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Title: 1916: World War One

Author: Tucker, Alan

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The artillery bombardment did not let up for days. How anyone, on either side, could still be alive, was beyond me. The stream of casualties soon turned into a rivera raging, flooded river. The 'cooee' call to arms takes Syd from the Mallee to the fields of France. As part of the mobile veterinary unit, his horses are trained for war but face new and deadly weapons. Battle-weary diggers, shipped from Gallipoli and joined by fresh recruits from home, are met by a formidable enemy at Fromelles and along the River Somme, in a year that will be forged in legend and memory, in the trenches and the conscription battles at home.

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Title: 1917 World War One

Author: Gardiner, Kelly

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The German planes patrolled in hunting squads. They flew fast fighting craft, streaking across the sky in tight formation. The greatest of them was the Red Barron, the deadliest ace on the Front. He'd shot down twenty-one of our planes in a single month. And now we were in his firing line. The war in France rages in the skies, and support for the war in Australia turns cold. Alex flies high above the trenches of the Western Front, while a world away his sister Maggie finds herself in the midst of political upheaval. Somehow, both must find the courage to fight on.

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Title: 400 minutes of Danger (Survival fiction)

Author: Jack Heath

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Brad has fallen into the lion enclosure, and the big cats are hungry! Charith takes the wheel of an out-of-control bus after an explosion. Iresha hears strange noises... from beneath the seabed. Daniel crawls into a waste crusher after a building collapseand then it gets switched on. Tak's class goes on an excursion to an army base and now an experimental military robot is hunting them. Jack Heaths next 10 nail-bitingly dangerous short stories will fascinate and terrify during each full 40-minute count down, as the dangerous situations play out right down to the last crucial moment. Who will live and who will die? Forty minutes of danger, in 40 minutes* of reading time!

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Title: A Small Madness

Author: Touchell, Dianne

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Rose didn't tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn't show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn't show and she couldn't tell anyone. Recommended for more mature readers.

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Title: Adam Spencer's World Of Numbers (Non-fiction: Recreational mathematics)

Author: Adam Spencer

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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, shows how many people you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common and a whole lot more weird stuff.

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Title: Admission (Survival Fiction)

Author: Barry Jonsberg

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Pandora Jones wakes in a hospital - her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the survivors who have been admitted to The School. Pan suspects there are terrible secrets being kept from the students. To survive she must decide who to trust and risk everything to uncover the truth.

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Title: All Fall Down Adolescence (murder mystery)

Author: Carter, Ally

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Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things : she isn't crazy, her mother was murdered, someday she's going to find the man with the scar, and then she is going to make him pay.

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Title: Another Night In Mullet Town (Friendship, urbanisation)

Author: Herrick, Steven

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Life for Jonah and Manx means fishing for mullet at the lake, watching their school mates party on Friday night and wishing they had the courage to talk to Ella and Rachel. But now their lakeside town is being sold off, life doesn't seem so simple. Manx holds a grudge against the wealthy blow-ins from the city and Jonah just wants his parents to stop arguing. One memorable night at the lake will change everything. A verse novel.

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Title: Atmospheric (Climate change)

Author: Wilkinson, Carole

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Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it's the hottest topic on Earth. We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing Earth's climate. Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it.

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Title: Beck (Historical fiction 1930s)

Author: Peet, Mel and Rosoff, Meg

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Born from a street liaison between a poor young woman and an African soldier in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man. A picaresque novel set during the Depression as experienced by a young black man, it depicts great pain but has an uplifting and inspiring conclusion.

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Title: Becoming Aurora (Gangs, migrants)

Author: Kasmer, Elizabeth

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After sixteen-year-old Rory (Aurora) is the only one of her gang caught in a racially motivated attack on a local Indian restaurant, she is sentenced to community service at St Mary's aged care facility. There she meets Jack, an old tent boxing champion with enough of an attitude to match Rory's. After being threatened for her role in the attack, Rory is surprised to discover a connection between Jack and one of the migrant boys Essam. Feeling disillusioned with her gang, Rory takes up Essam's offer to teach her to box. Through her new friendships and interests, Rory learns more about the migrant community and she finds not only a new pack, but herself as well.

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Title: Before you Forget (Family relationships)

Author: Lawrinson, Julia

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Year 12 is not off to a good start for Amelia. Art is her world, but her art teacher hates everything she does; her best friend has stopped talking to her; her mother and father may as well be living in separate houses; and her father is slowly forgetting everything. Even Amelia.

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Title: Beyond Carousel (Dystopian fiction; survival)

Author: Ritchie, Brendan

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Everyone you know has disappeared. What would you do? Nox, Taylor and Lizzy are desperate to uncover the secret of the Disappearance. But there is more to the new world than they ever suspected, and the danger is only just beginning. They quickly learn they are not the only survivors to roam the broken city. Saving those they love will mean risking everything - and time is running out. This is the thrilling sequel to Carousel..

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Title: Black (Mystery and suspense)

Author: Ferris, Fleur

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Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days. She can't wait to leave the town where she's known only as 'Black'. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she's used to being on her own. It's easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?

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Title: Blood For Blood (Sequel to Wolf by Wolf/ Fantasy/historical fiction)

Author: Graudin, Ryan

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In 1950s Germany, the war is over but, for the resistance, the fight continues. Death camp survivor, Yael, who has the power to skinshift, to change her appearance at will, is on the run after shooting and killing Hitler. But, the truth of what happened is far more complicated and the consequences are deadly. As Yael and her comrades move into enemy territory, trying to turn the tide against the New Order, dark secrets reveal dark truths. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.

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Title: Catalyst, The (Fantasy adventure)

Author: Coggan, Helena

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Rose Elmsworth has a secret. For 18 years, the world has been divided into the magically Gifted and the non-magical Ashkind, but Rose's identity is far more dangerous. At fifteen, she has earned herself a place alongside her father in the Department, a brutal law-enforcement organisation run by the Gifted to control the Ashkind. But now an old enemy is threatening to start a catastrophic war, and Rose faces a challenging test of her loyalties

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Title: Clancy Of The Undertow (Personal identity, sexuality, adult themes, language)

Author: Currie, Christopher

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In a dead-end town like Barwen a girl has only got to be a little different to feel like a freak. And Clancy, a typical sixteen-year-old misfit with a moderately dysfunctional family, a genuine interest in Nature Club and a major crush on the local hot girl, is packing a capital F. As the summer begins, Clancy's dad is involved in a road smash that kills two local teenagers. While the family is dealing with the reaction of a hostile town, Clancy meets someone who could possibly - at last - become a friend. Not only that, the unattainable Sasha starts to show what may be a romantic interest. In short, this is the summer when Clancy has to figure out who the hell she is.

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