bit of luck and a lot of determination can turn the worst day of your life into the best.

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This collection of poems introduces a menagerie of comic animals. Meet the poor toad that jumps to France - at his own peril; the pig who ponders on the meaning of life; the anteater who gets the wrong end of the stick; and the porcupine with it's painful prickles.

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In Once, Felix escapes from an orphanage, only to learn that Poland is a dangerous place for a Jewish boy on his own. He manages to look after himself and another young orphan, Zelda, until they are taken under the protection of a kind Polish dentist. But when the Nazis uncover their hiding place, Felix and Zelda must once ag... read more

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An enormous escaped rhinoceros from London Zoo has eaten James's parents. And it gets worse! James is packed off to live with his two really horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Poor James is miserable, until something peculiar happens and James finds himself on the most wonderful and extraordinary journey he could ever imagine ...

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The bees on the Bell estate are dying. There'll be no more delicious honey, and without the bees to pollinate flowers, no more fruit and vegetables. No more of Mrs Simpson's glorious pies and cakes! Worse still, Mr Fisher the gardener will have to leave the estate, along with his family. Darius Bell is determined that somethi... read more

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Ancient China, Han Dynasty. Ping thinks she is safe hiding in the shadow of the Tai Shan mountains. Here she struggles to care for Kai, the baby dragon she is responsible for. But even in her remote mountain hideout, Ping's enemies find her. It is Kai they want. Who can Ping trust? It is impossible to distinguish friend from ... read more

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Amelia Dee lives in a house on Marburg Street, with a rare Peacock Lamp outside her bedroom door. Her father is an inventor, her mother is a sculptor, and the enigmatic L K Vishwanath practises yoga in her garden. Amelia herself has a lively curiosity and a talent for writing. Intrigued by Mr Vishwanath and his one-and-only s... read more

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Author: Odo Hirsch
Category:

 Fiction (8 to 12 years)

Awards:Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 1998.

A young queen who rules seven kingdoms is far too busy and important to leave her palace, so her loyal subjects send gifts from far and wide: monkeys, flamingoes, giraffes, exotic fruits...But the thing she longs for most of all has never survived the journey. Who can bring the Queen her heart's desire? Only Bartlett has the ... read more

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Stay close, Bartlett whispered. Gozo rolled his eyes. What did Bartlett think he was going to do? The bird calls and rustling continued all around them. Branches swayed, shadows wavered. Was that a person flitting past them over there? Or there? Or there? When Bartlett, Gozo and Jacques le Grand arrive on an island far off... read more

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Frankel Mouse is a resourceful, independent character who lives in the London Underground. He imagines that Baker Street Station will provide crumbs aplenty, and so he journeys there to set up home in a danger 100,000 volts cupboard. He is joined by his cousin Berrel, a timid mouse called Michael, and Cousin Ruthie. This work... read more

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When a thief steals two splendid lobsters - kings of the sea - and leaves a secret message on the empty tank, Mr Petrusca is more upset than anyone can understand. Hazel Green knows there's something fishy going on, but it takes all her ingenuity, plus a little help from the Yak, to crack the code and solve the mystery. And e... read more

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Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea with her father Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, and their new friend Alex Rover. Nim is as free as a bird, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone. But when Alex flies away in the seaplane, without saying goodbye, and Selkie is captured by... read more

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